Upcoming Shows

Sunday 5/17/15– 10:30-1:30p.m– Ojai Valley In & Spa, Bluegrass Brunch Duo

Wednesday 5/20/15– Finn McCool’s Santa Monica – 9:00p.m-12:00am– The Devil’s Box Trio featuring Rachael Jane

Friday 5/22/15– Ladyface Alehouse- 8:00p.m-11:00p.m – The Devil’s Box Trio

Sunday, 5/24/15 –10:30p.m-1:30p.m– Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Bluegrass Brunch Duo,

Wednesday, 5/27/15–  8:30p.m-11:30p.m, Bill Cheatham’s Open Bluegrass Jam, Finn McCool’s Santa Monica, co-hosted by The Devil’s Box Trio and The Get Down Boys

Friday, 5/29/15–6:00p.m-8:00p.m– Malibu Family Wines, Wine & Roses Trio

Sunday, 5/31/15– 10:30am -1:30p.m– Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Bluegrass Brunch Duo

Friday, 06/05/15– 9:00p.m-12:00am Corrigan’s Irish Pub in Moorpark, CA- The Bracken Band

Sunday Brunch at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

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Tom Moose and Chris Murphy have been serenading a weekly brunch at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Every Sunday from 10:30am to 1:30p.m their enchanting and magical sounds of violin and guitar can be heard and enjoyed.  Come enjoy a delicious brunch while your ears are entertained by two of The Teahouse’s fantastic musicians.

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Teahouse Co. in Westside Today Newspaper

Need the Perfect Band for a Party or Wedding?Teahouse Music Company Offers Endless Options

by Corina Munn

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For those itching to listen to music in its rawest form by a group of genuinely passionate performers, look no further than the Teahouse Music Company. Designed to be a boutique music booking agency that offers a range of different genres, the company specializes in instrument-centric performances, highlighting styles ranging from jazz to bluegrass to classical to Irish music.

The performers within the Teahouse Music Company remind their audiences of the beauty and simplicity of classic musical instruments.

“I call myself a modern-day minstrel,” explained Chris Murphy, president and lead musician of the Teahouse Music Company. “I give you the equivalent of what’s been going on for thousands of years: I, along with band members, go to various events and serenade audiences with violin music, much of which I wrote and composed myself.”

With a violin and a PA system in the back of a 2003 Honda Odyssey minivan, Murphy travels from venue to venue epitomizing the organic way of playing and performing music.

The Teahouse band members specialize in string-oriented instruments, such as the guitar, bass, and mandolin, as well as percussion and vocals.

“It’s interesting that in today’s modern world, with all of this digitally generated information, the artistry of being a minstrel is still alive and well,” Murphy said.

With an emphasis on providing pure high-quality music, the Teahouse performers are split into bands amongst themselves according to the kind of ceremony that they are playing for. The musicians are grouped by the genre they mesh best with.

“I pick my musicians based on their reliability, originality, and musicality,” Murphy said. “We have six bands on the Teahouse Company roster. Each one has a different focus.”

For example, the two jazz bands include the Blind Blakes – a group known to harmoniously blend jazz, blues, and swing – and the Wine and Roses Band – a “hipster jazz band” that can incorporate rock, pop, and even Latin musical styles.

As for classical music, the Black Canary Strings are known to fuse the elements of power and drama into their performances. Teahouse solo musicians are available as well and are able to perform both with acoustic and/or electric instruments.

For bluegrass fans, the musical options include the Devil’s Box (bluegrass, country and folk) and the Silver Mountain String Band (bluegrass, folk, and Cajun spice).

Lastly, those who prefer more unique or exotic musical stylings can explore the World Music band options, with the Bracken Band (traditional Irish) and Sora Nova (Flamenco, Tango, Bossa Nova, Italian, Middle Eastern, and more) as well-rounded choices.

“We take the flavor of all of these style sand make them our own,” Murphy said. “We are always improvising and changing the music, reacting to whatever situation we’re in.”

With such a variety of music to choose from, it’s no wonder that the Teahouse Music Company seems to have no limits when it comes to the type of event they are open to performing at.

“We’ve done all sorts of gigs, from weddings to dedications to square dancing to even spiritual wakes,” Murphy said. “We’ve been everywhere from San Diego to San Francisco.”

Murphy said that due to such expansive capabilities of the music company, Teahouse is able to “musically cater” to its audiences.

“There’s going to be a major difference in what’s musically appropriate at a bright, sunny wedding versus a late night bar,” Murphy said. “Our music is very adaptable.”

The Teahouse Music Company has also had its share of opportunities at high-profile events, such as playing for Jennifer Lopez’s birthday party or performing at Kevin Costner’s residence. Other noteworthy clients include celebrities like Robert Downey, Jr. and Ellen DeGeneres as well as large venues like the Four Seasons Hotels and the Getty Museum. Recently, Murphy played violin at the 2014-2015 Golden Globe Awards.

More important to Murphy than all of the accolades, however, is the role and value of music at every life event.

“Music does more to the atmosphere and the mood than any other factor does,” Murphy said. “I can’t encourage people enough to have live musicians at an event. It adds life to the event.”

Murphy has been playing music for a living for 25 years.

