"The Freight and Salvage Woody Guthrie All Stars" Featuring the cast of Woody Guthrie's American Song and Special Guests (4/13/18)
Ray Bierl, Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Linda Tillery, Jenner Fox, Lucinda Rodriguez and Fabiola Trujillo, Misner & Smith, Jeff Waxman, Lisa Asher, Evie Ladin, Tony Marcus, Berwick Haynes, Robin Flower, Chuck Ervin, Harry Yaglijian
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA, 94704
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
The Freight and Salvage Woody Guthrie All Stars
Live performance of the music from Woody Guthrie’s American Song featuring the original core band, with special guests. Directed by Peter Glazer, Musical Direction by Jeff Waxman
Woody Guthrie’s American Song is the award-winning musical based on the life and music of the iconic American folk singer, written and directed by Peter Glazer. The veteran cast seamlessly melds Guthrie’s jokes, tales, & music— classics like “Bound for Glory” and “This Land Is Your Land,” as well as lesser-known treasures like “Jolly Banker” and “Ludlow Massacre”— for a show The New York Times said "manages to find both the high beauty and the earthly humor of Guthrie's love affair with America."
For well on to five decades, Ray Bierl has performed music from across the broad American landscape. Drawing on a wide range of musical genres and styles--cowboy ballads, Appalachian fiddle tunes, vintage rock and roll hits, Tin Pan Alley songs and country classics-- Ray delivers in the songs he sings a travelog not just of places, but of time, human emotions, and imagination.
"No one knows how to weave you into a song quite like Ray Bierl." - Tom Waits
"Every song Ray chooses becomes his own, fresh and personal. He's a great storyteller." - Laurie Lewis
"Ray Bierl not only knows how to make a song his own-- he knows how to make it yours." - Chuck Poling
Ray is also an accomplished and engaging fiddle player, drawing on traditions from throughout North America and the British Isles. As a square dance and contradance musician he has been in demand in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond for his
inventive and playful approach to traditional and contemporary dance music. He has performed for 25 years with the well-known Hillbillies from Mars, and more recently with the band Swing Farm, as well in countless informal ensembles.
"He as selected some great tunes and executes them with flair, style, and all the essential ornaments and phrasing that make those styles what they are." - Kerry Blech
"This band could probably get dead people to dance."
- Danny Carnahan (on the Hillbillies from Mars)
"Ray Bierl is a West Coast treasure."
- Festival of American Fiddle Tunes
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.
Northern California-based American bluegrass mandolinist and singer. Born January 21, 1951. Best known for his long-time collaboration with partner Laurie Lewis. A native New Englander, Tom 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.
Before becoming a prominent figure in women's music in the 1990s, San Francisco native Linda Tillery began her singing career in the 1960s with the gender-integrated psychedelic/soul band the Loading Zone, which was modeled somewhat after Sly and the Family Stone. After two albums with that band,Tillery released her solo debut, Sweet Linda Divine, on CBS in 1970 to enthusiastic reviews and high praise. She spent most of the '70s singing and playing drums on over 40 albums, including efforts byMary Watkins and Teresa Trull. Having become a staff musician and producer at Olivia Records,Tillery released her second solo album, a self-titled effort, on the label in 1978, garnering a Bay Area Music Award for Best Independently Produced Album; Tillery has twice gone on to win Bay Area Jazz Awards for Outstanding Female Vocalist.
“Jenner combines the lyricism of Joni Mitchel and the commentary of Neil Young to represent the next generation of singer songwriters.” - Grammy nominated producer and engineer Cookie Marenco
“Music that made me like me more and want to find the heart of it when I am not.” - Tara Prokop
Jenner is a singer and songwriter on the river and the road. His musical delivery ranges from a soft mandolin melody to full blown passion at its peak, with words that will make you laugh and cry, and songs you'll want to take home. Jenner spends part of his time writing, touring, and recording, and the other part playing his music while working as a river guide in the US, Canada, and Chilean Patagonia. He draws his influence from river canyons, urban communities, John Prine, Josh Ritter, and the people, roads, and stories in between.
Misner & Smith
Soaring vocal harmonies and story-filled, poetic songwriting - Misner & Smith's sound harkens back to the bedrock of modern american rock & folk. With two singers who could easily lead a band on their own, Sam and Megan produce a sound that is one voice, seducing listeners with music that captures longing and belonging in the same moment. The songs yearn for connection, ache for understanding, relish in mystery, and rejoice in creation, all centered around a vocal blend that is the definition of "more than the sum of its parts". In a world that often feels to be crumbling down around us, they dig deep, and find hope in simple things, in the beauty that surrounds us all. Paying tribute to strong influences like Simon & Garfunkel, The Band, and Buffalo Springfield, they invent a sound all their own.
