Guest Artists Performance Series

Come enjoy outstanding performances in our intimate venue!

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 2019 Guest Artists Performance Series

(A Kitty and Creek Norris Production!)

“I love the idea, and I feel it every night, that we’re going to go out on that piece of wood, and we’re going to tell you a story. We’re going to create a community in real time. You don’t get that on any screen”. – Glenn Close

All the full scoop on each of our world famous Guest Artists is listed below,

 please scroll down for information on the treats in store for you!

The Guest Artists Performance Series is Produced by Kitty & Creek Norris. We welcome your suggestions on Artists to bring into the series and to our Community. Please send us a note through the website, mail or phone

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Sunday May 5th, 2019 at 2 pm

Mendocino Dance Project

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4210136

 

Mendocino Dance Project is a contemporary dance company with an athletic and dynamic style that produces thought inspired work, on and off the floor. Watch personal stories unfold through layers of movement, witness the beauty and strength of dancers twirling and flipping in space, contemplate what it is this company says in motion. For more information, visit mendocinodanceproject.com

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4210136

Quotes from our fans:

“Gorgeous ! Raw! Stunning! Powerful! Hilarious! Sexy! Skillful! Unique ! & simply Amazing!!”

“…was blown away by the first class choreography, grace, athleticism, and flawless moves of the dancers.”

“Emotionally engaging, humorous, dynamic, smooth, fluid, heart-breaking–gorgeous dancing.”

 

 

BPT Ticket Sales Close 2 Hours Before the Show Begins, so get your tickets early, or at the door!

Tickets also available:

In Person at Mazahar,

by phone any time 1-800-838-3006.

Also at the door if not sold out.

Advance tickets online, by 800# phone and at Mazahar close 2 hours before the show opens, so get your seats early or show up at the door to claim any unsold seats.

This series is all Open Seating. If you wish to have Accessible Seating in “Row A” ~ no stairs ~ please make sure to let us know when you purchase your tickets

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THE STRING REVOLUTION

Friday May 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm

 

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4210142

 

Based in Los Angeles, California, The String Revolution is comprised of four professional guitar players who are virtuosos and create distinctive sounds with their guitars: mimicking percussion, special effects, melodic grooves, bass lines, and more. They share a passion for many different musical styles and guitar techniques which has given The String Revolution a unique sound. This is evident in their studio recordings and live shows. A clear dedication and hard work ethic for the project brought The String Revolution together.

The band includes former Randy Rhoads student Janet Robin (recently named “Top 50 Acoustic Guitarist” by Guitar Player Magazine, 2017), who is also an acclaimed touring guitarist with the likes of Lindsey Buckingham, Meredith Brooks, Air Supply and many more, award winning Austrian nylon-string guitarist Markus Illko, Swiss multi-credited producer, songwriter, and guitarist Daniel Schwarz, and underground LA fav indie artist/guitarist Art Zavala Jr. They released their first EP “Stringborn” in 2016 to rave reviews and jam-packed shows, and their newest CD, “Red Drops” is set for release in 2019. Both records were mixed and mastered by Grammy nominated Matt Hyde, known for his work with guitarists, Rodrigo y Gabriela. The String Revolution’s cover version of “Billie Jean” reached the Top 10 Spotify LA Instrumental Charts and has over 150,000 plays. ”Stringborn” was also included on the 2017 Grammy Entry Ballot.

The band has been selling out local LA and California regional music clubs, house concerts, and festivals including The Hotel Cafe, The Mint, Genghis Cohen, Laguna Beach Arts Festival, NAMM Headquarters and many more, and will soon embark on international touring. Their shows include original compositions as well as memorable covers arranged in fresh and surprising ways utilizing their expert guitar skills. With entertaining guitar chops, exceptional musicianship, and an international background, The String Revolution is no doubt a new and unique force in the world of music and guitar performance.

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4210142

The String Revolution - Website - Markus Illko

Markus Illko

The String Revolution - Website - Janet Robin

Janet Robin

The String Revolution - Website - Daniel Schwarz

Daniel Schwarz

The String Revolution - Website - Art Zavala Jr.

Art Zavala Jr.

GUITAR PLAYER Magazine

“Janet Robin – Top 50 Acoustic Guitarist in the World.”

