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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 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.

+ Plywood Cowboy (duo)
Featuring; Steve Dedman and Kat Wallace.

Website: https://www.plywoodcowboy.com/

Take yourself back to the days of dusty country roads, carefree summers, and your radio tuned to music that was soulful and authentic. Enter Plywood Cowboy in 2018, crafting songs ripe with these nostalgic comforts, yet perfectly suited for the soundtrack of modern life. Plywood Cowboy frontman and singer-songwriter Steve Dedman is joined by fiddler Kat Wallace to perform songs that are “steeped in tradition, with lyrics full of longing, truth and heart” (Sound Waves Magazine). Plywood Cowboy is winner of the 2018 Connecticut Folk Festival band competition and on the 2018 Grammy ballot in the Best Americana Song and Best Americana Album categories.

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

Kinobe ( Folk from Afrika )

Sunday, February 10, 2019
6:30 pm
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KINOBE
http://www.kinobemusic.com

KINOBE OF UGANDA - MUSICIAN, SONGWRITER, PHILANTHROPIST AND EDUCATOR.

KINOBE (pronounced chi-no-bay) is a Ugandan singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose work has been described as “some of the most exquisite music coming out of Africa today.”

Born( near Lake Victoria in Uganda, Kinobe (Chinobay) is a gifted Ugandan multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and philanthropist known for his inspired synthesis of African roots and global fusion. He is dedicated to bringing love and joy to people through his music and contributing to building healthier lives and communities for children and families everywhere.
Kinobe’s first international performance was in Netherlands at the age of ten with his school ensemble and by 21, he had visited several countries in Africa studying and playing with celebrated musicians including. Over the years as a touring musician he has shared the stage with re-known African musicians including Toumani Diabate, Youssou N’dour, Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Oliver Mtukudzi and Baaba Maal and exposure to the bright palette of musical cultures makes Kinobe a unique contributor to world music. He has given concerts and workshops all over the world, bringing a powerful World-roots-dance sound to festival main stages and theatres, and intimately captivating solo and acoustic shows that showcase the diversity of the traditional African instruments. Kinobe is proud to be a World Ambassador for the Harmony Foundation (CANADA) supporting their important work on environmental protection and social development and improving the lives of children and their families around the world. In 2013, sponsored by Harmony Foundation he recorded a CD Searching for Survival, an uplifting expression of hope that people around the world can work together to make the world a healthier, more peaceful and just place to live for everyone.

Fernando Pinto Presents: KINOBE at East Rock Concert Series
Sunday February 10, at mActivity, New Haven
Tickets $20 Adv. $25 at the Door
Doors 6:30pm - Showtime 7pm All- Ages

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands w/ Phil Rosenthal

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.”

+ Phil Rosenthal
www.therosenthals.org

Phil Rosenthal is a nationally renowned singer, songwriter, recording artist and record producer. For many years the lead singer and guitarist in the popular bluegrass group The Seldom Scene, he is also highly respected for his instrumental skills on banjo and mandolin.

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

The Kennedys / Anne Marie Menta

Sunday, February 24, 2019
6:30 pm
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The KENNEDYS
http://www.kennedysmusic.com

Now in their 23nd year as recording artists, The Kennedys are busier than ever, continually touring the US and UK. They're currently working on a new album, and getting ready to release Pete's autobiography.

We are honored that these two incredibly gifted and talented artists bring their songs to East Rock Concert Series stage with regularity, where we continue to witness that their style and entertainment simply keep getting better and better, with each concert. It is pure magic - it has to be experienced, it is impossible to depict accurately with a description, no matter how we might try. And that is why Kennedy fans new and old continue to attend Pete and Mauras concerts at mActivity. Join us for their long time due visit.

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

Robbie Fulks + The Jellyman's Daughter

Saturday, March 2, 2019
6:30 pm
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ROBBIE FULKS
www.robbiefulks.com

The GREAT American alternative country singer-songwriter, instrumentalist ROBBIE FULKS performs Saturday March 2, at East Rock Concert Series- mActivity in New Haven
Robbie plays by nobody's rules–except the ones he hears in his head. He is prodigiously talented, with the soul of a country singer and the mind of a vaudevillian. Besides, his scorn for the music industry makes ours look positively prosaic. But don't let that make you lose sight of THE SONGS.

