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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

Tia Brazda & Isabel Stover

Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:30 pm
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TIA BRAZDA

http://www.tiabrazda.com

Tia Brazda's sassy jazz-pop gems and vintage style have established her as a sparkling presence on the jazz scene at home and abroad, paying homage to the golden era while adding a modern twist. Having honed her cutting-edge sound in the clubs of Toronto, she burst onto the scene in 2012, hitting #1 on the iTunes Canada Jazz Chart as well as receiving play on BBC Radio 6, CBC Radio, Jazz FM 91.1 in Toronto and college radio stations across Canada. This debut brought her to Paris and Amsterdam as well as cities around the UK in support, in addition to performing at major festivals at home across Canada. 

In 2017 Tia performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival as well as the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (rated "Best of the Fest") as part of her European and North American touring. She is currently working on a new album scheduled for release in the spring of 2018

Tickets $18. Adv. $22. At the Door

Isabel Stover

http://isabelstover.com/

Isabel Stover is a seasoned vocalist who entertains and inspires listeners by fearlessly deconstructing musical compositions to their emotional core. Her mastery of rhythm, phrasing and spot-on intonation draws the emotive thread between timeless Jazz standards, Latin favorites and Classic Blues; all with original arrangements. Her laid-back style, ability to connect with her audience and unique repertoire provides a refreshingly different experience than the typical Jazz singer’s showcase.

“Isabel Stover is a fantastic talent in the classic tradition of Carmen Mcrea or Sarah Vaughan who puts on a heartfelt, warm and vibrant show packed to the gills with soul.” - Phil Wilcox, Tres Gatos of Boston

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Mary Fahl

Sunday, October 28, 2018
6:30 pm
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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.

+ KATE CALLAHAN

www.Kate-Callahan.com

From the spring of 2016 through June 2018, Kate served Connecticut as its 16th State Troubadour. A staple in the Connecticut music scene, she has been named Woman of Character from the Hartford Courant, Best Songwriter in Connecticut at the ‪CT Music Awards 2013‬, Artist of the Year from the Greater Hartford Arts Council, ‪2014, and Best Singer-Songwriter from the CT Now Readers Poll 2017‬. Kate recently celebrated the release of her 4th studio album, “Triumph,” a collection of soulful, optimistic & uplifting songs. She has entered the self-improvement movement as well, by creating a companion CD of affirmations and a deck of affirmations cards - both inspired by the lyrics of her songs. Kate also serves as an advocate for the disempowered, developing a pilot program called Miracle of Melody to help women inmates learn to use their voices for positive change in their lives.

Tickets $25. Adv. $30. DOS

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Rory Block and Cindy Cashdollar

Saturday, November 3, 2018
6:30 pm
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RORY BLOCK
http://www.roryblock.com

Internationally acclaimed blues artist Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk. She has won 5 Blues Music Awards, been heralded as "a living landmark" by the Berkeley Express, "a national treasure" by Guitar Extra, and "one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists" by Blues Revue. The New York Times declared: "Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends" and the Blues Foundation stated: "Today she is widely regarded as the top female interpreter and authority on traditional country blues worldwide."

CINDY CASHDOLLAR
http://cindycashdollar.com

Dobro, steel guitar and lap steel player Cindy Cashdollars career has taken some surprising twists and turns that have led her to work with many leading artists in various genres; including Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Dave Alvin, Rod Stewart, Albert Lee, Asleep At The Wheel, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoleil, Daniel Lanois, Redd Volkaert, & Peter Rowan. Cindys unerring ability to perfectly complement a song or step out with a tasteful, imaginative, and exciting solo and to do it in so many musical genres has made her one of the most in-demand musicians on the American roots music scene. Her debut CD, Slide Show, features guest artists comprising a Whos Who from the landscape of Roots & Americana music.
A five time Grammy winner with Asleep At The Wheel, Cindy was also inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame in 2011 (the first female to be inducted), and the Texas Music Hall Of Fame in 2012. The Americana Music Association nominated her in the category of Instrumentalist Of The Year in 2016.

+ Caroline Doctorow
https://www.carolinedoctorow.com/

Caroline Doctorow , whom No Depression Mag finds “akin to Nanci Griffith and Judy Collins…” just released her latest Americana/folk album with Narrow Lane Records. It’s called “Raven Girl-Retrospective Vol. One ” produced by Pete Kennedy. It traces Ms. Doctorow's twenty five year career as a folksinger, songwriter and record producer. Ms. Doctorow has also recently released several retrospective albums interpreting the songs of earlier American Folk Songwriters.

Tickets : $28. Adv. $33. At Door

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Seafoam Green (Ireland)

Sunday, November 4, 2018
6:30 pm
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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.

