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Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Jeff Peterson - Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

7:30 - $20

Recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. His passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of artists from Hawaii, across the US, and abroad. His focus on slack key guitar, classical, and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage.

Jeff is a featured artist on two Grammy Award-Winning recordings and a eight-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner in Hawaii.


Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Mile Twelve

7:30 - $20

Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard driving young band beautifully walking the line between original
and traditional bluegrass. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in
bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat, BB Bowness and
David Benedict write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences.Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, "Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity.”

Since their formation in the fall of 2014, Mile Twelve has quickly been on the rise. They’ve
performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia,
including sets at major festivals such as Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, FreshGrass Festival,
Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival, and Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. Their music is in
rotation on the Bluegrass Junction Sirius XM channel, and their rendition of the Stanley Brothers classic “Our Last Goodbye” was featured on a Spotify "Fresh Bluegrass” playlist. The band wasthe winner of the 2017 Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association, andin October 2017 released their debut full-length record “Onwards”, produced by Stephen Mougin.

"In recent years, Boston’s Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory have added extra fire to that city’s already churning cauldron of traditional string players. Out of this spicy soup jumps Mile Twelve, a group of five accomplished bluegrass musicians who write, sing, and play like the wind. Serious players who have serious fun, Mile Twelve is a group to watch in the coming decade." - Tim O’Brien

"Mile Twelve's instrumental skills reflect natural abilities enhanced by serious study of bluegrasstradition and a fearless desire to create fresh pathways. From the opening number of their new EP, it’s plain that their vocal skills are equal to their picking prowess. Their trio blend is as tight as it gets. Their duo and solo singing is equally praiseworthy. The arrangements often surprise with subtle twists and turns... delicious false endings, dropped beats, arco bass and fiddle duets, and on and on. Mile Twelve is carrying the tradition forward with creativity and integrity." - Tony Trischka


Friday, April 20th, 2018

Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

7:30 - $20

The celebrated virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS), has brought its special musical vision to venues large and small - from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne – in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their performances - described by The Irish Times as “music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” - are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit. They've made many appearances on TV and radio and their busy touring schedule has brought them to stunned and delighted audiences worldwide. 

“Máire Ní Chathasaigh" is in a class of her own." -THE GUARDIAN

“An eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling… Virtuoso playing… Bewitching string fantasies and a wonderfully clear and expressive voice.” - THE TIMES

“Dazzling virtuosity… a procession of exceptional albums exquisitely delivered… the speed and complexity is to be marveled at… delightful.” THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

"Their blinding technique, sizzling Irish reels and hot jazz improvisation brought an extended standing ovation... Newman has the great gift of being informative and hilarious simultaneously.” - THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

“This celebrated duo took the place by storm. Stately Carolan tunes, jazzy Django-ish numbers, dazzling Doc Watson style flat picking fliers, driving Irish dance tunes - this pair can nonchalantly do the lot. Guitar players applauded and went sadly home to burn their instruments!” - THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH


Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Austin Piazzolla Quintet

7:30 - $20


Austin Piazzolla Quintet has been stunning audiences in Austin, Texas and beyond since 2009.  Founded by violinist James Anderson, Austin Piazzolla Quintet specializes in the intense and passionate music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.  APQ continues the Nuevo Tango tradition with unique arrangements of Piazzolla's classic compositions, talented improvisations, and breathtaking original compositions. Featuring some of the finest talent on the renown Austin music scene, APQ has been hailed by critics as "one of the foremost tango ensembles in the country," "sublime," and "taking profound steps in Nuevo Tango evolution."

Please note, this is a listening event not a dance event. :-)


Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Adrian Legg

7:30 - $22 in advance, $27 day of show



Globally acclaimed by critics and fans alike for his unique acoustic and electric fingerstyle guitar playing, Adrian Legg masterfully blends diverse musical styles, influences and inspirations to create a distinctive sound all his own. With multiple awards and accolades spanning four decades, Legg has been heralded as a "guitarist of astonishing virtuosity, (whose) imagination and melodic invention seem unbounded" (Q magazine); "ridiculously talented" (Music Week) and "simply the best acoustic guitar player I've ever heard" (guitar icon Joe Satriani).

But there's even more to Adrian Legg's draw as an engaging, one-of-a-kind performer. Legg is a "genuine entertainer who excels at not only painting pictures, if not frescoes, and telling stories with music—but also wittily regaling his audiences with tales from his life and travels and his cogent and often oblique yet thought-provoking observations on a spectrum of topics. It's all part of his dedication to making his performances a full-blooded emotional experience." (Audio Magazine)

Over his career, Legg has released a dozen or more recordings of his original compositions, which are consistently described as thrilling, engaging, emotionally compelling and evocative. Legg encapsulates his own music by saying, "I'm a collision between European classicism and the American guitar.”

Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW), 505-886-1251, Monday to Friday 9 AM - 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 6 PM.

Presented by AMP Concerts - GiG Patreon rewards are not available for this concert.

