SPRING 2017 CONCERTS
Free Admission | 6:00-8:00pm | Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue
The return of our FREE spring concert series at Novato City Hall will commence on Saturday, February 11th. All spring concerts will be held on Saturdays, from 6pm - 8pm, at Novato City Hall, which is located at 901 Sherman Avenue.
Artist details and additional information will be available shortly. Please save the dates below for some Novato fun!
Saturday, February 11 | 6:00-8:00pm
Tracy Blackman, Danny Click & Kyle Terrizzi
Tracy Blackman is an award-winning, musical performing and recording artist residing in Marin County, Northern California. She has three albums released under her own name including Come Take My Hand (1997), Could I Be (2012) and most recently Mercy (2014). Her performing career began at the age of 18 with various folk, world, Top 40 and rock groups, singing and playing piano and guitar. Her desire to showcase her own music led her to form her own bands. She grew musically, settling deeply into her life as a performing musician by fine-tuning her skills with tours and weekly gigs.
Until a few years ago, Danny Click was one of Austin’s best-kept secrets, a musician’s musician who’d won the respect of some of alt-country’s biggest names but hadn’t yet found widespread recognition. That changed when Click’s latest CD, Life Is A Good Place, was released in April, 2011 and spent more than 12 consecutive months on the Country, pop, and Americana radio charts.
Kyle M. Terrizzi
I'm a Berkeley, California based singer/songwriter, etc. I've had the privilege of sharing the stage with artists as dynamic and diverse as Jon Bellion, Cody Simpson, Tennis, Matt Pond PA, The Lighthouse and the Whaler, David Ryan Harris, John Craigie, and many more.
PAST CONCERTS HOSTED BY THE CITY OF NOVATO PARKS, RECREATION & COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
SUMMER 2016 CONCERTS ON THE GREEN
Free Admission | 5:00-7:00pm | City Green, 901 Sherman Avenue
Saturday, June 18 | 5:00-7:00pm
Barrio Manouche is Javier Jiménez's new acoustic adventure in the San Francisco Bay Area. Barrio's core members hail from Madrid, Quebec and Northern California, but they are frequently joined by artists from around the globe. The band's first EP "Detrás de la Sombra" is most easily classified as gypsy jazz, but is also deeply influenced by a range of musical traditions. From the swing of Louis Armstrong & Sidney Bechet, to the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli, to the flamenco firepower of Paco de Lucía & Camarón, to the avant grade sounds of Ornette Coleman & John Coltrane. Barrio's sound is difficult to classify but instantly recognizable.
Saturday, July 16 | 5:00-7:00pm
Brothers Scott and Thomas Huerta joined with guitarist Mackenzie Bunch ten years ago in the small town of Ripon. Still in high school at the time, the three musicians began playing indie rock that started their reputation up and down the west coast. In 2011 the group created their Summer Darling EP, which put them on the radar for music lovers across the map. The group soon after moved to San Francisco and met James Gallaher, a local Jazz drummer, who quickly filled the role it took to boost their reputation to an even wider audience. Their music is described as infectious with compelling rhythm in the style of "big slappin' beats." After one listen, it’s easy to see why French Cassettes have quickly earned a slot at the top of the list of bands you need to know." - Charles Swanson, Noise Pop
Saturday, Aug 20 | 5:00-7:00pm
Mitch Polzak & The Royal Deuces
This high energy three piece ensemble performs Rockabilly from the late '50's Sun Records era, guitar instrumentals from influences such as Joe Maphis, Merle Travis, and Chet Atkins, to a wide a range of Bakersfield Honky Tonk and Truck Driving music. Mitch also adds the 5 String Banjo to the show, bringing in the influence of Earl Scruggs and Ralph Stanley. Bassist Vance Ehlers adds a driving slap technique rivaled by few worldwide. Drummer Rick Quisol brings years of experience to fill out the sound with rock solid rhythm and tight vocal harmonies. The band has entertained audiences at the legendary Viva Las Vegas Rock n Roll event in Las Vegas, Hot August Nights in Reno for the Peppermill Casino, The Shake the Shack Festival in Seattle, and many other engagements stateside as well as appearances in Holland, Belgium, Germany, and the Czech Republic.
