Fiddler’s Dream Performance Schedule

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Thursday nights are Open Stage Night from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  $5 admission. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Order of play determined by order of arrival.  One song per rotation. 

Many wonderful musicians have shared their music on the Fiddler's Dream stage over the years. Our open stage began in 1996! Our Open Mic Night is an Open Stage Night, as we are completely acoustic, so there aren't any mics... just a whole lot of good music, and an appreciative audience!

We’ve made a few changes in the New Year, hoping to improve the experience for our performers and our audience! Doors open at 6:00 pm, and we start playing at 6:30 pm. If you arrive by 6:30 pm, you will be in the first rotation. If you arrive after 6:30 pm, you will be added to the list under the red line, and play in the second round / rotation. We do a one-song rotation and a time limit of no more than 4 minutes per turn. Stick around, everybody plays! 

Play your turn - there are no substitutions or giving your turn to another performer. Give the performer their turn: unless you are invited to play with the performer, please don’t play-along with your instrument. Join the audience and listen! And please don’t play music outside, except to tune your instrument or quietly warm up a bit. Since we are all acoustic, sound does carry inside! 

We discourage the use of cell phones in the performance area.  Please turn them off or set to "vibrate".  Please do not audio or video record a performer without their permission.  Additional information is here.

Admission is $5. Thank you for having fun with us!

 

Derrick Mendonca
Photo:  Derrick Mendonca

Friday April 19 ~ Derrick Mendonca ~ TBA ~

8:00 pm, Derrick Mendonca is a singer and songwriter whose influences include The Beatles and Bob Dylan, in genres of rock, folk, and folk rock.

9:15 pm, TBA.  Check our Facebook page to schedule updates.

Admission tonight is $8. Doors open at 7:15 pm.  Remember that we are cash only right now!
 

Beth Fitchet Wood
Photo:  Beth Fitchet Wood

Saturday April 20  ~ Doug Haywood & Reggie, Steve & Beth Fitchet Wood ~

8:00 pm, A musical night to remember!

Doug Haywood began performing as a backup musician in 1965 at the age of 15. He also performed his own songs at various Phoenix venues. At 18, Doug moved to L.A. with his band. He no longer remembers the name of that band. They performed at The Troubadour in West Hollywood in a “Showcase” situation. Jackson Browne was in the audience that night. Doug got a publishing deal with Criterion Music and proceeded to come close to starving before he moved back to Phoenix to play as a sideman in various bar-bands. Doug moved back to L.A. Over the years he played as a hired backup touring musician with Bobbie Gentry, Maureen McGovern, Johnny Tilitson, Linda Ronstadt,Graham Nash, Warren Zevon, Johnny Rivers, Jackson Browne and many others. Doug was a “studio musician” and singer on many hit, and some not-so-hit, recordings by Jennifer Warnes, Jackson Browne, Mason Williams, Willie Nelson, Brewer & Shipley, Eric Andersen, Chuck Pyle, Warren Zevon, Batdorf and Rodney, Cher, Greg Allman, Rosemary Butler, The Doobie Brothers, Eliza Gilkyson, The Dillards, George Harrison, Leon Russel and many others. If this looks like a lot of lists, well, it is. But in Pop and/or Country and/or Rock music, degrees don’t count for much. It’s mainly “can you play the part? Can you sing the part?” if you can, you work. Doug worked. Doug also writes songs. Over the years he has written songs which have been recorded by: (here comes a list) Jerry Reed, Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius, Jackson Browne, Mason Williams, Jennifer Warnes, The Dillards, Bobbie Gentry, Sue Harris, John Travolta,  Beth Fitchet-Wood and many others. The song recorded by Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius , “If It Ain’t Love By Now, “ was in the country top 10. The song was co-written by the great Jeff Barry. In terms of where Doug spent his time over the last 50 years it’s like this: Most of the time was spent touring earth and recording with Jackson Browne. But small bits of time, like the approximately 2 years spent with Bobbie Gentry, are held in high regard. Of his song writing and singing, Doug has his favorite Doug Haywood recordings, regardless of how many copies they did or didn’t sell. You can come enjoy this man’s music in person and in collaboration with some friends. And buy Doug’s CDs.  https://www.facebook.com/Doug-Haywood-Singer-Song-Writer-605805302854705/

Beth Fitchet Wood is a singer, guitarist, composer and producer. Her main influences are in the folk, pop, musical theatre, jazz and rock ‘n roll genres. She was in the Southern California band "Honk" in the early seventies, who released three albums and toured nationally with Loggins and Messina, Chicago and the Beach Boys. After Honk, Beth played in just about every conceivable musical format, in most kinds of venues. She also toured the world as a background vocalist and assistant producer. In the 1980's, Beth recorded and co-produced two children's albums with her co-Honk members Will Brady and Steve Wood, her husband. Since the turn of the millenium, Beth has accompanied her husband Steve on his worldwide production adventures for Sony Classical, striving to make herself useful at concerts he produced at the Colosseum in Rome, and Central Park in New York (with their son Nate!), and has been fortunate to assist at recording sessions with some of the best new tenors of our time. When at home in Laguna Beach, she teaches music to her students, runs her Tuesday Night Songwriter's Showcase, plays live with her group "The Girls" and occasionally does concerts with her old pals in Honk.

