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The Quitters Trio (Photo by Valerie May)

August 12th, 2023  8:00pm

Performer: The Quitters

Astronomy Speaker:  Dr. Anna Nierenberg

The Quitters

The Quitters

The Quitters trio consists of a right-side up finger picker (Stevie Coyle), an upside-down flat picker (Glenn “Houston” Pomianek), and an upright bassist (Chris Kee). They were the three original members of The Waybacks quintet, and Chris Kee and Glenn Houston were the long-time bassist and lead guitarist for Houston Jones.

Glenn Houston’s guitarist influences range from Michael Bloomfield to Doc Watson, as shows in his mastery of both the acoustic and electric guitar. Glenn has been voted Best Guitarist by the Northern California Bluegrass Society and has shared billing with Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, Earl Scruggs, Doc and Merle Watson, Willie Nelson and countless other famous artists. He co-founded the Waybacks in 1999 with Stevie Coyle and Chojo Jacques, and was co-founder of the powerhouse Americana band, Houston Jones.

Stevie Coyle was inspired to take up finger-picking guitar by the first Hot Tuna album. After degrees in Theatre and Theology, he hit the road with The Royal Lichtenstein Circus, doing comedy, magic, wire-walking, sword-swallowing, and juggling. Since then he has released a solo CD and opened his own high-end acoustic guitar shop, Mighty Fine Guitars, in Lafayette, CA.  In addition to his stellar musical career, Stevie also claims fame as an actor and comedian, including appearances on Cheers and The Comedy Store.

Chris Kee is a classically trained cellist who studied ethnomusicology at Yale. Much in demand as a hired gun, he has performed with Buddy Miller (including appearances with Buddy, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Shawn Colvin), Jim Lauderdale, Nora Jones, Jim Campilongo, the late lamented Ralph Carney, and crypto-Klezmer sorceress Michelle Alany, among many others.

Go to The Quitters Duo for more information.

Lecture Information

Dr. Anna Nierenberg (UC – Merced)

Understanding dark matter through gravitational lensing

Dr. Anna Nierenberg
Dr. Nierenberg is a native Californian. She was born in Sacramento, and was raised in the Bay Area and San Diego. She received her B.S. in Physics from UCLA her Ph. D. in Physics from UCSB.  After a three year stint at The University of Ohio as a Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Nierenberg was grateful to return to California and is currently a professor in the Physics Department at the University of California, Merced. She has spent many nights observing at Lick Observatory, and is looking forward to sharing her research in this beautiful setting.

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite starting May 8th, 2023 at Noon.

Join Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) and Get Tickets Early
If you’d like to purchase tickets as early as noon on April 27th, 2023, join our Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) program by March 1st, 2023. As a thank you for supporting the observatory, you’ll get special access to purchase tickets before they go on sale for the general public.

More information about tickets and pricing is available at Music of the Spheres.

Program Information

7:00 pm Doors Open Brief Telescope Visits
8:00 pm Concert, Main Hall
9:00 pm Science Talk, Lecture Hall Telescope Viewings
10:00 pm Science Talk (repeated), Lecture Hall Telescope Viewings
12:30 am Doors Close

Gift shop is open from 7:00pm-8:00pm, and reopens after the concert until 11:00pm.

Detailed Event Program

More general information about the event is available at Music of the Spheres.