MessageGreetings from Museletter for the week of 4 /3 - 4/ 9 / 06 Mondays 7:30pm Singer/Songwriter Open Mic hosted by Kiki Wow Not only can your family andMessage 1 of 1 , Apr 2, 2006View Source
Message Greetings from Museletter for the week of 4 /3 - 4/ 9 / 06Mondays 7:30pm
Singer/Songwriter Open Mic hosted by Kiki Wow
Not only can your family and friends watch you from anywhere in the world via the 6 camera live webcast, but it's where musicians gather to collaborate and create a grass roots scene which Kiki best describes as "Woodstock In A Coffeehouse." If you're looking for something much different from the L.A. scene, come on down and experience our living room. If you're itchin' to perform at the Woodshed, come on down.
Sign ups begin at 7pm. For more information, go to http://www.kulakswoodshed.com/openmic.shtmlTuesday 4/ 4 closed
No Mics, No Pluggin'-In, Community Acoustic Jam Session and Sing Along Kinda,... thang
Come on down and play, sing, and have a ball! This is a just-for-fun night for anyone and everyone who wants to take part.Thursday 4/ 6, 8:00pmChad Watson & FriendsChad Watson's music is a perfect marriage of lyrical and instrumental sophistication that's been favorably compared to the likes of Guy Clark, Ian Tyson and his dear departed friend and mentor, the legendary Charlie Rich. His most recent studio project with Janis Ian was nominated for a Grammy. Jazz lovers may have heard Chad's bass work on recordings, or in concert with Eric Gale, Ronnie Laws, Thad Jones, or Bijan.Joining Chad tonight will be Pam Lowe, Robert Morgan Fisher , Pamela English and Katie Christopher.Pam Loe is a California Country Music Hall of Fame-er. She and her band, "Pam Loe & Hipshot," have been together for over 20 years.She has opened for The Judds, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless, and others. She brings a bit of soul to country music with her sultry voice. Find out more about Pam at her website, www.pamloe.com.
From Katie Christopher's website, www.katiechristopher.com: " Blending pure songwriting talent with exceptional vocal skill, Katie Christophers music and her soulful, emotional voice moves audiences. Crossing over to many genres, her extensive background draws from both classical and popular music.Katie's passion for music inspired her to hone her craft as a pop piano singer-songwriter whose publishing company, Hummingbird Music, owns the sole rights to all of her original songs which are composed, arranged,performed and recorded by the artist.As a performer, Katie is unforgettable. The electric combination of her voice and instrument is truly one-of-a-kind and her energy and interaction with her audiences always make her a crowd favorite.Katie grew up Southern California where she began piano lessons at the age of five and was composing songs shortly after. By twelve she was performing in churches, fairs, luncheons, school functions-- anywhere she possibly could-- and was part of several choral groups and bands. As an adolescent, she was able to truly blossom as a performer-- singing and competing all over California with a local studio. While Katie was earning her degree in English and Political Science at UCLA, she got her first taste of the Los Angeles music scene and has been hooked ever since.Katie resides in Los Angeles where she aspires to make music her career. She can be heard most recently on John Klemmer's upcoming release, Love Divine, available on Universal Records.Currently seeking a label to call home, Katie longs for representation dedicated to longevity, musicality and talent."
From Pamela English's website, www.pamelaenglishmusic.com: "I was raised in a musical family and started singing when I was old enough to talk. My mother and father both play guitar and love to sing. They gave me the guitar I play on stage. It's over 30 years old. I learned to play it in our living room growing up, jamming to good old country music. Most of my childhood roots are from Mississippi but I came to LA by way of Oklahoma City a few years ago. That's when I started writing songs. I have two albums now that I've written. One is country and I'm calling it "Cowgirl in LA" which has become my signature song. It isn't mainstream country. In fact people say my style of writing is very vintage and reminiscent of something early '70's. I'm searching for the perfect instrumentation and sound for a "vintage revival". Some people say I've created my own style. I've gained a following very quickly to have something that's not mainstream. Which just means the songs are good. I also have a gospel album called "Captured". It's contemporary and I even have a "rock" song on it. I never thought I'd be performing. I had a lot of insecurities. One was about my voice, which is very different. But it turns out that it's considered a signature voice because it's unique and there's not another voice like it! I've conquered the stage. I'm a born entertainer. People say I look like I'm having so much fun up there that it's contagious. I'll cut you in on my secret. I'm having a lot of fun!"
