Skaneateles Creekside Books & Coffee welcomes local musicians to the Café during the first two weekends of December. Solo artist, Cielle will perform on Friday, Dec. 7, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Josh Dekaney and Wendy Ramsey perform on Saturday, Dec. 8, Jane Zell and da Zelltones perform on Friday, Dec. 14, and Creekside’s house band, Edgy Folk will play on Saturday, Dec. 15.
All performances are free and open to the public. They begin at 7:30 p.m. and end promptly at 9:30 p.m.
Solo artist Cielle was born of African American and European French decent. She has lived and traveled around the world. Self taught and passionately inspired, music has always been in her history. Her father led the band Benny Layton and the Rhythm Kings in which world famous pianist Billy Taylor played at the age of 15.
Cielle first appeared as back up singer in the band Third Estate while maintaining solo performances as a singer/songwriter. She sang back up for the R&B band Teddy Antrum, and studies with several well-known improvisation vocalists such as Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon. Cielle often performs in New York and other venues throughout the northeast.
The Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers Trio plays deep-grooving acoustic rock, mixing original songs with fresh takes on tunes from the Beatles and Grateful Dead to Anna Nalick and Elvis Costello. Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers is a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine.
Rodgers will be joined by SAMMY winner Josh Dekaney (Grupo Pagan, Samba Laranja) on a one-of-a-kind multi-percussion kit, and singer-songwriter Wendy Ramsay (Joanne Perry and the Unstoppables) on vocals, rhythm guitar, and flute.
Jane Zell is a local favorite and has been described as a “blues-jazz diva” by Richard Marchetta of Folknotes. Her trio Jane Zell and da Zelltones has played regionally in clubs, coffeehouses and numerous festivals in the area. She released her CD, “Sista Moon,” in 1998 and is one of 15 women on the “Women ‘n Blues” CD. Zell will play the guitar and her homemade washtub bass as part of this musical collaboration. This diva just exudes coolness.
Edgy Folk transformed the former duo Peterson and Dennihy into a band with creative edge and energy. They capture a unique sound from their original music based on original songwriting, to the creative cover songs they perform with heart and groove.
For more information on these musical performances contact Denise Headd at 345-1369 or call Creekside Books & Coffee at 685-0379.