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Feb 7    Snake Trio

(Jackeline Rago-cuatro, mandolin, percussion, Donna Viscuso-flute, alto sax, Saul Sierra-acoustic bass)
True to tradition for the sixth year running we open our 14th season with this world class group. Original music based on the traditions of jazz and South American folk music.

Feb 14
    Alexander Tsygankov / Inna Shevchenko

We are thrilled to welcome back these two virtuoso musicians on tour from Moskow. Tsygankov on domra and Shevchenko on piano perform classics and originals.

Feb 21    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.

Feb 28    Carlos Reyes & Friends

Latin harp at its very best. Exciting masterful playing full of fire and immediacy. Carlos will be joined by musicians on violin and percussion. Surprise guest artists.

Mar 7
    Queens of Boogie Woogie (Virginia Pichner, Geanie Stout, Sue Palmer, Wendy DeWitt)

Strings is proud to host this seventh annual tour of the Queens of Boogie Woogie.

Mar 14
    Palm Wine Boys (Richard Linley, Q.B. Williams, Eliyahu Sills, Matthew Lax)

We are happy to welcome back one of our favorite groups. Contemporary folk with Afro-
Carribean influence. Upbeat music that's sure to put you in a good mood.

Mar 21
    Craig Carothers

One the most entertaining performing songwriters on tour in the country today. An authentic voice of our times.

Mar 28
    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

Apr 4    Carol Denney / Eric Von Radics / Skip Henderson

Three terrific performing songwriters. An eclectic evening with music running the gamut from sea chanteys to blues.
gamut from sea chanteys to blues.

Apr 11
    Rupa & The April Fishes

(Ed Baskerville-cello Aaron Kierbel-percussion Adrian Jost-bayan, bandoneon)
Kate Isenberg-violin, vocals) We are happy to welcome back this exciting group. An unique blend of French cabaret, North African rhythms with fabulous musicianship. Exotic and original.

Apr 18    Samba Ngo (Alex Pike Massengo Constant Baba Tunde Miller)

Congolese Soukous. Samba Ngo performs world beat music at its best. A spiritual experience not to be missed.

Apr 25
    Eric & Suzy Thompson

Two local favorites perform. Excellent musicianship, entertainment and good vibes. Blues, bluegrass, klezmer and any other kind of Americana you can think of.

May 2
    Rafael Manriquez / Quique Cruz / Maria Fernanda Acuna / Ingrid Rubis

Master Latin American musicians present an evening of original and traditional music. Moving and exciting.

May 9
    The Mitguards

Debbie and Chris Mitguard on tour from Colorado. Original and obscure: folk, roots and Americana. Great harmonies and hot picking.

May 16
    Acoustic Eidolon

Joe Scott on custom 14-string double neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello create
Acoustic Eidolon. Blend of classical, celtic and world rhythms.

May 23
    Guitar Masters - Hosted by Alex de Grassi

We are thrilled to welcome back master guitarist Alex de Grassi for an evening of guitar appreciation. Bob Bonastre from Italy and more surprise guests.

May 30    Paul Geremia

One of the greatest living blues guitarists and singers. Truly a national treasure.

June 6
    I See Hawks

Rob Waller / Paul Lacques / Anthony Lacques
Really terrific modern country. Topical lyrics. Currently one of the hottest groups coming out of L.A. This group will have you dancing in your seats..

June 13
    Tom Rigney Trio

Joe Weed / John R. Burr
Stellar cajun fiddler Rigney performs with pianist John R. Burr and fiddler Joe Weed. High energy heart-felt music. One of our favorite evenings.

June 20
    Strings Under Cover Night

One of the very best shows done at Strings. Songs the performers did not write and that have not received commercial air play. This evening will be a benefit for the Strings sound system.
Artists who would like to perform please contact Joey ASAP.

June 27    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.

July 11
    Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum

Laurie is one of the pre-eminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time. With partner Tom Rozum they create instrumental duets and vocal harmonies that are as good as good gets. Bluegrass, folk and country at its best.

July 18
    Matt Lax and Nearly Beloved

(Matt Lax, Dave Zirbel, Erik Pearson, Paul Olguim, Pete Lax, Dave Rubin-Lax)
We welcome back Matt Lax and Nearly Beloved. Americana Afro-fusion. Great harmonies and exciting rhythms.

