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Music at The Shattuck Stage
SATURDAY JUNE 11TH 2011
1:00 PM
Tippy Canoe
Originally from Baltimore and now based in sunny Oakland, songbird and solo uke-slinger, Tippy Canoe (Michele Kappel), made the switch from a 5-piece drum kit with the garage-pop princesses The Kirby Grips (Sympathy For The Record Industry), to a 4-stringed ukulele in 2003. Since then she’s been on a mission with her band the Paddlemen to bring sincere uplift in a severely down-slanted era by spreading her hook-laden pop-meets-roots music. On her debut full-length album, “Parasols & Pekingese,” released in 2008 on Late Bloomers Works and recorded with her full band the Paddlemen, Tippy Canoe shows off her enchanting and dynamic sound. Her voice is a mixture of the 60's girl group sound and classic country with its own quirky nature shining through.
3:00 PM
Mikie Lee Prasard
Mikie Lee Prasard co-hosted the Monday Blues jam with the Steve Gannon band at Blake’s in Berkeley from early 2000 to October of 2004. He hosted Acoustic Wednesdays at Blakes from July 2001 to January of 2005. He has played a variety of gigs in the Philippines as a featured guest from 2004-2005. Mikie was also guest guitar player for several local blues bands in England in 2003. In addition to solo tours and tours with Maria Muldaur and Heavy Petting Zoo, Mikie has played most Bay Area clubs including Bimbo’s, the Great American Music Hall, Slim’s, the Boom Boom Room, and Bottom of the Hill.
4:00 PM
Steve Gannon
London, England-born guitarist Steve Gannon came to Oakland, California in 1982 and soon became active on the local blues scene, initially playing at after-hours clubs and jam-sessions and then working with the bands of J.J. Malone, Eddie Ray and Sonny Rhodes with whom he co-produced the critically-acclaimed 'Just Blues' album. For almost fifteen years he hosted the popular 'Blue Monday' jam-session at Larry Blake's in Berkeley, artists who dropped by and sat in included Ike Turner, Irma Thomas, Joe Louis Walker, Harvey Mandel and many others.In recent years he has toured the U.S. with Sonny Rhodes and Lady Bianca and has played many festival and concert-hall dates with both Jimmy McCracklin and Sugar Pie DeSanto
BETWEEN MUSIC
Robyn Wilson of HoopTherapy
Robyn was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Psychology, she went on to pursue a career in social service research. In the spring of 2010, Robyn hooped her way out of depression. She has found peace and purpose through hooping. She will entertain and train one and all in the art of hooping between musical performances.
SUNDAY JUNE 12TH 2011
1:00 PM
Spirit of ’29 Dixieland Jazz
The members of the Spirit of '29 Dixieland Jazz Band have been playing together for over eight years. All of them are seasoned musicians who have played traditional jazz for many years prior to joining the band. When Spirit of '29 Dixieland Jazz Band start playing together, the rhythm jumps, the music gets hot, and the audience members smile and dance. It's not enough to read about it, you have to experience it.
3:00 PM
Steve Gannon
London, England-born guitarist Steve Gannon came to Oakland, California in 1982 and soon became active on the local blues scene, initially playing at after-hours clubs and jam-sessions and then working with the bands of J.J. Malone, Eddie Ray and Sonny Rhodes with whom he co-produced the critically-acclaimed 'Just Blues' album. For almost fifteen years he hosted the popular 'Blue Monday' jam-session at Larry Blake's in Berkeley, artists who dropped by and sat in included Ike Turner, Irma Thomas, Joe Louis Walker, Harvey Mandel and many others.In recent years he has toured the U.S. with Sonny Rhodes and Lady Bianca and has played many festival and concert-hall dates with both Jimmy McCracklin and Sugar Pie DeSanto
4:00 PM
Eric Thompson
Eric Thompson first picked up a guitar in his teens in the 1960’s and has been going strong ever since, becoming an exceptional lead flatpicker and achieving equal mastery on mandolin, banjo and guitar.  Among his earliest bands were the Black Mountain Boys (with Jerry Garcia and David Nelson) and Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions and he has performed as a sideman on recordings by Mike Seeger, Alice Gerrard, the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, Mac Benford, Jody Stecher, Jane Voss, and Frankie Armstrong, among others. With his newly released Kleptograss CD, Eric teams up with Jody Stecher, Scott Nygaard, Paul Shelasky and Paul Knight, rounding out the CD with previously unreleased tracks he recorded some years back with Jody and wife, Suzy. 
BETWEEN MUSIC
Robyn Wilson of HoopTherapy
Robyn was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Psychology, she went on to pursue a career in social service research. In the spring of 2010, Robyn hooped her way out of depression. She has found peace and purpose through hooping. She will entertain and train one and all in the art of hooping between musical performances.
Entertainment for Kids of All Ages at The Tree Stage
SATURDAY JUNE 11TH 2011
12:00 Noon
Jean-Paul Valjean
Jean-Paul was born in Algeria, Africa to fourthgeneration circus performers (trained in the European tradition) who passed on their art to their family. He began his training in the circus arts as an acrobat and contortionist.  At the young age of 5, he made his debut as the youngest high-wire performer in the world in London, England. This was the start of a long and distinguished career showcasing his talents in numerous European and American circuses and variety shows. Jean Paul has also been featured on the pages of Juggle Magazine.
2:00 PM
Zappo the Magician

Returning to delight us all for another year with his amazing blend of magic and humor. Countless children have laughed at Zappo's antics and wondered at his bafflements. Corporate audiences marvel at the production of a live rabbit from thin air. Dinner guests are captivated by the fantastic feats performed tableside right under their very noses. Zappo is equally comfortable before an audience of hundreds or an audience of one, performing stage, parlour or close-up miracles for spectators in the San Francisco Bay Area, Reno, Lake Tahoe and beyond.

SUNDAY JUNE 12TH 2011
12:00 Noon
Daniel Da Vinci

Juggler Daniel Da Vinci has performed as a solo act for several years, and also with fellow juggler Barry Friedman, with whom he teamed up in 1980 to form “The Raspyni Brothers.”  “Juggling genius” Daniel has performed at 1000′s of events around the world each show adding to his wealth of knowledge as an entertainer. Married with two Dachshunds, Daniel lives in Pinole, California and performs currently as both a solo act and 1/2 of the Raspyni Brothers.

2:00 PM
Jean-Paul Valjean
Jean-Paul was born in Algeria, Africa to fourthgeneration circus performers (trained in the European tradition) who passed on their art to their family. He began his training in the circus arts as an acrobat and contortionist.  At the young age of 5, he made his debut as the youngest high-wire performer in the world in London, England. This was the start of a long and distinguished career showcasing his talents in numerous European and American circuses and variety shows. Jean Paul has also been featured on the pages of Juggle Magazine.

 

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