April 22, 2017. Brogden Bay Presents the Tall Men Group @ Four Friends Gallery.
August 5, 2017 Brogden Bay Presents
An Evening with Berkley Hart
August 5 at 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
“If you laugh, you think and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day.”
– Jim Valvano
Steve Brogden here. Those words perfectly describe a Berkley Hart concert. Jeff Berkley and Calman Hart can bring you to tears and make you laugh … in the same song!! And they’ll add some food for thought for good measure. I have seen them several times and I never leave their concerts without a huge grin on my face. It’s a true privilege to present them to you.
This from the Berkley Hart web site:
“Berkley Hart have found something that works. The combination of Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Award winner, Jeff Berkley, and stand-out wordsmith, Calman Hart, creates a pairing that has become one of the premier acoustic duos touring the country. Every Berkley Hart show is packed with entertainment as the duo combines their natural down-home humor with poignant, delicate, masterfully crafted lyrics delivered with stunning harmony and musicianship. Between songs, the obvious camaraderie between these two top songwriters shines as they effortlessly play off each other in what can only be called genuine comedy. Add in virtuoso playing from both Jeff Berkley (guitar) and Calman Hart (guitar, harmonica) and it’s easy to see why the two have become live favorites.
“Both Berkley and Hart emerged from the Southern California coffeehouse circuit, each building sizeable followings of their own before joining forces. As a duo for more than ten years now, they have become fixtures on the folk circuit, making appearances at the Kerrville Folk Festival, as well as playing some of folk’s most prestigious venues including The Birchmere in Virginia and The Bluebird Café in Nashville. In 2005, they staged the first “O Berkley, Where Hart Thou?” a multi-artist extravaganza that features music from the film “O Brother Where Art Thou?” and other ‘old-timey’ tunes.
With a DVD of the first show now available, Berkley Hart have since presented several additional shows, featuring different performers. Additionally, the duo continues the “Berkley Hart House Concert Revolution.” They ask fans to host an annual Berkley Hart show in their own homes and invite the people they know. They’ve played hundreds of house concerts not just in San Diego, but around the country, and have helped establish some now well-known series.”
August 20, 2017 @ 3PM Brogden Bay Presents
An Afternoon with Bettman & Halpin
August 20 at 3:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday Aug 20, 3PM
$30 at the door
Bettman & Halpin play original Folk/Americana. Their concerts combine high-energy upbeat roots inspired compositions, beautiful ballads with soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, and groovy feel-good songs that audiences will be singing in their heads for weeks thereafter. Interspersed between these songs and instrumentals, they tell stories. They have become as known for their storytelling and playful banter as well as for their hooky whole-hearted songwriting and instrumental wizardry. They have been touring as a duo since 2008, and incorporating a trio and quartet since 2013.
Here is a brief compilation video that gives you a sense of the range of Bettman & Halpin!!
Bettman & Halpin have a well-earned reputation for hypnotizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals. They have twice been a featured act at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS along with musical heroes Byron Berline, Michael Martin Murphy w/ Pat Flynn, and Tommy Emmanuel. They can also be found performing at various arts centers throughout the US and abroad, including the Smothers Theater at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Their music creates a fully acoustic, delightfully eclectic sound far greater than the sum of its parts: taking the listener from up-tempo down home fiddlin’, to soulful sorrowful ballads, to super hooky folk/pop with catchy melodies and lyrics that will stick with you long after the concert is over. Touring together since 2008, Bettman & Halpin have been recognized in various Regional and National competitions, including:
Grand Prize Winners in the So Cal Live Acoustic Music Competition
Winners in Southern California’s Topanga Banjo / Fiddle Contest
Most Wanted Artists at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
Music Connection’s Top 25 New Music Critiques
Their 5 CDs have received national and international radio play along with critical acclaim, reaching the top 10 and top 5 on the National Folk DJ chart and number 1 on The Roots Music Report.
“That Stephanie Bettman has reached a level comparable to others like Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez and Alison Krauss so quickly it’s a bit uncanny.”
“Just as EmmyLou Harris made her mark, Bettman is surely going to make hers…”
“Bettman jams it up like few others as she leads an ensemble with great imagination.”
