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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

The Sea The Sea

Sunday, March 24, 2019
6:30 pm
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The Sea The Sea
https://www.theseathesea.com

The Sea The Sea is an Upstate New York based indie folk-pop duo-band featuring what Huffington Post calls, Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year. Their 2014 debut release, Love We Are We Love, received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, and No Depression, among others, gathering over 15 million streams on Spotify. The animated video for their song "Waiting" sparked viral interest including Buzzfeed, Pitchfork, and inclusion at the international TED 2015 conference. Mountain Stage host Larry Groce calls them "ready to take their place among the best young male/female duos now performing." Their 2016 release, the six-song EP In the Altogether, recently earned features by Apple Music including Best of the Week and A-List Singer/Songwriter.

Tickets $15. Adv. $20. at the Door
Doors 6:30pm - Showtime 7pm
All- Ages

Jim Kweskin & Samoa Wilson

Sunday, March 31, 2019
6:30 pm
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Jim Kweskin & Samoa Wilson
http://www.jimkweskin.com

Folk icon Jim Kweskin will appear at the East Rock Concert Series on Sunday, March 31, at 7p.m. Stunning vocalist Samoa Wilson will be joining Kweskin. She has appeared and recorded several albums with him. Kweskin was the founder of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, the legendary group that started in Boston in the 1960s and played Club 47. With Fritz Richmond, Geoff and Maria Muldaur, Bob Siggins and Bruno Wolfe the jugband successfully modernized the sounds of pre–World War II rural music.

There's an endearing sense of good humor to Kweskin's versions that makes his performances a charming delight.

Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader, but he also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist.

Jim continues to perform his vast repertoire of folk, blues, swing, jug band and early standards with his own brand of infectious personal interpretations. His guitar finger picking of songs like “Some of These Days and Exactly Like You” is recognized by his peers and fans as some of the best there is. His selection of songs is vividly evocative of his many diverse influences such as Louis Jordan, Clancy Hayes, Fats Waller, Milton Brown, Duke Ellington, Bing Crosby and Pete Seeger.

Kweskin has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist.

+ 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”

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

Tom Paxton & The Don Juans

Saturday, April 6, 2019
6:30 pm
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Tom Paxton and The Don Juans

http://www.tompaxton.com

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and folk icon, Tom Paxton, teams up with the Grammy winning singer/songwriter duo The Don Juans - Don Henry & Jon Vezner. Collectively, their songs have been covered by: Harry Belafonte, John Mellencamp, Miranda Lambert, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Nancy Griffith, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Kathy Mattea, John Denver, Faith Hill, B.J. Thomas, Blake Shelton, Peter, Paul & Mary and Bob Dylan... just to name a few! Within days of writing and playing together, they knew they were onto something. Now they’re taking it on the road!

Tom on guitar/vocals/stories

Don on guitar/vocals/uke/banjo/grins

Jon on piano/vocals/guitar/uke/kitchen sink

TOM PAXTON, After 56 years of performing around the world and writing and recording innumerable songs and recordings, Tom Paxton has found yet another outlet for his creativity; he has joined his friends and song-writing colleagues Jon Vezner and Don Henry––known collectively as The Don Juans––in a writing and performing experience calculated to keep them too busy to get into trouble. 

JON VEZNER

Grammy award-winning songwriter, Nashville-based Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalogue of recorded songs, topped by the poignant “Where’ve You Been,” reflects his straight-to-the-heart sensibility and emotional awareness. Vezner weaves the particulars of his own feelings with the lives of people he has known into universal themes that deeply touch listeners’ emotions. Vezner was honored with a Grammy for “Best Country Song” and the Nashville Songwriters Association “Song of the Year” in 1990, for “Where’ve You Been” — the true story of Vezner’s grandparents — co-written with Don Henry, and recorded by Kathy Mattea.

