Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Yogis Music Newsletter 4-26-06 Yogi with Red Hotz and lots of other gigs too.

Hello Music Lovers!

There's Lots of gigs going on over the next couple of weeks. So this is a long newsletter. Here's some quick links so you can go right to the ones you're interested in (Of course, I recommend reading the whole thing to learn about bands you may not have known about before):

Yogi appearing with The Red Hot Blues Sisters at the 17th Annual washington Blues Society Awards Show

Yogi appearing with Selassie I-Soldier and The Special Forces (Reggae)

HIDMO Restaurant Sunday African Music Series

Paula Maya Band (Original Rock)

Marc Smason (Jazz featuring dynamite guest performers)

Michael Clune and Sleep Till Noon (Original jazzy soulful latin/rock)

Bill Chism and Friends (jazz/blues on Sunday Afternoons in Ballard)

Samia Panni promotes: Brazilian Music clinic/workshop and show by Claudia Vilella & Ricardo Peixoto

Yogi appearing with The Red Hot Blues Sisters at the 17th Annual washington Blues Society Awards Show

For those of you who haven't heard yet, the Red Hot Blues Sisters have been burning up the Blues Scene around Seattle. They have been nominated for best Blues Band 2006, singer Suze Sims has been nominated for Best Singer, Guitarist Teri Wilson has been nominated for Best Guitarist, and Scotty Harris has been nominated for Best Sax Player. And they allow me to stand on stage with them - how about that?


The Triple Door
216 Union Street
Seattle WA 98101
Across Union St from Benaroya Hall
Sunday 04/30/2006
7:00 PM
$20 advance, $25 day of show, $15 WBS members

The Washington Blues Society (WBS) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote, preserve and advance the culture of tradition of blues music as an art form. And each year, they give out awards for the highest quality in Northwest blues.

The awards are given out for 24 categories, and the organization's website lists all of the winners in all catagories.

Performing tonight will be Becki Sue and Her Big Rockin' Daddies (, Blues Alliance (, and the Red Hot Blues Sisters ( All three of these bands have won multiple awards from the society.

Come out and check what the Northwest has to offer, bringing you the Best in Blues!

For more information, visit:

Yogi appearing with Selassie I-Soldier and The Special Forces (Reggae)

We're doing it again! Also featuring songs with Tanzania's Baba Kaju.

Saturday April 29th
We start at 5pm
The Solstice Café
4116 University Way NE
Seattle WA 98105

Websites: for Selassie I-Soldier for Baba Kaju

HIDMO Restaurant Sunday African Music Series


I didn't think so. That's why I put it in all caps. The simple fact is, we have some the great African musicians living here. And there's very few venues where they play regularly. Seattle's current hot spot for African Music is Hidmo Eritrean Restaurant. AND IT'S FREE COVER!! Every Sunday Night at 8pm!

Yogi sez: Get down there and shake your money-maker! The Hidmo series is produced by Rob Pastorak, leader of Maya Soleil Band and local African Music enthusiast.

This scene usually flies totally under the radar, except for folks who are connected to the local African diaspora. You heard it here!

African Music Night on Sunday nights (8-10 pm) at HIDMO East African Restaurant in Seattle (Detailed schedule below)

HIDMO East African Restaurant
2000 S. Jackson St
Seattle, WA
(206) 329-1534

Free Admission (donations welcome)
Nonsmoking venue
Live African music and east African cuisine


May 7 = Soyaya
Music of West Africa, featuring Mohammed Shaibu (Ghana) on vocals, guitar, and talking drum, Edward Souarez (Guinea) on vocals, calabash, and other percussion, Caxambu (USA) on percussion, and others . This group always brings some high-energy sounds and surprises to HIDMO.

May 14 = Lagni Sussu
Featuring balafon master Naby Camara with music of Guinea. Listen for that exciting combination of traditional west African music with contemporary sounds from Naby and his compatriots.

May 21 = Souleymane N'Diaye and Friends
Featuring Souleymane N'Diaye, Director of Taranga.

May 28 = No show in honor of NW Folklife Festival

Come join the fun in a "house-party" atmosphere where the performers let their hair down and try out new things.

