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Saturday, February 7

Jim Malcolm

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Jim Malcolm

Phinney Neighborhood Center (Brick Building), 7:30PM

General Admission: $16
$2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as "one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style". His concerts are always highly entertaining, peppered with funny stories and observations, in the great tradition of Scottish artists through the ages.

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH BROWN PAPER TICKETS OR AT PRIOR SFS CONCERTS. http://jimmalcolmseattle.brownpapertickets.com or call the Brown Paper Ticket line at 1-800-838-3006

AT THE DOOR, TICKETS WILL BE $18/$16/$8. (Discounts for members, students, seniors 65+. Youth tickets, age 6-17, are $8, advance or at the door)

Sunday, February 8

April Verch

Special Sunday Night on Phinney Ridge

April Verch

Phinney Neighborhood Center (Brick Building), 7:00PM

General Admission: $16
$2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

Advance tickets: http://aprilverchseattle.brownpapertickets.com Tickets, if available at the door, will be $2 more.

April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter. Her ninth album, Bright Like Gold, captures a woman who’s fleshed out her identity and is in full command of her gifts, a woman who’s grown from a prodigy into an enduring artist--one of music’s most unforgiving public transitions--with grace and grit to spare. The April Verch Band--rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin, who has a Masters in jazz improv from the New England Conservatory-- is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating outfit, not to mention one that’s not soon forgotten when they depart the stage. It doesn’t hurt that the thrilling grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing--and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns--at once. Something else that’s downright impressive is the range of material Verch, Walters and Griffin inhabit on the new album. She’s so fluent in folk traditions--the Canadian ones she was born into and the American ones she later found her way to--that old fiddle tunes like those featured in the Canadian medley "Dusty Miller," "Fiddle Fingers" and "Grizzly Bear" and the Appalachian medley "Edward in the Treetop," "Yellow Jacket" and "Quit That Tickling Me" sound positively reinvigorated. Originals like her instrumental waltz "Morris & Boris" and country courting number "The Only One" are clearly made to last.

Saturday, February 21

Mary Flower with Spud Siegel

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Mary Flower with Spud Siegel

Phinney Neighborhood Center (Brick Building), 7:30PM

General Admission: $16
$2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

SFS is thrilled to bring Mary Flower back to the Phinney Center Stage for the Seattle area CD release of her critically acclaimed When My Bluebird Sings. This CD was featured in Downbeat Magazine's as one of the best CDs for 2014. Unlike her earlier albums, this one is all original compositions. Mary will bring along Spud Siegel on mandolin.

Most recently, Mary received the 2014 Cascade Blues Association's prestigious "Muddy Award" in the Acoustic Blues Category. She has been nominated for Handy (Blues) Awards in 2008 and 2012, and is, plain and simple, one of the very best finger picking guitar players out there.

Mary's finger-style blues playing, deeply rooted in the Piedmont blues tradition, also pulls from ragtime traditions. She plays lap-slide guitar with roots in Mississippi blues. She complements her instrumental prowess with exquisite alto vocals. A Seattle audience favorite, she makes the blues come alive in live performances with her down-to-earth banter and sense of humor.

Mary has a long and storied career as a musician including early success with the famed (carefully pronounced) Mother Folkers out of Denver. She moved from the rarefied air of mile-high Denver to Portland ten years ago, and with ten albums to her credit, Seattleites have a living blues legend residing a few hours south of our fair city. www.maryflower.com

Tickets are $16, $2 discount for SFS members and seniors, $8 for youth. Day of show tickets (if available) at the door are $2 more. Feb. 21st, 7:30 PM, 6532 Phinney Ave N (Lower Brick Building). Advance tickets are available here: http://sfs-mary-flower.brownpapertickets.com

Saturday, February 28

Ellis Paul

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Ellis Paul

Phinney Neighborhood Center (Brick Building), 7:30PM

General Admission: $20
$3 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

Tickets are being sold through Brown Paper Tickets. Prices are $20 general, and $17 for SFS, PNA members, students, and seniors. Day of show tickets, if available, will be $2 more. Youth (ages 6-17) tickets are $10. The Brown Paper Tickets direct link is: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1142843

A troubadour, a singer/songwriter, a folky, and a storyteller -- are all fair labels for Ellis, but they do not quite suffice. However, the tattoo of Woody Guthrie worn proudly on his arm is a good starting place to know Ellis Paul. It is from the Woody Guthrie tradition that he hails. With an acoustic guitar in hand, he weaves intimate, provocative, and romantic tales of our lives.