– Maverick Magazine, UK
“…Each song took me to a place to which I wish to return to again and again. And I guess that is why it really does come back, comes back to a great love for what music can do. GET THIS CD!! Highly recommended!”
– Rik James, Americana Backroads KGLT-FM
“…A platform for Bettman’s emotive, Joan Baez-inspired vocals, as well as her award-winning fiddle playing, and Halpin’s head-spinning mandolin and guitar picking, and his velvety, close harmonies…”
– Music News Nashville
Stephanie Bettman is a true triple threat. An accomplished writer, singer, and fiddler: her lyrics are infused with wit and wisdom, poetry and insight. Vocally she draws comparison to the soaring soprano of Joan Baez and the plaintive emotion of Emmylou Harris. Meanwhile, her fiddling, which combines elements of bluegrass and jazz, is inspired by such masters as Stephane Grappelli, Byron Berline and Johnny Gimble. A former actress and trapeze artist, Ms Bettman is at ease in front of an audience and creates authentic intimacy with her crowd no matter the size.
Luke Halpin is a renowned multi-instrumentalist. A master of the guitar and the mandolin, impressive on fiddle, banjo, and adept at nearly anything he picks up. Halpin draws inspiration from the likes of Sam Bush, Mark O’Connor and Tony Rice and holds his own in comparison. A dynamic and sensitive vocalist himself, the harmony blend he and Ms Bettman achieve is chilling and at times simply transcendent. Halpin has a long history in the music biz, having shared the stage with the likes of Merle Haggard, Lone Star and The Steve Miller Band (to name a few). His quirky sense of humor is a perfect foil to Stephanie’s dry witty presence.
You may contact Steve Brogden by email at email@example.com or by cell phone at 805.358.4970. Feel free to leave a voice mail. Steve will respond as soon as he is able.
This show is a joint effort between Four Friends Gallery, owned by Larry Janss, and Steve Brogden’s BrogdenBay Presents. Larry has been a decades-long supporter of arts and culture in Southern California. You may remember Steve for the three music series he hosted at Thousand Oaks Library for the eight years prior to his retirement in 2014.
September 23, 2017 Brogden Bay Presents
Corky Siegel and Matthew Santos
September 23, 2017 at 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
$30 online pre-pay; $35 at the door
Brogden Bay Presents and Four Friends Gallery happily announce the return to the Gallery of Blues Hall of Fame legend Corky Siegel. On this tour, Corky is accompanied by two-time Grammy nominee Matthew Santos, the voice of the platinum selling hit “Superstar.”
Corky appeared here last year with James Lee Stanley and Jimmy Vivino. Marcella Detroit sat in with him on a few songs and the evening was a highlight of the year. You won’t want to miss this show!
Corky is considered to be among the top harmonica virtuosos internationally, as well as a superb jazz pianist. He is the only bluesman to record two releases on prestigious classical label Deutsche Grammophon which were blockbusters in sales, and likewise his chamber ensemble, Chamber Blues, is the only classical group on Blues giant Alligator Records. The new Chamber Blues CD, Different Voices, which features Santos, received Downbeat Magazine’s Editors’ Pick.
Matthew Santos, whose meteoric career was launched as the voice on the certified platinum selling hit, Superstar with Lupe Fiasco, joins Corky on this tour. If you are a fan of great artists like John Legend, Jeff Buckley and Bon Iver you are going to love discovering Matthew Santos.
Corky Siegel in the press:
“Wry humor, fiery piano playing, and superb harmonica captivated the crowd.” – Kansas City Star
“Siegel plays piano … and ignites the crowd with his masterful blues mouth harp.” – Billboard
“Corky siegel held listeners visibly spellbound” – Chicago Tribune
Matthew Santos in the press:
“… is brilliant…timeless.” —Static Magazine
“…more than soulful… life enriching.” —pancakesandwhiskey.com
“The vocals, music, songwriting, and melody arrangements are all the works of a pure genius –IAE Magazine
Future Concert Dates
November 18, 2017: Albert Lee
April 14, 2018: Gurf Morlix
May 5, 2017. Brogden Bay Presents Danny O’Keefe @ Four Friends Gallery.
March 25, 2017. Brogden Bay Presents Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore @ Four Friends Gallery.
January 14th, 2017. Brogden Bay Presents Jimmy Vivino and the V3 Trio @ The Four Friends Gallery.