Studio 55 Marin

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1455 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael, California


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Bluegrass from Michigan

Friday, July 11 - 8:00pm - $14 Advance / $17 at door

Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys

Eclectic Americana from the Heart of America's Third Coast!

Click below to see the band perform their song The Power

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys have a fresh approach to American roots genres, which they weave in and out seamlessly from song to song with the throwback sound of bluegrass instruments and the striking delivery of blues vocals. They're now touring in support of a new short release, the Here Between EP, which serves as a snapshot of their unique and ever evolving sound. With roots in the Great Lakes State of Michigan, Lindsay and the band have been traversing the country with instruments in tow since the release of their 2012 record, Release Your Shrouds. The album showcased the band's musical ingenuity, Lindsay's vocal prowess and their collective aptitude for cultivating prolific original material. In short, Lindsay Lou Rilko, Joshua Rilko, Mark Lavengood and PJ George are a heavy picking, powerful harmony singing, tight knit family fashion conglomeration of new-fangled roots music.

Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys are a fresh new voice in modern bluegrass, with driving instrumentals and a straight-from-the-still quality to Lindsay's voice... If you're a fan of broad-based bluegrass with a strong infusion of creativity and intelligence, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys is a band you definitely need to check out. Bluegrass Unlimited

If you are looking for ancient and soulful tones with a modern rootsy twist, that is exactly what you'll find when listening to Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys. Each song is unique, entertaining, and flows easily into the listener's ears. Lindsay and the boys will surely win your heart! - Caroline Colie , Acoustic Trail

Bay Area
Bluegrass Stars

Friday, July 18 - 8:00pm - $13 Advance / $15 at door

The Faultliners

Traditional Bluegrass by Some of the Most Respected Side Persons in the Business

Click below to see a live video of The Faultliners

This band formed at a session in Point Reyes Station, where the San Andreas Fault meets the sea, thus "The Faultliners."

Sharon Gilchrist (mandolin and vocals) is steeped in traditional Appalachian music delivering these sounds with a distinct spacious, graceful and fiery nuance. Sharon has performed with Darol Anger, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Uncle Earl, Ger Mandolin Orchestra directed by Mike Marshall, Scott Law, Kathy Kallick Band, Bill Evans, and Donald Rubinstein.

Paul Knight (bass and vocals) is a Grammy nominated bassist with over 20 years of touring and recording with notable bluegrass & Americana artists including Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, Scott Law, Jody Stecher, Kleptograss, Perfect Strangers, David Grisman, Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick, and many others.

Jim Nunnally (guitar and vocals) is a member of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and John Reischman's Jaybirds. He has been awarded two Grammy certifications, two IBMA awards and is a two time Western Open Flatpicking Champion. Jim has released two instructional DVDs. The Art Of Rhythm Guitar: Strums, and his latest DVD, Walks and Runs, are based on over 25 years of experience teaching at music camps.

Avram Siegel (banjo and vocals) is a greatly respected musician and teacher whose work with pioneering California bluegrass bands Grant Street String Band, Vern Williams, Fog City Ramblers, Kathy Kallick, and True Blue, has influenced countless musicians.

Blaine Sprouse (fiddle and vocals). If You're Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band) proclaims Alabama's hit song. So who did the supergroup call upon to fiddle that memorable chart topper? Blaine Sprouse. Called one of the great fiddlers of our time by bluegrass legend Bobby Osborne, he learned by playing with the masters: Kenny Baker, The Osborne Brothers, and Jimmy Martin, to name a few.

Alternative Neo-Folk Noir-Grass

Friday, July 25 - 8:00pm - $15 advance / $18 at door

Patchy Sanders

with Sound of Sirens opening

Patchy Sanders

Click below to see a live video of Patchy Sanders      

Patchy Sanders, a genuine family band, comprised of sisters Dani (banjo, harp) and Jacqui Aubert (vocals), their partners Ian Van Ornum (mandolin, bouzouki, guitar) and Dan Sherrill (guitar, banjo, mandolin), and good friends Sara Wilbur (violin, viola), Eric Jones (upright bass), and Alex Patterson (drums & percussion). While some find it easy to characterize their music, others hesitatingly distinguish their style as noir-grass, neo-folk, neo-Americana, or simply Alternative. Influenced by the broader folk revival of the last 70+ years, the band's three distinct songwriters draw upon diverse influences to bring forth a new, yet familiar sound.

Timeless. I could hear this band in the 16th, 18th, and 21st Centuries. - Sedge Thomson (West Coast Live, Host)

Great musicianship, harmonies, and feel. A really warm vibe that makes wherever you are standing feel like the center of a Gypsy Caravan. - Mason Jennings.

