OTT & HUNTER PRESENTS THE BEST LOCAL PERFORMERS & GREAT MUSICAL TALENT FROM AROUND THE NORTHWEST
DUE TO LIMITED SPACE, RESERVATIONS are always RECOMMENDED! 360-221-7131
100% of the admission cost goes directly to the performers!
FRIDAY February 21st, 7pm
TRIO NOUVEAU QUARTET $12
The Trio Nouveau Quartet returns to the Ott & Hunter stage for an evening of tasty jazz.
Keith Bowers, featuring his lyrical and romantic touch on the Archtop guitar with bassist Kristi O’Donnell, saxophonist Michael Paul-Gurule and percussionist Roger Bennett, create an ambiance that surrounds you with creative improvisation of the classic jazz tunes.
Here’s what people have to say:
“Glad I’m at this party!”
“Smooth & yummy!”
“Music for body and soul.”
“Some of Whidbey’s finest musicians.”
Join our party of swing, love and a bit of the blues.
SATURDAY February 22nd, 7pm
GREG BECK QUARTET $7
This fabulous quartet is led by Greg Beck, who is accompanied by Scott Small on drums, Gary Way on piano, and Richard Hughes on Bass. These musicians are a shining example of Whidbey’s world-class local music scene.
Greg started playing guitar in his early teens and went on to study music and theory at the Cornish School of Music in Seattle. In the music community, he is known as a well-rounded, highly experienced player. His passion for music was fired by such diverse influences as jazz/funk guitarist Howard Roberts, grooves by Freddie King and Ray Charles, jazz masters Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, and a long list leading to varied contemporary artists. As a member of the Viceroys, Greg was inducted into the Northwest Hall of Fame. On Whidbey Island, he is a member of the swing jazz ensemble, Trio Nouveau, and lead guitarist for the Latin Band, Bahia.
SUNDAY February 23rd, 7pm
JOSEPHINE COUNTY $15
Josephine County combines the talents of four powerful traditional musicians into one exceptional musical experience ranging from the United States to Ireland and back. Award-winning fiddler and singer Erica Brown dedicated herself to traditional music at a very young age. Classical, French Canadian, Bluegrass, Country, and much more can be found in her wide-range of musical expertise. Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Shipman’s love of traditional music is apparent in his mastery of Bluegrass, Country, and Irish styles of playing. His detailed and thoughtful guitar, mandolin, and banjo playing captivate and delight audiences nationwide. Irish flute player and singer Hanz Araki is known worldwide for his command of traditional music. Those sensibilities, both inspired and disciplined, have made him a household name from the UK to Japan. Among the finest interpreters of traditional songs of her generation, singer Colleen Raney brings warmth and authenticity to music from Ireland, Appalachia, Scotland, and beyond. Colleen’s bodhrán playing is both driving and nuanced as it weaves between melody and rhythm.
Josephine County has recently released its first album, titled East to the West, which features gorgeous four part harmonies, dynamic instrumentals, and a strong commitment to the traditions that brought them together from each of their disciplines. “Brilliant album, it’s like a band decided to make a mix tape for me of all my favourite types of folk music. A lovely journey across the bumpy musical road of America-na.” – Máirtín de Cógáin, traditional Irish musician, storyteller, and actor.
FRIDAY February 28th, 7pm
THE MUSE AND EYE $12
The Muse & Eye is Sarah Dial Primrose and Russell Clepper, one of Whidbey Island’s favorite music duos. They have entertained audiences around the country as well as locally for more than 10 years, offering their unique brand of folk country/Americana music (“Acoustic flatland folk and vague country”). With a repertoire consisting mostly of Russell‘s distinctive original songs, the duo has earned a reputation for fine harmony, soulful singing and engaging storytelling.
Arrive a little early to settle in with a glass of our award-winning wines, a savory plate and enjoy a couple of hours with The Muse & Eye.
SATURDAY February 29th, 7pm
SHERI & DA BOYZ $10
Award winning Sheri Roberts-Greimes (Best Blues Female Vocalist 3 years in a row–Washington Blues Society) returns by popular demand and is once again bringing along Da Boyz (Marc Lagen guitar and Mitch Pumpian harmonica), for two hours of rollicking, soulful-blues, laughter and fun!
Known as a soulful singer and powerhouse vocalist, Sheri Roberts Greimes has quickly become a favorite in the Northwest. With a history that includes amazing musical events such as: second place in the Wrangler Country Showdown at the Grande Ole Opry, where she took home $25,000 and a Dodge Ram Van, an opening performer in Las Vegas at The Flamingo, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas World, The Aladdin, plus, a chart topper in the Reverbnation charts for both local and regional artist in Blues! And, if that wasn’t enough, in 2017, 2018, 2019 Sheri was awarded “Washington Blues Society Best of the Blues: Blues Female Vocalist”!!!
Show time is 7:00 p.m. Arrive a bit early to settle in, order your favorite wine & hors d’ouvrés or weekend specials, and enjoy an evening of music and fun with Sheri & Da Boyz!
THURSDAY March 5th, 7pm
Contemporary folk – The line between traditionals and originals
Rona is a duo made up by Timothy Hull from the west coast of the US and Amsterdam based
Margot Merah. They bring a lovely mix of traditional and new folk songs, intricate harmonies
and strong but tender guitar lines.
Margot and Timothy met even before they’d actually met. Timothy’s songs traveled across the
Atlantic making it to an Irish session in Amsterdam, where Margot first heard them. And
Margot’s album Daughters, with her duo The Lasses, came into Timothy’s house via their mutual
friend Kathryn Claire. So when the two songwriters stood face to face for the first time on
Whidbey Island in the spring of 2015, introductions were hardly necessary.
