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He’s Back! Fred Raulston Returns to North Coast Brewing Company as New Music Director

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More Performances Are Coming to the Sequoia Room

Back in 1988, when North Coast Brewing first opened its doors, vibraphonist Fred Raulston led the jazz band that played on Saturday nights in the pub. Well-known in jazz circles around the country, Fred performed with an assortment of local musicians and visiting artists from the Bay Area, Los Angeles and the East Coast. Sometime in 1997 Fred left the coast to pursue other interests, but in February of this year he returned to North Coast Brewing to expand and grow the musical programming and performances in the brewery’s Sequoia Room.

Fred’s experience – as a musician, recording artist, recording engineer, jazz educator and jazz festival director – makes him especially well-suited for his current position as Music Director with North Coast. He has plans to bring some of the finest jazz artists in the world to perform in the Sequoia Room, expand the musical programming to include a variety of genres and include the local community of musicians in the mix. “I’m proud to be part of the team that believes in the power of music, supports jazz education, jazz festivals across the country, has contributed generously to the Thelonious Monk Institute and donates to over 100 local non-profit organizations.”

Fred says the dinner shows and concerts in the Sequoia Room will offer coastal residents and visitors access to special programs and quality experiences that are usually only available in larger urban areas. The room will feature an excellent sound and recording system, and now has a new-to-the-brewery seven-foot Baldwin concert grand piano.

Involved in music all his life, at age 15 Fred had hit records with The Continentals, a Texas band that launched the record company that eventually became the Lee Ann Rhymes Empire. In high school he played with John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed in the Texas blues and rock scene. While attending Southern Methodist University he won the outstanding musician/composer award at the American College Jazz Festival. His judges included Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Haynes.

After graduating he was under production contract to Electric Lady Studios in NYC. He then landed a recording contract with Inner City Records and composed and recorded Open Stream and Uncharted Waters and later recorded Fred’s Rescue with west coast label Seabreeze. On the west coast he worked with John Handy, Harold Land and Buddy Colette, and recorded three albums for Chet Baker.

An owner and operator his own 24 track studio, Fred has recorded albums and worked as a sideman with numerous jazz artists. His work as a producer resulted in Juno nominations for two Canadian jazz vocalists. He has been a jazz educator at Santa Barbara City College, Western Washington University and Montana State University. He was instrumental in revitalizing the Santa Barbara Jazz Society and founded and directed the International Jazz Festival in Santa Barbara, CA. In addition, he was director of the North York Jazz Festival in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

Fred feels a deep connection to the people and culture of the Mendocino Coast and he is delighted to be living and working here again. He feels this community understands that music, especially live music, is a shared circle of communication, the audience as much a part of the performance as the musicians. In addition to the artists and groups that he books for the Sequoia Room, Fred will perform on a regular basis. The vibraphonist brings good vibes to the community.

Photo by Sharon Garner

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Cow Bop Performs on Wednesday March 12 in the Sequoia Room at the Brewery Taproom

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What happens when you mix western swing, blues, honky tonk, bebop and flat out jazz with sultry vocals, thrilling riffs, sassy delivery and gutsy irreverence? Well, pardner…you get Cow Bop, the genre bending cowboy jazz band that’s coming to North Coast Brewing Company’s Sequoia Room on Wednesday, March 12 for two rollickin’ and swingin’ performances.

Led by internationally acclaimed guitarist Bruce Forman, the five piece band features the smoky, barroom vocals of Pinto Pammy, multi-instrumentalist, David Wise on sax and trumpet, and a rhythm section of Alex Frank on bass and Jake Reed on drums that is “as swingin’ and rockin’ as a rodeo bronc but as sure-footed as a prized pack mule.”

Bruce Forman has been an important part of the international jazz scene for more than three decades. Featured as a leader and a sideman at festivals and concert venues throughout the world, his numerous recording and performing credits include the likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Richie Cole and countless others. His guitar work is featured throughout Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award winning film, Million Dollar Baby. He is a faculty member at USC’s Thorton School of Music and a long standing member of the Monterey Jazz Festival educational programs.

The Cow Bop evening on March 12 will include two dinner performances in the Sequoia Room at the Brewery Taproom. Pre-paid reservations are required and can be made at 707 964-1286 between 10 am and 5 pm seven days a week. The first dinner seating is at 5:30 with the music beginning at 6:30 pm. The second dinner seating is at 8:00 with the performance at 9 pm. A special Jazz Club Prix-Fixe Dinner with dinner salad and a choice of entrees** will be offered to guests; dessert, beverage and tip are not included.

