Pickin' and grinnin'

Pickin' and grinnin'

Yourchestra brings fun, eclectic show to Coffee Gallery Backstage

By John Sollenberger 05/16/2013

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If you’re looking to start your night a little early Saturday, check out Yourchestra in a matinee show at Coffee Gallery Backstage.

This righteous four-piece band of stringed crusaders hails from Tempe, Ariz., and boasts an energetic delivery, with members singing in angelic harmony while wailing on adventurous solos in a variety of folk, old-time, jug band and blues-oriented songs. Yourchestra pulls influences from wide-ranging sources including Memphis jug band styles, Thelonious Monk, Scottish ballads, Woody Guthrie, the Grateful Dead and Indian ragas.

Live performances feature lots of picking and grinning, punctuated by an air of fun and funny-faced humor. The band — banjo player and manager Richard Bogen, Michael Plunkett on mandolin, Steve Stutzke playing guitar and Adrian Goldenthal on upright bass — is wellknown for engaging its audiences.
Visit them at yourchestrafolk.com.

Music starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena. Tickets are $15. Call (626) 798-6236 for reservations. Visit coffeegallery.com for information.

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