Saturday, January 19, 2019 – Coffeehouse Featuring Crowes Pasture, Opening with Deb Todd Wheeler, Open Mic

 Saturday, January 19, 2019 – Coffeehouse Featuring Crowes Pasture, Opening with Deb Todd Wheeler, Open Mic, 7:00 PM  

Cost $9 Members, $10 non-Members

Crowes Pasture is the acoustic duo of Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin. Based in Boston, the duo brings leather and lace harmonies to classic and contemporary folk music in a style that draws from old-time, folk and bluegrass traditions. Performing on guitar and banjo, the duo draws inspiration from both traditional folk storytellers like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan as well as icons of vocal harmony like the Carter Family and Simon & Garfunkel. Their music invites comparisons with the likes of The Civil Wars, Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, The Milk Carton Kids and Ian & Sylvia.

In October 2017, Crowes Pasture had the #3 Song and #7 Album on the National Folk DJ Charts.

Crowes Pasture evokes memories of classic folk duos like Ian & Sylvia, while simultaneously staking out creative new ground as part of the 21st century folk scene in New England.”
– Nick Noble, “The Folk Revival” on WICN (Worcester, MA)

Rock, folk and “angry emo” Deb Todd Wheeler, an award-winning visual artist, hosts live music events that welcome friends of all abilities to participate and share their voice. Deb is the founding member of the roving LENNYcollective, which has performed at the Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik, Rockwood Music Hall and Urban Stage in NYC, and the Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA. In a rare public appearance, Deb will play songs for you from her new album, Radio Silence. She has described her songwriting style as “angsty emo meets arty eclectic folk,” though collaborator Josh Margolis has disagreed, urging: “Just face it Deb, you write rock songs.” When asked to supply a quote from a reviewer about her music, Deb sent us the following from Pat Todd, Director of the 18-piece CT swing band Tuxedo Junction: “All my kids are geniuses.” If you are interested in attending LENNYcollective events, please join the mailing list at https://lennyfest.weebly.com.

Open Mic – Open Mic before and after the break. Sign up at the door when we open at 6:30 PM.  No early sign-ups.  You must sign yourself up.  Four 8 minute slots before intermission and two 8 minute slots after intermission.  First come, first served until our slots are full.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 – Amy Black Concert

Amy Black Concert, Saturday February 2, 2019, 7:00 pm
At the door: $18 Member, $20 Non-Member
Advance tix: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613187

As a singer and songwriter, Amy Black is known for her authenticity and versatility. Her live performance, like her songwriting, spans from soft, tender and vulnerable…to fiery, dynamic and powerful.

Amy’s love of many classic forms of American music, including blues, country, soul, jazz, and rock n’ roll led her from Boston…to Nashville…to Muscle Shoals…and, most recently, to Memphis to record with members of the Hi rhythm section (Al Green’s backing band).

While always drawn to singers of soul, blues and gospel, it wasn’t until Amy began exploring her own southern soul roots for her third album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, that she knew her next project had to be made in the place where blues and soul converge (and where she herself was conceived); where Al Green, Otis Redding and so many others turned grit and groove into some of the world’s most beloved tunes. Black then hunted down several top musical architects to help her lay down the sound she wished to make — the sound of Memphis.

“Recording albums in Muscle Shoals and Memphis and then performing this music live for several years was an incredible experience. It brought out another side of me that I didn’t know was there and gave me the chance to put my guitar down and just dance and sing. There’s something very freeing about that,” say Amy.

Amy says, “This year, I’m moving away from revue show format and back to my original music. My set will include songs from all four of my albums, that together represent this exciting musical journey I’ve been on. What a ride it’s been… with more adventures to come.”

Saturday, March 2, 2019 – The Cold Chocolate Concert

Cold Chocolate Concert, Saturday March 2, 2019, 7:00 pm
At the door: $18 Member, $20 Non-Member
Advance tix: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3618087

Cold Chocolate is a groovy Americana band that fuses bluegrass, folk, and rock to create a sound all their own. With tight three-part harmony and skillful musicianship, this trio from Boston is impressing audiences throughout New England and beyond. Since their formation in 2011, Cold Chocolate has quickly gained recognition for their original songs and high-energy shows. The band has shared bills with Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 – Ellis Paul’s Children’s Concert

Ellis Paul’s Children’s Concert, Saturday May 4, 2019, 3:00 pm
At the door: Adults $11 Member, $12 Non-Member, Children (ages 3 – 16) $9 Member, $10 Non-Member
Advance tix:  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3608282 

Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we’ve been and where we might go if we so choose to.” – Nora Guthrie He’s become a staple at the Newport Folk Festival, played Carnegie hall, and venues from Alaska to Miami, Paris and London. In addition to his 19 albums released on the Rounder and Black Wolf record labels, his music has appeared on dozens of distinguished compilations. A Film/DVD entitled 3000 Miles — part concert film, part documentary, part instructional video — provides a further prospective on both the man and his music. He’s also released a pair of children’s albums, earning him honors from the Parent’s Choice Foundation for both. His latest, “The Hero In You” has been turned into a picture book, detailing the lives of great American heroes. “These people did amazing things, but they can also inspire young people today to go out and do something out of the ordinary to become the heroes of their own lives,” explains Paul. Ellis’ literate, evocative and insightful writings are further showcased in a book of poetry and short stories entitled “Notes from the Road,” already in it’s third pressing. Happily, his music has been shared with a wider audience as well, through commercials, documentaries, TV shows and in the soundtracks of several blockbuster films, among them three by the Farrelly Brothers — “Hall Pass” (starring Owen Wilson and Alyssa Milano), “Me, Myself, & Irene” (starring Jim Carrey) and “Shallow Hal” (starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow). Peter Farrelly summed up the sentiments of all those who have come to know and appreciate Paul’s music by referring to him as “a national treasure.”

Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 40th Anniversary Concert Celebrating with Ellis Paul

40th Anniversary Celebrating with Ellis Paul, Saturday May 4, 2019, 7:00 pm
At the door:  $23 Member, $25 Non-Member
Advance tix:  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3608258 

Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we’ve been and where we might go if we so choose to.” – Nora Guthrie He’s become a staple at the Newport Folk Festival, played Carnegie hall, and venues from Alaska to Miami, Paris and London. In addition to his 19 albums released on the Rounder and Black Wolf record labels, his music has appeared on dozens of distinguished compilations. A Film/DVD entitled 3000 Miles — part concert film, part documentary, part instructional video — provides a further prospective on both the man and his music. He’s also released a pair of children’s albums, earning him honors from the Parent’s Choice Foundation for both. His latest, “The Hero In You” has been turned into a picture book, detailing the lives of great American heroes. “These people did amazing things, but they can also inspire young people today to go out and do something out of the ordinary to become the heroes of their own lives,” explains Paul. Ellis’ literate, evocative and insightful writings are further showcased in a book of poetry and short stories entitled “Notes from the Road,” already in it’s third pressing. Happily, his music has been shared with a wider audience as well, through commercials, documentaries, TV shows and in the soundtracks of several blockbuster films, among them three by the Farrelly Brothers — “Hall Pass” (starring Owen Wilson and Alyssa Milano), “Me, Myself, & Irene” (starring Jim Carrey) and “Shallow Hal” (starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow). Peter Farrelly summed up the sentiments of all those who have come to know and appreciate Paul’s music by referring to him as “a national treasure.”

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