Upcoming Dates

Friday, August 4th, 2017

The Sweet Potatoes - 7:00-9:00pm
11118 Magnolia
North Hollywood, CA 91601
818-308-7990 [map]
Price: free - all ages

    

Join us for our monthly show!

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Opening Night: The Improvised Musical - 9:00pm
6366 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 962-7560 [map]
Price: $10 - you must be 21

   

I'll be sitting in with this magnificent group, doing a fully improvised musical based on one suggestion.  How do they pull it off?

   

Valet parking available - full bar, but there is no drink minimum

 

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

UC Irvine
Opening Night: The Improvised Musical
Irvine, CA 92697 [map]

   

We'll be making up a musical on the fly - singing, dancing, dialog.  Come on out for some fun!

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

The Sweet Potatoes - 6:00-8:00pm
14096 State Highway 97
Petersburg, IL 62675
(217) 632-6003 [map]

   

Come join us at this beautiful winery for live music and hand crafted local wine.

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Private House Concert
The Sweet Potatoes in concert
Evansville, IN [map]

   

This will be a private event

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

The Sweet Potatoes in concert - 7:30pm, doors open at 7:00
S Main & W Maple streets
Lombard, IL 60148
630-627.0171 [map]
Price: $15

     

Oh how we love this venue!  Great acoustics, lovely people, and right in my stomping grounds.  If you've never heard us play, this is the place!

   

Our opening act will be local favorites, Blackest Crow.

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Peoria Public Library
The Sweet Potatoes - 2:00-4:00pm
3001 W. Grand Parkway
Peoria, IL 61615
309-497-2100 [map]
Price: free - all ages

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

The Federated Church
The Sweet Potatoes
206 S. Main
Avon, IL 61415
309-465-3831 [map]

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Music Improv Workshop & Show - 7:30pm
3244 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tuscon, AZ 85716
(520) 289-8076 [map]

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

The Sweet Potatoes @ Songwriters Serenade - 7:00-9:00
145 E. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA
626-426-0250 [map]
Price: FREE

  

Hosted by JC Hyke, we'll share the bill with Nick Nace, Ric Taylor and Paul Marshall.  Sit out on the patio and have a good beer and some food.

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

SAG AFTRA Building
Music Improv Workshop
5757 Wilshire BLVD
Los Angeles, CA [map]
Price: Free to SAG AFTRA members

    

Rick & I have had so much fun doing this workshop with our fellow union members, we're going back to do it again!  Part of the NextGen Series

 

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The Sweet Potatoes - 7:00-9:00pm
11118 Magnolia
North Hollywood, CA 91601
818-308-7990 [map]
Price: free - all ages

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Compass Improv Festival - all day
3960 Chouteau
St. Louis, MO 63110
314-932-5540 [map]

 Compass Improv Festival  

Rick & I will be returning to teach and perform at this great festival.  Here's our schedule:

12-3: Beginner Music Improv Workshop

4-7: Advanced Music Improv Workshop

8: Music Improv show with students from the advanced workshop

  

To find out more about our workshops, visit my website

 

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Compass Improv Festival - 12:00-2:00pm
3960 Chouteau
St. Louis, MO 63110
314-932-5540 [map]

   

I'll lead a workshop on Musical Direction for Improv.  Learn how to do what I do on Whose Line, or how to speak "musician" to the Musical Director in your improv group.

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Music Improv Workshops & Shows
811 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-339-0608 [map]

   

We'll be joining our dear friends in Pittsburgh.  We're not sure yet what we'll be cooking up, but it's sure to be fun.  Details to follow....

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

ImprovBoston
40 Prospect St
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-576-1253 [map]

   

Rick & I will be making our way east to teach some music improv workshops, do some improv shows, and hang out for the weekend.  More details to come.

Friday, December 1st, 2017

The Sweet Potatoes - 7:00-9:00pm
11118 Magnolia
North Hollywood, CA 91601
818-308-7990 [map]
Price: free - all ages

Past Dates

Friday, July 7th, 2017

The Sweet Potatoes - 7:00-9:00pm
11118 Magnolia
North Hollywood, CA 91601
818-308-7990 [map]
Price: free - all ages

      

Great pie, coffee and live music!  What could be better?  Give yourself plenty of time to park, or take the red line.

