Thee Hobo Gobbelins
with Skyler Fell


Thee Hobo Gobbelins emerge from the pulsing art vortex of Oakland, Ca., the green-skinned child of punk rock, avant-garde performance art and hobo soul. Drawing on a dizzying array of influences, the band incorporates traditional sounds of Americana and the Old World with the horrors of modernity. Monsters from folklore and fiction wriggle alongside freight-train spirituals and drinking songs. The result is a disturbing haunted house for the ear, a nightmare carnival that is at turns goofy and murderous. Human audiences drink more, dance better, and writhe uncontrollably to goblin beatings- er, beats. Incidentally, audience is the goblin word for “food that screams”.


Since 2003, Thee Hobo Gobbelins have been performing in the San Francisco Bay Area, building up a devoted fan base that with each passing show increasingly resembles a ragtag army of monsters. The band’s vaudevillian theatrics are contagious, inviting audience participation and singalongs. Aided by word of mouth, the DIY releases of Deep Ones and  Oddities & Entities, and rabid Internet play, Thee Hobo Gobbelins have become cult favorites in the Bay Area’s artist communities and in the burgeoning circus underground. With their no-frills setup and flexibility, they have brought their controlled chaos to rock clubs, festivals, raves, demonstrations, and front porches. The Gobbelins have also taken to the road several times, most recently US tours in support of Oddities & Entities, their latest full-length release.


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The Traveling Spectacular

Welcome to The Traveling Spectacular! A surrealist vaudeville experience inspired by the dreams and dust of a bygone age. Allow your sense of wonder to ignite as we take you on a journey into the imagination. We offer up to one full hour of live entertainment complete with live music by the Oddjob Ensemble, grand illusions, a sword swallowing prestidigitator extraordinaire, vaudevillian comedy, a bevy of dancing beauties, and the fire-breathing Devil himself! This action packed production is set on a beautifully handcrafted, self contained, 15 by 14 ft deployable stage.

Simone Baron

Praised as "important to the future of music as an advanced art form," Simone Baron is an Italian-American Jewish pianist, accordionist, composer, and instigator of infectious energy. Equally at home with notated and improvised music, she has performed throughout Europe, Israel, and North America at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Hirshhorn Museum to jazz clubs, Berlin highway medians and Alpine mountaintops. After earning degrees in piano and conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory and Tel Aviv University, she fell in love with the accordion. Its vibrant sounds and pulsing bellows breathed new life into her musical world, opening the door to multidisciplinary collaborations with dancers, puppeteers, and visual artists. In 2016 she founded Arco Belo, a unique chamber jazz ensemble that she composes, arranges for and leads. A fierce advocate for new music, Simone is frequently sought after as both a composer and performer by many prestigious ensembles in the US, Canada and Brazil. Recently an artist in residence at the Banff Centre, Strathmore, and the Washington Jewish Music Festival, Simone’s work focuses on experimenting and reimagining a sound at the junction of the familiar and the avant-garde.

Oddjob Ensemble

Oddjob Ensemble is Kalei Yamanoha's strange and wonderful brainchild, a consortium of multi-instrumentalists and specialists based in the San Francisco Bay Area. With powerful ancient melodies and sounds that twist the ear into a delicious musical pretzel, they touch upon many different cultural influences and find unusual but fascinating combinations of traditional styles, jazz and progressive music. Largely instrumental, an evening with Oddjob Ensemble is a showcase of stunning musicianship, exotic tonalities and of course, shenanigans.



Austin, Texas’ Debra Peters wears a big hat. In fact, Debra wears many hats as a bandleader, entertainer, recording artist, singer/songwriter, session musician, music teacher and entrepreneur. As a professional accordionist/pianist and vocalist for nearly 3 decades, Debra Peters has been recognized for what few women in the business have been able to accomplish.  In addition, a hearty tip of the hat to Debra Peters because she has managed her own band for twenty-five years, a rare feat for a woman in the music industry.

Early in her career, Debra Peters toured as a solo musician accompanying herself on piano and a drum machine, in clubs as far away as Japan, Mexico, France and Holland. Yearning to learn the Blues, Debra began to seriously study the genre for several years. Her love for the Blues led her to seek out and master Zydeco/Cajun music in New Orleans, LA.  The music of Clifton Chenier inspired her, initially, and because of him, she began to focus again on the piano accordion, after setting the instrument aside for a while. Like Chenier, she defied convention and sang with the piano accordion, which was not often done at that time. She utilizes the piano accordion, not only to accompany her voice, but has performed with it proficiently and with great innovation throughout her career.

Debra Peters performed with Ponty Bone and the Squeeze Tones of Lubbock Texas, and then developed her own band, Austin based, Debra Peters and The Love Saints. Tex-Mex and Zydeco/Cajun music are represented in her repertoire along with Americana (Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues, Pop and Country & Western), Cowboy Songs, Railroad Songs and dance forms, such as Polka and Texas Swing.  With her band, Debra has recorded four albums, “Twisted Love”, “10 Songs for 10 Dollars”, “Blast from the Past” and “Girl Without the Blues”, “Rockin’ at the Barn”. Debra Peters has performed many times with Flaco Jimenez, Joel Guzman, Augie Myers, Cory Pesaturo, Rosie Flores and Marcia Ball. Debra Peters has opened shows for many traveling Louisiana acts such as Beausoleil, CJ Chenier, Wayne Toups, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Joel Sonnier. She has performed as a session musician with Jimmy LaFave, “Buffalo Return to the Plains”, Sue Foley, “Walk in the Sun”, The Buckaroos, “In Austin”, Beth Williams “In This Old House”,  Paul Orta and the Kingpins, “I Can’t Believe My Eyes”, Shelli Coe “A Girl Like Me”, Jukebox Cowboy, “Rockin’ At The Barn” and a self-titled album by The Danglers.  Debra has been a serious songwriter as well as a musician, performing and singing her own compositions on four self-produced CD’s and 3 DVD’s.

Debra Peters was determined to create her own lesson videos for accordion and in 2005, her educational video, The Blues, Chords and Chops was produced. She followed up by producing and self-marketing The Blues, Chords and Chops, Volume II and 25 Bass Patterns.  Debra has been a long-time member of the National Accordion Association and has been involved in the organization on all levels, from event planning, teaching and as a performer. In addition, she has presented accordion workshops annually, for nearly two decades. Debra Peters also maintains a thriving teaching practice in Austin and is a member of the Accordion Teacher’s Guild.

Debra Peters pours her time, energy and commitment into well-known regional events in the world of the accordion in the Southwest. She has been invited to perform at all of the Texas Folklife Festivals and Squeezebox Mania and has been a judge for The Big Squeeze competition and its final concert, Accordion Kings and Queens, since their inception.

With her commitment, enthusiasm and vision for her instrument, Debra Peters is a reason why interest in the piano accordion flourishes in Texas and continues to grow in North America.