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Past Concerts

Hot Sauce House Concerts has featured many live performances from local and touring musicians. Here are some of the musicians we've hosted.

Ethan Leinwand & Miss Jubilee (Valerie Kirchhoff) from St. Louis performed blues, barrelhouse, early Chicago boogie-woogie, and good-time hokum stride. (March 24, 2019) Link

Ultrafaux - A Baltimore-based trio specializing in music inspired by the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt. (February 10, 2019) Link

Ethan Uslan - Witty ragtime, jazz, & swing pianist and the genial host of the Carolina Shout podcast. (October 13, 2018) Link

Brian Holland (piano) and Danny Coots (drums) from Nashville, Tennessee played Fats Waller tunes, red-hot boogie-woogie, lyrical jazz standards, and much more. (May 17, 2019, April 20 2018, and April 15, 2017)  

Gina DeSimone & the Moaners brought down the house with a funky, R&B-inspired Halloween bash on October 28, 2017. (Their costumes were pretty cool, too.) Link

Adam Swanson, the only four-time winner of the Old-Time Piano Playing Championship, and a noted interpreter of 20th-century popular piano music stopped by while in town. (September 26, 2017) Link

Del Rey, West-Coast based, is a consummate entertainer, and a master of the ukulele and steel-bodied guitar. (April 7, 2017) Link

David Jackson, David Oziel, Howard Moss, three favorite local bluesmen, warmed up a cold night with an evening of blues. (February 25, 2017)

Max Keenlyside, a talented composer, and pianist from Canada, performed stride, ragtime, and Jelly Roll Morton favorites. (November 12, 2016) Link

Paolo Alderighi & Stephanie Trick, a husband-and-wife piano duo based in Milan, Italy, played ingenious and intricate four-hand arrangements of jazz and popular music. (May 20, 2016) Link

Ivory & Gold (Jeff & Anne Barnart on piano and flute, respectively), charmed the audience with selections ranging from boisterous ragtime to soulful blues. (April 16, 2016) Link

Belle Triste (Candace Mowbray on classical guitar and Anita Thomas on clarinet) wowed us in their first-ever public appearance, a program of modern classics by Piazzola, Boutros, Khachaturian, and others. (September 25, 2015) Link

Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton, with his wife, Elizabeth, accompanying on percussion, took us on an accordion tour of the world: the bistros of Paris (musette), Venezuela (cumbia), Louisiana (zydeco), Eastern Europe (Romany), and other exotic locales. (April 25, 2015) Link

Stephanie Trick, one of the finest jazz and stride pianists today, has become a house concert favorite ever since her first solo concert with us (September 19, 2014), then in a concert with noted drummer John Rozum (March 14, 2015), and, most recently, appearing here with her husband, Paolo Alderighi (listed above). Link

Carl Sonny Leyland, originally from England but now of New Cuyama, California, is not only in the Boogie-Woogie Hall of Fame but is also an authority on early blues piano styles. A real crowd-pleaser, we've been thrilled to have him play three concerts. (July 19, 2014; April 21 & 22, 2012) Link

Doug MacLeod has won so many Blues Music Awards that it's astonishing, but more to the point, he's one of the best acoustic blues players around -- and quite a masterful raconteur as well. (May 30, 2014) Link

The Bumper Jacksons, in a stripped-down three-musician format, transported us to Bourbon Street with authentic New Orleans Street Band/American roots sounds. (March 9, 2014) Link

Erin Harpe in a Delta blues duo with Jim Countryman, had the room rockin' with the Love Whip Blues and other great numbers. This was the first house concert Erin and Jim had ever performed, and they seemed to really enjoy the intimate setting. (November 29, 2013) Link

Frederick Hodges, a virtuoso pianist hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, dazzled us with renditions of Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, music from classic Hollywood films, not to mention an original fantasy suite based on "The Wizard of Oz." (March 16, 2013 and November 19, 2015) Link

The Mike Gellar-Christiana Drapkin Trio, featuring swinging vocals by Christiana and deft guitar work by Mike, had "The World on a String" (and the audience in their hands) on October 13, 2012. Link

The Anita Thomas Trio performed at our inaugural house concert on January 12, 2012: Anita Thomas on sax and clarinet, Jay Miles on upright bass, and Bob Sykes on piano playing pieces by Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and others. Link