Coffee House at MDUUC

The Devil Mountain Coffee House concert series offers an opportunity to experience great music in a warm and informal setting. Our performers present a rich variety of musical genres: mostly acoustic, mostly original, but always wonderful.

Concerts take place in our spacious new fellowship hall that features excellent acoustics and a professional sound system. Coffee, snacks, and a congenial audience make these concerts a delight. We invite you to come and enjoy some music with us.

 Admission is by suggested donation. 

All shows start at 8:00 PM. Doors open at 7:30. 

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Friday, March 20, 2015 -- Ernest Troost and Cej

Ernest Troost

Ernest Troost 1“If the Carter Family, Robbie Robertson and Alfred Hitchcock had written songs together, they might sound like this.” That is singer-songwriter Ernest Troost’s self-introduction when he takes the stage. It’s a clever statement that hints at the spirit of his folk-blues tunes — and Troost himself. When audiences hear his beautiful melodies and deftly detailed lyrics, they’re curious to learn more about him. Based in Hollywood, he’s earned numerous Emmy Award nominations and one Emmy composing scores for TV and films, including the cult classic Tremors, HBO’s A Lesson Before Dying, many Hallmark Hall of Fame specials.  “It’s storytelling that really excites me,” says Troost. “I call my songwriting style cinematic folk--I try to create a vivid world of images and music that envelops the listener.”

 

 

 

 

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Cej is a California based singer-songwriter-guitarist in the Americana genre. Blending the finger picking traditions of Merle Travis and Mance Lipscomb with the lyrical sensibilities of Woody Guthrie, James Taylor and John Prine; his music is deeply rooted in the folk tradition. His songs embrace strains of blues, jazz and country while reflecting on a wide range of everyday human stories, with heart, humor and the occasional stab at perennial wisdom.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Each artist will perform a solo set, followed by an in-the-round format where they will trade songs with host Laura Zucker.

 

Suggested donation:  $15. ($5 for children 6-15, under 6 free -- cash or check only at the door. No one turned away for lack of ability to pay.)

 

                      

 

Saturday, April 11, 2015 -- Carlos Reyes and His Trio

World renowned for his mastery of the Paraguayan harp and violin, Carlos Reyes’ musical talents have touched the hearts and spirits of people around the world.  From performances Carlos New Violin Promo dmch smon the streets of Havana to the Vatican, his music transcends all boundaries.  Described as “Santana meets Gipsy Kings”, Carlos bridges traditional musical genres and mesmerizes audiences with unique fusions of Blues, Rock, Jazz, Latin and Classical styles.

 

Besides touring the world successful solo artist on both harp and violin, Carlos has shared the stage with a long list of musical superstars such as Steve Miller, The Doobie Brothers, Clint Black, Chuck Mangione, Charlie Daniels, Wynona Judd, Willie Nelson, legendary slide guitarist Roy Rogers and many, many others.  Most recently Carlos performed at The White8x10 Carlos Reyes lightning sm House alongside Gloria Estefan, trumpet master Arturo Sandoval, and Mexican artists Lila Downs and Marco Antonio Solis.

 

 

 

 

Suggested donation:  $25. ($5 for children 6-15, under 6 free -- cash or check only at the door. No one turned away for lack of ability to pay.) 

 

 

 

 

                 

 Friday, May 15, 2015 -- Houston Jones

 

HOUSTON JONES

Houston Jones is a Bay Area based high octane Americana quintet. Formed in 2001, the band performs a mostly original repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel. The band features Glenn Houston  (lead guitar), Travis Jones (lead vocal, acoustic guitar), Henry Salvia (keyboard, accordion), Chris Kee (standup bass, cello, acoustic guitar), and Peter Tucker (drums).

It's worth noting that Chris, Peter and Glenn are all alumni of the Waybacks. The band was voted  “best discovery” and Travis Jones voted  “best vocalist” at  the Strawberry Music Festival. Glenn was voted "Best Guitarist” for 2009 by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.  More than seventy radio stations across the U.S. and Canada have Houston Jones on their playlist.

Houston Jones has released five CDs on the Summerhill label, and was the subject of a six page feature article in the January/February 2010 issue of Dirty Linen magazine. The lads have recently completed recording their sixth CD, of all-original music, slated for release in the very near future.

“A wonderful gem of a band…truly exceptional music…wonderful original tunes…some brought tears to our eyes. These guys are a rare treat!” – Billboard.com   

"As good as any singing and picking I've heard in my thirty years in the music business. Do your friends a big favor, and turn them on to this band!"- Bob Brown, Owner, Rancho Nicasio, and manager, Huey Lewis and the News

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Suggested donation:  $15. ($5 for children 6-15, under 6 free -- cash or check only at the door. No one turned away for lack of ability to pay.)