Chad tells me he and his lovely wife Pam Loe will also perform together. They will be playing songs from their new album, "Pam Sings Chad!" That's a no miss for sure! -ed.Friday 4 /7, 8:00pmSeverin Browne & James Coberly Smith
Severin Browne's ( www.SeverinBrowne.com ) subject matter always reflects his growth as an individual as well as an artist. In 1970, he became the first white folk/country-type singer on Motown's roster. People who appreciate music will pick up on his great melodies and smooth vocals.
James Coberly Smith ( www.jamescoberlysmith.com ) has been described as a virtuoso 12-string slide-guitarist. He is also a respected singer/songwriter whose songs are direct and contain those fundamental truths that we can all relate to. Together, Severin & James are a magical duo, proving the old adage about the whole being more than the sum of its parts.
As always, the boys will be joined by:Alex Del Zoppo (piano) (www.sweetwaterband.com): Alex is also a hat fanatic. He is also a darn good pianist. He is still part of the band Sweetwater, the act that opened the original Woodstock. If the planets are favorable, Alex might treat the crowd to one of his own masterfully crafted tunes.Gary Popenoe (harmonica): Gary breathes pure magic into his instrument, making it sing one minute and growl the nest. Unfortunately, he doesn't wear a hat.Mike Bisch (bass) (www.thewhoshow.com): An intricate and versatile bassist is Mr. Bisch. When he is not holding down the bottom end of Kulak's first Friday, he can be heard with the Who tribute band, The Who Show.Jeff Kossack (percussion): Jeff is a solid - and energetic - percussionist, unparalleled in combination bopping and bongo-ing. Jeff is also a talented singer/songwriter in his own right. In the past he penned tunes for Eddie Money. He's finished his new CD - and it's awesome!David Stone (drums): David is a song crafter who sings of his love and dreams with a soul-melting voice. On first Fridays he keeps the beat steady for the boys.The boys are joined tonight by John Stowers.John Stowers has been called one of the most promising singer/songwriters in Southern California. "A Pop-Folk Rocker with suprising soul. His songs are filled with passionate lyrics and melodies that soar from hook to hook."There's also going to be a surprise guest!Saturday 4/ 8 , 8: 00pmChris Bennett & FriendsFrom her website, www.chrisbennett.com: "Chris Bennett is, today, a name synonymous with the international success and commercial appeal of the southern California contemporary jazz music scene. With 7 Jazz CD's, she has secured a revered place as one of an intimate handful of successors to Peggy Lee, June Christy, Anita O'Day and the classic American female jazz vocalists.At times a stylist and, more often, the singer of self-composed music and lyrics, she is always a genuine artist in performance. A lifetime of entertaining combined with a disciplined regimen of daily practice and consistent training is evident in masterful live performances and perfect studio recordings.Like songbirds Helen Morgan, June Christy and Anita O'Day, Bennett is originally from Illinois, where she grew up on a musical diet of Big Band melodies and Broadway show tunes. A love of performing lead to a passion for dance and, while in high school, she opened a dance studio at the age of 16. Bennett chassed her way through college majoring in dance performance and, soon after, pirouetted to graduate school in California where she developed her greatest movements; of the lips and the vocal chords.With a dancer's skills and a vocalist's talent, Bennett was selected by Jim Nabors to join his Las Vegas revue which eventually toured cross-country. Performing on stage every night in new venues, playing to fresh audiences in different cities, Bennett gained the confidence and experience of a seasoned professional. Soon, she would go on tour to headline her own shows across the globe. From choreographing her dancers to selecting the repertoire of her band, Bennett incorporated contemporary pop covers and jazz standards in her shows. She also cultivated a new passion: songwriting. By her mid-twenties, Bennett was already a well traveled woman and, certainly, a vocalist of the world. While on tour in Germany, she was scouted and hand picked by multi-Grammy and multi-Academy Award winning composer/producer Giorgio Moroder to join the popular disco group Munich Machine. He chose Bennett to be the lead vocalist for their sophomore album which would contain a dance version of the Procul Harum rock classic "A Whiter Shade of Pale." Bennett not only recorded the entire album, she also posed for the groundbreaking cover art; entirely naked. Bennett's runway model's body and movie star looks caused an international sensation and made for one of the highest charting