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Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Ellis Paul

7:30 - $20

“Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.” 

– The New York Times 

Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences. 

Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters. Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love… intimate, passionate and enduring.

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Claudia Schmidt

7:30 - $20

Claudia Schmidt is a powerful vocalist and adventurous artist, who combines lively folk, jazz and blues with rich poetry and playful humor. Hailing from Michigan, she knew at a young age that she was destined to be a singer. Performing in numerous choirs throughout her youth, Claudia soon pursued a professional career while in Chicago, leading her to Wisconsin and Minnesota, where she was a frequent guest on the early days of A Prairie Home Companion. Forty years and 19 albums later, Claudia continues to perform on the road to her loyal legions of fans across the country. With an infectious energy and joy, she continues to delight audience with her spectacular vocals and instrumental prowess.

“Comes at you straight from the shoulder, letting the listener feel the full impact of sheer delivery” AllAboutJazz.com

“Vocals that will thrill you” All Music

“Schmidt’s shows are a lot like falling in love...you know you’ll never be the same again.” San Francisco Bay Guardian

“When Claudia sings a song it stays sung”  Garrison Keillor

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Austin Piazzolla Quintet

7:30 - $20

Austin Piazzolla Quintet has been stunning audiences in Austin, Texas and beyond since 2009.  Founded by violinist James Anderson, Austin Piazzolla Quintet specializes in the intense and passionate music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.  APQ continues the Nuevo Tango tradition with unique arrangements of Piazzolla's classic compositions, talented improvisations, and breathtaking original compositions. Featuring some of the finest talent on the renown Austin music scene, APQ has been hailed by critics as "one of the foremost tango ensembles in the country," "sublime," and "taking profound steps in Nuevo Tango evolution."

Please note, this is a listening event not a dance event. :-)

 

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Souren Baronian and Taksim

7:30 - $20

Souren Baronian - clarinet, duduk, kaval

Adam Good - oud

Paul Brown - bass

Polly Tapia Ferber - doumbek

Mal Stein - Drums

 

Taksim is a Middle Eastern term meaning improvisation. Taksim is also the name of the band created by Souren Baronian who grew up with one musical foot rooted in his ethnic Armenian heritage and the other firmly planted in jazz. The music is an authentic, organic hybrid of these two idioms. Combining the use of traditional instruments such as oud (lute), kaval (flute), dudook (double reed), G-clarinet, doumbek (hand drum) and Middle Eastern rhythms with a jazz vocabulary and be-bop sensibility, the group's sound is incredibly unique.

Souren Baronian, who grew up in Spanish Harlem, was influenced by many greats-- Lester Young and Charlie Parker, just to name two. He studied saxophone with Wayne Marsh and with the late master teacher Lennie Tristano for many years. Taksim is based in New York City and has performed in most of the Big Apple's major jazz clubs over the years, as well as in concerts in Europe. One of Taksim's most recent appearances was at the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Cindy Kallet

7:30 - $20

“…one of folk music’s most respected songwriters…a brilliant guitarist…” The Boston Globe

“Cindy Kallet’s rare music moves me profoundly…. Kallet, quite simply, casts a spell with her unpretentious, unproduced music. Her pleasant alto voice carries her unique songs through the intellect and straight to the heart.” Sing Out!

"Cindy’s voice has a rich texture, poignant, dark, intimate: it’s a voice dreams are made of. Her guitar playing is deft and lovely . . . in the perfect clarity of the fingerpicking and the yummy harmonies in open modal tunings". JAM

"Her utter sincerity, humility, and the delivery of her astonishing songs, not to mention her skillful singing and guitar arrangements, make her one of the delights of the current folk circuit." Champlain Folklore Co-operative 

"Listening to you is like lying on your back while someone feeds you grapes." Judith Stone

". . . the significant aspects of her work are constant: the intelligence that informs the writing and composing, the skill and feeling in the instrumental work, and especially, that warm and expressive voice." Susan Forbes Hansen, WFC