Rob Pastorok
Maya Soleil
Woodinville, WA

Marc Smason (Jazz featuring dynamite guest performers)

Meet Marc Smason, jazz trombonist par excellence and one of the most frequently gigging musicians in Seattle. Here's the next couple weeks of his usually-packed-out schedule:

Thursday April 27 7 – 9 pm
Marc Smason & the Beacon Hill Orchestra
*Nana’s Soup House
3418 N.E. 55th 206 523-9053

Friday April 28 8 – 10 pm
Chicago 7 with Joanne Klein & Marc Smason
*Mr. Spot’s Chai House
5463 N.W. Leary 206 297-CHAI

Wednesdays May 3, 17, 31 8:30 pm
Better World with Marc Smason & Joanne Klein
Beacon Pub
3057 Beacon S. 206 726-0238

Thursday May 4 6 - 8 pm
Marc Smason Joe Riedi
*C & P Coffee Co.
5612 California S.W. 206 933-3125

Friday May 5 7 pm
Paulinha Marc Smason Dave Snodgrass
Music of Brazil & Caribbean
*Bookworm Exchange
4860 Rainier S. 206 722-6633

Saturday May 6 9 pm
Paulinha Marc Smason Dave Snodgrass
Music of Brazil & Caribbean
The Spar Jazz Lounge
114 4th Ave S. - Olympia 360 357-6444

Sunday May 7 9 pm
Better World Open Jam Session!
Joanne Klein Bruce Barnard Burt Boice Dave Bush
Tommy’s Nightclub
4552 University Way N.E. 206 634-3144

Paula Maya Band (Original Rock)

Come on Seattle! SXSW LOVED Paula! She wasn't even a featured act, and her band blew them away from a side-club gig! Don't wait for her to become famous in the rest of the world first. Seattle's best kept secret. If you like original rock and a band full of REALLY EXCELLENT MUSICIANS, then see this band. I've plugged them so many times on this blog I don't know what else to say. Just go see Paula's Band, dammit! That's an order!

@ Clifford's Grill, in Portland
There will be 3 bands. We go on 2nd :)
9pm - 1am
Only $3!
8105 SE Stark St (81st and Stark)
Portland, OR 97215-2345

SUN MAY 14th *
@ Nectar Lounge, in Fremont
Dino Haak, an amazing Chapman Stick player, who has worked with some
bands, including King Crimson, will open the show with his band.
Singer/bassist Laurie Miller might play as well. I'll know more about
Music starts at 8pm We play at about 9pm
Only $5!
412 N.36th St
Seattle, WA 98103-8631

Michael Clune and Sleep Till Noon (Original jazzy soulful latin/rock)

Solid original songwriting and keyboards from Michael Clune. The Coffe To A Tea where he runs the music every weekend is a great little gem located just a few doors north of West Seattle's famous Easy Street Record Store at the West Seattle Junction of SW Alaska St and California Ave SW presents:

The Sleep Till Noon Band

Performing, Saturday April 29, 2006 Saturday evening 8-10 PM
Where: Coffee to a Tea w/ Sugar
4541 California Ave SW
Seattle WA 98116 (206) 937-1495

Sleep till noon- A jazzy soulful latin/rock flavor with a passionatevocal.
Michael Clune Vocalist, keyboard, guitar
Gordon Assadi (G-man), electric Violin, guitar
Ricardo Guity world class conga player/percussionist

Coffee to a Tea
Great selection of Beer, Wines, Coffee, Teas, Baked Goods from scratch,
Sandwiches and other Hobbit Goodies. Great service and a comfortable
place to unwind and feel good. We look forward to seeing you! (ps. kid
friendly, all ages)

Bill Chism and Friends (jazz/blues on Sunday Afternoons in Ballard)

I just met Bill a few weeks ago. He's a very talented guitarist, and this Ballard Sunday gig is just heart warming. It's Ballard - it's the Neighborhood, it's the musicians, it's the atmosphere - and the food is very good, even though the menu is rather limited in choices. Who cares? Order some food - you'll like it! Drink specials 3 -6pm.


The Bad Alberts gig is every Sunday, unless otherwise noted, from 5:00 -8:30. Along with Bill on guitar, the following singers and musicians are featured but others are welcome to sit in anytime. Bad Alberts also has a fantastic Happy Hour from 3:00 - 6:00.

5/7 Deborah Lacey (Vocals) - Tom Brighton (Percussion)
5/14 No Music - Mother's Day
5/21 Denine Monet (Vocals) - Jim Wulff (Drums/Vocals)
5/28 No Music - Memorial Day Weekend

Bill Chism
Benefits, Compensation and Performance Mgmt
206.544-1120 206.715-3371 (cell)
Mon - Thu, 5:30 - 3:00 Fri, 5:00 - 9:00

Samia Panni promotes: Brazilian Music clinic/workshop and show by Claudia Vilella & Ricardo Peixoto

Here's a special event from local Brazilian music enthisiast, singer, and KBCS DJ Samia Panni:

Hello Friends,

The Brazilian guitar/vocal duo, Claudia Villela and Ricardo Peixoto, will be performing with Jovino Santos-Neto at the Jazz Alley on May 16th and 17th. All three of these tremendous musicians are well known faculty members of the California Brazil Camp and applauded performers of the Brazilian jazz genre.

