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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.
Bookings and other information about East Rock Concert Series, please contact Fernando Pinto

Cancelled - Bill Staines + Randy Burns

Sunday, December 8, 2019
6:30 pm
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The show with Randy Burns and Bill Staines have been cancelled for an unexpected situation. We will reschedule a new date with both artists as soon as possible.

Ticket refunds will be obtained at point of purchase. Or just wait for a rescheduled date.

Bill Staines

Bill Staines has written over 300 songs, many of which have been recorded by the likes of Peter, Paul, and Mary, Makem and Clancy, Nanci Griffith, Glen Yarborough, and Jerry Jeff Walker. He is also one of only a few songwriters to have eight songs published in the Rise Up Singing songbook. Staines continues to perform more than 175 shows a year and drives close to 70,000 miles getting to them.

For a preview, here’s a video of Bill Staines singing “River”:https://youtu.be/MJiEsiO9ZRI

+ RANDY BURNS
www.randyburns.net

In 1966, Randy Burns was dropped off on the corner of Bleecker and MacDougal Street, with a bag over his shoulder and a guitar in his hand…ready for anything. At only eighteen he was opening for the biggest folk stars in the country, artists he’d only heard on records. Randy shared the stage with John Hammond, Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, Eric Andersen, Spider John Koerner, Steve Gillette and many more. During this period, he recorded three albums with a small independent label.

As the Folk Revival was fading, he formed the electric folk rock group, Randy Burns and the Skydog Band . Within months his first major label album was released on Mercury Records and two albums soon followed on Polydor Records.  

Randy Burns and the Skydog Band played all the legendary clubs in the country, the Cellar Door in DC, The Bijou Theater in Philadelphia, The Troubadour and Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles.

Tickets $20.Adv. $25. at the Door
Doors 6:30pm Showtime 7pm
All-Ages


Dwight Carrier & The BlackCat Zydeco/ Otis& The Hurricanes

Saturday, December 14, 2019
6:30 pm
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Dwight Carrier and The Blackcat Zydeco
https://blackcatzydecomusic.com

Zydeco, Blues, and Louisiana soul music with one of the top zydeco bands to come out of Louisiana. Bandleader, accordion player, and singer Dwight Carrier comes from a long line of distinguished musicians (hes the nephew of Roy Carrier and cousin of Troy Dikki Du and Chubby Carrier, to name just a few), a family where playing zydeco music was a pastime for holidays and family gatherings. He embodies both tradition and a unique style that is infused with heavy blues and R&B influences.

+ OTIS & THE HURRICANES
http://otisandthehurricanes.com

OTIS & THE HURRICANES, play the roots of American Rock n Roll influenced by the likes of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Little Feat, The Funky Meters, Alan Toussaint, Delbert McClinton, and Chuck Berry. The Hurricanes are a group of veteran musicians who will rock the house. Guaranteed to get things movin’.

Tickets $20. Adv. $25. DOS
Doors 6:30pm Showtime 7:15pm
An event for the All Family.

PATTY LARKIN

Sunday, December 15, 2019
6:30 pm
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Patty Larkin
https://www.pattylarkin.com

Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her "soundscape experiments" while Rolling Stone praises her "evocative and sonic shading." She has been described as "riveting" (Chicago Tribune), "hypnotic" (Entertainment Weekly) and a "drop-dead brilliant" performer (Performing Songwriter).

Still Green, Patty Larkin's 13th album, plays out in Technicolor sound images, a kaleidoscope of sun and sea that travels from the fluorescent-lit hallways of grief to the warm pull of love, family and nature.

Tickets $25. Adv. $30. DOS
Doors 6:30pm Showtime 7pm
An event for the All Family

The Nu Haven Kapelye

Sunday, December 22, 2019
6:30 pm
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Come Celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish Holiday with The Nu Haven Kapelye.

Join us for a special first night of Hanukkah concert and celebration with
The Nu Haven Kapelye. Come hear your favorite holiday songs, spin the
dreydl, and dance the hora to begin the festival of lights. A night of
Yiddish song, Klezmer and Hanukkah classics at East Rock Concert Series.

Nu Haven Kapelye is Southern New England's largest Klezmer ensemble,
numbering anywhere from 12-30 musicians.  A cross between a big band and a Klezmer orchestra, the Kapelye plays innovative arrangements of Klezmer and Yiddish music from Romania, Hungary, Bessarabia, and other Eastern European locales. It isn't just the size of this group that makes it so very exciting
it's the energy of their performances, the diversity of age, experience, background and especially the commitment of the musicians that comes across in their music. The group recorded and released their first CD, What's Nu, in 2016.

