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Live@theUpstream: MICHAEL FRANCIS McCARTHY (Opening: JASPER ZIMMERMAN)

Friday, January 17th, 2020  7:30pm

Live@theUpstream: MICHAEL FRANCIS McCARTHY (Opening: JASPER ZIMMERMAN)

Live at The Upstream

8 Main Street
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

phone: (914) 674-8548

PRICE: $20.00

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: Tickets

website: https://www.riverspiritmusic.com/our-sho...

Doors 7:00pm  |  Music 7:30pm
Suggested donation: $15 advance  |  $20 door
Limited seats — advance purchase recommended

MICHAEL FRANCIS McCARTHY is an itinerant American roots musician. Born and partially raised in South America, McCarthy developed an early love of music through childhood exposure to Bolivian folklore and Grateful Dead records. Picking up the guitar at age four, he began a 30-year odyssey that led him throughout the Americas, wandering the western hemisphere gathering the sounds of the deep south and remote cold north, of the cities and small towns, the cutting edge party towns and the forgotten roadside hollows of yesterday's blues and country circuits, forever in chase of the ghosts of his heroes - Hank, Duane, Jerry, Robert, Merle, Levon, Woody, Bob and the rest. His sound is at once traditional and fresh, featuring powerful vocals, dense guitar work and a repertoire of timeless material delivered with conviction. Based in the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York, McCarthy performs 200 shows a year from the Canada border to the Gulf Coast and all points in between.

Opening the show will be thirteen-year-old JASPER ZIMMERMAN, who has been playing the piano for six years. A native of Hastings-on-Hudson, Jasper attends Farragut Middle School. His piano teacher is Billy Lester, and his idol is Art Tatum. Jasper is a member of the Jazz House Big Band in Montclair, NJ, and a regular at the Jazz Forum jam sessions in Tarrytown. He traveled to Ireland with NYC's Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra to play at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Three of his pieces have been chosen by the NYS School Music Association for its Young Composer Honors Concerts. Jasper has performed on piano, trombone, vocals, melodica, organ, percussion and vibes, and he experiments with digital music production. www.jazzyjasperz.com


KJ Denhert Trio, w/ special guests US!

Saturday, January 18th, 2020  7:30 PM

KJ Denhert Trio, w/ special guests US!

Common Ground Coffee House

25 Old Jackson Ave.
Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706

website: http://commongroundfusw.com/

KJ Denhert Trio with special guests, Us! (Judy Kass, Glen Roethel & Amy Soucy)

KJ Denhert’s performances will move you to laugh, to dance and even to cry. Her special blend of urban folk & jazz has earned her four Independent Music Award nominations and in ’09, she was named as one of Jazz.com’s top female vocalists. She’s appeared at scores of festivals and has residencies at the ’55 Bar’, Smoke in NYC, at the Baz Bar in St. Barth’s, and the prestigious Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. Consistently praised for her pathos, originality and impeccable musicianship, KJ is a one of a kind songwriter, guitarist, and performer, not to be missed.

Opening the evening will be US!, featuring Glen Roethel, Judy Kass, and Amy Soucy. The trio combines their voices to lift up causes of social justice, unity, and the connectedness of all things. California born Glen Roethel is one-of-a-kind artist, gifted vocalist, dazzlingly musical acoustic guitarist. New York-based Judy Kass, quickly draws in her audience with soulful vocals, no-nonsense lyrical storytelling and genre-bending exploration of guitar and piano. Amy Soucy is a Beacon, NY-based contemporary folk chanteuse who writes evocative songs exploring the kaleidoscope of human experience (dreams, longing, forgiveness, and healing) and sings them in a voice that’s been called “powerful,” “comforting,” and “angelic.”

Tickets: Front row–$25 in advance, $30 at the door; General admission–$20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Common Ground Community Concerts is the producer the long-standing Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester at 25 Old Jackson Avenue, outside of Hastings-on-Hudson NY. Four times a year, we also present concerts at historic Irvington Theater at 85 Main Street in Irvington NY and partner with community groups and non-profits to produce concerts in other locations as well.


