PERFORMING AT THE 2018 CAF
The ZYDECO FLAMES

The Zydeco Flames have gained a reputation as the West Coast's premiere Zydeco band. The Flames consistently pack the house in venues ranging from contemporary clubs to major festivals and traditional dancehalls. Their sizzling roots rhythms are timeless and the execution of them relentless, with a stunningly powerful groove. The Flames' sixth CD release "Fire It Up", provides fans with hot Zydeco in the tradition of masters like Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco and Queen Ida.

Lloyd Meadows: (vocals, rubboard, harmonica, lyrics) Lloyd is a consummate entertainer and rousing crowd pleaser. His infectious energy infuses audiences wherever he performs. A classically trained singer, Lloyd's soulful, steamy style ranges from rock to blues to R&B, leading to a unique blend of Zydeco. His diverse musical background includes performances and recordings with Mal Sharpe's Big Money, Tom Rigney, Motordude Zydeco and Elvin Bishop. He appears regularly with bandmate and guitarist, Freeway Frank, at the notorious Twangfest.

Frank Bohan: (guitar) Frank has musical roots deep in the styles of the Chicago blues. Flames' fans are energized by his masterful solos and rhythm guitar work. Frank also served as bandleader for Freeway Frank and the Hotwires, and has played with Johnny Copeland, Alvin "Youngblood" Hart, Ricardo Scales, and Johnny Nitro. You can find Frank on Saturday mornings hamming it up with Marin favorites in the "Frank and Ted Show" at the Coffee Roasters in San Anselmo and jamming every other Wednesday at the infamous "Twangfest" at Peri's in Fairfax with local luminaries Bonnie Hayes, Ted O'Connell, Jeb Harrison, Tal Morris, Eric Shram and Kevin Hayes (of the Robert Cray Band).

Timm Walker: (bass, vocals, lyrics, producer, engineer) Timm is one reason why The Flames are known for having one of the tightest rhythm sections in the business. His performance credits include work with The Larry James Band, Roy Gaines, J.J. Malone, Sista Monica, Bobby Murray, and Andre Thierry. He is also a core member of The Elvin Bishop Band. Timm produced and engineered the Flames’ most recent CDs, "Bank the Fire” and “Fire it Up;" founded and recorded the New Orleans flavored funk at Beaufunk and engineered and produced their first CD "Change Gone Come Fa Betta."

William Allums Jr.: (drums) William's inspirational playing, with his unique brand of Louisiana-spiced rhythms, continues to draw fans to their feet and on to the dance floor. This multi-faceted player has deep roots in gospel music, hip-hop, funk and R&B.

Recordings
Fire Dance (2013)
Fire It Up (2006)
Bank the Fire (2003)
Zydeco Flames Live: Smokin' at the Plant (1998)
The Heat is On (1996)
Burnin' Up the Tracks (1995)
Hot Offerings (1993) Compilations
Ashkenaz 30th Anniversary CD (2008)
Oakland City Center Sounds (2007), featuring "Fire It Up"
West Coast Mardi Gras Party (2001), featuring "You Can Dance (All Night Long)" from Smokin' at the Plant

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Video
Zydeco Flames "LIVE" (2000)

 

Awards
Best Zydeco Band, West Coast Blues Society (2006)
Best Original Song ("Don't Worry"), West Coast Cajun & Zydeco Association (1997)

 

Other
Five Flames songs are featured in the computer reality game, "The Sims Unleashed"

 

PERFORMING AT 2018 CAF

Cory Pesaturo

Cory Pesaturo (“C Pez”) is a revolutionary in the Accordion World.  One of only 4 accordionists to win World Championships on both the Acoustic and Digital Accordion, he is the only person to ever Also win a World Championship on Jazz.  A graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, Pesaturo was the first musician ever to major and graduate in the accordion.  Accordion Legend Dick Contino said when Cory was only 15, “Of all the accordionists I’ve seen over the years, Cory is the one to pass the torch to, the only one who has all the tools to bring the accordion back to its former glory.”  Cory’s main contribution is his visionary thinking of how the accordion should be used, played, and presented in modern music.  He has given a TED Talk about this, which is currently the only Talk in the world about the accordion.  He is additionally developing his own electric accordion, and already has made the first ever skinned accordion that includes a symmetric midi lighting system attached to the keys. 

