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2006


Feb 1    Snake Trio

(Jackeline Rago-cuatro, mandolin, percussion, Donna Viscuso-flute, alto sax, Saul Serria-acoustic bass)
True to tradition for the fifth year running we open our 13th season with this world class group. Original music based on the traditions of jazz and South American folk music.

Feb 8
    Player's Night (Preston Reed, Teja Gerkin, and Joey Lent)

We are thrilled to present Preston Reed with his "..fiendishly intricate blend of blues, rock, country and metal styles.." Also the the Bay Area's own master guitarist Teja Gerkin.

Feb 15    Still on the Hill

(Donna Henschell-fiddle, vocals, cello, Kelly Mulhollan-guitar, mandolin, vocals)
We welcome back this enthusiastic duo from Arkansas. Original blend of grass roots styles performed with heart, energy and fabulous musicianship.

Feb 22
    Marc Silber & Friends

Delta Blues and more performed by one of the very best. An evening that is bound to hold some surprises and is sure to delight all who attend.

Mar 1    Sambo Ngo (Zack Pitt-Smith Dennis Smith Massengo Constant)

Congolese Soukous great Samba and his group perform world beat music at its best.

Mar 8    The Sor Ensemble

(Eugene Sor-cello Karen Sor-violin Rem Djemilev-viola Miles Graber -piano)
Master musicians present an evening of classical quartets by Faure and Brahms. Credits include San Francisco Symphony, New World Chamber Orchestra, Arlekin Quartet and many more than is possible to list here.

Mar 15
    Wishing Chair / Amie Penwell (Miriam Davidson Kiya Heartwood)

Multi-instumentalists "with a passion for the truth". Davidson, Heartland and Bay Area's own Penwell make their debut performances at Strings this evening.

Mar 22
    Visual Concert (Hosted by John Pearson)

Master photographer John Pearson hosts this evening of photography to the accompaniment of live music. A multi-media event linking visual and musical talents to create mind-altering tapestries.

Mar 29
    Craig Carothers

One the most entertaining performing songwriters on tour in the country today.

Apr 5    Free Peoples (Tim Sawyer Johnny Downer Mike Dipirro Bradley Leach)

We are happy to welcome back Free Peoples. A unique sound and musical style performed with imagination and heart. Blue grass to blues and a whole lot more.

Apr 12    Hot Club of Berkeley

(George Cole-guitar Julian Smedley-violin Vic Wong-violin Chuck Ervin-bass)
We are happy to welcome back this group: Hot gypsy jazz holding true to the traditional Django and Grapelli virtuoisity with their own distinctive mark.

Apr 19
    Nate Cooper / Cas Lucas (Opening: Joey Lent)

Two performing songwriters on the cutting edge of contemporary Americana. Exciting, expressive and full of energy. Excellent musicianship.

Apr 26    Arauco

(Rafael Manriquez-vocals, guitar Jorge Tapia-percussion Fernando Torres-charango, cuatro)
A journey through contemporary original and traditional music and songs of Latin America.

May 3    The Palm Wine Boys (Tom Chandler Richard Linley Q.B. Williams)

Contemporary Folk with Afro-Carribean influence. A feel good evening.

May 10
    Kleptograss

(Eric Thompson Jody Stecher Paul Shelasky Laurie Lewis Paul Kotapish)
Original Americana at its very best. All-star lineup for a truly amazing evening. Surprize guests.

May 17    Pickpocket Ensemble

(Rick Corrigan-accordian Marquerite Ostrovski-violin Tim Fox-guitar Greg Kehret-bass Katja Cooper-percussion)
One of our favorite groups. Eastern European gypsy jazz and so much more.

May 24    Quijerema
(Quique Cruz-charango, kenacho, vocals Jeremy Allen-bass, percussion Maria Fernanda Acuna-percussion)
We are happy to welcome back this fantastic group. Original world music which fuses jazz and South American traditions.

