A Berkley Hart Christmas (seated show)

with Steve Poltz, Suzanne Harper & more!

A Berkley Hart Christmas (seated show)

Thu Dec 20

A Berkley Hart Christmas (seated show)

with Steve Poltz, Suzanne Harper & more!

Doors: 7:00 pm
Start: 8:00 pm
Age: Ages 21+ Only
Price:$30-$35

The combination of Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Award winner, Jeff Berkley, and stand-out wordsmith, Calman Hart, creates a pairing that has become one of the premier acoustic duos touring the country. Every Berkley Hart show is packed with entertainment

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The combination of Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Award winner, Jeff Berkley, and stand-out wordsmith, Calman Hart, creates a pairing that has become one of the premier acoustic duos touring the country. Every Berkley Hart show is packed with entertainment as they combine their natural humor with poignant, masterfully crafted lyrics delivered with stunning harmony.


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Genre: folk


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A SEATED SHOW


A Berkley Hart Christmas w/ Steve Poltz, Suzanne Harper, Pony Death Ride, Cici Porter, and Steph Johnson and The Voices Of Our City Choir

Berkley Hart

For almost two decades Jeff Berkley and Calman Hart have been entertaining audiences with their natural down-home humor and masterfully-crafted songs . Their 10 studio albums have garnered almost as many San Diego Music Awards. Their debut album, 2000’s “Wreck ‘n’ Sow,” was a critical success out of the box that won that year’s SDMA prize for Best Local Recording, and took home the coveted Best New Artist trophy to boot. SLAMM magazine said of it, “Sometimes an album surfaces that is so emotionally and musically authentic that it crumbles resistance to its genre.” Their latest CD, “Fleur De Lis”, is a powerful collection of 20 songs about love, longing, joy and home, combining their trademark vocal harmony and unique acoustic style to create a listening experience that is, as one critic put it, “warm and peaceful as a summer evening on the bayou”. They have also become well-known for their theme-shows, most notably their annual productions of “O Berkley Where Hart Thou” and “A Berkley Hart Christmas”. In April of 2018 they will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Berkley Hart with a recreation of their first album at the Poway Performing Arts Center.

Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz is not normal.
He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) but has lived most of his life inSouthern California and those geographic poles are quite likely responsible for his unhinged genius. He is a dual citizen – Canada/USA – but has often said that, “should a hostage situation arise, I become conveniently Canadian.” Over the course of his life he’s met Elvis Presley (who hugged his sister for far too long), trick or treated at Liberace’s house (each finger had a diamond ring), was Bob Hope’s favourite altar boy (according to him), bravely traveled the world busking before he knew how to do it, famously co-wrote “You Were Meant For Me” with Jewel, pissed off David Cassidy and can count some of the world’s coolest people as fans.
He’s also an ex high school wrestler (98 pound class), an obsessed baseball fan, a yoga practitioner, a hopeless romantic, a smart-ass philosopher and a child-like adventurer/observer with an absurdist’s view of this crazy world and the various life-forms that inhabit it. He’s interested in it all – the big and the small, the sublime and the ridiculous, the terrestrial and the cosmic. He doesn’t just love life, he rides it bareback, naked, at a full gallop with one hand clenched deep in its mane and the other waving to anyone watching as he flies by. Time is ticking and he has work to do…

Pony Death Ride

Married, half-Canadian musical comedy duo Pony Death Ride has released two acclaimed albums and several singles. Their sound is a combination of ukulele-driven ditties reminiscent of old tyme burlesque comedy, and guitar and bass driven songs leaning heavily toward punk rock.

What we've done

Best described as Archie and Edith Bunker with a ukulele and glockenspiel, Pony Death Ride can be seen performing paired down versions of their songs at burlesque variety shows and comedy clubs throughout the country. They have appeared multiple times in Los Angeles at two of the city’s longest running burlesque variety shows Striptease Menagerie and Monday Night Tease, and at the San Francisco Bay Area’s world famous Hubba Hubba Review, in addition to performing at El Cid in Los Angeles as part of the Musical Comedy Circus and The Upright Citizen's Brigade in Hollywood, Ca. This past Spring they appeared at the Tomorrow! Show with Ron Lynch and Scot Nery's Boobie Trap show, both in LA. In their hometown of San Diego, they’ve guest hosted Laugh Attack at the American Comedy Co.,

For the past five years Pony Death Ride has toured their Christmas show in several states, and it is becoming a highlight of their live performances. Irreverent cover songs, cheeky originals, and awesome costumes give fans a real Christmas kick. This year (2017) they will toured with El Vez on his Merry MexMas tour, playing to sold out crowds throughout California.