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

The Sweet Potatoes at Grassy Hill Sidestage - 7:00-7:40
Memorial Park, 85 E. Holly St.
Pasadena, CA 91103 [map]
Price: FREE

    

We just got this list minute booking, and we're really excited! If you've never been to this venue, it's very cool, very SoCal. Bring a blanket and a picnic (no alcohol allowed), or try one of the food vendors. The mainstage act will be Vaud and the Villains, described as "Americana Noir meets Moulin Rouge". Sounds interesting, eh?

   

The park is located in Old Pasadena between Walnut and Holly, just North of Colorado Blvd.

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Crow Mountain Songclub - 9:00-11:30
2702 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 452-1734 [map]
Price: free - must be 21

    

This is a cool new venue for The Sweet Potatoes.  The host, Chris Murphy, just put some fiddle on our upcoming cd, and I bet we'll be able to get him to sit in with us!

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Musical Improv Workshop
52500 Temecula Road
Idyllwild, CA 92549 [map]

      

Rick & I will teach a Music Improv Workshop in beautiful Idyllwild. Campers of all ages can experience a wide variety of performing and visual arts & crafts.   We did this last year and had a blast!

 

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Bible Cabaret - 2:00pm
235 Hill St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
310.399.1631 [map]

    

Bible Cabaret, created by our good friend and UMC pastor Jane Voigts, is tons of fun.  Loaded with storytelling, skits, and music from The Sweet Potatoes, it's a great way to spend the afternoon. 

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Toastmasters
Musical Improv Workshop
Culver City, CA [map]

   

This is a private event for club members. 

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Opening Night: The Improvised Musical! - 8:15-9:15
UCI Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697 [map]
Price: FREE!

  

 

I'll be sitting in with the fabulously talented Opening Night team as part of the Coup de Comedy Festival. And yes, we will improvise a whole musical, based on one suggestion from the audience.  It's magic!

     

There are loads of other great free events all through the weekend, so check out the whole schedule.

      

Friday, May 5th, 2017

The Sweet Potatoes - 7:00-9:00pm
11118 Magnolia
North Hollywood, CA 91601
818-308-7990 [map]
Price: free - all ages

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Femprovisor Fest - 11:00 & 12:45
San Francisco, CA [map]

    

I'll be doing a workshop and panel!  

     

11:00am-12:30pm - I'll teach a Musical Direction for Improv Workshop, at Leela Training Center.  Great for musicians who play for improv groups, but also for actors and directors who want to learn more about what the musician is doing. 

     

12:45-1:45pm - I'll be part of a panel discussion, "Women Who Do It All!", talking about the juggling act of creativity, career, family and life. At Exit Theater, see festival website for the address, etc.

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Femprovisor Fest - 2:00 & 7:30
156 Eddy St.
San Fransisco, CA [map]

 

I'll be doing a workshop and show!   

2:00-5:00pm -I'll be teaching a music improv workshop for actors, with the talented Shulie Cowen.    

 

7:30pm - Shulie Cowen and I will do an improvised musical show with the awesome Tara DeFrancisco.  We're called "51%".

   

For more info, go to the festival website

 

    

 

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Femprovisor Fest - 7:30
156 Eddy St.
San Fransisco, CA [map]

    

I'll be sitting in with local Music Improv group, Flash Mob Musical.  See the festival website for more info.

Friday, April 7th, 2017

The Sweet Potatoes - 7:00-9:00pm
11118 Magnolia
North Hollywood, CA 91601
818-308-7990 [map]
Price: free - all ages

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Musical Direction for Improv Workshop - 4:00-7:00
851 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL
773-697-9693 [map]

This workshop is perfect for you if you are:

1. already working as a musical director 

2.  thinking about playing for an improv group

3 an improviser or director who wants to know how to communicate and work with a musical director.

      

I'll be team teaching with the brilliant Lisa McQueen, who (like me) has years of musical directing experience at The Second City and Annoyance Theater.   

