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Celebrate the Equinox with The Todalo Shakers
Bay Area acoustic favorites
$26 adv / $28 doorPurchase tickets online
March 21 8:00 pm
The Todalo Shakers play vintage jug band party blues and old time rags & stomps which sound like they are lifted right out of 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee or Dallas, Texas. The band features lots of harmony singing, making for a rich palette of vocal blends and a great feeling of camaraderie; the exuberance and fondness that the musicians feel for their material and for each other is unmistakable. They’ve charmed audiences at the Live Oak Festival, Santa Fe Old-time and Bluegrass Festival, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, the Portland Old Time Gathering and other concerts, juke joints and house parties up and down the West Coast.
Members of the Todalo Shakers: Our own Eric & Suzy Thompson have long been known for their bluesy string band music, often in conjunction with folks like jug band greats Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur. The other Todalo Shakers include Mendocino's Frannie Leopold, who plays guitar, has toured and recorded with New Mexico's Jeanie McLerie as the Delta Sisters, and with Hank Bradley and Cathie Whitesides as the Balkan Kafe Orchestra. Bruce "W.B." Reid, who makes his home in Seattle, Washington, spent some of his formative years during his early twenties hanging out in San Diego with bluesman Sam Chatmon, of the legendary string band the Mississippi Sheiks. Bruce has toured and recorded with the Tallboys (Seattle's hottest oldtime string band), with oldtime fiddler Lee Stripling, with the Carolina Jug Stompers and with his wife, Bonnie Zahnow. The most recent addition to the band is Seattle bassist Matt Weiner who boasts a long resume including stints with the Asylum Street Spankers and Hot Club of Cowtown.
Listen to sample tracks from upcoming artists.