Songs About Something: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue - Tunes in the Round - Host: Paige Clem, Featuring: James Nash, Alexander Nelson, Jamie & Kellen Coffis (The Coffis Brothers), Pamela Parker, Essence​, Bear Market Riot, Sean Leahy, Doug Stein/Swamp Zen,

Ivy Room Presents

Songs About Something: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue - Tunes in the Round - Host: Paige Clem, Featuring: James Nash, Alexander Nelson, Jamie & Kellen Coffis (The Coffis Brothers), Pamela Parker, Essence​, Bear Market Riot, Sean Leahy, Doug Stein/Swamp Zen,

House Band: Jordan Feinstein​, Ezra Lipp

Thu · October 5, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door.

This event is 21 and over

Bar opens at 3pm. Come early for 2 for 1 drafts plus more drink specails from 3-7pm! 

Songs About Something: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue - Tunes in the Round - Host: Paige Clem
Songs About Something: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue - Tunes in the Round - Host: Paige Clem
Americana singer-songwriter, Paige Clem’s arrestingly direct lyrics and velvety, unaffected vocals exude that most elusive of musical qualities — Soul. With a natural gift for connecting with an audience, her roots-infused music is melodic and warm, yet packs a punch with tales of loss and love. In addition to her original music, Paige frequently lends supporting vocals to various Bay Area acts and showcases and sings with the popular Grateful Dead tribute, The Eleven, Bob Dylan/Neil Young tribute, Shakey Zimmerman, the retro/soul tribute, Paige & The Rage. She has shared the stage with members of Dead and Co., Further, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, ALO, Fruition, Anders Osborne, RatDog, Tea Leaf Green, New Monsoon, Moon Alice, Tracorum, Front Country, Midnight North, and Dead Winter Carpenters, and has performed with Melissa Ethridge, moe., Joe Craven, Steve Poltz, Eric McFadden, Scott Pemberton, The Brother's Comatose, Shook Twins, and many more. She has served multiple stints as songwriter-in-residence at The Bazaar Café, hosts the monthly series "Songs About Something" at The Ivy Room in Albany, and has appeared at High Sierra Music Festival, DelFest, Hangtown Halloween Ball, Cuko Rakko Music Festival, and ULUV Music Day. She will be featured in the upcoming documentary, The Creative High, and is currently recording her debut solo album slated to be released in the fall of 2016.
Featuring: James Nash
Featuring: James Nash
Nash’s broad vocabulary, both as scholar and stylist, has led to a genre-bending approach that has served him well for a decade as a lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the eclectic and virtuosic Americana ensemble, The Waybacks. Similarly, they make him a fitting helmsman for both the electric rock 'n soul grooves of The Nomads and the daredevil acoustic escapades of The NashVillains.

James’ musical breadth is readily matched by his astonishing facility as a player and dynamism as a performer, leading reviewers to describe him as "graceful but fiery... elegant and colorful... rampantly eclectic" (Guitar Player), and praise his “near-ideal balance of irreverence, chops, discipline, and originality” (Chicago Tribune). Heralded by Acoustic Guitar as a “revered new-acoustician,” he approaches the flat-top steel-string guitar with both the subtleties and bravado of a rock guitarist. His spirited improvisational flights, whether on his Santa Cruz acoustic or electric Fender Stratocaster, are dazzling to behold, a deft combination of innate musicality and jaw-dropping technique.

