Please join us for a house concert with The Quitters on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Doors will open at 7:00 pm. The suggested donation is $20. BYOB and snacks for yourself and to share if you like.

Glenn Houston (nee Pomianek) has been voted Best Guitarist by the Northern California Bluegrass Society and is a past judge of the National Flatpicking Guitar Championship Competition in Winfield, Kansas. Originally from New Jersey, Glenn’s guitarist influences range from Albert King and Michael Bloomfield to Doc Watson and James Burton. These influences show in his well-balanced mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar.

Over the years, Glenn has shared billing with such luminaries as Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, the Tubes, the David Grisman Quintet, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bela Fleck, Tim O’Brien, Hank Williams Jr., Steve Earle, John Hartford, Earl Scruggs, Doc and Merle Watson, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Delbert McClinton. Glenn has been the lead guitarist for country great Johnny Paycheck, and has performed and recorded with Grammy winner Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. With his strong background in electric blues, Glenn has performed with blues legends Mark Naftalin (Paul Butterfield Blues band) and Nick Gravenites (Electric Flag) in tribute to Mark and Nick’s late band mate, blues great Michael Bloomfield.

Glenn’s classical music background includes choral vocal performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Zubin Mehta conducting, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, at Carnegie Hall and the United Nations General Assembly [the U.N.’s 25th anniversary celebration]), and the Boston Symphony (Erich Leinsdorf conducting, Brahms’ Requiem, at Carnegie Hall).

Stevie Coyle was inspired to take up finger-picking guitar by the first Hot Tuna album. When he was young, string-meister David Lindley played in a bluegrass band that rehearsed right next door and gave Stevie his very first lessons. 

Stevie was born into a musical family. His father ran a radio station in southern California, his mother was a whiz in mandolin orchestras of the 1930s, and his grandmother was a pianist in the heyday of vaudeville. After securing degrees in Theatre and Theology at Santa Clara University, he hit the road for three years with The Royal Lichtenstein Circus, doing comedy, magic, wire-walking, sword-swallowing, and juggling. He collaborated with Roy Zimmerman for 25 years, including the folk tribute/parody band, The Foremen, and comedy duo, The Reagan Brothers. Coyle and Zimmerman were regulars at The Comedy Store and The Improv. Stevie also appeared on Cheers, in many television commercials and had a recurring role on The Young And The Restless. He co-founded The Waybacks in 1999 and fronted that band through 2007. They released 4 albums in that time, played major festivals like Merlefest, Grey Fox, Floydfest and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, toured Australia and collaborated with Lloyd Maines, Michelle Shocked and Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead. Since then he has released a solo CD, Ten-In-One, and opened his own high-end acoustic guitar shop, Mighty Fine Guitars, in Lafayette, CA.

Compadres In the Old Sierra Madre
Hesitation Blues

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Please join us for a house concert with Christian Lopez on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 8 p.m. Door will open at about 7:30. $20 suggested donation.  BYOB and snacks for yourself and to share if you like.

Christian Lopez is not merely riding the wave of Americana Music, the West Virginia native, is bending it to its knees. With the will of his voice and the stomp of a steady beat, Christian Lopez and his band are pioneering their own brand of Alt. Folk Country Rock. Like a young Whitman, Lopez translates the iconic America before him into rousing romps and searing serenades employing crisp and thoughtful imagery and storytelling. Lopez is turning traditional songwriting on its head. Lopez takes listeners on a heartfelt rampage through emotion, energy and excitement caring less about the hook then hooking them in with the range and passion in his voice. One moment the music traverses the depths of one’s interior life and the next it rips the listener into a frenzy – a call to stomp, romp and roll.

“Someday” on Music City Roots

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Mark Stuart, Sunday, April 15, 2018

March 31, 2018

Please join us for a house concert with Mark Stuart on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 4 p.m. $15-20 sliding scale suggested donation. You can RSVP below, by email to linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org or by phone at 510-697-4097. Feel free to BYOB/snacks. After growing up in Nashville, TN and playing professionally from age 15 on, Mark Stuart […]

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