Pony Death Ride has shared the stage with many great performers, including Neil Hamburger, Mojo Nixon, Har Mar Superstar,and Robert Lopez (El Vez). In October of 2015 the duo hosted and performed at The Arizona Burlesque Fest in Tucson, Az.,

After meeting each other while in other bands, Joe and Jaye started Pony Death Ride in 2011. They married in 2010. They live in San Diego. They have two cats. They are also real estate agents. Really.

Pony Death Ride Releases Cat Sounds Summer 2016

Married musical comedy duo Pony Death Ride will release their new album Cat Sounds summer 2016. As the title suggests, the album features 9 tracks all about cats! What started as an on-the-spot song about an actual cat chase in their living room has turned into a comedic themed album all about our fuzzy buddies. However, the songs aren't all nice and warm, staying true to the duo's sassy and blue old-time burlesque style. Musically, the songs range from jazzed up ditties to piano ladden ballads to punk rock and even a rockabilly-type number to keep it fresh! In the past, Pony Death Ride has received national and international attention for their hilariously subversive punk and vaudeville influenced album No Longer a Foal… Not Yet a Horse. Pony Death Ride is Joe and Jaye MacAskill, both long-time members of the San Diego music scene. Engineering the sound and graciously adding his drumming talents was Mike Kamoo of Earthling Studios, one of San Diego, California’s most talented and sought-out musical producers.

" We wrote one cat song and the cat song train just kept rolling", states Joe MacAskill. Adding Jaye: "We have two cats, so we feel we're qualified to sing on such a subject." Cat Sounds features nine tracks including "Your Cats Are Crap", "I'm a Cat Guy", and the album's first single "Grumpy Cat (Ain't All That)." After the album's release the duo will play a few select shows and then begin rehearsal for the next holiday tour. The record was once again recorded and engineered by Mike Kamoo of Earthling Studios, who played most of the album's drum tracks. The band waas joined by several talented area musicians who helped round out the diverse sound.

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First casting eyes upon each other a few years ago at the Casbah, the MacAskills are finally expressing their unconventional personalities and musical abilities together as Pony Death Ride. Along with Joe’s past experience leading bands, writing songs and performing standup comedy, Jaye’s associations with the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum (formerly “Exotic World”) and the “new burlesque” movement have all had major influences on PDR’s unique and irreverent conceptual development.

Steph Johnson and The Voices Of Our City Choir

In the wake of the economic crisis of 2008, aspiring musician Steph Johnson made a brave choice: The singer/guitarist chose to abandon her 12-year career in banking and pursue her dreams of making music full-time. It wasn't the only time the intrepid Johnson would eschew the safe decision. In 2011, Johnson had already released two albums and was clearly on the way up in the soul/R&B musical genre with jazzy undertones. In fact, her second CD won an SDMA for "Best Jazz Record" without actually being a jazz document. Later that year, Johnson didn't just switch horses in mid-stream, she switched streams. A chance encounter with double-bassist Rob Thorsen at the Ocean Beach Music & Arts Festival led to a drastic change in direction for her music and unique songwriting style. Forming a trio with Thorsen and young drum phenom Fernando Gomez the group recorded her 3rd CD “Nature Girl” and headed out on multiple tours of the southwest and west coast as well as numerous festivals and concerts in Mexico. The groups new sound had a decided jazzy influenced textures and featured her guitar playing as well as her soulful velvety vocals.

Johnson began dreaming big for her next CD release when she hired two time Grammy award winning producer Kamau Kenyatta (Gregory Porter jazz vocalist 2014 and 2016) to produce her latest release Music is Art. Featuring 10 of her original compositions with stellar musical support from trumpeter Curtis Taylor (Gregory Porter, James Carter, Billy Childs), guitarist Gregory “Gmo” Moore (Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind and Fire), Kamau Kenyatta (Hubert Laws, Donald Byrd, Grammy winning producer), bassist Thorsen and Gomez on drums. The CD has propelled her career to new heights and celebrates the unique blend of her jazz stylings with her soulful R&B roots.

In the summer of 2016, Steph co-founded “Voices Of Our City”, a choir for people experiencing homelessness in San Diego. As an activist, she found it difficult to bring about change in regards to the city’s inhumane policies towards unsheltered people. The choir provides the voiceless with a voice and showcases the human potential and talent living on the streets. The group has been busy with performances and has been featured multiple times on KPBS, NPR, PBS Newshour, the SD Union Tribune and more. The story of the choir is also being filmed for an upcoming one hour documentary by noted filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz.

Steph Johnson continues to balance her busy schedule with a focus and clarity on her music, as well as by giving of herself to help those in need. Her warmth and caring spirit, combined with her soulful musical virtuosity, creates a unique and dynamic sound that has proven her to be an incredibly engaging performer and songwriter.