Monthly Archives: March 2015

April 12 – The Pre-War Ponies

Hello dear listeners!

Please join us as we welcome spring with a lovely afternoon of old-time music with the Pre-War Ponies! The Pre-War Ponies specialize in reviving music from the 1920s and ‘30s. Singer Daria Grace and collaborator J. Walter Hawkes dig up rare gems by  Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and lesser-known names, and give those songs new life.


The Pre-War Ponies

Daria Grace – voice, ukulele
J. Walter Hawkes – voice, ukulele, trombone
Russ Meissner – drums
Ian Riggs – bass

Sunday 12 April, The Pre-War Ponies

Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.

The Pre-War Ponies was formed in 2007 by Daria Grace, who wanted to put to use her growing collection of sheet music and repertoire of not-quite hits from the 20s, 30s and 40s. You may have heard of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer, but you probably haven’t heard some of their under-rated chestnuts like “Pardon My Southern Accent” or “Find Me A Primitive Man.” Daria quickly recruited her old friend, trombonist and soprano uke player J. Walter Hawkes to be a part of the madness, and they have become the core duo of the band. Today they are joined by bassist Ian Riggs, and drummer Russ Meissner.

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March 15 – Bryan and the Aardvarks

Hi Folks!

Next Sunday we will be back with another afternoon of inspiring and beautiful music. Please join us for an incredible journey with Bryan and the Aardvarks.


Bryan and the Aardvarks

Chris Dingman – vibes
Jesse Lewis – guitar
Joe Nero – drums
Bryan Copeland – bass


Dayna Stephens – EWI
Sam Harris – piano

Sunday 15 March, Bryan and the Aardvarks

Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.

“Bryan and the Aardvarks, led by the bassist Bryan Copeland, specializes in an unabashedly pretty strain of postbop, chamberlike and euphonious.” New York Times – Nate Chinen

Bryan Copeland formed Bryan and the Aardvarks in order to explore an inventive new sound that derived from his jazz training as well as his upbringing in pop and country music. The music he writes for the quartet combines a hushed intimacy with memorable, singable melodies and a narrative directness that nevertheless leaves space for expressive improvisation. In vibraphonist Chris Dingman, drummer Joe Nero, and guitarist Jesse Lewis he has assembled a distinctive ensemble able to flesh out his unique compositions.

“These guys are all very sensitive musicians,” Copeland says. “Their main focus is making music sound beautiful. There’s no ego involved. These guys are all amazing technical masters, but they put all that stuff aside to develop this group sound.”

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