Cow Bop’s performance promises to bring joy, frolic and excitement to the waning days of winter. The band’s accolades reflect its impact: “It’s hot, jazzy and has a drawl!” said the SF Chronicle. “They put some scoobie-doo in their wahoo!” said Wylie Gustafson of Wylie & The Wild West.

Get in on the fun. North Coast’s Brewery Taproom is located at 444 N Main, on the corner of Main and Pine Streets in Fort Bragg. “Cow Bop’s stagecoach is a leavin’! Be under it!” Gabby Hayes. Pre-paid reservations at 707 964-1286 between 10 am and 5 pm seven days a week – ages 21 and up only

  • ** Jazz Club Prix-Fixe Dinner Entrees
    North Coast Classic Fish & Chips
    Carolina BBQ – Country Style Pit Cooked Pulled Pork
    BBQ Chicken Breast with Jambalaya & coleslaw- Cajun Style
    Lasagna Florentine – Vegetarian
    Seafood Gumbo – New Orleans Style
    Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Redeye Gravy

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Eleventh Portland Jazz Festival February 20th through March 2nd 2014 in the City of Portland, Oregon

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The Portland Jazz Festival, in its 11th season this year, is presented each February in Portland, Oregon as a tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month. Produced by PDX Jazz, a non-profit cultural arts organization, in partnership with Travel Portland, the Festival’s mission is to inspire, educate and develop future jazz audiences for generations to come. North Coast Brewing is proud to be the Official Beer Sponsor of the Portland Jazz Festival in support of its mission.

The Festival presents internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local jazz musicians. This season’s headliners include Winton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Ahmad Jamal, Dave Frishberg, Pat Metheny, Jack De Johnette, Esperanza Spaulding and Eliane Elias, amongst others. In addition to the beer sponsorship, North Coast Brewing is sponsoring two concerts: Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band and the Helen Sung Quartet. Also of special note is a performance by jazz pianist extraordinaire and longtime friend of North Coast, Geoffrey Keeser.

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A series of jazz education and outreach programs that extend into the Portland schools and neighborhoods is at the heart of the annual event. Many of the performers engage in “jazz conversations” that are free to the public. Some of the performances by local musicians are free to the public and some have a minimal ticket price.

The Festival is held around the City of Portland in multiple venues ranging from intimate spaces that seat or 100 or less to a number of theaters that seat between 800 and 3,500 audience members. For more information and a complete schedule of performances, conversations and special events, go to the Portland Jazz Festival website.

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Limited Edition Autographed Copy of Helen Sung’s New CD Anthem For A New Day Now Available

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Pianist Helen Sung makes her Concord Jazz debut with a ten song set on her new album, Anthem for a New Day. An exceptional musician, Helen began her piano studies as a classical pianist but switched to jazz in her senior year of music studies at the University of Texas in Austin and never turned back.

Anthem for a New Day is set for release January 28, 2014. A mix of original material, a few standards and a few surprises, the album is a declarative statement that finds Sung at the forefront of a six-piece band, with guest appearances by violinist Regina Carter and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera.

Concord Jazz is now offering a limited edition, autographed copy of Anthem for a New Day. Each person who orders can also receive 20% off with the code HELEN22.

A class of ’97 graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Helen is the pianist on Brother Thelonious Quintet, an album underwritten by North Coast Brewing and produced by T.S. Monk and Doug Moody. North Coast Brewing will be sponsoring release events for Anthem for a New Day at locations across the country, from California to New York. The Helen Sung website offers a complete listing of the release events. Click here to read a review and listen to cuts from the album.

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Celebrate Grigori Rasputin’s Birthday on January 22nd with Fans of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

This is the blog dedicated to the 2014 celebration of Grigori Rasputin’s Birthday.

Old Rasputin Questions & Answers

What was the first year the North Coast Brewing made Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout?
1995

Why did the Russian aristocrats hate Rasputin?
He was born a peasant which was unacceptable to them.

What were the two contradictory sides of Rasputin?
Pious and holy versus alcoholic and licentious

How many times has Old Rasputin won Gold at the World Beer Championships?
Seven

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How many men did it take to assassinate Rasputin?
Five

In whose court was Rasputin an advisor?
Tsar Nicholas II

What is the meaning of the Russian words on the Old Rasputin label?
One does not become an intimate friend quickly.

