OTT & HUNTER PRESENTS THE BEST LOCAL PERFORMERS & GREAT MUSICAL TALENT FROM AROUND THE NORTHWEST
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FRIDAY January 10th, 7pm
LAUREN FLYNN WITH NICK KURTZ $10
Kick off the New Year with an evening of music with Lauren Flynn as she returns with Nick Kurtz to the Ott & Hunter stage.
For the past decade, Lauren has traveled and toured throughout the western US with music spanning rock, folk, pop, country and bluegrass. Her songs are punctuated with tales of her past experiences as a professional wrestler, stand up comic and three time natural disaster survivor. Lauren will be joined by Nick Kurtz, lead guitarist of the Seattle band ‘Past Curfew’. Lauren’s rhythm guitar work, powerful vocals and unabashed storytelling fused with Nick’s wild and precise lead guitar make for a high energy show – the perfect way to bring in the New Year.
SATURDAY January 11th, 7pm
MILO PETERSEN & MICHAELE MILLER $10
Milo Petersen’s beautiful guitar playing has been a regular event at Ott & Hunter with Dmitri Matheny, so now for this show he is joined by vocalist Michaele Miller—the two of them will perform standards from the Great American Songbook and more!
Making his home in Seattle, guitarist /drummer /composer /educator Milo Petersen’s first music lesson was from his Danish grandfather who played the harmonica and the accordion. When Milo was 5 years old he asked his Grandfather if he could play his harmonica. His grandfather replied, “First you have to whistle a tune”. Milo went on to study violin and sing in church choirs as a child. He later studied guitar with Mark Baker, Jim Kelleher, Dave Peterson, Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow and Joe Pass. He currently enjoys a long term student/teacher relationship with 7-string guitar master Ron Eschete. Milo has also studied drums with Moyes Lucas Jr., Victor Lewis, Billy Hart, Mel Brown, Steve Ellington, Jeff Hamilton, Ignacio Berroa, Idris Muhammed, and Herlin Riley.
Milo has been active in the Pacific Northwest jazz community since the late 70’s after studying for 3 years at Western Washington University under Bill Cole, Scott Reeves, and Americole Biasini. Milo spent 4 years in New York City (1987-1991) leading trios and quartets and then returned to Seattle. In addition to playing with the wide array of amazing musicians in Seattle he has performed with some of the world’s finest including: Gary Steele, Ron Eschete, Julian Priester, Joe Sample, Ernestine Anderson, Herb Ellis, Nancy King, Cedar Walton (with the Composer’s and Improviser’s Orchestra), Mose Allison, Larry Coryell, Chip Jackson, Eliot Zigmund, Billy Hart and Phil Markowitz. Milo also had the great fortune, thanks to saxophonist/composer Steve Griggs, of recording 2 CDs with master drummer Elvin Jones (Jones for Elvin vols.1 & 2 – Hip City Music).
He has appeared on The Bob Hope Show, The Eartha Kitt show, the Broadway shows Ain’t Misbehavin’, Five Guy’s Named Moe, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and performed with pop vocal groups The Coasters, The Drifters and The 5th Dimension.
Milo spent 4 years on the adjunct faculties of Western Washington University and Olympic Community College. He has also taught at The Cornish Institute For The Arts in Seattle and Friend’s Seminary, NYC. He currently teaches privately and at Seattle Central Community College.
FRIDAY January 17th, 7pm
ANDRE FERIANTE PRESENTS TROUPE DE VILLE $20
Take a ride with Troupe de Ville! The northwest’s premier eclectic trio drives their highly unique blend of music into Ott & Hunter’s cabaret room. Opera, flamenco and blues: Steve Thoreson, world-class tenor with towering, multi-layered vocals; Andre Feriante, award-winning flamenco guitarist; Eric Fridrich, Chicago blues master. These three powerhouse performers come together with serious music, lighthearted stories and spontaneous humor. Come sip some of our delicious wines, perfectly paired with Troupe de Ville’s multi-course musical meal.
