Maracujá: A Musical Journey Around Latin America

Maracujá: A Journey Around Latin America Through Music
Saturday, February 25 @ 7:30PM
Vocalist/multi instrumentalist Caitlin Belem and guitarist Terrence Rosnagle take you on a trip through Latin America, playing music from Brazil to Cuba and everywhere in between – samba, bossa nova, cumbia, son, and more. It’ll be a Saturday night for listeners and dancers. Featuring: Caitlin Belem - vocals, saxophone, guitar, fiddle, hand percussion Terrence Rosnagle - guitar Caitlin Belem grew up in a house full of music in Northern Wyoming, fell in love with the fiddle at a young age...
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Homenaje: Different Cultures, Universal Emotions

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Los Angeles trio Homenaje invites special guest vocalist (and Red Poppy all-star) Dina Zarif to the stage for an evening that incorporates heavy influences of Cuban and African music along with jazz, classical, and folk. Expect to hear selections from Homenaje's new album, La Mariposa y el Mentiroso ("The Butterfly and the Liar"), which tells the story of a spirit’s journey through life, complete with joy and sadness. Featuring: Will Brahm - guitar Chris Wabich - percussion Ross Schodek - ...
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Zona Blu with Suzanne Kramer: Soul Jazz

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Bay Area jazz quartet Zona Blu, who specialize in Latin, funk, and swing grooves, returns to the Poppy with singer Suzanne Kramer, renowned for her alt-pop country/folk vocals with indie band Sugar Ponies. Featuring: Suzanne Kramer - vocals Jim Wasco - piano David Kaufer - guitar Steve Teich - alto sax/flute Greg Galli - drums Learn more: Zona Blu | Sugar Ponies   EVENT DETAILS   Time: Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:30PM Admission: $15-20 sliding scale Tickets will not be sol...
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Jessica Fichot: French Chanson & Shanghai Jazz

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Drawing from her multi-ethnic French/Chinese/American upbringing, chanteuse/songwriter Jessica Fichot returns for a night of chanson, 1940s Shanghai jazz, and international folk. Her accordion, toy piano, and multilingual vocals will be accompanied by a fiery trio of clarinet/saxophone, upright bass, and guitar. Featuring: Jessica Fichot - vocals, accordion, toy piano Adrien Prévost - guitar Mike Bjella - clarinet, saxophone Ippei Ichimaru - upright bass LA-based chanteuse/songwriter J...
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La Mandanga & Banda Sin Nombre: Rumba & Folk Music from Around the World

Mission-based street band Banda Sin Nombre and six-piece rumba group La Mandanga come together for an evening of world folk music, combining rumba, flamenco, cumbia, chicha, and americana. This will be a send-off party for Banda Sin Nombre’s upcoming, month-long tour of Spain, so come out and dance for a good cause! Featuring: La Mandanga: Alberto Gutiérrez - guitar, vocals Javier Jiménez - lead guitar, vocals Mark Bell - cajón Luis Jiménez - cajón Joe Nemzer - bass Steve Gardner - vio...
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Nathan & Jessie: Travellin’ Blues

Nathan & Jessie: Travellin’ Blues
Thursday, August 17 @ 7:00PM
World travelers Nathan Rivera and Jessie Andra Smith bring their signature blend of jazzy folk and blues to the Poppy for an evening of resonator guitars, accordion, and well-honed vocal harmonies. Featuring: Nathan Rivera - resonator guitar, accordion, clarinet, beatbox, vocals Jessie Andra Smith - resonator guitar, vocals Trevor Mulvey - upright bass Learn more: Website   EVENT DETAILS   Time: Doors 6:30PM / Show 7:00PM Admission: $15-20 sliding scale Tickets will no...
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The Creak and John Steven Morgan: Original Indie Folk

The Creak: Original Indie Folk
Saturday, August 12 @ 7:30PM
Five-piece string band the Creak, who blend folk, pop, and Americana with intriguing songwriting, makes their Red Poppy debut with mostly original music from their latest release, You Got Eyes, as well as select covers. Joined by composer/pianist John Steven Morgan, the evening includes a hard-swinging rhythm section and memorable melodies, along with instrumental interplay honed on San Francisco's vibrant street-corner busking circuit. Featuring: John Steven Morgan - piano Joe Readel - gui...
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Honey Whiskey Trio: Folk, Bluegrass, and Melody

