This summer, along with an al fresco dining experience, craft beers and mountain views, Standing Stone Brewing Co. will offer live music from 3 to 5 p.m. on the last Sunday of every month.
Ashland's Djangoholics, accompanied by Gayle Wilson on vocals and melodica, will kick off the short concert series Sunday, June 30, on the patio of the restaurant, 101 Oak St., Ashland.
When: 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30
Where: Standing Stone Brewing Co., 101 Oak St., Ashland
The trio, featuring upright bassist Jeff Addicott and guitarists George Rubaloff and Dan Fellman, typically play small, casual, private events but will make an exception for this prized gig.
As its name suggests, the band plays music by pioneering jazz guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt (1910-1953).
A French gypsy, Reinhardt learned to play violin and banjo guitar at an early age but, in his late teens, taught himself to play guitar after being severely burned in a caravan fire that limited the use of two fingers on his "chording" hand.
"What he did was take gypsy music and fuse it with American jazz to create this hot jazz brand of music," Rubaloff explains. "Eventually, he met (violinist) Stephane Grappelli, a legend himself, and formed the Hot Club of France. They were like the European Beatles, playing stuff that nobody was playing in tea houses around Europe."
In 2002, Rubaloff heard Seattle gypsy jazz band Hot Club Sandwich play at Caldera Tap House. Enthralled by the music, he signed up for jazz lessons with Ed Dunsavage and, shortly after, co-founded the Back Porch Swing band with violinist Linda Powers.
After the project dissolved in 2011, three of its members — Rubaloff, Fellman and Addicott — decided to continue playing Reinhardt's music as a trio.
Addicott often says, "We're the Djangoholics, but we can quit any time."
"But that's not true," Rubaloff says. "We're addicted to Django music."
At Standing Stone, the band will play four of Reinhardt's simple but elegant compositions — "Djangology," "Hungaria," "Swing 42" and "Heavy Artillery" — as well as other popular jazz tunes, including "Monticello" by French gypsy jazz guitarist Romane, "Estaté" ("Summer") by Italian jazz composer Bruno Martino, "Night Off" by Paul Whiteman, and "Belleville Rendez-Vous," a popular song from the animated, cult film "The Triplets of Belleville."
The patio setting and music lend themselves to a "Euro-feel," which is further accentuated by Wilson's melodica.
"The melodica plays a really important part because it gives the music that French element, sort of like an accordion," Rubaloff says.
Standing Stone's summer lineup features more than jazz. Father-son duo Generation Jones, with vocalist Lily Baugh, will play Celtic-flavored acoustic music July 28.
LEFT will present originals and covers from the American rock catalog Aug. 25, and the Paul Schmeling Quartet, with vocalist Calysta Cheyenne, will perform a groovy batch of jazz, pop and blues Sept. 29.
Shows are free to attend. Call 541-482-2448 or see www.standingstonebrewing.com for more information.