Along that musical path, James has recorded a dozen albums and performed at countless festivals and venues across the country, serving as bandleader for ensembles with the likes of everyone from Elvis Costello to Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck to Bob Weir, Chris Thile and Jerry Douglas to Darol Anger and Mike Marshall. James has been interviewed, featured, and had his solos transcribed in numerous magazines, Wired, Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Flatpicking, and Dirty Linen among them. His music has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Folk Alley and he is a contributing writer and reviewer for Guitar Player. His forthcoming instructional DVD, “Acoustic Guitar on the Edge,” evidences both the technically disciplined and free spirited player he has become.
Alexander Nelson
Alexander Nelson
At 28, Alex Nelson has earned an enviable position on the West Coast performance track. Nelson is a performer’s performer, an artist whose assembly of talent, originality and focus has garnered him a coveted residency at Phil Lesh’s “Terrapin Crossroads,” the prominent musicians’ destination in Northern California.
Nelson started his band, Walking Spanish in 2007 while he was a 17 year-old high school senior. Their first album, “Not Yet Now” was self-financed and recorded at home. By 2011, their second album, “Wishbones,” was financed exclusively by their rapidly-growing fan base. Three years later, they produced “Phoenix Down” with earnings alone.
From garage-band to winner of three Sammie Awards, Walking Spanish rapidly became “one of Sacramento’s most talked about bands,” notes Elizabeth Marxen of Sacramento Magazine.
Nelson has shared the stage with Phil Lesh, Jackie Greene, Midnight North, Nicki Bluhm and Jason Crosby, among many others. He has been featured both solo and with his band, Walking Spanish, at venues that include The Capitol Theater, San Francisco Carnival Festival, Hilo Palace Theater, Crest Theater Sacramento, The Front Porch Music Fest and The Fillmore Auditorium. Young talent burns bright. That said, the music scene, often a fickle mistress, cannot help but grant a deferential nod to Nelson’s poetry, proficiency and sheer joy. He is one of their own.
“Searing, high-energy indie rock fronted by virtuosic Alex Nelson…It’s all about the songs on this this record.”
Lindol French of The Sacramento Press
Submerge Magazine’s Jenn Walker writes “…. A versatile blend of well-structured songs, combining country, rock ‘n’ roll and pop…with subtly haunting poetic verse.”
“…Nelson’s almost-British Isles romantic sensibility aligns with Americana instrumentation. Mix in his keening, Western United States savored articulation, and the band’s ability to give dramatic surge, this music raises the bar in Sacramento.” Beatnik Studios & Swell Productions
Accolades vie for quotation. But the straightforward and simple best sums up a vast array of industry praise:
“Some musicians are so good it makes me mad. Case in point: Alex Nelson.”
Autumn Sky, Midtown Monthly Magazine
Jamie & Kellen Coffis (The Coffis Brothers)
Jamie & Kellen Coffis (The Coffis Brothers)
The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men are a Rock and Roll band that was formed in Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California. Sibling harmonies, and hooky choruses are a calling card of the Brothers and are paired along side memorable guitar solos, and a raucous rhythm section. Their songs show that more than a few cues were taken from Tom Petty, Neil Young and The Everly Brothers
The band formed in 2010, and since has toured extensively on the West Coast and beyond. They have shared the stage with some significant acts along the way including Blackberry Smoke, The Dirty Knobs (featuring Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) The Mother Hips, The California Honeydrops, Jackie Greene, Lukas Nelson +Promise of the Real, Hot Buttered Rum and The Brothers Comatose to name a few.
Brothers Jamie and Kellen are joined by Kyle Poppen on lead guitar, Aidan Collins on bass and Henry Chadwick on drums. Their 2nd full-length album was released in February 2014 and was titled "Wrong Side of the Road”. It was produced by Andy Zenczak (Camper Van Beethoven) and featured performances from members or Great American Taxi (Jim Lewin) and Brothers Comatose (Ryan Avellone). The Santa Cruz rock outfit are anticipating releasing a brand new full length album in the summer of 2017 that has been in production since early 2016.
Pamela Parker
Pamela Parker
Pamela Parker studied opera and commercial music production at Shenandoah Conservatory before establishing herself as a solo performer in the Washington, D.C. area. With her own band, she toured in the US and Internationally, gaining notoriety and experience. Fulfilling a dream held since the age of 10, she finally moved to San Francisco in 2007, where she produced and released her debut record, Beautiful Day. Working the Bay Area club scene, she quickly had her pick of top players and put together an all-star line-up of musicians and producers. The band opened for legendary acts such as Heart and Big Brother & The Holding Co., and headlined festivals such as Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, Earth Day SF and Bay Vibes Summer Fest. They also completed a second album, Evolutionary Process, with Pamela earning studio time working as an engineer at the legendary Hyde Street Studios. The band's infectious blend of funk, rock and soul touched a nerve in Vancouver, British Columbia on the radio station CHLY 101.7FM, where the album debuted at #1, and was up for Album of the Year in 2013.