“She’s fantastic. I really like her guitar-playing, and her voice is mesmerizing. I find her music calming and inspiring all at the same time. Dreaming Down a Quiet Line is one of my favorite albums.” Patty Larkin

“Excellent instrumentalist, and a voice that will give you the shivers.” Gordon Bok

“When I was torn between folk music and opera (!), Cindy was one of the reasons I chose to pursue folk music. Her music is lyrical and honest and connects with an intimate space that only a powerful solo performer can reach.” Dar Williams

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Friday, May 26th, 2017

Sweetwater String Band

7:30 - $20

Sweetwater String Band is cello driven "soulgrass", founded in the Eastern Sierra of California in 2008. Beginning with a weekly gig at their local bar, the band quickly found themselves on the biggest stage in the area less than a year later at the Millpond Music Festival. "My hat goes off to Sweetwater String Band for finding a singular sound that seamlessly melds the sensibilities of traditional and progressive bluegrass (Shakedown News)." Their music often deals with serious issues such as mountaintop removal coal mining, workers rights, and finding middle ground in todays divided political arena. This seriousness is balanced by ghost stories, drinking songs, improvised jams, and tales from the long, lonesome road. No Depression describes their latest album River of Rhymes as: "a work of both intimacy and wide-scale, cinematic vistas…instantly likeable, a truly worthy listen. The songs are great, their playing immaculate, and their approach and subject matters fascinating.”

Listen here! 

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

LENI STERN AFRICAN TRIO

7:30 - $20

Leni Stern's music traces the paths of jazz and rock, riding the groove back to their source in West Africa before bringing it all back home again.  Leni has been awarded the Gibson Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year five times and was recently a featured member of American Female Jazz Quartet from the US State Department's cultural exchange to Nicaragua.  She was also featured in the recent feature documentary "The Last Song Before the War" about the Festival au Désert in Timbuktu, Mali.  Leni runs her own record label and has led heavyweight bands for over 20 years in NYC. Her trio features the master musicianship of Senegalese bandmates Alioune Faye on percussion and Mamadou Ba on bass.  

www.lenistern.com and www.facebook.com/lenisternband

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Progger

$20 - 7:30

Progger is an unusual collection of gifted musicians who were brought together by the simple desire to create new powerful, beautiful, engaging, modern music. Originating in Austin, Texas in 2011, Progger is led by saxophonist, keyboardist, and composer Brian Donohoe and incorporates some of the most in-demand young touring and session musicians from the Texas and New York City music scenes. With compelling compositions and energetic live performances, Progger has steadily developed a devoted following through national tours, studio releases, and viral videos. The group’s third full-length release, Scattering, will be released through Ropeadope Records on April 22, 2016.

Progger’s personnel includes contributors to such music luminaries as Erykah Badu, Snarky Puppy, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Chrisette Michele, among numerous others. Building on inspiration from artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Soundgarden, D’Angelo, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Maurice Ravel, the group has synthesized a unique and fearless original sound that cohesively combines exciting influences while creating a uniquely personal atmosphere.

Listen here! 

 

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Little Tybee

7:30 - $20

One might think from their humble beginnings in the backwaters and basements of coastal Georgia to their headlining shows at some of Atlanta’s most well known independent venues that the members of Little Tybee were the harbingers of some secret formula for artistic success. In reality, they are simply a group of friends who couldn’t stop making music together if they tried.

The core of each of their songs begins in the relentless and creative mind of vocalist/guitarist/pianist Brock Scott. The songs mature through the dedicated musicianship of 8-string guitarist Josh Martin, violinist Nirvana Kelly, bassist Ryan Donald, and percussionist Pat Brooks. Since the release of their first LP last year, they have discovered that change is not only inevitable, but indeed good.

Though Little Tybee has had its fair share of challenges along the way, the group has discovered that the path to musical success lies in patience and perseverance. Little Tybee isn’t afraid to experiment freely, even dangerously at times, to follow a musical idea to its ultimate end. This mentality has led the group to explore music that transcends genre and packs a much bigger punch than their modest title implies.

Check out this amazing band here and here!