Singer-songwriter great Bill Morrissey paid Ellis perhaps the ultimate compliment, saying "… Ellis was always himself; he didn't try to separate himself from his audiences. Perhaps it's because he's a Mainer; there's no pretense, and I think audiences sense that."

Launching his career in Massachusetts, Ellis has been called the quintessential Boston songwriter more than a few times and has garnered the recognition and awards to back up that claim. Since coming onto the scene in 1993, Ellis continues strong as a performer and a writer. Spending two-thirds of most years on the road has helped him perfect both crafts, with a lot of practice on-stage and a lot of people whose stories he retells in song.

Over the years and albums, his songs have gotten more personal. He has turned out cds consistently through his 20+ year career. His 16th cd, Chasing Beauty, was produced by Kristian Bush of Sugarland and Brandon Bush of Sugarland/Train, with backing band - Sugarland, and backing vocals by Red Molly and Rebecca Loebe.

Originally from Maine, Ellis now lives in Charlottesville, VA.

Music videos:

Drive In Movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mkw34pLG08

Chasing Beauty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OErMElHsjOs

Rose Tattoo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3crJGzlPBQ

The World Ain't Slowing Down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDJafGS6tWI

Hurricane Angel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGwMD8HoOkE

www.ellispaul.com

Saturday, March 7

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Lauren Sheehan with Mark Graham

Phinney Neighborhood Center (Brick Building), 7:30PM

General Admission: $16
$2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

Saturday, March 28

Lou & Peter Berryman

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Lou & Peter Berryman

Phinney Neighborhood Center (Brick Building), 7:30PM

General Admission: $16
$2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

Lou and Peter Berryman are musical humorists who have delighted nationwide audiences for more than thirty-five years. Frequent comparisons to Tom Lehrer, Flanders and Swann, and Gilbert and Sullivan notwithstanding, these two are originals, blending Midwestern culture with intelligent observation in a whimsical and wonderfully accessible performance. They have produced sixteen albums and three song books of their original and hilarious, quirky, yet oddly profound songs, and have toured the US and Canada to rave reviews. Berryman songs are being sung around the world, by a legion of professional musicians from Peggy Seeger to Garrison Keillor, as well as shower singers everywhere. The popularity of Lou and Peter Berryman -- whose friendship survived a brief marriage in the seventies -- is a testament to their intelligent and wickedly funny material, rich with wordplay and witty images. This duo is not to be missed.

Advance tickets: http://louandpeterseattle2015.bpt.me or by calling the BPT customer service line at 1-800-838-3006. Tickets may also be purchased in person at other SFS concerts. Tickets at the door, if available, will be $2 more.

Future Concert(s)

Saturday, April 4 - Orville Johnson and Casey MacGill

Saturday, April 4

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Orville Johnson and Casey MacGill

Phinney Neighborhood Center (Brick Building), 7:30PM

General Admission: $16
$2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

Casey MacGill performs music that swings. Nat "King" Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire. It is American music of many decades and no decade in particular, all happening at the same time, woven into a seamless, beautiful whole. MacGill plays boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano. He blows a lyrical jazz cornet, and his most unique instrumental voice is a 6-string tenor ukulele. He has been singing and arranging vocal harmonies for over 40 years, and it shows in his sweet intonation and smooth phrasing.

Orville Johnson was born and raised in the southern Illinois heartland. He acquired his love of singing as a youth in the fundamentalist Pentecostal church he attended and, when he later began playing guitar and dobro, responded to the roots music that surrounded him by learning to play the blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, and country music that are all part of the mosaic that characterizes his own mongrel music. He is a singer, instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, session player, teacher, the top dobro player on the West Coast of America and, above all, an instinctive and sensitive musician.

Casey and Orville were having a conversation about music one day, as they are wont to do. Casey waxed poetic on the virtues of Hapa Haole music, a style of 1930s jazz featuring swing rhythms, Hawaiian guitar, and island themes, such as hula girls, canoes, and coconuts. He mentioned having created a collection of these tunes and some originals in the style that he would love to record some day. Orville quickly recognized the opportunity to play a lot of sweet Hawaiian guitar riffs and exercise his studio recording skills and said, "Casey, let's do it! You play the uke and sing, I'll play slide guitar and record us, and we'll get Matt Weiner to add some bass!" Casey replied, "I like the way you think!"

