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East Rock Concert Series

mActivity and fernando Pinto Presents

We have a list of exciting entertainment events coming up at our Coffee Bar.
For artists interested in performing at the concert series, please contact Fernando Pinto

In the Round

Sunday, June 24, 2018
6:30 pm
SETH ADAM | PONYBIRD | JEFF BURNHAM | STEVE MEDNICK
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SETH ADAM 

http://www.sethadam.com

Singer/songwriter Seth Adam writes compelling, genuine songs with honest lyrics. The Americana rocker draws comparisons to Counting Crows, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, and Jason Isbell. His latest EP, "East Rock," features five songs recorded out of his home in New Haven CT, using no more than 2 microphones at a time. Using technology limitations and sound mic placement, he played every instrument on each song. All songs were engineered, mixed, mastered, and produced by Seth.

+ PONYBIRD 

https://www.ponybirdmusic.com

Ponybird is the moniker for singer-songwriter Jennifer Dauphinais, in collaboration with many players from other bands. Influenced by the emotional roots of country, confessional poetry of folk, and spatial freedom of ambient and harmonic tones, the music translates something introspective and infinite all at once.  

+  JEFF BURNHAM 

https://jeffburnham.com/

 

Jeff Burnham, former frontman for Tuesday Saints, is a singer-songwriter whose work is in the tradition of bands like Whiskeytown and the Jayhawks. A seasoned performer who welcomes new influences, Jeff has been redefining his work in current collaborations with violist/singer Lindsey Clark and multi-instrumentalist/singer Seth Adam. Jeff performs regularly throughout the East Coast and currently making a follow-up solo record, Lost and Found, with Eric Lichter (producer) at the legendary Dirt Floor Studio, scheduled for release in summer 2018.

STEVE MEDNICK 

https://stevemednick.com

Steve goes back a long time with the likes of Bob Dylan, Sir Paul McCartney, Stephen Stills, Richard Thompson, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Ray Davies, Joni Mitchell and other great songwriters of our times…he owns all of their albums and has seen many of their concerts. Since 2006 he has recorded and published 166 songs working with Connecticut singer-songwriter and producer Eddie Seville at Cottage Sounds Studios in Middlebury. In addition to Eddie, Steve’s recordings have featured Billy K (of Steel Rodeo), Karl Allweier (of the Bandoleros), Bob Loveday (of Sir Bob Geldoff’s band), Matt Cartsonis (who has partnered with Warren Zevon and John McEuen), Ashley Bathgate (of Bang on a Can All-Stars) and his Hard Road mate, Tony Casagrande.

Tickets $10. In advance $15. at the door

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The DuPont Brothers

Sunday, July 1, 2018
6:30 pm
Join us for the 3rd East Rock Concert Series with the DuPont Brothers
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The DuPont Brothers have the gift of being both poets and musicians, a rarity these days. It’s always refreshing to hear sibling duos, because you can sense the true bond felt between them. A Riddle For You has a way of really tugging on your heartstrings, having the quality of sounding familiar while at the same time offering a fresh twist on traditional folk music.

http://www.dupontbrothersmusic.com

Two brothers living on the indie circuit, driving around sharing their stories through songwriting. That’s life for Sam & Zack DuPont. Based out of Burlington, VT the sibling indie-folk-rock duo has kept busy on the road since 2013. Their two studio releases, Heavy as Lead (2015) & A Riddle For You (2016) & two live albums, Live at Beehive (2016) & Live at Deepwells (2017), have taken them all over the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, South and Midwest. 

