Thursday nights are Open Stage Night from 7:30 to 10 pm. $3 admission. Come to play or to listen! Doors open at 6:45 pm, be there to put your name in the hat if you want to play! Two songs or eight minutes, whichever comes first!
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Friday March 27 ~ Jason Donne and the Open Graves ~ Three-Legged Dog ~
8:00 pm, Jason Donne and the Open Graves are a string band whose traditional gospel and bluegrass songs explore the dark and troubled side of life. Factories that have closed, mines that have shut down, and loved ones no longer with us--these are the constant themes of the glum trio affectionately known to by die hard fans as J-DOG. "I can't explain it," says lead singer Jason Donne, "but singing about misery and suffering just cheers me up." Aside from the morbid lyrics, the band is sought after for the wide variety of instruments played at each performance and the tight harmonies that add poignant beauty to the somber set list.
9:20 pm, Three-Legged Dog and their remarkable mix of Americana, traditional, blues, and maybe even some Calypso music!..
Admission tonight is $8. Doors open at 7:15 pm.
Saturday March 28 ~ Ramana Vieira sings Fado! ~
8:00 pm, Ramana Vieira has been described by Mundo Portugues newspaper as the “New Voice of Portuguese World Music.” She has headlined the world's largest Portuguese festival, the New Bedford Portuguese Feast in Massachusetts, and performed at the 2010 Encontro Festival in Macau. One of her original songs, “Unido Para Amar,” was played for the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, and she was chosen to sing for the 50th Grammy Awards special MusiCares benefit honoring Aretha Franklin.
Fado, the most widely recognized music of Portugal, is a passionate, soul-stirring music with soaring vocals and dramatic tales of love, loss and redemption. Legendary fadista Amália Rodrigues popularized fado in the 20th century, and today, platinum-selling Portuguese singers Ana Moura and Mariza are selling out concert halls in the US. The New York Times has recognized Ramana Vieira as an American at the forefront of the fado resurgence.
“Nobody else is doing what we are doing with fado,” Vieira says. Part of her innovative approach to the music is in the instrumentation. Traditionally, fado was music for voice and the guitarra Portuguesa, a 12-string guitar derived from a type of African lute. But as Larry Rohter of The New York Times has noted, "Conservatory-trained singer Ramana Vieira adds a New Age sensibility and instrumentation to the music with cello and drums." Ramana’s ensemble includes Patrick Fahey on Mandolin on , Daren Dacey a local Scottsdale resident on percussion, and Alberto Ramirez on electric bass.
Ramana’s personal relationship to fado music lies deep in her family history. Her grandfather was a well-known musician and composer from Madeira Island, Portugal. Ramana was born in San Leandro, California, to Portuguese immigrants, and was exposed to the voices of Portugal’s past at a young age. “During my childhood, I sang with my mother to Amália Rodgrigues and other fabulous fadistas that were part of her special record collection,” said Vieira.
Although she had dreams of a Broadway career, her direction shifted abruptly when a famous music producer inspired her to embrace her Portuguese roots. Shortly after that she found herself on an unexpected journey to Portugal where she had the opportunity to perform with local fado singers and musicians, bringing the house to its feet with her authentic, yet individual style. “It was there I discovered that there was nothing in the world more gratifying to me than singing fado."
Fiddler's Dream is located one block north of Glendale Avenue on 17th Street, on the Southeast corner of 17th Street and Cactus Wren. Use the newly opened Sprouts grocery at 16th Street and Glendale as a landmark - we are one block further East on Glendale, and when you reach 17th Street turn North and go one block to Cactus Wren. 1702 East Glendale, Phoenix, AZ, 85020 is the street address to plug into your map app.