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Wednesday concerts are 8-10:30pm.  Doors Open at 7:30
Strings only accepts CASH.  



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Wednesday December 19th

8pm

Strings Holiday Benefit Concert




The Strings volunteer staff invites you to our final show of  2018.  One of the best shows of the year.  Come hear the amazing talent in our community perform.  This show is a benefit for Strings.  Celebrate the season and our 25th year!
Performers wanting to be part of this show please contact Joey.








           2019    STRINGS     26th     Season

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Closed in JANUARY!
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Wednesday Feb. 6th 8pm

Noche de Flamenco!

Yaelisa-Dancer

Jason McGuire-guitar

Yaelisa (Artistic Director/ Choreographer) is one of the most gifted Flamenco artists of her generation.  She was surrounded from birth by the rhythms, gestures and vocal laments of the art in its purest form, where her unique improvisational abilities began to flourish.    In 1995, she was one of eleven international choreographers in Spain invited to present her choreography at the prestigious Certámen de Coreografía in Madrid, and the only American choreographer chosen among them.  In 1996, she returned to the U.S. where she continues to develop and train dancers for her company.   She is the recipient of an Emmy Award for Choreography in 1993 and an NEA Choreography Fellowship.  In 2005, Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for excellence in the category of “Best Company Performance,” and in 2006 she was chosen as one of ABC-7’s “Profiles in Excellence” Hispanic leadership awardees.


Flamenco guitarist Jason McGuire “El Rubio
” began playing at the age of nine.  Jason has been awarded a California Arts Council Music Fellowship and has been nominated three times for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award.   Jason currently serves as Music Director for both Caminos Flamencos and The New World Flamenco Festival.  Jason released his second album in 2016 with the new progressive flamenco group Terceto Kali, entitled “Terceto Kali,” to rave reviews by music critics nationally and internationally.  The Los Angeles Times recently wrote that “McGuire’s solo managed to be atmospheric and fiendishly complex at the same time.”


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Wednesday February 20th  8pm

Felsen




One of the best kept secrets of the Bay Area.  Felsen is a contemporary rock group with excellent musicianship, tight harmonies and smart lyrics that keep the listener engaged.  Felsen proves that acoustic rock and roll is alive and well!
Andrew Griffin-guitar/vocals,  Dara Ackerman-percussion/vocals, Joann Demars-cello. Bryan Bixby Dean-bass, Toledo Rob Tucker-percussion, Justin Dobrin-piano






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Wednesday March 6th 8pm

The Musical Art Quintet



A Musical Art Quintet composition might meld influences from Africa, Argentina, or Cuba into a globe-hopping, dance-inspiring, gorgeous work.  Classical training and a taste for evocative melodies underpin this sound, but improvisation and lively rhythms make the group's "Nuevo Chamber" music truly its own.  
Sascha Jacobsen (bass),  Jory Fankuchen (violin), Anthony Blea (violin), Charith Premawardhana(viola), Lewis Patzner (cello).
Eminently enjoyable and listenable.










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Wednesday March 20th 8pm

Dan Cantrell & Friends


We welcome back Dan Cantrell who created one of the most exciting shows at Strings in 2018.  Influenced by the traditions of Eastern Europe, early American Jazz, early film scores and modern alternative rock Dan Cantrell  plays piano, accordion, musical saw, Hammond organ, harpsichord and pump organ.   Dan is a founding member of Xenology: a licensing library featuring a unique blend of world music shaped by modern modalities and electronics. 
Joined by Diana Strong-accordion, keyboards, Lila Sklar-violin, Jason Ditzian-clarinet & saxophone and Sean Tergis-percussion.
Dancers Elizabeth Strong and Nataly Nayun. 

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Wednesday April 3rd 8pm

Madelina y Los Carpinteros
 

Madelina Zayas- vocals, cajón, güiro, Venezuelan maracas, bombo
Fernando Feña Torres-guitar, tiple, Venezuelan cuatro, charango, zampoña, percussion
Denis Schmidt- guitar, charango, tiple, zampoña, bongos, drumset, effects  
Craig Thomas-cuatro, string bass
Plus special guests!
Back by popular demand!  An evening inspired by the socially committed Nueva Canciòn and Nueva Trova folk music ofd Cuba and Latin America.  The group performs traditional, originals with well-crafted harmonies and layered acoustic instrumentation to present fresh interpretations of Latin American folk music from Chile, Argentina, the Andes Region, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba and the U.S.  

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WednesdayApril 17th 8pm

Tom Rigney & John R. Burr


         
Stellar cajun fiddler Rigney performs with virtuostic pianist John R.  Burr for an evening sure to make you dance in your seats!


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Wednesday May 1st 8pm

pickPocket Ensemble






We are happy to welcome back this wonderful group.   Inspired by many world musical traditions, the pickPocket ensemble inhabit a country all their own.  Original and fresh,  the pickPocket ensemble create a contemporary chamber café music that moves both body and soul.
Rick Corrigan-accordion, composition, Chloe Allen-violin, Yates Brown-guitar, John Slattery-percussion, Colin Williams-bass.





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Wednesday     May 15th     8pm

Ira Marlowe/Jhene Canody/Rachel Efron

Three terrific performing  Bay Area songwriters share an evening.  
Heartfelt lyrics, excellent guitar playing.  Joyful, thoughtful and entertaining!  Come be amazed at the talent in our community.
   

https://jhenecanody.bandcamp.com














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Wednesday June 19th     8pm

Jesse Kincaid Band


Jesse Lee Kincaid began playing music at age 11 when his uncle, 12 string guitar player and folk legend Fred Gerlach, gave him his first guitar. At age 19 Kincaid drove his 1953 Pontiac on Route 66 from Hollywood to New York City to be a folksinger, going on to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he formed a folk music duo with Taj Mahal.
Jesse Lee Kincaid’s solo album “Brief Moments Full Measure”, released in 2014, contains a baker’s dozen songs written by Kincaid that range from the folky, funky “Little Rain” to “Black Crow,” a country blues  to a touchingly sentimental “My Family.”  Don Henley, of The Eagles, has recorded Kincaid’s song, “She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune” for his album release, “Cass County.”In 2014, Kincaid’s memoir “Ibiza Chronicles” was published, documenting his times in the 1970s in Europe’s hip capitol on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Ibiza, performing in a rock and roll band and traveling to the ancient East on the road to India.
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Wednesday     August 7th 8pm

Maurice Tani & Mike Anderson






One of the best country performing songwriters today Tani writes
songs 
both lyrically deep and musically engaging.  Joined here by Mike Anderson on bass.  Great entertainment!







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Wednesday August 21st 8pm

Cosa Nostra


Shaina Evonivk-violin
Keith Lawrence-viola
Lewis Patzner-cello
Adam Theis-trombone/bass
Valentino-percussion
Trance Thompson-viola

Classically trained Cosa Nostra Strings play new versions of classical masterpieces as well as originals creating a musical world all their own.  
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Wednesday     September 18th 8pm
Free Peoples
We welcome back this extraordinary band.  Fine harmonies, reggae edges with rock elements.  All combine into a joyful sound with impeccable musicianship and excellent songs. Tim Sawyer, Michael DiPirro joined by James Foster, Jason Thor, Jesse Shantor and Nick Hasty create Free Peoples.




















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Wednesday     November 6th    8pm

Janam


Juliana Graffagna
Dan Auvil
Tom Farris
Gari Hegedus
Shira Kammen
 
Turkish, Romani, Sephardic, American roots and original music performed by some of the Bay Area's most innovative and accomplished musicians.





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