Tribes Hill Open Mic - Sunday, January 19th

Sunday, January 19th, 2020  3:00 PM

Tribes Hill Open Mic - Sunday, January 19th

BeanRunner Cafe

201 South Division Street
Peekskill, New York 10566

phone: (914) 737-1701

website: http://beanrunnercafe.com/

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Free admission! Donations appreciated!
 
Our open mic is held on the third Sunday of every month at the BeanRunner Cafe.
 
At the BeanRunner Cafe you can dine from an eclectic menu of specialty soups, salads, panini sandwiches, gyros and wraps — with a touch of Caribbean fare as well as vegetarian and gluten free dishes. They offer the best in desserts, real fruit smoothies, organic coffee, imported beer and fine wine.


Julie Corbalis and Andrea Ekizian with special guest George Mallas

Saturday, January 25th, 2020  7:30pm

Julie Corbalis and Andrea Ekizian with special guest George Mallas

Groovin in New Fairfield Coffeehouse

33 Route 37
New Fairfield, CT 06812

phone: 203-312-5665

PRICE: $10.00

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: click here

website: http://www.groovininnewfairfield.com

After not hosting a show since September, Groovin’ in New Fairfield, in partnership with the New Fairfield Senior Center and Park & Rec, is back and will stage an eclectic singer-songwriter show that you won’t want to miss. And we'll give you three good reasons why.
We’ll be opening with keyboardist George Mallas, an established songwriter from just over the border in North Salem. You may have caught George at one of the local showcase venues, or perhaps his collaborative efforts with “The Four Horsemen”, featuring four local and very talented singer-songwriters. He also co-hosts Pawling Public Radio’s “Songwriters’ Block” every Wednesday night with lyricist Melanie Berti, with whom he has teamed up to write some great tunes for his latest album (some of which you’re bound to hear). Having been a student of the piano since age 6, he says “the instrument has become a natural extension of who I am”. His experiences in life, love and family have profoundly inspired his songs, his style and passion for playing. You might hear the influences of those notable songwriters he heard growing up: Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Jackson Browne, James Taylor and Cat Stevens.
Next taking the stage will be our Westchester friend, the enthusiastic and gifted singer/songstress Julie Corbalis. You may recall her opening at our coffee house for bluesman Toby Walker a few shows back or you may have caught one of her memorable performances at venues up and down the Hudson Valley either fronting an ensemble of talented musicians, teaming up with long time collaborators as a duo or trio, or out holding court on her own. Whether performing her own take on covers of classics from The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Dolly Parton, Sheryl Crow, Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty (you get the picture) or a rendition of one of the originals from one of her own CD releases, she can certainly capture a crowd, and has done so opening for the likes of Colin Hay (Men at Work), Amy Correia, Jeffrey Gaines, Johnny Irion and Sarah Lee Guthrie. She’s performed at the Bitter End café (NYC), Brooklyn Bowl, The Hudson Clearwater Revival, Towne Crier and the Pleasantville Music Festival and toured Northern Europe. Add to that, a great rapport with her audience, Julie just doesn’t disappoint.
Closing the night will be frontwoman Andrea Ekizian of Andrea and the Armenian Rug Riders.  Known for their high-spirited performances as a rock band covering songs from groups like the Beatles, the Pretenders and Led Zeppelin, this is Andrea’s opportunity to strut her stuff in front of an audience who’ll attentively listen to her acoustic interpretations of pop/rock classics.  She will be backed by a member(s) of her band, John Scavelli and Brett Roberts. The Armenian Rug Riders have an avid following along their typical Hudson Valley circuit (including our own Ron Statler), so we are psyched to be witness to this incarnation.  
Remember, you can get there just before the show starts (doors open at 6:45 PM) and chill with meal worthy food (thanks, Bruno’s of NF) at a modest price. There’s also deserts, beverages and, oh yes, coffee. Reservations can be made by calling 203-312-5665. Still only $10.
See you at the show.


