Please join us for a house concert with Mark Stuart on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 2 p.m. $15 sliding scale suggested donation. You can RSVP below, by email to 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 set his sights on being a recording/touring artist. Much of the time in the 1980s and 1990s he fronted his own roots music band in the US southeast. The rock, blues, country, and folk mixture that poured from his vocals/guitar/piano/songwriting defined him as being more versatile than most artists, musically speaking. At times, he took jobs as a guitarist for hire to get a respite from being a bandleader, front man, self-booking agent. This is how he became visible to some as a guitar wiz, instead of the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist that he is. Some periods he toured with Texas legend Freddy Fender, or folk-rocker Steve Forbert. Then, there were stints with country-rocker Steve Earle (who became his brother in-law). While being an opening act (with wife, Stacey Earle) for folk icon Joan Baez, Stuart so enamored the headliner that she would bring him onstage during her show to showcase his guitar work. This took place nightly on a two month tour!

In 1998, Stuart and his wife made her first album on their own label, Gearle Records. Mark’s co-producer and guitar/vocal “stamp” was very present on Stacey Earle’s “Simple Gearle” CD. And, this lead to his own record “Songs From A Corner Stage”, the next release on their label. After touring hundreds of dates in the USA, Canada, UK, and Europe the couple decided (in 2001) to join forces as an official duo (Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart). Some two thousand concerts later, Mark has re-embarked on a solo career, as the duo is dormant.

In 2014, Mark Stuart is touring heavily and his performances are littered with great guitar pieces, self-penned songs from his solo records and duo records. Also, he does “tribute” songs to those notable artists he used to work for, and, includes fascinating stories about the experiences along the way.



Suggested donation $20 sliding scale, all $$ to the artist. Please RSVP below for a reservation, or email or call Tom at 510-697-4097. We will provide the exact address and confirm your reservation by email. Feel free to BYOB/Snacks and we will have some snacks and beer/wine/soda. If you RSVP and your plans change, please let us know, because this one is likely to be full.

Throughout his career, Jim Bianco has drawn inspiration from, what some might consider, untraditional sources. Whether it was an elevator operator in Tokyo, a stalker in Hollywood, a wedding in Tennessee, or a sinner in church, his songs have twisted their way out of his head and into the hearts of the people who have heard them.

His music, though unconventional, has garnered attention from the likes of NPR’s Mountain Stage, NBC’s Craig Ferguson, HBO’s True Blood, and the Getty Museum, to name a few.

With his new record “Cookie Cutter,” Jim asked 17 different people the same 69 questions and, drawing inspiration from their answers, he wrote a song for each of them. Like life itself, the record ranges from the extremely serious to the extremely ridiculous. The theme of the songs runs the gamut, too, from reunited lovers, runaway pets and first kisses to brain cancer survivors, Jesus Christ, and, (everyone’s favorite), death.

NPR’s Audie Cornish interviewed Jim and talked about the new record on “ALL THINGS CONSIDERED”

Check out the interview here:


Aireene and the Rarities, September 20, 2014, 2 p.m.

June 23, 2014

Please join us for a house concert with Aireene and the Rarities on September 20, 2014 at 2 p.m. $15-20 sliding scale suggested donation. You can RSVP below, by email to or by phone at 510-697-4097. Feel free to BYOB/snacks. If it’s a nice day, we’re going to have the show outside. You can […]

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John Craigie, November 22, 2014, 8 p.m.

June 20, 2014

Please join us for a house concert with John Craigie on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8 p.m. $20 suggested donation. You can RSVP below, by email to or by phone at 510-697-4097. Feel free to BYOB/snacks. For the past decade, John Craigie has “lived the life romantic” of a continuously touring folk-singer, […]

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