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Local music legends to offer musical “Wares” at showcase

A number of local luminaries will be making sweet music at T. Boyle’s Tavern in Pasadena on Sunday, April 13 from 5 to 8 p.m.

“The Return of Ware” celebrates the reunion of drummer John Ware, who lives in Denver, Colorado, with an array of southern California friends. Mr. Ware is an alumnus of Pomona College and lived in Claremont for a while. Among other accomplishments, he served as a longtime drummer for Emmy Lou Harris. 

Several artists who are from Claremont or are fixtures in the Claremont music scene will also be taking the stage.

One of these is fiddler and multi-instrumentalist Chris Darrow, a well-known session player who was a member of Kaleidoscope, a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and played for some time with Linda Ronstadt. Mr. Darrow, who recently released a new album called “Island Girl,” notably wrote Ben Harper’s first single, “Whipping Boy,” which helped propel him to fame.

Also joining the showcase will be guitarist Rob Strandlund, who has written several popular songs, including The Eagles’ “Already Gone” and the country hit "I Can Tell by the Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me Tonight)."

The group is rounded out by bassist John Selk, who played with Walter Egan and Rose Maddox and keyboardist Jim Shirey, who has worked with Mary Kay Place and was a member of the Hangan Brothers.

Other performers in the showcase include singer/songwriter Dave Gleason; drummer Lloyd Myers, who has played with Linda Ronstadt, along with Dan McCorison, Eddie Cunningham and Kelly Moore. The musicians will be presenting original songs and country/rock standards.

“That’s a big slice of the California musical pie from the ‘60s to ‘80s and then some,” noted Claremonter Robin Young, a talent buyer who is helping to coordinate the showcase.

Mr. Shirey said the show should provide a rollicking time for both performers and attendees.

“It’s a bit of a fraternity,” he said of the line-up. “Some of us have been around for a long time,” he said.  “There are several excellent singers and the show is going to be very high-energy.”

Mr. Ware is in the area because he, along with Mr. Selk, are participating in

a documentary being made about Native American Guitarist Jessie Ed Davis, a legendary session artist who performed with Taj Mahal before dying of an apparent drug overdose in 1988.

There is no cover charge for the show. Twenty percent of proceeds from the bar will go to the musicians.

T. Boyle’s Tavern is located at 37 N. Catalina Ave. in Pasadena. For information, call (626) 578-0957 or visit www.tboylestavern.com.

—Sarah Torribio