Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 14 for Porchfest Alameda (West End Edition) from 1p-4p. A free community music event for all ages featuring local musicians and Alameda porches. Bring a friend, a chair, ride your bike, have a picnic and join the roving audience for a day of live music and fun.
Jubilee consists of some of the top young award-winning musicians on the acoustic scene today. Known for their relentless groove and breathtaking improvisation, they bring a fresh approach to traditional bluegrass, old-time, and even work their genre-bending magic on a little jazz and funk. Listen to their EP Jubilee on iTunes, GooglePlay or cdbaby.com.
Happy Minute will grace one of our porches. A band made from the same stuff that the Gomer Hendrix Experience was. Same thing, different name. More cover tunes ranging from Jazz, Metal, Country, and original music.
Lorenzo Wood is a musician, singer-songwriter, and producer from Alameda. He sings and plays guitar, keys, drums, bass, and has fun on mandolin and banjo. Lorenzo performs solo or with a band in concert and at street fairs and private events. In addition to playing live, Lorenzo runs a recording studio in Alameda producing local artists as well as his own music. Lorenzo’s single, Jacket (I’m Sensitive) won Song of the Year in Redwood City and Song of the Month in Palo Alto for West Coast Songwriters.
Lylia Guion is an active violin player who plays all around the Bay Area. Originally from France, she made Alameda her Home Sweet Home some 22 years ago. She performs regularly with regional orchestras such as Oakland Symphony, California Symphony or Pacific Chamber Orchestra among others and records music films with the Skywalker Symphony. Violinist Katherine Button graduated from Stanford University with Distinction and Honors in Music, where she studied with David Abel and Bonnie Hampton of the Francesco Trio. She performed in the Berrow Chamber Music Festival, Somerset, England, during the summers 2000-2009, and is a member of the Temescal String Quartet, the Intarsia Trio, and the period instrument ensemble Amis Jouant.
Liz Garfinkle performs as Dr. Leonora Areola, MSW, DDS, answering audience members' burning questions with improvised original songs, in her solo show: Ask Leonora, a musical impro-advice column. It's Dear Sugars meets Savage Love meets Whose Line Is It Anyway? Liz Garfinkle is also the creator of the musical-improv troupe, Operavised!, and is a classically-trained singer, pianist, and improviser. When not making up songs, you can find her playing ultimate frisbee on Alameda Beach, swing dancing, spending quality time with her dog, cat, and chickens, or handling the appeals of indigent criminal defendants.
Whether playing straight-up bluegrass or virtuosic Dawg Grisman tunes, Crying Uncle (CUBG) delivers amazing instrumentals and vocal leads and harmonies that catapult the band into an elite sphere of artistry. Winners of the 2018 Pickin’ in the Pines Band Contest in Flagstaff AZ, and selected by the International Bluegrass Music Association to perform at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in North Carolina, CUBG is making waves in the bluegrass community. Brothers Miles and Teo Quale, National and State Champion fiddlers and pickers, are joined by award-winning bassist Andrew Osborn and former CBA Youth Ambassador guitarist John Gooding.
Minor Strings (The Barefoot Quales) is an old-time and bluegrass family band from Alameda. The band features Niko (8) on fiddle and vocals, and multi-instrumentalist brothers Miles (13) and Matteo (11) Quale, backed up by Uncle Rory (O'Neill) and parents Mariaelena and Christopher. The Barefoot Quales have performed throughout Northern California since 2012, and the boys are state and national champions in fiddle and mandolin.