and highest grossing disco albums of 1978. A full fledged dance music diva under the guidance of Moroder, Bennett was signed to Casablanca Records as a songwriter and recording artist. She recorded as one half of Giorgio & Chris for the only duet album of Moroders entire career, Loves In You, Loves In Me. Her distinctly clear voice and high range also backed up some of Donna Summers biggest hits, most notably the number one pop hit and Grammy-nominated single MacArthur Park, the certified Gold single Heaven Knows and the number one certified Platinum Live & More album. Bennett again made international headlines when the song she co-wrote and sang as the theme from Midnight Express was nominated for a Grammy. By the 1980s, Chris Bennett had established herself as a successful singer, songwriter and producer, occasionally singing back-up for Rita Coolidge and Johnny Mathis. Her songs were being recorded by the likes of Tina Turner and The Manhattan Transfer. She co-wrote and co-produced for The Three Degrees, the final Munich Machine album Body Shine and the Suzi Lane album Ooh La La. She also played a key role in producing for and writing with up-and-coming Grammy-award winning Blues artist Keb Mo. By the 1990s, Bennett reflected on her career as an accomplished singer, noteworthy producer and popular songwriter. Having performed for others behind the scenes primarily throughout the 1980s, she made a promise to return to the recording studio and the concert stage, this time, for herself. It would also be a return to her first musical love: jazz.A self titled CD release in 1993 marked the welcomed return of Chris Bennett as lead vocalist. Utilizing the talents of celebrity musicians and introducing new artists, Bennett specialized in creating a musical experience of self composed pieces, some jazz classics and a contemporary cover or two. The success of her debut jazz CD led to a series of future releases that capitalized on this combination. Jazz magazines critically praised her, noting after a successful career as a background performer, it is a pleasure to welcome Chris Bennett to center stage. Since then, Bennett has been a staple of Smooth Jazz radio programming everywhere. The success of her concerts, CD sales and consistent critical triumphs have led to sold-out performances throughout Europe, New York supper clubs and Chicago cabarets. At home in Los Angeles, she continues to be a popular artist and regular club favorite. Chris Bennett has seven CDs available which include a Christmas Jazz CD, a Latin Jazz CD, and an import-only live CD released in 2004. A humanitarian of the first order, she has also co-written and recorded a song in memory of the Holocaust survivors (Remember), as well as a song in support of gay marriage (Everybody Has the Right). An outspoken artist for social change and an advocate of community activism, locally and globally, Chris is often called upon to perform in benefit of organizations such as SHARE, The Torch Foundation and many others. From disco diva to jazz chanteuse, the musical journey of Chris Bennett has been the evolution of an artist come full circle. An accomplished vocalist, songwriter, composer and producer, she recently added Broadway musical lyricist to her repertoire. Her latest CD, aptly titled Bennett On Broadway, contains 18 classic musical numbers performed in the style of a jazz veteran. Released on Rhombus Records in September 2005, Bennett On Broadway is available at Amazon.com, at Tower Records across the globe and online at www.rhombus-records.com."Chris will have Kenny Gray, Oliver Brown and Nina Storey on the bill with her, and this is what she has to say about them: "My bass player, Kenny Gray, works with the Emotions and is a popular voice-over actor for film and TV. Oliver Brown, my percussionist is part of the group, Gravity, and just finished a CD with Mick Fleetwood. My special guest, Nina Storey, is an up and coming blues singer, consistently voted "Best Artist in Colorado", and the youngest artist ever signed to a publishing deal at Universal Music. Her website is www.NinaStorey.com."Sundays 7:00pmThe Performance Workshop with Marc PlattFor more information on the workshop, visit: http://www.kulakswoodshed.com/workshop.shtml
For the latest updates check online: http://www.kulakswoodshed.com/calendar.shtml . Come on down to support the musicians and the Woodshed. There's NO COVER CHARGE! But if you can't make it down, we broadcast every show over the Internet from 8:00PM til 10 :00ish LIVE on your computer! We gratefully accept donations of any denomination to help keep the bills paid and the music flowing.
We're located at 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, just north of Magnolia and the 101 Freeway. Our phone number is 818-766-9913. See you there!