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Dave Easley at Merrimans' Playhouse

TICKET Information:
$10 General Advanced
$8 Student (with ID).

Buy Tickets early, we have limited seating.


1) ONLINE - CREDIT CARD or PAYPAL: Purchase with a credit card or Paypal online using the link below. Once you've added the tickets to your cart in the Brown Paper Tickets site, click on the ORANGE "Pay via PayPal" button on the Buyer Details page, and this will take you to Merrimans' PayPal account. You will then have the option to pay with your credit card or your PayPal account.


2) IN PERSON: You may pay in person at the Piano Shop on 1211 Mishawaka Ave. CASH preferred. Please call 574-329-3430 to make sure we are available at the shop. You may also come in during our Monday evening Open Session (7:30 - 10:30 pm).

3) PHONE: If neither of these options work for you, please call Mary at 574-329-3430, and we will get you set up with tickets!

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Upcoming Concert


Thursday, September 10, 2015
8:00 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm.

Merrimans' Playhouse
1211 Mishawaka Ave.
South Bend, IN 46615

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Join us as we welcome these great jazz artists to South Bend, from New Orleans. "Where else can you find a pedal steel artist who has written his own ticket through and around the national jazz/pop scene, and a tasteful drummer all playing like there was no tomorrow... THIS IS NEW ORLEANS 'FUSION' AT IT'S GREATEST" --- Best of New

Dave Easley- Pedal Steel Guitar
Neal Heidler - Bass
Tom Chute - Drums

The group known performs jazz standards and original music of many genres including free jazz, bop, minimalist and many wonderfully unique approaches to dynamics and expression.

Dave Easley


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Dave Easley by Wolfgang - Merrimans' Playhouse

Dave is " of the freshest and most essential voices ininstrumental music today. Easley soars, shifts and flows, forming elegant patterns passing from sphere to shining sphere". - Michael Dominici, OffBeat Magazine

Dave Easley at Merrimans' Playhouse

Neal Heidler to perform at Merrimans' Playhouse

Tom Chute - Merrimans' Playhouse

Anderson, Chute, Easley Drawing by Curtis Mathane - Merrimans' PlayhouseDrawing by Curtis Mathane

The Artists


Dave Easley
pedal steel guitar

"Using the pedal steel guitar in jazz makes audiences hear the music in a new way.... Easley, however, uses pedal steel guitar as a lead instrument....He's also brilliant. He reminds me of John Coltrane on the pedal steel (Stephen Merriman).That's high praise, but Merriman says it's warranted because Easley -- like Trane -- transformed the way his instrument's used." -Howard Dukes, South Bend Tribune.

Dave Easley is a virtuoso pedal steel guitar player who is an accomplished performing and recording jazz artist, based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dave also writes, plays guitar, and sings. His five-piece band, Heartifacts, as quoted by Relix Magazine, is “…one of the best, and most refreshing ‘unknown’ bands I’ve heard in a long, long time.” The Memphis based literary journal, Beatlicks, stated “…Dave Easley, is an unassuming prodigy. His endless vocabulary of rock, blues, psychedelic, and jazz licks make him one of the most familiar players on the New Orleans music scene, where he is a runnin’ partner of Coco Robicheaux. He’s also a member of bassist James Singleton’s creative jazz powerhouse, 3 Now 4. Easley is gifted with one of the great inexhaustible musical imaginations in this city." (quote by Dennis Formento). Dave has performed and recorded with 3 Now 4 on Time Ebbing, Book of Spells, and 3 Now 4. Dave has also performed and recorded with the Brian Blade Fellowship (recorded under Daniel Lanois and performed a duet with Joni Mitchell), and Shannon McNally.

A few more of the people Dave has had the honor of performing onstage or in the studio with, are George Porter and Ike Stubblefield (Ruthie Foster's new as yet unreleased cd produced by John Chelew), Dave Liebman, Kenny Garret, Bill Kreutzman, Howard Levy, Charlie Byrd, Seamus Blake, world renowned sarod player, Ashish Khan, sacred steelers, the Cambell Brothers, members of the String Cheese Incident, the Grey Boy Allstars and Tiny Universe, jazz violin virtuoso, George Mason, Raymond Weber, Tony Hall, Cyril Neville, and Dr. John.


Neal Heidler

A California native, Neal grew up L.A, benefitting from excellent music education at Mark Twain JHS and Venice High School and also studying privately with the great bassist, John Clayton, and then played music professionally 1980-2005 while living in the SF Bay Area. Neal has performed, toured, and recorded with many notable groups and musicians including Eddie Harris, John Handy, Joe Henderson, Benny Green, Charlie Byrd, Noel Jukes, Bruce Forman, Herb Ellis, LaVay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums and many others. Neal has lived in Bloomington, Indiana since 2005 and has played extensively with notables including Gordon Bonham, Monika Herzig, Peter Kienle, Tim Grimm and many other fine Hoosier musicians.


Tom Chute

Drummer Tom Chute has been living and playing in New Orleans for almost 12 years. After schooling for percussion and ethnomusicology at the University of Iowa, he moved to New Orleans to more closely study the indigenous forms of music. He is blessed and proud to be a homeowner in the New Orleans Musician's Village. A versatile rhythmatist, he has played with a wide variety of musical projects ranging from traditional to avant garde.

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