OM PRESENTS THE BEST LOCAL PERFORMERS & GREAT MUSICAL TALENT FROM AROUND THE NORTHWEST
DUE TO LIMITED SPACE, RESERVATIONS are always RECOMMENDED! 360-221-7131
FRIDAY July 20th, 7pm
BEKAH ZACHRITZ & BAILEY MARTINET $9
Bekah Zachritz, local singer song-writer, makes her return to the Ott & Murphy stage! Bekah will be joined by Bailey Martinet, who lives in Bellingham where she plays music professionally and also teaches.
Bekah’s original music is inspired by musicians like Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Judy Collins. A multi-instrumentalist, she often performs on guitar and bass. She believes music is medicine and enjoys teaching students of all ages at her studio, Bekah Bee Music, located at Island County Fairgrounds.
Bailey grew up in a household where diverse genres of music were the norm. From an early age, Bailey appreciated many types of music including Jazz, Rock, Folk, Soul, Reggae, Hip Hop and was eager to perform. Bailey first picked up the ukulele in 2007 when she began studying at Western Washington University. During her time at Western, she began writing original music and performing around various venues Bellingham. Since she’s been heavily involved in the Bellingham music scene, both in concert and event organizing and promoting and singing and playing her Ukulele both as a solo act and with a full band at local venues and festivals.
SATURDAY July 21st, 7pm
RIK WRIGHT’S FUNDAMENTAL FORCES $10
Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces is an award-winning collective of musicians who are known for their genre-bending performances – worldbeat one minute, rock the next, a touch of jam band and back to the core of jazz. Blending forward thinking arrangements with a core groove that listeners can tap their toe to, their music has an undeniable allure that has propelled them all the way to the top of the jazz radio charts.
Bandleader Rik Wright has taken his love and passion for the guitar to just about every corner of the Pacific Northwest, performing at Bumbershoot, Northwest Folklife, Bite of Seattle, and enumerable other community and arts festivals throughout the region. He has placed 4 albums in the top 10 of both the Roots Music and CMJ Jazz radio charts, even going all the way all the way to #1 in 2016.
In 2017, Rik was the recipient of an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award, and runner-up for Seattle Weekly’s “Best of Seattle” in the category of “Best Jazz Act”. Wright’s efforts have been generously supported by 4Culture, the Seattle Arts Commission, The Seattle Public Library’s PlayBack program, and the Jack Straw Foundation. Rik is listed in the King County Touring Arts roster, a juried directory of the State of Washington’s very best performing artists.
THURSDAY July 26th, 7pm
HEATHER KEIZUR & STEVE CHRISTOFFERSON $12
Heather and Steve stand out in a refreshing way, delivering a combination of classic pop, standards and French songs with a powerful and expressive stage presence. “Heather sings like there’s no tomorrow” says Christofferson, whose piano, melodica, and vocals add remarkable depth and surprise to their one-heart, one-mind presentations. “We’re compelled to reach you.”
“Whether singing in English or French, this dazzling vocalist projects the inner beauty of herself and the song she sings, straight to the heart of the listener.” Tom Grant, Recording Artist
“Heather wowed the audience with a whole new level of romantic ballads, classic standards and authentic French chansons. She combined these with her expressive stage presentation and interplay with Steve Christofferson. For many, it was the highlight of the season.” Malcolm Holt, The Georgia Straight JS
”Steve Christofferson gets a great sound and plays with real authority and impeccable taste… He’s one of my favorite piano players.” Dave Frishberg
Join us for a special Thursday evening show, enjoying our award-winning wines, the views from our cabaret room, and the delectable sounds of Heather and Steve.
FRIDAY July 27th, 7pm
NANCY NOLAN $10
Summer is here, and Nancy is back! Bringing jazz standards and her special song stylings from composers, Cole Porter and Gershwin, to Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro. Joining her in duo, is the very fine and accomplished Bassist, Keegan Harshman, owner of Langley’s full service music store, Blue Sound Music. We are happy to welcome Nancy and Keegan back to the Ott and Murphy Cabaret stage!
For those of you who’ve missed the alchemy of these two magic magicians from warm nights of years past at OM’s Cabaret by the Sea, and for those of you who’ve just heard about it and want to share in the spell, come join them for this height of summer reunion celebration! The evening promises to be filled with refreshing improvisation in the spirit of collaboration, fearless music, award winning wines, with new and old friends, in the sweet spot of the village by the sea.
A Seattle native, Nancy is a seasoned vocalist and pianist. She has performed extensively throughout the US, Canada, Japan, and Europe, in both Jazz clubs and Musical Theater; from Seattle’s Jazz Alley, ACT Theatre, and singing the National Anthem at a Seattle Sonic’s playoff game, to The Village Gate, and The Metropolitan Room, NYC, to sold out shows at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, WICA.
In addition to her music performances, Nancy enjoys a thriving voice teaching practice in Seattle and Whidbey Island.
Several of Nancy’s performances at Jazz Alley were with the late, legendary composer, author, and comedian, Steve Allen, who described Nancy as “-a wonderful singer of particular interest, -her own original style, thoughtful and emotional.”
“Nolan is a vibrant and versatile vocalist -always singing to the heart of the song.” -Earshot Jazz
Reservations recommended for this very special evening.
SATURDAY July 28th, 7pm
THE HOE AND THE HARROW $10
The sound and who tills it up…The Hoe and the Harrow tills up a style unique to their surroundings. At times drawing from the traditional sounds of Folk, Americana, and Roots Music, yet muddled with a layer of punk and grunge reminiscent of early Seattle Sound. Once harvested these lyric-driven melodies serve as food for the soul and spirit. Solemn, haunting and steeped in the rich river valley and maritime culture of their home.