Pesaturo's extensive resumé includes appearances at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton on 4 different occasions, starting at age 12, including 8 other appearances for the Clintons since 2000, and 14 letters from the first family.  On one of those occasions, he became the youngest person to ever perform at a State Dinner, performing with the Marine Strolling Strings for the President of Hungary.  Some TV appearances include the Late Show with David Letterman playing with Johnny Depp, the Columbus parade in NYC, and nationally televised programs in New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Tunisia, France, and Finland.  On an American broadcast, CNBC host Maria Bartiromo once said “No one is currently doing more for the Accordion than Cory”.  He has judged accordion competitions in the US, Canada, and Europe, in addition to music competitions in general.   Cory currently gives masterclasses on both Music Theory and the Accordion at various universities throughout the US and Europe. 

On his Classical side which is less known, a win at 16 years old in a concerto competition at the New England Conservatory of Music gave Pesaturo the rare opportunity to perform with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist, where he became the youngest accordionist to ever solo with a symphony orchestra in the US back in 2003.  Concerning his Jazz side, Cory recorded two CD’s with saxophone legend George Garzone and his known band “The Fringe” at age 19, and has both performed  become friends with Jazz and Music Legends Quincy Jones and Wynton Marsalis.  His performances at all 3 of his World Championships were played on accordions that were not his, and were generally 90% improvised; both aspects are unheard of in the accordion world.

Pesaturo is also heavily involved and respected with the weather and motor sports worlds as well. From 2005 to 2006, he composed the Official list of records set by the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season and also wrote the lists for the 2007 and 2008 Seasons as well.  Moreover, he has put out reports on Winter Seasons for the US which have been featured on Accuweather.com, HurricaneCirty.com, and others.  Cory is known for being a pioneer in the FreeSledding world with his own sledding mountain called “CN Mountain”, and has various other hobbies which he dedicates himself to such as writing sports blogs for sites like Bleacher Report.  Furthermore, he collaborated with members of the Red Sox and bands such as the Drop Kick Murphy’s on the “Fenway 100” album released in 2012.  His music is regularly played on Formula 1 broadcasts on NBC, FOX, and Velocity, and has an ongoing musical relationship with 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston.  Cory is also currently working on a Formula 1 book that will change the way people look upon the sports history and its champions in a similar fashion to Bill James’ Sabermetrics book on Baseball.  Moreover, he has an ongoing relationship with the RedBull F1 team. 

 

PERFORMING AT CAF 2018
Future Accordion Stars
featuring students of Marjorie Konrad, David Chelini and Lin Lee

BE THERE TO SUPPORT THESE WONDERFUL YOUNG MUSICIANS
Sunday, August 19th.
Times and players will be added as they becomes available.

 

 

 

PERFORMING AT THE 2018 CAF
CULANN'S HOUNDS
featuring Renée de la Prade

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Fierce like their namesake, Cu Chulainn, Culann's Hounds have built a reputation for stage shows filled with high-energy and a ruthless dedication to rocking their audiences. Folk melodies, sensibilities, and stories permeate their music with original in Ireland, France and early America This mash-up of tradition and energy is at once thought provoking, accessible and infectious. The Hounds original material is a mirror of their lives, tales of distant lands, love, elation and loss.

Steve Gardner brings his virtuosic violin style uncut. With seeming effortlessness he plays Irish traditional music, Cajun, country and rock pairing with the accordion at breakneck speed. Steve also grabs the guitar and sings his irreverent brand of classic and original songs. Steve is a teacher of music and the artistic director for Rooms Music Marin.

Mike Kelleher sings from the gut, giving his own songs and those of centuries past a particular urgency. A key to The Hounds' tireless rhythm, Mike's guitar playing cuts to the core of song, strongly framing the vocals and the traditional melodies.

