Fiddler’s Dream Performance Schedule

Thursday nights are Open Stage Night from 7:30 to 10 pm.  $3 admission. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Order of play determined by order of arrival.  One song per rotation.  Come to play or to listen! 

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Friday July 31  Mollie Kidari & Carolyn Estrada ~ Mary Palma ~ 

8:00 pm, Mollie Kidari & Carolyn Estrada

9:20 pm, Mary Palma is a singer songwriter from Phoenix. She writes country music and plays guitar and banjo. 

Admission tonight is $8. Doors open at 7:15 pm.


Saturday August 1 ~DADGAD Guitar Workshop with Hans York~

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Hans York

Experience how easy it is for a beginner to learn DADGAD chords to play your first song. As an intermediate player, you can enrich your repertoire by choosing an alternate tuning like DADGAD to give your music an entire new sound. As an advanced player, this lesson will kick off your understanding of DADGAD and when and where it is the most effective tuning.

Doors open at 2:30 pm. $20. Advance tickets available,  ($1.69 service charge)

Saturday August 1  Hans York ~ Charles Ellsworth (TBC) ~

8:00 pm,  Hans York Born into a musical family in Germany in the 60’s, Hans was first introduced to classical music by his grandmother, a Chopin & Brahms loving pianist. His mother had aspirations of being an opera singer but that dream was truncated by the second World War. Hans’ biggest influence was his uncle Walter, who was an accomplished Jazz pianist that shared the music of Miles Davis, Bill Evans and Gershwin early on. His father blasted a mix of Mahalia Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald and Baden Powell through gigantic HiFi speakers, which were common fashion at the time. Hans’ inner rebel countered with Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Then on to Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Genesis, Yes, Pat Metheny and Steely Dan. By the age of sixteen Hans was clear about one thing – becoming a professional musician! At seventeen he had a full scholarship to Berklee School of Music, but with a high exchange rate, the cost of living in Boston was too high, so his second choice was the Swiss Jazz School in Bern, Switzerland. At that time it was the only music school in Europe that offered a Jazz/Pop program rather than solely a classical education. Quickly realizing that this was no substitute for Berklee, Hans decided to go old school and moved back to Germany to play and tour fulltime. Within a few years he established himself as a guitar player, singer and bassist. He branched out into Pop and Rock music, writing for TV and performing with his own Band CHAO besides accompanying Robert Palmer on German TV.

In the late 80’s Hans decided to follow his heart and moved to Rio De Janeiro to study Brazilian music. It had always fascinated him and his original compositions were influenced by artists like Milton Nascimento, Ivan Lins, Djavan and Caetano Veloso. Hans returned to Germany and brought back the rhythms, sensitivity and richness found in Brazilian music. After a time of readjustment to his native country he started recording his first solo album “Hazzazar”. Around the same time he toured as a bass player with the New York Broadway Ensemble (West Side Story), played throughout Europe with master harp player Ruediger Oppermann, and performed a Concerto as soloist on fretless bass with the “Ars Quittilinga” Chamber Orchestra. (Concerto was written by contemporary East German composer, Thomas Koenig). Hans co-founded the German World-music cult band, Moka Efti, and they recorded/produced three CDs. The third album, Fata Morgana, features the late US saxophonist Charlie Mariano and producer/saxophonist Heinrich von Kalnein. Hans kept on his full time touring until May 2012 after which he took a break from the road. In 2013 a yoga retreat in Hawaii inspired Hans to recorded Echoes of Change, music for meditation, yoga and embodied living. The same year Hans was invited to be part of a Gershwin show in Seattle, which brought him closer to his roots in jazz and the American songbook. He continues his musical journey this evening at Fiddler's Dream!

9:20 pm, (We are awaiting final confirmation for) Charles Ellsworth - Born and raised in the White Mountains of Arizona, Charles Ellsworth first gained an appreciation for a simple, not so distant past. His vivid lyrics and near-familiar melodies weave to tell stories of heartbreak and loneliness while shining a light on the perseverance of the human spirit. Charles has subtle way of exploring the idea that even when all seems lost, there is always a sliver of hope. Declan Ryan of Independent Clauses called his and Vincent Draper's recent release Salt Lake City: A Love Story, 'a triumph for american songwriting…blending outlaw grit with a raw streak of self-awareness.' His ability to go from a stomp-your-boots anthem reminiscent of Springsteen, to a simple love song in the vein of Townes Van Zandt assures that it won't be long before his name, lyrics, and melodies are stuck in music lovers head's everywhere.

Admission tonight is $8.  Doors open at 7:15 pm.

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.