Benefit for Tom: For the Tom Size Cancer Fund (7PM)
Saturday, July 23, 2016, 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)

Community gathers to support Tom Size, beloved sound engineer, producer. With guests: Tommy Castro Solo, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Linda Tillery, Los Cenzontles, Barbara Higbie, Nina Gerber and Chris Webster, Hills to Hollers

$26 adv / $28 door

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July 23 7:00 pm

Tom Size has been a pivotal member of the Bay Area music community for the last 30 years. A kind, unassuming and truly brilliant person, he has worked in every major studio and with countless musicians; from Steve Miller and Huey Lewis to Cris Williamson and Laurie Lewis. Tom has given his heart and soul to the music and the musicians. His ears and technical ability are unrivaled. Even more important than being a master of his craft, he is a great human being who loves his friends and clients with all his heart. He is our dear friend and champion, and now we want to champion him.


Tommy Castro was born in San Jose, got his first guitar at age 10, and fell in love with the blues. He powered the wildly popular Bay Area band the Dynatones in the late 1980s and founded the Tommy Castro Band in 1991, winning the Bay Area Music Award for Best Club Band in both 1993 and 1994. Their debut album won the 1997 BAMMY for Outstanding Blues Album, and Tommy took the award for Outstanding Blues Musician. They began touring nationally, playing with the likes of Carla Thomas, Albert King, and that other King, B. B. Tommy won four Blues Music Awards in 2010 behind his album, Hard Believer, including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year Award. Blurt Magazine calls Tommy “one of the greatest blues guitarists, songwriters, and entertainers in the world today.” His 2014 album, The Devil You Know, won the Blues Blast Music Award for Rock Blues Album of the Year, with help from such guests as Marcia Ball, the Holmes Brothers, and Magic Dick. 

Laurie Lewis and Tom RozumBerkeley’s own Laurie Lewis – Grammy winner, bluegrass trailblazer, singer and fiddler extraordinaire. Not only has the International Bluegrass Music Association twice named Laurie the Female Vocalist of the Year – not only did she win a Grammy for her contribution to True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe – but she also graduated from Berkeley High. Since graduation, she’s recorded more than 20 albums – with the Good Ol’ Persons, Grant Street, Kathy Kallick, and her current band Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, as well as several solo projects – and is now working with many talented new artists, helping them find their way in the recording business.


Tom Rozum, a native New Englander, first joined forces with Laurie in 1986 as an original member of Grant Street, and may well be the rightest of all the Right Hands. He and Laurie collaborated on a beautiful, Grammy-nominated album of duets, The Oak and the Laurel, and he also has released a wonderful solo album, Jubilee, recorded with an all-star cast of musicians including Laurie, Mike Marshall, Herb Pederson, and Darol Anger.


The shimmering voice of Oakland’s Linda Tillery has powered many of the Bay Area’s most popular bands over the past four decades. A central figure in the emerging women’s music movement in the 1970s and 80s, Linda was also a founding member of Bobby McFerrin’s vocal ensemble Voicestra. She currently leads the Cultural Heritage Choir, performing African American roots music.

Los Cenzontles is a local and national treasure. The band, says the New York Times, “both honors and upends traditional Mexican music, tapping deep roots as it flowers into something completely new, and distinctly American.” The East Bay Express puts it this way: “The Bay Area's brilliant-hued musical aviary boasts dozens of rare and exceptional hybrid ensembles, but none have risen from humble origins to scintillating creative heights like Los Cenzontles. Steeped in various forms of Mexican roots music, the San Pablo-based band has expanded its stylistic territory from Vera Cruz and Michoacán to East LA and the East Bay, evolving into an invaluable exponent of Mexican-American culture.”


Berkeley’s Barbara Higbie is a master of piano and fiddle who composes beautiful music and sings like a dream. She’s been nominated for a Grammy award, won Bammy awards, performed on more than 65 albums, and released four solo albums, as well as two albums with Teresa Trull and three with Montreux, the band she co-founded with Darol Anger. In the words of the Los Angeles Times, she’s a “jolt of bright sunlight” – and everyone in the audience feels her warmth.


Nina Gerber and Chris Webster have been making music together for more than 25 years, and they finally got around to releasing an album of gorgeous duets, Apple Blossom Lane, featuring Chris’s bluesy, jazzy, soulful voice and Nina’s incomparable guitar accompaniment, always surprising, yet always so exactly right. They take their time with each song, playing with possibilities, exploring depths, arriving at moments of rare beauty and transcendence. If you’ve ever heard Nina before, you know she always brings out the best in the musicians around her, and Chris’s best is spectacularly good – her “magic derives from those ineffable qualities of vocal grain, emotional nuance, timing, and phrasing possessed by the truly great and moving singers of any style,” says the Oakland Tribune. This is a duo that delivers the goods!


visit the Tommy Castro website

visit the Laurie Lewis website

visit the Linda Tillery website

visit the Los Cenzontles website

visit the Barbara Higbie website

visit the Nina Gerber website

visit the Chris Webster website

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