Sound of Sirens

Click below to see a live video of Sound of Sirens      

Studio 55 Marin proprietors Ken and Susan are bringing back their band Sound of Sirens for a short opening set, to showcase their new sound with their new guitar player, Jared Karol. Jared is a wonderful roots finger-picker, specializing in rags and blues, but great at all acoustic styles.   Ken Frankel has been part of the California music scene since the 1960's, performing with music notables such as Jerry Garcia, Richard Greene, and Robert Hunter.   Susan Nielsen ("Susan Siren") has shared stages with many national stars, sung in many local groups, and worked as a professional studio singer.   Kristina Ziese ("Stina Siren") sang in many popular bands in Seattle, but now has moved to the Bay Area to become one of our "Sirens".   Scott Underwood has performed with various Bay Area music acts since the 1980s, including as a member of Acoustic Son.

Friday, August 1 - 8:00pm - $17 Advance / $20 at door

Lucia Comnes

CD Release Concert for new album - Love, Hope & Tyranny

Click below to see Lucia and her band perform her song No Hiding Place

This concert will be the debut performance of Lucia Comnes' new body of work from her album Love, Hope & Tyranny. Join Lucia and members of her Rockin' Irish Band as they perform the 13 original songs in album sequence for the first time and celebrate the album's release. Band members include Burke Trieschmann (guitar, harmonica), Kyle O'Brien (mandolin) Mike Anderson (bass), Kyle Caprista (drums), with special guests Gawain Mathews (pedal steel & electric guitar) and Carolyn Brandy (percussion). A listeners concert, this is a rare opportunity to hear the songs live as they were recorded on the album - full of dynamics, storytelling and emotion. They will also play a few Rockin' Irish Band favorites and a some bonus songs that have not yet been recorded. The album will be hot off the press and available for sale at the concert for the first time.

Lucia Comnes is a singer, songwriter, fiddler & guitarist with a 'singular voice' (SF Chronicle) whose atmospheric-roots music crosses genres of Americana, folk, Celtic, rock, blues & alternative. Born in San Francisco and raised in Marin, she is known internationally for her ability to cross between musical styles, her sophisticated lyrics, her artistic music videos, her interpretations of traditional Irish music, and her background singing in more than 30 languages. She recently opened for Paul Brady, she has accompanied Joan Baez, Anna Halprin, and Liam O'Maonlai, and she used to be a vocalist with Kitka: Women's Vocal Ensemble.

On Tour from North Carolina

Friday, August 22 - 8:00pm - $14 Advance / $17 at door

Locust Honey String Band

Heart-breakin' Country Harmonies and Raging Old-time Fiddle Tunes

Click below to see Locust Honey perform Trouble in Mind

    These wonderful musicians bring their respective experience in Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Pre-war Blues to both their original material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast. With a rotating instrumentation of fiddles, open-back and resonator banjos, acoustic and resonator guitars and upright bass, they set an emphasis on lively arrangements that showcase their vintage three-part vocal harmonies. Locust Honey features Chloe Edmonstone on fiffle, guitar, and vocals, Meredith Watson on guitar, slide guitar, and vocals, and for this show, Erin Inglish on banjo.

    Chloe Edmonstone grew up in North Georgia and has been surrounded by Old Time music since she was born. She started playing fiddle when she was 13 years old after a decade of falling asleep to the sounds of the luminaries she was so inspired by. She was encouraged and influenced by her musician "family," and through the years developed her own style. She briefly went to Warren Wilson College, where she was a part of the Appalachian music program, and she participated in the Old Time/ Bluegrass program at East Tennessee State University as well. She founded Locust Honey in 2011 as a way to incorporate all of her current musical interests, including vocal harmonies, bluegrass and old country, original songs, and the Old Time fiddle tunes that started it all. When she is not adhering to the rigorous lifestyle of the Locust Honey road, she is teaching modern dance and fiddle lessons in Asheville, NC.

    Meredith Watson was born in Boston, Massachusetts where, at the age of three, she began studying classical dance at the Boston Ballet School. She was featured in countless productions at the Wheelock Family Theater in Boston, and, as a teenager, she taught classes in acting,movement and choreography at the Harwich Junior Theater in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She was selected to attend the prestigious National High School Institute at Northwestern University, where she studied Theater Arts, and subsequently received her BFA in Acting and Music from the Tisch School of the Performing Arts at New York University. She has performed in, and played music for, many productions with the award-winning off-broadway theater company "Collaboration Town." In 2009, she was selected as a finalist in the Telluride Acoustic Blues competition at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival. Meredith teaches fiddle at the Junior Appalachian Musician's program in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

    Erin Inglish should be familar to our Stuido 55 audience from her October 2013 performance in the Banjo Babes show. Erin delivers a unique presentation of voice and banjo that is reminiscent of the sounds of John Hartford and the activist stylings of Peggy Seeger. Formerly a mechanical engineer in the field of sustainability, Erin now tours internationally as a folk music troubadour. She has lived in India, Madagascar, Bulgaria and Serbia. In April, 2013, Erin released her first solo album titled, "A Melody So Sweet," and then toured - by bicycle - the entire coast of California to celebrate Earth Month. From the thoughtful and conscientious messages in her songwriting, to her magnetic and entertaining stage-presence, Erin is a consummate performer and humanistic storyteller.