Honey Whiskey Trio: Folk, Bluegrass, and Melody
Friday, July 21 @ 7:30PM
The Honey Whiskey Trio celebrates the release of their new album, Rye Woman, by exploring harmony in folk, bluegrass, and melody on a Friday night at the Poppy. With body percussion, haunting melodies, and powerful yet sweet harmonies, this show promises to be a special one. Featuring: Courtney Politano - vocals, mandolin, body percussion Ann Louise Thaiss - vocals, guitar, body percussion Christina Wilson - vocals, banjo, body percussion In 2013, after singing together for only five...
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Eileen Torrez/Maya Hall/Dyllan Hersey: Acoustic Night

Eileen Torrez/Maya Hall/Dyllan Hersey: Acoustic Night
Thursday, July 6 @ 7:30PM
Local singer/songwriter/guitarists Eileen Torrez, Maya Hall, and Dyllan Hersey present a night of soulful, folky acoustic originals. Featuring: Eileen Torrez - guitar, vocals Maya Hall - guitar, vocals Dyllan Hersey - guitar, vocals Eileen Torrez performs a powerful and unexpected blend of folk-pop and neo-soul. Her music builds on themes of resilience, community, anti-capitalism, and women's empowerment. Vocalist Maya Hall, born in Fukuoka, Japan, moved to San Francisco in 2014 in...
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Molly Holm and Her Trio: Extended Jazz & Improvised Music

Molly Holm and Her Trio: Extended Jazz & Improvised Music
Saturday, June 24 @ 7:30PM
Vocalist/composer Molly Holm, with her all-star jazz trio, makes her Red Poppy debut exploring the multicultural crossroads of improvised music through original compositions, straight-ahead and modal jazz tunes, and traditional folk songs. Molly's music, often intertwined with the elements of North Indian raga, experimental vocals, or playful free-form improvisation, also reveals the rhythmic and note-bending influences inherited from the music of the African diaspora. Featuring: Frank Marti...
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Kylland/Cinnamon Lips: Cinematic, Soulful Singer-Songwriters

Kylland/Cinnamon Lips: Cinematic, Soulful Singer-Songwriters
Saturday, June 17 @ 7:30PM
Kylland and Cinnamon Lips present a night of all-original music that promises to take listeners from the green knolls of Ireland to the golden hills of Laurel Canyon. These two singer-songwriters blend flavors of traditional folk music with harmonically rich songwriting and cinematic storytelling, beautifully buoyed in the velvety sea of their strong vocals. Featuring: Kylland - vocals Lila Oleszkiewicz - vocals Kylland is an American-Norwegian-Japanese composer, singer-songwriter, and m...
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Mari Black & the World Fiddle Ensemble: A Fiery Fiddle Odyssey

Mari Black & the World Fiddle Ensemble: A Fiery Fiddle Odyssey
Friday, June 16 @ 7:30PM
Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler Mari Black comes to the Poppy with a spirited musical adventure featuring dance music from around the globe: Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling, jazz, tango, klezmer, folk, original works, and more. Featuring: TBA Mari Black’s energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. Equally at home in a wide variety of ...
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Ali Dineen & Hannah Sassoon: Resistance & Healing in Shadow Puppetry & Song

Ali Dineen & Hannah Sassoon: Resistance & Healing in Shadow Puppetry & Song
Sunday, May 28 @ 7:30PM
New York City-based musicians and visual artists Ali Dineen and Hannah Sassoon present an evening of music and shadow puppetry, telling personal and historical tales of healing and resistance. They will perform original music, including new songs from Ali's recent album Light Comes In, as well as selections from different folk music traditions with guitar, accordion, cello, fiddle, vocal harmony, and harmonium. Featuring: Ali Dineen - vocals, guitar, accordion, harmonium Hannah Sassoon - vo...
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Josiah Johnson + Friends: Intimate Songwriting, Community Collaboration

Josiah Johnson + Friends: Intimate Songwriting, Community Collaboration
Saturday, May 27 @ 7:30PM
Best known for being co-frontman of The Head and The Heart, Josiah Johnson heads an evening of songwriting based in a folk tradition that emphasizes connection to the internal source while recognizing the importance of communion and the connection to the light of others. Featuring: (Full lineup TBA) Southern California native, current Bay Area resident, former Seattleite, one-time Torontonian, and longtime tour-bus resident Josiah Johnson’s solo performances highlight a stripped-down, em...
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Kathleen Grace: American Song

Kathleen Grace: American Song
Saturday, May 6 @ 7:30PM
Ready for authentic storytelling, original compositions, and selections from the Great American Songbook? Globetrotting Arizona native and Los Angeles resident Kathleen Grace brings a pure sound and her honest and soaring voice to the Poppy for an evening of jazz, folk, and Americana. Featuring: Kathleen Grace - vocals Storm Nilsson - guitar Jeff Denson - bass Kathleen Grace’s latest album, No Place To Fall, is a sun-drenched landscape of music rooted in her desert upbringing and elegan...
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McKasson & McDonald: A Modern Take on Traditional Folk