FOLK WORLD Magazine

“The four guitar masters present themselves as brilliant musicians and fine composers, check them out!”

POP Magazine

“The 4 guitarists do not let boredom arise! The varied, well-crafted guitar work is also warmly recommended to non-guitarists.”

GUITAR WORLD Magazine

“Top 10 Female Guitarist Janet Robin”

GUITAR Magazine

“Diversity from rock to folk to latin keeps the listener engaged, especially since four exceptional guitarists are at work!”

iTunes Review

“What a unique and refreshing experience! The String Revolution is a gifted group with such musicality and creativity.”

 

 

BPT Ticket Sales Close 2 Hours Before the Show Begins, so get your tickets early, or at the door!

Tickets also available:

In Person at Mazahar,

by phone any time 1-800-838-3006.

Also at the door if not sold out.

Advance tickets online, by 800# phone and at Mazahar close 2 hours before the show opens, so get your seats early or show up at the door to claim any unsold seats.

This series is all Open Seating. If you wish to have Accessible Seating in “Row A” ~ no stairs ~ please make sure to let us know when you purchase your tickets

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The Billie Holiday Project

led by

Stella Heath

Sunday June 2nd, 2019

at 2 PM

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4213340

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4213340

 

The Billie Holiday Project, led by Stella Heath, celebrates the music of
Lady Day! Shrouded in mystery, as she was draped in furs, Billie was quintessentially multi-faceted, possessing the sensitivity and ability to make the songs she sang as personal
as if she was singing them softly in your own very ear. Featuring some of the Bay Area’s
finest Jazz musicians, The Billie Holiday Project evokes the electric and intimate feeling of experiencing Lady Day live in a 1930s Jazz Club. Drawing from some of Billie’s most
recorded tunes, such as Blue Moon, Billie’s Blues, God Bless the Child, and Strange Fruit, to name but a few, the band also revives some of the earlier and lesser-known tunes that Billie interpreted. In performance, interspersed with the music are stories of Billie’s life
and musical artistry. The Band features Stella Heath, invoking the vocal stylings of Billie Holiday; Neil Fontano, piano virtuoso from Sonoma County; Jason Bellenkes, rich and inventive
on tenor saxophone and clarinet; Trevor Kinsel, interchanging between upright bass and
cornet.Please enjoy the video:

Stella Heath – Vocals
Singing since the age of eight, Stella feels wholly blessed to be able to express herself through music and song, and to carry forth the torch of Jazz Music from greats such as Billie Holiday. She grew up in the North San Francisco Bay Area, steeped in her mother’s eclectic music collection; some of her early musical influences were Louis Armstrong, Edith Piaf, Buena Vista Social Club, Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Bod Dylan and Ella Fitzgerald. Her education was primarily in Acting at Interlochen Arts Academy and Syracuse University, where she received a degree in classical acting and cultural geography. She spent many years as a Shakespearian actress based out of New York City, where she began to sing Jazz again with the incredible Marjorie Eliot in Harlem. She moved to her home state of California in 2014, and began playing music full time, starting the Bay Area based band French Oak, a wild around the edges band that mixes French Jazz Manouche, New Orleans Hot Swing, and Eclectic Global Folk, allowing Stella to explore and play in vocal improvisation, different languages, and song interpretation. She has a passion for uncovering old gems from the library and music archives. She has a deep love for Jazz and its history; she believes it should be an integral part of American childhood curriculum.
Neil Angelo Fontano – Piano
Neil grew up in Petaluma, California. He began playing classical pieces on piano at age 10. After his grandparents exposed him to ragtime, he started taking lessons. At age 12, he began studying under who would become his musical mentor, the internationally-acclaimed American classical pianist and composer, Peter Vincent Marlotti (now deceased). Once Marlotti introduced “Rhapsody In Blue”, Neil fell in love with the music of Gershwin and through his curiosity discovered jazz and stride piano. Currently, he plays professionally throughout the Bay Area and serves as the assistant music director at his former high school.

