"The Freight and Salvage Woody Guthrie All Stars" Featuring the cast of Woody Guthrie's American Song and Special Guests (4/13/18)
Lisa Asher, Ray Bierl, Rick Dougherty, Chuck Ervin, Jenner Fox, Robin Flower, Peter Glazer, Berwick Haynes, Evie Ladin, Laurie Lewis, Tony Marcus, Misner & Smith, Lucina Rodriguez and Fabiola Trujillo, Tom Rozum, Linda Tillery, Jeff Waxman, Harry Yaglijian
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA, 94704
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
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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."
Lisa Asher is thrilled to be back at The Freight & Salvage singing Woody songs! Lisa can be heard on the live recording of Woody Guthrie’s American Song performed and recorded right here at The Freight. Her recent theatrical credits include starring in two critically acclaimed and Award Winning productions of Woody Guthrie’s American Song for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and for The Marin Theatre Company. She has appeared in two world premieres, I Married Wyatt Earp at Bristol Riverside Theatre, and Almost Heaven, Songs and Stories of John Denver for the Tony Award Winning Denver Center Theater Company. She can also be heard on the original cast recording of Almost Heaven. Lisa toured nationally with the Broadway show The Who's Tommy and appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Woody Guthrie's American Song which received a Drama Desk Nomination for Best Musical. Lisa was featured in a concert tribute to Woody Guthrie produced by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where she shared the stage with such rock and folk notables as Bruce Springsteen, Indigo Girls, Ani DeFranco, Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie.
Lisa is the recipient of a New York Nightlife Award, a MAC Award, and a Back Stage Bistro Award for her solo shows in cabarets in New York. Her critically acclaimed debut CD, Let The Mystery Be, was nominated for a MAC Award for Recording of the Year. Her latest CD, Lisa Asher Live at The Duplex, is a faithful recording of her highly successful show that enjoyed a lengthy run at the famed Greenwich Village nightclub. She has also worked for both Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Holland America Cruise Lines as a featured vocalist.
A veteran studio musician, Ms. Asher can be heard on television themes, audio projects for numerous publishing companies as well as commercial and educational children's products, including product for Sesame Street and Berlitz.
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
Rick Dougherty’s beautiful tenor voice has garnered him compliments from Judy Collins, Chet Atkins and Tom Paxton, to name just a few. It has also led to a long and wide-ranging career in music. He sang with The Limeliters for thirteen years, toured with Glenn Yarbrough for two years, and was a member of The Kingston Trio for twelve years. He can be seen in the PBS specials “This Land Is Your Land”, “Kingston Trio Celebration” and “Holiday Concert.” A graduate of Sonoma State University, he has directed 37 operas for companies in the bay area and was the Resident Opera Director of the Bear Valley Music Festival for ten years. His broad background and sense of humor are reflected in the varying styles of the songs he has written, stretching from talking blues to country, ballads and jazz. He has written arrangements for both a cappella groups and jazz bands and his arrangement of “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” was chosen by Pacific Edge Voices for their 2017 season.
He recently published the guitar manual “Sounding Good on One Guitar” and is working on a CD which, at the rate things are going, should be finished just before the polar caps melt.
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.
“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.
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.
Peter Glazer created the musical Woody Guthrie’s American Song, which has seen scores of productions nationwide since its premiere in 1988, at theaters including Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, Ford’s Theater, Northlight Theater, San Jose Rep, Missouri Rep, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and Marin Theater Company, all under Glazer’s direction. The New York production of American Song at the Melting Pot Theater Company received two Drama Desk nominations, among the many awards the show has been granted in its long history. He directed a concert staging of American Song at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley in 2012, to celebrate Guthrie’s 100th birthday, which led to the release of a live recording of the musical. Other theater pieces Glazer has written or co-written include Foe, adapted from Nobel Prize winner J. M. Coetzee’s novel of the same name, Michael, Margaret, Pat and Kate with Chicago singer-songwriter Michael Smith, O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music with Celtic harpist Patrick Ball, and Heart of Spain – A Musical of the Spanish Civil War, with composer Eric Bain Peltoniemi. With storyteller Joel ben Izzy, he is developing a musical based on ben Izzy’s book The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness, and is presently adapting Karen Shepard’s novel The Celestials for the stage. Another collaboration with Patrick Ball, Come Dance With Me In Ireland: A Pilgrimage to Yeats Country, was seen at the Freight in November. Glazer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, a longtime member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and a proud member of the Freight’s Board of Directors. He lives in Emeryville, California.
Berwick Haynes is truly blessed to be joining his WGAS family once again to celebrate this legacy. With tremendous gratitude to the loving genius of Peter Glazer & Jeff Waxman, Mr. Haynes is happily celebrating 8 years of wordsinging in the shoes of "Old Woody" with some of the most talent people around.
