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Marty Cohen & The Sidekicks

Marty Cohen – award-winning songwriter and veteran performer who fronts the group on lead vocals, guitar and harmonica. Dreams of being a Sidekick.
A veteran of the folk music club circuit, Marty played extensively on the East Coast both in the U.S. and Canada before his move west. He founded and directed Sacramento’s first Songwriters’ Showcase featuring the original music of local talent through concerts, workshops and public TV programs. Over the years Marty has performed with many top musicians in the Sacramento area. The current group –with Ken Rabiroff and Jeff Sears as the Sidekicks – has been together about 4 years. Marty fronts the band,writes the original material and provides lead vocals, guitar and harmonica.
Ken Rabiroff (rightkick) – on lead guitar and vocals, with a passion for guitar that can’t be controlled. Looks good in hats.
If there’s music to be made, Ken will play it – he picked up an instrument before he picked up a crayon. From a bluegrass ballad to Charlie Parker bebop, all he needs is a good tune and a little room to do his thing. His rich lead guitar fills in those nice spaces in Marty’s songs, and he brings a solid harmony to the Sidekicks’ vocal mix.
He’s also an accomplished bass player on both upright and acoustic/electric who has performed with other popular Sacramento groups – everything from roots music to wailin’ rockabilly. He can’t resist trading places with Jeff to set the bass groove for some cover tunes. Especially in live performances, Ken brings a freewheeling energy to the group.

Jeff Sears (leftkick) – on bass and vocals. Born under the western skies and raised on rock ’n’ roll.
Jeff first crossed paths with Marty Cohen back when they were both singing waiters at a Sacramento restaurant. He’s the bass anchor for the Sidekicks and adds a sweet harmony to the band’s original material. For the stage and in the studio, Jeff’s strong arrangements tie the group together. Jeff’s a versatile player who’s been seen on many other musical stages with bass or guitar in hand, working with fellow performers in styles from rock to folk to jazz to blues.
All longtime Sacramento residents, these talented musicians combine their years of experience to create spirited live performances featuring rich harmonies and inspired arrangements. Mostly, these guys just love to share a great song.

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Mark Hanson & Greta

Husband and wife team Mark Hanson and Greta Pedersen are, respectively, a Grammy-Award winning guitarist, and Young Audiences’ 2009 National Artist of the Year. Their concerts are memorable, highlighted by blazing fingerpicking, haunting ballads, fun songs and good humor. A steaming blues fingerpicking tune may segue into a Ray Charles ballad. An a capella duet of Oh, Brother Where Art Thou’s “Down to the River to Pray” may be followed by a “name-that-tune” dulcimer/guitar medley or Dan Hick’s “How Can I Miss You (When You Won’t Go Away)”. Likely, they will include a bit of audience participation!


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Dan Crary

Master of the Flatpick Guitar

He is a musical legend, a pioneer of one of the most intricate, yet powerful, forms of American music, and a master of the guitar; he’s Dan Crary, a flatpicking stylist with an international reputation for innovation, taste and brilliance. With more than 50 years as a performer, Crary is one of the few artists whose work can be said to transcend the boundaries of style and genre.

A long and distinguished recording career, featuring solo projects and group efforts (especially with the award-winning ensemble California, active through most of the 1990s) plus many guest appearances, have brought Dan Crary acclaim as a versatile performer able to range from Mozart to Anglo-American fiddle tunes to moody, evocative original compositions. Nineteen ninety-four’s Jammed If I Do, with guests Tony Rice, Doc Watson, Norman Blake, and Beppe Gambetta, was hailed as one of the decade’s great gatherings of guitarists, while is 1992 solo album, Thunderation, won the National Association of Independent Record Distributors and Manufacturer’s annual “Indie” award for “Best String Instrumental Album.” Crary’s 1997 release, Holiday Guitar, won 1998?s “Indie” for “Best Seasonal Music” from the Association For Independent Music.


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Ryder Green with RoHarpo

Ryder Green and his band won the Golden Gate Blues Society’s International Blues Challenge for 2017.
RoHarpo the Bluesman (Ro), is a self-taught harmonica player and singer/songwriter hailing from Baton Rouge Louisiana

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Vintage Fare

Their sound might be described as “amplified acoustic,” with an emphasis on tight vocal harmonies. Our repertoire is loosely focused on the folk and ballads of the sixties era, but we also do light rock and blues. We’re certainly no “tribute” band, and, despite the sixties influence, we cover music from decades before and after – as well as our own originals.


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David Evans

David Evans has been performing country blues (vocal and guitar) since 1962, having learned directly from many southern blues musicians of an older generation. Much of this learning was gained in the course of field research on the country blues tradition, beginning in 1965. Evans is currently Professor of Music at the University of Memphis and has taught on a visiting basis at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of Tommy Johnson (1971), Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues (1982) and The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Blues (2005), along with many other publications, and he has produced over 50 LPs and CDs of his field and studio recordings of blues, gospel and folk music.


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Open Mic

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Bring your guitar, your uke, your tambourine, play our house keyboard

But come, share your music and enjoy the music of our community

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Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Clara Baker and Matt Bednarsky will be making a tour stop at The Den

Clara Baker is a traveling singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and performer from Corvallis, Oregon
Born to a jazz guitarist and music teacher father and a mother with a classical pedigree, Matt grew up in Shelton, CT engulfed in music. He began violin at the age of 4 (soon after left behind), guitar at age 8, and started singing probably not long after he could make farm animal noises. He first put pen to paper in songwriting at the age of Matt is currently based in Nashville, TN

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James Cottriall will be at The Den performing, meeting people and making new fans!
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Pine Street Ramblers

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We couldn't get enough of them, and will follow them. Local Auburn group that has toured in Europe. Fortunately I got their CD! The "Den" is a great place to hang out in a nice atmosphere.

Nov 4th at the Den

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Friday Nite with Hilary Scott singer song writer was amazing! Her voice is pure and wonderful and her songs were so good we had to buy her latest CD: Freight Train Love which I can't stop playing! Had a great time!

Harmony Hustlers

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What a great place and the music was hoppin.

Can't Get Enough!

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So far I've been to different open mics and Acoustic Blues Tuesdays. It's always a lot of fun. There's a wide range of talent & abilities from people who are helpful, supportive and non-judgemental. P.S. The sliders and chocolate chip cookies are killer!

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The Acoustic Den Cafe
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10271 Fairway Dr, Ste 120
Roseville, CA 95678
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