Troupe de Ville is the dynamic musical intersection of three powerful soloists. It all started with Andre Feriante, and a road trip to pick up a flamenco guitar handcrafted by Idaho’s talented luthier Vance Bergeson. Eric and Steve joined Andre in Yakima, and continued the journey in Steve’s ’79 Coupe DeVille. .Andre’s masterful flamenco guitar was joined by Eric’s blues guitar and soulful harmonica stylings, and Steve Thoreson’s towering, multi-layered vocals. Never has such an unexpected collaboration been so powerful. The magic of the trio that filled the room that night was so unexpected, the response so overwhelming, and the unfolding story so unforgettable. Remaining true to road-trip behavior, humor and storytelling is an ever-present ingredient in the show.
SATURDAY January 18th, 7pm
RICHARD RUSSELL & ANIL PRASAD $20
Indian music is known world-wide for its spiritual depth and aesthetic beauty as well as being an improvisational style where virtuosity and excitement are always on display.
The duet of Richard Russell and Anil Prasad have established themselves in the Pacific Northwest as performers who truly embody that tradition while also creating a unique fusion that draws on a variety of world music styles.
Richard Russell is a long-time disciple of the legendary master musician Ali Akbar Khan. He studied the instrumental and vocal music of this majestic tradition extensively and is an acclaimed artist on the sarod, a 25-string fretless lute. He is also a prolific composer and singer of devotional kirtan or call and response chant.
He performs regularly throughout the Pacific Northwest and has collaborated with such diverse luminaries as Indian violin virtuoso Indradeep Ghosh, Hall-of-Fame rockstar Roger Fisher and Grammy-winner Nancy Rumbel.
Ani Prasad grew up as a child prodigy on drums due in part to the influence of his famous mother who was a highly-respected sitarist and gifted singer. He eventually settled on the tabla, a two-piece drum that is favored for presenting Indian music of all styles.
He refined his classical training under the great tabla master Zakir Hussain and has become one of the most-sought after Indian drummers in the Seattle area for classical and fusion music, both on stage and in the studio.
Russell and Prasad have been performing as a duo for 4 years and have developed a prescient musical awareness that makes their improvisational flow both mesmerizing and exciting.
FRIDAY January 24th, 7pm
Bahia is uplifting, rhythmic and classy, offering the perfect way to get shed the winter chill and get your groove goin’. Influenced by African-American Jazz, Afro-Cuban Mambo, Brazilian Bossa Nova, Samba, Boogaloo and Swing, Bahia are known as the ‘purveyors of tropical sound’. Impressive & tight instrumentation, feel-good grooves, and outstanding rhythm.
Featuring some of the finest local talent, Bahia is Dale Fuentes (flute), Scott Small (drums), Gary Way (keyboards), Greg Beck (guitar), Roger Bennett (percussion) and Richard Hughes (bass).
Join us for the evening with our fine wines, the superb views and the energetic, rhythmic sounds of Bahia!
SATURDAY January 25th, 7pm
BEVERLY GRAHAM TRIO
We are happy to announce that Beverly Graham, Ken Wright and Joe Carolus are teaming up together again on the Ott & Hunter Stage. This group have been performing together since 1985, from Seattle’s Night Club Scene, Festivals, the Best of the Northwest, Bumbershoot, Folk Life, Performing Arts Centers, Casinos, in large Seattle Concert Halls, and recording studios; individually they are pretty fab…Together they will knock your socks off!
A superb songwriter, Whidbey’s own Beverly Graham excels with powerful vocals, bright guitar accompaniment, and wonderful storytelling interludes. Beverly has a way of changing you for the moment, encouraging involvement, as she creates magic both on and off of the stage. As an advocate for the homeless and working poor and a voice for those who are seldom heard, Beverly has used her talent, her music and her enormous love for life to encourage proactive involvement in our community, the world.
Seattle based, singer/piano player Joe Carolus is well-known for engaging his audience with great original music as well as compelling cover versions of your favorite rock songs. With his wit, humor, and charm he is more than a musician, Joe Carolus is one of the finest entertainers around. Whether it’s full-on rock, or a ballad, Joe is alive with the heart and soul of each moment as he performs. He was born into music. But it’s his unquenchable desire to continually grow, discover, create and deliver great entertainment that makes this musician an artist.
Join us for 2 hours of superb music from this exceptional trio, and enjoy our award-winning wines, a savory bite or two, and the fabulous views.
