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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

Lucy Kaplansky

Sunday, October 27, 2019
6:30 pm
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There is a serenity, a stillness, in Lucy Kaplansky’s work.
— No Depression
LUCY KAPLANSKY

https://lucykaplansky.com

Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, “a truly gifted performer...full of enchanting songs” (New York Times). Blending country, folk and pop styles, she has the unique ability to make every song sound fresh, whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons or singing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe. Lucy’s iconic voice has been featured in film and on television, including commercials like Chevrolet’s iconic “Heartbeat of America” jingle. A Billboard-charting singer and one of the top-selling artists on Red House Records, she has topped the folk and Americana radio charts and has been featured on shows throughout the world from NPR’s Weekend and Morning Editions to BBC Radio to CBS Sunday Morning. One of the most in-demand harmony singers, Lucy has sung on countless records, performing with Suzanne Vega, Bryan Ferry, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin.

Currently on tour in support of her new album Reunion, Lucy continues to perform all over the world. When not performing, she lives in New York City, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and nine year-old daughter.
https://youtu.be/zzokAl6Gf3s

Tickets $25. Advance $30. At the door
Doors 6:30pm Showtime 7pm

Tom Chapin

Sunday, November 3, 2019
6:30 pm
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Tom Chapin
www.tomchapin.com

In a career that spans six decades, 26 albums and three GRAMMY ® awards, Hudson Valley Troubadour Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in television, radio and film.

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

Ana Egge + Annie Guthrie

Sunday, November 10, 2019
6:30 pm
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Ana Egge
https://www.anaegge.com

When Ana Egge got bit by the music bug as a teenager, she took matters into her own hands, building her own guitar, and moving to Austin, TX to observe, absorb and take musical risks. The striking depth and unusual maturity of her singing, playing, and songwriting got her noticed, and she recorded her first album, River Under the Road (1997) with the legendary western swing band, Asleep At The Wheel. The Austin Music Awards named her “Best Singer/Songwriter” and “Best Folk Artist.” Over the ensuing years and 8 subsequent CDs, Ana has made good on that promising debut. She has worked with producers Martin Terefe, Jason Mercer, Joel Plaskett, Steve Earle, and Stewart Lerman, and recorded full albums with The Stray Birds and The Sentimentals. Now, in 2018, she has released White Tiger, her tenth album.

+ Annie Guthrie
https://www.annieguthrie.com

Annie Guthrie made her recording debut on Arlo Guthrie’s Someday album at the age of four, Annie went on to contribute vocals on Woody’s 20 Grow Big Songs (1991), More Together Again (1994) and joined her father Arlo & family on All Over The World, a track included on Occupy This Album (2012) in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Dragonfly is Annie Guthrie’s long-awaited solo debut released in July of 2016.Annie's single Feistier Than Gin, released December 2017, features Annie’s fierce wit and dark humor.

Doors: 6:30 PM / Show: 7 PM
Tickets $15. Adv. / $20. at door.
All-ages

GOODNIGHT MOONSHINE/ NOBODY’S GIRL

Sunday, November 17, 2019
6:30 pm
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Goodnight Moonshine
https://www.goodnightmoonshine.com

Every once in a while, an album comes along that’s a breath of fresh air...a statement of substance and grace that reminds us of life’s bigger picture: keeping a marriage afloat, raising children, dealing with death, loving your partner, finding yourself, claiming your independence. On Goodnight Moonshine’s upcoming June 1st ‘I’m the Only One Who Will Tell You, You’re Bad,’ the duo delivers a funny, smart, explicit, raw, honest, mature, witty collection of Folk-Pop songs that reflect the messiness of ‘partnership’ (in its many forms,) parenthood and growing up, while evoking the emotionally resonant aesthetic of Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin.
When you first hear Goodnight Moonshine it brings a wave of nostalgia, conjuring teenage heartache- then perhaps a similar sensation to falling deeply in love. As the music fades you're left grappling with what it is to stay in love with something both beautiful and flawed. Courageous unveiling and depth of experience make the collaboration between married couple Molly Venter and Eben Pariser addictively captivating.

+ NOBODY’S GIRL
https://www.nobodysgirlmusic.com

Hailing from Texas, Alabama, and Georgia respectively, now neighbors in Austin, BettySoo, Grace Pettis, and Rebecca Loebe are bewitching audiences with sumptuous harmonies and unforgettable songwriting. Friends now for a decade, they first met at the legendary Kerrville Folk Festival, each winners of the annual “New Folk” award. Luscious harmony singers, effortless instrumentalists, seasoned touring artists – they recognized what each can accomplish individually could be made all the stronger by collaboration. Now, the spark has been set, the fire lit. Their individual and collective fans are eating it up. A video of “Fast Car” garnered twenty-thousand views on Facebook within days of posting. The harmonies are thrilling; echoes of Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt’s Trio recordings. The songs are powerful and spare. The stage presence confident and assured. Their collabortion has resulted in their forthcoming EP Waterline under the band name NOBODY's GIRL to be released in the fall on the Lucky Hound label. Currently on their Sirens of South Austin Tour throughout the Northeast and South from March through May which includes venue, festival and house concert dates, Rebecca Loebe, Grace Pettis and BettySoo will be sharing songs from their individual solo albums, a few special covers, as well as originals from their newly recorded EP.

Doors: 6:30pm / Showtime 7pm - All- Ages
Tickets $20. In advance and $25. At the door

HARVEST FEAST

Sunday, November 24, 2019
6:30 pm
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Join us for an engaging and informative evening with Music, Art, Poetry and Comedy - A benefit to raise funds for IRIS. Celebrate the survival by helping refugees and other displaced people establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticuts communities.

Encouraging connection to refugees, a deeper understanding of the refugee experience, and a celebration of helping hands, the welcoming spirit that makes America strong. We encourage you to attend Harvest Feast. The Proceeds of the evening will benefit IRIS  Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services.

We ask for a $20. Donation but give what you can afford, from the heart.

Doors 6:30pm action at 7pm
All - Ages

Claudia Schmidt

Sunday, December 1, 2019
6:30 pm
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Claudia Schmidt
https://www.claudiaschmidt.com

If it were the intention of the creator or creators of this universe to perfectly blend together the night sky with moon and stars, it might have been their intention as well to deliver Claudia Schmidt as their messenger of reminder.

To say that Schmidt is simply a performer with a talent to entertain would be a miscarriage of understatement. Schmidt takes her audiences into her world as easily as the child who discovers the endless universes that exist in a cardboard box.

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

Bill Staines + Randy Burns

Sunday, December 8, 2019
6:30 pm
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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 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.

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