Jason Bellenkes – Reeds
Since the age of nine, Jason Bellenkes has been playing reed instruments. He honed his saxophone skills by performing at his school concert and jazz bands in his hometown of Los Gatos, California. During his childhood, Jason’s uncle introduced him to jazz and blues, and helped him to develop an album collection of greats such as Cannonball Adderly, John Coltrane and Sonny Stitt . He began playing with local big bands and jazz combos at age 15, getting his first gig shot at professional performing. Bellenkes later earned his music performance degree, both his Bachelors and Masters, from California State University, East Bay, and studied under saxophone instructor Dan Zinn. His Bachelors was in saxophone performance, and his Masters in Jazz studies. He has also studied saxophone with Bob Shepard, Brad Leali, and Victor Morosco.  

Spike Klein – Drums
Spike grew up in west Marin county, playing drums since the age of 10. His first musical love was good old fashioned rock n’ roll, but he was ultimately hooked by the spontaneity and individualism of jazz. He studied at Rutgers University with renowned drummer Akira Tana, while also benefiting from the musical wisdom of jazz greats Kenny Barron, Larry Ridley, and Ralph Bowen. Since 2010 he has been the general manager at The Magic Flute music store in San Rafael, CA. There he enjoys working with other musicians, and doing his part to bring music education to kids all over the county. Spike lives in Fairfax with his wife and two kids.
Trevor Kinsel – Bass & Trumpet
Celebrated musician Trevor Kinsel has had the opportunity to play with luminaries such as John Handy, Will Bernard, Dan Hicks, Steve Kimock, Larry Vukovich, Jaz Sawyer, Dayna Stevens, Jaimeo Brown, and Ambrose Akinmusire, He comes from a musical family being the third generation to receive radio play.  He is also involved in music education having taught privately and at schools after receiving a university degree with honers, in music, on scholarship. Trevor Kinsel continues to record and play dates and looks forward to performing at a venue near you in the near future!

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4213340

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4213340

 

BPT Ticket Sales Close 2 Hours Before the Show Begins, so get your tickets early, or at the door!

Tickets also available:

In Person at Mazahar,

by phone any time 1-800-838-3006.

Also at the door if not sold out.

Advance tickets online, by 800# phone and at Mazahar close 2 hours before the show opens, so get your seats early or show up at the door to claim any unsold seats.

This series is all Open Seating. If you wish to have Accessible Seating in “Row A” ~ no stairs ~ please make sure to let us know when you purchase your tickets

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Nicole Stromsoe and Dorian Michael in Concert

 

 

Sunday July 21st, 2019

at 2 pm

Nicole’s vocal magnificence paired with Dorian’s superlative acoustic guitar accompaniment…plus solo treats from Dorian…who was recently named as one of the

100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists!

The Guest Artists Performance Series is Produced by Kitty & Creek Norris. We welcome your suggestions on Artists to bring into the series and to our Community. Please send us a note through the website, mail or phone!

BPT Ticket Sales Close 2 Hours Before the Show Begins, so get your tickets early, or at the door!

Tickets also available:

In Person at Mazahar,

by phone any time 1-800-838-3006.

Also at the door if not sold out.

Advance tickets online, by 800# phone and at Mazahar close 2 hours before the show opens, so get your seats early or show up at the door to claim any unsold seats.

This series is all Open Seating. If you wish to have Accessible Seating in “Row A” ~ no stairs ~ please make sure to let us know when you purchase your tickets

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Sunday August 25th, 2019

at 2 pm

 

Marc Yaffee!

 
Marc Yaffee is a Native American comedian, writer, actor, and podcast host. Marc Yaffee’s diverse comedy career has landed him in 43 states and 11 countries that span across four continents. He’s performed on a flat-bed truck for U.S. Marines in Iraq (while getting his shoulder-length hair shaved off) and entertained a planeload of Alaska Airlines passengers at 30,000 feet.
With appearances on PBS, FNX, The Latino Laugh Festival, and Showtime’s “Goin’ Native”, Marc continues to expand his comedy footprint. His recent special “Marc My Words” is a mainstay on NativeFlix.com which also airs “No Reservations Required,” his new tribal travel show.
 
One of the most versatile comedians working today, Marc connects with audiences ranging from comedy club Millennials to casino showroom Baby Boomers. Relevant and relatable, Marc skewers sacred cows, dissects societal stupidities and confronts common frustrations, all while keeping his humanity and humor.
 