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

+ TWICE AROUND
(Frank Veres & Luisa Tanno Duo)

Twice Around
www.twice-around.net

Twice Around (Frank Veres & Luisa Tanno) is a modern, yet semi-throwback duo from Milford, Connecticut. Their sound can be classified as singer/songwriter with an essence of Pop and Melancholy. The foundation of their music is acoustic guitar and vocals; often with harmonies and guitar interplay, sometimes just one guitar and one voice, raw and rich.

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

Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboy + The Podunk Throwbacks

Sunday, November 11, 2018
6:30 pm
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JONATHAN BYRD & THE PICKUP COWBOY

http://www.jonathanbyrd.com.

..a folk singer with the heart of a rock 'n' roll band. K. Oliver, Free TimesJonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists. Between heartbreaking ballads and heart-lifting sing-alongs, the Cowboys entertain and get audiences involved in the show.

Byrd is a preacher's son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, NC, known for literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favorites. The Chicago Tribune called Byrd "one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years."

Joined by vocal powerhouse Kyshona Armstrong on bass, and musical renaissance man Johnny Waken on guitar, saw and mandolin, Byrd shares the often-missed, always poignant tales of the small people that make the world such a big place.

"...one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years." -- Chicago Tribune

+ The Podunk Throwbacks
www.podunkthrowbacks.com

The Podunk Throwbacks...a "throwback" to a time when songwriters believed in their songs enough to allow them to stand on their own - no covers required!! Real-life lyrics combined with a diverse & energetic sampling of different musical styles, provide a little something for everyone.
July 2017 brought about their first cd, titled appropriately, "Emotional Hemophilia." They are currently working on their follow up CD, "OVAFUS!"

https://www.reverbnation.com/podunkthrowbacks.

Tickets $15. Adv. $20. at the Door 

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Porch Party Mamas + Arlene Wow

Saturday, November 17, 2018
6:30 pm
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PORCH PARTY MAMAS
www.prochpartymamas.com

Inspired by playing and singing each others songs at their own "porch parties", these established Boston area musicians and singer/songwriters decided to combine 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.

Felicia Brady vocals, accordion, bass

Jane Grondin- fiddle, guitar, vocals

Ksenia Mack- vocals, guitar

Katrin Peterson - percussion, vocals

Kelly Riley - vocals, bass, guitar, ukulele

+ ARLENE WOW
http://arlenewow1.com

From the age of 5, Arlene has an affinity for music. Born in New Haven, CT of cuban immigrant parents, Arlene flourished from the many perspectives of a multicultural upbringing. Listening to American and Latin music from a very young age, Arlene immediately began to write her own compositions opting out of learning the tired lessons of her highly frustrated but patient piano teacher.

During her early 20’s, 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 90’s. Arlene’s next adventure was fronting “Little Queen, the Ultimate Heart Tribute.”

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. Both of the bands released CDs which are now sought after collectors items.

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. Here is where her nickname ArleneWow! was discovered. It seemed that wherever she performed her audiences would be slack-jawed and say “Wow, that was awesome, Arlene!” Her friends and fans then began calling her ArleneWow! and the rest is history.

Tickets $15. In advance $20.

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Dom Flemons, Kevin Burt

Saturday, November 24, 2018
6:30 pm
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DOM FLEMONS
https://theamericansongster.com

DOM FLEMONS THE AMERICAN SONGSTER CO-FOUNDER OF GRAMMY AWARD WINNING CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS

Dom Flemons provides an essential component to the canon of music of America’s Old West. Through seldom-recorded as well as original compositions — accompanied by excellent liner notes —, Black Cowboys places the important contributions and participation of African-American, Native American, and Mexican men and women into rightful historical context. Outstanding recording. —-Stephanie P. Ledgin Author, Discovering Folk Music

Dom has been touring internationally and has released his latest album called “Ever Popular Favourites” with British Guitar player, Martin Simpson. The album was released on Fledg’ling recordings in October 2016. Dom’s newest album to be released through Smithsonian Folkways will be celebrating the stories and songs of the black cowboys. Dom has released two instructional DVDs through Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop. Dom has a new podcast called American Songster Radio and it is in conjunction with WUNC North Carolina Public Radio.

KEVIN “B.F.” BURT
https://bfburt.com/

KEVIN “B.F.” BURT, WINNER OF THE 34TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE!

