Eric and Suzy are excited to be playing a couple of Bay Area shows with Johnny Nicholas! Suzy got to know Johnny when they were both part of Geoff Muldaur’s “Texas Sheiks” project (along with Stephen Bruton, Cindy Cashdollar and several other stellar Austin-area musicians). He’s now splitting his time between Fredericksburg Texas and southwest Louisiana, where Eric and Suzy and Johnny spent some time playing music together at the Black Pot Camp and Festival last fall. Johnny is one of the most soulful singers ever, and plays resonator guitar, harmonica, piano, mandolin and probably a bunch of other instruments, he’ll definitely have the resonator guitar on hand. He and Eric will have just spent a week at Lark Camp playing their resonator guitars, so they’ll be all warmed up, and Suzy will have come straight from Blues Week in Port Townsend so it should be a terrific reunion. We’ll play some blues, some of Johnny;s originals, and, at the Ashkenaz dance, we’ll add some Cajun music to the mix. This is a rare opportunity to hear Johnny Nicholas live in the Bay Area!
July 26-Aug 3 - Lark Camp, Mendocino - Eric will be teaching at this world music camp, with a huge and wonderful staff, nearly every kind of music you can imagine! www.larkcamp.com
July 26 - Suzy with Jim Kweskin - Bellingham, WA - a concert in the beautiful big room at the Bellingham YWCA. 1026 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA. Tickets $20, available at the door
July 27 at 2 pm - Suzy with Jim Kweskin - Gig Harbor, WA - more info and link to buy tickets HERE. Or, email band@UBMNA.org or call 253-225-7655.
July 28 - Aug. 4 - Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop & Festival - Suzy will be teaching fiddle (there are 2 other fiddle teachers this year!) and she will be co-leading a jug band lab with Jim Kweskin! Fantastic staff this year including Jerron Paxton, Sunpie Barnes, Cedric Watson, John Miller, Guy Davis, and many others. centrum.org/blues-festival-artist-faculty/
Sun. Aug. 4 at 7:00 pm - Eric & Suzy with Johnny Nicholas in concert - University Lutheran Chapel, Berkeley. Located at 2425 College Ave, Berkeley (at Haste). Tickets available at the door. Be sure to leave enough time to find parking!
Tues. Aug. 6 at 8:00 pm - Johnny Nicholas, Eric & Suzy and friends - Blues and Cajun DANCE at Ashkenaz. Dance lesson at 7:30, live music at 8. Ashkenaz is located at 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley (near Gilman). All ages welcome, free parking across the street in the REI lot. Admission $15 at the door. Ashkenaz info
Sun. Aug. 11 - 3:00 pm - Thompsonia at Peri Park, Fairfax. FREE! Spend the afternoon with Eric, Suzy and Allegra -- bring a blanket and/or lawn chair to sit on, maybe a picnic for a late lunch? All ages welcome at this free Sunday Music in the Park series.
Sun. Aug. 18 - 7:00 (doors open at 6:00) River of Song, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley. This will mark the 3rd annual River of Song concert, a musical celebration of California's life-giving waters featuring songs and tunes about water and rivers, that Suzy and Laurie Lewis co-produce. This year the lineup includes Laurie Lewis, Thompsonia, the Evie Ladin Band with Lisa Berman and Erik Pearson, and the Rita Hosking Trio. This year, all the performers will join forces for a special finale! Proceeds benefit Friends of the River and the Foothill Conservancy. River of Song info
Sun. Sept. 8 - 12:30-2:30 PM - Eric & Suzy with Meredith Axelrod and Craig Ventresco (aka Sneaky Freaky String Band) -- at Marin Country Mart, Larkspur. Look for us at this shopping center just across from the ferry - we'll be outdoors where there is plenty of seating and lots of delicious places to buy some lunch too. If weather is very cold or rainy (unlikely but you never know) we will be inside Copperfield's Bookstore. FREE! We'll play some juicy ragtime, blues, stomps and other music from the early 20th century. We really love playing music with Craig and Meredith and if you come to this show, you will see why.
Sept 18-22 - Berkeley Old Time Music Convention!!! This year, Suzy will be performing with two of her musical heroes, Geoff Muldaur & Jim Kweskin, on Friday Sept. 20 at the Freight, as part of a triple bill which also includes the Modock Rounders (from West Virginia) and North Carolina ballad singer Donna Ray Norton. Great lineup this year, including Jerron Paxton, the Thomas Maupin & Daniel Rothwell, the Earl White Band, and more. Visit the BOTMC website for more info.