A Cavalcade of Stars featuring Aireene Espiritu, Aki Kumar, Chris Cain, HowellDevine, Maurice Tani,  The Sons of the Soul Revivers, and Xochitl Morales

Little Village Foundation Presents

A Cavalcade of Stars featuring Aireene Espiritu, Aki Kumar, Chris Cain, HowellDevine, Maurice Tani, The Sons of the Soul Revivers, and Xochitl Morales

Friday, January 19th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$18 ADV / $22 DOOR (plus fees)

All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

A Cavalcade of Stars
A Cavalcade O' Stars Benefit Concert for Little Village Foundation, presenting music rooted in fascinating cultural stories yet to be discovered.

Little Village Foundation is a non-profit cultural producer and record label that searches out, discovers, records and produces American roots artists who might never be revealed to the masses. Founder Jim Pugh scours all corners of the country searching for obscure artists to bring from their local communities out to the world. http://littlevillagefoundation.com/
Aireene Espiritu
Aireene Espiritu
Aireene is a singer/songwriter based in Oakland, CA, playing mostly original songs accompanied by latin/african rhythms, folk, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music - a mix of stompin', swayin', and timeless Americana.
Aki Kumar
Front man and harp player for the San Francisco Bay Area band Tip of the Top, Akarsha Aki Kumar is an ardent student of the blues and a master of the amplified Chicago blues sound.

Kumar derives his style mainly from American harp masters Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Walter Horton and George Smith, among others. His own playing reflects elements of these players, blended in with a signature sound of his own.

He has shared the stage with some of the finest contemporary harmonica players alive: Rod Piazza, Lazy Lester, Gary Smith, Rick Estrin, Mark Hummel, Charlie Musselwhite and Lee Oskar. Aki Kumar's latest venture, Tip of the Top, is a collaboration with Bay Area blues veterans and has been the culmination of his journey through American roots music. The group performs vintage blues with subtle flair and a respect for the deep history of the genre. Tip of the Top can be seen performing regularly at various venues and festivals in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Aki Kumar is a Seydel endorsed artist and plays Seydel 1847 Classic harmonicas at his shows. He is also a featured contributor on David Barrett's Bluesharmonica.com.
Chris Cain
Blues guitarist extraordinaire Chris Cain grew up in San Jose, studied music at San Jose City College, and over the next twenty years learned his way around clarinet, piano, bass guitar, and alto and tenor saxophone, not to mention developing fierce vocal chops. He’s played with such greats as Albert King and Albert Collins, Johnny Otis and Junior Wells, Boz Scaggs and Willie Nelson, and recorded ten solo albums, including his latest, So Many Miles, which the Chicago Blues Guide calls “a delicious blend of blues laced with jazz and rock.”
HowellDevine
HowellDevine
HowellDevine, became the first blues band Arhoolie Records (Fred McDowell, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton) signed in 27 years. Triple threat talent Joshua Howell (slide guitars, harmonica, voice) and percussion savant Pete Devine (drums, washboard) plus snappy doghouse bassist Joe Kyle Jr. deftly mix sinuous Delta/country blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present day sound from the past. HowellDevine breaks from the norm, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than simple backing for a soloist. The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago.
Maurice Tani
Maurice Tani
San Francisco native, Maurice Tani is a "rye-to-romantic" singer-songwriter with seven albums to his credit -the latest being The Lovers Card, released on the Little Village label. With his band, 77 El Deora, Tani has been the source of untold, but exquisite suffering on the Bay Area Americana scene for over 15 years.
Tani uses the term, “Supercalifornigraphic” to describe his particular flavor of Americana. While rooted in country music, Tani's writing is centered on a West Coast perspective. “Though much of my material is based on fictional characters and situations, I still write what I know. I'm not particularly comfortable or interested in the rural imagery of tractors, 4x4s or general agriculture common in much country music. What attracts me most about country is the story telling side of it. My stories are more likely to be centered around an urban experience. I'm a Californian from a large metropolitan area and I write about the things that hold my attention. I think of these songs as a sort of cinema for the blind. Short musical narratives of life on the left coast.”
The Sons of the Soul Revivers