By the team at Owly, Oct 12th 2018
Concord isn't just known for its Mediterranean summers; many talented musicians, teachers, and artists live nearby and travel throughout the Bay Area to share their work. Below you'll find a list of available freelancers. Please note that we update this page at the end of every week; be sure to check back regularly to see new performers, fitness gurus, and more!
Pianist, Morgan Maudiere, from Sedan, France, brings the groove, the swing, and all the rest. He regularly performs with international recording artists, Kalil Wilson and Susana Pineda in addition to his own jazz formations. Fun, upbeat and charming he puts on a performance that will have you smiling all the way through!
$420 for full band | $210 for piano & singer OR piano & guitar | $120 for piano only
Listen to tracks online! Link to Soundcloud page
JimBo has been playing in a band since 1992. He performs all kind of music, including bluegrass, ragtime, blues, country, cowboy, folk, swing, klezmer, early rock-and-roll, and more! JimBo also performs as a soloist and also within a duo, trio, or quartet as needed. Your residents won't help but smile and laugh through JimBo's uplifting and upbeat performances.
$120 for solo show (price increases with other players) | Click here to listen!
Francesca Lee writes honest and soulful songs that tell intimate stories of the human heart. She is best known for her rich velvety voice and stripped-down acoustic style in the folk/pop genre. Francesca has been headlining with her band, The New Believers, at high profile NoCal venues like Yoshi’s, Café Du Nord and her home base, Hotel Utah. Selected for inclusion for the KFOG Local Scene 6 CD, Francesca was featured in a live broadcast and interview from San Jose on the station’s Morning Show to celebrate the station’s Local Music Month.
$120 per show
Listen to tracks online! Link to Francesca's music video
Leandra has a stunning, rich operatic voice and has performed internationally. She has recently performed with the San Francisco Renaissance Voices, San Francisco Opera Guild, West Edge Opera and Opera San Jose. Concert venue performances include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the United Nations. Leandra currently sings as a professional with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Leandra performs beautiful and moving operatic repertoire, and sings alongside her pianist.
$120 per show
Listen to tracks online! Link to Leandra's music video
Pawel Walerowski was born into a musical family in Poland. His early career included recording for radio and television in Europe and traveling extensively as a leading cellist with A.L.l. Webber musicals. After graduating from the Conservatory in Poznan, Poland, Pawel was awarded a scholarship to study cello at the University of Arizona. Pawel played on a cruise ship for a year before settling down in the Bay Area. For the past 10 years he toured the U.S, premiered musicals, played at Berkeley Rep, worked for SF Symphony education department and freelanced with many ensembles. Currently Pawel serves as a musician at St Mary’s church in Walnut Creek where he plays piano, organ and cello.
$120 per show
Listen to tracks online! Link to Pawel's sample track
Perry Lightfoot has performed with his band, The Fundudes, for decades throughout the Bay Area. He also performs solo at two retirement centers in the East Bay, and his repertoire covers musical genres from folk, jazz, blues, old school R&B all the way to rock n' roll!
Link to video - Brown Eyed Girl
$120 per show
Pam Heier, Jeff McMoyler and Jim Wiant are a trio playing Americana roots music mixed with a little country. Their 3-part harmonies are nothing less than extraordinary, bringing back songs from The Everly Brothers, The Beach Boys and The Bee Gees. Songs by Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard and Bob Dylan are always on their set list as well.
$120 per show | Listen here
Praised for her "hypnotizing vocals" (Musical Heart Beat), Leanne Kelly is the lead and songwriter for San Francisco-based project, New Spell. Leanne’s dual career as a therapist informs her pensive lyrics, while her prolific songwriting has allowed her to score several indie films and compose commercial music. A Los Angeles native, she attended USC’s Thornton School of Music where she studied both Vocal Jazz and Psychology before relocating to the Bay Area.
$120 per show
Listen to tracks online! Link to Leanne's hits here
Bachata Breakdown instructors Matt Namkung, Amie Lam, and Jenna Carlsson are passionate Latin dancers who have 20 years of combined dance experience in salsa, cumbia and bachata. They have danced on numerous bachata teams from Team Rodchata, Fever Dance Academy, and Sabor Latino Dance Company, most recently co-directing the team. We each fell in love with Bachata - let us help you do the same!
$105 per class
Thalia studied dance, biology and chemistry at the University of Kansas and happily pursues her passion for helping others gain body awareness and strength throughout the Bay Area. She has taught throughout the past 11 years and has experience working with people who have never done yoga or dance before. In addition to teaching older adults, Thalia brings fitness to people who have post traumatic stress disorder and veterans.
$84 per class
Armin currently works and studies in the field of kinesiology. He has been an active participant in athletic competition since childhood. Through Armin's sports career, he developed some serious injuries that nearly prevented him from competing again. After finding an incredible therapist and trainer, Armin decided he wanted to help others in the same way. Armin's hobbies include martial arts, yoga, and weightlifting. Currently residing in Walnut Creek, Armin enjoys helping disadvantaged youth athletes in his spare time.
$84 per class
During this workshop, you will be working with poetry to spark meaningful conversation. Barbara will be reading from her own work and invites you to bring and share your own. Poetry is often an expression of deeper, inner feelings and emotional material. Whatever comes up during the workshop ,Barbara will hold the conversation lightly and keep the group talking about the things that matter to us.
$120 per workshop
Sarah is the Community Manager at Silvernest, a housemate matching service for baby boomers and empty nesters with space to share. Through this platform, she provides Homeshare Harmony relationship support, collects stories from users who have benefited from homesharing, and is personally dedicated to the mission of ending social isolation. She is an expert in the art of human connection, with a background in teaching groups how to create happier, healthier and more sustainable communities. Sarah specializes in working with romantic couples as a relationship coach and wedding officiant, through her business LeadYourLoveLife.
$100 per group workshop | Please email for more details about Sarah's classes
Valerie Haynes Perry is the author of two novels (Tanner Blue and Members); a novella (Painted Deserts); a collection of short stories (Music for the Dream); Qpid and Them—Vignettes; and three innovative books about creative writing: Listening Out Loud—A Friend to the Serious Writer; Write, Read, Listen—Your Handy Writing Coach; and Write the Book You Want—Be Your Own Coach. She has worked in the publishing industry as a developmental editor and book indexer. Currently, Valerie coaches serious writers and leads Motivational Writing™ Circles. She developed this approach in order to empower creative writers by emphasizing reading aloud, committing to completing works in progress, and encouraging fellow writers. Valerie holds an M.A. in Spanish and has taught Spanish grammar at several community colleges. She is an avid reader and lover of various aspects of language. Though she is a native New Yorker, Valerie has long considered California her home.
FIRST WORKSHOP FREE | $100 per workshop after initial trial