The Claire Lynch Band
Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth Street
Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Grammy nominee and IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch has long been at the forefront of women pushing bluegrass boundaries. This stellar ensemble delivers a personable, high energy performance including tender country ballads, hard driving bluegrass, swing, and even some Southern Appalachian clog dancing.
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Friday, March 21, noon - 1 p.m.
Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse inside the Jury Assembly Room- 333 Las Vegas Blvd South
Aallotar is a transatlantic collaboration between Finnish accordionist Teija Niku and Finnish-American violinist Sara Pajunen. The musicians' physical and cultural separations allow a unique probing of both traditional and personal music, commonalities and differences.
AALLOTAR is a character from Finland's national epic "Kalevala." A daughter of the waves, her name has graced the hulls of Finnish ships for centuries – ships that separated the ancestors of Aallotar’s members: Teija Niku and Sara Pajunen. One hundred years ago, their families lived within hours of each other in the western regions of Finland, speaking the same language, playing the same music, eating and drinking the same culture. Then the immigration of hundreds of thousands of Finns from 1870-1930 found Pajunen’s ancestors relocating to Northern Minnesota, while Niku’s family remained in Finland. Now, in the 21st century, they revisit earlier days of Finnish folk music – but with an ocean and a century of musical influence between them.
Both accordionist Teija Niku and violinist Sara Pajunen began performing Finnish folk music at an early age. Niku, from Haapavesi, Finland, plays the same two-row accordion on which she explored Finnish polka repertoire as a child – an instrument that twice won her the Finnish Folk Championship. As an adult, Niku has earned a master’s degree in folk music from the Sibelius Academy and won the respected Konsta Jylha competition with her band Grupa Balkan. Her album “Finsko Pajdusko” has been nominated Ethno Album of the Year in Finland’s version of the Grammys. Pajunen, one ‘of the most ambitious and notable practitioners of Finnish folk music outside of Finland,’ traveled to Finland from her native Hibbing, Minnesota every four years as a child to perform. After receiving classical music degrees both in Minneapolis and Helsinki, she returned to explore the folk music that is both her personal and ancestral past. She has founded two touring ensembles based on her Finnish roots: Kaivama and Tango Pohjan Tähden. Her recorded compatibility with (mentor/colleague/Finnish fiddler) Arto Järvelä “is superb…the most genuine Finnish music ever recorded in the U.S.” Finland’s Pelimanni magazine, published by the Folk Music Institute, described the sound as “two violins fly(ing) like the fragrance of a summer’s morning.”
The Hot Club of San Francisco presents "Cinema Vivant"
Saturday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth Street, (702) 229-3515
Tickets: $10 advance/$15 at the door
Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930s. Sometime before dark, a gypsy caravan sets up camp in a field outside of town, luring the locals out for an evening’s fun. The wanderers travel with a film projector, pointing it at the side of a barn. As the images flicker to life beneath the stars, gypsy musicians play their guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion and humor. Reviving this lost entertainment, The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant, an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing. Two Ladislaw Starewicz films are featured in Cinema Vivant: The Cameraman's Revenge and The Mascot.
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All Wood and Stones
Acoustic Guitars and Rolling Stones Songs by John Batdorf & James Lee Stanley
Friday, May 16, noon - 1 p.m.
Lloyd D. George United States Courthouse inside the Jury Assembly Room- 333 Las Vegas Blvd South
Fans of Crosby Stills & Nash, Buffalo Springfield, Rubber Soul, the Eagles, or classic Beach Boys harmonies are in for a real treat.
Can you imagine what the Rolling Stones songs would have sounded like if Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were California boys with acoustic guitars? Would Satisfaction, Ruby Tuesday, or Last Time have been as powerful if they had been played on acoustic guitars and filled with vocal harmonies? Curious?
So were James Lee Stanley and John Batdorf, purveyors of acoustic rock music for decades. They took 21 Rolling Stones classics and turned them into something totally unheard of. You don't have to live in California or play acoustic guitar to be enchanted by "All Wood and Stones" ... an amazing collection of Rolling Stones tunes played on acoustic guitars and brimming with joyous vocal harmonies.
Saturday, June 7, 2 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 89107 (702) 229-6383
The four longtime, professional musicians play a wide-ranging repertoire that covers classical compositions, show tunes, big band standards from the 1930s and ‘40s, marches and more. Walter Boenig began his career with the Glenn Miller and Harry James orchestras and has spent more than 30 years playing Las Vegas showrooms. He formed his own band 25 years ago and is also a member of the Brass Roots Quintet. Hiroshi Suzuki has performed with numerous world-class entertainers and on more than 100 recordings for major record companies. Dan Trinter has played in virtually all of the Strip casinos, and Dan Uhrich also has spent many years playing in local orchestras, quintets and jazz bands.