Three Northern California Americana – based duos join forces for an evening of outstanding and wildly diverse music.
The Duos will perform an innovative concert Nashville style. All onstage together, they will trade songs back and forth culminating in a rousing ensemble performance.
From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. Backed up by her guitarist Jason Eckl, the Dirty Cello duo performs down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass. Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!
Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan duo:
As one of the West Coast’s most popular folk duos, Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan traverse a wide Americana landscape, stopping at wondrous musical landmarks along the way, tipping their hat to Laurel Canyon troubadours, string bands, blues divas, jazz cats, Village folkies and Bakersfield cowboys. Not many small combos can pull that off, but driven by Russell’s expressive voice and distinctive guitar style with Kaplan’s spot on accompaniment, it all comes together beautifully.
Meredith Axelrod and Craig Ventresco:
Delightfully engaging and unassumingly comic, Meredith Axelrod and Craig Ventresco envision the limitless potential of early twentieth century music, whether it be Ragtime, Music Hall, Pop Standard, Boogie Woogie, Tin Pan Alley, String band, Jazz, Country, Blues or even Jug Band music, and embodies the spirit that brought the music into existence in the first place. Axelrod’s vocal style is unusual, probably because she learned to sing by listening to how folks did it a century ago – through the medium of cylinders and 78-rpm records.