Marc Yaffee is a Co-Star of the Showtime’s Goin’ Native. The show is the first-ever cable special showcasing an all-Native American lineup. Marc has also appeared on PBS, The Latino Laugh Festival, Comics Unleashed and the premier episode of the FNX Network’s First Nations Comedy Experience. Marc has performed six times overseas for Armed Forces Entertainment and he won the Ventura Comedy Festival’s Funniest Person Contest in 2012.
www. laughwithmarc.com

The Guest Artists Performance Series is Produced by Kitty & Creek Norris. We welcome your suggestions on Artists to bring into the series and to our Community. Please send us a note through the website, mail or phone!

BPT Ticket Sales Close 2 Hours Before the Show Begins, so get your tickets early, or at the door!

Tickets also available:

In Person at Mazahar,

by phone any time 1-800-838-3006.

Also at the door if not sold out.

Advance tickets online, by 800# phone and at Mazahar close 2 hours before the show opens, so get your seats early or show up at the door to claim any unsold seats.

This series is all Open Seating. If you wish to have Accessible Seating in “Row A” ~ no stairs ~ please make sure to let us know when you purchase your tickets

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Sunday September 8th, 2019

at 2 pm

Dirty Cello in Concert!

From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

“Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical.” Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine.

“The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of “Purple Haze” is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman’s playing—it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you’ll wonder why more bands don’t have a cellist.” Good Times Santa Cruz

“The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn’t make sense but somehow does.” LA Times
Tickets also available In Person at Mazahar, by phone any time 1-800 838-3006. Also at the door if not sold out.Advance tickets online, by 800# phone and at Mazahar close 2 hours before the show opens, so get your seats early or show up at the door to claim any unsold seats.This series is all Open Seating. If you wish to have Accessible Seating in “Row A” ~ no stairs ~ please make sure to let us know when purchasing your tickets

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SonoMusette in Concert

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

at 2 pm

 

SonoMusette recaptures the moody, melancholic sound and spirit of mid twentieth-century Paris. French chanteuse, musette accordion, gypsy-jazz guitar, upright bass, and drum kit combine to revive the enchanting songs of that era. This music has retained its power to charm and transport listeners, and SonoMusette taps that nostalgia with artistry in both vocals and instrumentation. Inspired by the great performers of that era, such as Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, and Django Reinhardt, along with contemporary artists such as Zaz, SonoMusette brings bal-musette to the “moderne” era.