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Alam Khan

7:30 - $27 in advance, $32 day of show


Son of the legendary Sarode Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, Alam Khan has been touching the hearts of audiences worldwide for many years. Since his initial training into the Maihar Seni Gharana at the age of seven, Alam was blessed to learn and live in the traditional style of Guru and student. Ali Akbar Khan's careful crafting and guidance shows in each note as well as in Alam's imaginative way of expressing the ancient ragas passed down from the courts of Emperor Akbar by Mian Tansen in the 16th century.

Alam's performance career was introduced to the world when he began accompanying his father onstage, internationally, from 1996 to 2006. They played in such prestigious venues as the Royal Jodhpur Palace, the Dover Lane Music Festival in Calcutta, and New York's Lincoln Center Jazz festival, as well as highly acclaimed concerts all over the United States, Canada, Europe and India.

Along with accompanying his esteemed father, Alam's inner voice began to emerge and grow with his solo career, which began in 1998. He has toured worldwide and established himself as Ali Akbar Khan's true heir and the face of a new generation of Sarode players, attracting praise and attention from musical icons such as Sitar Legend Ravi Shankar, Carlos Santana, Slide Guitarist Derek Trucks, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, and many more of India's finest musicians. Alam has had the privilege and honor of performing alongside some of India's greatest Tabla masters in a constantly growing list of highly reputed venues, including the Dover Lane Music Festival, Saptak, Darbar Festival, the San Francisco World Music Festival, the Chicago World Music Festival and the Carnegie Group in NYC.

Alam was the personal assistant to his father during his final years of life, helping aid him in teaching at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California—a mecca for students and lovers of Indian classical music. Alam, following his father's wishes, is now the teacher of advanced instrumental classes at the Ali Akbar College of Music and has dedicated his life to preserving, performing and teaching this music to the world.

Tickets are $27 in advance, $32 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW), 505-886-1251, Monday to Friday 9 AM - 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 6 PM.

Presented by AMP Concerts - GiG Patreon rewards are not available for this concert. 


Saturday, May 19th, 2018


7:30 - $20

Leni Stern's music traces the paths of jazz and rock, riding the groove back to their source in West Africa before bringing it all back home again.  Leni has been awarded the Gibson Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year five times and was recently a featured member of American Female Jazz Quartet from the US State Department's cultural exchange to Nicaragua.  She was also featured in the recent feature documentary "The Last Song Before the War" about the Festival au Désert in Timbuktu, Mali.  Leni runs her own record label and has led heavyweight bands for over 20 years in NYC. Her trio features the master musicianship of Senegalese bandmates Alioune Faye on percussion and Mamadou Ba on bass. and

Saturday, October 6th, 2018


7:30 - $20

After being fascinated by the music of the great American acoustic guitar masters, Italy’s Beppe Gambetta began a prolific career based on his “life on the road”,  devoted to travelling, meeting and learning from artist of other cultures, as well as researching, reviving and teaching old forgotten music from the past. Through all of these experiences, Beppe was able to create his own peculiar guitar style, a poetic creative synthesis that reflects his work on the roots music of both sides of the Ocean and brought him to perform all over North America, Europe, and also to South America and Australia. Beppe will perform with his spectacular style a mixture of traditional and original music including many numbers from the latest CD “Round Trip”, recorded for the Canadian label Borealis Records.

"...Though he's shown over the years that he can keep pace with the Tony Rices and Dan Crarys of the world, , it is Gambetta's understated elegance as a flatpicker that has set him apart and made him an in-demand partner the world over, and he's as elegant as ever on Rendez-vous." Sing Out!

"Italian guitarist, Beppe Gambetta is considered by many musicians in the world as one of, if not the best, acoustic guitarists. His talent, his taste, and his execution are superb. Bluegress Unlimited 

“His incredible versatility combined with his charm and engaging stage presence make Beppe’s concerts evenings of high quality music and relaxed entertainment. Over-riding all else, however, is the brilliance of his talent...” Cornish Guardian 


Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Tracy Grammer

7:30 - $20

TRACY GRAMMER: Called “one of the finest singers and musicians anywhere in folkdom” (Boston Globe) and "one of the finest interpretive artists on the contemporary folk scene” (Montreal Gazette), Tracy Grammer is among contemporary folk music's most beloved artists. Renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and humorous, often incantatory storytelling, she has toured with Joan Baez, recorded with Mary Chapin Carpenter, and enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio's 50 top-played artists. Her new release, LOW TIDE (2018, Tracy Grammer Music), is her long-awaited eleventh recording and the first ever to feature her original songs. "Hole" is currently the #1 song at folk radio, and LOW TIDE is the #2 album (February 2018).

“Potent songcraft that reflects the tender and stubborn heart that got her here, and a way with words and images that … marks the beginning of a new path to glory. A bold and beautiful collection.” on LOW TIDE

“A musician and singer of dazzling versatility.” — No Depression

“A brilliant artist.” — Joan Baez