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Her Crooked Heart and Rachael Kilgour

Saturday, October 26th, 2019  7:30 PM

Her Crooked Heart and Rachael Kilgour

Common Ground Coffee House

25 Old Jackson Ave.
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesotan 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. Kilgour’s music career took a backseat during those years as she lived a slow, home-focused life.

In 2014, divorce brought an unwanted end to her role as a member of the family she had helped to grow. In the aftermath, Kilgour found solace in songwriting. Her third full-length album, Rabbit in the Road (2017), was born out of that time.

In February of 2019, Kilgour follows up with the release of her new EP, Game Changer. The aptly titled work examines the artist’s tentative first steps into a new world, post-heartbreak. With a clear head, Kilgour touches on the complicated nature of romance and relationship, sets up a stunning defense of queer love, and reassesses her priorities as a citizen of a changing wider world.

Rachel Ries, the writer, multi-instrumentalist and producer behind Her Crooked Heart, demonstrates immense vulnerability and multifaceted musical craftsmanship in delivering personal and profound musical soliloquies on love, leaving and the life that follows after burning it all down. With To Love To Leave To Live (May 2019), Her Crooked Heart presents a debut record unique in form, made up of cyclical narratives and intertwining histories, each informing the next. The result is a transformative song cycle, led by a charismatic personality, wholly indifferent to expectations of genre and instrumentation.

In 2013, after two and a half years of marriage, Ries found herself touring a record around the world, accompanied by a stack of divorce papers in a pocket of her suitcase. She had left her marriage and a good man in New York City and leapt into the untethered unknown. What transpired was in turns euphoria and despondence; old lessons learned in new ways. The songs on To Love To Leave To Live are a compassionate and at times wry catalogue of those tumultuous years.

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.


Jo Williamson / Tom & Silbin’s Pickin’ Parlor / Maya Luz

Sunday, October 27th, 2019  7:00 PM

Jo Williamson / Tom & Silbin’s Pickin’ Parlor / Maya Luz

L.I.C. Bar

4558 Vernon Blvd.
Long Island City, New York 11101

phone: (718) 786-5400

website: http://www.licbar.com/

Jo performs in the Carriage House at the LIC Bar on Sunday October 27th at 7 pm, after a two hour Americana Jam from 5-7.

FIREPLACE CONCERT
5-7pm Tom & Silbin’s Pickin’ Parlor
Join Tom Shaner and Silbin Sandovar for a rousing session of
classic American tunes featuring guest pickers, Felix Slim,
Jefferson Thomas, Alex Kerckhoff & more!
7pm Jo Williamson
8pm Maya Luz

LIC Bar is a brick-walled corner watering hole that offers plenty of beers on tap, long tables & backyard garden.


Fred Gillen Jr Solo Show

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019  8 p.m.

Fred Gillen Jr Solo Show

The Artist (The Starving Artist Cafe) - City Island - The Bronx

249 City Island Avenue, City Island
Bronx, New York 10464

USA

phone: 718.885.3779

website: http://www.starvingartistonline.com/

NYFA (New York Foundation For The Arts) grant recipient Fred Gillen Jr has released ten full-length albums, to great critical acclaim. He has performed all over the U.S. and Europe as a solo artist, and recently his work with the band The Greenheart has taken him to Nepal and India several times. 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 free, and he enjoys audience participation.


Haven Street Jazz

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019  8PM

Haven Street Jazz

The Bean Runner Café

Haven Street is is a jazz quintet featuring John Szinger on sax, Gary Bruce on guitar, Rich Paganello on piano, Jay Militscher on bass, and Eric Puente on drums. Their original compositions are is firmly rooted in the tradition of hard bop, as well as Latin and Modern Jazz.  We love the Bean Runner...come support local live jazz music!  


Andrew V. Craig, D.K. and the Joy Machine and The Mangfather Bob Katz

Saturday, November 9th, 2019  8:30 p.m.

