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Cinco de Mayo Mexi-Irish style

By awoodall
Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 1:00 pm in Night Owl.

Cinco de Mayo kick-off and double CD-release party April 30 at the Starry Plough, Berkeley

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Steve Taylor-Ramírez takes his critically acclaimed Latin-infused neo-folk back to Berkeley’s Starry Plough Pub Thursday, April 30.  He brings with him Latin-inspired soul singer Pamela Parker and folk duo Misner & Smith (winners of Best Song of the Year in the 2007 West Coast Songwriters’ Competition).

Pamela Parker and Misner & Smith will each release new, highly praised CDs. Taylor-Ramírez will introduce his new musical genre, Blues Ranchera, in which the sound of the Mississippi Delta meets the mariachi spirit of Jalisco, Mex.

The details:

Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Starry Plough Pub     

3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

Cost: $7

Info: 510.841.2082Set times:

9:00 – 9:50 – Steve Taylor-Ramirez

10:00 – 10:50 – Pamela Parker

11:00 – 12:00 – Misner & Smith


About the music


Misner & Smith offer folk songs rich in meaning and texture, centered around unique vocal harmonies and thoughtful lyrics.  Their new album, Poor Player, came into being after Sam Misner won best song of the year with “Madeline” at the West Coast Songwriters’ Competition in the fall of 2007. The prize was free time in a recording studio, so they recorded at Bad Habit Recordings (http://badhabitrecordings.com/) in San Francisco with Gordon Brislawn as sound engineer.  Poor Player has met rave reviews.  Visit www.misnerandsmith.com and  www.myspace.com/misnerandsmith for music and info.


Soulsinger Pamela Parker delivers a juicy blend of bluesy, soulful rock and has just released her latest album, Beautiful Day. Pamela deeply touches her audience with songs about life, love and being the change you wish to see in the world. “Parker oozes organic soul in both her performances and arrangements,” said Music Connection Magazine. Pamela has recently played the Fillmore, Great American Music Hall and Climate Theater, after touring as front woman for folk-funk-world-reggae-rock sensation Roots A’Risin’. Visit www.PamelaParkerMusic.com and www.YouTube.com/SoulSingerSmiles for music and more.


Berkeley-based songwriter, guitarist, singer Steve Taylor-Ramírez offers Latin-infused neo-folk music to critical acclaim.  He performs his songs of love and protest at Bay Area clubs and pubs, and has appeared live recently on KALX, KUSF and KALW radio, as well as Univision TV. Please visit http://www.myspace.com/thestevetaylor for music and more information.



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