McKasson & McDonald: A Modern Take on Traditional Folk
Thursday, May 4 @ 7:30PM
The Poppy warmly welcomes Ryan McKasson and Eric McDonald, masters of tradition who purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges. Pulling from parallel strands of influence, the duo creates a swirling level of intensity that traverses darkness, light, and everywhere in between. Their new album focuses on the relatability of music hundreds of years old, weaving new ideas and tunes with the old to create a timeless sound. Featuring: Ryan McKasson - fiddle, vocals Eric McDonald ...
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Kristine Barrett: Songs of Sanctuary

Kristine Barrett: Songs of Sanctuary
Sunday, April 30 @ 7:30PM
Kristine Barrett presents an evening of experimental folk melodies exploring the concept of refuge: a place that nurtures, extends, bridges; that asks us to appeal to our highest selves, to seek deeply the difficult questions and to be brave in the face of them. Her setlist: traditional music and ritual song from Norway, Iran, Estonia, Ireland, Sephardic Spain, Hungary, Brazil, and the Republic of Georgia. Featuring: Kristine Barrett - vocals, harmonium, piano David Robert Johnson - guitar ...
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Soul y Agua: Latin, Soul, and Folk

Soul y Agua: Latin, Soul, and Folk
Sunday, April 16 @ 7:30PM
With an all-acoustic sound, rich harmonies, and soul-soothing rhythms, Soul y Agua blends influences from Mexico, Cuba, and Spain with jazz, R&B, and pop. The Bay Area-based quartet promises truly authentic original compositions along with select favorite traditional pieces. Featuring: Monica Maria Fimbrez - vocals, jarana, guitar Angelica Rodriguez - vocals Daniel Fabricant - bass Marlon Aldana - percussion Learn more: Website | Facebook     EVENT DETAILS   Tim...
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The Muted Jewel Tones & Anne Carol Mitchell: Folk, Jazz, and Three-Part Harmony

The Muted Jewel Tones & Anne Carol Mitchell: Folk, Jazz, and Three-Part Harmony
Sunday, April 9 @ 7:30PM
Guitarist/singer Anne Carol Mitchell and violinist Nissa Gustafson perform beautiful melodies that invite listeners to reconnect with the natural world. The Muted Jewel Tones, a vocal harmony trio, perform songs from the sophisticated to the ridiculous, bringing a little jazz, a little folk, a little pop–and hopefully, a little smile–to the audience. Featuring: Sandy Lindop - guitar, ukulele, vocals Raena Frohlich - guitar, ukulele, vocals Rose Koron - ukulele, vocals Anne Carol Mitchell ...
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Janam: Balkan & Appalachian Groove

Janam: Balkan & Appalachian Groove
Saturday, April 8 @ 7:30PM
Combining funky Balkan rhythms, gritty Appalachian ballads, arresting vocal harmonies, and enchanting acoustic textures, Janam unites some of the Bay Area's most playful and imaginative devotees of southern Balkan and American roots music to weave together folk tunes and their own colorful compositions, taking their audiences on a labyrinthine musical ride. Featuring: Dan Auvil - percussion, vocals Tom Farris - laouto, guitar Juliana Graffagna - vocals, accordion Gari Hegedus - oud, saz, ...
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The Jimmy Grant Ensemble: The Music of Django Reinhardt

The Jimmy Grant Ensemble: The Music of Django Reinhardt
Friday, April 7 @ 7:30PM
The Jimmy Grant Ensemble infuses swing-era pieces, originals, and traditional Roma tunes with Django Reinhardt’s crunchy rhythms and hot harmonies, creating a signature mix that includes Russian folk, bluegrass, Celtic, and classical music while remaining true to Django’s innovative guitar technique. Featuring: Jimmy Grant - guitar Javi Jiménez - guitar Sascha Jacobsen - bass Northern California native Jimmy Grant has performed with artists such as David Grisman, Gonzalo Bergara, Ludovi...
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Kat Morgan: Songs for Farewell and So Long

Kat Morgan: Songs for Farewell and So Long
Sunday, March 19 @ 7:30PM
Drawing from folk and R&B traditions, Kat Morgan sings slow and powerful, metaphor-laced melodies about loving and living. Her Red Poppy debut promises to conjure moods from defiant to melancholic, from soppy sweet to broken and blue. Featuring: Kat Morgan - vocals, guitar, keyboards Alena Coons - bass Lien Do - drums Caitlin Ross - vocals Kat Morgan’s soulful, honeyed voice has been compared to Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso or Sharon Van Etten, and she has released two albums, Homegro...
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Hét Hat Club: Balkan-Inspired Jazz Manouche from Budapest