DON HENRY

In Morgan Hill, California in the early 70's, records like "The Band" by The Band and "Honky Chateau" by Elton John prompted Don Henry to begin writing his own lyrics to Jim Croce melodies. Then he learned to play guitar with a Paul Simon songbook. After that it was an education in The Beatles, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson, Carole King, Cat Stevens, and Joni Mitchell. Then Randy Newman's 'Good Old Boys' and 'Old Number One' by Guy Clark changed his life. 

"The crowd was won over by this guy and his guitar. Long may he write." - Dirty Linen

So come step into the minds and the music of Tom Paxton, Don Henry, and Jon Vezner!

Tickets $40. Adv. $45 At the door

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Brooks Williams + Mark Zaretsky & Magic Mike Bloomer

Sunday, April 7, 2019
6:30 pm
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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!

+ Mark Zaretsky and "Magic Mike" Bloomer
https://www.facebook.com/MikeBloomerGuitaristSongwriterArtist

Connecticut Solo-Duo Blues Challenge finalists Mark Zaretsky and "Magic Mike" Bloomer each have been playing the blues and leading bands in Connecticut and beyond for years -- although this will be a rare chance to see them play together as a duo. Zaretsky, a native of Chicago, for the past two decades has been the harmonica player and front man for New Haven's The Cobalt Rhythm Kings. He also has played with Connecticut Blues Challenge finalists Black Snake Boots, Mark Naftalin & Friends, Lara Herscovitch and in side projects with Slim Hippo, the Frying Fish and Harpo & Slim. Bloomer, who lives in the Willimantic area, is the front man and guitarist for Blues Au Go-Go and a member of Connecticut Blues Challenge finalists The Redliners, and has played with the King Cake Band and One Eyed Johnny and the Gravediggers, among other bands. Come early to see two of Connecticut's better blues musicians doing a rare gig together!

Tickets 

$20.00 In advance 

$25.00 at the door.

Peppino D'Agostino

Saturday, April 13, 2019
6:30 pm
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Peppino D'Agostino
http://www.peppinodagostino.com

Voted “Best Acoustic Guitarist” By Readers of Guitar Player Magazine

Known for what the Chicago Tribune praises as his “virtuosity and complexity,” as well as his gift for composing “memorable melodies,” the renowned multi-talented performer brings his trademark poetic eloquence and grace to venues stateside in the Northeast. D’Agostino has been hailed as “a guitarist’s guitarist” by Acoustic Guitar magazine as well as “a giant of the acoustic guitar” (San Diego Reader), and holds many top guitar awards, but the San Francisco Chronicle encapsulated the essential difference that distinguishes D’Agostino’s music when it dubbed him “a poet.”

To date Peppino has recorded 18 CD’s, performed in over thirty three countries at international festivals and concert halls. He has shared the stage with such greats as Larry Carlton, Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, Roland Dyens, David Tanenbaum and many more. D’Agostino’s latest solo CD “Penumbra” was released by Mesa Blue Moon Recordings.

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

Nu Blu+ Eddie Seville

Saturday, April 20, 2019
6:50 pm
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Nu-Blu
http://www.nu-blu.com

Hailing from Siler City, NC, the textbook definition of a picturesque small southern town, Nu-Blu’s heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn’s caramel-coated soprano is one of the band’s defining traits, at times a tender lullaby, at times a freight train headed straight for you, but always unwinding a surprising tale.

Daniel is the group’s backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who also handles band management. Calder Baker on banjo, and Justin Harrison on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet’s warm, layered, American roots sound that builds to a full country sound. Together they deliver upbeat, blazing-fingers pick work just as well as gentle, heartwarming ballads, and they do it all with a natural togetherness that can’t be faked, forged over hundreds of shows on the road.

+ Eddie Seville
http://www.eddieseville.com

Based in Connecticut, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eddie Seville has further enhanced his considerable reputation with this outstanding third full-length album. It opens to the pulsating folk- rock of "A Crooked Mile" with it's superb mandolin introduction and backing, then slows down with "The Queen Of Kerosene" / "the goddess of gasoline",  the latter is memorable for its iconic lines, "you're a blow torch in the dark, a powder keg on a spark, you're the one that I blame when my heart goes up in flame" ... beautifully arranged and empathetically written ballads form the staple of Seville's repertoire and comparisons with Springtseen, Dylan and the UK's Sean Taylor are inevitable but not completely exaggerated given the many magical moments of sheer brilliance.

