Jerry Joseph & Friends Iraq Refugee Benefit feat Steve Kimock, Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Co.), Dan Lebowitz (ALO), Sikiru Adepoju, Steve Drizos, Eric McFadden, Angeline Saris (Zepparella), Leslie Mendelson, James Nash & more

Jerry Joseph & Friends Iraq Refugee Benefit feat Steve Kimock, Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Co.), Dan Lebowitz (ALO), Sikiru Adepoju, Steve Drizos, Eric McFadden, Angeline Saris (Zepparella), Leslie Mendelson, James Nash & more

Sun, April 2, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

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Jerry Joseph
Jerry Joseph
For more than 30 years, Jerry Joseph has been strapping on a guitar and chasing down truth, understanding and soul with a tenacity and resonant skill that mark him as a hard charging kindred spirit to Joe Strummer, Warren Zevon and Patti Smith. While not a household name or critic's darling, Joseph is the archetypal musician's musician, something resoundingly clear in his live performances, as well as his studio work.

Joseph's current foursome, the Jackmormons, is the latest chapter in his long, strange musical journey that flows like glowing quicksilver through the modern psyche, where war and disaster wrestle with hope and faith. The Jackmormons currently feature Joseph (guitar, lead vocals), Steve Drizos (drums, backing vocals), Steve James Wright (bass, backing vocals) and Jeff Crosby (guitar, vocals).

Joseph first came to prominence in the mid-1980s with still-beloved cult band Little Women, a reggae-rock proto-jam band that dominated the Rocky Mountain club scene for nearly a decade, and notably helped break jam giants Widespread Panic, who looked up to Joseph and opened for his band before rising to prominence. In fact, Joseph wrote many of Panic's favorite concert staples, including such blazing epics as North, Chainsaw City and Climb to Safety.

Steve Drizos and Steve James Wright are also musical lifers working steadily for decades both as sparring partners to Jerry Joseph and elsewhere. Drizos was a member of acoustic Dexter Grove from 1995-2004, a band that performed over 1,500 shows nationally. Drizos produced the live Jackmormons record Badlandia and co-produced Happy Book, as well as performing and recording with such luminaries as Dave Mason and Jim Capaldi (of Traffic), Widespread Panic, The Decemberists, moe., Merle Saunders, Eric McFadden, and dozens of local Portland artists.

Steve James Wright has been a complement to Joseph since almost Day One, as the guitarist for Little Women and an outstanding player in his own right. After taking some time off, James graciously and expertly moved over to bass to bring back a slinkier, funkier and more psychedelic mood to the Jackmormons sound. His deep knowledge of the material and his more melodic style now combine to challenge the band to find its finest grooves.

The more recent addition of young stud guitar player/singer/songwriter Jeff Crosby (Jeff Crosby & The Refugees) has proved another prescient move by Joseph. A couple of Crosby’s songs from the 2013 album, Silent Conversations, were featured on the hit FX series, Sons of Anarchy. Crosby helps brings out the Americana sensibility of the Jackmormons sound, and his crisp guitar work proves an admirable counterpart to Joseph’s open-minded approach. And a Crosby tune or 2 has become a welcome part of a Jackmormons’ set.

Joseph’s influences are many and varied. “Columbia Record Club used to have 20 records for a penny and I filled out form after form, and these boxes of records came to my house and my parents would flip out. Those were my influences,” says Joseph. “I was a kid, so I was as into The Monkees as I was The Beatles. Then, my mother would tell you, it was all over on my 9th or 10th birthday with [Black Sabbath's] Master of Reality and Steppenwolf Live. Then at 12, it was jazz. I saw every jazz act that toured in the 70s…Herbie Hancock and Tower of Power after we went to see Steely Dan. All that and then my older babysitter bought me Exile on Main Street and I saw [Bob Marley and] The Wailers in 1976 and moved to New Zealand. And then The Clash came out and changed my life. But I also loved ZZ Top and all those guitar bands. When I lived in New Zealand, I sat in my window and read Lord of the Rings while listening to prog like Gentle Giant and Camel. Later, I learned a lot from Chris Whitley touring around Europe with him.”

Meanwhile, Joseph is steadily extending his global reach, taking advantage of the Internet's ability to find audiences worldwide with tours in Southeast Asia, Europe, Central America, Israel, Lebanon, Ireland, England and elsewhere. Joseph is a hyper-gifted American singer-songwriter finding appreciation beyond his own country's borders, an endlessly insightful rabble-rouser and back street shaman. His creative tendrils extend beyond the Jackmormons into everything from extensive solo work to rangy rock juggernaut Stockholm Syndrome (where Joseph plays with Widespread Panic's Dave Schools, Bay Area guitar marvel Eric McFadden, Gov't Mule's Danny Louis, and percussionist Wally Ingram), and a host of unreleased work.

Despite the sort of roadblocks and turns of fortune that usually crush most musicians, Joseph survives, and in fact, thrives in a way that's heartening and stirring, as anyone who has seen a live show can testify.