Renée de la Prada is a show within the show. Her ability to rip melodies in unison with Steve, sing in different patios' in English and French, dance, and deliver her own songs with remarkable emotional depth leaves audiences stunned and enthralled.

At bigger venues and louder parties, the Hounds also bring in a drum and bass rhythm section to rock at their peak.

When The Hounds play, they take more than just the stage. They take control and male you love them. Give in to screamingly high energy, dance with wild abandon, and connect to music of the people made on real instruments in front of your eyes.

PERFORMING AT THE 2018 CAF
Gabe Hall-Rodriguez

Gabe Hall-Rodrigues is an Arizona-native accordionist, pianist and vocalist currently residing in Seattle, WA. He began playing the piano at age 7 and quickly realized his love for music and performing. In 2010, after only studying the accordion for a year, Gabe won the American Accordionists’ Association’s Virtuoso Solo Competition. In 2011 he graduated from Arizona State University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy. In 2013, Gabe graduated from ASU with a Master of Music in Jazz Piano Performance under the award winning pianist, composer and professor, Mike Kocour. During his time at ASU, Gabe received the Special Talent Award and Jazz Bird scholarships. He was a frequent guest vocalist with the ASU Concert Jazz Band and Jazz Repertory Band. Gabe was also fortunate to study with world-renowned professor and tubist Sam Pilafian during his time on accordion with the traditional jazz ensemble, the ASU Dixie Devils.

​Gabe has performed throughout Arizona and the country acting as a sideman, studio musician, and band leader in various ensembles including Jump Jive and Wail, The Paradise Winds Trio, Ocotrillo, Blue Skies Events, The Bad Cactus Brass Band, The 2Tone Lizard Kings, the Salt River Brass Band, Som Brazil, Radio Brazil, Casey Hurt, and many more. In 2011, he led the group Ocotrillo on a tour of the east coast and performed at the American Accordionists’ Association Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. In 2012 the Paradise Winds Chamber Ensemble performed the music of Astor Piazzolla at the International Double Reed Society annual conference in Oxford, Ohio. That same year Gabe was fortunate to play again with Sam Pilafian, this time joined by J.D. Shaw of Boston Brass, to play Piazzolla’s music for the final concert of their Brass Boot Camp at the University of Las Vegas. In 2013, Gabe began touring the country with the Arizona folk rock band Jared and the Mill. Since then, the band has had a non-stop touring schedule, packing venues around the United States both as headliners and opening up for acts like Barry Gibb, Allen Stone, Frontier Ruckus, Boy and Bear, Wildfeathers, and many more.

​In 2014, Gabe took a hiatus from touring with Jared and the Mill and had the opportunity to live in Brazil. During this time, he was heartily received by the music community of his new hometown Recife in the state of Pernambuco. While living in Recife, Gabe played accordion and keyboard at many local venues and was also featured on two albums, Wallace Seixa’s Seguindo em Frente and Daniel Podsk’s Relembrando PE.

​After returning from Brazil in November 2014, Gabe rejoined the band Jared and the Mill and quickly went to the studio to work on the album Life We Chose, the band’s 3rd studio release. 

​Gabe's most recent projects are an accordion duo, Creosote with renowned Seatte accordionist Jamie Maschler. The music they create is are a mixture of original music and arrangements from Brazilian groups and composers. Gabe is also currently a member of Seattle's premier forro enseble, En Canto. 

​Gabe has been teaching privately for over 10 years as an in-home instructor and at Arizona Piano Lessons. In 2016, he became Music Director for Gateway Academy after working as a music teacher and therapist since 2006. He developed a rock band and music technology curriculum with fellow music therapist Mike Plunkett. Gateway Academy is a private school in Scottsdale, Arizona for K-12 students on the autism spectrum.

​Gabe has presented workshops at the American Accordionists’ Association and the Frank Marocco Accordion Event highlighting the use of the accordion in music therapy as well as elements of jazz language and harmony for accordionists. He is a Petosa artist and was featured in 2014 in their monthly newsletter. Gabe also currently works at the Petosa shop at their new location in Lynwood, WA. 

 

 

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