Andrew V. Craig, D.K. and the Joy Machine and The Mangfather Bob Katz

Espresso 77

35-57 77th Street (at 37th Ave.)
Jackson Heights Queens, New York 11372

Usa

phone: 718-424-1077

website: http://www.espresso77.com

Bob Katz (“You never know what he’ll do next”) — known for his genre-bending shows, raucous lyrics, and love of a certain tropical fruit — surprises again with his new self-produced alt-hip-hop album CAUGHT IN A BUTT SANDWICH, complete with his new identity: THE MANGFATHER BOB KATZ.  Released in September 2016, the album made the list of AJ.MP3’s Top Albums of 2016 at A.J. Radio on The WIRE (wire.wit.edu Wentworth Internet Radio + Entertainment).  Video for the title track of CAUGHT IN A BUTT SANDWICH has already become a viral sensation and made The Best Video list (New Lahore Videos), and the album is already being featured and played on major radio stations all over the world including BCB 106.6FM, WFCS, WPKN, WESU, WFMU, WMPG, WNCM, WPCR, WCDB, WRHO, WTUL (Top New Album), KALX, KJAG RADIO, KUNM, REDMP3, THE SOCC (Song of the Day), Celtica Radio, Songshooter.com (Song of the Day), Vancouver Co-op Radio, and WIRE, and getting great reviews on music magazines such as OrcaSound, The Modern Folk Music of America, and Makin’ It Magazine.

DK and the Joy Machine brings you innovative music on mountain dulcimer to move your soul. Her new album, SHY ONE, has been described by Curve magazine "as quirky and smart with sultry vocals " and AltCountry Forum as "anti-folk and rootsy Americana...that directly touches the heart and convinces in pure beauty with traces of the deep south and an expressive voice reminiscent of Patti Smith with an obvious kinship with PJ Harvey, Indigo Girls, and Lucinda Williams.”

Andrew V. Craig....Pseudo Jazz, Brazilian Bossa Nova , Pop, Folk. Andrew has performed outdoors in Greenwich Village as part of Make Music NY and TimeOut magazine, with Pete Seeger at the Beacon water front and opened for Rod MacDonald at the Uptown Coffee House. Review of his cd -"I found in it qualities that could be expressed easily with the metaphor of a dessert wine or perhaps more accurately an espresso. The defining characteristics of espresso include a thick consistency and a serving size that is usually measured in shots. It is both complex and volatile. This beautiful little CD possesses all of these traits and then some. It is warm. It is cozy. It satisfies the sweet tooth of the soul."— Rick Rock - Director/Founder - Tribes Hill


Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys

Saturday, November 16th, 2019  7:30 PM

Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys

Common Ground Coffee House

25 Old Jackson Ave
Hastings on Hudson, NY

phone: 914 748 2710

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: click here

website: https://commongroundconcerts.com

“…one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years.” — Chicago Tribune

“…a folk singer with the heart of a rock ‘n’ roll band.” — K. Oliver, Free Times

Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists.   Between heartbreaking ballads and heart-lifting sing-alongs, the Cowboys entertain and get audiences involved in the show. Byrd is a preacher’s son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, NC, known for literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favorites. Called “one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years” by The Chicago Tribune, Byrd shares the often-missed, always poignant tales of the small people that make the world such a big place. He is joined on drums by Austin McCall (Kaira Ba, Violet Bell), and musical renaissance man Johnny Waken on guitar, saw, and mandolin. Johnny Waken cut his teeth on electric guitar in Pittsburgh with rock legend Norm Nardini, opening for The Blues Brothers Band on their Red, Hot & Blue tour in 1992. After taking a few years away from music, Johnny is back at it with the Pickup Cowboys. Austin McCall is a drummer of all trades, having played with such diverse acts as Senegalese griot Diali Cissokho, new Indie duo Violet Bell, and international theater troupe Paper Hand Puppet Intervention. Austin uses all his modes to support Jonathan Byrd’s diverse catalog of songs and Johnny Waken’s instrumental antics.

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.


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.


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.




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.