Widely regarded by those who monitor such things as one of the most gifted songwriters to ever ply the trade, he can sing the kids ditty "Eggs" and Haggard's"Sing a Sad Song" back to back and mean 'em both. While it is true he started off a honky tonk smartass, it quickly became evident that Robbie was a monster talent and some of his early Bloodshot albums have been rightly elevated to the status of "classic" and serve as their own Greatest Hits collections. Seriously.

+ The Jellyman's Daughter
https://www.thejellymansdaughter.com

Scottish duo The Jellyman's Daughter lands squarely in the middle of a strange crossroads between bluegrass, post-rock, folk and soul. Mixing their unique vocal harmonies with wild and visceral cello, driving guitar and sweet mandolin, Emily and Graham write their songs together with a focus on doing something new.

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

Greg Greenway / Rachael Sage

Sunday, March 10, 2019
6:30 pm
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Greg Greenway
https://c9tuning.wordpress.com

Originally from Richmond, VA, Greg moved to Boston for its rich Folk Music tradition and has become one of its most unique and superlative emissaries. His “In the Name of Love,” a lead in to the U2 classic, “Pride,” was the #5 song on the Folk DJ list in 2013. It has become a defining piece on his journey to becoming an international artist capable of addressing sensitive topics like Race in a way that connects audiences to their humanity while entertaining them at the same time.

Musically, his guitar, piano, and ukulele reflect inspiration from all over the map–gospel, rock, blues, Jazz, and world music. But his center is in the singer/songwriter tradition that traces it roots all the way back to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie. His central appeal is that it all comes through the singular lens of Greenway’s own humanity and affinity for the audience. He has legendary energy, couched in a presentation of high spirited give and take of such good humor that audiences unfailingly walk away uplifted.

+ Rachael Sage
www.rachaelsage.com

A soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, award-winning singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage is one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 100+ dates a year with her band The Sequins throughout the US, UK, & Europe. She has earned a loyal following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, soulful vocals. and improvisational audience interaction. Sage has shared stages with Beth Hart, Howard Jones, A Great Big World, Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Jamie Cullum, The Animals and Ani DiFranco. Her latest full-length album on MPress Records, "Myopia" is a bold departure, with a much stronger emphasis on her guitar playing over her signature piano palette. In 2019 she is touring behind an acoustic version entitled "PseudoMyopia".

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

Richie & Rosie + Goodnight Blue Moon

Sunday, March 17, 2019
6:30 pm
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Richie & Rosie

Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton grew up a 150 miles and few decades apart. While both were raised by professional cellist, Richie started playing banjo at 14 and Rosie began classical piano lessons at eight, eventually moving to classical viola as a teen. Both shared incredibly unique, musically-immersed childhoods: Richies family founded the iconic GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance (which he is now President of) and by her junior year of high school, Rosie was playing fiddle and touring with folk rock band The Mammals. During that time, the two were introduced at Saratoga Springs Flurry festival -- a meeting that would spark a fated friendship and unique musical bond.

+ Goodnight Blue Moon
https://www.goodnightbluemoon.com

Blending rich vocal harmonies with lush orchestrations, Goodnight Blue Moon has created a sound that is steeped in tradition, yet entirely current.  GNBM is known for their energetic, honest, and dynamic live performances, offering a refreshing take on Americana roots music. Awarded Best Roots Act in the 2016 New England Music Awards, and Best Folk/Traditional Act in the 2018 and 2013 Connecticut Music Awards, Goodnight Blue Moon has cemented their place as one of New England's premier groups.

Doors: 6:30 PM / Show: 7 PM

Tickets $15. In advance, $20. at door.
All-ages

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. $50. At the door

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Brooks Williams + Mark and "Magic Mike"

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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