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1455 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael, California


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Wednesday, April 23 - Scott Nygaard and Sharon Gilchrist, plus Annalivia

Sorry - This Show Has Been Canceled

Award Winning Singer-Songwriters

Saturday, April 26 - 8:00pm - $13 advance / $15 at door

Best of the East and West

Dulcie Taylor, Steve Key, and John Roy Zat

Dulcie Taylor

Video of Dulcie Taylor    

DULCIE TAYLOR is a veteran performer from the East Coast. She has shared the stage with an impressive list of artists, including Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Gorka, Asleep at the Wheel and Kathy Mattea; and has performed at The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Kerrville Folk Festival Mainstage, The Bluebird (Nashville) and many others. Dulcie is an award winning songwriter, most recently 1st Place Best Songwriter at the 2013 New Times Music Awards for her song "Cigarette Smoke". She has released three all-original CDs. The latest, Free of this Sorrow (2012), reached No. 1 at Amazon for Top-Rated Americana. In addition to crafting song lyrics, Dulcie Taylor is a prolific writer of poetry and prose, and a former Board member of Washington, D.C.'s Folger Shakespeare Library poetry series.

Steve Key

Video of Steve Key    

STEVE KEY is an award-winning songwriter, performer and recording artist, best known as the writer of "33, 45, 78 (Record Time)" recorded by country music star Kathy Mattea. Originally from the Bay Area, Steve spent many years in New York writing and touring, and a five year stint in Nashville as a Music Row writer. He has played the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Canadian folk festivals at Winnipeg and Owen Sound, three times on the main stage of the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas and countless others. He has opened shows for Richard Thompson, Cheryl Wheeler, Ellis Paul, Livingston Taylor, James McMurtry, Taj Mahal, Rory Block, Bill Staines and Tom Paxton just to name a few. Steve Key now resides in California's Central Coast where he performs regularly and hosts the Songwriters at Play showcase series.

John Roy Zat

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JOHN ROY ZAT has been making music in the Bay Area since 1970, and has played with many fine local musicians over the years including Kate Wolf, Nina Gerber, Queen Ida, Bill Kirchen, and John McVee. Kate Wolf recorded his words to the old time waltz "Midnight On The Water" for her second album with him playing the fiddle; and the song has since been covered by Banish Misfortune, Caroline Herring and others. John has released two CDs of mostly original material, "Solo" and "Collaborations". Both have gotten consistent airplay on independent radio and have charted in the top ten on Roots Music Report and Airplay Direct. "With Appalachian influences, Cajun, dust bowl, and a dash of rockabilly -- each song sounds and reads like a book. His lyrics are stunning and his rich vocals bring life to each song, taking us on a journey." - Indie Showcase

Special Mother's Day Weekend Show

Saturday, May 10 - 8:00pm - $16 advance / $20 at door

Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche

Mother-Daughter Duo from Famous Folk Family

Click below to see a live video of Suzzy & Lucy

Suzzy Roche is best known for her work with the female vocal group The Roches, alongside sisters Maggie and Terre. They are extremely well known in folk music circles from their many recordings and performances, including appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and various movie and TV soundtracks. Suzzy has also had individual success as a songwriter, recording artist, actress, and performer.

Lucy Wainwright Roche is the daughter of Suzzy and Loudon Wainwright III. She is an excellent musician and songwriter on her own, has released several albums, and tours regularly presented her music. In early 2009, Lucy's song "Snare Drum" won the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song. In 2008, Lucy was one of the winners of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's "Emerging Artist" competition. Again in 2009, she was one of six winners of the Grassy Hill Kerrville Folk Festival's "New Folk Singer/Songwriter Competition".

Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche are celebrating the release of their first album, Fairytale and Myth, and were recently featured on NPR's Mountain Stage.

Amazing band returns to Studio 55

Saturday, May 31 - 8:00pm - $15 advance / $18 at door

Run Boy Run

3 women, 2 men, 2 fiddles, cello, bass, mandolin, & three part harmonies

Live video of Run Boy Run performing Back in Time

Live video of Run Boy Run performing Willow Garden

The unique sound of Run Boy Run is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South. In recent years, bands like Nickel Creek, Crooked Still, and others have revived a sense of innovation in traditional American music. Run Boy Run continues this journey into music that is dynamic, orchestral, and overflowing with beauty. Three strong female voices weave a spectacular tapestry of sound. Award-winning fiddle cuts a path for a tightly formed rhythmic front. Every arrangement is - at it's core - beautiful.

From winning the band contest at Pickin' in the Pines to playing on stage at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival as band contest winners in 2012, to making a second appearance on A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul in 2013, Run Boy Run is spreading this special brand of music to all who would hear. With the release of the full length album So Sang the Whippoorwill in March of 2013, Run Boy Run is making more people dance, cry, and sing than ever. A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor was impressed enough that he penned the liner notes to this CD.