The harmonica wizard from Coralville, Iowa. Kevin Burt will be releasing his debut album Heartland & Soul (Little Village) on October 30. The album was produced by Jim Pugh who was Robert Cray’s keyboardist for over two decades and features Kevin’s extremely powerful, soulful and expressive vocals, plus a crack band of musicians including Jerry Jemmot who recorded ‘Think’ with Aretha Franklin. Please see below for audio link.
“In this day and age where celebrity status is often conveyed on people with little discernible skills or talent, it is refreshing when the spotlight finally lands on someone who has worked hard, paid their dues, and actually deserves recognition for their talent. Such is the case with Kevin “B.F.” Burt,” the singer and multi-instrumentalist who created quite a buzz on Beale St. in Memphis during the first three days of this year’s International Blues Challenge, winning 3 awards !! – 1st place in the Solo/Duo category, the Cigar Box Guitar Award for best guitarist in Solo/Duo category, and the Lee Oskar Award for best harmonica player!” – Mark Thompson, BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE

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

CRYS MATTHEWS + RACHEL KILGOUR

Sunday, November 25, 2018
6:30 pm
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RACHAEL KILGOUR

https://www.rachaelkilgour.com/

Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-born, Boston-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and winner of the 2017 Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center, at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. Married in her early twenties, Kilgour devoted her young adulthood to parenting her stepchild and building family and community. Her work from that time (Self-Titled 2008, Will You Marry Me? 2011, Whistleblower’s Manifesto 2013) chronicled her life as a young parent in a same-sex partnership and addressed sociopolitical issues from government corruption to income inequality and religious hypocrisy. 

CRYS MATTHEWS 

http://crysmatthews.com/

Crys Matthews is nothing if not ambitious. In August 2017, she simultaneously released both a new full-length album, The Imagineers and an EP, Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers. These collections showcase two sides of Matthews’ dynamic songwriting; The Imagineers is a selection of thoughtful songs about love and life while Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers tackles social justice themes. Songs from both projects have already won her recognition and awards. She was one of ten finalists (from a pool of 5,000) in this year’s NewSong Music Competition and, after performing at Lincoln Center on November 30th, she was named grand-prize winner. Matthews also won the People Music Network’s Social Justice Songs contest at the 2017 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance.

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$15. Adv. $20. At the door

Vance Gilbert

Saturday, December 1, 2018
6:30 pm
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VANCE GILBERT
https://www.vancegilbert.com

Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90's when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking 'em dead at open mics. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about Gilbert's stage-owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her Fat City Tour. Noted not only for being the ever consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 12 albums, including 4 for Philo/Rounder Records and a duo album with friend Ellis Paul. Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, and Anita Baker, 2006 and 2007 found Gilbert opening 140+ shows for comedian George Carlin. Most recently he’s the opener of choice for Paul Reiser and The Subdudes.

Considered by many to be an integral part of the national folk scene, Gilbert's approach to the acoustic singer songwriter idiom is significant. Gilbert's compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller's craft. He even has a tune on a Grammy Nominated children’s album. How rounded is that?

Like all great artists, Vance truly happens live. In fact he developed his reputation with his jaw-dropping, diverse, funny, devastating, and gorgeous live performances. Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker, the late George Carlin have all requested Vance to be added to their bills.

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

ADAM EZRA GROUP

Saturday, December 8, 2018
6:30 pm
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Adam Ezra Group
https://adamezra.com

Ezra Group’s songwriting is making waves around the country.

The co-write, “Let Your Hair Down” with producers Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta, (American Authors), just received “Song of the Year” at the New England Music Awards. A songwriting partnership with the legendary John Oates is taking Ezra back and forth between Nashville and tour.

The theme song, “Grow Your Own Way,” was central to Midwest insurance giant, Country Financial’s 2014/15 marketing campaign. In addition, Adam Ezra’s debut efforts in movie scoring have lead to an appearance at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and the release of Adam Ezra Group’s new album, aptly titled, Songs for a Movie.

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

The Nields

Saturday, December 15, 2018
6:30 pm
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The Nields

 XVII

XVII, the Nields’ seventeenth album, is both their most personal and their most community-minded. Well into their third decade as a musical partners and—judging by this sublime album––at the very top of their game, the Nields turn to meditations on time, and turning points, their roots and community – both musical and personal – but they also express joy in the present, faith in the future, and a whole lot of hope and promise.

The songs on XVII are about the lessons we hope to learn by midlife: accepting the passage of time and the choices we’ve made, and being thankful for the moments of grace. They are about knowing where we’re supposed to be, and recognizing that there are many things we may never understand. They’re about having faith in something bigger, be it God, humanity, love, or all of the above.

Tickets $17. In advance, $22 at door.

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Hiroya Tsukamoto / Glenn Roth

Sunday, December 23, 2018
6:30 pm
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Hiroya Tsukamoto
www.hiroyatsukamoto.com

Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after.