“I'm lucky. I work. I've never had to play in a cover band. I've never had to wear a funny hat, “ says Joseph. “Perhaps because of the lack of traditional success, I've put out about a record a year, plus all the stuff that's never come out, and it's kept me creatively honest. I don't rehash my past. I don't repeat any of my old hits because I don't have any big hits.”
Steve Kimock
Steve Kimock
Steve Kimock has been inspiring music fans with his transcendent guitar speak, voiced through electric, acoustic, lap and pedal steel guitars for nearly four decades. His passion and devotion to performing live is matchless, and his unparalleled ability to embrace and capture his audiences is the stuff of legends. Kimock will be joined by a host of friends and surprise guests.
Dave Schools
Dave Schools
David Schools (Widespread Panic) keeps a wide variety of side projects going. From producing to playing in and with other bands, Dave stays busy with many eclectic endeavors such as The Stockholm Syndrome, J Mascis and The Fog, Slang, and Acetate.
Jeff Chimenti
Jeff Chimenti
Jeff Chimenti (born October 21, 1968) is an American keyboardist, best known for his ongoing work with RatDog. He is also a member of the post-Grateful Dead bands The Dead and Furthur.[1][2]

A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Chimenti began playing piano when he was four and he studied formally from the age of seven to around the time he finished high school. Once he graduated from high school, he began playing in bands around the Bay area. He played in local jazz bands as well as Les Claypool's Frog Brigade; he's also played back-up for pop acts such as En Vogue.

He was playing in Dave Ellis's jazz quartet when Ellis was hired to play saxophone in Ratdog. Ellis informed him that Ratdog was also looking for a new keyboardist. Chimenti was hired and played his first show 28 May 1997.

Recently Chimenti has been on tour with Ratdog and is scheduled to perform with Phil Lesh and Friends.
Lebo
Lebo
Lebo (Dan Lebowitz), a founding member of ALO (Brushfire/Universal Records), tours the world playing guitar, lap steel, pedal steel and singing. When not working with ALO, he can be seen performing with one of his bands (magicgravy, Trio Lebo) or working on recording projects in his San Francisco studio, Leboland.
James Nash
James Nash
James Nash is no stranger to musical diversity. As at home with Charlie Parker and Bill Monroe as he is with Django Reinhardt and Jimi Hendrix, the accomplished guitarist embraces the potential challenges of playing multiple genres with both joy and aplomb.
Nash's broad vocabulary, both as scholar and stylist, has led to a genre-bending approach that has served him well for a decade as a lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the eclectic and virtuosic Americana ensemble, The Waybacks. Similarly, they make him a fitting helmsman for both the electric rock 'n soul grooves of The Nomads and the daredevil acoustic escapades of The NashVillains.

His spirited improvisational flights, whether on his Santa Cruz acoustic or Fender Stratocaster, are dazzling to behold, a deft combination of innate musicality and jaw-dropping technique. Guitar Player has described him as "gracecful but fiery, elegant and colorful, rampantly eclectic." The Chicago Tribune has praised his "near-ideal balance of irreverence, chops, discipline, and originality." James has recorded a dozen albums and performed at countless festivals and venues across the country, serving as bandleader for ensembles with the likes of everyone from Elvis Costello to Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck to Bob Weir, Joan Osborne to Jerry Douglas, and more.
Eric McFadden
Eric McFadden
Eric McFadden is a virtuoso of the six-string. He has toured the world both as a solo artist, as well as traveling with funk legend George Clinton (Parliament/Funkadelic), and rock legend Eric Burdon (The Animals). McFadden is a member of the new supergroup, T.E.N. (www.TEN-music.com) alongside Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta) and Norwood Fisher (Fishbone). Eric has also been collaborating with Fishbone frontman, Angelo Moore, & Queen delphine with drummer Marcus Jones (Erykah Badu) on their new project called Tasty Face. If that isn't enough, you can catch Eric on the road with his dear friend & New Orleans favorite, Anders Osborne! In the past, McFadden has toured with Stockholm Syndrome, which includes notable players such as Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Jerry Joseph (Jack Mormons), Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow) and Danny Louis (Govt Mule).
Sikiru Adepoju
Sikiru Adepoju
(born May 15, 1956 Eruwa, Nigeria)

Sikiru Adepoju (pronounced Seek-ee-roo Ah-deh-po-joo) is a master of the talking drum and many other Yoruba percussion instruments. Born in Eruwa, Nigeria, Sikiru hails from the traditional lineage of Yoruba talking drummers culturally referred to as Ayan which means “one who has descended from drummers lineage,” and began playing under the tutelage of his father Chief Ayanleke Adepoju at the age of six. Along with his brothers Saminu and Lasisi, Sikiru accompanied the family’s talking drum ensemble for several years.

Sikiru later went on to tour and record several albums with the renowned Nigerian Juju artist Chief Ebenezer Obey and his Inter-Reformers Band and won professional acclaim and appreciation in his homeland as a leading force on the talking drum onstage and in the studio. He would later tour the United States with legendary Afro Beat master O.J. Ekemode in the Nigerian All Stars.