SPRING 2016 CONCERTS
Our FREE spring concerts at Novato City Hall are back, and we are thrilled to offer these events to the Novato community. Concerts will be held on Saturdays, from 6pm - 8pm, at Novato City Hall, which is located at 901 Sherman Avenue. See artist information below and we hope you can join us for these wonderful, free community concerts!
Saturday, February 27 | 6:00-8:00pm
Jerry Hannan + Special Guest
A distinguished songwriter and entertainer, Hannan recorded his own song, "Society" with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, which is featured in Sean Penn’s film Into the Wild. “I Thought I Was You”, written by Jerry and brother Sean Hannan also plays in Into the Wild. In 2003, Jerry recorded his second CD Sounds Like a Story. A new song "DaDaDa" from the CD was featured in the film The Pledge (Jack Nicholson). He performed in Sam Shepard's play, The Late Henry Moss, at San Francisco's Theatre on the Square (along with Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Cheech Marin and Woody Harrelson). He also appeared as a raucous singer who offsets a romantic conversation between Harry Connick Jr. and Sarah Jessica Parker in Sony Picture's Life Without Dick.
Described as "shades of Dylan, John Prine and Van Morrison...very Americana with a faint Irish lilt", Hannan's songs (like those of Springsteen, Steve Earle and Cat Stevens) speak of our everyday lives and the magic that we sometimes miss. He's a storyteller, known for his thought provoking lyrics and exuberant performances. He has been called a Marin County treasure, often funny, sardonic in a good-natured way, highlighting issues like ecology, friendship, and love. Hannan's most recent recording, The Light Gets Brighter, features his latest gems including several songs on the upcoming soundtrack to the documentary film Mad Hannans, a documentary that tells the story of brothers Sean and Jerry.
Saturday, March 19 | 6:00-8:00pm
David Luning's music has been called “gritty, joyful, soulful Americana.” His earnest songwriting, lively story telling, and rich, captivating voice would have you believe you’re listening to a hardened veteran of Nashville. His debut album "Just Drop on By" was released to rave reviews and has garnered Luning numerous film placements as well as many songwriting awards. His live show has been best described as high energy, fun, yet with a full spectrum of dynamic emotional content.”
While living in Boston, studying at Berklee College of Music, David was introduced to the music of Americana greats like John Prine for the first time. "Something just clicked. It was like a bolt of lightning that struck my soul. The kind of music that spoke of real life. It was simple and real... like a family that I wanted to be a part of. Call it Americana, folk, roots, or alt-country - it resonated with me. I had found my genre, my voice." That's when David decided to relocate back to the San Francisco Bay area to pursue a career as an Americana, Alt-country artist.
In 2013, David auditioned for American Idol to receive worldwide exposure for his original music, and to be an advocate for Americana music. Out of 75,000 people who auditioned, he made it to the top 100, performing his original song "In Hell I Am”, which appeared on American Idol’s January 16th, 2014 episode, viewed by 18 million across the world. Jennifer Lopez commented, “I love it. He has a really, really beautiful tone.” Keith Urban praised, saying, “you have stanch originality, no one’s doing what you do…you’re a good singer-songwriter, story-telling guy.”
David writes, records, and performs all of his original songs. David also co-writes, records, and performs music with a vocal virtuoso, Brodie Jenkins, in the folk duo called Ghost and Gale. Ghost and Gale is comprised of haunting cinematic folk harmonies that showcase David’s vocal range, harmonies, and his skills as a guitarist and talented pianist.
Saturday, April 30 | 6:00-8:00pm
Quiles & Cloud
From humble beginnings on the streets of San Francisco in 2011, to hundreds of performances across thousands of miles over land and sea, critically acclaimed acoustic roots duo Quiles & Cloud have made tremendous strides in the independent music scene. Following the success of their first two self-released titles, Long Time Coming - 2012 (produced by Grammy winning engineer Steve Horowitz) and Seminole Star - 2014 (produced by 5-time Grammy nominated producer Cookie Marenco), Quiles & Cloud have teamed up with Grammy-award-winning artist and producer Alison Brown in Nashville, TN, for the release of their third full-length album, Beyond The Rain, to be released on Compass Records on January 29, 2016.
One show at a time, Quiles & Cloud continue to push themselves as performers and reach people across generations with their timeless, heartfelt passion for exploration in music and expression. With Beyond The Rain hitting retailers in January 2016, Quiles & Cloud will be taking the songs back on the road for a series of nationwide release tours throughout the year. Keep a look out for show announcements and release details through Compass Records, on social media, and at quilesandcloud.com.