The Irvington Folk Festival

Friday, January 31st, 2020

The Irvington Folk Festival

Irvington Town Hall Theatre

85 Main Street
Irvington, NY

phone: 914-693-1065

website: http://commongroundfusw.com/

The Irvington Folk Festival: Friday January 31-Saturday, February 1

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Common Ground and Irvington Theater are proud to announce the first annual Irvington Folk Festival, to be held on January 31-February 1, 2020, featuring Dar Williams, Joe Crookston, Antje Duvekot, Norah Brown, Divining Rod, and more!

Join us at the crossroads of creativity and community for two evenings and one afternoon of live music, special VIP workshops and Q&A sessions at Irvington Theater and elsewhere in Irvington, NY.

The Irvington folk Festival offers performances by internationally-touring and emerging “on-the-rise” artists alike. The festivities begin with a special Q&A and reception with — and then a performance by — Friday night’s headliner, Dar Williams, whom Henrik Hertzberg of the New Yorker described as “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters.”  One of the highlights on Saturday will be a very special afternoon workshop led by the award-winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, painter, and storyteller Joe Crookston. Joe will also perform at the theater on Saturday night.

Common Ground Community Concerts is the producer the long-standing Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester at 25 Old Jackson Avenue, outside of Hastings-on-Hudson NY. Four times a year, we also present concerts at historic Irvington Theater at 85 Main Street in Irvington NY and partner with community groups and non-profits to produce concerts in other locations as well.




FRED GILLEN JR ELECTRIC TRIO CD RELEASE SHOW With Special Guests Laura Bowman and Julie Corbalis

Saturday, February 1st, 2020  7:30 p.m.

FRED GILLEN JR ELECTRIC TRIO CD RELEASE SHOW With Special Guests Laura Bowman and Julie Corbalis

The Artist Spot

925 South Street
Peekskill, NY 10566

PRICE: $10.00

website: https://www.facebook.com/theartistspotpe...

The band:
John Banrock: bass guitar, vocals
Paul J Magliari: drums and vocals
Fred Gillen Jr: vocals and electric guitar

About Fred Gillen Jr:
Fred Gillen Jr is a singer/ songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from New York's artistically rich Hudson Valley. In his songwriting and in performance he has never been afraid to take on controversial or politically-charged topics, and is equally at home writing love songs and sing-along anthems. He seamlessly incorporates folk, punk, rock, spoken word, country, and Americana styles into his music. In late 2019 he released his eleventh independent, solo, studio album, "If I Woke Up This Morning and Died."

Gillen began his music career in the late 1980's as a bass guitarist with New York metro area bands including, most notably, the "CMJ Jackpot Pick" Rain Deputies and progressive rock band Modern Mass, performing at legendary NYC venues such as CBGB, Mercury Lounge, Irving Plaza, and the Lonestar Roadhouse. In 1996 he shifted his focus to being an independent singer/ songwriter and recording engineer and producer.

An extremely prolific songwriter, Gillen's material covers a wide range of topics, but tends to lean towards social commentary. His ten previous solo albums and two albums with Hope Machine have received radio play and glowing reviews all over the world. His songs have also been featured on ABC-TV's "All My Children," MSG Network's "NYC Soundtracks," NPR's "Car Talk," the CMJ "Music Marathon" album, and Folk Alliance's "War and Politics" album. In 2012 his version of Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home" was featured on Pete Seeger's "Pete Remembers Woody," an album of Pete Seeger's spoken stories about Woody Guthrie, interspersed with various artists performing the songs. His songs have also been recorded by several other Hudson Valley artists.

As a solo performer Gillen has played solo shows all over the U.S. and Europe. His first European Tour was supported by a NYFA (New York State Foundation for the Arts) grant. He has opened for a wide variety of artists including Merle Haggard, David Bromberg Big Band, Todd Rundgren, and Fred Eaglesmith, and he has performed on stage with Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Tom Chapin, John Hall and other great folk and rock artists. He is equally at home on a big festival or theatre stage as he is at a house concert, farmers' market, protest rally, or in the NYC subways as part of the Music Under New York program. He has built a substantial following with his spontaneity, soaring voice, storytelling, and ability to connect in many different venues and contexts.

