Benefit concert for Sarah Elizabeth Campbell
Laurie Lewis w/ Tom Rozum, Nina Gerber, Joe Craven, Chris Webster, Stevie Coyle, Kathy Kallick
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA, 94704
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Laurie Lewis w/ Tom Rozum
Berkeley’s own Laurie Lewis – Grammy winner, bluegrass trailblazer, singer and fiddler extraordinaire – performs a batch of new songs with two of her favorite musicians, mandolin maestro Tom Rozum and guitar wonder Nina Gerber.
Not only has the International Bluegrass Music Association twice named Laurie the Female Vocalist of the Year – not only did she win a Grammy for her contribution to True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe – but she also graduated from Berkeley High. Since graduation, she’s recorded more than 20 albums – with the Good Ol’ Persons, Grant Street, Kathy Kallick, and her current band Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, as well as several solo projects – and is now working with many talented new artists, helping them find their way in the recording business.
Tom, a native New Englander, first joined forces with Laurie in 1986 as an original member of Grant Street, and may well be the rightest of all the Right Hands. He and Laurie collaborated on a beautiful, Grammy-nominated album of duets, The Oak and the Laurel, and he also has released a wonderful solo album, Jubilee, recorded with an all-star cast of musicians including Laurie, Mike Marshall, Herb Pederson, and Darol Anger.
Nina is the LeBron James of guitar players – everyone who plays with her gets better when she plays. She’s added her talents to the work of a wealth of wonderful artists, including Karla Bonoff, Peter Rowan, Nanci Griffith, Lucy Kaplansky, and Kate Wolf, with whom Nina started her musical career. Her album Good Music with Good People features outstanding performances with Jackson Browne, Eliza Gilkyson, and Bruce Cockburn, among others, all taken from the Kate Wolf Festival.
Joe Craven, a remarkably intuitive musician, has made music with many folks ranging from multi-string instrumentalist David Lindley to Blues slide guitar master Roy Rogers to Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia and groups from Psychograss to The Persuasions to The Horseflies. He was percussionist and fiddler for mandolinist David Grisman for almost 17 years and was special guest with fusion banjo player Alison Brown and her Quartet for almost 7 years. "Virtuosic" says the Los Angeles Times and Jambands.com declares "The man recognizes no boundaries. He just won't accept that no one is supposed to be that good at everything."
ohn R. Burr is a rare pianist who combines jazz technique with a genuine love for folk music. He's played and recorded with the likes of Maria Muldaur, Paul Chambers, Robben Ford, Paul Brady and fusion banjo player Alison Brown, The Philadelphia Weekly said, "Pianist extraordinaire John R. Burr has the most sparkling style since former Allman Brother-turned-Rolling Stone hired hand Chuck Leavell." Discology wrote, "John R. Burr ranks with the best of the elegant jazzers."
Kendrick Freeman's continuing study of the drums has resulted in a versatility and skill that crosses many musical borders both as a player and teacher. Kendrick encountered African music in 1976 and has studied and performed with artists from Congo, Ghana and Haiti ever since. "From outside to in the pocket, Kendrick brings insight and understanding coupled with contemporary feel and precision." – Pulsewave. A founding member of the project ToKenKi, Kendrick also worked for five years as Musical Director with San Francisco's premiere Haitian dance company Group Petit La Croix, and maintains a connection to Haitian culture in New York and San Francisco.