April in April – April Verch Band

The wonderfully talented April Verch Band is making a return visit to Luna April 4th, 2018.  Visit the Facebook Event Page to find a link to purchase tickets or stop by the café. 
 While Verch is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and far beyond, for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds. Verch and her fellow trio members pare down their arrangements, highlighting the simple pleasures of upright bass, guitar, clawhammer banjo, voices, fiddle, and stepping in intimate conversation. At the heart lie Verch’s delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing.  Sometimes she sings, steps and fiddles all at once, with apparent ease and precision. Verch is – as they say – a triple threat in performance, her live show a beautiful companion to her music: versatile, robust, and masterfully executed.
 The April Verch Band features world-class musicians Cody Walters on upright-electric bass and banjo, and Alex Rubin on guitar and mandolin . Together, these three passionate musicians tour tirelessly across Canada, the United States, the U.K., Europe, Australia & China. They have established a reputation as consummate performers, winning over audiences not only with sheer virtuosity on their respective instruments, but also with charm, humor and boundless energy on stage

Monk-a-Thon October 23rd

Monk-a-Thon Facebook Event Page

Thelonious Sphere Monk was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on October 10th, 1917 and spent the first five years of his life there. His parents later moved the family to Manhattan. He is the second-most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington and one of only five jazz musicians to have been featured on the cover of Time Magazine. Monk was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Greg Pagel, Steve Johnson, Phil Nelson, Cully Swansen, and James LeFevre will perform a selection of Monk compositions in celebration of his life and music. Nick Utrie and Cully Swansen will open the night with a set of duo Monk. All tips/donations to the band ($5-$10 recommended).