This Friday, APRIL 19, perennial local bluegrass favorites PIPER ROAD will celebrate the release of their new CD. Piper Road was born into the age of rock & roll with individual backgrounds diverse as classical, cowboy, folk, blues and Dixieland. Influenced by some live performances of Doc Watson and Bill Monroe and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band release of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” in the early 1970’s, they put away the electric amps and guitars and developed a unique acoustic/bluegrass style. They never completely abandoned their musical roots and have blended Irish fiddle tunes with American country, big band, novelty and space-aged Grateful Dead inspired jams.

On Saturday, APRIL 20, the dynamic duo of KAREN SAVOCA & PETE HEITZMAN take the stage. Savoca puts her heart into a song the way a great actor throws herself into a role, charming audiences with a supple alto and a boundless range of expression. A gifted songwriter, she draws you into her world of humor and compassion, telling stories with grace and ease, as though you’ve been invited to her table for supper. Greg Brown has said, “If she were a Native American, her name would be Sings Like Two Birds.”

An Alaskan reviewer dubbed has dubbed Heitzman “the aurora borealis of guitar.” “A true virtuoso of groove, Heitzman has a sly touch that, combined with Savoca’s in-the-pocket drumming and spectacularly soulful vocals, gives the duo the impact of a four-piece band.” -Acoustic Guitar Magazine

OF COURSE, we recommend that you call to reserve.

Karen Johnson on the 26th

John Sieger with Greg Koch on the 27th Two of Milwaukee’s great talents have been collaborating on songwriting and playing. John “one of Milwaukee’s musical treasures” is a talented and prolific songwriter. You can have one without the other, but it doesn’t work out as well. An unsung guitar hero from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Greg Koch has established himself within six-string circles as a masterful technician, accomplished clinician (for Fender) and general bad-ass guit-picker.

Save time for the weekend of May 3rd and 4th with Roxanne Neat on Friday night, and the quixotic quartet of Jim & Vivian Craig & Fred Campeau & Mitch Thomas.

Make reservations and pay up for COLD SATELLITE/the pines on May 10 and May 17 before you can’t.