The DuPont Brothers have made festival appearances at Grand Point North & SXSW & have supported a wide array of national acts of all shapes, sizes & genres including Kishi Bashi, Johnnyswim, The Lone Bellow, Gin Wigmore, Langhorne Slim, Joseph, Livingston Taylor, Bahamas, Ben Sollee & Patrick Watson along with grammy award winning artists, Sturgill Simpson, Jerry Douglas, Blake Mills, Suzanne Vega & Pat Benatar. Voted Best Folk Act in VT, 2017 - Seven Days VT

Voted Best Folk Act in VT, 2017 

Tickets 

$15.00 Advance 

$20.00 at the door

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Heather Pierson

Sunday, July 15, 2018
6:30 pm
The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
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Heather Pierson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and performer. From New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives, Heather’s live performances with her acoustic trio (Davy Sturtevant on strings/cornet and Shawn Nadeau on bass) move seamlessly and effortlessly from one style to the next, and a growing catalog of wildly divergent CD releases reflects her boundless creativity. She is best known for her virtuosity at the piano, her bell-tone vocals, and her quiet yet engaging stage presence. In the fall of 2017, Heather launched her latest project, Musical Meditations, an online library of improvised piano pieces for meditation and mindfulness, available for free download at heatherpierson.com

Tickets 

$10.00 Advance 

$15.00 at the door

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Melanie

Sunday, July 22, 2018
6:30 pm
Concert with Melanie
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Folk Icon MELANIE comes to the East Rock Concert Series at mActivity.

Woodstock legend and one of folk-rock's all time greatest voices... MELANIE!!

An Evening with Melanie is an unforgettable night of songs and stories from the incredible career of the artist who became known as The Fe male Bob Dylan.  Accompanied by her son Beau-Jarred, a talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist in his own right, the show is a musical journey from that momentous day in the summer of 1969, to the present.

Woodstock legend and one of folk-rock's all time greatest voices... MELANIE!!

BRAND NEW KEY (The Bicycle Song) * LOOK WHAT THEY DONE TO MY SONG MA * LAY DOWN (Candles in the Rain) * RUBY TUESDAY * And many more... Melanie Safka first attracted national attention when she stepped onto the stage at Woodstock during the Summer of '69. She performed on a stage that transformed a generation and changed music forever. And it was here where Melanie launched a legendary career that spans more than 40 years, including the #1 hit song "Brand New Key"

Come and experience the force of love into the most personal and brilliant moments of her musical journey.

Tickets 

$35.00 Advance 

$45.00 at the door

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Sylvia Tyson and Scarlet Rivera

Saturday, August 11, 2018
6:30 pm
Sylvia Tyson and Scarlet Rivera
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This is an absolute must-see concert with Stars, Sylvia Tyson and Scarlet Rivera. First time in New Haven performing together and perhaps not the last?

Sylvia Tyson co-founded the legendary folk duo Ian & Sylvia, which introduced such classics as “Four Strong Winds,” “Someday Soon,” and her own composition “You Were On My Mind,” a big hit for the San Francisco folk-rock band We Five in the mid-1960s. Sylvia is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Order of Canada, the country’s second highest honor for merit. She sings and plays guitar, and along with her 13 albums as part of Ian & Sylvia, has recorded 10 solo albums, including her latest, Joyner’s Dream. 

She’ll be singing a mix of her newer material and some of the Ian and Sylvia classics, like “Someday Soon” and “Four Strong Winds,” along with her own song, “You Were On My Mind,” which was a huge pop hit in 1965 by the band We Five. (Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin released the song this past June on their new recording.)

Scarlet Rivera is probably best known for her searing violin work with Bob Dylan as part of the Rolling Thunder Review and on his albums Hard Rain and Desire, but she has also recorded 11 solo albums and worked with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Tracy Chapman, the Indigo Girls, Keb Mo’, and David Johansen.

She met Bob Dylan by chance crossing 13th Street and 1st Avenue in New York, she says, “I really believe that it was a hand of destiny that put us together.” Perhaps that same hand of destiny has put Scarlet Rivera and Sylvia Tyson together.

Tickets 

$20.00 In advance 

$25.00 at the door.

Cheryl Wheeler

Sunday, August 12, 2018
6:30 pm
Fernando Pinto Presents; Cheryl Wheeler at mActivity in New Haven “East Rock Concert Series”
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Cheryl Wheeler

http://www.cherylwheeler.com

It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the mic. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic.

