DEVIL MOUNTAIN 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 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.



The Starters and The Quitters

Friday, March 10, 2017   8PM

 

The Starters (aka Exit 9, aka The Jersey Birds, aka  27/18 ) are Laura Zucker and Glenn Pomianek. Sprung from a mutual admiration society, the two seized a singular moment in time when both were available for collaboration,  and it stuck.  Laura thinks Glenn is a supremely talented player and insightful collaborator, and Glenn thinks Laura is also an insightful collaborator with thoughtful lyrics and a great ear for melodies. So they decided to see what happens when they throw in their lot together. And now you can see for yourself. Pure magic.

Laura wins audiences over with a hard-won perspective and a positive spin. The powerful imagery of her songs and stories ring so true you might think she’s read your diary – and you’ll find yourself humming her infectious melodies for days to come. Laura is a “recovering lawyer”, a New Jersey native transplanted in California. Laura is a two-time Kerrville New Folk finalist, five-time West Coast Songwriters Association Best Song of the Year, a 2013 Official Showcase artist at SWRFA, an Emerging Artist at the 2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Mid-Atlantic Songwriters 2016 Gold award, with an international following. With four CD releases to her credit, and one in the works, Laura continues to impress with incisive yet sensitive lyrics, evocative melodies and arrangements that cut straight to the heart.

The Quitters–Stevie Coyle and Glenn Houston–is a guitar duo, consisting of a right-side up finger picker and an upside down flat picker. More importantly they were two of the three founding members of the virtuoso string band, The Waybacks, and one was the long-time lead guitarist and co-founder of the Americana powerhouse, Houston Jones. Now they play together, on their own, hence the name, “The Quitters”. They deliver a mostly acoustic celebration of flat-pick and finger-style mastery, plus vocals, spiced with humor and serendipity.

Originally from New Jersey, Glenn Houston’s (nee Pomianek) guitarist influences range from Albert King to Doc Watson, as shows in his mastery of both the acoustic and electric guitar. He has shared billing with luminaries in the folk, Americana, blues, country, rock and jazz genres far too numerous to list, and has even been a choral vocal performer with the LA Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony! After an illustrious career with several Bay Area bands, he co-founded the Waybacks in 1999 with Stevie Coyle and Chojo Jacques, leaving to pursue other directions before their first CD was made. One of those directions was co-founding the Houston Jones band, with vocalist Travis Jones, from which he retired last year.

Stevie Coyle’s dad ran a radio station, his granny was a vaudeville pianist, his mother played in a mandolin orchestra, David Lindley rehearsed right next door and gave Stevie his first guitar lessons, and the first Hot Tuna album inspired him to begin fingerpicking. After degrees in Theatre and Theology he hit the road with The Royal Lichtenstein Circus, doing comedy, magic, wire-walking, sword-swallowing, and juggling. He has collaborated with Roy Zimmerman for 25 years, including folk tribute / parody band, The Foremen, and comedy duo, The Reagan Bros. In 1999 he co-founded The Waybacks and toured with them through 2007. Since then he has released his first solo CD and in 2012 opened his own high-end acoustic guitar shop, Mighty Fine Guitars, in Lafayette, CA.

 

$20 suggested donation ($5 for children 6-15, under 6 are free) Cash or check only at the door (No one turned away for lack of ability to pay. Sliding scale tickets available only at the door.) Show: 8:00 PM Doors: 7:30 PM