Tickets $15. Adv. $20. at the Door
Doors 6:30pm - Showtime 7pm

The Everly Set: The Everly Brothers Music

Sunday, April 28, 2019
6:30 pm
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THE EVERLY SET: Sean Altman & Jack Skuller Celebrate The Everly Brothers
http://www.TheEverlySet.com

In 1957, teens Phil and Don Everly supercharged the vocal sound of RocknRoll with Bye Bye Love and Wake Up Little Susie, unleashing the sparkling vocal harmonies that would influence The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Eagles, Peter Paul & Mary, and the Bee Gees. Now, six decades later, two acclaimed NYC singer-songwriters with a death-defying, three-decade age difference combine millennial innocence with baby-boomer pluck to present The Everly Set: Sean Altman & Jack Skuller Celebrate The Everly Brothers, featuring Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie, Cathys Clown, All I Have To Do Is Dream, When Will I Be Loved, Crying In The Rain, Love Hurts, Bird Dog, Claudette, Walk Right Back, and more hits and rarities in concert. Aged-but-well-preserved Altman (Rockapella founder, Carmen Sandiego theme song composer) and teen-idol guitar-slinger Skuller (ex-Disney artist, Songwriters Hall Of Fame Holly Prize) met on stage at the famed NYC tribute series "The Losers Lounge in 2011 when Jack had just celebrated his 14th birthday and Sean had just celebrated his new AARP card. Their December-January musical bromance blossomed in 2017, when as a lark they learned a bunch of Everly Brothers songs for a one-off gig in Manhattan. Sean & Jack effectively channeled Phil & Don, and the audience effectively channeled blissful hysteria. Within months The Everly Set had bought the first of ELEVEN sets of matching western shirts and hit the road.

Tickets $15. Adv. $20. at the Door - Doors 6:30pm - Showtime 7pm

The Honey Dewdrops

Sunday, May 5, 2019
6:30 pm
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The Honey Dewdrops
http://www.thehoneydewdrops.com

Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish are celebrating a decade of touring full time as The Honey Dewdrops, having played stages and festivals far and wide in North America and Europe. With tight harmonies and an musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo, mandolin and guitars, the effect is to leave listeners with only what matters: the heart of the song and clarity over ornamentation.

"Anyone Can See," the 6th album from The Honey Dewdrops, is a testament to the decade of touring and performing that Laura and Kagey have undergone since their humble beginnings in a small-town Virginia coffeeshop. This album sees the duo returning to its origins in putting together a sonic space of their live performances with two voices and two instruments, similar to 2009’s "If the Sun Will Shine" and 2010’s "These Old Roots." At the helm as co-producer, engineer and mixer is Nicholas Sjostrom (who also worked on 2015’s "Tangled Country"), capturing in detail, the lush vocals and instrumental play that has come to define The Honey Dewdrops’ sound.

Tickets $15. Adv. $20. at the Door
Doors 6:30pm Showtime 7pm
All-Ages

JESSE TERRY | LARA HERSCOVITCH | LISA BASTONI

Sunday, May 12, 2019
6:30 pm
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Jesse Terry
https://www.jesseterrymusic.com

Jesse Terry has made it his mission to share his love of music fully and completely, without regard for shading his emotions or tempering his convictions. The ability to create a connection, to bare his soul and express his feelings through his songs has been the defining thread in a career that began in 2010 and has spawned five albums. Terry has played over a thousand shows around the world, including such notable festivals as Bonnaroo, 30A Songwriters Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Americana Music Association’s AmericanaFest.

Lara Herscovitch
https://www.laraherscovitch.com

Lara Herscovitch is a gem of a modern American troubadour. A singer-songwriter-poet, performer and advocate, her highly original contemporary folk is spiced with blues, pop and jazz influences. She writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, and delivers performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain diverse audiences.