      

We will explain and demonstrate how they approach gear, musical styles, working with different singers, short and long form, and playing with other musicians. They'll have a few singers on hand to help demonstrate some of the principles.  And there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

 

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

New Short Fiction Series - 7:00
5303 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
818-980-2555 [map]

    

The Sweet Potatoes will play for the book launch of "The Dark and Other Stories", by author Deborah Willis.  Stories about love and loss in a small town, mixed in with our music...sounds cool, doesn't it?

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

The Sweet Potatoes - 7:00-9:00pm
11118 Magnolia
North Hollywood, CA 91601
818-308-7990 [map]
Price: free - all ages

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Whose Line is it Anyway?

    

I'll be taping most of the month! Back to work on the best job ever.

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Improv Co-op - 8:00pm
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310.746.4000 [map]

        

You’ve seen improv before, but not like this. Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer Simpson) and Deb Lacusta bring together an amazing company of seasoned improvisers from Immediate Theater. With decades of experience, the cast features Bernadette Birkett, Michael Bernard, Dan Castellaneta, Rick Hall, Lance Kinsey, Deb Lacusta, Sean Masterson, Jeff Michalski, Jane Morris, Paul Sand and Jonathan Stark.

You’ve seen improv before, but not like this. Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer Simpson) and Deb Lacusta bring together an amazing company of seasoned improvisers from Immediate Theater. With decades of experience, the cast features Bernadette Birkett, Michael Bernard, Dan Castellaneta, Rick Hall, Lance Kinsey, Deb Lacusta, Sean Masterson, Jeff Michalski, Jane Morris, Paul Sand and Jonathan Stark. - See more at: http://thewallis.org/show-info.php?id=283#sthash.k3p9cRPc.dpuf
Bernadette Birkett, Michael Bernard, Dan Castellaneta, Rick Hall, Lance Kinsey, Deb Lacusta, Sean Masterson, Jeff Michalski, Jane Morris, Paul Sand and Jonathan Stark. - See more at: http://thewallis.org/show-info.php?id=283#sthash.k3p9cRPc.dpuf

Friday, January 6th, 2017

The Sweet Potatoes - 7:00-9:00pm
11118 Magnolia
North Hollywood, CA 91601
818-308-7990 [map]
Price: free!

     

Start the year right with our First Friday show.  Great pie, coffee and tea!

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Chili Fest & Holiday Faire - 3:00-5:00pm
7570 McGroarty Terrace
Tujunga, CA 91042
818-352-5285 [map]

      

All sorts of arts & crafts, home made chili, craft beer and more! There will be two bands, we'll go on second.

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

The Sweet Potatoes - 7:00-9:00pm
11118 Magnolia
North Hollywood, CA 91601
818-308-7990 [map]
Price: free - all ages

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The Sweet Potatoes - 7:00
2029 N. Lake
Altadena, CA 91001
626.398.7917 [map]
Price: $10

     

We'll share the bill with Susan Sheller & Mark Tremaglia and Skip Heller & The Hollywood Blues Destroyers. We'll do two 20 minute sets. Plus storyteller Dylan Brody!

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

The Spolin Players - 8:00pm
2106 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA [map]
Price: $15

      

Improv fun for all, with this talented and silly cast:

Casey Campbell, Donna Dubain,
Danny Mann, John Mariano,
Anna Mathias, Gail Matthius
David McCharen, Edie McClurg, 
Pat Musick & Jim Staahl

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

The Sweet Potatoes - 7:00-9:00pm
Matt Denny's Ale House 145 E. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA
626-426-0250 [map]
Price: free

   

We share the bill with some fantastic singer-songwriters; Darren Pynn, Paul Marshall and our good pal, Phil Ward.  Delicious food and drink at this great Ale House.

Monday, October 24th, 2016

8:00-10:00pm
99 Blue Jays Way 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 9G9
CA
416-340-7270 [map]

    

Rick & I will do an improv show with the advanced class.