Pamela's relationship with Hyde Street Studios continues to blossom, as the band continues production on their third studio album. Refining their blend of elements, the band has developed a sound of their own that truly showcases each member's dynamic range. Not wasting any time, the band has already pre-released the first two singles. This year the band also produced a score for an award-winning short film called Love Hurts and has composed custom music for commercial clients such as Discovery Channel, RingCentral and Verizon. Pamela Parker has created a cohesive unit with the selection of Tom Finch on guitar, Ryan Hickey on keys/organ, Spence Murray on bass, and Chris McGrew on drums. Together they deliver an electrifying and emotional live show with irresistible dance grooves, dueling guitar leads and soulful ballads that hit home. With guitar in hand, Pamela's voice cuts right to the heart as she takes the stage like a rock icon. They continue to tour the West Coast and will be getting back to the East in a few months. Stay tuned!
Essence​
Essence​
A sixth-generation San Francisco native, award winning singer-songwriter essence has been immersed in art and music since childhood. And yes, her birth name really is ‘essence’ – she was raised by quintessential flower children, her parents being two free spirited bohemian artists from the Haight-Ashbury ‘Summer of Love.’

Since winning the Grand Prize in the National Lilith Fair Talent Search in 1998, essence has been signed to RCA Records, Way Cool/MCA Records, and Or Music (Los Lonely Boys, Matisyahu). She debuted with the successful indie release Conception, which garnered much Bay Area radio airplay and press and established a devoted fan base. essence’s sophomore release Mariposa garnered critical acclaim and prompted a national touring agenda which found her opening shows for artists Jason Mraz and Shawn Colvin.

In 2009, essence released Feels Like the Future, and subsequently won the Grand Prize for the Great American Song Contest, not to mention 2nd Place in the International Songwriting Contest (out of 15,000 entries). Her songs have been prominently featured on Nash Bridges, Lifetime’s The Division, Access Hollywood, and NPR’s Art of the Song. “Shape of You,” an emotional song about loss and healing, was the theme song in the film Motherland, which won the SXSW Audience Choice Award in 2009. essence has opened for Tom Petty, Shawn Colvin, Chris Isaac, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Chrissie Hynde, Steve Miller, Pat Benatar, and Linda Perry. She has played at venues ranging from NYC’s Bowery Ballroom to San Francisco’s Fillmore and The Warfield, LA’s Rose Bowl, and Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live.

essence’s latest long player could likely be her masterwork. It is a 12- track opus entitled Black Wings which chronicles the trials and tribulations of a failed marriage propelled by dishonesty and addiction. The undeniable weight of the pervasive subject matter is artfully handled with razor sharp couplets, gritty performances and smart arrangements underscoring obvious pain, but doing so with humor, wisdom and eloquence.
Bear Market Riot
Bear Market Riot
In 2014 Kirk Nordby and Nick Motil met at a songwriter showcase in San Luis Obispo, CA. Over a bowl of gumbo, the two conspired to busk together at the Baywood-Los Osos Farmer’s Market. Upon agreement that two beards are better than one, they became Bear Market Riot.