Friday, July 21st, 2017

The Recollective

7:30 - $20

The Recollective are a dynamic four-piece band that play a mixture of traditional and original material primarily from Ireland and Scotland but also from other folk traditions. They combine songs and tunes from these traditions and weave them amongst their own contemporary styles to create an enchanting vibrant sound.

With his warm emotive and sensitive vocals, the Scotsman of the band Calum Morrison sets the scene with his repertoire of traditional, borrowed and self-penned songs. On the fiddle, Karen Hickey creates a rich depth to the music of The Recollective with her powerful yet sensitive prowess on the fiddle. On the traditional Irish flute Michael Coult brings his playful interactions and virtuosic energy to the group. Kieran Leonard, one of Ireland’s leading young percussionists, adds his own rhythmic flair to the band’s sound with his own delicate touch and grooving style. All accomplished musicians in their own rights, The Recollective resonate together and create a whirring wheel of uplifting and euphoric music rooted in tradition.

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Richard Smith

7:30 - $20

There seems to be no limit to Richard’s ability to quickly master whatever guitar style captures his fancy. The complex styles of many guitar greats including Django Reinhardt, Les Paul, and Lenny Breau have proved to be no impediment to his voracious musical appetite. Apart from his guitar virtuosity, he is also an accomplished banjo and violin player. Richard has toured around the world, surprising audiences everywhere with his genius, showcasing a repertoire spanning an incredible range of musical styles from country, bluegrass, mainstream jazz, modern pop and rock, to classical guitar. Richard also plays several of John Phillip Souza’s marches and, incredibly, comes close to sounding like an entire marching band – drums and all. Now thirty, Richard Smith is nothing less than a phenomenon. 

Here’s what a few of his fellow guitarists have to say about him: “The most amazing guy I know on the guitar.” “He can play anything I know, only better.” Chet Atkins,  "Guitar playing at its finest. Don’t miss this one.” Doyle Dykes “If you like my playing, you should hear Richard Smith.” Tommy Emmanuel.

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Drops Of Green

7:30 - $20

Drops of Green are a band of four young Irish men hailing from Laois, Kilkenny and Waterford. Formed in early 2014 they are Ireland’s newest and most exciting young balladeers. Featuring a variety of instruments, from mandolin to accordion and whistles to guitar, their show is a must see for Irish music fans young and old alike.

Combining this vast instrumentation with blissful four part vocal harmonies they cover many great Irish melodies while bringing their own unique and modern style to all of these classics, along with a wealth of tradition, storytelling and passion. 

In a short space of time they have already toured America for 11 months and are currently back and forth to Europe such as Germany, Italy, Netherlands and France performing at festivals. Drops of Green are quickly building a fan base both home and abroad and are looking forward to releasing their brand new original album in March 2017.

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

BEPPE GAMBETTA IN CONCERT

7:30 - $20

After being fascinated by the music of the great American acoustic guitar masters, Italy’s Beppe Gambetta began a prolific career based on his “life on the road”,  devoted to travelling, meeting and learning from artist of other cultures, as well as researching, reviving and teaching old forgotten music from the past. Through all of these experiences, Beppe was able to create his own peculiar guitar style, a poetic creative synthesis that reflects his work on the roots music of both sides of the Ocean and brought him to perform all over North America, Europe, and also to South America and Australia. Beppe will perform with his spectacular style a mixture of traditional and original music including many numbers from the latest CD “Round Trip”, recorded for the Canadian label Borealis Records.

"...Though he's shown over the years that he can keep pace with the Tony Rices and Dan Crarys of the world, , it is Gambetta's understated elegance as a flatpicker that has set him apart and made him an in-demand partner the world over, and he's as elegant as ever on Rendez-vous." Sing Out!

"Italian guitarist, Beppe Gambetta is considered by many musicians in the world as one of, if not the best, acoustic guitarists. His talent, his taste, and his execution are superb. Bluegress Unlimited 

“His incredible versatility combined with his charm and engaging stage presence make Beppe’s concerts evenings of high quality music and relaxed entertainment. Over-riding all else, however, is the brilliance of his talent...” Cornish Guardian