Joe Craven and The Sometimers bring eclectic folk, pop, jazz to The Palms on Friday, July 20

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Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and regional favorite Joe Craven has made music with many folks, including Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, violinist Stéphane Grappelli, eclectic string player David Lindley, bluesman Roy Rogers and banjo fusionist Alison Brown.

On Friday, July 20, Craven will return to The Palms Playhouse with his band The Sometimers.

“Everything Joe touches turns into music,” said mandolinist Grisman, with whom Craven played for almost 17 years. Craven is a musician, creativity educator, music camp director, former museum curator, actor and music festival emcee. Folk Alliance Far-West awarded him Performer of the Year in 2009.

Joe Craven & The Sometimers is a tight, crisp string-centric band with a “no genre left behind” policy of music making. In addition to Craven, the band is guitarist Bruce MacMillan, bassist Jonathan Stoyanoff, drummer Barry Eldridge and singer Hattie Craven, and the five of them hold poetic license to operate heavy machinery. Their toolbox includes upright and electric bass, various guitars, Dobro, lap steel, mandolin, octave mandolin, fiddle, drums, more cowbell and more. With their debut release “Blender” and latest album “Garcia Songbook,” this NorCal roots music group celebrates a new kind of POP, which stand for “Pursuit of Possibility”, music.

Stoyanoff is a first call bassist for a wide variety of genres. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston on a performance scholarship, and has kept musical company with Larry Coryell, B.B. King, Robert Cray, Huey Lewis, Dave Mason, Jackie Greene, Ozomatli, Spearhead, Maceo Parker and many more.

MacMillan is an intuitive musician dedicated to the holy temple of American Roots Music. His passion for the history and variety of America’s musical heritage gives him versatility across many genres. From blues to bluegrass, country to jazz and rock & roll, MacMillan plays with energy and artistry. His skills on vocals plus all manner of guitars, Dobro and lap steel bring a broad palette of sound to Joe Craven & The Sometimers.

Drummer Eldridge brings deep-pocket grooves to the band, informed by his playing across a range of styles including indie rock, reggae, New Orleans second line, jazz-rock fusion and world beat.

Singer Hattie Craven‘s performance credits include Strawberry Music Festival, California Worldfest, Kate Wolf Memorial Festival, Live Oak Music Festival and the Millpond Music Festival. Last year, the father-daughter duo Joe & Hattie Craven released the album “Bright.” She is also a seasoned community theater actor.

Tickets for Joe Craven & The Sometimers July 20 show at The Palms Playhouse are $20 and are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids‘ Broken Note in Woodland, online The Palms’ website and Eventbrite and at the door if not sold out.

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