After moving to the San Fransico Bay Area in 1985, Sikiru joined the influential and pioneering Nigerian percussionist Babatunde Olantunji and his Drums of Passion. This marked a lengthy period of high productivity from Sikiru which saw him recording and performing throughout the world until a year before Olantunji’s death in 2003. During this period he was introduced to Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, who has called Sikiru “The Mozart of the talking drum,” and employed him on many of his personal projects including the Grammy award winning albums Planet Drum (1991) and Global Drum Project (2008). He is currently performing with the Mickey Hart Band in support of their album Mysterium Tremendum which features Sikiru’s vocals on the track “Who Stole The Show.”

Sikiru is also the leader of his own group, Africa Heartbeat, whose 2003 recording debut Ijinle Ilu captured the attention of world music listeners and DJs with the groups’ ability to draw from the hypnotic rhythms originating in the Juju and Highlife music of the Yoruba region of Nigeria. Currently he is producing the upcoming debut recording of the African Showboyz and continuing work on the Heartbeat Africa and Limbo Rhythm projects.

Sikiru has shared the stage or recorded with many of music’s finest including The Grateful Dead, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Carlos Santana, Ornette Coleman, Airto Moreira, Zakir Hussein, Pharaoh Sanders, Dave Schools, George Porter Jr., and many more. It is his versatility, skill, good humor, and willingness to push the limits of his drumming and his music which has gained Sikiru acceptance and respect among his peers and music listeners of all tastes.
James Nash
James Nash
James Nash is no stranger to musical diversity. As at home with Charlie Parker and Bill Monroe as he is with Django Reinhardt and Jimi Hendrix, the accomplished guitarist embraces the potential challenges of playing multiple genres with both joy and aplomb.
Nash's broad vocabulary, both as scholar and stylist, has led to a genre-bending approach that has served him well for a decade as a lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the eclectic and virtuosic Americana ensemble, The Waybacks. Similarly, they make him a fitting helmsman for both the electric rock 'n soul grooves of The Nomads and the daredevil acoustic escapades of The NashVillains.

His spirited improvisational flights, whether on his Santa Cruz acoustic or Fender Stratocaster, are dazzling to behold, a deft combination of innate musicality and jaw-dropping technique. Guitar Player has described him as "gracecful but fiery, elegant and colorful, rampantly eclectic." The Chicago Tribune has praised his "near-ideal balance of irreverence, chops, discipline, and originality." James has recorded a dozen albums and performed at countless festivals and venues across the country, serving as bandleader for ensembles with the likes of everyone from Elvis Costello to Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck to Bob Weir, Joan Osborne to Jerry Douglas, and more.
Leslie Mendelson
Leslie Mendelson
Leslie Mendelson is a singer/songwriter/artist from NEW YORK CITY. She spent the last year in London working with legendary producer Glyn Johns and The Who's Roger Daltrey for his upcoming solo album. She also recorded with the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir at Tri Studios in San Rafael, CA.

Born and raised on Long Island, Leslie grew up in a musical family. At an early age she started playing piano by ear, singing and writing her own songs. "Music has always been in our family. My father still plays the trumpet every day, my grandfather was a singer with a big ol' baritone voice and my great grandfather was performer in the Yiddish theater where he whistled and played the spoons." Her parents introduced her to singer/songwriters and artists of the time as well as classic jazz and rock and roll. "I'll listen to everything from Frank Sinatra to David Bowie. If it's good it doesn't matter what genre it is. I love country, soul, rock,
whatever. I love the greats."

Joel Dorn, renowned Grammy award winning producer and Atlantic Records executive (Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway) helped her sign a deal with Rykodisc Records. She then worked alongside hit songwriter Steve McEwan (Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Eminem) and award winning producer/arranger Rob Mounsey (Paul Simon, Mary J. Blige, Steely Dan) to shape the sound of her album Swan Feathers, nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009.

Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra and Nonesuch, said of the album: "This is one of the tastiest pop albums of recent memory, and I say "pop" in the Carole King sense... No album of this genre has touched me so deeply. [Leslie's lyrics] come alive in her delicate and courageous phrasing... [her] songs stick to you like swan feathers caught on rubber cement."

Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir saw Leslie's cover of Friend of the Devil and was struck by the freshness and delicate take on this classic. Everyone at TRI Studios immediately started planning a special Weir Here built around her. The chemistry was immediately apparent and she is now a full-fledged member of the TRI All-stars family. As Bob says' "There's a lot of music to be made together in the future". The Best of Weir Here will be available winter 2015 where Leslie is featured on two songs.

Since then Leslie has toured with Glen Tilbrook (Squeeze) and Deacon Blue in theaters around the UK and Europe. In November she joined The Who to sing Baba O'Riley along with Eddie Vedder, Liam Gallagher and Geddy Lee for Teenage Cancer Trust. Throughout her career she has shared the stage with legends such as Bob Weir, Roberta Flack, Dr. John, Jimmy Webb and Levon Helm from The Band. Her song "All Come Together" was featured in the Yahoo! End Of The Year campaign.

When it came time to start her next record, Glyn Johns was at the top of Leslie's list. "Glyn has made some of my favorite records of all time. The Eagles, The Who, Eric Clapton and countless others. I wanted to make an album that captured a live and spontaneous vibe in the studio and there's no better producer then Glyn when it comes to that particular style."
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/