Along with local guitarist, Michael Biller, I am helping to organize a couple of workshops, one would be a Brazilian guitar clinic with Ricardo Peixoto and the other, a Brazilian vocal workshop with Claudia Villela. The workshops are scheduled for May 14th. Time and place TBD very soon, pending flight reservations. These workshops are for all levels. You do not need to know how to speak Portuguese or have prior experience playing Brazilian music.

This truly is a rare opportunity to have workshops of this kind and caliber in this area.

Each workshop would last one hour and a half, and the last half hour we would bring both the guitar and vocal classes together for some "applied learning." Each workshop would cost $20 and will be taking place in a centralized location, easily accessible to anyone living in the Seattle/Bellevue area.

Brazilian Guitar & Vocal Clinic

Mercer Island Community Center
8236 SE 24th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Monday, May 15th, 2006
$20.00 for each class
6:30pm – 9:00pm
(Register 6pm-6:30pm)

For information & register in advance contact via email:

For guitar clinic:

For vocal clinic:

Friday, April 21, 2006

Yogis Music 4-22-06 Yogi with Selassie I-Soldier and Baba Kaju

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick note on a couple of shows I am in. Soon will be coming a more full newsletter with the gigs of my friends bands too.

I have the pleasure of appearing in the reggae/world fusion band of Selassie I-Soldier on two consecutive Saturdays. Appearing with Soldier is Tanzania’s own Alex Kajumulo, or Baba Kaju as we call him, performing some of his songs too. These guys have had hit songs in Jamaica and Tanzania, and we are building a unique world fusion sound. So come see us.

Websites: for Selassie I-Soldier for Baba Kaju

Selassie I-Soldier with Big Bad Daddy Kaju
Saturday April 22nd 9pm
Nine Pound Hammer
6009 Airport Way S
Seattle WA 98108

And on

Saturday April 29th
The Solstice Café
4116 University Way NE
Seattle WA 98105

Next up: look for upcoming gigs with the Red Hot Blues Sisters, Marc Smason and more. Another newsletter coming soon.

A note to musician friends: email your gigs if you’d like to see them included in the newsletter!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Newsletter changes

Hello Readers of my music newsletter,

I am trying to set up my music news so that it operates from gmail. So when you reply yo the music emails they will come to my gmail address:

I check all my emails everyday, but you can send personal emails to me at the email address you already have for me. Bot no worries, I will get them at any correct email address you have for me. I have already put you in my gmail contacts, so there's no need to reply to this for that purpose.

I will be getting the next music newsletter out in a few days because there are several intersting gigs coming up next weekend. The newsletters will always come with the header Yogi's Music News followed by the date. You should not be getting everybody's elses email address, because I use the BCC field to send them out.

If you are getting everyone else's email addresses in a whopping huge email header PLEASE let me know so I can work with gmail to fix it.

Thanks, and visit my sites listed below:

Yogi-- Yogi's Sites:Music newsletter is
The Yoginis band is
Personal site is

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Mercedes Nicole, Hilary Harris, Thomas Marriott

Hi Everyone,

A few things over the next few days for you

Hilary Harris Jazz Singer and friends at
Jubilante Restaurant
305 Burnett Ave SRenton, WA 98055
Restaurant tel (425) 226-1544 or (425) 225-6966
8pm – 11pm
Beth Wulfe on piano, Tim Romain on bass, Andre Thomas on Drums
And some friends (possibly yours truly among them) dropping in for a song or three.

Mercedes Nicole Jazz Singer

Tribute to Nina Simone
Sunday, April 9th, 6 & 8 pm
Columbia City Theater4916 Rainier Ave. S.
for more info: (206) 723-0088$15
advance tickets available through:
or at Columbia Parcel & Post, 3703 S. Edmunds St.
$18 at the door.

I had the pleasure of performing with Nicole last weekend - she's got a lot of soul.

Thomas Marriott Jazz Trumpeter

April 9 2006 with
The Suffering @#$%-heads!
At the Sunset Lounge in Ballard, Ballard Ave, 9:30 pm
Feat. Mike Peterson (drums) Ron Weinstein (B-3) Greg Sinibaldi (tenor) Craig Flory (Clarinet) Jay Roulston (trumpet) & Thomas Marriott (trumpet)

April 14 2006 with Marc Seales Band
Live at Tula's 2214 2nd Ave Seattle 8:30pm (note there is a cover at Tula’s)