Mimi Pirard • vocalist
French-American singer, Mimi Pirard, has a passion for reviving songs from times gone by as sung by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, and their contemporaries. As a young child, her father’s work led Mimi’s family to travel the world before they settled in France when she was seven.
At age thirteen Mimi began her singing career in Saint Germain en Laye as a member of Atelier Chanson, a local music association, learning to harmonize melodies and take leading roles performing traditional and contemporary French songs. At age seventeen she moved to California where she and her brother, Gabe, began performing regularly at local venues.Mimi and Gabe formed the popular band, Dgiin, which earned The North Bay Music Awards, “Best World Band”, for it’s unique, high energy mix of gypsy, flamenco, with a touch of funk. Their repertoire included songs in French, Spanish, and English. Mimi later helped found the band, Hand Me Down, where Latin and Caribbean rhythms intertwined with rich three-part harmonies.Today Mimi sings with the band, SonoMusette, where she explores and exudes her favorite musical styles and songs. Her interpretations of these timeless French classics provide a freshness and excitement that is contemporary, yet faithful to the spirit and tradition of the original renditions.Robert Lunceford • accordion
Robert was born on Bastille Day in Maywood, California, located on the west bank of the
Los Angeles River. He began playing the accordion at age seven while growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of Huntington Park. Robert’s musical interests have strongly focused on European and traditional music. He has played with numerous traditional Celtic music groups including the Los Angeles based band, Reel to Reel, and Sonoma County’sAtlantic Shore.Robert took a ten year break from live performance, turning his interests to the technical side of live-music production. In 1996 he founded his own live-sound reinforcement company, Authentic Audio & Sound. Robert has engineered well over 1,000 live-music concerts and has recorded and engineered several studio albums.Robert returned to live music performance in 2009, forming the French music trio,
Un Deux Trois, for which he composes and arranges much of the band’s music.
He is also a member of the French-Italian music trio, La Guinguette.
Serving as musical director for Cinnabar Theater’s 2014 production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,  as well as the 2015 production of Edith Piaf: Beneath Paris Skies, Robert was nominated for “Best Musical Direction” by the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle.  Robert co-founded SonoMusette with singer Mimi Pirard, debuting the group in February 2016.Jan Martinelli • upright bass and piano
A native San Franciscan, Jan has toured and performed with numerous bands and artists at major festivals and performance halls throughout the country. Known for her stylistic range from Latin, jazz, and funk to blues and folk, her soulful approach to the bass can be heard on more than 30 albums.Jan appeared on the cover of Southwest Airline’s inflight magazine, Spirit, in an article “Women & Jazz” and has played major jazz festivals such as Aspen, Barbados, Monterey, San Francisco, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Jan most recently played bass in Cinnabar Theater’s productions Edith Piaf: Under Paris Skies and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Along with SonoMusette, Jan currently performs with French music trio, Un Deux Trois, and has been touring nationally with Holly Near since 2012.Richard Andrews • drums
A California native, Richard began playing in garage/experimental/dance bands at the ripe age of thirteen. Richard performed orchestral and chamber music while studying at UC Berkeley, then switched to guitar during San Francisco’s frenetic performance art rock scene of the early 80s. Since then he has formed collaborative projects focused on writing and recording, performed regularly on drums in jazz groups around the Bay Area and abroad, and worked with Petaluma-based Americana band, Driftwood.
Richard’s frequent trips to Paris have inspired a deep interest in French popular music of the early 20th century – especially the reanimation of the era’s classic songs in a modern context.Isaac Vandeveer • guitar and bass
Isaac was raised in Oakland California where he began learning the trumpet in elementary school and began his life long love for playing music.  He picked up guitar sometime in the 80’s because it was more rock ’n roll and soon formed a band to learn tunes and write originals.  At Skyline High, he discovered jazz, fusion, and swing.  He studied with local private teachers, Russ Drago and Rick Higgs who helped him build a foundation in technique, theory and improvisation.  Through his college years he was a member of a variety of eclectic bands and recorded several albums.  None of which has gone platinum….yet.With a degree in guitar performance from Humboldt State University, Isaac quickly found employment in the construction field.  Then having hurt his hands one too many times and nearly missing a few gigs, decided teaching music would be a better way to earn a living.  He is now a band director for Rincon Valley Union School District in Santa Rosa, where he lives with his wife and two children.Being a sensitive musician and thoughtful guitarist, Isaac has performed in a wide variety of genres and ensembles from free form jazz to cover bands; pit orchestras to big bands.  He’s done the occasional classical solo performance but much prefers the thrill of playing with others.  He gets kind of grumpy, though, if the music doesn’t swing.  Currently you can catch him playing with the Wednesday Night Big Band, usually at the Big Easy in Petaluma, or around town with a small Latin jazz band called Tumbao.  Isaac is very happy to be the newest member working with the fine musicians in SonoMusette.

 

Website: http://www.sonomusette.com

Band Members are:
Mimi Pirard – vocalist
Jan Martinelli – upright bass and piano
Robert Lunceford – accordion
Isaac Vandeever – guitar and bass
Richard Andrews – drums

 

BPT Ticket Sales Close 2 Hours Before the Show Begins, so get your tickets early, or at the door!

Tickets also available:

In Person at Mazahar,

by phone any time 1-800-838-3006.

Also at the door if not sold out.

Advance tickets online, by 800# phone and at Mazahar close 2 hours before the show opens, so get your seats early or show up at the door to claim any unsold seats.

This series is all Open Seating. If you wish to have Accessible Seating in “Row A” ~ no stairs ~ please make sure to let us know when you purchase your tickets

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Thank you to Les Schwab Tire Center of Willits, and NC Financial for underwriting

our 2018 -2019 seasons!

And thanks to our Season Sponsors:

Ace Copy Center, J.D. Redhouse, Savings Bank of Mendocino County and Yokum’s Body Shop

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The Fire Scottish Band

and

Tempest

Are

Sponsored by 

CELTIC HERITAGE DESTINATIONS

TRAVEL AGENCY OF WILLITS

Thank you very much, Jenny Holmes Senter!

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