In 1983, Cheryl released a self-produced EP called Newport Songs. Her first two albums Cheryl Wheeler in 1986, and Half a Book in 1991 were on an independent label, North Star. That company also released a promo tape called Live and Otherwise in 1987. This was a bonus tape that was sent to anyone who filled out a survey form that was included in a number of the North Star albums. THAT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING…. Cheryl is known for her emotional roller coaster entertainment style. Hilariously funny intros to songs and life stories that formed her songs. Always a show to remember with a smile.

Tickets: $25. Adv. $30. DOS

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Miwa Gemini | Lys Guillorn

Sunday, August 19, 2018
6:30 pm
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MIWA GEMINI (Japan)

http://www.miwagemini.com

“I have been playing music ever since I can remember.  Growing up in a small town in Japan I always dreamed of living and singing in New York City, like Billie Holiday.  I’ve been enchanted with her music since I was little.  I’ve been lucky enough to be compared to many musicians that I admire including Nina Simone and Bjork.  I have traveled all over the United States and Canada, sometimes by myself and sometimes with my band.  My band is wonderfully colorful with a unique casts, but since 2012, Rebekah has been an integral part of my creative process and performances.  Rebekah and I met playing with the Main Squeeze Orchestra, an all female accordion orchestra. 

LYS GUILLORN 

http://www.lysguillorn.com/about

Lys Guillorn is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Shelton, Connecticut. She is of the same musical school as Laura Veirs, and Kristin Hersh, with a little Emmylou Harris thrown in: dreamy, lyric-driven, melodically interesting, and undefinable. She calls her genre of music "Avant-Twang."

Lys Guillorn’s recent sound is best described as “Nancy Sinatra on a grunge bender.” The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Shelton, Connecticut is a stylistic shape-shifter, dipping her blue cowgirl boots in folk and psych-rock. She has two full-length studio records of original material, an oddities collection, and a couple of EPs on her own label Little Cowgirl Records. 

Tickets $10. In advance $15. at the door

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Fanna-Fi-Allah

Sunday, August 26, 2018
6:30 pm
Enjoy the poetry of Sufiism through Qawwali music.
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Fanna-Fi-Allah holds the flame of traditional Sufi Qawwali music from India and Pakistan.  Music of the mystics bursting with ecstatic energy, Sufi Qawwali uses religious and romantic texts drawn from the poetry of Sufiism. 

Learn about the past and prepare for the future through music that embodies the universal message of devotion and tolerance - critical for our times. This is music felt with the heart.

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Jon Dee Graham and Ben de la Cour

Sunday, September 9, 2018
6:30 pm
Fernando Pinto Presents: Jon Dee Graham and Ben de la Cour
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Jon Dee Graham

http://www.jondeegraham.com

"Jon Dee Graham is the Titan of American songwriters." - Jason Isbell (Drive-By Truckers)

John Fullbright, the brilliant young Oklahoma songwriter whose debut studio recording, “From the Ground Up,” was nominated for a Grammy, says this about Graham: “Jon Dee Graham is the silver lining, reluctant as he may be about it. He's humor in heartbreak and tears at a wedding. He'll break the fifth (and sixth) wall and pull you with him to a world of darkest nights and brightest days. In two words: sucker punch.”

Ben de la Cour

http://www.bendelacour.com

Ben de la Cour was raised in Brooklyn, where he was playing dive bars with his brother a full decade before he could legally drink. A high-school dropout and former amateur boxer, Ben received his education by listening to his parent’s record collection – full of everything from Bob Dylan and The Everly Brothers to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Ben spent a year in Havana training with members of the Cuban national team before moving to London In 2003 with his brother and their metal band, Dead Man’s Root. They lived in a van and toured around Europe for several years until the band fell apart under the twin attack of drunken brawls and burnout. In 2008 de la Cour to returned to the states with a head full of softer, bruised, but no less intense acoustic songs.

Tickets $10. In advance $15. at the door

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Taj Weekes and Adowa

Sunday, September 16, 2018
6:30 pm
Fernando Pinto Presents: Taj Weekes and Adowa
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Taj Weekes

MUSICIAN, SINGER/SONGWRITER, POET, FREEDOM FIGHTER, HUMANITARIAN.

