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Russ & Julie's
House Concerts

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The Refugees Saturday, January 21, 2023, 8pm
The Refugees

Minimum Donation: $20   -   SOLD OUT!

The trio of artists that is The Refugees emerged on the music scene as a verifiably unmatched force of talent, diversity, and experience. Each successful in their own right as a solo artist, Cidny Bullens, Deborah Holland and Wendy Waldman formed their unique and innovative group in 2007 and since that time have been wowing audiences, radio DJs, and music critics alike with their soaring harmonies, indelible musicianship, and unforgettably humorous stage presence. Individually, The Refugees have logged almost four decades in the industry, with more than twenty solo albums and multiple Grammy Award nominations to their credit, featuring musical styles that blend country, rock, folk, blues and Americana. To describe them as eclectic would be an understatement. These three artists have utilized their intense drive and relentless passions to create an entirely new sound.

Cidny Bullens (formerly Cindy) got started as a studio back-up singer for Bob Crewe and then toured with Elton John. Cindy garnered two Grammy Award nominations for her work on the Grease Movie Soundtrack. Cindy's album Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth (1999) won AFIM's Best Rock Album in 2000 and became a worldwide phenomenon for bereaved parents. Deborah Holland began her career as the singer and lone songwriter for the critically acclaimed band, Animal Logic (with Stewart Copeland of the Police and virtuoso jazz-bassist Stanley Clarke). Deborah has released multiple solo albums, including her newest--the stunning Vancouver in 2013. She has scored and written dozens of songs for film and TV and was a long time music professor at Cal State Los Angeles. Wendy Waldman is recognized as one of the leading recording artists and songwriters in music since the debut of her band Bryndle in the 1970s. Wendy Waldman's first album, Love Has Got Me, was released on Warner Bros. Records in 1973 and proclaimed by Rolling Stone to be the “singer-songwriter debut of the year.” More than a hundred of Wendy's songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Vanessa Williams (“Save the Best for Last”), The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (“Fishin’ in the Dark), and Aaron Neville (“I Owe You One.”). She is highly regarded for her work as a record producer as well, overseeing countless projects in multiple genres, inlcuding albums by Suzy Boguss, New Grass Revival, Ronny Cox, Artie Traum, and John Cowen. SOLD OUT!

Heather Pierson Saturday, May 27, 2023, 8pm
Heather Pierson

Suggested Donation: $20

Heather Pierson is a pianist, singer/songwriter, songleader, and performer whose inspiring live performances and growing catalog of releases delve into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz, vocal chants, instrumental piano, and folk. Best known for her ease at the piano and her bell-tone vocals, Heather’s songs and musicianship embody joy, honesty, playfulness, and a desire to share from the heart. In over twenty years on her own record label, Vessel Recordings, she has released fourteen albums and several singles of original music.

Her trio’s debut EP, Still She Will Fly, was released in May 2015, and its title track was the #2 single on the Folk radio charts for the year in 2015, and three other songs were also in the Top 100 singles on Folk radio in 2015. The trio’s full-length debut, Singin’, was released in June 2017, and debuted at #1 on the Folk radio charts. During the 2020-21 pandemic, Heather had a viral hit in March with herToilet Paper Song, and released both a moving single, Beside The Firelight, about the death of George Floyd, and a collection of original meditation chants, Be Here Now. Defying genre and classification and yet fully embracing all musical styles, Heather is an artist who speaks the language of music in as many dialects as her abilities will allow. Her life’s work, she says, is to share her love of music and her gratitude for life with others – one song, one heart, and one mind at a time.

hONEyhoUSe Saturday, August 19, 2023, 8pm

Suggested Donation: $20

Blending blues, rock, Americana and gospel, hONEyhoUSe will have you groovin’, laughing, crying, and singing at the top of your lungs. Relatable, authentic musicians, women you want to grab a coffee with. Energetic, gifted performers who NEVER take themselves too seriously but know there’s nothing more treasured than how music heals. hONEyhoUSe will take you on a ride you never knew you needed. Hillary Smith (vocals): With a deep soulfulness rooted in the Gospel-driven churches of her youth, a classically trained vocal instrument that’s a natural wonder and a God-given instinct for swinging a lyric, vocalist Hillary Smith has been electrifying audiences across the US for more than a quarter century. Yvonne Perea (vocals & acoustic guitar): With a seamless merging of folk, blues, and rock, Yvonne’s music captures her audience through her memorable melodies, relevant lyrics, and soulful earthy vocals. Danielle Andrade (bass): With her first musical roots in New Mexico music, country, and rock, Danielle is a versatile bassist who can adapt to any style. She loves to entertain fans live, as well as in the studio. Dianne De Leon (drums & percussion): You might say Dianne has been hitting things since birth. Self-taught on pillows, she was finally granted a drumset to make it official. Dianne brings her background in writing and playing Latin music to the group and has enjoyed national radio play. hONEyhoUSe are soul sisters for life.

Jim Kweskin Saturday, October 21, 2023, 8pm
Jim Kweskin

Suggested Donation: $20

Jim Kweskin is the founder of the legendary 1960s Jim Kweskin Jug Band with Fritz Richmond, Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur, Mel Lyman and Bruno Wolfe. During the five years they were together, they successfully transformed the sounds of pre-World War II rural music into a springboard for their good-humored performances. Their imitators were legion, including a San Francisco jug band that became the Grateful Dead, a Los Angeles jug band that became the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and a New York jug band that became the Lovin' Spoonful.

These days Jim is best known as a singer and bandleader, but he also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Pink Anderson to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. Jim Kweskin's shows radiate charm, humor, sophistication and talent. Jim sings a collection of familiar songs by Benny Goodman, Johnny Mercer, the Sons of the Pioneers, Fats Waller, and Somethin' Smith & the Redheads. There's an endearing sense of good humor to Kweskin's interpretations that makes his performances a delight. Because of his vast repertoire and love of the music, Kweskin is recognized as one of the best interpreters of the great American songbook.

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Some of our House Concerts fill up a couple of weeks in advance, so please RSVP early. All our House Concerts begin at 8:00 P.M. unless otherwise noted. A voluntary suggested donation of $20 per person to the musicians is requested. Remember, 100% of all contributions go directly to the performers!

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Please note: "Russ & Julie's House Concerts" is simply the name we choose to describe our private parties, in our private home. These parties are NOT a business nor are they a business related activity. They are strictly a hobby for us, and are simply gatherings of our friends and guests to enjoy live acoustic music, fellowship, food (a potluck dessert buffet) and fun. Our concert parties are officially free (or else it might be considered a business), although voluntary contributions (suggested donation of $20 per person) are accepted at the door on behalf of the artists. 100% of all contributions go directly to the performers. By invitation only.



Some of our House Concerts fill up a couple of weeks in advance, so please R.S.V.P. early.

All of our House Concerts begin at 8:00 P.M. and are held on Saturday evenings, unless otherwise noted. They generally end around 10:30 P.M.

A voluntary suggested donation of $20 per person to the musicians is requested. This is payable IN CASH at the door.

Remember, 100% of all contributions go directly to the performers!

Most of the musicians we host have CDs available for sale during the break and after the House Concert.

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