Brother and sister, Matt (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), have fiddle music running through their blood. Raised with bow and rosin on every bedside table, Run Boy Run was a natural fit. Sisters, Bekah (fiddle, vocals, guitar) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals), grew up deeply rooted in the Bluegrass festivals of Arizona, so they too found a home in Run Boy Run. Jesse Allen (bass) was brought up on opera and western swing, and grew to love the natural fusion inherent in American music. The whole truly exceeds the sum of the parts as touches of classical, jazz, and folk express themselves through the old-time core of Run Boy Run's unique sound.

When I hear Run Boy Run, it all comes back to me, why I started doing that show back then. I hope they go on forever. - Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

Sunday afternoon Celtic show

Sunday, June 1 - 3:00pm - $17 Advance / $20 at door

Todd Denman with Trinity and Friends

A special afternoon of Irish and original music

Click below to see a live video of the Todd Denman band

Uilleann piper Todd Denman will perform with Trinity, featuring Diana Rowan on Celtic harps, Eamonn Flynn keyboards, and guests, playing a variety of material from early medieval to traditional Irish music. Joining them, special guest John Ward on guitar, and more, making a packed stage of unique evocative and driving music. This will be his first appearance at Studio 55.

Todd Denman is an award-winning uilleann piper, an NEA grant recipient, and a CA Arts Council Touring Artist. He rarely performs in the Bay Area. Todd has been performing the uilleann pipes since 1982 and is recognized as an American master of the instrument. He has toured world-wide and recorded for Disney and performed with the San Francisco Symphony.

Diana Rowan, Celtic harpist, is currently performing worldwide and recording both as a solo artist and collaborator. Her playing and compositions have "unusual power and beauty." Her latest album "As Above, So Below" reflects recent travels in Asia and PhD research into the unusual harps of Ethiopia and Persia - the original harps. Combining both virtuosic technique from classical training and soulfulness from immersion in folk traditions, Diana explores the borders of the harp's voice.

Eamonn Flynn was born in Dublin, Ireland, and was the keyboardist on the 12 million selling movie soundtrack The Commitments. He has gone on to record and tour worldwide with, among others, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Elvin Bishop, Pee Wee Ellis, Donald Harrison, Michelle Shocked, Maria Muldaur, The Black Brothers, Tony Lindsay (Santana), and a 10 year stint with legendary Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste.

Chamber Jazz

Saturday, June 7 - 8:00pm - $17 advance / $20 at door

Manring, Kassin, & John R., plus OoN

Bass Spectacular featuring bands with Michael Manring & Ariane Cap

Manring, Kassin, & John R.

Play the video on the right to see a live performance featuring Manring and Kassin

Separately, Michael Manring, Larry Kassin, and John R. Burr have extensive, multi-faceted careers as musicians. Together they play provocative, complex compositions - music that tears down stylistic walls and refuses to be compartmentalized - echoes of jazz, rock, folk, avant-garde, and world music - something completely new: extemporaneous-jazz-chamber-fusion-music for the new century.
Michael Manring (bass), known for his innovative approach to the bass and adventurous solo concerts, has appeared on approximately 200 recordings, and toured throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has received Grammy and Bammie nominations, the Berklee School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, two Gold Records, and the Bassist of the Year award from the readers of Bass Player magazine.
Larry Kassin (flute) founded the internationally recognized Noe Valley Music Series in 1981. His wide-ranging performance style has led to appearances with Bobby McFerrin, Jessica Williams, SF Klezmer Experience, Rhiannon, Sonia, and Box Set, plus two CD release with Doors keyboardist Ray Manzerek and Beat poet Michael McClure. Manzarek and McClure are brilliantly abetted by Larry Kassin throughout the album." -Kevin Ring, Beat Scene
John R. Burr (piano). After years of touring with such artists as Maria Muldaur, The Alison Brown Quartet, Paul McCandless, Michael Manring, and Kathy Kallick and recognition including a feature spot on Windham Hill's Piano Sampler II, Burr has stepped out with his first solo album, Piedmont Avenue. John R. Burr is that rare pianist who combines jazz technique with a genuine love for folk music. The Philadelphia Weekly said, "Pianist extraordinaire John R. Burr has the most sparkling style since former Allman Brother-turned-Rolling Stone hired hand Chuck Leavell."