Both Timothy and Margot have a love for folk music, for songs that tell a story, for old as well
as modern folk. As a duo they bring a variety of old songs and new ones, covers and originals,
up tempo and ballads. Their voices blend beautifully and with their guitar lines intertwining
Margot and Timothy make you forget yourself in their music. Strong but subtle guitar playing,
heartfelt vocals, sometimes embellished with harmonica and shrutibox make for an atmospheric
FRIDAY March 6th, 7pm
COMEDY NIGHT: GEOFF YOUNG & ROD LONG $15
A man of great passion and artistic ability, Seattle’s Rod Long is a fine art photographer, writer, stand-up comedian and father of 4 boys. He holds degrees in Journalism (Seattle University) and Motion Picture Production (Brooks Institute of Photography). Before comedy, Rod’s audience was 2 million readers worldwide that read his monthly column and photographer interviews in Petersen’s Photo Graphic Magazine. Interview credits include famed Hollywood glamour photographer George Hurrell, New York Times Middle Eastern photographer Micha Bar Am and Vanity Fair cover shooter Neal Barr.
Long describes his photography as editorial fine-art with an emphasis on hand-tinted black-and-white; his monologue as bee-bop comedy—with an emphasis on current events and sports humor. The winner of both the Seattle International Comedy Competition and Emerald City’s Funniest Person, he has opened for Lou Rawls, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Arturo Sandoval and the Temptations among other notables. As the opening act for jazz vocalist Dianne Schurr, Long received a standing ovation at the National Tour Association Convention in Cleveland. Comedy and photography have taken him from Tokyo, London and Monte Carlo to Bermuda, Nassau and San Juan. Also many less glamorous gigs in between.
As one of the pioneers of the Northwest standup comedy scene, Geoff Young’s comedy career has spanned over three decades.
With appearances at the US Comedy Arts Festival, Showtime, ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox Sports and Super Bowl XXIV Pregame Show among many, this seasoned Seattle veteran remains a Northwest favorite.
SATURDAY March 7th, 7pm
Ott & Hunter’s intimate cabaret room is the perfect setting to experience Choroloco–-a Seattle based acoustic trio specializing in ‘choro’, a highly melodic and rhythmic instrumental form of Brazilian popular music.
Choro has roots in early 1900s Rio de Janeiro and is currently having a resurgence inside and outside of Brazil. Mixing the melodic forms of European music with Afro-Brazilian rhythms, it’s syncopated and energetic. On traditional Brazilian instruments (7-string guitar, bandolim, cavaquinho, and pandeiro) and the vibraphone they play choros old and new, from the classics of the choro repertoire to modern compositions and originals.
Stuart Zobel is a guitarist, composer, and teacher whose emphasis is in Latin American music and creating music for the screen and stage. He has composed and directed music for circus, vaudeville, stage plays, and movies. He is the former leader of the Fremont Philharmonic and was the music director for the Fremont Players.
Brandi Ledferd has been playing percussion in the Seattle area for over 20 years. Brandi has performed in groups including Northwest Symphony, Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, Gamelan Northwest, Fremont Philharmonic, and Pacific Northwest Film Scoring.
Multi-instrumentalist/percussionist Naoyuki Sawada, a native of Japan, moved to NYC in his early 20s where he studied Brazilian music. He toured with a NY-based Afro-Brazilian dance company “Roots of Brazil” as a percussionist for 3 seasons before moving to Seattle.
FRIDAY March 13th, 7pm
AUDREY COLLINS $15
It’s been especially exciting to have younger musical talent from our region perform at Ott & Hunter, so great with pleasure we welcome Audrey Collins to our cabaret room stage. Audrey will be joined for this show by Jesse James on guitar and vocals (played here recently with his band, the MOB) and Stanley Ruvinov on bass.
Audrey Collins is an American Country-Rock singer/songwriter and recording artist. Born and raised in Tacoma, she grew up listening to a variety of artists who have influenced her in her own artistry including the Eagles, Foreigner, Martina McBride, Brooks and Dunn, and LeAnn Rimes just to name a few. Although she found joy in many activities, Audrey’s overwhelming love of music led her to focus on singing and songwriting. She started vocal and guitar training at the age of 14 and songwriting at 16. “As I got older, I realized how powerful a song can be. I knew it was something that brought life and color into the world. Music is universal and that is one of the many reasons why I found it to be so special.”
Audrey released her first EP, “The First Beat”, April 2019. Her songs reflect personal experiences of love, heartache, having a good time and finding herself. Whether she’s performing for crowds at a local open mic or belting the National Anthem at Seattle Mariners (see link below), Audrey’s youthful energy and pure tone draws the audience into feeling connected with the story she is sharing. “I can’t explain how honored I am when I know I’ve been able to attain my main purpose in life; to love and help people connect with themselves through music”, says Audrey. “I find being relatable to others to be one of the most rewarding and comforting feelings in the world”.
SATURDAY March 14th, 7pm
ANDRE FERIANTE & JEFF FIELDER
SUNDAY March 15th, 4pm
TUESDAY March 17th
ST. PATRICKS DAY BASH
FRIDAY March 20th, 7pm
HOT CLUB OF TROY
SATURDAY March 21st, 7pm
KAREEM KANDI BAND
SUNDAY March 22nd, 4pm
PETER MILLER BOOK RELEASE
FRIDAY March 27th, 7pm
SATURDAY March 28th, 7pm
JANIE CRIBBS & THE T.RUST BAND