This is Taj Weekes through the eyes of those who have been fortunate enough to experience his music and receive his message of love, peace, truth, triumph and hope. Many write of his deft skills as a songwriter, the uniqueness of his hauntingly beautiful falsetto, and the vibrant diversity of his musical arrangements. However when speaking with the man behind the music, one will find a simple man, dedicated to presenting pure, honest music with a simple message that transcends race, class, gender, age, and nationality. The seeds of his values and sense of his place in the world were all sown on a quiet Caribbean island many years ago.

Adowa

Adowa, a disciplined team of talented musicians from differing cultures and with broad musical influences backs Taj Weekes live and on recordings. The name salutes the battle of Adowa in 1896, which ensured sovereignty for Ethiopia and proved crucial in the advancement of African independence and pride. Adowa’s specific line-up alternates from time to time, but at a typical gig you might see a bassist from Dominica steeped in soca, a classically trained keyboardist with roots in Barbados, a Jamaican reggae stalwart on drums, a Trinidadian guitarist, and backup singers from yet another island. What’s consistent is that the eclectic styles and tastes of its members ensure a freshness and inventiveness to Adowa’s arrangements. The faces may change, but the excellent musicianship, and the vibe, remain.

Tickets $10. In advance $15. at the door.

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Syd Straw and Steve Barton

Saturday, September 22, 2018
6:30 pm
Fernando Pinto Presents: Syd Straw (from Golden Palominos) + Steve Barton (from Translator)
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SYD STRAW

https://www.sydstrawmusic.com/bio.html

Vocalist, singer/songwriter, and guitarist Syd Straw first made a name for herself as part of the Golden Palominos, a band led by Anton Fier that enjoyed a cult following in the 1980s. Her Capricorn Records debut, War and Peace, was released in 1996, and since then, her unique blend of folk-rock and blues-rock has found a home with Triple A (adult album alternative) radio stations and their audiences around the country. Straw released Surprise in 1990 to good reviews. That recording chronicled Straw's emergence as a songwriter; she had thought of herself primarily as a song interpreter before that. OnSurprise, Straw was joined by Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), John Doe (X), Ry Cooder, Daniel Lanois, Don Was, Richard Thompson, and Marshall Crenshaw.

STEVE BARTON ( of Translator)

https://www.stevebartonmusic.com/translator

"Tall Tales and Alibis" is the seventh solo album from Steve Barton, founding member of the band called Translator. A sprawling tour de force, this release is a triple album filled with Steve’s brand new songs. As he puts it: “I moved to Portland, Oregon about two years ago. It is an incredibly good place for me to live - as soon as I got settled in, songs just started to pour out of me. Originally, I wanted to release three separate records on the same day. That idea morphed into one triple set. Translator - a band which continues to this day with all four original members, began in Los Angeles in 1979. They relocated to San Francisco in 1980 and released 4 albums on the 415/Columbia label between 1982 and 1986. The group is best-known for Barton’s song “Everywhere That I’m Not”. Their latest album, “Carriage Of Days” was released in 2017.

Tickets $15. In advance $20. DOS

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Mary Fahl

Sunday, October 28, 2018
6:30 pm
An Evening with Mary Fahl (Formerly of The October Project)
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Mary Fahl

http://maryfahl.com/

If You Like:  Sarah McLachlan, Loreena McKennitt,  Joni Mitchell. The October Project.  “Sounding like no other singer of her generation” (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s NYC-based chamber-pop group OCTOBER PROJECT. The hallmark of their sound was Mary Fahl's awe-inspiring power vocals over gorgeous melodies played with passion and sophistication. Mary returns with her album “Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House”, a collection of twenty-three tracks recorded live at one of America's oldest vaudeville theaters and winner of the Indie Acoustic Award for multi-genre “Album of the Year”. The show was filmed for PBS and is currently airing around the country. Her upcoming performance will include “Exiles”, a song written for Anne Rice’s new audiobook “The Wolves of Midwinter”, a stunning cover of the Joni Mitchell classic “Both Sides Now”, and many October Project favorites.