The bassoon bass duo of Paul Hanson and Ariane Cap

Play the video on the right to see a live performance by OoN

People often say they don't know what to expect from a bass and bassoon duo. Well, think melodic and groovy music. OoN with its unlikely combination of bass and bassoon creates beautiful melodic Chamber Jazz. Sometimes peaceful and meditative, at other times passionate, raging or groovy, the musical bandwidth these two instrumentalists cover is surprising. Utilizing virtuosic and unusual playing techniques as well as effects and harmonizers, the musicians put the song first and musicality front and center.
Ariane Cap is an Austrian multi instrumentalist, composer and music educator. Ariane is a bassist (upright, electric, fretless, mini bass), pianist, vocalist and flutist. She has turned out compositions for Karney Music and Sound, Somatone and Wolftrack audio, regularly teaches at the Berkeley Jazz School, The Wyoming Rock Camp Experience, the Berkeley Jazz Workshop and her own Music School, Step Up Music. Performing credits include the Celtic Rock Band Tempest, The Kid-punk rock band The Sippy Cups, the African Band The Palmwine Boys, the Guitar Virtuoso Muriel Anderson, the Austrian funk band The Mozart Band, Cirque du Soleil, and many others.
Paul Hanson, as a bassoonist over the last 20 years, has been one of a select few setting new standards for what is possible on this most classical of woodwind instruments. From his roots as an award-winning classical bassoonist and jazz saxophonist, Paul is known for his diverse career with artists such as Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Wayne Shorter, Cirque Du Soleil, David Binney, DAVKA, St Josephs Ballet, Zenith Patrol, Bob Weir's RATDOG, The Klezmorim, Paul Dresher Ensemble, Jonas Hellborg, Dennis Chambers, Eddie Money (sax soloist on "Take Me Home Tonight"), Bobby Blue Bland, and Boz Scaggs.

Comedy Show

(Presented by
SF Live Arts)

Saturday, June 21 - 8:00pm - $18 Advance / $22 at door

Will Durst
BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG

    "Quite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today" - NY Times

      The man the Oregonian called "the thinking man's comic," Will Durst, is proud to announce his first one- man show since the acclaimed "Elect to Laugh," ran for 41 weeks in San Francisco in 2012. "BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG", is an uproarious tribute to the joys, achievements, frustrations, and looming doom of the Baby Boom Generation. In this rollicking 85 minute heartfelt monologue, Durst encourages his chronologically gifted brethren to refuse to grow old in the face of gravity no matter how many times they forget their online banking security question. Does anyone really have a favorite non- cruciferous vegetable? It's a celebration of the maturation of the Boomer Nation culminating in an extra, added special treat- the Meaning of Life.

      Ably assisted by his genial wit and trusty overhead projector, Durst explores the Boomer revolutions, evolutions and still vibrant role in today's youth obsessed society (which we invented, for crum's sake). He shamelessly strokes the egos and pats the hands of the Love Generation through segments entitled Racing From The Shadow Of A Mushroom Cloud. The Blinking VCR. Still Doing Drugs, Only Now There's a Co- Pay. The Brightsides of Extreme Adulthood & Hope I Die Before I Ooops, Too Late. It's funny. It's smart. And uplifting, even.

      Jean Schiffman of the San Francisco Examiner says of "BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG", "Durst's good-natured, acerbic monologue is so funny that I found myself on the verge of uncontrollable, hysterical laughter. His observations are hilarious."

      Special Note: Due to the graphic nature and startlingly archaic technology, children under the age of 40 will not be admitted unless accompanied by a guardian or if they bring a note. We apologize for any inconvenience.

      Acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country, Will Durst has patched together an incomparable comedy quilt of a career, weaving together columns, books, radio and television commentaries, acting, voice-overs and stand- up into a riotous patchwork of outraged and outrageous common sense. The New York Times calls him, "quite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today." He's the author of 3 books, told jokes in 14 countries and racked up 800+ television appearances.

Bay Area
Bluegrass Stars

Friday, July 18 - 8:00pm - $13 Advance / $15 at door

The Faultliners

Traditional Bluegrass by Some of the Most Respected Side Persons in the Business

Click below to see a live video of The Faultliners

This band formed at a session in Point Reyes Station, where the San Andreas Fault meets the sea, thus "The Faultliners."

Sharon Gilchrist (mandolin and vocals) is steeped in traditional Appalachian music delivering these sounds with a distinct spacious, graceful and fiery nuance. Sharon has performed with Darol Anger, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Uncle Earl, Ger Mandolin Orchestra directed by Mike Marshall, Scott Law, Kathy Kallick Band, Bill Evans, and Donald Rubinstein.

Paul Knight (bass and vocals) is a Grammy nominated bassist with over 20 years of touring and recording with notable bluegrass & Americana artists including Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, Scott Law, Jody Stecher, Kleptograss, Perfect Strangers, David Grisman, Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick, and many others.

Jim Nunnally (guitar and vocals) is a member of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and John Reischman's Jaybirds. He has been awarded two Grammy certifications, two IBMA awards and is a two time Western Open Flatpicking Champion. Jim has released two instructional DVDs. The Art Of Rhythm Guitar: Strums, and his latest DVD, Walks and Runs, are based on over 25 years of experience teaching at music camps.

Avram Siegel (banjo and vocals) is a greatly respected musician and teacher whose work with pioneering California bluegrass bands Grant Street String Band, Vern Williams, Fog City Ramblers, Kathy Kallick, and True Blue, has influenced countless musicians.

Blaine Sprouse (fiddle and vocals). If You're Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band) proclaims Alabama's hit song. So who did the supergroup call upon to fiddle that memorable chart topper? Blaine Sprouse. Called one of the great fiddlers of our time by bluegrass legend Bobby Osborne, he learned by playing with the masters: Kenny Baker, The Osborne Brothers, and Jimmy Martin, to name a few.