From 2017 to 2019 Gillen was a member and music director of The Greenheart, a music and visual art project created to travel to South Asia and perform concerts and visual arts exhibitions to promote environmental activism. The group made four trips to Nepal and one to India, performing at schools, concert halls, river clean-up events, house concerts, and even ancient world heritage site Patan Durbar Square in Kathmandu. Another recent project producing a song co-written by Grammy-winning songwriter and fiddler Lisa Gutkin and Woody Guthrie has led to he and Gutkin playing some shows as a duo. Gillen also plays as a sideman playing guitar, bass, and percussion with various NY metro and Hudson valley artists, and is a member and co-writer with the twangy rock band Hot Rod Pacer.

When not performing his own music,Gillen is a busy recording engineer and producer, primarily recording and mixing local and regional artists out of his own studio "Woody's House" in Croton on Hudson, NY. He's worked with many artists from folk artists like Pete Seeger and Hudson Valley Sally to Jazz vocalist and drummer Tony Jefferson to Americana favorites Red Molly to string bands, rock bands, and even the occasional rapper or spoken-word project. He often co-writes with various members of his Hudson Valley music community, and has served as President of Tribes Hill, a non-profit HV music organization. Gillen's community work also informs his songwriting. His social justice activism makes its way into the songs he writes and the stories he tells at his shows, as does all of the traveling he has done over the years, particularly his time in Nepal.


Fred Gillen Jr Solo Show

Friday, February 7th, 2020  7:30 pm

Fred Gillen Jr Solo Show

Coffee Lab Roasters

7 Main St
Tarrytown, NY 10591

USA

phone: (914) 332-1479

website: http://local.yahoo.com/details?id=112432...

NYFA (New York Foundation For The Arts) grant recipient Fred Gillen Jr has released eleven full-length albums, to great critical acclaim. He has performed all over the U.S. and Europe as a solo artist. From 2017 to 2019 he was music director of the Group The Greenheart, traveling to Nepal four times and India once, performing concerts to raise awareness of environmental activism. His songs have been featured on ABC's "All My Children," NPR's "Car Talk," CMJ's New Music Marathon Sampler, and in 2012 his version of Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home" was featured on "Pete Remembers Woody," a collection of Pete Seeger's spoken stories about Woody Guthrie. interspersed with various artists' renditions of Guthrie's songs. Like Seeger and Guthrie, Gillen's lyrics often reflect both the hope and despair of the human condition, while his music illustrates the diversity of influences in the air when he was growing up in the 1970's. His live performances are spontaneous and full of storytelling, and he enjoys audience participation.


Vance Gilbert in Concert w/Special guest Sophie Buskin

Sunday, February 16th, 2020  4 PM

Vance Gilbert in Concert w/Special guest Sophie Buskin

The Acoustic Cafe Music Series

Our Lady of Mercy Church, 2 Fremont Ave (LOWER GATHERING SPACE)
Park Ridge, NJ 07656

United States

phone: 201-573-0718

PRICE: $18.00

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: click here

website: http://www.cafeacoustic.org

Singer/songwriter Vance Gilbert in concert at the Acoustic Café Music Series in Park Ridge on February 16th!

Vance Gilbert celebrates his new release, Good Good Man at the Acoustic Café, highlighting the new songs and also fan favorites! Special guest singer/songwriter Sophie Buskin will open the show!

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. Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, and Anita Baker, Gilbert also opened 140+ shows for the late 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.

“The voice of an angel, the wit of a devil and the guitar playing of a god.” -  Fort Worth Star Telegram

Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Sophie Buskin has been a 2019 Formal Showcase artist at Nerfa and  a 2019 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk finalist. Her first solo release, Sweet Creature, has
garnered airplay on folk radio and is a testament to her ongoing journey of artistic self discovery.

“Oh, my God….she is amazing! This CD should be everywhere!” - Judy Collins -

$18 advance, $21 at the door
201-573-0718
Doors open at 3:30 PM.
Proceeds benefit the OLM Haiti scholarship Fund
Refreshments, parking


Radio Prison

Friday, February 28th, 2020  7:30pm

Radio Prison

Live@theUpstream

8 Main Street
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

phone: (914) 674-8548

PRICE: $20.00

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: Tickets

website: https://www.riverspiritmusic.com/our-sho...

