September 20, 2014 7:30 pm | $10.00 | Website
From his early days as the hot New Orleans transplant in the Boston folk scene, through his wilderness years, to his reemergence in the 1990s as one of America’s most distinctive acoustic performers, Chris Smither has always been his own man. He has zigged when others have zagged, eschewing sophisticated studio tricks and staying true to his musical vision, surrounding himself with sympathetic musicians ranging from Bonnie Raitt and the late Stephen Bruton to the next-generation kindred spirits with whom he works today.
It’s easy to see that Smither’s primary touchstone is acoustic blues, once describing his own guitar style as “one third Lightnin’ Hopkins, one third Mississippi John Hurt and one-third me.” (more…)
October 5, 2014 2:00 pm | $10.00
As part of the observation of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War singer-song writer Judith Avers and story teller John Burt present a program from the journals, letters and remembrances of women who lived during the time. The stories and songs you will hear will represent some of the lesser known women and their varying roles in the Civil War. Socialites, spies, women dressing as men and fighting in the war…you name it. The afternoon will be filled with surprises and an entirely different way to look at such a big part of American history–a time one matron in Washington, D.C., described as “a grand convulsion in society.” (more…)
October 17, 2014 7:30 pm | | Website
Red Tail Ring is the Americana roots duo of Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry on fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, jawharp and plain-old foot stomping. Since 2009, Red Tail Ring has released three albums, and traveled increasingly farther in their musical ramblings – performing throughout the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast, as well as touring in Denmark and Germany.
This two-way connection took center stage with Red Tail Ring’s first pair of recordings released in April 2011 on Earthwork Music, Middlewest Chant and Mountain Shout. Middlewest Chant is comprised of all original songs, while Mountain Shout features Red Tail Ring’s interpretations of Appalachian ballads and melodies. “We tried to weave the music on these two albums together not only with similar musical treatment, but with running lyric lines and shared songforms,” Premo says. (more…)
November 8, 2014 | $10.00 | Website
Since 2008 Raya Brass Band has thrilled audiences with its energetic brand of soul shaking, border defying dance music. Given the way these five musicians electrify clubs, festivals, underground parties, and even subway cars with their riotous performances, it’s no wonder that they’re often mistaken for a band twice the size. The members of the band all bring their unique voices to the group, creating a sound informed as much by their love for the fierce and seductive music of the Balkans as it is by New Orleans brass bands, punk rock, hot jazz, and a host of other international sounds. When they put it all together, this hard working band gets straight to the point, dancing and sweating, shouting and crying alongside its audience. (more…)
November 21, 2014 | $10.00 | Website
If music is a gift, Kim Kalman received a major inheritance. Her grandpa, George Kindler, was a band leader with a hot swing band and his own radio show in the 1940s. Known for his riffs on a mean sax, he played it his way. As Kim Kalman rocked her cradle to the big band sounds of her mother’s favorite golden oldies station, WNEW in New Jersey, it became apparent that George Kindler’s granddaughter had inherited his passion for music.
February 28, 2015 7:30 pm | $10.00
Opry Night at the Opera House has come to showcase some of the best musical talent from the two Virginias. This season’s Opry Night features Virginia favorite Southern Rail Express and West Virginia banjo virtuoso Bob Shank. (more…)
March 28, 2015 7:30 pm | $10.00 | Website
Toting an ample supply of vintage instruments and a sound that brings listeners back to the days of old-time radio, Steppin’ In It is determined to make a dent in the roots community. Hailing from Lansing, Michigan—the heart of Factory Town, USA—these young men pound out their own brand of roots combining old-time country, swing and blues. Together, they achieve the seemingly impossible task of making the most traditional sounds contemporary playing what Performing Songwriter Magazine calls “some of the liveliest and most rocking acoustic roots music around.” Upright Bassist Dominic Suchyta and multi-instrumentalist brothers Andy and Joe Wilson compliment the strong songwriting talents of singer/songwriter Josh Davis, whose haunting vocals paint a picture of rural and urban Michigan breaking its blue-collar back under troubled times. (more…)
April 10, 2015 7:30 pm | $10.00
Potluck is a feast of stories, songs, and poems that will satisfy your soul, lift your heart, and tickle your funny bone. Karen Vuranch, Julie Adams, and Colleen Anderson have gathered their very best and very favorite pieces about cookery and community—and the connections between them—into an hour-long live performance that’s full to the brim with laughter and love. (more…)
April 25, 2015 7:30 pm | $10.00 | Website
The Sweetback Sisters may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to the Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson. Their honky-tonk and western swing tunes touch on subjects of heartbreak, revenge, regret and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wrong.
Like the artists they admire, the Sweetbacks are concerned with the traditional subjects of heartbreak, revenge, remorse and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wrong—albeit with a contemporary sensibility. (more…)