2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA
Dale LaDuke & Joe Rathburn
~ The Coffee Gallery Backstage is a 49 seat show room connected to a coffee house surprisingly called, "The Coffee Gallery." The Backstage is a listening room with a fine sound system, good lights, comfortable seating and a killer atmosphere.
The room "location" is a coffee bean warehouse somewhere in Central America. You are comfortably stranded while your cruise ship rides out a storm at the mouth of the river. You, fortunately, are ashore and have stumbled upon this warehouse where a group of musical and witty, mostly American, expatriates are earning their cups of exotic coffee by entertaining with voice, guitar and humor.
There seems to be a never-ending supply of them; it is almost always a different group every weekend night. The entertainers seem to be overjoyed with this bean storage facility as the audience is starved for "good" music and comedy and no machinery of any kind makes a sound while they are performing. Grinders are not allowed. Each individual bean is crushed, quietly, by hand by underpaid field workers.