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.
Laura Zucker “Say Yes” CD Release Party–Saturday, September 16, 2017
Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan open
This will be a show in the old CD release tradition: Laura will play the songs from Say Yes from start to finish, as they appear on the CD. SAY YES, Laura Zucker’s fifth release, is a collection of songs exploring ways that we can find the positive in a world of negative, examining difficult feelings and turning challenge into redemption. She’ll be joined by a band full of special guests including Bill Wentz, Bill Younger, Cynthia Davis, Chuck Rosene, Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan.
Singer-songwriter Laura Zucker 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’s incisive yet sensitive lyrics are matched by her evocative melodies and arrangements that cut straight to the heart.
Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan
Claudia Russell is an outstanding singer and songwriter who has shared stages with Loudon Wainwright III, Tish Hinojosa, Kris Kristoffersen, Willie Nelson, Peter Rowan, and Rosalie Sorrels among many others. Claudia is an expressive and versatile singer, as at home on a soulful ballad as a Buddy Holly-style romp. Bruce Kaplan is known for deftly accompanying on mandolin and electric guitar, providing melodic counter point and atmosphere that aspires to elevate each song just a little higher.
$20 suggested donation ($5 for children 6-15, under 6 are free) Cash, check or credit card orApple Pay, Android Pay 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
An Evening With Alex De Grassi — Saturday, October 7, 2017 8PM
Alex De Grassi widely acclaimed as a leading innovator and virtuoso of acoustic guitar, fusing a variety of guitar traditions into a highly orchestrated sound. The Wall Street Journal has called his playing “flawless” and Billboard hails his “intricate finger-picking technique with an uncanny gift for melodic invention.” His early Windham Hill recordings of original music as well as his arrangements of folk, jazz, and world music have influenced a whole generation of young players. His 1978 recording, Turning: Turning Back (cited by Acoustic Guitar magazine among their top ten essential fingerstyle recordings), the subsequent recordings Slow Circle (1979) and Southern Exposure (1984), and his GRAMMY® nominated recording The Water Garden (1998) are considered classics of the genre. His most recent solo recording, Now and Then: Folksongs for the 21st Century, features his contemporary take on traditional folksongs.
Alex’s thirty years of international touring include performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Montreux Jazz Festival and numerous guitar festivals. He has been a frequent guest teacher at the National Summer Guitar Workshop, the University of Milwaukee, and the Interlochen Institute, and he has given master classes at Berklee School of Music, Crown of the Continent, the Omega Institute, and many other music programs. He has served as the Artist Advisor for the Marin Community Music School, and been a guest speaker at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club. The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method, published in 2012 (String Letter Publishing), is rapidly emerging as the authoritative method for fingerstyle guitar instruction.
“Alex de Grassi is a treasure… his technical wizardry as well as his vibrant and poetic music-making make him one of the most distinctive steel-string guitarists performing today.” –New York Guitar Festival director David Spelman.
$35 suggested donation
($5 for children 6-15, under 6 are free)
Cash, check, credit card, Apple Pay, or Android Pay at the door.
(No one turned away for lack of ability to pay. Sliding scale tickets available only at the door.)
Full price tickets are available in advance.
Advanced tickets strongly suggested. This show may sell out.