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Author Topic: Todalo Shakers Tour March 2019 Suzy & Eric Thompson, WB Reid, Matt Weiner etc  (Read 519 times)

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I'm pleased to announce that the Todalo Shakers (Suzy & Eric Thompson, WB Reid, Frannie Leopold and Matt Weiner) will be playing some shows (mostly house concerts) in Northern California in March.  We'll be celebrating our new CD, "Rock Away My Blues".

For those not familiar with the Todalo Shakers, it consists of myself (Suzy Thompson), Eric Thompson, Frannie Leopold, WB Reid and Matt Weiner and we've been playing together for 20 years. WB and Matt live in Seattle, and Frannie lives in Mendocino, so we don't often have the opportunity to play together -- but whenever we do, there is much joy and laughter as well as a ton of great music of the jug band and ragtime variety (sometimes veering into other territory!)

We're doing a Kickstarter to fund our new CD, info is at the end of this posting. You can choose concert tickets as a reward, including tickets to any of the shows listed below.

Eight shows in nine days!!  Todalo Shakers by my side, we're gonna have some fun and I hope to see some of you northern California Weenies! 

Thurs. March 14 - 7 pm - Woodside - House Concert. For reservations, address, info, email <>

Fri. March 15 -  8 pm - Walnut Creek - Devil Mountain Coffeehouse, Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. Jaeger and Reid will play an opening set. $20 admission; tickets not yet on sale.  More info here:

Sat. March 16 - Cotati - FrogSong Common House, 8290 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati.  Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00.  Bringing a goodie (edible or drinkable) to share heartily encouraged! Suggested donation $15-30, sliding scale (100% goes to the musicians).
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Seating is first come, first served - no reservations are necessary.

Sun. March 17 - 3 pm (afternoon) - Half Moon Bay - house concert - Email  for reservations, location, etc.

Mon. March 18 - Santa Cruz - house concert at Irene's.   Email​ for details.

Tues. March 19 - 8 pm  - Oakland - house concert - email for details.  Reservations required.

Wed. March 20 - 7:30 pm - southern Marin County  - house concert  - for info and reservations, please email

Fri. March 22 - 8 pm (doors open at 7:30) Caspar Community Center, 15051 Caspar Road. A benefit for Mendocino County's great public radio station, KZYX. Tickets $20. Advance tickets will be available starting in mid-February online via brownpapertickets, and also at Harvest Market, Fort Bragg and Mendosa's Market, Mendocino.

We?re doing a Kickstarter campaign to help pay for the CD project and YOU can help by pre- ordering your copy of the CD.  For those supporting this project at a higher level, we have a bunch of cool rewards ranging from CD collections to concert tickets (including tickets to the shows on our upcoming March 2019 tour in Northern California)  to a personalized  musical recording for your answering machine to the Todalo Shakers playing music at your house party!

I'm really proud of this recording, it?s the best one I've done in a long time.  Every member of the band is really playing and singing at the top of their game, the arrangements are wonderful, and the material is great ? lots of old blues, jug band songs, hillbilly rags, but also some unusual things too ? a great ragtime piece written by WB Reid and arranged for the band ? a Lotus Dickey song with a klezmer-Greek twist ? Kid Ory?s Creole Trombone transformed into a showpiece for Matt Weiner?s astonishing bass playing.

Click here to visit our Kickstarter page:
Thanks in advance for helping us get this new recording out into the world!!


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