July 25    Ze Manel

We are thrilled to welcome Ze Manel and friends, national treasure of his homeland
Guinea-Bissau. Kriol music with pulsating rhythms and song. Ze Manel is a voice of the spirit behind the human struggle for freedom and integrity so needed in our world today. An evening not to be missed.

Aug 1
    Caren Armstrong's Birthday Celebration - Opening Joey Lent and Chuck Steed

Please join Caren in celebrating her birthday! A magical evening full of surprises featuring the best of Bay Area talent.

Aug 8
    D Squared - Don Charles-guitar, banjo & mandola, Deb Gessner-harp

We welcome back this wonderful duo from Arizona. Music of touching sensitivity and depth with a rhythmic pulse that is truly exciting.

Aug 15
    Guitar Masters - Peter Finger, Michael Chapdelaine, Teja Gerkin

Join us for a very special evening with German master guitarist Peter Finger and two of the Bay Area's finest acoustic guitarists. Luthier David Lehrer will display fine hand-made guitars.

Aug 22
    Free Peoples - Tim Sawyer, Johnny Downer, Mike Dipirro, Bradley Leach

We welcome back one of the best original americana groups playing today. Bluegrass to blues and a
whole lot more. Imagination and heart.

Aug 29
    Kleptograss - Eric Thompson, Tom Rozum, Paul Kotapish, Laurie Lewis, Paul Shelasky

Original Americana at its very best. All-star line-up for a truly amazing evening.

Sept 5    The Pickpocket Ensemble

Rick Corrigan, Tim Fox, Greg Kehret, Katje Cooper, Brian Rice & Chloe Allen
We welcome back one of our favorite groups. Inspired by Eastern European and Flamenco this group creates original music touching the soul with the essence of the timeless cabaret.

Sept 12
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Music composed by Molly Axtmann, Rachel Durling-violin, David Brin-cello, Lisa Sangita-percussionThe silent film classic starring Lon Chaney (1923) will be screened with live accompaniment. Movie screened with no intermission. Late arrivals not admitted. Come on time!
Sept 19    Bill Evans / Megan Lynch

Bill Evans, one of the hottest banjo players today performs with national long bow fiddle
champion Megan Lynch. Sizzling musicianship and harmonies. Superb Americana.

Sept 26    Very Hot Club - George Cole, Julian Smedley, Vic Wong Kathy Sierra & Sam Bevan

In the tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli The Very Hot Club creates original songs true to the creative spirit which fuses popular music and art.

Oct 3
    La Pena Choir

We are very happy to welcome back the La Pena Community Choir. Latin American music and more with wonderful harmonies and exciting accompaniment.

Oct 10    Qadim

Eliyahu Sills, Jason Ranjit Parmar, Rachel Valfer, Faisal Zedan, Bouchaib Abdehadi, Evan Fraser
Music inspired by ancient mystical music of the Near East. Accomplished musicians from Indian, Iranian, Jewish, Moroccan and Arabic roots celebrate their common musical and spiritual heritage.
Oct 17    Houston Jones - Chris Kee, Peter Tucker, Travis Jones, Glenn Houston, Henry Salvia

Contemporary Americana. Blues, country at its very best. Great songs, terrific vocals and some seriously hot playing.

Oct 24
    The WIYOS - Joebass, Michael Farkas, Parrish Eillis

Vaudevillian, Ragtime Blues, Hillbilly Swing and Old Time Country. Great entertainment.
Oct 31    Ray Bonneville

Bonneville creates his own powerful and unique version of the blues. A legend in his own time

Nov 8
    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.

Nov 14
    Doug Blumer / Christopher Smith / Dana Hubbard

Three of our favorite performing songwriters present an evening of song. Great lyrics, top musicianship and entertainment.
Nov 28    Lost Weekend
The 11 piece allstar LOST WEEKEND Western Swing Band rides back to STRINGS for an evening of world-class Western Swing music, featuring Hall-of-Famer Bobby Black, steel guitar; Pam Brandon, featured vocalist; Mark Holzinger, lead guitar; fiddler Paul Shelasky; Shota Osabe, piano; Jim Rothermel, sax and clarinet; Bob Schulz, cornet and vocals; Kevin "Ironman" Porter, trombone; Rick Alegria, drums; Bing Nathan, bass; and "fearless leader" Don Burnham, rhythm guitar and vocals. This most remarkable band enters its 23 swingin' year (founded 1984) with four of the original cast still onboard - LOST WEEKEND has earned its reputation as one of the country's leading lights in Western Swing music. www.lostweekend.ws

Dec 12
    Strings Holiday Benefit Party