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Sunday, November 10, 2013
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12:00am [12:00am] THE SADDLE CATS (cont.)
"Western Swing"

Birthday bash for Roy "Armando" Jeans!

Richard Chon - fiddle/ vocals
Bobby Black - pedal steel guitar
Gordon Clegg -guitar
Bing Nathan - bass

Winners of the Will Rogers Cowboy Award "Western Swing Group of the Year" and "Western Swing Album of the Year" Academy of Western Artists

The Saddle Cats are a Western Swing pocket orchestra that is enlivening Cowboy and Western Music with infectious joy and high spirits. With a repertoire that draws from the rich tapestry of traditional American music, this four-piece ensemble embraces the worlds of swing, cowboy ballads, blues, Tin Pan Alley, honky-tonk, string band music, polka and just about any traditional style under the sun.

The Saddle Cats have at their heart the suave, elegant artistry of Bobby Black, whose steel guitar poetics have inspired generations of musicians and fans. A revered figure in the music world whose roots go straight back to the honky-tonk era of Hank Williams and Lefty Frizell, Bobby was a key figure in the rediscovery of Western Swing in the 1960s and '70s. His membership in such bands as Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen and Asleep at the Wheel was decisive in introducing the sound of Western Swing to a new generation of listeners.

Bobby is joined by fiddler and vocalist Richard Chon (Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, the Sons of the San Joaquin and a veteran of the Bakersfield honky tonk scene). Together, Bobby and Richard form the nucleus of a Western Swing combo that uncannily recreates the textures and drive of the Western Swing bands of the golden era.

The driving rhythm of guitarist Gordon Clegg and the eloquent, rock-solid foundations laid by bassist Michael Price support and energize this sleek, silver-toned cowboy outfit, whose repertoire runs from rustic Texas breakdowns to the sophisticated swing concoctions of Benny Goodman and Count Basie, from the high-driving California swing of Bob Wills’ Tiffany Transcriptions and Tex Williams to their own stylish originals.

Doors open 7:30

7:00pm [7:00pm] JIM OCEAN & FRIENDS
Jim's Birthday Bash!

"I like the way his mind works." - Country Joe McDonald

Jim & Kathy Ocean present the' MetaQuizzical Cafe'. A stimulating, folk-rocking. romp through science, politics, satire and spirit.

Recently Jim's environmental disaster song 'Plastilla' has been made into a video and used as curriculum in Fresno Unified schools. THis song and video about Dark Matter 'Said the Dark to the Light' won audience favorite at a film festival in Paris last year.

Jim & Kathy have performed with the Smithsonian's 'Beyond' exhibit, played at the annual Bioneer's Conference in Marin, and have opened for so many astronauts they may soon be the first folk duo in space.

If you're in the mood for something really different, then step into the 'MetaQuizzical Cafe' where Carl Sagan meets you at the door, Pete Seeger shows you to your table, Rod Serling hands you a smoke, and Tom Lehrer's banging pots in the kitchen. When the music starts to play, better watch the worm holes on the way. You're sitting in the MetaQuizzical Cafe.
Expect  laughter and surprise as Jim & Kathy Ocean and very special guests serve up a tasty stew of original music and commentary that mines the curious boundaries between science, art, fact and fantasy,.

Doors open 3:30