Beginning as a drummer in the seminal 60’s San Francisco rock band The Charlatans, and continuing with his unique and legendary Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Dan Hicks is widely acknowledged as one of the defining figures in American roots music. Having earned a reputation as a true original with his signature eclecticism and humor, Hicks continues to carve his way through a number of genres from proto-psychedelia to western swing and jazz, from tin pan alley to country blues — all the while cultivating his own unique sound.
Award-winning vocalist Janiva Magness is among the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today. Her voice possesses an earthy, raw honesty and beauty born from her life experience. A charismatic performer known for her electrifying live shows, Magness is a gutsy and dynamic musical powerhouse. She received the coveted 2009 Blues Music Awards for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year (she is only the second woman to ever win this award, Koko Taylor being the first) and for Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year, an honor she also received in 2006 and 2007. She has received eleven previous Blues Music Award nominations. USA Today declared, ‘Magness is a blues star,’ and The Philadelphia Inquirer said, ‘Magness sings superb, potent soul-blues with a scorching intensity.’
Moonalice is a band of seasoned musicians who feel that live music should be a communal experience where the listener and musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other. Their songs try to speak to everyone, mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration.
James Hunter is little more than the sum of his influences, but when those are Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson and James Brown, who could ask for more? The British blue-eyed soul singer, praised by Van Morrison as one of music\’s best voices and best kept secrets. He’s got a skin tight band and bucketful of great tunes.
Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools embark on a stripped down journey through Johnny Lyon’s eclectic version of the Great American Songbook. Playing a wide range of music pulled from Dylan, Mose Allison, Muddy Waters, NRBQ, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, The Band, George Jones and more, The Poor Fools will also dive into some of the legendary Asbury Jukes material’revisiting the classics as well as the underperformed deep track.
Inspired by the seasons, solo pianist George Winston plays over 100 solo piano concerts a year in America and beyond. His concerts feature a variety of styles, including his melodic folk piano, stride piano, New Orleans R&B piano, Vince Guaraldi’s Peanuts pieces and more. His new CD entitled LOVE WILL COME ‘ THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI, VOLUME 2 was released on Feb. 2nd. In concert George will be performing songs from his upcoming CD, as well as selections from his seasonal favorites AUTUMN, DECEMBER, WINTER INTO SPRING and SUMMER, as well as his themed albums FOREST, PLAINS, and MONTANA – A LOVE STORY, and his albums dedicated to composers: LINUS & LUCY – THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI, and NIGHT DIVIDES THE DAY – THE MUSIC OF THE DOORS. ‘Please join us in support of a local food bank by bringing a donation of canned food to the concert. There will be collection baskets at the entrances.’
A consummate performer and four time GRAMMY Nominee, including her last three albums: Peace, Love & BBQ (2008), Live! Down The Road (2005) and So Many Rivers (2003), plus an earlier nomination for Sing It! (1998) with Irma Thomas and Tracy Nelson. She has a great new record ‘Roadside Attractions’. Always a sell out.
1997’s Grammy Winner for ‘Best New Artist’, and only the second woman ever nominated for ‘Producer of the Year’, Paula Cole burst onto the scene with her top ten hit Where Have All The Cowboys Gone. Her follow up single I Don’t Wanna Wait reached #11 on the charts and became the theme for the hit TV series Dawson’s Creek. Paula was a headliner on the Lillith Fair tour and has toured and recorded with Peter Gabriel. Following a hiatus to raise her daughter, Paula returned in 2007 with her album Courage and continues to create and produce critically acclaimed works of musical art – delivering powerful, breathtaking live performances.
Epic in sound and kaleidoscopic in vision, the eclectic Martha\’s Vineyard-based six piece Entrain has been thrilling critics and fans alike since it\’s inception. Entrain has jammed with the likes of singer/songwriter James Taylor, Grateful Dead Alum Bob Weir and rock legend Bo Diddley. But Entrain\’s goal is not just to be the biggest and the best, says founding member Tom Major, ‘We wanna create music that makes people feel good. When we look out from the stage, all we see is smiling faces and bodies moving. You can\’t beat that feeling.
It’s a Mardi Gras party featuring the King of Zydeco. American musical legend Stanley ‘Buckwheat’ Dural Jr.’along with his band, Buckwheat Zydeco’is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana zydeco music. 2010 marks Buckwheat Zydeco’s 30th anniversary, and Buckwheat is celebrating with the release of his new CD (and Alligator Records debut), Lay Your Burden Down. The New York Times says, ‘Stanley ‘Buckwheat’ Dural leads one of the best bands in America. A down-home and high-powered celebration, meaty and muscular with a fine-tuned sense of dynamics’propulsive rhythms, incendiary performances.’