(for a list of artists who have performed at Tales from the Tavern, scroll down on  page.)

Our next concert is Nov. 14 with Maria Muldaur

While best known for her huge hit “Midnight at the Oasis” (1973), Maria Muldaur has generated a prodigious output of music that has included 41 albums, extensive touring and fascinating collaborations.

She grew up in Greenwich Village, and began her career in the early ‘60s, performing with John Sebastian, David Grisman and Stefan Grossman as a member of the Even Dozen Jug Band. She then joined Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band as featured vocalist and occasional violinist. Maria married fellow Jug Band member Geoff Muldaur, and after the Jug Band broke up, they put out two albums together. Maria began her solo career when their marriage ended in 1972, but retained her married name. After two albums, she started touring with The Grateful Dead as a backing vocalist.

Throughout her career, Maria has toured extensively worldwide, covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums). Her 2001 album, “Richland Woman Blues”, was nominated for a Grammy as Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year, as was the follow up to that album, “Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul.” Her timely 2008 album, “Yes We Can!”, featured her “Women’s Voices for Peace Choir,” which includes: Bonnie Raitt, Joan, Baez, Jane Fonda, Odetta, Phoebe Snow, Holly Near and others.  In 2009, Maria teamed with John Sebastian, David Grisman, and Dan Hicks. “Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy” garnered Maria her 6th Grammy nomination. 2013 brought several interesting collaborations, including a 50-Year anniversary reunion with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and touring as a special guest artist with Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings.

Her newest album, is Don’t You Feel My Leg – The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker, a tribute to popular vocalist and songwriter Blue Lu Barker, who made her mark in the late 30s and early 40s, and whom Billie Holiday cited as her biggest influence.

Maria said, “You might ask why a vintage gal like me feels it is important to present these vintage tunes at this point in time. For one thing, in an era when so many aspects of sexuality are dealt with and discussed with such deadly seriousness, I find the lighthearted playful expressions of sexuality in these songs a pleasant and welcome respite from the fraught discourse prevailing today…and for another…these are all basically hip, fun happy songs, and I think we could all use a big dose of HAPPY right about now.”

We’re so happy to close out the season with a visit from Maria Muldaur and her Bluesiana band.


Artists who have performed at Tales from the Tavern:

Priscilla Ahn – Dave Alvin – Phil Alvin – Eric Andersen – Joan Baez – Sam Baker – Marcia Ball – Ryan Bingham
Stephen Bishop – Tim Bluhm – Suzy Bogguss – Ray Bonneville – Bonny “Prince” Billy and The Cairo Gang – Karla Bonoff – Jackie Bristow – Brother Sun – Pieta Brown and Bo Ramsey – Chuck Cannon – Bill Carter – Carlene Carter
Matt Cartsonis – Peter Case – Annabelle Chvostek – Slaid Cleaves – Ron Colone – Elizabeth Cook – Jake Copass
John Corbett – AJ Croce – Joe Crookston – David Crosby – Kacey Cubero – Paul Curreri – Catie Curtis – Greg DeLeon – Grey DeLisle – Kris Delmhorst – Jesse DeNatale – Henry Diltz – Gerald DiPego – John Doe – Donovan – Fred Eaglesmith – Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart – Craig Eastman – Tim Easton – Cliff Eberhardt – Kenny Edwards – Carrie Elkin – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Lauren Ellis – Fabulous Ginn Sisters – Stephanie Finch – Rosie Flores – Steve Forbert – Gib Foss
Jeffrey Foucault – Richie Furay – Tony Furtado – Chris Gaffney – Mary Gauthier – Dan Gerber – Eliza Gilkyson
Tony Gilkyson – John Gorka – Jon Dee Graham – Tracy Grammer – Art Green – Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion
John Hammond – Butch Hancock – Andrew Hardin – Michael Reno Harrell – Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen
Tish Hinojosa – Malcolm Holcombe – Rita Hosking – I See Hawks in LA – Janis Ian – Ruby Jane – Jill Knight
Danny Kortchmar – Jimmy LaFave – Patty Larkin – Jim Lauderdale – Phil Lee – Greg Liesz – Bob Lind – David Lindley Juke Logan and Bill Lynch – Shelby Lynne – The Mammals – Michael Martin – Iain Matthews – Anne McCue
Country Joe McDonald – John McEuen – Erin McKeon – Audrey Auld Mezera – Michael on Fire – Katy Moffatt
Steve Moris – RB Morris – Gurf Morlix – Geoff Muldaur – Peter Mulvey – Dan Navarro – Danny O’Keefe – Carla Olson
Beth Orton – Gretchen Peters – Kelly Joe Phelps – Rod Picott – Owen Plant – Steve Poltz – Willy Porter – Steve Postell Chuck Prophet – The Quebe Sisters – Joel Rafael – Willis Alan Ramsey – Walt Richardson – Kim Richey – Wil Ridge
Tom Rush – Tom Russell – Danny Schmidt – Maia Sharp – Dick Siegel – Darden Smith – Michael Smith – Preston Smith  Chris Smither – JD Souther – Amy Speace – Devon Sproule – Dave Stamey – John Stewart – Gregg Sutton – Eric Taylor  Jack Tempchin – Paul Thorn – Greg Trooper – Teresa Tudury – Karen Tyler – Ian Tyson – Randy Weeks – Kevin Welch  Corrine West – Cheryl Wheeler – Wheeler Brothers – Kenny White – David Wilcox – Paul Williams