“When they hear our music playing, I want people to be captivated,” Murphy said. “We’re in the business of enchanting people.”

The Teahouse Music Company prices its packages based on factors including equipment, venue, travel time, and setup.

For more information, call 310.651.8913 or visit teahouseco.com.

 

http://westsidetoday.com/2015/03/06/need-the-perfect-band-for-a-party-or-wedding-teahouse-music-company-offers-endless-options/

The Black Canary String Trio at 2015 Golden Globes

Black Canary String Trio at 2015 Golden Globes

Santa Monica, CA/January 29, 2014 – Santa Monica Entertainment Company, The Teahouse Company ™ was honored to have one of their top musical trios, The Black Canary Strings Band, greet guests entering the massive ballroom at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

This is the second year that the Black Canary Strings Band were featured musicians at the Golden Globes presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  The trio, consisting of musicians Chris Murphy (violin, mandolin), Tom Moose (violin, guitar) and Andreas Geck (bass), played both classical pieces as well as film scores for over an hour for Hollywood’s most revered talent.

“We are grateful to Alex Spurkel from Transglobal Entertainment to think of us and ask us to play the Golden Globes again,” says Black Canary Strings member Chris Murphy.  “What an incredible honor to be bestowed upon us.” This was the fourth event that the Teahouse Company has provided entertainment for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Didn’t get a chance to see The Black Canary Strings Band?  You can catch them and the other Teahouse Company artists every Wednesday night starting at 9pm at their residency at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, 2702 Main Street, Santa Monica, California.

The Devil’s Box String Band Hootenany at Finn McCool’s

The Devils’ Box String Band will be playing every Wednesday night in January and February at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub in Santa Monica, beginning January 7, 2015.

Finn McCool’s Irish Pub is located on 2702 Main Street in Santa Monica. Starting this Wednesday, January 7th, 2015, The Devil’s Box will be playing their Americana, folk, bluegrass and gypsy jazz starting at 9:00p.m. Each week will feature guest artists such as Kim Michalowski, Joel Henry Stein, Nate LaPointe and Rachael Jane. The best part is that there is no cover.

Join us on the last Wednesday of every month for a special edition of the hootenanny. The Devil’s Box String Band and The Get Down Boys will be co-hosting ‘Bill Cheatham’s Bluegrass Jam.’ This is an open invite to all musicians to come and jam to some of the classics. All levels are welcome!

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The Devil’s Box String Band is under the management of The Teahouse Music Company and has played all around the L.A area including HFPA-Golden Globes, The Skirball Center, Los Angeles Country Club and many others. The Devil’s Box supplies a revisionist-western take on fiddle tunes from around the world using energetic and eclectic music rooted in the styles of bluegrass and folk.

Special East Coast Show Tonight!

Tonight, Sunday December 21st, Chris Murphy & The Artful Dodgers play a special East Coast Show.
Chris will be joined on stage with the wonderfully creative Grant Gordy on guitar and the soulful and groovy Larry Cook on bass.  Together they will fill the evening with fiddle tunes, string band music and songs to please the ears.

Music begins at 6:00p.m and runs to about 9:00p.m, respectively.

Cover: $15.00

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The Devil’s Box Band at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub

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Chris Murphy and The Devil’s Box Band will be playing tonight, Wednesday, December 17th at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub in Santa Monica. Music begins around 9:00 p.m PST. No Cover.

Come join us, grab a pint and listen to the musical workings of The Devil’s Box Band.

Finn McCool’s Irish Pub || 2702 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA || Ph: 310-452-1734

Get to Know Los Angeles Wedding Band The Blind Blakes

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Los Angeles-based retro jazz music archivists, The Blind Blakes, serve up a dangerous, thrilling and sultry musical cocktail party.

The Blind Blakes blend jazz, swing and blues harmoniously; they’re a group of music archivists. Find yourself stopping for drinks at the sexy bordellos of New Orleans in the early twentieth century, the greasy juke joints of Chicago, the voodoo gambler riverboats of Mississippi, the smoky saloons of jazzy Harlem and Parisian gypsy jazz hot clubs at last call.

The Blind Blakes blend film noir soundtracks, big top circus music, Havana bar serenades and gypsy campfire fiddle with Harry Smith’s Anthology of folk music.

Get to Know Los Angeles Wedding Band The Devil’s Box

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The Devil’s Box supplies a revisionist-western take on fiddle tunes from around the world using energetic and eclectic music rooted in the styles of bluegrass and folk.

The Devil’s Box creates a cinematic blend of bluegrass, country and folk that suggests a higher than average pedigree. Two-beat Cajun stomps, break-neck bluegrass, haunting gypsy laments and cranked out Celtic jigs all get twisted, bent and melted down to become burning masses of fiddle heat.

Distilling the essence of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and Bob Wills into a heady spirit of moaning fiddle, burbling banjo, dandelion mandolins and high-lonesome harmonies, Chris Murphy’s raging fiddle and lead vocals drive The Devil’s Box. Lovers of folk, rock, jazz and exciting lively music will all appreciate The Devil’s Box. They appear with anywhere from two to six musicians.

Check out one of our videos here.

Book The Devil’s Box for your wedding or corporate event today. 

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