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Todalo Shakers at Devil Mountain Coffee House

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Mt Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

55 Eckley Lane

Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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The Todalo Shakers (from Seattle, Berkeley and Mendocino) will bring their vintage jug band party blues to the Devil Mountain Coffee House. They are celebrating both their 2oth anniversary and the launch of their album, Rock Away My Blues, which features lots of harmony vocal arrangements, hot ragtime tunes on fiddle and mandolin, plus virtuoso bass slap solos. Close your eyes and you might be in Memphis in 1928! The exuberance and fondness that these accomplished musicians feel for their material and each other are unmistakable; the Todalo Shakers bring the party with them wherever they go!

What exactly is a "Todalo" (pronounced "TOE-dah-low")? It's closely related to "diddy-wah-diddy" and crops up occasionally in obscure old blues songs. "I'm satisfied, satisfied, my todalo shaker by my side" is a line from the Memphis Jug Band classic You May Leave, But This Will Bring You Back. References to "todalo" turn up in songs by Mississippians John Hurt, Eubie Blake and Bessie Smith.

Suzy Thompson has long been known for her bluesy fiddling and powerful vocals. She is the fiddler of choice for Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur and Del Rey. She has also worked with Maria Muldaur, Dave Alvin and Peter Rowan.

Eric Thompson began exploring country blues in the 1960s with Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions (with Jerry Garcia) and more recently in his work with such artists as David Nelson, David Grisman and Jody Stecher. The Thompsons are based in Berkeley, California.

Guitarist/vocalist Frannie Leopold has toured and recorded with the Delta Sisters and the Balkan Kafe Orchestra and is a perennial favorite instructor at many West Coast music camps including Lark in the Morning and California Coast Music Camp. She hails from Mendocino, California.

Bruce "WB" Reid sings and plays a rare vintage 6-string banjo-guitar (affectionately known as "the enforcer") with the Todalo Shakers. WB spent part of his twenties hanging out in San Diego with bluesman Sam Chatmon of the legendary string band the Mississippi Sheiks. He has toured and recorded with the Tallboys (Seattle's hottest oldtime string band), with the Carolina Jug Stompers and with his wife, Bonnie Zahnow. He makes his home in Seattle.

Upright bassist Matt Weiner, also from Seattle, boasts a distinguished resume including stints with the Asylum Street Spankers, Hot Club of Cowtown, Wayne Horvitz, Danny Barnes and Becky Kilgore. His slap bass solos are always a highlight of a Todalo Shakers performance.

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