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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

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 + Louise Mosrie

Sunday, December 2, 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.

+ Louise Mosrie

http://www.louisemosrie.com

Singer-Songwriter, Louise Mosrie, grew up outside Nashville, TN and got her start by taking top honors at the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting contest and then went on to win or place at several other festival competitions including Telluride Bluegrass, Rocky Mtn. Folks Fest and Falcon Ridge Folk Fest.

Louise Mosrie - Folk/Americana - songwriter/singer

2016 SolarFest Performing Songwriter Winner
2014 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist
2012 Rocky Mtn. Folks Fest Songwriter Showcase Finalist
2011 Falcon Ridge "Voted Most Wanted to Return" Emerging Artist
2011 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour
2010 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Winner
2009 Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Winner

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 + Pamela Means

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.

Pamela Means
http://www.pamelameans.com

"Within the industry, and in print, I've been called both a 'white Tracy Chapman' and a 'black Ani DiFranco'. But, really, I'm just me." - Pamela Means

"So what sets [Pamela Means] apart...? For starters, Means plays a snarling, energetic guitar. She's got chops - more than the other gentle pickers of her ilk will ever have. Means' voice is hard-wired to her heart: emotional, raw, angry when it needs to be, yet supple and warm as an embrace. The truth may not always be pretty, but Means is a stunningly effective messenger." - Oregon Live, Portland OR

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 Slocan Ramblers

Sunday, January 20, 2019
6:30 pm
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The Slocan Ramblers
http://slocanramblers.com

The Slocan Ramblers are Canadas bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of todays acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans have been winning over audiences from Merlefest to RockyGrass and everywhere in between.

On their much-anticipated new album Queen City Jubilee, The Slocans showcase their unique blend of bluegrass, old-time and folk with deep song-writing, lightning fast instrumentals and sawdust-thick vocals. With their trademark raucous energy, this new album presents The Slocan Ramblers at the top of their game writing and playing tunes to keep you up all night. This is roots music without pretension, music intended to make you feel something say hello to your new favourite band.

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 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

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.

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

The Sultans of String / Rachael Sage

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

+ 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

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

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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