Jul 01, 2014-
Jul 26, 2014
11:00AM - 11:00PM
Music at the Redwood Cafe
Redwood Music
Redwood Cafe
Event Description

Music at the Redwood Café!


July 1 from 6-9pm Mark Benanti performs with his "Rock Overtime" school of rock students. They rehearse for one month, then perform on the 1st Tuesday of every month here at Redwood Cafe in Cotati. These shows are always a lot of fun, come check out Mark and his students rocking out! Mark has taught music classes at the University of South Carolina, Converse College, Wofford College and Santa Rosa Junior College. He has recently self-published a book of guitar studies designed to help students improve their classical guitar technique. His diverse musical interests have led him to the study and performance of a wide-range of musical styles including classical, jazz, rock, blues, country, bluegrass and world music. Mark's classical guitar repertoire includes music from all of the Classical Music eras with considerable interest in Latin American Music. His new CD "South American Guitar Music", which features nearly 80 minutes of guitar solos from Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina, was released in 2007.


July 6 from 11am-2pm singer / guitarist Richard Torres


July 10 from 8-11pm features Sound Kitchen


July 13 from 3-5pm Celtic Fiddle Music


6-10pm Irish Jam Session


July 20 from 11am–2pm Celtic Music with Margaret Miles


4-7pm Gold Coast Jazz Band


8-11pm  Andre Thierry & Zydaco Magic "In America, great migrations produce great music. Just as Delta musicians took Highway 61 to Chicago and electrified their blues, so did the Creoles and Cajuns migrate to California and establish vital dance communities. Now the California scenes rival anything back home in Louisiana, and that's due to players like Andre Thierry, a standard bearer for the new generation. Thierry is among the best of both the West Coast and the Gulf Coast, and he combines youthful vigor with a mature appreciation for his inherited tradition."  $15


July 21 from 8-10pm Neil Buckley Octet


July 23 from 8-10pm   Mexican Connection w/ José Arnulfo

Based on his classical guitar background José has done new arrangements to  famous classic Mexican music. This musical configuration offers famous Mexican classics with fresh colors and a new musicality.

July 26 at 4pm features Gold Coast Jazz Band



July 27 from 11am-2pm features singer / guitarist Richard Torres


3-5pm Old Time Music Fiddle Jam  Join us for old time fiddle music performed by local aficionados! Feel free to bring an instrument and join in - (doesn't have to be a fiddle!) This event is organized by local fiddlers Chris Carney & Janette Duncan.


6-10pm Irish Jam Session


July 30 from 8-10pm features "Quasar Wut-Wut": Indie Art Pop from Chicago

"Eclectic  music from the Windy City that melds the best from punk, country and  pop.  Bizarre lyrics, incongruent lyrical phrasing and complex, often angular guitar melodies reveal well-crafted pop songs that are as  sincere as they are witty, and catchy as they are puzzling.” – PopMatters





Music After Dark


July 5 at 7:30pm Featuring D'Bunchovus (transitive verb) da/bunch/ov/us: Random acts of music Powerful vocals, including three lead vocalists and melodious harmonies, audience captivating showmanship and tight professional musicianship.
This is an entertaining foursome of accomplished musicians who play a surprising mix of familiar songs, with a twist.  This is a great listening band with broad appeal and something for everyone.  This is a group that cross-pollinates the genres, segueing from Tom Petty to Chuck Berry to Madeline Peyroux.
This is D’Bunchovus!



July 12 at 8:30pm features Gator Nation
CD Release Party

Gator Nation, formerly known as Gator Beat, the West Coast’s premiere Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans R&B band, is a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, high energy concert and dance band.

With the same survival instinct as its namesake, Gator Nation continues to adapt itself to its audiences, always with something fresh yet true to its calling. That calling is to represent the music of South Louisiana in all its forms, Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans style. They have the talent and diversity to do so, to express the nuances that define the genres. The result is a remarkable show with so much variety and depth that at the end of the show, the Gator Nation Band leaves you happy and hollerin’ “Gimme Some Mo”!


July 18 at 8:30pm features Mid-East Tapestry Quartet offering a musical sampling of semi-classical, urban and folk genres from  Egypt, Lebanon, Greece, Turkey, North Africa, Armenia, Persia plus original compositions, for audience participation line-dancing, folk-dancing, dancing-dancing, and just listening.

Vince Delgado / Kanun - Arabic-Turkish 73 stringed horizontal harp and Egyptian Tabla, Coralie Russo / Oud, a non fretted mid-east lute,
Robbie Belgrade / Riqq, classical Egyptian tambourine and Clarinet and
Tom Shader / Acoustic Bass

Vince Delgado is a master percussionist and composer who has played music for over 70 years. In 1968 he helped establish and became the first director at the Ali Akbar College of Music. As well as being featured on numerous recordings as a percussionist, he has performed around the world with many luminaries including Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan, Necati Çelik, Halil Karaduman, Mickey Hart, Larry Vuckovich, and Vikku Vinayakaram.

Coralie Russo has been playing Middle Eastern Music on the Oud, an 11-stringed lute, for 25 years. She has studied with master musicians John Belizekjian, Necati Çelik, Georges Lammam and Haig Manookian. She has performed with Jazayer, Coral Rose, Aywah Dance Company and the Gypsy Caravan.

Tom Shader is an acoustic bass player raised in the Detroit area where he studied violin, viola, cello, string bass, and voice. Tom has had the privilege of performing with many fine musicians, including Steve Allen, Henry Mancini, and Tommy Newsome. In addition to being a mainstay at many North Bay and San Francisco jazz clubs, Tom has appeared at some of the area’s popular jazz festivals, , Mammoth Lakes, Morro Bay, and the Sacramento Jubilee. His Mid-East bass work can be heard on numerous CD recordings.

Robbie Belgrade is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and music educator.  After initial studies in Western classical music on piano, trumpet and flute, he switched to saxophone and bass clarinet, studying with jazz saxophonist John Handy. He continued his musical studies at the Ali Akbar College of Music, studying vocal music under Ali Akbar Khan and tabla under Zakir Hussain, Alla Rakha and Swapan Chaudhury. He currently studies riqq with Vince Delgado and performs and teaches music in the SF Bay Area.


Tickets $7


July 25 9pm-12am  Every month we present the best regional, national and international reggae bands in conjunction with Bagga Jo presents.


July 26 9-10pm Prairie / KRSH Showcase




Fee: $0.00

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