In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston "INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)" which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records ("The Other Side of the World", "Confluencia" and "Where the River Shines"). Hiroya released two solo albums ("Heartland" and "Places") from Japanese record label 333 discs.

Hiroya has been leading concerts internationally including several appearances at Blue Note in New York City with his group and Japanese National Television(NHK). Hiroya performed, recorded and shared stage with Esperanza Spalding, The Kennedys, Joe Jencks(Brother Sun), Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Brooks Williams and Jim Kweskin.

Glenn Roth, Fingerstyle Guitarist.
http://www.glennroth.com

Guitarist Glenn Roth amazes audiences with his fluid fingerstyle originals, jaw-dropping chops, and engaging shows. Glenn tours nationally and internationally and has shared stages with world-renowned guitar players, including Stephen Bennett, Antoine Dufour, Don Ross, and Bucky Pizzarelli. When not touring or playing near-constantly in his homestate Connecticut, Glenn performs regularly as a licensed musician in the Music Under New York program, playing for thousands of people in Grand Central and other NYC locations. His YouTube series, Busker TV, chronicles his adventures. Glenn continues to win fans worldwide through his many popular YouTube music videos and his compelling original guitar compositions and creative covers on Spotify and other services.

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

The Bluegrass Characters

Saturday, January 12, 2019
6:30 pm
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The Bluegrass Characters
https://m.facebook.com/BluegrassCharacters

The Bluegrass Characters deliver straight-ahead traditional mountain-style Bluegrass with soaring vocals and hard-driving instrumentals, following the recipe laid down by Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, and other pioneers of the genre. Longtime veterans of the New England Bluegrass music scene Phil Zimmerman (mandolin), Andy Bromage (guitar), Rick Brodsky (bass), and Pete Kelly (banjo) form the core of The Bluegrass Characters. Their performances have featured guest appearances by leading Bluegrass musicians like Tony Trischka, Andy Statman, Chris Brashear, Betsy Rome, Sofia Chiarandini, Joe Lemeris, and Korey Brodsky.

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

The LYNNeS

Sunday, January 27, 2019
6:30 pm
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THE LYNNeS
https://www.thelynnes.com

The LYNNeS are Canadian heartbreak poets Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson. The two songwriters are not new to working together, having toured and written songs off and on over the past 10 years, and with Miles having produced two of Hanson's albums (River of Sand, 2014 and 7 Deadly Spins, 2015).

The two witty songwriters play off each other live, often leaving the audience howling with laughter with their between-song-banter. Miles has a slight edge in the humor department. Not surprising given Hanson’s burden of a lifetime of carrying the weight of a superfluous E. In addition to their beautiful harmonies, the two are skilled multi-instrumental musicians (acoustic and electric guitars, piano, harmonica, mandolin, percussion).

For THE LYNNeS songs are what matter the most, and their debut album “Heartbreak Song For The Radio” pairs hauntingly gritty lyrics with tight vocal harmonies.

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

Lucy Kaplansky

Sunday, February 3, 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

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands

Sunday, February 17, 2019
6:30 pm
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Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
https://www.laurielewis.com

Bluegrass doesn’t get any better than Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands. She’s Berkeley’s own, she’s won the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year multiple times, not to mention a Grammy for her contribution to True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe, and her Right Hands are about as talented as a band has a right to be. Laurie sings and plays guitar and fiddle.

Tom Rozum sings, swaps jokes, and plays mandolin, mandola, and guitar, Patrick Sauber plays banjo, Brandon Godman plays fiddle, and Sam Grisman plays bass. If you’ve never heard them before, you need to hear them as soon as you can. And if you’ve already heard them, chances are you want to hear them again. Singout! calls Laurie “one of the leading lights of American acoustic music, a genuine national treasure,” and Country Standard Time says that she “has recorded some of the finest folk-inspired music of the past three decades.”

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

The Sultans of String

Sunday, March 10, 2019
6:30 pm
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The Sultans of String
http://sultansofstring.com/

The globe hopping ensemble Sultans of String combines Celtic, flamenco, Middle Eastern, gypsy jazz and Cuban music for a fiery, infectious sound that has earned them multiple awards in their native Canada and performances with world music stars The Chieftans, Ruben Blades and Sweet Honey in the Rock.j

Virtuoso playing. An exuberant and infectious sound Powerful and movingThe Sultans are simply an awesome musical group! MIKE HILL, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL

They are players without borders world music that transcends place and time with a heavy dose of playfulness added in. THE VANCOUVER PROVINCE

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

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.

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. $50. At the door

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Brooks Williams

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!

Tickets 

$20.00 In advance 

$25.00 at the door.

Nu Blu

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.

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

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