Giraffes on a Raft – Jan Kaplan, Shirley Hyatt and John Boye – will perform at The Salty Dog Coffee House Friday night, March 2. The Pilot/Submitted photo
Giraffes on a Raft plays at Salty Dog
Giraffes on a Raft will present a special show from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 2, at The Salty Dog Coffee Bar at the Port of Brookings Harbor boardwalk.
The trio – John Boye on guitar and vocals, Shirley Hyatt on violin and vocals and Jan Kaplan on string bass and vocals – specialize in acoustic swing from the 1930s and ’40s, but also feature musical material in the jazz, blues, pop and even bluegrass genres, which present the audience with a varied musical experience.
The group’s repertoire includes Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and the Gershwin brothers as well as Chuck Berry, Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin and Paul McCartney.
Boye and Hyatt, both hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, began their musical development decades ago in bluegrass music, while Kaplan played jazz, blues and R&B professionally for more than 30 years. Kaplan plays a traditional string bass, but now prefers a unique electric upright bass.
Boye describes the group’s music as “unpredictable, serious fun” and notes that because the group enjoys performing, they will “play on” at The Salty Dog as long as listeners demand, right up to closing time.
Timbré back together after 5-year hiatus
Acoustic rock duo Timbré – Kim Banfield and Michael Quale – will present a benefit concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 3.
The concert will be at the Chetco Playhouse, 1240 Chetco Ave., Brookings, and half the proceeds will benefit the Chetco Pelican Players, the theater group that stages performances at the venue.
Saturday’s performance was previously scheduled a few months ago but had to be postponed due to a hand injury which made it impossible for Quale to play guitar for awhile.
Timbré has been at work preparing for its first live performance since its Christmas show in December 2007.
“We’ve had a tough time deciding which songs to include and which ones we have to leave out,” Banfield said. “We want to do them all. We would have to put on a whole day show in order to play all the songs we know and would probably still find some to add in the process.”
Timbré performs acoustic rock favorites of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, along with originals.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger. There will be refreshments available.
Banfield began her musical career as a child singing in church and school choirs from junior high through graduation. In her early 20s, she harmonized with her brothers and sisters, played guitar and wrote lyrics whenever the mood struck.
Sidetracked by marriage, children and employment, the music took a back seat to more practical endeavors until the spring of 2004 when Banfield joined Quale and formed the duet known as Timbré. She went on to be a lead and backup vocalist for musical groups Here and Now, Seventh Wave, The Backstage Band and for a short time added backup vocals for the local country group Sweet Town Little.
“Music and singing have always been a major part of my life, and when I am not involved in it, I feel a big something missing,” Banfield said. “It provides an emotional connection to so many things past and present that I sometimes have to steel myself when I sing a particular song that reminds me of someone I’ve lost. It gives me so much pleasure to pass that emotion along to others … you know music is working when it makes us feel.”
In talking about his musical background, Quale said, “Coming from a musically inclined family, I picked up my first instrument, a classical-style, 12-string guitar when I was 10. For several years, I taught myself basic chords using the example of my brothers, cousins, uncles, and other musicians.”
While growing up, he became a fan of such musical talents as the Eagles, Neil Young, and America. It wasn’t until high school that Quale allowed anyone to hear him play in public.
“I did my stint with rock bands throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, but chose to avoid all the drama and inevitable chemical abuse that go along with that lifestyle and focus on songwriting and solo and small group performing,” Quale said. “What I enjoy most today is seeing the smiles on peoples’ faces when I play a song that they remember from that first date or first dance. If I have a particular forte’ it has to be tugging on heartstrings.”
Quale was also a member of the rock group Here and Now, and since Timbré went on hiatus has performed solo and with various other musicians the area.