SF Live Arts' Women in Music Series Continues with Claudia Schmidt

A favorite of Garrison Keillor on the Prairie Home Companion show, Claudia Schmidt has been moving and delighting audiences of all sizes and locations (from small venues to festival stages in front of 20,000 people) for over 40 years. Her soaring vocals, 12 string guitar and mountain dulcimer weave a sonic outpouring that at once soothes and excites. Stories and poetry deepen the experience, and laughter and tears coexist as she radiates love, for her craft of performing, the audience in front of her, and for the whole human rigamarole. She effortlessly travels from folk to jazz to Americana to comic stories & topical songs. A Claudia Schmidt concert is a journey.

"Schmidt's shows are a lot like falling in love. You never know what's going to happen next, chances are it's going to be wonderful, every moment is burned into your memory and you know you'll never be the same again." -Derk Richardson, SF Bay Guardian
"When Claudia sings a song, it stays sung!" -Garrison Keillor



Sat 5/20 A special CD release concert with: Dirty Cello (8p)($15-18) Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2898518

"The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn't make sense but somehow does." - The LA Times

Led by vivacious cross-over cellist Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Dirty Cello is cello like you've never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello, to virtuosic stompin' bluegrass, and great vocals, the band gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

On May 20th, they'll celebrate the release of their new album, I May Not Be Perfect. This hard working, foot-stomping, blues and bluegrass band built a recording studio from the ground up and recorded a full length album of high energy cello led music that incorporates many different genres; from China to Italy and all over the United States. Dirty Cello is led by the dynamic cellist & vocalist Rebecca Roudman, backed up by a hard rocking 4 piece band featuring Jason Eckl - guitar, Colin Williams - bass, Hannah Miller - mandolin/vocals and Anthony Petrocchi - drums. From quirky originals to hard hitting versions of classics like Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze "Dirty Cello's music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured.....and only occasionally classical." Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine.

"The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of "Purple Haze" is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman's playing-it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you'll wonder why more bands don't have a cellist." Good Times Santa Cruz


Fri. June 9 - The Crooked Jades & The Earl Brothers
Sat. June 10 - SONiA- disappear fear
Sat. June 17 - Cascada de Flores
*Sat. June 24 - NOTES AGAINST THE BAN: A musical response from the 7
A concert by Aswat Ensemble and Guest Performers showcasing the music of the 7 countries listed on the travel ban. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2933963
*Tickets are available now for this show

Advance tix are available online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com and by phone at (800)838-3006
FREE PARKING! At Blood Centers of the Pacific lot. Two blocks away, N.E. corner of Masonic & Turk. Please do not park in the loading dock.

Doors open 25 minutes before the concert
Information: www.noevalleymusicseries.com, (415)454-5238
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