Sound Waves Magazine described her mastery as “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… Lara gets it all done with her skillful songwriting – musical timing, memorable melodies, and compelling lyrics. It’s good for your ears AND your soul.” This craftsmanship travels on a voice that Performer Magazine called “clear and smooth like expensive liquor,” and is accompanied by guitar infused with her skill as a percussionist.

Lisa Bastoni

http://www.lisabastoni.com

Following a ten year break from music, a career change, and two children, Massachusetts songwriter Lisa Bastoni has returned with The Wishing Hour (2017). Produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Felix McTeigue (Anais Mitchell/Lori McKenna), and recorded mainly in the wee hours of the night in the kids' play room, the album debuted as #1 most played on Boston's WUMB. In the past year, Lisa has been selected to showcase at the New England Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference, as well as the Falcon Ridge and New Song Music/LEAF Festivals. Her song "Rabbit Hole" was grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest. She has opened for artists such as Lori McKenna, The Low Anthem, Regina Spektor and Arlo Guthrie. "Americana of the highest order...along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin" (Maverick-UK).

Tickets $20. Adv. $25. at the Door
Doors 6:30pm - Showtime 7:15pm
All- Ages

Grayson Hugh & Polly Messer + Kerri Powers

Sunday, May 19, 2019
6:30 pm
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Grayson Hugh & Polly Messer
https://graysonhugh.net

Singer-songwriter-pianist Grayson Hugh has been wowing audiences around the world for the last 30 years with his soulful singing, poetic lyrics, masterful piano playing and passionate live shows. Discovered in a New York City elevator, Hughs major label debut Blind To Reason in 1988 introduced the world to an artist who, in the words of producer Michael Baker, looked like a blue-eyed biker but sounded like all of the great black singers in the world rolled together. His records climbed the charts, he toured the world, contributed songs to Oscar-winning films (Thelma and Lousie, Fried Green Tomatoes, he taught songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he mysteriously disappeared for 15 years and reappeared again. After his 2008 marriage to harmony singer Polly Messer (former member of Grayson Hugh & The Wildtones and the popular swing band Eight To The Bar) he released An American Record in 2010 and Back To The Soul in 2015. Back To The Soul earned a slot on the Offical Ballot for a 2015 Grammy in the Best Americana Album category.

Grayson Hugh is an American original, a singer-songwriter of soulful rhythm and rough-sweet blues.  He is the uncompromising truth in a fake-it-till-you-make-it world.
- Leonard Pitts Jr., Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, Miami Herald, January 9, 2019

+ Kerri Powers
https://www.kerripowers.com

“Powers is something of an anomaly.  She’s like the music scene’s version of the protagonist in the film, “The Natural,” having spent the “prime of her career” out of the spotlight -- in her case, tending to her family -- only to return from absolutely nowhere to wow and amaze.  Where Robert Redford made all the fans sit up and cheer with mammoth home runs, Kerri Powers is going to make people listening to this album do the exact same thing with exceptional song writing and equally exceptional delivery.” -- Chip McCabe, Lonesome Noise

Tickets $20.Adv. $25.
Doors 6:30/ showtime 7pm
All-ages

Sloan Wainwright/Randy Burns

Sunday, June 2, 2019
6:30 pm
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SLOAN WAINWRIGHT
https://www.sloanwainwright.com

Sloan Wainwright comes from a long line of amazingly gifted singer songwriters. Yes, the Loudon - Rufus - Martha Galaxy.

Defying standard categorization, singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright, consistently demonstrates her easy command of a variety of American musical styles — pop, folk, jazz and blues — held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto, with the end result being a unique and soulful hybrid.With a solid and impressive discography of 10 original CD releases to her credit, Sloan continues to write, sing and perform live and has won two songwriting awards at the annual EmPower Posi Music Awards.  In addition, Sloan has written numerous musical compositions for theater and dance and teaches at many of the best-known master songwriter series and workshops.