Hailing from Anacortes, The Hoe and The Harrow are James Harper as Songsmith, Irish Bouzouki & Vocals; Ben Goe on Cello & Vocals; Keith Boller playing Bass; Matthew Harding on Drums & Vocals; Kyle Miller on Mandolin & Viola; Channing Waage: Vocals, Fiddle and Saw.
FRIDAY AUGUST 3rd, 7 pm
Ott & Murphy warmly welcomes back Choroloco–a Seattle based acoustic trio specializing in ‘choro’, a highly melodic and rhythmic instrumental form of Brazilian popular music.
Choro has roots in early 1900s Rio de Janeiro and is currently having a resurgence inside and outside of Brazil. Mixing the melodic forms of European music with Afro-Brazilian rhythms, it’s syncopated and energetic. On traditional Brazilian instruments (7-string guitar, bandolim, cavaquinho, and pandeiro) and the vibraphone they play choros old and new, from the classics of the choro repertoire to modern compositions and originals.
Stuart Zobel is a guitarist, composer, and teacher whose emphasis is in Latin American music and creating music for the screen and stage. He has composed and directed music for circus, vaudeville, stage plays, and movies. He is the former leader of the Fremont Philharmonic and was the music director for the Fremont Players.
Brandi Ledferd has been playing percussion in the Seattle area for over 20 years. Brandi has performed in groups including Northwest Symphony, Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, Gamelan Northwest, Fremont Philharmonic, and Pacific Northwest Film Scoring.
Multi-instrumentalist/percussionist Naoyuki Sawada is a native of Japan and moved to NYC in his early 20s where he studied Brazilian music. He toured with a NY-based Afro-Brazilian dance company “Roots of Brazil” as a percussionist for 3 seasons before moving to Seattle.
SATURDAY August 4th, 7 pm
ANDRE FERIANTE & ANIL PRASAD $20
Ott & Murphy presents Flamenco Mystico: Songs of bliss and longing performed by Andre Feriante & Master tabla player Anil Prasad. Joining Andre and Anil, are poet/vocalist Joni Takanikos and vocalist Shawn Berit. This special show will feature works of Rumi, Lorca and beyond….
Award winning Segovia-trained guitarist/composer Andre Feriante has performed for over 30 years in Europe, South America, and the United States. Beginning with his first concert in Rome in 1979, he has introduced a sensual and contemporary sound to an otherwise traditional genre. His creative blend of classical, flamenco and Brazilian styles speaks to people from all walks of life. In recent years, Andre has garnered rave reviews for applying his innovative approach and guitar mastery to the ukulele and nylon-stringed banjo. Andres’ concerts will take you on an inspiring musical journey with original music, classical and jazz standards, vocals in Italian, and poetry over guitar. He is well known for his calm stage presence and ability to connect with his audience on a deep emotional level.
Andre has released 13 solo recordings in his career the latest two albums are Novella, Ukulele Mosaique and Beatles Masquerade. Andre hopes that the passionate and sometimes meditative qualities in his songs will bring listeners inward to see our similarities as humans, creating more peace and ease in our world.
Anil Prasad has played tabla for decades and received much of his training from the incomparable Indian master, Zakir Hussain. He is equally at home with classical music, kirtan and fusion and is in high demand as one of Seattle’s premier tabla players.
Reservations are required for this special event.
FRIDAY August 10th, 7 pm
CORREO AEREO $15
Correo Aereo (Air Mail) is an award winning acoustic multi-instrumental and vocal Latin Music Trio.
They perform traditional music of Latin America: especially of Venezuela, Argentina, Cuba & Mexico, as well as their own original music deeply inspired by swimming and playing in these ancient rivers of traditions while being alive to organic innovation.
Dr. Juan Tony Guzman, Head of the Jazz Dept. at Luther College writes: “Listening to their performance one can unite space and time across cultures.”
Together, they combine a stunning array of instruments with silken vocal harmonies described as “locked in carnal embrace” by the Austin Chronicle. Their music is richly poly-rhythmic and soulfully melodic. Haunting, fiery, joyful!
Experience Correo Aereo in our Cabaret Room with Abel Rocha on harp, guitar, cuatro & vocals; Madeleine Sosin on violin, jarana, maracas, bombo & vocals; Amy Denio on clarinet, accordion & vocals!
SATURDAY August 11th, 5 & 7 pm
The Nick Mardon Blues Trio $10
We welcome The Nick Mardon Blues Trio back to the Ott & Murphy stage for two blazing summer shows of the blues!
The Nick Mardon Blues Trio plays Texas Blues with influences from Psychedelic Rock to Jazz Fusion. Nick Mardon fronts the band with smooth vocals and an endless supply of blazing guitar licks. The rhythm section features the dynamic groove of Greg Olson on the fretless electric bass and Andy Emery on the Drums.
The members of the trio have played with Mellisa Etheridge, Marcy Playground, Robert Glasper, and Marcus Printup and many notable local and national acts. The Nick Mardon Blues Trio has played at Everett Historic Theatre, Highway 99 Blues Club, Capps Club, The Royal Room, and many breweries, bars, and wineries. Virtuosic, energetic and committed to the blues, this powerhouse trio knows how to deliver–you will be astounded!
For this engagement we will present two shows: 5 & 7pm
These shows sell out, so reserve today!