Tsarina Alexandra thought Rasputin saved her son from dying of what disease?
Hemophilia

 

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North Coast Brewery Tours Not Available at this Time

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Ensemble VIII Presents European Masterworks for Men’s Voices on January 10th and 11th 2014

Ensemble VIII, a vocal group dedicated to presenting Renaissance and Baroque music, will present a very special concert on January 10 and 11 2014 in Austin and Georgetown, Texas. Under the direction of founder and conductor Dr. James Morrow, the men of Ensemble VIII graphicEnsemble VIII will perform a selection of European Masterworks for Men’s Voices featuring music of the Renaissance. Selections include William Byrd’s Three Voice Mass, Lassus Missa Pro Defunctis and Antoine Brummel’s Mater Patria et Filia.

North Coast Brewing is pleased to be a major sponsor of this group of highly trained early music vocalists. The ensemble performs at the highest artistic level with a keen attention to scholarship and historically informed performances practices. Ensemble VIII is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization.

Performances are as follows:
Friday, January 10 at 7:30 pm
St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel
7601 Burnet Road, Austin
Saturday, January 11 at 4:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
410 E University Avenue, Georgetown

To purchase tickets and to learn more about Ensemble VIII, please visit the website.

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Dinner Jazz at North Coast Brewery’s Sequoia Room December 27 & 28, 2013

The end of the year brings a special group of musicians to North Coast Brewing’s regular Friday and Saturday evening Dinner Jazz. On Friday, December 27 and Saturday, December 28 an exceptional group of six musicians will perform jazz standards on the newly built stage in the Sequoia Room.

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The sextet includes Dinner Jazz regulars and coastal jazz icons Richard Cooper on the 1877 Weller Square Grand Piano and Francis Vanek on tenor sax. Special guests include guitar virtuoso Randy Vincent, rising stars Levi Saelua on alto sax and Gabe Yanez on drums, and seasoned professional and all-around sideman Greg D’Augelli on bass.

Dinner Jazz guests will have the opportunity to enjoy North Coast Brewing’s fare while experiencing the excitement of live performance and the musical collaboration and improvisation that is the soul of jazz.

Dinner Jazz begins at 6 pm and the musicians will perform until 9 pm. Reservations are not required. North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room is in the Brewery Taproom on the southeast corner of Main and Pine Streets in Fort Bragg.

Photo by Sharon Garner – Musicians from L to R – Francis Vanek, Richard Cooper Greg D’Augelli and Randy Vincent

 

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Ensemble VIII Presents a Special Holiday Concert in Austin Texas on December 17th & 18th

Ensemble-VIII-(w)May-2011Ensemble VII, a group of highly trained early music singers, will bring a beautiful and spiritual holiday concert to the City of Austin on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 17th and 18th at 7:30 pm at the St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel.

Under the direction of conductor Dr. James Morrow, the group will perform the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Introduced at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England in 1918, the work features nine readings from the Bible with choral works of the season sung between the readings. At these two performances the Bible selections will be read by prominent citizens of Austin and audience members will be asked to join in the singing of several well-loved and familiar carols. Ensemble VIII co-founder Donald Meineke will be the featured organist for these concerts.

The King’s College version of Lessons and Carols was originally introduced to bring a more imaginative approach to holiday worship. An earlier version of the work, used in 1880 by the Bishop of Truro in Cornwall, was instigated as a 10 pm December 24th service designed specifically to keep men out of pubs. Even so…North Coast Brewing is pleased to be a major sponsor of Ensemble VIII and of the two special concerts in December.

Tickets to these concerts can be purchased online. The St Louis Catholic Church Chapel is located at 7601 Burnet Road in Austin.

Additional concerts in Ensemble VIII’s season include:

European Masterworks for Men’s Voices
Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm
St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel in Austin, Texas
Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm
First United Methodist Church in Georgetown, Texas

Love Songs from Italy
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm
First United Methodist Church in Georgetown, Texas
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 3 pm
St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel in Austin, Texas

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Weekend Brewery Tours Available Through January 2014

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North Coast Brewing will offer tours of the brewery on the following Saturdays and Sundays: December 21 & 22, December 28 & 29, January 4 & 5 and January 18 & 19. There will be one tour each Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 1:30 pm. The tours will take approximately 45 minutes and will be led by North Coast brewers.

Tours will be limited to 20 people and reservations are suggested. You can make a reservation at the Brewery Shop – 707 964-1286.

Gathering place is the Brewery Shop, 501 N Main, on the northwest corner of Main and Pine streets, Fort Bragg.

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