They have released four albums of original music, and this special show will be a CD release party, celebrating the release of their brand new record, Headwaters, a collection of cover songs by several of the duo's biggest influences. They will be playing several of the songs off of Headwaters but will be playing plenty of their beloved original music, as well as debuting a few new songs along the way. They will also be introducing their new full band lineup, adding Josh Yenne on pedal steel and electric guitar, and Joe Shotwell on drums. The music remains rooted in vocal harmonies and lyrics, but with the additional instrumentation the songs take on an even deeper life, showcasing the wide and diverse spectrum of sound and genres that Misner & Smith have been exploring all along.
Banjo player, singer, songwriter, percussive-dancer, choreographer and square-dance caller, Evie Ladin grew up steeped in traditional folk music/dance, and brings a contemporary vision to her compositions and choreography. Evie’s performances, recordings and teaching reconnect Appalachian music/dance with other African-Diaspora traditions, and have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Lincoln Center, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Celtic Connections. She has taken home ribbons in folk song from Mt Airy, NC Fiddler’s Convention, and Neo-Trad Band from the Appalachian Stringband Festival, Clifftop, WV. Based in Oakland, CA, Evie tours with Keith Terry and the Evie Ladin Band; and has produced 6 CDs and two instructional DVDs. In the percussive dance world, she is Executive Director of the International Body Music Festival, directs the moving choir MoToR/dance and is an ace freestyle flatfooter. In the trad world, Evie teaches banjo and harmony singing at the infamous Freight & Salvage, online at Peghead Nation and numerous camps. In the songwriter world, she just writes great songs. A highly entertaining performer, Evie enjoys facilitating arts learning in diverse communities.
Tony has long been a presence on the San Francisco Bay Area acoustic music scene. From a start playing traditional folk music (in his first band, both Laurie Lewis and Kate Brislin were his bandmates for a time) to the jazzier sounds of more recent years (Leftover Dreams, Cats & Jammers, etc.) Tony has played guitar, violin and other stringed instruments as well as vocalizing. He is often called on to do clinics and workshops in swing guitar and vocal harmonizing and arranging These have included the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, International Guitar Seminars, California Coast Music Camp, Augusta Heritage Workshops and more. He has also had lessons and articles published in Acoustic Guitar magazine. Tony has been a member of the Cheap Suit Serenaders since 1979, and toured Europe with them twice. He has performed theatre music on stage at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Jose Rep, Denver Center Theatre, Barter Theatre, Virginia Stage Co., Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and many others. Other performers with whom he has performed or recorded include Geoff Muldaur, Kate Wolf, The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, The Swing Session, Frank Wakefield, The Sons of the San Joaquin, Sylvia Herold, Marley's Ghost, Rose Maddox, Patsy Montana, Lost Weekend Western Swing Band and many others. Through all this time his joy in playing music remains undiminished...a quality which is infectious to the audience as well.
Robin Flower is a wildly creative musician. Her technical expertise on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle results in great romps through her own original instrumental compositions, songs and traditional fiddle music. Robin has been an innovator, moving convincingly through a myriad of styles resulting in music that is hauntingly beautiful as well as intellectually challenging. Always with an ear towards Irish music, Robin has visited and revisited Ireland and is thoroughly moved to explore this time-beyond-time traditional fiddle music. With this amazing music as inspiration, Robin and duo partner, Libby McLaren wrote 24 instrumental tunes for the CD, Steelhead in the Riffles. Robin and Libby's 5th CD, Twenty Years - Twenty Rivers is a brilliant mix of their powerful vocals showcased in original and Irish songs as well as outstanding original and Irish tunes. Before her partnership with Libby McLaren, Robin recorded 4 albums, 3 for Flying Fish Records. These albums garnered consistent airplay on college radio stations and on folk programs throughout the US, Canada, and Germany. Babies With Glasses, 1st Dibs, Green Sneakers, and More Than Friends appeared in Critic's Poll's of top 10 albums in the years they were released. The Robin Flower Band toured constantly throughout the US and Canada, performing at major folk venues and festivals. Her passionate performances, both in concert and on records, earned her such awards as California Arts Council Touring Grants, Frets Magazine's Best New Artist Award, 2 National Association of Independent Recording Society Awards and many others.
Bassist Chuck Ervin performs swing music with the Sylvia Herold Ensemble, folk music with Euphonia, classic country with the Mike Stadler & Mary Gibbons Band, jazz and pop with guitarist Chris Grampp, and is an in-demand bassist in the Bay Area’s vibrant jazz and acoustic-music scenes.
He has worked with many other Bay Area musicians, including Bobby Black, Joe Craven, Ed Johnson, Jinx Jones, Keith Little, Tony Marcus, Jim Nunally, Jeff Sanford, Julian Smedley, and Radim Zenkl. He has also performed as an actor and musician in numerous stage productions, including “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” at the Freight & Salvage.
He studied jazz bass with Glenn Richman, bassist for famed vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and teaches bass at the Freight & Salvage, at music camps, and at his Oakland studio. Visit www.basschuck.com for more information.
$28 ADV / $32 DOOR (plus fees)
- All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.