Sloan’s open spirit and first-hand experience is welcome –year after year– in the musical classrooms of such prestigious song camps as Richard Thompson’s Frets and Refrains, The Swannanoa Gathering and SummerSongs.

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  Randy had gotten his start a year earlier at The Exit Coffeehouse in New Haven, Connecticut but soon left to join the Urban Folk Revival in Greenwich Village. The first three months he slept in flop houses, on subways and park benches in Washington Square Park. Every week he played the open mic nights at the original Gerdes Folk City, The Gaslight Café and The Bitter End. Impressed by his talent, Clarence Hood, the owner of the legendary Gaslight hired Randy as the permanent opening act. 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, Sonny and Brownie, Phil Ochs, Carolyn Hester, Washboard Sam and many, many others. 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, The Bitter End and Electric Circus in New York, The Quiet Night in Chicago, The Hungry Eye in San Francisco, Berkeley Folk Festival with Buddy Guy and the Hollywood Bowl with the Smothers Brothers.

If you were around New Haven, New York or Los Angeles in the 60s, 70s and 80s…you’ve probably heard stories or have your own stories to tell about him.

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

BILL STAINES/ MARA LEVINE & TERRY KITCHEN

Sunday, June 9, 2019
6:30 pm
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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.

His songs – such as “River,” “Roseville Fair,” “My Sweet Wyoming Home,” and “(All God’s Critters Got) A Place in the Choir” – have earned him a dedicated following at folk gatherings around the country.

+ Special Guests: Terry Kitchen & Mara Levin

TERRY KITCHEN's songs are portraits of ordinary people and emotions, captured with extraordinary compassion, honesty and humor. He's released ten CDs since the 1990s, and performed on folk stages across the U.S. and Canada including Club Passim, the Postcrypt Coffeehouse, Cafe Lena, the Bluebird Cafe, and the Falcon Ridge, Telluride, Vermont Solarfest, and South Florida folk festivals. His 2009 CD Summer to Snowflakes reached #27 on the national Folk-DJ airplay chart, and was named Best Solo CD in Limelight Magazine's 2010 Readers' Poll. Kitchen's songs have won the USA Songwriting Competition and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and been runner up in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. His 2013 music novel Next Big Thing, based on his experiences with his '80s band Loose Ties, was called "a great debut novel" by the San Francisco Book Review. More on Terry at www.terrykitchen.com

MARA LEVINE has been creating beautiful interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years and singing professionally since 2002. Her sophomore album Jewels and Harmony received stellar reviews and was the #1 album on the Folk-DJ chart for January 2013 as well #3 album overall for that year. The album was also on the official Grammy nomination ballot for Best Folk Album of 2013, and Cover Lay Down named it the #4 cover album of the year. Her debut CD Mara's Gems (a reference to both her music and her jewelry making) was #52 on the Folk-DJ chart, and she also has two Folk-DJ #1 singles to her credit, including her melodic version of Paul Simon's "Leaves That Are Green." She has performed at Swallow Hill in Denver, the WFMT Folkstage in Chicago, the Folk Project Festival, the Good Coffeehouse, the Strawberry Festival, the Great South Bay Music Festival, the Muses in the Vineyard Festival, the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club, and the Minstrel Coffeehouse. In addition to performing with Kitchen, Mara also performs as a duo with folksinger Caroline Cutroneo, shares bills with folk trio Gathering Time, and sings with bluegrass artist Jeff Scroggins . Mara also has provided vocals for recordings by Spook Handy, Terry Rivel, Bob Wright and Jim Indell. More on Mara at www.maralevine.com

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

CHRIS BARRON (Spin Doctors singer) + BLAKE MORGAN

Sunday, June 16, 2019
6:30 pm
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CHRIS BARRON
http://thechrisbarron.com

Come catch Chris Barron and see what he's been up to with his solo career - The New York songwriter is no longer the debutant who set out on the circuits sharp end in 1988 with $100, a battered acoustic and a headful of the alt-rock anthems that would elevate Spin Doctors to global stardom. Hes a veteran approaching 50, living in a world changed beyond recognition, compelled to write the music that chronicles the here-and-now. As far back as he can remember, hes had a hunger driving him onward, towards something just out of reach. In 2017, it propels him to Angels and One-Armed Jugglers (due out October 20 on Chrysanthemum Records), the culmination of a lifetimes craft and a record both contemporary and classic.

