Vance Gilbert is Back! October 11th

Who else would name their most recent album “Old White Men”, and actually have recorded a groundbreaking, heartbreaking title song to back it up?

That’d be Vance Gilbert.

Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90’s when the buzz spread through the folk clubs of the Northeast about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking them dead at open mics. Word got out about this Philadelphia-area born and raised performer, and Shawn Colvin invited Gilbert to be a special guest on her 1992 Fat City tour. Gilbert took audiences across North America by storm. “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 that tour.

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Gilbert has 11 albums of original, often ground-breaking songs.  His covers the full emotional spectrum in his music and his stage presence.  You’ll laugh.  You’ll cry.  You’ll feel anguish and joy.  You’ll feel alive.

We hosted Vance last year in a house concert and couldn’t wait to get him back for the main event.  Don’t miss it!

Summer Solstice Show with WPKN: Sambeleza!

“Summer Solstice Samba”   June 21

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 Photo credit Monica Schwarz Baer

Celebrate the Summer Solstice and get your body swaying to fascinating rhythms with an evening of samba played by Sambeleza, the premiere performers of Brazilian-inspired jazz in this region. This lively music, with its soaring melodies and colorful harmonies, will provide the perfect way for you to ease your way into the heat of the season. The final installment of “Voices Café” 2013-2014 Season will be in association with WPKN Radio, 89.5 FM and wpkn.org, the “Real Alternative”. This exploration of the lively and sweet music of Brazil perfectly exemplifies the soul of a great nation well known for its rich heritage – a blend of indigenous, African and European cultures.

The musicians of Sambeleza (www.sambeleza.com) are outstanding U. S. and Brazilian interpreters of the great songs of these traditions, as well as outstanding jazz artists in their own right.  Joe Carter on guitar and Jeff Fuller on bass have been creatively exploring the two worlds for many years, and the relatively younger Isabella Mendes, a native of São Paulo on keyboards and vocals, lends her soulful voice and fiery piano skills to the group’s appeal. They will be joined for this performance by two outstanding native Brazilian musicians, Zé Mauricio on percussion,  and Adriano Santos on drums, as well special guest Ali Ryerson on flute, who is consistently voted among the top jazz flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll.

Swing in the summer with this celebration of life and rhythm, brought to you by WPKN, the region’s best-kept secret at 89.5 on the FM dial and streaming live on the internet at www.wpkn.org . A listener-supported, non-profit station serving Southern CT and Suffolk County in Long Island for over 50 years, WPKN presents an alternative to the sameness of the rest of the FM band, presenting music, spoken word and commentary that broadens your mind and ears.

 

Coming April 12th: The “No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow”

 

The “No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow”
(Formerly described on this site as Carolann Solebello and The YaYas)

No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow is an in-the-round, collaborative project that presents Carolann Solebello, Karyn Oliver, and The YaYas (Catherine Miles and Jay Mafale) sharing the stage, playing on each other’s songs, harmonizing, percussing, and generally having a heck of a good time!

1382421_533587776724429_155335501_nJust how did the “No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow” get its start? And its name? Well, once upon a time, three Chicks and a Blue-Jay were hanging out in the barnyard and together they hatched a plan: “Hey kids, we have a barn. Let’s put on a show!” Okay, we thought we should get the bad puns out of the way right off the bat…

All four members of the No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow (NFFR) are veterans of the “Joni Mitchell’s Blue” tribute show presented by the NYC female songwriter collective known as Chicks with Dip. During those performances, the four had the opportunity to play together and discovered that blending their talents made for a pretty special sound. The show found its title by combining a nod to the Chicks with Dip (in the “feathers” reference) with a hint as to the nature of the show – not pretentious or unnecessarily ornate – simply a group of highly regarded songwriters who have great respect for each other, both personally and professionally, coming together to share their work with an audience.

The obvious friendship of Carolann, Karyn, Catherine, and Jay adds to the unabashedly fun and festive atmosphere of a NFFR show. Their audience can’t help but feel part of the onstage camaraderie. The four are also nationally touring performers that have charted at the top of major Folk and Americana radio lists, appeared on stage at some of the most respected festivals, been invited to formally showcase at Folk Alliance conferences across the country, and whose songwriting has been recognized by such highly regarded competitions as Kerrville New Folk, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Songwriter’s Serenade, Susquehanna Music & Arts Songwriting Competition, and Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.

To purchase tickets, please go here.