Saturday, May 21 | 6:00-8:00pm
Singer-Songwriter, Jessie Bridges, has been putting in some serious studio time over the last year and is excited about taking her musicianship to a new level. Her latest songs reflect a variety of experiences she’s had while moving around the past couple years, finding herself living in places that are quite different from the laid-back California lifestyle she’s always known.
At the age of 13, Jessie’s Dad gave her a very special gift—her first guitar. Growing up she had always been exposed to the music her parents listened to in the sixties and seventies and so, naturally, those were the songs and styles she was most attracted to. As her natural, musical talent developed, she began to also curiously explore the complicated world of putting feelings into lyrics. It quickly became clear that music would be a part of Jessie’s life in many ways.
With influences from The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Everly Brothers, to Wilco, Jenny Lewis and Neko Case, Jessie explores music in a way that hooks the listener both lyrically and melodically. Due to her multitude of inspirations, it’s been difficult for Jessie to attach herself to any one genre of music. Perhaps that’s the very reason why she appeals to so many different kinds of people! And at 31, this Santa Barbara native is finally putting herself out there.
While her songs have always been introspective, challenging the listener to look deeply inside his/herself and question their own personal journey, Jessie has never felt the urge to pursue music as a performing artist, until now. Jessie explains that to her, “writing songs is about personal expression. It’s a way to pick apart all the knotted up memories, stories, and experiences that have accumulated over time. [She] didn’t realize that others related to her struggles and triumphs until she started sharing [her] songs…exposing others to [her] dark and light sides…showing [her] true, vulnerable self.”
And it’s because of the way she stumbles down her own rocky path that most people will find something special in Jessie Bridges; her songs seem to resonate in a way that leaves you wanting more.
View the Spring 2016 poster by clicking here.
2015 SUMMER CONCERTS ON THE GREEN
Free Admission | 5:00-7:00pm | City Green, 901 Sherman Avenue
Saturday, July 11th | 5:00-7:00pm | T-Sisters
The T Sisters are a vocally driven contemporary folk band hailing from Oakland, California. The three sisters' inventive songwriting is supported by their own acoustic instrumentation as well as by upright bassist Steve Height and mandolinist/guitar player Andrew Allen Fahlander. When performing their lively set of originals and covers, occasionally in arresting a cappella, they captivate audiences with close harmonies, creative arrangements, and sassy performance style. Touching on elements of folk, Americana, gospel, R&B, bluegrass and soul, the T Sisters weave evocative stories with a sound that is both modern and timeless.
Saturday, August 22nd | 5:00-7:00pm | Freddy Clarke with Wobbly World
For our second concert we have a wonderful collaboration of music from all over the world! Founded by guitarist Freddy Clarke, Wobbly World is a revolving door of musicians and singers who encompass the sounds of: Africa, Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Denmark, Iran, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Paraguay, Syria, Viet Nam & the United States – for a bold, brave, joy-filled celebration of international musical synergy. Wobbly World's music is a refreshing mix where each player brings a contrasting musical tradition, yet the music flows and soars with a deep sense of cohesion. We all know that our environment is tenuous, international politics are fragile; it's a Wobbly World out there. But these musicians have made something strong, dynamic and beautiful in response.
Saturday, September 19th | 5:00-7:00pm | Ridgway Space Station
We are thrilled to welcome a local Novato band to our summer concert stage for this last show! Ridgway Space Station's band members: Forrest Bousquette, vocals; Jack Buzian, guitar, Jordan Kulp, guitar; Erik Trignani, bass, and Keelan Scarth, drums, are all products of Novato and San Marin High Schools and the Marin School of the Arts.
The band released its debut EP,The Extra Mile, last spring, showcasing their original songs. The team is back in the studio this summer recording its first full-length album and has just this month released a new single entitled Fire Inside. Staying with the very optimistic vibe the band emits, Fire Inside, has an upbeat tempo, a breezy summer groove and inspirational lyrics.
This up and coming group has already debuted their sound at numerous venues around the Bay Area including 924 Gilman, the Berkeley club made famous by Green Day; Hopmonk in Novato, the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax, the Phoenix Theatre in Petaluma and Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. They’ve also performed at the Marin Center’s Bioneers Conference, the Novato Art and Wine Festival, and Novato’s July Fourth Parade.