“The award-winning regional favorite Joe Craven has made music with many folks, including violinist Stephane Grappelli, Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, eclectic string-player David Lindley, and banjo fusionist Alison Brown. Joe was also the multi-instrumentalist for the David Grisman Quintet for 17 years. Craven will perform in two configurations: First with his daughter, stunning vocalist Hattie Craven, to celebrate their latest project, “Bright.” Then, in the second act, Joe will be joined by his group The Sometimers (Bruce MacMillan and Jonathan Stoyanoff), who will sample the release of their upcoming album “Garcia Songbook.” This award winning NorCal roots trio is a celebration of a vast diversity of styles in the Americana landscape with a “leave no genre behind” policy of music making.
Joe Craven is a musical madman with anything that has strings attached; violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie tin, tenor guitar/banjo, mouth bow, canjoe, cuatro, CBG, berimbau, balalaika, boot ‘n lace and double-necked whatever. Joe has made music with many folks – notably violinist Stephane Grappelli and Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia – to multi-whirled string guy David Lindley, harmonica wizard Howard Levy and seven years recording and touring with banjo fusionist Alison Brown.
The Sometimers are:
Jonathan Stoyanoff is a much in demand bassist who very proficient at a wide variety of music. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on a performance scholarship and, since then, Jonathan has helped form and perform in a variety of musical projects. He has played and/or shared bills with Larry Coryell, B.B. King, Robert Cray, Huey Lewis, Dave Mason, Jackie Greene, Ozomatli, Spearhead, Maceo Parker and many more. Jonathan has also played at some of the nation’s most prestigious festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the High Sierra Music Festival.
Bruce MacMillan is a wonderfully intuitive musician dedicated to the holy temple of American Roots Music. His passion for the history and variety of America’s musical heritage has resulted in a versatility across many musical genres. From Blues to Bluegrass, Country to Jazz and Rock & Roll, Bruce plays with wonderful energy and artistry. He has performed upon many stages and at many music festivals, including the Strawberry Music Festival, High Sierra, and California Worldfest.
Hattie has built a reputation as one of the finest young, if not youngest, performers on the stages of the Strawberry Music Festival, California Worldfest, Kate Wolf Memorial Festival and the Millpond Music Festival – all to standing ovations. Hattie is 16 years old and a student at the Performing and Fine Arts Academy in Natomas, CA, where she is studying voice, dance and some theater. Hattie is also growing in popularity as an inspiring peer group educator in schools, as well as, her father’s outreach music programs.