Music

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“Everybody gets a front seat,” says Aimée Bolter Campbell about her Dala’s Nest house concerts that she hosts each year at her Menlo Park home on O’Connor Street. The season kicks off this year on April 21 with the Adrian West Trio.

Aimée had a career as a technical writer before retiring in 2016, two years after she started her house concert series. “The impetus for starting was my desire to bring local artists into a dedicated listening space,” she says. “The musicians aren’t struggling to be heard over food, drink and conversation. People come here to really hear the music. Talk happens between sets.”

This year she’s hoping to produce a dozen or so concerts. She presents a wide variety of musical styles, all acoustically. While she still features many local artists, she’s expanded to touring groups from around the nation and the world.

There’s a suggested donation of $20 for each performance, all of which goes to the performer(s).

“I want people to know about this place as a family-friendly, comfortable place,” explains Aimée.

Photo by Robb Most (c) 2018

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Two M-A grads make the news in sad ways

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Two Menlo-Atherton High School grads, both of whom excelled in their professions, made the news the in the last few days. Craig Rockhold (photo right) was identified as the man who was killed in a Caltrain collision on Saturday night, which Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said appeared to be an intentional act. Craig, who played […]

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Two local musicians playing at legendary Slims in San Francisco

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Two local guys we’ve covered before, Jack Mosbacher and Rooney Pitchford, are playing at Slims in San Francisco on March 16. Jack went to Menlo School and Stanford; Rooney to Sacred Heart Prep and Stanford. We talked to Jack in 2012 when he was working for his mentor Larry Diamond as a research assistant and covered Rooney […]

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The Blues By Five jazz band set to play at Luttickens in their final season together

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As Menlo-Atherton High School freshman, five young musicians formed The Blues by Five jazz band. Now they’re seniors and entering what will be the final chapter as a group with performances over the next few months at Lutticken’s (3535 Alameda de las Pulgas). Members (right to left) Chris Iyer (trumpet), Selim Karahan (sax), Callum Burgess […]

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Get your New Orleans fix at M-A’s Big Band Dance on Saturday, Feb. 3

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Come swing to the sounds of the award-winning Menlo-Atherton Bands and Orchestra on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 7:00 t0 10:00 pm. This year’s New Orleans-themed evening will transport you to the French Quarter, where we will dance to jazz music performed by our talented ensembles led by the incomparable Kent Kurrus, participate in a second […]

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Scott Bell & Friends Live Music at Cafe Zoë on Jan. 13

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Scott Bell, a Menlo Park local, teacher, farrier, and singer with the Bell Brothers, is joining Andre Pacheco, David Adler, Carolyn Fredericks, Scott Thompson, Pete Sommer from the West Coast Songwriters Association, and Vic Martin to roll out their very best acoustic jam night on Jan. 13. The range of music spans from folksy acoustic […]

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Local band gathers instruments for victims of Sonoma County fires

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One way that people — especially children — who lost their homes during the wine country fires can get some pleasure and start rebuilding their lives is to start playing musical instruments and participate in the bands and orchestras like they did prior to the fires. The members of the Los Trancos Woods Community Marching […]

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Listen to Jym Marks and his jazz combo on Jan. 6

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On January 6, the Menlo Park Library is presenting local bandleader/drummer Jym Marks and his jazz combo at 11:00 am in the City Council Chambers. Local musician, poet, author, lecturer, and business owner Jym Marks has been a band leader for over 40 years and has played with John Handy, James Moody, and many other […]

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Holiday sounds – Scottish style – are coming to Menlo Park this weekend

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Want to liven up your holiday season? The Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums is presenting a free Scottish Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 16, at 3:00 pm at Trinity Church in Menlo Park. The concert includes Scottish bagpipes and drums, Scottish fiddlers, and carols. There will be guest appearances by the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers and the […]

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Kitka concert at St. Bede’s on Dec. 10 coincides with release of holiday album

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Women’s vocal ensemble, Kitka, will bring its annual Wintersongs tour to St Bede’s Church in Menlo Park on Dec. 10, playing new holiday music from the recently-released CD titled Evening Star along with unusual seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. In celebration of their new CD, Kitka dedicates this year’s […]

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Listen to traditional Hawaiian music from Hiram Kaailua Bell on Dec. 9

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Multi-talented musician Hiram Kaailau Bell promises a performance of traditional Hawaiian music, as well as other styles of music that are innovative and not what you might expect to hear from an ukulele, on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11:00 to noon at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers (701 Laurel St.). He will even take […]

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