As simply as that, Hawaii of My Dreams was born. Songs from that new disc will be on tap for April 4th, as well as the swingin’ blues, rockin’ piano and slide guitar, and hurricane vocals that make up the rest of their entertaining repertoire. You won’t want to miss it!

Tickets will go on sale after February 1, 2015

Saturday, April 25 - Alba's Edge with Neil Pearlman

Saturday, April 25

Alba's Edge

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Alba's Edge with Neil Pearlman

Phinney Neighborhood Center (Brick Building), 7:30PM

General Admission: $16
$2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

General Admission: $16 $2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

Tickets will be available on Brown Paper Tickets by February 15th.

Locals may already be familiar with amazing pianist Neil Pearlman. This time he's bringing his band which includes his sister on the fiddle.

Alba's Edge with Neil Pearlman is a tapestry of cultures: the expressive melodies of Scottish fiddle music are woven together with jazz improvisation and harmony, funk bass lines and the rhythms of Latin America to form a cohesive and singular musical experience. Fiddle, piano, drums and bass come together seamlessly in a new sound that BBC Radio Scotland has called "a wonderful concoction".

Fresh off a US State Department funded tour of Mexico, Alba's Edge performs and leads clinics across the US and internationally at venues ranging from house concerts to festival stages. Some notable past appearances include: The 1st International Celtic Music Festival of Mexico (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico), The New World Festival (Randolph, VT), The Crossroads Celtic Festival (Bethel, ME) 2 tours of the Pacific Northwest and numerous other festivals and tours throughout New England and the Mid Atlantic.

Pianist and bandleader Neil Pearlman comes from a musical background uniquely suited to such a project. Raised in a family deeply rooted in Scottish music and dance, Neil studied jazz piano extensively growing up and further expanded his musical horizons into Brazilian, Afro-Colombian and Cuban music while studying in New York.

Neil's sister, fiddler Lilly Pearlman has had a similar artistic journey, growing up with Scottish culture and falling in love with the dance and music of Brazil, Cuba and beyond. In the wake of Neil's solo CD Coffee and the Mojo Hat (Paddledoo Music, 2011), which explored the connections between these seemingly disparate musical worlds, Neil and Lilly joined forces to create Alba's Edge. The band is rounded out by drummer/percussionist Jacob Cole and bassist Doug Berns, both multi-faceted and versatile musicians in the Boston and New York music scenes. A recent graduate of New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Jacob brings a deep knowledge of Latin rhythms and the sensitivity of a seasoned jazz drummer to the group. Meanwhile Doug lays down the groove with his distinctive bass playing, honed in the funk, afro-beat and jazz communities of New York City.

See more at: http://www.albasedge.com/

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH BROWN PAPER TICKETS OR AT PRIOR SFS CONCERTS: or call the Brown Paper Ticket line at 1-800-838-3006

AT THE DOOR, TICKETS WILL BE $18/$16/$9. (Discounts for members, students, seniors 65+. Youth tickets, age 6-17, are $9, advance or at the door)

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Concert Venues

We recommend that you call ahead to the SFS Concert Line at (206) 528-8523 for reservations or advance tickets. Do not call the venue directly for reservations; when the SFS produces a concert, we handle that. If you need wheelchair access, please let us know.

Phinney Neighborhood Center (Map)
6532 Phinney Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98103. (If using GPS, this address works better: 449 N 67th St, Seattle, WA 98103.)
Concerts are held in the Community Hall (brick building). Free parking in the lower parking lot at the Center. Enter the lot on N 67th, between Phinney and Dayton Ave. Phinney Center has disability parking outside the door on the Dayton Street side of the building and flat access into the hall from Dayton. Parking on Dayton Ave is available for disabled and musician load/unload only.

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA 98117

 

Tickets

Advance tickets for all shows are available from Brown Paper Tickets, or by calling the BPT customer service line at 1-800-838-3006.
Tickets may also be purchased in person at other SFS concerts, generally 60 days before the show.

More information or questions about the concerts may be obtained by leaving a message on the SFS concert line: 206-528-8523

 

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