A more personal note, from Beth herself: "It has been suggested that I write a more thorough bio, ala the modern blog idea, so here goes: I was born in Port Washington New York and moved to Phoenix Arizona when I was 2. I grew up there, and as my parents embraced the heat and the horses and the desert, so did I. My mother and father loved music and were aspiring actors in musical comedy, so that was my first main musical influence, along with Burl Ives, the Sons of the Pioneers, Harry Belafonte and Mary Martin. In fact, they were my first heroes, along with Betty Crocker. I always sang, and first appeared on stage when I was 3, singing "Somebody Bad Stole De Wedding Bell - a", a fine song. A lot of stuff happened in between, and when I was 14 I first heard the Beatles on the car radio riding to school with my brother Philip. Though I had always been pathologically shy, this event knocked me out so fiercely I burst into P.E. shouting about it. Life changing! At barely 15, I went to a party and my friend Jan let me try out her Gibson, properly tuned, and I fell onto a road I never fell back out of. Then, Mary Ann Jones lent me her Bob Dylan "Freewheelin'" album, and after thinking how weird and bad his voice sounded on "Blowin' In The Wind" that next song started, which was "Girl From The North Country", and I sobbed on the floor for the rest of the time. I don't know why I knew how good it was. Luck. I met some other musicians in Phoenix, Doug Haywood and Jeff Gilkinson, and we decided to work together and take Hollywood by storm. Doug was (is) a wonderful songwriter, guitarist, singer and bass player, and Jeff had (has) a strange conglomeration of talents, including playing telepathic harmonica, banjo and ripping cello. After a brief practice session in Washington, we all moved to Hollywood and started playing the various Hoot Nights. That was 1969, and Monday nights at the Troubadour were magic. About the first four or five Mondays, I first heard Jackson Browne, Longbranch and Pennywhistle (Glenn Fry and J.D. Souther), Carla and Lisa Bonoff, Penny Nichols, then Judee Sill and Tom Waits. Incredible to come across that music without warning. I'd stumbled into the motherlode. Our band played several times on Mondays, and thus developed a passing acquaintance with those people, which resulted in Doug landing a twenty year gig with Jackson Browne. I simply had to learn his songs and since the only way to do that in those days was to memorize like crazy and get busy with the bar napkins, that's what I did. I'd play those wonderful songs for anyone who would listen, including the folks at Criterion Music, a publishing house in Hollywood. They agreed that Jackson Browne's songs were very special but they didn't think his voice was so great, so they asked if I would sing some demos of his songs for them to shop. The Criterion folks thought the songs needed a little fleshing out musically too, so it was suggested that I team up with this new band to accompany me. The band was Honk. Strangely enough, I'd met Honk a few months before at a Hoot night at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach. I'd seen that Jackson Browne had gotten a gig there, so I thought I'd try my luck too. It was another Monday night thing and Honk had just formed, and there were some other brand new acts, namely Cheech and Chong, and the Ice House Blues Band. Honk played fascinating music: My Analyst, by Lambert Hendricks and Ross, and some crazy original music, written by them and also by Mark Turnbull. They were extremely cute, especially the keyboard player. Woody. Surfer dude with long hair. Both Honk and I got the gig, for the same night. It was a strange pairing of acts; me, a skinny curly haired shy, introverted folksinger and Honk, a ripping rock and roll band with jazz roots and the happiest, most energetic attitude I'd ever come across. Somehow it worked very well. More later." www.bethfitchetwood.com

"...pure, plain beautiful singing." - Mike Boehm, L.A. Times

A wonderful night of stories and songs, and maybe a bit of singing along...

Admission tonight is $10 + service fee for advance tickets, $15 at the door. Advance tickets at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4206425  Doors open at 7:15 pm.

Doors open at 7:15 pm.  Music starts at 8:00 pm.




Mark your calendar for these upcoming special events.   Check our Facebook page for details.

Friday May 10  ~ Jack Williams Concert Evening ~ (Advance tickets available https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4058149 )

Saturday May 11  ~ Wyatt Espalin ~ TBA ~

Saturday May 18  ~ Unrelated Cousins ~ TBA ~

Saturday May 25  ~ Jamie O’Brien ~ TBA ~

Saturday June 8  ~ Kristin Rebecca ~ TBA ~

December  7  ~ We’re Not Dead Yet: Jamie Anderson, Deidre McCalla, Diane Davidson ~
 

Fiddler's Dream is located one block north of Glendale Avenue on 17th Street, on the Southeast corner of 17th Street and Cactus WREN. Use the newly opened Sprouts grocery at 16th Street and Glendale as a landmark - we are one block further East on Glendale, and when you reach 17th Street turn North and go one block to Cactus Wren.  1702 East Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ, 85020 is the street address to plug into your map app.

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