FRIDAY January 31st, 7pm
ISLAND JAZZ COLLECTIVE $8
Long time local favorites, the Island Jazz Collective return to the Ott & Hunter stage with some jazz to warm the winter chill away. The Island Jazz Collective plays selections from the 20th century jazz songbook, including swing, blues, ballads, and bossas.
This show will feature Dr. Bob Wagner on keys, Don Wodjenski on sax, Mark Strohschein on electric Guitar, Ken Bloomquist on drums and Dale Stirling on bass.
Join us in our intimate cabaret room for an entertaining evening of toe tappin’, finger snappin’, knee slappin’ music!
SATURDAY February 1st, 5pm & 7pm
NICK MARDON TRIO $15
Up-close and personal in a unique setting unlike any other, experience the energy and technical prowess of sell-out favorite Nick Mardon Trio, as this powerhouse band takes to the Ott & Hunter stage!
The Nick Mardon Trio blends the sound of electric blues with pop, jazz, funk, rock and more styles throughout their eclectic show. Nick Mardon fronts the band with melodic vocals and a distinguished guitar sound. The rhythm section features Adin Pennington on electric bass and backup vocals and Andy Emery on drums and percussion. Adin and Andy have been playing together since their first garage band and they enforce a driving groove developed with years of experience in the local and touring rock scene.
The members of the trio have played with Melissa Etheridge, Marcy Playground, Robert Glasper, Ayron Jones, and many notable local and national acts. The Nick Mardon Trio has played at the Everett Historic Theatre, Highway 99 Blues Club, Marymoor Park, Central Saloon, and many bars, wineries, and private events. Their high energy performances keep audiences on their toes as the trio performs their unforgettable originals and inventive versions of the best songs of the 60’s to present day, including the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, John Mayer, and other iconic artists.
The Trio’s new CD “Waiting for the Rain” will be available for purchase as well as two new T shirt designs.
For this engagement we will present two shows: 5 & 7pm. Cover charge is $15 for one show or $25 for both. These shows regularly sell out so call to reserve today!
FRIDAY February 7th, 7pm
STEVE TREMBLEY $10
Local guitar whiz Steve Trembley is back to the Ott & Hunter stage with a special program showcasing his formidable talents.
Steve will improvise his way through a variety of musical styles: blues, rock, jazz and more, playing tunes familiar and perhaps the unfamiliar to tantalize your ears.
Plan to arrive a little early to settle in with a glass of our award winning wines, a savory small plate and the sublime music of Steve Trembley.
SATURDAY February 8th, 7pm
Since being formed in 2018 Bluesette has established itself as one of the premier jazz combos on Whidbey Island. The group combines the backgrounds of outstanding musicians with extensive experience as music performers and educators.
Leading the ensemble is Bruce Gallagher, a career music educator, director and conductor with a vast performance resume including sharing the stage with the Mills Brothers and Kay Starr as the lead tenor saxophone player in the Harry James Tribute Band.
Among other endeavors Bruce was also selected as the top combo tenor player and lead tenor player in the festival big band featuring Rob McConnell of Toronto’s Boss Brass at the Bud Shank Jazz Festival in Port Townsend.
Having the most playing experience in Bluesette, Gary Wittlich (piano) is a former professor of music theory at Indiana University and adds his enlightened expertise to the group.
Keegan Harshman is a well known quantity in the world of music and will join Bluesette on upright bass in 2020. Frequently called upon to perform with the best jazz talent, Keegan adds a strong element to the group.
Focusing on the jazz styles of swing, blues and bossa nova, Bluesette provides a stunning variety of musical compositions in an inspiring format. You’ll enjoy listening and bopping along to a superb group!
FRIDAY February 14th, 7pm
ANDRE FERIANTE & DESEO CARMEN $20
SATURDAY February 15th, 7pm
DMITRI MATHENY DUO $10
FRIDAY February 21st, 7pm
SATURDAY February 22nd, 7pm
GREG BECK QUARTET $7
FRIDAY February 28th, 7pm
RUSSELL CLEPPER & FRIENDS
SATURDAY February 29th, 7pm
SHERI & DA BOYZ $10