The Wood Brothers

Amazon.com declared the Wood Brothers ‘Ways Not to Lose’ CD the editors’ #1 pick in folk. National Public Radio proclaimed the CD one of the overlooked gems of 2006. We’ve hosted these guys several times and are pleased to have ’em back. Chris Wood, by the way, is a member of the celebrated jam band Medeski, Martin and Wood. By the way, they have a new album coming out shortly before the Narrows’ gig.

Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials

Slide guitar boogie comes to the Narrows straight out of the finest Chicago electric blues tradition. Lil Ed Williams not only plays the blues, but does so while doing flying leaps on the stage along with other moves! The Boston Globe calls Lil’ Ed and his group ‘the world’s number one houserocking band.’

Haale

This is a free show in conjunction with the opening of the Experiencing the War in Iraq art opening. Haale (as in halle-lujah or jalepeno), is a Bronx-born woman of Iranian descent whose name means the ‘halo around the moon.’ Her songs are trance-inducing, rhythmically propulsive, and lyrically engaging tapestries that draws on both Persian mystical and American psychedelic musical traditions.

Walter Trout

It’s been too long since electric blues guitar phenom Walter Trout played the Narrows! He’s a former member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (along with Narrows alum Coco Montoya) but has been doing his own thing with his band for many years.

Catherine Russell

A jazz and blues singer, the Village Voice has called her ‘incredibly talented and classy.’ Talk about a solid foundation: Her dad was Louis Armstrong’s music director; her mom is a bassist and singer who has performed with Mary Lou Williams and Wynton Marsalis. To give you a better feel for her work, here are some of her gigs before playing the Narrows: the Panama Jazz Festival (Republic of Panama, where her dad was born); opening for the Levon Helm Band in Woodstock; several dates as part of the American Beauty Project, a tribute to the Grateful Dead, featuring Ollabelle and Jim Lauderdale; and a performance for the Mountain Stage Radio Show. Her new album was recorded at the Levon Helms Studios in Woodstock and will be released shortly before she plays the Narrows. www.catherinerussell.net.

Chris Smither

Rolling Stone named his song ‘Origins of Species’ in its top 100 songs for 2006. Jazz diva Diana Krall covers his ‘Love Me Like A Man’ on her latest album. Get your tickets early for this one, as this folk/blues legend is hotter than ever! www.chrissmither.com.

Jake Shimabukuro

He’s been called the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele.’ That’s right. The ukulele. He’s recorded with Bela Fleck, Ziggy Marley and Jimmy Buffett, and has performed on Conan O’Brien. This guy from Hawaii has shown that it’s not your father’s ukulele anymore.