BLAKE MORGAN
https://www.ecrmusicgroup.com/artists/blake-morgan

Native New Yorker Blake Morgan is a recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and the founder and President of ECR Music Group, a global music company that operates under an elemental principle unprecedented in the music world: all of its artists and labels own one-hundred percent of their master recordings.

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

PHOEBE LEGERE & Washboard Slim / Lys

Sunday, June 23, 2019
6:30 pm
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PHOEBE LEGERE
http://www.phoebelegere.com

~Phoebe Legere is a rollicking blues piano player,

~an award-winning Cajun accordion player,

~a folk-blues guitar stylist,

~a powerhouse vocalist,

~an award-winning songwriter

~a playwright

~a painter whose works are in major museums and collections

~Phoebe Legere has been called "The World's Greatest Entertainer."

~Phoebe Legere is a standard bearer of the Acadian/Abenaki Renaissance.

~Legere has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC, NBC and PBS.

+ LYS GUILLORN
http://www.lysguillorn.com

Lys Guillorn is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and discipline-hopping artist from Shelton, Connecticut. She is a stylistic shape-shifter, dipping her blue cowgirl boots in folk and psych-rock. In 2018, Guillorn won CT Nows Best of Hartford Readers Poll for Best Singer-Songwriter. She has two full-length studio records of original material, an oddities collection, and a couple of EPs and singles on her own label Little Cowgirl Records. Her most recent single is called Chipped Fingernails.

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

Erin McKeown

Sunday, June 30, 2019
6:30 pm
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Erin McKeown
http://www.erinmckeown.com

Fun, charming, and engaging- as always! Erin McKeown doesn’t like labels or categories. But I think it’s safe to say she’s a muscian, a playwright, an activist, a genre-bending folk singer/songwriter with a strong independent streak. She tours with the likes of Ani DiFranco, Josh Ritter, and the Indigo Girls. She’s a former fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where she worked to combined the worlds of policy, art, and technology. She’s deeply involved in social justice, and immigration issues. Her latest project is a musical she wrote, titled Miss You Like Hell.

“A gifted singer/songwriter with a deft touch on the guitar, mandolin, piano and banjo, Erin McKeown calls herself a mix between Django Reinhardt and G. Love. But even that description only scratches the surface of her music’s sly lyrics and rip-roaring swing.” –David Dye, World Cafe, NPR

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

All- Ages

CHERYL WHEELER

Sunday, September 22, 2019
6:30 pm
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CHERYL WHEELER
http://www.cherylwheeler.com/

Gifted Writer, Natural Storyteller, Legendary Singer, and Comedian.

CHERYL WHEELER is a natural storyteller with a beautiful voice; though her songs are often emotional portraits of people, her live concerts include comic routines and serious discussions in addition to the songs themselves. About half of the songs she performs in concerts are not available on any of her albums.

Her first recording, a four-song EP called Newport Songs, was released in 1983. If you’re not already familiar with Cheryl, you have probably heard her music. She is very respected as a songwriter by her peers, which can be seen by how many of them record her songs. Cheryl's songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul & Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near.

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

John Gorka

Sunday, September 29, 2019
6:30 pm
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John Gorka
http://johngorka.com

From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Though small, Godfrey Daniels was and is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions and has long been a hangout for music lovers and aspiring musician. In 1987, the young Minnesota-based Red House Records caught wind of Johns talents and released his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim. With unusual drive and focus, John hit the ground running and, when an offer came from Windham Hills Will Ackerman in 1989, he signed with that labels imprint, High Street Records. He proceeded to record five albums with High Street over the next seven years: Land of the Bottom Line, Jacks Crows, Temporary Road, Out of the Valley and Between Five and Seven. His albums and his touring (over 150 nights a year at times) brought new accolades for his craft. His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany. He also started sharing tours with many notable friendsNanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter among them. All this brought his music to an ever-widening audience. His video for the single When She Kisses Me found a long-term rotation on VH-1s Current Country, as well as on CMT and the Nashville Network.