Bear Market Riot is Power-Folk Americana from the California Central Coast. A duo blending everything from folk to R&B into an infectious sound that could only come from two bearded men playing seven instruments while keeping the dance floor satisfied. Nordby and Motil captivate audiences of all-ages with tight harmonies, catchy originals, and an arsenal of high-energy originally interpreted covers.
Bear Market Riot has played just about every winery, brewery, venue, and restaurant you could think of in SLO county including appearances at the California Mid-State Fair, Beaverstock Music and Arts Festival, SLO Brew, Vina Robles Amphitheatre, and Live Oak Music Festival.
They were voted 2017’s “Best Band in SLO County” by the 31st Annual New Times Best of San Luis Obispo County Reader’s Poll. In December 2016, the duo released their first full-length album “Power-Folk Americana”, produced with funding they secured through a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Sean Leahy
Sean Leahy
​Sean Leahy is a San-Francisco-based multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and highly sought-after sideman and session artist who has recorded and/or performed with the likes of ALO, Tea Leaf Green, and the Terrapin All Stars among countless others. He has taught at Blue Bear School of music for 10 years, has recorded on dozens of albums and is well-known for being the curator and leader of the popular Guitarmagedon showcases held at High Sierra Music Festival and in the Bay Area.​ He has performed at some of the most intimate and also most prestigious venues throughout the US and Europe. With a style that is influenced by such artists as The Allman Brothers, John Coltrane and Jeff Buckley, his original music is a continuously growing mix of what he hears in his daily life and he draws from years of listening to and participating in hundreds of collaborations to create his own unique approach to music
Doug Stein/Swamp Zen
Doug Stein/Swamp Zen
Doug Stein is known as a troubadour in the Chico community and has been part of the Northern California music scene for over 25 years. With his soulful original music he fronts his band Swamp Zen and also leads his bluegrass project Low Flying Birds. Doug has shared the stage with such acts as The Mother Hips, String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, JGB, Hot Buttered Rum, Zero, Poor Man’s Whiskey & many more.
House Band: Jordan Feinstein​
House Band: Jordan Feinstein​
Jordan Feinstein is already recognized as one of the most talented and sought after keyboardists in the Bay Area. He regularly lends his soulful keyboard stylings to many local bands like: Shantytown, La Gente, Lonesome Locomotive, Fenton Coolfoot, Yonat, and others. He has also played with national acts such as G Love and Special Sauce, ALO, Tea Leaf Green, Anders Osborn, Brett Dennen, George Porter Jr. and many more. Jordan and The RituaL features some of the top players in the San Francisco music scene. This eclectic band of artists all hail from wildly diverse musical backgrounds and infuse their own artistry and intensity to flavor Jordan's original tunes. Jordan's shows often include massive jams with over 13 musicians on stage adding to the contagious, soulful electricity of the RituaL.
Jordan and the RituaL is a one of a kind musical experience not be missed.
Ezra Lipp
Ezra Lipp
Ezra Lipp is an innovative, Bay Area based drummer, composer and educator, who regularly performs with a slew of all star musicians, works as an in demand session musician, has his own teaching practice, leads his own band Magic In The Other, and is the proud creator and host of a music podcast called The Ezra Lipp Hour (More or Less) . He has extensively toured the US and Europe and has worked with many amazing bands and artists representing diverse musical genres including Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, Melvin Seals and JGB, counter-cultural Iranian superstar Mohsen Namjoo, national folk-soul treasure Sean Hayes and many, many more [see below for a more complete list].

Ezra is a lifelong student of music and earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and Jazz studies from the University of Vermont in 2005. He has also studied music and percussion from around the globe both in the US and abroad (including West African, North Indian, Afro-Cuban, and more). As a teacher he brings his depth and breadth of rhythmic knowledge and years of professional experience to help others along on a path to find their own creative musical voice and expression.

Ezra’s imaginative approach, accomplished musicianship and refined sensibilities distinguish him as a truly creative contemporary musician and drum artist.
Venue Information:
Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA, 94706
http://www.ivyroom.com/