Tickets $25. Adv. $30. DOS

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Seafoam Green (Ireland)

Sunday, November 4, 2018
6:30 pm
Dave & his musical singing partner Muireann McDermot Long joins him in July 2018 & he wants to bring Seafoam Green’s muse to you.
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Seafoam Green

https://www.musicglue.com/seafoamgreen

Seafoam Green Leader Follows…His ‪Muse‬

Dave O'Grady - the singer & songwriter of the group 'Seafoam Green' - believes in following his muse. That muse led him as a young Dublin lad to root around his father’s LP collection when his dad was at work or away to discover gems like ‪Neil Young‬, CCR, ‪Paul Brady‬ & others.

That ‪muse‬ led him to leave his Dublin home at age 18 and move to Liverpool 10 years ago to chase his music. 6 months later, Dave found himself singing “With A Little Help From My Friends” on stage with ‪Ringo Starr‬ in Liverpool in a happenstance occurrence.

It’s the same ‪muse‬ that led to a chance meeting at a studio in Nashville with ‪The Black Crowes‬' guitarist ‪Rich Robinson‬. Rich was producing a session that included Dave’s singing & ‪The Rolling Stones‬’ sax man ‪Bobby Keys‬. After hearing some of Dave's original material, Rich insisted on producing Seafoam Green's 2016 debut album titled "Topanga Mansion." The album ranges from Dave's influences including the American roots music he loves so well in groups like The Band as well as his singer / songwriter heroes in guys like ‪Foy Vance‬ & ‪John Martyn‬.“I remember getting to see ‪John Martyn‬ in a small arts centre when I was 13 or 14, this burly one legged Scottish man (that I'd never really heard of) was helped to the stage and quickly blew my little head clean off. That's one of the moments when it became about making music and not necessarily about just “songs.” John was giving and drawing emotion to and from everyone in the room, it was an experience.”

And while there are vintage aspects to "Topanga Mansion," it's largely Dave's voice & lyrical approach that brings a fresh angle to Seafoam Green's work.

Dave & his musical singing partner Muireann McDermot Long joins him in July 2018 & he wants to bring Seafoam Green’s muse to you.

Tickets adv. $15. $20. At the door

Brooks Williams

Sunday, April 7, 2019
6:30 pm
Brooks Williams at mActivity
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Brooks Williams hails from Statesboro, Georgia, the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell. Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, he’s a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. Plus, “he has a beautiful voice,” says AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” Not one easy to pigeon-hole, Brooks' music is the love-child of country-blues and Americana. fRoots says, "Soulful Americana, full-on blues and tasty rootsy grooves. He really rocks!”

Williams got his start in the clubs and bars around Boston, the same music scene that years earlier sparked the careers of Bonnie Raitt and Chris Smither. There, playing 5-6 nights a week, he developed his signature sound: laid-back low-country vocals floating over Resonator riffs, Piedmont picking, and cigar box slide. No wonder friend and fellow guitar wizard Martin Simpson calls Brooks the Real Thing!

His massive repertoire reads like a roots music Hall Of Fame. Classic blues ranging from Bessie Smith to Memphis Slim. Compelling covers from the likes of Dave Alvin, Buddy Miller and Mose Allison. On top of all this, writes American Roots UK, is his songwriting which stands comparison with virtually any of his peers. Rooted in tradition his songs are timeless. Utterly contemporary they are wryly observed and relevant.

With twenty-two albums to his name, including Brooks Blues (2017), My Turn Now (2016) and Shreveport Sessions (2014), and a vigorous touring schedule, Williams is one of acoustic roots musics guiding lights. From festival stages to listening rooms, from Newport to Philly, Boston to Glasgow, Cambridge to Belfast, London to Detroit, Brooks Williams is, says the San Antonio Light, a fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!

Tickets 

$20.00 In advance 

$25.00 at the door.

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