Hét Hat Club: Balkan-Inspired Jazz Manouche from Budapest
Friday, February 24 @ 7:30PM
Straight from Budapest to the Red Poppy comes Hét Hat Club, four street musicians who put their own spin on classic Django-style jazz standards and Balkan folk melodies. On their first American tour, they’ll be playing songs from their just-released debut, Pompe It, and entertaining audiences with fresh arrangements that reflect their international roots. Featuring: Isaac Misri - guitar Antonio d'Erchie Jr. - guitar Valentin Desmarais - saxophone Fischer Balázs - double bass American ...
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Fellow Pynins: Roots Folk Duo

Fellow Pynins: Roots Folk Duo
Sun, Feb 12 @ 7:30PM
Weaving together banjo, guitar, mandolin, and bouzouki with tender vocal harmonies, nomadic folk duo Fellow Pynins tells enchanted stories both old and new of frolicking through pastures of sheep, dreams of death, and entering the chasms of the human experience. They will be sharing music from their 2016 release, Hunter & the Hunted, as well as new songs from their travels in the British Isles and Ireland. Featuring: Ian Van Ornum - vocals, mandolin, guitar Dani Aubert - vocals, banjo, bouz...
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Beaucoup Chapeaux: Sounds of an Old-World Café

Beaucoup Chapeaux
Sat, Jan 28 @ 7:30PM
With a sound influenced by Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Roma music, jazz, and folk, Beaucoup Chapeaux returns to the Poppy for an evening of originals and reinterpretations of traditional European classics, ready to transport you through time and space. Featuring: Maggie McKaig - accordion, vocals Luke Wilson - tenor guitar, plectrum banjo, vocals Murray Campbell - violin, oboe, English horn, vocals Randy McKean - clarinet, bass clarinet, piccolo, vocals Beaucoup Chapeaux founder and ...
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Zina Bozzay & Vadalma: Hungarian Songs of Grief & Merriment

Zina Bozzay & Vadalma
Sun, Jan 22 @ 7:30PM
Zina Bozzay’s vibrant original arrangements of old Carpathian Basin village songs feature the rich melodies, funky rhythms, and colorful lyrics of traditional Hungarian folk tunes, realized by her genuine singing, the fiery fiddling of Matthew Szemela, and Misha Khalikulov's soulful cello. Featuring: Zina Bozzay - vocals Matthew Szemela - violin Misha Khalikulov - cello Trained by master singers in Hungary, Zina Bozzay has performed at the Táncháztalálkozó, Hungarian Heritage House, and...
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Amie Cota & the Liberation Project: American Folk & Soul

Amie Cota & the Liberation Project
Fri, Jan 20 @ 7:30PM
Amie Cota’s sound, which melds American folk and soul, has been described as “Billie Holiday raised by hippies.” The vocalist formerly known as Amy LaCour returns to the Poppy accompanied only by bass and piano for an evening of music that’s not quite jazz, soul, or folk, but a delectable combination of the three. Featuring: Amie Cota - vocals Ruthie Dineen - piano Schuyler Karr - bass Over her nearly 20-year career, vocalist/composer Amie Cota has independently released four albums a...
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Nicole Stromsoe & Amber Gougis: Vintage Inspirations, Soulful Voices

Nicole Stromsoe & Amber Gougis
Sun, Dec 11 @ 7:30PM
Songstresses Nicole Stromsoe and Amber Gougis co-headline an evening of original material intermingled with old-school classics. Accompanied only by acoustic guitar and double bass, Stromsoe and Gougis aim to captivate audiences with enchanting vocals inspired by jazz, blues, R&B, and folk. Featuring: Nicole Stromsoe - vocals Amber Gougis - vocals Dorian Michael - guitar Ken Hustad - double bass With a voice that has been described as “nourishing,” “sensual,” and “rich,” Nicole Stromso...
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Madelina y Los Carpinteros: Latin American Folk Music

Madelina y Los Carpinteros
Sat, Oct 29 @ 7:30PM
Madelina y Los Carpinteros presents an evening inspired by the socially committed Nueva Trova and Nueva Canción folk music of Cuba and Latin America. Performing standards from their repertoire, as well as unpublished compositions, the group will use well-crafted harmonies and layered acoustic instrumentation to present fresh interpretations of Latin American folk music from Chile, Argentina, the Andes Region, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the U.S. Featuring: Madeleine "Madelina"...
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