Treehouse Café Calendar of Events

July 31, 2014

Korby Lenker

An abbreviated list of Lenker’s achievements so far includes: a significant amount of airplay on the legendary Seattle indie rock station KEXP; a BBC 2 interview with Bob Harris, which is only about the highest honor a rootsy singer-songwriter touring the U.K. can get; opening slots for acts ranging from Willie Nelson to Ray LaMontagne, Nickel Creek, Keith Urban, Susan Tedeschi and Tristan Prettyman; a successful run with one of the hottest young West Coast bluegrass bands of the aughts; and wins in the Merlefest folk songwriting contest as well as the Kerrville Folk Festival’s elite New Folk songwriting competition.

Date: July 31, 2014 8:00 pm
Cost: $15 Table, $10 Theater Seat

August 8, 2014

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express

Chuck Prophet has written with a wide rage of artists from Dan Penn to Alejandro Escovedo, laid down tracks on sessions for everyone from Warren Zevon to Kelly Willis, and taken the stage with Lucinda Williams and Aimee Mann, to name a few. He’s heard his own tunes performed by legends like Solomon Burke and Heart, and national television appearances include Austin City Limits, Letterman and Carson Daly. His music has increasingly been featured in film and television, most recently as the closing track to episode two of True Blood. Not bad for a rock and roll basket case.

Date: August 8, 2014 8:00 pm
Cost: $20

August 9, 2014

Whiskey Raindrops – Karl Kasperson Tribute

Karl Kasperson was a prolific songwriter and a lifetime resident of Bainbridge Island. He was a “workingman’s” composer, writing songs in many styles including classic country and western swing as well as waltzes and polkas. Performing his music will be a group of native Bainbridge Islanders, including the “silky smooth” vocals of Neal Komedal, the many guitars of Robin Kutz, the ever tasteful Tom Svornich on drums, and Karl’s son, Leif, on swingin’ rhythm guitar. Also, included on reeds, will be John Draper of “The New Deal Rhythm Band” fame.

Date: August 9, 2014 8:00 pm
Cost: $10

August 10, 2014

Ron Artis II

Ron Artis II Born: August 31 1986 (age 27) is an American musician/singer-songwriter. He is best known for his work with the Ron Artis Family band in Hawaii. Veteran Musician/Artist Ron Artis Sr. spent most of his professional life working in L.A. with the best of the best in the music business. He decided to move to Hawaii to raise his children and teach them everything he knows about life. Ron and his wife Victoria have successfully taught and trained their 11 children in every aspect of the of the world of Art and Music. Their mission is very simple, feed the world good music that makes you feel alive. This sounds simple but, it requires a world sound not just one genre.

Date: August 10, 2014 7:30 pm
Cost: $12 General Admission

August 14, 2014

Shelita Burke

Shelita Burke is currently on a World Tour reaching audiences from Paris, France all the way to Marrakesh, Morocco. She is a young singer-songwriter born in California, but raised in the Seattle area. She plays Americana, folk, and soul music.

She is known for her striking vocals and creative song writing. Her music can be described as a rhythmically driving ballad-oriented, folk meets a soulful progressive sound. She has played in front of various audiences as diverse as France, Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States.

She is currently collaborating with the talented singer-songwriter Christian Wolff Between Christian’s clever lyrics and Shelita’s angelic voice, their music has very soothing and meditative qualities. Shelita, who lives in Paris, France and Christian, who lives in Washington, will captivate you by setting you with their soothing tones and whimsical nuances. They are currently working on releasing an EP next year but in the mean time the best way to experience their music is at their powerful down to earth live shows.

Date: August 14, 2014 8:00 pm
Cost: Free (suggested donation)

September 14, 2014

Hilst & Coffey

Hilst & Coffey’s unique sound hails from a blend of diverse musical backgrounds.Kat Hilst started playing piano at 5, graduated from Oberlin Conservatory, and once worked for the San Francisco Opera. Tim Coffey hit the road at 19, spending 20 years as a professional touring backup guitarist. Today his voice and songwriting is front and center, attracting the attention of Breedlove Guitars, who invited him to join their stable of artists.

Hilst & Coffey weave their own blend of genre-crossing lines to create an extraordinary musical journey. Come join us on that journey!!

The two joined forces during the recording of their first CD, ”
Strings Unbound“in 2010 and recorded “The Lonely Grange Sessions“ in 2012. The duo is a regional favorite, performing multiple venues, festivals and private events throughout the Pacific Northwest year round.

Date: September 14, 2014 7:00 pm
Cost: Suggested Donation

September 18, 2014

The Band of Heathens

Since emerging as a favorite new live band out of Austin TX in the late 2000s, the Band of Heathens has toured relentlessly, building a devoted following and landing on some of the finest stages in music. Over three studio albums and hundreds of shows each year, they have changed lineups and evolved as a group and broadened their sound.

Date: September 18, 2014 8:00 pm
Cost: $25 General Admission: limited seating on first come, first serve basis

November 6, 2014

Ashley Raines

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.

Date: November 6, 2014 8:00 pm
Cost: $12

November 9, 2014

Hanz Araki

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.

Date: November 9, 2014 2:00 pm
Cost: $12

November 15, 2014

Birds of Chicago

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.

Date: November 15, 2014 8:00 pm
Cost: $15
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