Monday, October 24th, 2016

4:00-7:00pm
99 Blue Jays Way 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 9G9
CA
416-340-7270 [map]

    

Rick & I will lead a beginner music improv workshop.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

3:00-6:00pm
99 Blue Jays Way 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 9G9
Canada
416-340-7270 [map]

       

Rick & I will lead an advanced music improv workshop.

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Music Improv Workshop & Show
533 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-322-8738 [map]

   

Rick & I will teach a beginner and advanced Music Improv Workshop.  Then at 7:30pm we'll do a show with the advanced class.

Friday, September 16th, 2016

The Sweet Potatoes
950 Lotus Road
Lotus, CA 95651
530-889-7398 [map]

   

We're so excited to be part of this beautiful festival!

   

We'll play at 7:00 at Marco's, then again at 9:30 in the Musician's Showcase.  

        

American Rver Music Festival

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The Sweet Potatoes - 7:00pm
407 Edwardsville Rd
Troy, IL 62294
618-667-6241 [map]
Price: a love offering will be taken

   

All are welcome at this friendly church.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Pigboy - 7:30pm
68 E. Central Park
Jacksonville, IL 62650
217.491.3977 [map]
Price: $10

    

Rick & I return to perform his story telling homage to rural living.  He hasn't performed this live in almost 18 years, so now is your chance to see it again. 

    

Called "spellbinding" by the New York Times, and "ethanol burning fun" by the Chicago Sun Times, you won't want to miss this show. 

   

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Our Town Books or Reserved by calling Our Town books during regular business hours ONLY (Mon-Thurs 10a.m.-6p.m. and Fri- Sat 10 a.m.- 7p.m.) at 217-245-2665.

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Music Improv Workshop - 6:00-9:00pm
1125 Merrillville Road
Crown Point, IN
219-805-4255 [map]
Price: $50

    

Rick & I will lead a Music Improv Workshop.  Go to the website for more info and to register.

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Music Improv Workshop & Show - 2-5 workshop, 7-8:30 show
4034 Fox Valley Center Dr
Aurora, IL 60504
630-585-0300 [map]
Price: $45 workshop

   

Rick & I will teach a music improv workshop, and then perform in a show with the students that night.  Go to their website for more details and to register for the workshop.

 

 

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

The Center for Spiritual Living
Music Improv Workshop - 2:00-5:00 workshop 7:30-9:00 show
12875 Fee Fee Rd
St. Louis, MO 63146 [map]

   

Rick & I will lead a Music Improv Workshop with the help of our friend Bob Baker. The workshop is sold out, but in the evening we'll do an improv show including workshop students, and Bob's friends from the St. Louis improv scene. 

 

We'll also have the very first copies of my new book, co-written with Bob, about doing music for improv.  I'm really excited about it, and we'll be selling and signing copies after the show.

    

The Center for Spiritual Living is located not far from 270 and Olive, across Fee Fee from Parkway North High School. The front entrance is on Willowyck Ct, across from the Thornhill Library

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Ottopop Huiskamer
Tim Grimm Concert - 8:00pm
Ottoland 2975 BE

The Netherlands [map]

   

I'll be hanging out and maybe even sit in on a few tunes.  For more info, see Tim's website

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Whose Line Live - 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Argyll St
London W1F 7TF
GB [map]

  

With Greg Proops, Jeff Davis, Brad Sherwood, Colin Mochrie, Linda Taylor, Josie Lawrence & Clive Davis.  See website for tickets

 

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Whose Line Live - 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Argyll St
London W1F 7TF
GB [map]

   

With Greg Proops, Jeff Davis, Brad Sherwood, Colin Mochrie, Linda Taylor, Josie Lawrence & Clive Davis.  See website for tickets

 

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Whose Line Live - 7:30pm
Argyll St
London W1F 7TF
GB [map]

    

With Greg Proops, Jeff Davis, Brad Sherwood, Colin Mochrie, Linda Taylor, Josie Lawrence & Clive Davis.  See website for tickets

 

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Whose Line Live - 7:30pm
Argyll St
London W1F 7TF
GB [map]

   

With Greg Proops, Jeff Davis, Brad Sherwood, Colin Mochrie, Linda Taylor, Josie Lawrence & Clive Davis.  See website for tickets