In 1998, after five successful recordings and seven years at Windham Hill/High Street, John felt the need for a change and decided to return to his musical roots at Red House Records. The choice was driven, in part, by the artistic integrity that the label represents in an industry where the business of music too often takes precedence. The 1998 release After Yesterday marked a decidedly different attitude towards making music for John, and his next release The Company You Keep held fast to his tradition of fine songwriting, yet moved forward down new avenues. Its fourteen songs displays Johns creative use of lyrics and attention to detail. Andy Stochansky played drums and shared production credits with John and Rob Genadek. Ani DiFranco, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lucy Kaplansky and Patty Larkin contributed stellar guitar work and vocals to this fan favorite. Old Futures Gone was informed by his life as husband and father of two young children and also contained the colorful experience of many hard years on the road. Writing in the Margins followed in 2006 and was an engaging collection of sweet and serious songs that spanned many musical genresfolk, pop, country and souland featured guest vocalists Nanci Griffith, Lucy Kaplansky and Alice Peacock. Now with this, his 11th studio album, he returns to his roots with So Dark You See, his most compelling and traditional album to date.
In addition to his 11 critically acclaimed albums, John released a collectors edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called The Gypsy Life. Windham Hill also released a collection of Johns greatest hits from the label called Pure John Gorka. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.

Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura OConnell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His new song Where No Monuments Stand is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).

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

North Sea Gas

Sunday, October 6, 2019
6:30 pm
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North Sea Gas
http://www.northseagas.co.uk

One of most Scotland's popular folk bands comes to East Rock Concert Series stage. Thirty years and stronger than ever! Great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sell out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!!

Supporting their latest album "When We Go Rolling Home" and others. Comprising traditional tunes and songs our trio's show will have your feet tapping and your hands clapping in no time at all along with songs to sing and songs to ponder. Guarantee a musical and very entertaining evening. Come along and enjoy the fun and craic!

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

Peter Mulvey + Joe Jencks

Sunday, October 13, 2019
6:30 pm
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Peter Mulvey is a veteran singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, as a busker, and from there moved on to performing in the subways and streets of Boston, Massachusetts. This led to his first record deal and a leap to full-time national and international touring, beginning in the early Nineties.

Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana. A long-standing gig at the National Youth Science Camp led to a spoken word piece, Vlad the Astrophysicist, which became a TEDx talk, and then an illustrated book.

Mulvey continues to tour, playing over a hundred shows a year as he has for the past twenty five years. This is the core of what he does: music, in a room, performed for a live audience.

+ Joe Jencks
http://www.joejencks.com

Joe Jencks is an international touring musician, award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration. A 20-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, Jencks has released 15 CDs in that time.

Joe’s most recent solo CD – The Forgotten: Recovered Treasures From The Pen of Si Kahn - contains 14 previously unrecorded songs from American Folk legend, Si Kahn. Joe recorded the CD in Canada, with famed producer Ken Whiteley, and the collection of songs represents a return to Joe’s more traditional Folk roots in both theme and musical styles.

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

Roy Book Binder

Sunday, October 20, 2019
6:30 pm
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Roy Book Binder
http://www.roybookbinder.com

SINGER-SONGWRITER-STORYTELLING-BLUESMAN..... Roy Book Binder has been rambling around the world for the past 50 years! He gave up his Greenwich Village "pad"  in the early 1970's and lived in his "Tour Bus" for the next 15 years criss crossing the US and appearing at festivals  throughout Canada & Europe.

THE GOOD BOOK, Roy's latest release of all original songs, reached #3 on AirPlayDirect's Americana charts!  #1 was Guy Clark & #2 was the late Townes Van Zandt.  Folkdj.org had Roy in the top 3 artists for quite awhile.

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

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

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