Please join us for a house concert with Curtis McMurtry on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8 p.m. $15-20 suggested donation. All donations go to the artist. Please RSVP below or email Linda at linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org or call Tom at 510-697-4097. We will provide our address when we confirm your RSVP. You may come any time after 7:30 pm. Bring snacks/finger food and beverage(s) for yourself and/or to share if you like.

Curtis McMurtry writes about villains that think they’re victims. Influenced by Fiona Apple, Billy Strayhorn and Leonard Cohen, Curtis’ music combines piercing lyrics with lush chords and unusual arrangements. His first solo album “Respectable Enemy” was released in August 2014, and drew comparisons to Calexico and John Fullbright. His sophomore album “The Hornet’s Nest” is was released in February 2017, and continues to garner critical acclaim.​

Curtis was born and raised in Austin, Texas and grew up listening to local musicians Warren Hood, Ephraim Owens, Seela, and his father, James McMurtry. Curtis studied music composition and ethnomusicology in college, primarily writing contemporary chamber music for banjo and strings. After graduation, Curtis moved to Nashville to sharpen his songwriting by co-writing with elder statesmen including Fred Koller and Guy Clark. He has since moved back to Austin where he performs as a quartet with cellist Diana Burgess (of Mother Falcon), upright bassist Taylor Turner (of Magia Negra) and trumpeter Nathan Calzada.

Curtis McMurtry – Rebecca

Curtis McMurtry – Loves Me More

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Please join us for a house concert with the Evie Ladin Band on December 2nd, 2017 at 8 p.m. $15-20 sliding scale, all proceeds to the artists. Feel free to BYOB/snacks, although we’ll have some to share. You may rsvp by filling out the requsted information in the form below (scroll down to hit ‘send’) Email Linda at linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org or call Tom at (510) 697-4097 if you have questions.

The polyrhythmic heat and funk of Evie Ladin’s clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Known as a driving force behind San Francisco’s Stairwell Sisters, Evie’s solo debut Float Downstream (2010
) was produced by famed mandolinist/composer Mike Marshall and percussionist Keith Terry. Sing Out! magazine reports “Solid song craft performed wonderfully end to end.”

Keith Terry (bass, Body Music, vocals) is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, and the founder of the International Body Music Festival. Body, bells, box, toys, Keith approaches bass as tonal percussion, and adds delightfully unusual elements to the show. A surprising and evocative mix of acoustic music and dance, Evie & Keith present a skilled hybrid of American folk arts.

Using any surface for its rhythmic possibilities, Terry claps his hands, rubs his palms, finger-pops, stamps his feet, brushes his soles, slaps his butt and belly, pops his cheek, whomps his chest, skips and slides, sings and babbles and coughs, building his music out of a surprisingly varied register of sounds and clever rhythmic variations. –VILLAGE VOICE

Here is a recent article about them: http://www.prx.org/pieces/81467-in-search-of-a-song-evie-ladin-part-1

Evie Ladin Band – Coo Coo

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Adam Traum & Colin Gilmore – Sunday, December 3, 2017

November 8, 2017

Please join us for a house concert with Adam Traum and Colin Gilmore on Sunday, December 3rd at 3 pm. $15-20 suggested donation. Please RSVP below or email Linda at linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org or call Tom at 510-697-4097. We will provide the exact address when we confirm your RSVP. You may come any time after about 2:30 […]

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