Doors 7:00pm  |  Music 7:30pm
Suggested donation: $15 advance  |  $20 door
Limited seats — advance purchase recommended

Radio Prison is Bill Reeve – drums, David Hamburger – bass, John McDermott – guitar/vocals, and Richard Lobovsky – keyboards/vocals and Erik Blicker – guitar/vocals. All members have deep musical backgrounds. Bill is a conservatory-trained jazz drummer, David was an original member of the band “Sample This”, signed to Electra Records, and toured the world playing bass with Poppa Chubby. John spent his formative years busking around Ireland and Europe and fronted an indie rock band in San Francisco for many years. He is also a John Lennon Song Contest honoree. Rich has been playing in bands for many years and has been involved in several recording projects. Erik is a professional guitarist, a composer for TV and Film, and one of the owners of the Flavorlab audio production company. Pulling from the rock canon, they can, and do play songs from all genres (classic rock, Indie, funk, soul, jam band,), plus their own original music. Tight arrangements with jams are Radio Prison's signature. They can keep it short and sweet and pay homage to the three-minute song, or they can take a song and stretch it. Never self-indulgent, all that matters are that the band and audience are enjoying themselves.


The Music of Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon performed by Peter Calo and Anne Carpenter with John Lissauer

Saturday, February 29th, 2020  8pm

The Music of Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon performed by Peter Calo and Anne Carpenter with John Lissauer

Schoolhouse Theater

3 OWENS ROAD
Croton Falls, NY

phone: 914 277-8477

PRICE: $25.00

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: click here


Darlingside

Saturday, March 7th, 2020  8:00 PM

Darlingside

Irvington Town Hall Theatre

85 Main Street
Irvington, New York

website: https://commongroundconcerts.com/

“It’s over now / The flag is sunk / The world has flattened out,” are the first words of Extralife, the new album by Boston-based quartet Darlingside. While the band’s critically acclaimed 2015 release Birds Say was steeped in nostalgia and the conviction of youth, Extralife grapples with dystopian realities and uncertain futures. Whether ambling down a sidewalk during the apocalypse or getting stuck in a video game for eternity, the band asks, sometimes cynically, sometimes playfully: what comes next? Their erstwhile innocence is now bloodshot for the better.

Hope arrives in the form of Darlingside’s signature superpower harmonies, drawing frequent comparisons to late-60’s era groups like Crosby, Stills & Nash; Simon & Garfunkel; and The Byrds. And yet, their penchant for science fiction and speculative futurism counteracts any urge to pigeonhole their aesthetic as “retro”. The four close friends construct every piece of their music collaboratively, pooling musical and lyrical ideas so that each song bears the imprint of four different writing voices. NPR Music dubs the result”exquisitely-arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop”, and calls Extralife “perfectly crafted”.

Darlingside perform all of their music around a single vocal microphone, inviting audiences into a lush, intimate world where four voices are truly one. Their 2016 performance at the Cambridge Folk Festival “earned an ecstatic reception and turned them into instant stars”, according to The Daily Telegraph. The band tours regularly throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, and Europe.

TICKETS: $30-$45

Common Ground Community Concerts is the producer the long-standing Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester at 25 Old Jackson Avenue, outside of Hastings-on-Hudson NY. Four times a year, we also present concerts at historic Irvington Theater at 85 Main Street in Irvington NY and partner with community groups and non-profits to produce concerts in other locations as well.


FRED GILLEN JR ELECTRIC TRIO

Friday, March 20th, 2020  10 pm

FRED GILLEN JR ELECTRIC TRIO

Birdsall House

970 Main St.
Peekskill, NY 10566

US

website: http://www.birdsallhouse.net/

Fred Gillen Jr: electric guitar, vocals
John Banrock: bass guitar, vocals
Paul J Magliari: drums, vocals

Rock versions of Fred Gillen Jr songs and a few cool cover songs


The Levins

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020  5pm

The Levins

River Spirit Music House Concert Series

47 Jefferson Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

United States

phone: 347-MUSIC-76

PRICE: $20.00

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: Tickets

website: www.riverspiritmusic.com

House Concert in a private home
Doors/Potluck 4pm  |  Music 5pm
Please bring a dish. Music begins at 5pm
Suggested donation: $20 advance  |  $25 door (if any seats remain)
100% goes to the musicians

