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Friday, December 6, 2013
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12:00am [12:00am] THE CHRIS CAIN BAND (cont.)

Chris Cain - guitar/vocals
Mick Mestek - drums
Steve Evans - bass
Greg Rahn - keyboards

Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery.
At the age of eight, Cain taught himself to play guitar and began playing professionally before he was eighteen. Chris studied music at San Jose City College, and was soon teaching jazz improvisation on campus. Over the next twenty years, Cain would also master piano, bass guitar, clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone. The combination of his blues upbringing and his jazz studies melded to form the searing guitar style that sets Chris Cain apart and has moved him to the top ranks of the blues music scene.
Cain's debut recording, Late Night City Blues (Blue Rock'it Records-1987) garnered four W.C. Handy Blues Award nominations, including Guitarist of the Year."

Most people know Mick Mestek for his work with Tower of Power, with whom he toured for three years and recorded the 1987 album "Power". Among Mick's many touring and recording credits include Etta James, Tracy Nelson, Buddy Miles, Pete Escovedo, Charlie Musselwhite, Omega, Tommy Castro, Daniel Castro, Ron Thompson, Roy Rogers, Curtis Ohlson, Rosie Gaines, Ray Obiedo and a who's who of Bay Area favorites including The Hoodoo Rhythm Devils, Tortilla Soup and Manzo. Recently Mick got back together with his brothers in funk, Tower of Power, for the band's 40th anniversary celebration at The Fillmore.

Steve Evans has backed numerous icons of R&B including Etta James, Bo Diddley, Mary Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, Big Mama Thornton, Tracy Nelson, Lee Dorsey. Pee Wee Ellis, The Drifters, and rock artists Bob Weir & Kingfish, Brian Auger, Joan Baez, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Maria Muldaur, Swiss pop star Phil Carmen (featuring Dire straits drummer Pick Withers) and more. In the last decade and a half, Steve has recorded and/or toured nationally and internationally with numerous guitar greats including slide guitar virtuoso Roy Rogers, Pat Travers, Harvey Mandel, Coco Montoya and more.

Greg Rahn has played keyboards with a diverse range of artists from latin jazz greats Ray Obiedo, Pete Escovedo, Juan Escovedo and Roger Glenn to rock guitar legend Ronnie Montrose. A passionate composer and audio engineer, Greg's work can be heard on albums by Cake, The VW Brothers, Jim Chappel, C3 Fuzzion, and Pride & Joy, as well as over 165 video games such as Guitar Hero, Rugrats and Sponge Bob. He has also played on national TV ads for Hershey's, Huggies and Rice a Roni. His soundtracks have been honored with various industry awards.

Doors open 7:30

7:00pm [7:30pm] Happy Hour & A Half
Live music with ALEX MCMURRAY

on tour from New Orleans

“The most talented songwriter in New Orleans.” —Antigravity
“Tom Waits-ian pathos cut with a Big Easy sweetener.” —
“One of the best songwriters working today.” —OffBeat

A New Orleans fixture since the ‘80s, the guitar slinger is now widely recognized as the embodiment of the downtown New Orleans lifestyle: sketchy bars, cracked sidewalks, fallen-down houses, tattered hearts, broken spirits, discarded chicken bones. He’s often compared to Tom Waits; they both have whiskey-throated voices and share a curious ability to find inspiration in the degenerate, not to mention an obsession with the Ninth Ward. Except McMurray actually lives there.

 No cover charge
Come hang out, chat and have fun!

11:00pm [11:00pm] TUMBLEDOWN HOUSE
Gillian Howe - vocals
Tyler Ryan Miller - guitar
Ryan Lukas - bass
Aaron Kierbel - drums
Jeff Bordes - trumpet

Gambling. Murder. Booze. Bicycles.
The music of Tumbledown House has been described as “gritty saloon jazz”, “modern speakeasy music”, and “Tom Waits in a cocktail dress”.
Tumbledown House has shared the stage with Crooked Still, The Devil Makes Three, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Keller Williams, as well as many other notable acts.

Doors open 7:30