Mr. Haynes has been seen onstage sharing the gift of theatre & song across the country from Chicago's Goodman Theatre to Berkeley's own California Shakespeare Festival. Some of his favorite roles include "Pop Carnes" in OKLAHOMA at Portland Center Stage, "Motormouth Maybelle" in HAIRSPRAY at Berkeley Playhouse, "Ken" in AIN'T MISBEHAVIN at Tennessee Rep, "Winston" in AVENUE X at Marin Theatre Company, and "The Sphinx" in ONE MUST DO WHAT ONE MUST DO at the legendary La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in NYC.
Raised in Berkeley, he is thrilled to be home at The Freight. And he is dedicating this journey to his husband, Lonnie, and the rest of his faithful loved ones who continue to stand strong with him through his "Hard Travelin'."
God is good ALL THE TIME!
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.
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.
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.
Misner & Smith
Freight favorites Misner & Smith return with their full band for a night of soaring vocal harmonies, story-filled, poetic songwriting, and some of the most electrifying music on the scene today. The band’s sound harkens back to the bedrock of american rock & folk, paying tribute to strong influences like Simon & Garfunkel, The Band, and Buffalo Springfield, and at the same time they invent a new sound all their own. With two singers who could easily lead a band independently, Sam and Megan produce a sound that is one voice, seducing listeners with music that captures longing and belonging in the same moment. Joined by Josh Yenne (Mazzy Star, Greg Loiacono) on pedal steel and electric guitar and Joe Shotwell (Incendio, Eric Idle) 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. Audiences who have seen Misner & Smith will tell you that experiencing one of their live shows will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired.
Lucina Rodriguez and Fabiola Trujillo
The dynamic vocal duo of Lucina Rodriguez and Fabiola Trujillo fronts the prominent Mexican roots band Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds). Along with Los Cenzontles, the pair has collaborated on roots and crossover projects with Los Lobos, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder, The Chieftains, Linda Ronstadt, and many other world-renowned artists.
Lucina and Fabiola both began their musical journey at the age of 15 as students of the Los Cenzontles Cultural Art Academy in San Pablo, California, where they now teach traditional Mexican music and dance to local children and teens. For 30 years, the Academy has been imparting a strong sense of cultural identity in the students, cultivating personal resilience, and serving as a second home for many of the local working-class residents. Lucina and Fabiola distinguished themselves early on at the Academy with their commitment to the music and the community, ultimately earning the chance to showcase their talents and passion to fans internationally in the Los Cenzontles band.
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.
Linda Tillery's career began in 1967 as lead singer of the Berkeley based, psychedelic soul band, Loading Zone. Since those early days she has collaborated as vocalist and percussionist on more than eighty recordings with the likes of Santana, Huey Lewis and the News, The Whispers, Taj Mahal, Kenny and Pete and Sheila Escovedo. She was both artist and producer at Olivia Records, was a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, and founded Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. Linda’s journey is a true representation of the Bay Area music scene – through psychedelic 60’s soul, groundbreaking 70’s activism, 80’s R&B glitz, numerous cross cultural collaborations and since 1990, her exploration into the roots of the African American music experience. Now, in 2018, she is at the height of her musical powers, continuing her adventures in sound, and exploring what it means to be a local legend.
Jeff Waxman (musical director/arranger/guitar/piano/banjo)
Jeff Waxman is an award-winning musical director, arranger and producer. He lives in NYC where he has worked as a composer, music producer, and musician for over 40 years. Jeff’s fields are pop, country, gospel and rock and roll. He has arranged and conducted on Broadway, off Broadway and in regional theaters all over the country.
Jeff has worked with Peter Glazer on Woody Guthrie’s American Song since the first read and play through of the piece over 30 years ago. The live recording of Woody Guthrie’s American Song from the Freight is the definitive recording of the show and a joy to have completed.
Awards and nominations for Jeff’s recording work include a Grammy nomination and an Emmy Award. For his work on Woody Guthrie’s American Song he’s received a Drama Desk Nomination, a Denver Post Ovation Award, and Colorado Henry Award.
Harry Yaglijian rejoins the cast of the Peter Glazer and Jeff Waxman play Woody Guthrie’s American Song for the fourth time. Harry first appeared in the 2010 production of WGAS at the Marin Theatre Company and performed in subsequent productions of WGAS at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in 2012 and 2014. Harry is one of the featured musicians in the cast recording of WGAS made at the Freight in 2012. He most recently appeared in the award winning Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman play Fire On The Mountain, a Theatre Works production presented at the Mountain View Performing Arts Center in 2015. A long time Bay Area musician, Harry has been a member of many memorable California bands, among them the Good Ol’ Persons, High and Lonesome, Old Friends, and Lost Highway.
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