Linda Tillery's 70th Birthday Extravaganza: Global Friendships

Linda Tillery's 70th Birthday Extravaganza: Global Friendships

Hills to Hollers, Venezuelan Music Project, The Cultural Heritage Choir, Kugelplex, MC Diane Amos

Friday, September 7th

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

$35 ADV / $39 DOOR (plus fees)

  • A Two-Night, VIP Pass is available for purchase for this show, which includes premium seating (in the first five rows). To purchase the Two-Night VIP Pass click here.
  • General Admission tickets are for first-come, first-served seating in all seating sections, excluding the first five rows of the front, center section.
  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Linda Tillery's 70th Birthday Extravaganza
Linda Tillery's 70th Birthday Extravaganza
Please join me for two nights of musical magic as I celebrate my 70th birthday and the release of my new CD, "It's A Mighty World." I've invited a few of my favorite artists to provide the musical backdrop and it promises to be a memorable weekend.


Sept. 7th - Venezuelan Music Project, Cultural Heritage Choir, Kugelplex and MC Diane Amos will keep you smiling and laughing with her wry wit.


Sept. 8th - Eric Bibb, Ruth Davies, Brett "Jailbait" Brandstatt and Yours Truly will serve up some Blues and Roots music to massage the senses and stir the soul with MC Rhodessa Jones (Medea Project). Plus special surprise guests.
Linda Tillery
Linda Tillery
Linda Tillery's career began in 1967 as lead singer of the Berkeley based, psychedelic soul band, Loading Zone. Since those early days she has collaborated as vocalist and percussionist on more than eighty recordings with the likes of Santana, Huey Lewis and the News, The Whispers, Taj Mahal, Kenny and Pete and Sheila Escovedo. She was both artist and producer at Olivia Records, was a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, and founded Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. Linda’s journey is a true representation of the Bay Area music scene – through psychedelic 60’s soul, groundbreaking 70’s activism, 80’s R&B glitz, numerous cross cultural collaborations and since 1990, her exploration into the roots of the African American music experience. Now, in 2018, she is at the height of her musical powers, continuing her adventures in sound, and exploring what it means to be a local legend.
Hills to Hollers
Hills to Hollers
From the hills of Bluegrass to the hollers of the African-American musical experience, Hills to Hollers delves deep into the rich history of both white and black musical traditions from the American South. This powerhouse trio of Laurie Lewis, Linda Tillery, and Barbara Higbie, features soaring three-part harmonies, unmatched musicianship, and soulful performances of both classic and original southern music.
Venezuelan Music Project
Venezuelan Music Project
Jackeline Rago: Musical Director, Lead Vocals, Strings, Percussion
Francy Hernandez Crowley: Lead Vocals
Jimmy Kansau: Lead Vocals
Anna-Maria Violich: Lead Vocals
Omar Ledezma Jr.: Percussion, Lead Vocals,
Donna Viscuso: Flute, Alto Sax
Sam Bevan: Bass,
Michaelle Goerlitz: Drums
The Cultural Heritage Choir
The Cultural Heritage Choir
Linda Tillery and the The Cultural Heritage Choir is a Grammy © nominated, percussion driven, vocal ensemble whose mission is to help preserve and share the musical traditions of the African Diaspora with particular emphasis on music of the Southern United States. We connect this music to its West African and Caribbean origins.

Since 1992, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, have become world renowned for their breathtaking performances and commitment to the authenticity of African-American roots music and music from the African diaspora. Their vocals are soulful and germane, their rhythms are a fusion of southern grit and carribean heat!!

The groups first collaboration with veteran performers Taj Mahal and Eric Bibb titled "Shakin' A Tailfeather," was nominated for a Grammy [1997] and their second collaborative effort "Hippity Hop," was awarded a Parents Choice Award (2000). The group's (2003) recording titled "Say Yo' Business", was nominated for a California Music Award.

If you would like to delve deeply into the diverse resources of African-American roots music and learn the tradition of call and response and the rhythms that drive this music and give it vitality, the Cultural Heritage Choir will teach you how to approach singing with the ears, eyes and the heart. Learn to sing Work Songs, Spirituals, Children's Play Songs, Field Hollers, Moans, Ring Shouts, Plantation Dances and a little bit of Bomba!

The cultural heritage choir is Linda Tillery, Rhonda Benin, Tammi Brown, Bryan Dyer, Zoe Ellis and Javier Navarrette.
Kugelplex
Kugelplex
Kugelplex is the West Coast's most rockin’-est purveyor of klezmer and old-world party music. Formed in 2001, the group plays wild, soulful dance music at concerts, festivals and jewish lifecycle events throughout the United States. We’ve performed with Joan Baez, the Oakland Symphony, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and Frank London, Linda Tillery, Jewlia Eisenberg, Nils Frykdahl, Kitka, Rumen Shopov, and many other great artists.

Kugelplex has received awards from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and has been the klezmer-band-in-residence with the Oakland Symphony for the past 10 years.

The ensemble features an all-star cast of Bay Area virtuoso musicians. Everyone in the ensemble tours internationally, performs/records with a wide range of bands, and then comes together as Kugelplex to play this music that we so deeply love. It is our mission to keep this old-world klezmer tradition thriving into the 21st century and beyond...
MC Diane Amos
MC Diane Amos
Diane Amos is a San Francisco-based actress, improv artist, and comedian who is known as The Pine Sol Lady for having starred in their national commercials for over 20 years. She has appeared in numerous films including Nine Months, Copycat, Angels in the Outfield, EDTV, Twisted, and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Diane was a semi-finalist in Star Search, has been on A& E's Evening at The Improv, Lifetime's Girls' Night Out, and Comedy Central's Women Aloud. She has also been a winner on the game shows: Wheel of Fortune, $25,000 Pyramid, and Super Password. She was raised in SF by two lesbian mothers and attended Washington High School in the Richmond District, where took an improvisational comedy class…and the rest is history.