May 31
    Mark Graham / Tom Sauber / Patrick Sauber

We welcome back Mark Graham (Kings of Mongrel Folk) harmonica and clarinet virtuoso joined by the Saubers for an evening of masterfully played old-time music.

Jun 7    Carlos Olmeda & Combo / Caren Armstrong

From San Diego, we welcome back multi-octave vocalist Olmeda. Inventive, commanding guitar playing and captivating song writing with multi-cultural influences.. One of the Bay Area's and String's favorite performing songwriters Armstrong shares the evening.

Jun 14
    Lost Weekend

Don Burnham, rhythm guitar Bobby Black, steel guitar Mark Holzinger, takeoff guitar Bing Nathan, bass Jim Rothermel, sax/clarinet Shota Osabe, piano Pam Brandon, feat. vocalist Rick Alegria, drums Paul Shelasky, fiddle (The very best in Western Swing music) Plus special guests!

Jun 21
    The Westerleys (Doug Blumer Nancy Terzian Peter Axel)

We are thrilled to present one of our favorite groups. Amazing three-part vocal harmonies. Original songs direct from the hearts and minds of three wonderful performers. A classic evening.

Jun 28
    Ramon Romero / Carlitos Sermeno

We welcome back master harp virtuoso Ramon Romero from Paraguay. Performing with consumate musician Carlitos Sermeno music from all over Latin America full of fiery rhythms and lyrical feeling.

Jul 12    Rupa and Les Poissons d'Avril

(Ed Baskerville-cello Adrian Jost-bayan, bandoneon Aaron Kierbel-percussion Kate Isenberg-violin, vocals)
An exotic blend of east and west. Music from all over the world is fused to create their own unique sound. Exciting and beautiful. A wonderful musical journey.

Jul 19
    Local Gold

This evening is entertainment packed. This is an opportunity to hear some of the amazing talent we have in our Strings community. One of the best shows of the year this is also a benefit for Strings.

Jul 26
    Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum

Laurie is one of the pre-eminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time. Singer, fiddler, performing songwriter and winner of numerous awards. Bluegrass, folk and country at its best.

Aug 2    John Haley-Walker / Christopher Smith and Dana Hubbard

We welcome back three of our favorite performing songwriters.

Aug 9
    Ya Elah

Artistic Director Bon Singer of Kitka recognized as one of the premier directors of Bulgarian choral music performs with her group. Cantorial, folk, jazz, ethnic and classical genres.

Aug 16    Megan McLaughlin, Patty Espeseth, Dorothy Betz, Les Adams

One of our favorite duos McLaughlin & Espeseth. From the island of Maui we welcome the original guitar/piano duo Betz & Adams.

Aug 23    Matt Lax and Nearly Beloved

(Matt Lax, Dave Zirbel, Erik Pearson, Robert Garner, Pete Lax, Dave Rubin-Lax)
Americana Afro-fusion. Great harmonies and exciting rhythms.

Aug 30    The Sor Ensemble

(Eugene Sor-cello Karen Shinozaki-violin Rem Djemilev-viola Miles Graber-piano)
We are happy to welcome back these master musicians for an evening of Brahms and Schumann performed with virtuosity and passion.

Yes, there should be show listings here for Sep and Oct.

Nov 1    
La Pena Choir Opening Threshold Choir

We are honored to welcome back La Pena Community Choir directed by Lichi Fuentes.

Nov 8
    Geist (Diana Stork, Teed Rockwell, Mika Scott)
              Triskela (Diana Stork Shawna Spitera Portia Diwa)


A world harp adventure. Moving music that pulses with joy and vibrancy.

Nov 15    VOCO

Moira Smiley, Jessica Basta, Christine Enns, John Ballinger, Jessica Catron
We are thrilled to welcome back VOCO. Easter Euorpean to Irish to Appalachian song.

Nov 29
    Wishing Chair / Christy McCarthy

Songwriting, singing and musicianship. This evening is not to be missed.

Dec 6    
Steve Seskin

We are excited and delighted to have song master Steve Seskin back at STRINGS.

Dec 13    
Strings Holiday Benefit Party