 

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Whose Line Live - 7:30pm
Argyll St
London W1F 7TF
GB [map]

   

With Greg Proops, Jeff Davis, Brad Sherwood, Colin Mochrie, Linda Taylor, Josie Lawrence & Clive Davis.  See website for tickets

 

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Whose Line Live - 7:30pm
Argyll St
London W1F 7TF
GB [map]

    

With Greg Proops, Jeff Davis, Brad Sherwood, Colin Mochrie, Linda Taylor, Josie Lawrence & Clive Davis.  See website for tickets

 

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Whose Line Live - 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Argyll St
London W1F 7TF
GB [map]

   

With Greg Proops, Jeff Davis, Brad Sherwood, Colin Mochrie, Linda Taylor, Josie Lawrence & Clive Davis.  See website for tickets

 

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Whose Line Live - 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Argyll St
London W1F 7TF
GB [map]

   

With Greg Proops, Jeff Davis, Brad Sherwood, Colin Mochrie, Linda Taylor, Josie Lawrence & Clive Davis.  See website for tickets

 

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Whose Line Live - 7:30pm
Argyll St
London W1F 7TF
GB [map]

   

With Greg Proops, Jeff Davis, Brad Sherwood, Colin Mochrie, Linda Taylor, Josie Lawrence & Clive Davis.  See website for tickets

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Whose Line Live - 7:30pm
Argyll St
London W1F 7TF
GB [map]

   

I'm going back to London to do live Whose Line is it Anyway shows with a combination of American and British casts. 

    

Greg Proops, Jeff Davis, Brad Sherwood, Colin Mochrie, Linda Taylor, Josie Lawrence, Clive Davis and me!

 

See website for tickets

 

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

The Sweet Potatoes - 6:30pm
15370 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63013
636-532-8492 [map]
Price: a love offering will be taken

  

Our dobro/banjo/harmonica player, Steve Borgard will join us for this show.  All are welcome at this beautiful church.

Friday, April 29th, 2016

The Lilfest Concert Series - 8:00pm
221 First Street
Mt. Vernon, IA 52314
847-256-0000 [map]
Price: $15 suggested donation

   

This will be the first time The Sweet Potatoes play in Iowa.  We're excited to be part of this fine concert series.

   

Cornell College's improv group, The Freelance Cosmonauts, will open for us, Rick & Laura will sit in and do some improv with them. 

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Alton Square Mall Performance Room - 6:30pm
225 Alton Square
Alton, IL 62002
1-800-613-3163 [map]
Price: free, but you should call to reserve a spot

   

Join The Sweet Potatoes for this family friendly show.

  

The Performance Room is located on the east side of the mall, on the second floor between the escalators and J.C. Penney.

  

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

The Federated Church
The Sweet Potatoes - 7:00pm
206 South Main Street
Avon, IL 61415
(309) 465-3831 [map]
Price: a love offering will be taken

  

All are welcome at this lovely UU/UCC church.

Friday, November 6th, 2015

The Sweet Potatoes - 7:00-9:00pm
11118 Magnolia
North Hollywood, CA 91601
818-308-7990 [map]
Price: free - all ages

Friday, May 8th, 2015

The Sweet Potatoes - 9:00-12:00pm
202 Old Mammoth Rd
Mammoth Lakes, CA
(760) 934-9431 [map]
Price: free!
Great food and wine in a beautiful spot.
Great food and wine in a beautiful spot.
Great food and wine in a beautiful spot.

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

The Sweet Potatoes - 7:00-9:00pm
11118 Magnolia
North Hollywood, CA 91601
818-308-7990 [map]
Price: free!

  

The Sweet Potatoes will be back for our annual Valentines Day show.  Have some sweets with your sweetie. 

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Flash Mob Musical - 7:30
San Fransisco, CA [map]

   

I'll be sitting in with this local Music Improv Group.  See the website for details

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

The Federated Church
The Sweet Potatoes - 7:00 pm
206 S. Main
Avon, IL 61415
309-465-3831 [map]