Featured Artist: Elizabeth Edwards, Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist
Born: Plumas County, CA
Resides in: Benicia, CA, for past 19 years
Favorite Book: Anything by Jane Austen
Relationship Status: Married with two kids

What did you listen to as a teenager? I listened to what is now considered “Classic Rock” – Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac and of course the great songwriters of the seventies, Carole King and James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot and from the country side of things, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash.

What do you listen to now? A lot of classic stuff, but some of my favorite new artists and bands are Green Day, Death Cab for Cutie, James Blunt, Allison Krause, Jenny Lewis, Adele, Cold Play and The Kings of Leon.

What’s the first music you remember hearing? The first song that really sticks out in my mind is The Age of Aquarius by the 5th Dimension. The harmonies and the energy blew me away.

Who influenced your music? The popular musicians of the 70’s and all the jazz singers I studied, and when learning to perform Jazz as a teen, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington.

When did you start writing your own songs? When I was 12 or 13, a friend taught me three chords and a John Denver song. Then my own songs started coming through and I have been singing those ever since.

Your songs come from a special place that not everyone would know about. Would you care to talk about that? After spending the past twenty-five years involved in the 12 Step recovery communities I’ve found that my songs tend to attract people who can relate to overcoming addiction by learning to live along spiritual lines; my songs speak to that emotional journey.

What’s your latest project? I just released a single titled Clean. You can check out the song and the video at singersongwriterelizabethedwards.com. I am also working on my fourth CD, it will be available Fall 2011.

Live Music

The Rellik Tavern
therelliktavern.com 707.746.1137
Live music Friday & Saturday nights
Cascada 9/3, the Blind Willies 9/10,
One 9/16 and Blisses B 09/24

Upstairs at the Café
firststreetcafe.com 707.745.1400
Live music Thursday, Friday & Saturday
nights 8 pm; Sunday afternoon 2 pm
Mike Ehlers 9/9, Mad & Eddie Duran 9/11,
Red Horlick & Friend 9/23

Benicia Historical Museum
beniciahistoricalmuseum.org 707.745.5435
Saturday 9/17 8pm: Steve Freund with
special guest Jan Fanucci

Union Hotel
unionhotelbenicia.com 707.746.7847
Live jazz band every Thursday 6-9 pm

Benicia Farmers Market
beniciamainstreet.org 707.745.9791
Live music every Thursday: Bruno Grossi,
Kevin Frazier, Fred McCarty

Sunday Jazz at the Sardine Can
sardinecan.net 707.553.9492
Enjoy dinner and great jazz, no cover
5-8pm through September
Passaris-Chambers, Bob Nadler
and Bob Simmons

Live Mariachis at Favela’s Fusion
Fairfield, favelasfusion.com 707.421.8484
Authentic Mexican food & live music
First Friday of each month

Oxbow Market
Downtown Napa, oxbowmarket.com 707.226.6529
Jazz on Friday evenings at 6:30pm & every
other Sunday through October 2

Step Up Music
Vallejo, stepupmusicvallejo.com 707.647.3050
Sunday, August 21st at 2:30pm
Free Concert for Kids with Mike Fritch

Martinez, armandosmartinez.com 925.228.6985
Thursday, September 22nd at 8pm
Mal Sharpe’s Big Money in Jazz Band

The Willows Main Stage
Concord, tickets@willowstheatre.org 925.798.1300
Saturday, September 24th at 8pm
“Sing For Your Supper: Motown…and More”
Concert Benefit for the Food Bank of
Contra Costa and Solano

Sticky Rice Chinese Bistro & Bar
Fairfield, stickyricebistro.com 707.863.7500
Live Music every Saturday from 6:30-9:30pm

Napa Valley Opera House
Napa, www.nvoh.org 707.226.7372
Friday, September 16 at 8pm
Joan Osborne & Dar Williams
Saturday, September 17 at 8 pm Lee Ritenour

Winterhawk Winery
Suisun Valley, winterhawkwinery.com 707.428.6977
Live music, dancing and wine tasting every
Saturday from 2-5pm

Vezer Family Vineyard
Suisun Valley, vezerfamilyvineyard.com 707.422.8025
Saturday, September 17th at 4 pm Ritmojito

Firehouse Arts
Pleasanton, firehousearts.org 925.931.4848
Sunday, 9/18 at 2 pm Lisa Vroman

Freight & Salvage
Berkeley, thefreight.org 510.644.2020
Saturday, September 3rd at 8pm Girlyman

The Jazz School
Berkeley, jazzschool.com 510.845.5373
Saturday, September 10th Fay Victor

142 Throckmorton
Mill Valley, 142throckmortontheatre.org 415.383.9600
Sunday, September 18th at 8pm Robben Ford Blues Band

The Palms
Winters, palmsplayhouse.com 530.795.1825
Friday, September 2nd at 8:30pm Joe Louis Walker

Oakland, yoshis.com 510.238.9200
Tuesday, September 20th at 8 pm Johnny A.

Monterey Jazz Festival
montereyjazzfestival.org 925.275.9255
Friday-Sunday, September 16-18 Sonny Rollins,
Herbie Hancock, Huey Lewis and the News

The Sleeptrain Pavillion
Concord, livenation.com 800.745.3000
Thursday, September 15th Train and Maroon 5