Billy Mitchell & The Circle of Friends
Date: June 23 |
7:00 PM: Opening Act - Katie Ferrara
8:00 PM: Headliner
The Circle of Friends began as friends coming together to make music. The purpose was not only to play great tunes, but also to bring joy to all those who came to listen. If the listener doesn’t feel better at the end of the set, then the musicians haven’t done their job. That is what the Circle of Friends is about.
In 2011 the Circle began, featuring Dr. Bobby Rodriguez- Trumpet, Rickey Woodard- Sax, Jock Ellis- Bone, Tomas Gargano- Bass, Dave Tull- Drums, Kurt Hammernik- Percussion, Yu Ooka- Guitar and Billy Mitchell- Keyboards.
Over the years we have been joined by such talent as Hagai Izraeli- Trumpet, Greg Vail- Sax, Del Atkins- Bass, Quentin Dennard- Drums, Peter Buck- Drums. Also, special guest vocalists: Garrett Morris, David Whitfield & Bili Redd. These collaborations have produced three CDs.
This year the Circle was joined by Andrew Carney – Trumpet, Dave Cowan – Drums and Kimo Cornwell – Keyboards. Together with Jock Ellis – Bone, Robert Kyle – Sax, Kurt Hammernik – Percussion, Yu Ooka – Guitar, Michael Saucier – Bass and Billy Mitchell – Keyboards, the Circle has video programs available on YouTube and live.
Please enjoy these spiritual classics and originals with family and friends.
North Hollywood Park
11430 Chandler Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Next to the Amelia Earhart library
NoHo Opening Act:
Katie Ferrara is a singer-songwriter with international reach and musical roots in Los Angeles. She started her music career as a “busker” or “street performer” by playing on the Santa Monica Promenade and in downtown Burbank. In 2015, she was one of the winners of the “Feeling the Street” competition, sponsored by Toyota and was flown to New Zealand along with a band of musicians from 6 different countries to perform.
Since then, she has toured to the UK, and Italy and released an EP of original music. Her songs have a sultry yet charming quality, sung with a voice that’s a blend of Jewel, Natalie Merchant and Norah Jones. Find her latest album, “Dream Catcher” (and her book on street performing) on her website.