Celebrate Hanukkah with The Nu Haven Kapelye

Tickets $15. Adv. $20. DOS
Doors 6:30pm Showtime 7pm

The Dirty Grass Players

Sunday, January 26, 2020
6:30 pm
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The Dirty Grass Players
https://www.thedirtygrassplayers.com

Hailing from Baltimore, Md The Dirty Grass Players have established themselves with one toe-tappin foot in traditional bluegrass and blazing musicianship that pushes boundaries. Comprised of Mikey Sallemi on Bass, Alex Berman on Banjo, Ben Kolakowski with the guitar, and Ryan Rogers on mandolin, this four piece is successfully bringing their growing fan base a down, dirty and heated performance. Their ability to seamlessly transition from down home bluegrass to spirited improvisation makes each performance unique. Throw in some Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd or a dash of southern rock and you'll quickly understand what they mean by Dirty Grass. Their self-titled debut CD The Dirty Grass Players captures this energy and as 2017 winner of Charm City Bluegrass & Folk Festival Band Competition clearly indicates, this is just the beginning. Successfully touring the Mid-Atlantic and festival appearances, this year finds the group expanding along the East Coast and building on this momentum. For anyone that enjoys a musical throw down by skilled musicians its time to get your grass dirty.

THE PORCH PARTY MAMAS / ARLENE WOW

Sunday, March 1, 2020
6:30 pm
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PORCH PARTY MAMAS
www.porchpartymamas.com

Inspired by playing and singing each others songs at their own "porch parties", these established Boston area musicians and singer/songwriters decided tcombine their individual talents and create their own brand of Urban Folk, Country and Blues. They took their act on the road and "Porch Party Mamas" was born. All are seasoned players, each with their own pervasive individual music persona and critical accolades. Between them, they have shared the stage with a distinguished litany of artists, including Willie Nelson, the Indigo Girls and Lyle Lovett.

+ ARLENE WOW
http://arlenewow1.com

From the age of 5, Arlene has an affinity for music.During her early teens, Arlene picked up the guitar and taught herself the instrument by listening to artists such as Heart, Led Zepplin and The Runaways. During her early 20s, Arlene joined Vertigo, a four piece original band from Hartford, CT. She shared vocals and played guitar or keyboard, whichever was necessary.

As with many bands, Vertigo went their own ways in the early 90s. Arlenes next adventure was fronting Little Queen, the Ultimate Heart Tribute.  Upon the bands breakup, Arlene then joined two different groups where her talents lent her to singing as well as a new opportunity to play bass. Milk, an all original female power trio brought a new audience to Arlenes original material. The second endeavor, the Unexpected, a three piece band that featured Arlene as a female powerhouse singer/ songwriter / bassist performed originals as well as covers and offered her a fun alternative with her male counterparts to the more serious pursuits of Milk.

In 2006, Arlene decided go the solo route full time. She took a leap of faith and quit her unfulfilling daytime career to pursue the passion of her dreams.

Doors 6:30pm - Showtime 7pm
Tickets $15. In advance $20. DOS
All-Ages

Washboard Slim & Bluelights/ Anne Marie Menta Band

Sunday, March 22, 2020
6:30 pm
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Washboard Slim and the Bluelights
www.washboardslim.com

Thirty years at it and kickin', W.S.B.L. continues to release new music and expand the limits of what a jug band can do including their fusion of jug band and rockabilly called “Jugabilly” They can navigate effortlessly from raucous Saturday night blues to Sunday morning mountain gospel with a few surprises along the way. Appearing with the band for this show will be guest musician Phil Rosenthal formerly with the legendary bluegrass band “The Seldom Scene

+ Anne Marie Menta
www.annemariementa.com

Singer-songwriter Anne Marie Menta hails from New Haven, CT, and grew up in a family of three brothers where playing and listening to music was their great passion. Since 1999, Anne Marie has released three CDs of original music, including the most recent “Seven Secrets” and is currently planning her fourth. Anne Marie's tunes blend the personal and universal in a contemporary folk style with a touch of country flavor.

Tickets $15. Adv. $20. DOS
Doors 6:30pm Showtime 7pm
An event for the All Family

ALASH

Sunday, April 5, 2020
6:30 pm
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ALASH
http://www.alashensemble.com

ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music. One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash's music, but its overall sound and spirit is decidedly Tuvan.

Doors 6:30pm - Showtime 7pm
Tickets $25. Advance $30. DOS
For the all family.

FROG HOLLOW

Sunday, April 12, 2020
6:30 pm
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Frog Hollow

Frog Hollow, New Haven’s Super Group Bluegrass and Blues, featuring Phil Rosenthal, Chris Wuerth, Peter Menta and Bobo Lavorgna, local bluegrass and blues musicians. The music is classic bluegrass, rhythm and blues.
Phil Rosenthal was lead singer and guitarist in the seminal bluegrass band the Seldom Scene. His compositions have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Nick Cave and others. Peter Menta is the longtime leader of Washboard Slim & the Blue Lights. Bassist David “Bobo” Lavorgna has played Bass for some well known regional acts such as Jake & The family Jewels, Stormin Normin and Suzy, Blake Street Gut Band, 1917 Jazz Band, Swingin Jazz, Robert Silverman, Mike Cappezone, Tony Mason and the list goes on, and on and on. Chris Wuerth has played with the bluegrass ensembles Ragweed and the East Rock Ramblers and is well known for helming the popular GuitarTownCT concert series.

Doors 6:30pm - Showtime 7pm
Tickets $15. Advance $20. DOS
For the all family.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK

Sunday, May 10, 2020
6:30 pm
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Robyn Hitchcock
http://www.robynhitchcock.com

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).

Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in Storefront Hitchcock an in concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.

Tickets $20. Adv. $25. DOS
Doors 6:30pm - showtime 7pm

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