THE LEVINS are a harmony-driven acoustic duo known for their sun-splashed, peace infused songwriting that connects on a universal level and celebrates our common humanity. These award winners (Indie Acoustic, Empower Music, CTFolk, S.Florida Festival, MASC) were 2017 SERFA and 2016 NERFA Formal Showcase Artists and 2014 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists. In addition to performing/presenting at the Parliament of World Religions in Toronto, The Levins rounded out 2018 in San Francisco with the multiple show production of My "Friend Hafiz", a theatrical circus directed by Broadway director Mindy Cooper, featuring the live music of their 2013 recording. Unique harmonies and tightly blended unison vocals, along with their guitar and piano interplay, reflect the couples’ own compatible musical/personal relationship which began after meeting at an open mic at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley CA. Their My Friend Hafiz CD debuted in the top 20 on Folk DJ & their latest, TRUST, in the top 10. (Top 10 song/2015, J.Platt, WFUV) and "underscores the positive messages of love, peace, and self-awareness. Each tune serves as another stepping stone toward a better day & a richer life." Tom Staudter.

Their newest recording, Caravan of Dawn was released on April 26, 2019.

www.thelevinsmusic.com

“The Levins speak to our better selves with their crystalline harmonies and uplifting lyrics.” – John Platt, WFUV

“The Levins are originals! Interlocking vocals – counter singing – these two sound like multiple vocals and I can think of no one who writes tunes in this fashion. It’s almost as if they have created a new “classical” music.” - John Apice, No Depression


Billy Wylder

Friday, March 27th, 2020  7:30 pm

Billy Wylder

Live@theUpstream

8 Main Street
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

phone: (914) 674-8548

PRICE: $20.00

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: Tickets

website: https://www.riverspiritmusic.com

Doors 7:00pm  |  Music 7:30pm
Suggested donation: $15 advance  |  $20 door
Limited seats — advance purchase recommended

The Billy Wylder band’s music weaves together American folk and rock with sensibilities from the Sahara Desert: think Andrew Bird meets Ali Farka Toure, Pete Seeger and Talking Heads. The band features a cast of singular artists who have performed across five continents including concerts at the Coachella, Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center.

From the front-lines at Standing Rock to the archaic streets of Jerusalem, the Sahel Desert to Carnegie Hall, music has been the source of strength for Billy Wylder. The band features Avi Salloway (Bombino/Hey Mama/Avi & Celia) joined by an inspired cast of singular artists who have performed across five continents including concerts at the Coachella, Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. From 2013-16, Salloway toured the globe with Bombino, the Tuareg guitar hero from Niger, Africa. While on the journey and since returning, Salloway wrote the material on the band’s latest album, Strike the Match (Sand & Gold Records, released 9.7.18).

Salloway has been bringing these songs to life with the Wylder Family, a group of dear friends and musical kindred spirits. In between shows, the band spent ten days recording at Eyeland Studio in the Columbus Theatre, home of The Low Anthem. The music weaves together American folk and rock with sensibilities from the Sahara Desert: think Andrew Bird meets Ali Farka Toure, Pete Seeger and Talking Heads. Strike the Match expands on American musical traditions, building a bridge to their African roots and coloring the songs with experimental art-rock textures: gilded string lines, synthesizers, and angular guitars. Mother Earth is at its center, surrounded by stories of love, conflict, change and dreams.

The band has toured extensively, performing and collaborating with renowned artists including Jack Johnson, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bombino, The Low Anthem, and Pete Seeger.

Avi Salloway – vocals, guitar, harmonica,  Rob Flax – violin, synthesizers, vocals, Krista Speroni – bass, vocals, Zamar Odongo – drums, vocals.


Grace Morrison

Friday, March 27th, 2020  7:30 pm

Grace Morrison

Live@theUpstream

8 Main Street
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

phone: (914) 674-8548

PRICE: $20.00

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: Tickets

website: https://www.riverspiritmusic.com/our-sho...

