Treehouse Café Calendar of Events
Red Shift (formerly The BBC) is Dave Bristow on keyboards, Kurt Bischoff on drums and Neil Conaty on upright bass. Guest vocalist Robin Bessier. All are accomplished musicians bringing years of experience both as players and teachers to this crowd-pleasing jazz project.Find out more »
October 6, 2014 – Dr. Phyllis Stabeno, Physical Oceanographer at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. Co-leader of NOAA’s Ecosystems and Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (EcoFOCI).Find out more »
Furtado’s solid musical potential soared into the bluegrass ranks and led him on the road with Laurie Lewis and Grant Street, playing bluegrass and old-time music. This musical trail led him to ink a deal with Rounder Records, and playing alongside some of his favorite artists such as Bela Fleck and Earl Scruggs. He released Within Reach in 1992 with the help of luminaries Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Stuart Duncan, and David Grier.
His eclectic approach in playing blues, delta, swing, jazz style, Celtic-folk, and old-timey music has shaped Furtado’s musical maturations to the point that they are compared to Ry Cooder’s early ’70s recordings.
But it is live performance that triggers the full impact of Tony Furtado. He has lived primarily on the road for the last two decades. He is gregarious, engaging and entertaining, on and off stage. He’s been called a genius on banjo and slide guitar and his own creative interpretation- hybrid of Americana and indie rock is captivating. Onstage, whether playing with a band or solo, he owns the room, mixing stories of his travels with musicianship that is off the charts.Find out more »
Ashley Raines is an American songwriter, lyricist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Raines grew up in the Midwest and by the age of fourteen began to hitchhike away from his home in Kansas. Raines hopped boxcars and taught himself any instrument he could get his hands on, recording his songs on four-track reel-to-reel machines which he sold while performing on the street. Since the late 1990′s Raines has toured and performed 150(plus) concerts annually. Raines performs on his signature Weissenborn, a custom hollow neck lap steel guitar. He has released thriteen studio recordings since 2000. His raspy vocals and brooding lyrics suggest Tom Waits and Waylon Jennings, while his guitar work evokes Chris Whitley or Taj Mahal. Don’t miss this unique performer.Find out more »
Award-winning Irish flute player and former Bainbridge Islander Hanz Araki is the quintessential world music musician. After six generations, the name Araki is synonymous with the Japanese shakuhachi (an end-blown bamboo flute) which Hanz mastered making his professional debut in 1988.Find out more »
Perhaps if Odetta were alive today, teaming up with Lyle Lovett, you might begin to have a sense of how special Birds of Chicago truly is.
Birds of Chicago is a collective built around JT Nero ( of JT and The Clouds, Chicago, USA) and Allison Russell ( of Po’Girl, Montreal, Canada) — they are constant vagabonds touring almost 11 months last year in support of their debut, self-titled album. Their brand of rock and roll poetry can be a little hard to categorize, for people that insist on categorizing… their voices are undoubtedly the centerpiece, while the band pressure cooks-country, soul, blues in a way that forces some people to reach for extra hyphens in their description… they used to use the phrase “rock n roll” to describe this American mash up — Birds of Chicago still do.Find out more »
The Steel Wheels were nominated for five Independent Music Awards in 2010, with “Nothing You Can’t Lose” taking top honors as Best Country Song. The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival.Find out more »
Marty O’Reilly, who Treehouse fans will recognize from his gig with The Brothers Comatose, began his musical journey as a blues guitar player, with his ear pressed close to the ancient hiss in the works of Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly.Find out more »