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Big Wide Grin

Big Wide Grin

Rock / Singer/Songwriter / Folk Mill Valley, CA  US
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Big Wide Grin


  • Fri

    Jun 26

    Aransas Pass, TX, US | 6:30pm

    BiG WiDE GRiN in Concert "BiG WiDE GRiN ... Good singing. Great songs and the hardest working band in folk music." - Keb’ Mo’ "...throw in a generous portion of intelligent and heartfelt songwriting, add a dash of wit and charm, then sit yourself down to a spellbinding evening of top-notch entertainment with BiG WiDE GRiN ... guaranteed to put one on every face." - BJ Leiderman, theme composer, National Public Radio Elaine Dempsey was born on the Mississippi, raised on the James, educated on the Appomattox and the Boneyard; Elaine has lived most of her life on the Chesapeake and San Francisco Bays. As a singer, songwriter and performer Elaine blends a background of folk, rock, gospel and blues to create a dynamic vocal and acoustic guitar style truly her own. Her music has received international airplay and won repeated recognition in various national songwriting contests. Her musical guides have included: Keb’ Mo’, Harriet Schock, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, Karl Werne, Lawrence Lambert, Janis Ian, Rev. Ann Jefferson, Anne Lamott, John Haley-Walker, Allowyn Price, Clayton Gibb, Bill Spooner and Jackson-Ray-Charles-Kendal-Brown-Cat. Karl Werne has been entertaining the Hampton Roads area of Virginia Beach since he was 16 years old. Eight years with The Lewis McGehee Group and four years with his own Instant Karma have made Karl a local favorite with his versatile guitar work and smooth hypnotic vocals. Highlights of those years include touring as the opening act for Bruce Hornsby’s Grammy winning ’The Way It Is Tour’ and numerous recordings still receiving airplay. When not on the road with BWG, Karl can be heard these days playing with saxophonist Eddie Williams and electric guitarist Curtis Eley.

  • 2013

    Sep 27

    Las Cruces, NM, US | 6:30pm

    House concert by invitation - Please contact Mcdowellhouseconcerts@comcast.net to arrange RSVP and directions Socializing from 6:30, music starts at 7:30.

  • 2013

    May 4

    San Antonio, TX, US | 6:30pm

    Come on over and get your GRIN on. This is our most requested return act for Urban Campfires which just tickles me pink. They're my favorite too. Lawrence will be with the trio this time around with his new solo cd and we just might be celebrating the release of the new BWG cd as well. Stay tuned.

  • 2013

    May 3

    Aransas Pass, TX, US | 7:30pm

    "Take three supremely talented performers, throw in a generous portion of intelligent and heartfelt songwriting, add a dash of wit & charm, then sit yourself down to a spell-binding evening of top-notch entertainment with BiG WiDE GRiN...guaranteed to put one on every face." - BJ Leiderman, National Public Radio. They are constantly on the move - whether at festivals, concert series, shows, or select house concerts and have shared the stage, collectively, with such artists as Janis Ian, Harriett Schock, Lowen & Navarro, Richie Havens, Bruce Hornsby and toured with legendary blues man Keb' Mo'.

  • 2013

    Apr 28

    Austin, TX, US | 6:00pm

    Music starts 7pm. Song Circle to follow show. If you would like to send a check to hold your seat, please make it out to Janet Hans, and mail to: Karen Hachman 906 Austin Highlands Blvd, Austin, TX 78745


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  • Urban Campfires (Venue)
    Urban Campfires
    I am convinced that their are two types of people in this world - those who know and love Big Wide Grin and those who haven't heard them yet. They are our most requested return act and we are thrilled that they will open our 20th season in September 2009. Janet, Jayne & Steve Urban Campfires San Antonio, TX



Label: Peace It Together Press

Bio: This bi-coastal trio of Elaine Dempsey, Lawrence Lambert & Karl Werne, from California and Virginia, bring diverse backgrounds of experience, music and theater together to form a rich, soulful blend of character and deep harmony. It will move you to an understanding of their name: BIG WIDE GRIN.
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