Doors 7:00pm  |  Music 7:30pm
Suggested donation: $15 advance  |  $20 door
Limited seats — advance purchase recommended

If folk, roots, and Americana were on a Venn diagram, Grace Morrison would be squarely in the center.  With a career that began as a backup singer for rock icons like Eddie Money and Joey Molland (of the band Badfinger), Grace has become a regular on the national festival and touring circuit. She has won a number of prestigious awards including the Grand Prize of the New England Songwriting Competition and the WPRI Rhode Show Big Break contest where her music video was played on the season finale of American Idol.  The first half of 2019 is off to a great start for Grace as she was selected to be an Official Showcase performer at the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (TN), named a finalist in the Wildflower (TX) Festival performing singer-songwriter contest, and selected to perform in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY). Her sophomore solo album “Reasons" was released on May 10th and debuted the # 2 Top Album on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Contemporary Country Airplay Chart.

Awards:

2019 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase Selection
2019 Wildflower Festival Performing Singer-Songwriter Finalist*
2019 SERFA Official Showcase Artist
2018 NERFA Folk DJ Showcase Artist
2018 SERFA Official Showcase Artist (alternate)
2018 WSM: Nashville Road Show Semi-Finalist*
2017 Blast on the Bay Festival Emerging Artist Selection*
2017 New England Songwriting Finalist
2016 New England Songwriting Grand Prize Winner
2016 Wildflower Festival Performing Singer-Songwriter Finalist
2016 Telluride, Colorado Folk Festival Songwriter (Honorable Mention)
2015 New England Music Grassroots Award
2014 WPRI American Idol Big Break Winner

“Brilliant Voice” –Brian O’Donovan, WGBH Radio

“Grace is what they call, ‘a natural’ and you're music library would be remiss without a copy of Reasons!" - Gerg Anidem Indie Scene Radio

“Morrison gets even better with Reasons.” - Bill Copeland, Billcopelandmusicnews.com

“You are left feeling you want more.” - John Reed, Fatea Magazin

“Grace Morrison defies description.” - New Jersey Herald

“Her voice smacks of Jewel, and her style, cadence, song structure is every inch from the school of Joan Osborne, Lisa Loeb, Natalie Merchant. It’s uncanny. Had Morrison been born a decade earlier, she might’ve played Lilith Fair herself. — Lauren Daley, New Bedford Standard Times

“She is folk. She is pop. She’s unbelievably masterful behind the wheel of a guitar. Morrison’s vocal storytelling can make you cry; it can make you sing.” — Emily Clark Old Colony Memorial

“Her songs, vocal delivery, melodies are certain to draw the listener in leaving them wanting more and more and more.” — Jon Stein, WTBQ Radio

“Her songs are natural and pure, clear and silky. She has an ability to pick and choose influences and merge them into a sound that may be classified as “pop folk”, but has far more depth and layers to it.” — Red Line Roots


Vance Gilbert

Sunday, April 19th, 2020  5pm

Vance Gilbert

River Spirit Music House Concert Series

47 Jefferson Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

United States

phone: 347-MUSIC-76

PRICE: $20.00

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: Tickets

website: www.riverspiritmusic.com

THIS SHOW IS SELLING OUT QUICKLY!  DON'T WAIT. ONLY 20 SEATS LEFT!!!
House Concert in a private home
Doors/Potluck 4pm  |  Music 5pm
Please bring a dish. Music begins at 5pm
Suggested donation: $20 advance  |  $25 door (if any seats remain)
100% goes to the musicians

We welcome back Vance Gilbert to Hastings on Hudson.

Like all great artists, Vance truly happens live. In fact, he developed his reputation with his jawdropping, 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. Most recently he’s the opener of choice for Paul Reiser and The Subdudes.

Vance exploded onto the scene in the early ’90s, with buzz spreading quickly. Who was this multicultural arts teacher knocking them dead at open mics? After opening Shawn Colvin’s 1992 Fat City tour, he took much of America by storm and by surprise. “With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener,” wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in its review of a show from the Colvin tour.