We are happy to announce 3 upcoming events for September at GiG with more to follow soon! But first, in response to world events here are some of the changes we have made at GiG. We will now have reduced seating inside. Weather permitting we will have a set of speakers outside and ticketed customers can view the shows through the front windows if they prefer. Also weather permitting, the large bay door will be open to allow for more ventilation inside. The concerts will begin at 8PM - masks required. Should any concerts be cancelled because of extenuating circumstances we will refund tickets immediately. Tickets available online only, prior to the show. Ok, on with the music!
Beppe Gambetta - September 10th
GiG - 1808 Second Street - 8pm
Beppe Gambetta is an Italian guitarist, vocalist and composer who found a way to make Italian and American traditions speak together with one voice. Born in the seaport city of Genova and raised on American flatpicking he developed a unique, captivating guitar and performance style. Beppe is beloved all over the world, gaining new fans and friends with every performance and every new recording.
His new record, Where The Wind Blows is no exception and may be the best one yet. On this record, his 14th solo effort, Beppe Gambetta reveals himself to be not simply a master guitarist but also a new songwriter of great feeling, wisdom and maturity. Singing in three languages (English, Italian, Genovese), Beppe unveils four mostly autobiographic songs about his family and hometown of Genova, his life on the road, the fathers of the music that inspired him and the love of his life. In these songs and the new tunes that round out the album, you can feel the Italian melodic sense and wide range of rhythmic variety and textures that help define Beppe's first all original album. The symbol of Where the Wind Blows is the weathervane on the CD cover where a guitar substitutes for the usual arrow and indicates that music and art may be the best directions to follow in the awakening from the uncertain times in which we live. One final note: in 2019 Beppe was awarded with the title of “Genoa Ambassador To The World” by the Genoa Mayor Marco Bucci.
Alice Howe and Freebo present a unique study in contrasts, bringing together a venerable music icon and a talented newcomer. Each a compelling performer in their own right, they both lead and support each other in their well-crafted songs with flawless harmonies and tasteful instrumentation. Alice and Freebo performing John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOHHDGT0m4k
A rising voice in modern folk, Alice Howe offers a love letter to 60s and 70s folk and timeless blues. Hailing from Boston and now based in Los Angeles, Alice released her critically acclaimed full-length debut, Visions, in 2019. Produced by former long-time Bonnie Raitt bassist Freebo, Visions features new originals alongside Alice’s interpretations of iconic songs from her family’s vast record collection. She is currently at work on her sophomore record, to be produced by Freebo and recorded with an all-star band at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, with an expected release in early 2022.
Watch the video for Alice’s new single, her version of Joni Mitchell’s classic love song, “A Case Of You”: https://youtu.be/r7EVUb25REI
“Simply, this is a beautiful version of a beautiful song.” - Americana UK
Freebo is a genuine folk, rock and blues icon who, after over 40 years of recording and touring with many of the great artists of our time (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, Maria Muldaur, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Neil Young, & many more) is regarded as one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of today. A multi award winner and finalist in numerous songwriting contests, Freebo was also recognized as the 'Best Folk Artist 2007' by the Los Angeles Music Awards. In addition, he has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Muppet Show, The Midnight Special, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap. His compassionate concern for the world and people around him, as evidenced both in his lyrics and his open stage banter, has helped him connect with listeners worldwide. A musical evening with Freebo is astute, insightful, clever, and truly melodic.
Guitar Games Two-Day Workshop With Bruce Dunlap
September 25th & 26th - 12 to 4 - 1808 Second Street
Tickets - 100. - To sponsor a student, buy a ticket and email the students name to firstname.lastname@example.org