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Life on the Road

Life on the Road

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CANCELED

I am sorry to report that the next house concert have been canceled because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

August 15th, 2020: The Two’s 

October 9th, 2020 (Friday):  Sofia Talvik

I am going to keep the website current and  send out e-mails to remind people to support the Arts.

The Two’s – Ruby Rendrag and Suki Kuehn are duo,  that merge prog rock with classically trained cello and the most complicated foot drum I have ever seen.  They were scheduled for August 15 and needed to be canceled because of COVID-19.  Their lives have been turned upside down with all that is going on. They were in the process of moving to a different state when all of their gigs were canceled.   All that they had in place for their move fell like dominoes.

I will try to stream line this announcement, most know what I am going to say- SUPPORT the Artist (if you can).

Most of us were/are able to work from home and continue to get a “regular” paycheck.  Many of us have been minimally affected financially. Some might have saved more money than usual– no gas/tolls/parking for the commute to work, no dry cleaning, no meals out, etc.

Artists who perform at this level have had little to NO income over the past 6+ months – and the near future does not look much better.  The entire House Concert Series has been canceled for the year.  Life as an “up and coming” artist is hard during a GOOD year.  I can’t imagine what they are going through.  They need our support more than ever.

Without some proactive “support”, many artists will essentially fall victim to COVID-19 and not survive.  They are an endangered species and life will not be the same without them.

Most visiting this site will survive financially–bruised, beaten up, but more bored and frustrated than broken. That is not true for touring artists whose entire income is based on performing gigs.

In these times, “support” means more than attending my house concert. You can also support them by going to their website and buying (some/all of) of their CDs.  Attend a live-stream concert,  stream on Spotify, Amazon, Apple–and press the “like” button.

If you have not been destroyed by this outbreak, one way to count your blessings is to help those who have.   It feels good!

Buying some music will not take food off most of our tables, but it might put food on an artist’s.

Do not limit this response to only this Artist, consider some of the past ones as well.  Look for ways you might be able to make a difference for all of the people in the service industry.

Thanks

Gary DZ

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 I will send out notices and invites about a month before each show.

March 28th, 2020 (Saturday):  James VanDeuson

April 24th, 2020 (Friday): Paul Guzzone & Janie Barnett

June 27th, 2020 (Saturday): Ian Flanigan

August 15th, 2020 (Saturday): The Two’s 

October 9th, 2020 (Friday):  Sofia Talvik

(2021) June 25, 2021 (Friday):  Sofia Talvik

(2020 has been a BUST- workin g on 2021 schedule )

Prior Shows

Check the Artist’s website and find them on Social Media. Like, Stream, and Buy some of their music.

Support the Arts – It is a hard life on the road

James VanDeuson

Cortland, NY

James VanDeuson is singer/song writer from Cortland, NY. His music is a blend of American, Folk with a touch of blues. He has a very unique Dylanesque sound with influences from: Bob Dylan, James Taylor, John Prine, Neil Young, John Cragie, Gregory Alan Isakov, Harry Chapin and others. https://www.jamesvandeuson.com/home

Paul Guzzone

New York, New York

Paul Guzzone is a singer/song writer, performer and CEO of Triple Z Music production. Paul has a long, successful history as solo career as well being the bassist-vocalist for the past 20+ years in the Bacon Brothers band. http://paulguzzone.com/

Janie Barnett

Brooklyn, New York

Virginia native Janie Barnett cut her teeth on bluegrass festivals, and American Folk Life Festival. Janie made her way to New York to conquer the very competitive freelance scene, and made a name for herself as one of the top session singer/musicians in town. https://janiebarnett.com/

Ian Flanigan

Saugerties, New York

Ian Flanigan is a seasoned, acoustic singer-songwriter local to the Hudson Valley. His sound is an eclectic blend of progressive folk and percussive finger style that features a rich, husky voice and evocative lyrics. https://ianflaniganmusic.com/

The Two’s

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Two’s blend a cello, guitar and an amazing foot drum to create an amazing sound/style that I have never heard before.  Vocals that are reminiscent of the Pretenders make for a unique listening experience.  https://www.thetwosmusic.com/

Sofia Talvik

Sweden

Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik blends elements of Americana, Folk and Pop—impressive considering she is from Sweden.  A veteran performer with 7 full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her. http://sofiatalvik.com/

Probably Whiskey

 Fredericksburg, Virginia

Virginia based Appalachian, Celtic Roots band that brings a fresh young take on traditional American Appalachian and Celtic tunes as well as original music.  https://probablywhiskey.com/

Adam Travis

Brooklyn, New York

Adam Travis is a singer songwriter currently living in Brooklyn, NY.  His music is optimistic and he approaches all of life’s ups and downs as a chance to learn and grow. He mixes a wide range of genres into his songwriting.  https://atandthesoul.com/home

Trae Sheehan

West Virginia

Largely self-taught, Trae has been described as a blend of Jackson Browne’s voice with John Denver’s guitar playing and Eagles songwriting is a good description.  https://www.traesheehan.com/

Ben Danaher

Nashville, Tennessee

A native Texan now calling Nashville home, singer/songwriter Ben Danaher sneaks his personal experiences while giving unforgettable melodies. Ben blends elements from Country, Blues, and Americana to help illustrate his stories.. https://bendanaher.com/

Ted Yoder

Goshen, Indiana

Ted Yoder’s hammered dulcimer cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” became one of the most-watched Facebook Live posts in 2016 when the song received more than 101 million views.  https://www.tedyoder.com/

Matt Bednarsky

Nashville, Tennessee

Born to a jazz guitarist and a mother with a classical pedigree. His unique style draws influence from a variety of genres including pop/rock, folk, jazz, and blues.  https://www.mattbednarsky.com/

Whispering Tree

New York

The band includes singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour.  They craft richly immersive folk-rock brimming with evocative lyrics, and nature imagery.  Their style encompasses traditional folk, indie and classic rock.  https://www.thewhisperingtree.com/

Marc Gunn

Austin Texas

Marc rose to prominence as the autoharp-playing half of the Brobdingnagian Bards in the early 200os. After the group split up in 2008, Gunn became a prolific recording musician in the Celtic music community. He fuses his love of science fiction, fantasy, and comedy with his Scots-Irish heritage.

Gigi Rich

Freehold, New Jersey

Gigi Rich wrote her first song at age 13 and won Amateur Night at The Apollo Theater a short time later. After appearing on NBC’s The Voice at 16, Rich released her debut EP, All In My Head.  https://www.gigirich.com/

Annalise Emerick

Nashville, Tennessee

 Annalise Emerick was raised in Seattle and Austin, Texas, then moved to Boston.  Emerick established herself with an acoustic guitar and a cache of catchy melodies” prior to moving to Nashville.  http://annaliseemerick.com/

Kiya Heartwood

Austin, TX

Kiya Heartwood is an international award winning folk singer song writer currently living in Texas. She has a long musical career with 6 solo albums, 9 albums with the Band Wishing Chair and 4 with Stealing Horses.   https://www.kiyaheartwood.com/

Wishing Chair

Nashville, Tennessee

Wishing Chair is an American folk-roots duo, consisting of songwriter Kiya Heartwood and multi-instrumentalist Miriam Davidson. The band formed in 1995 and released eight recordings on their own independent label.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wishing_Chair

WHAT IS A HOUSE CONCERT ?

When some up and coming bands tour, they will schedule House Concerts in between gigs as they travel across the country. It helps cover their travel costs and many Artists love the personal setting.

A long time ago I attended my first house concert for a band I followed since Med-School. It was an amazing experience. It is my favorite way to see live music… and it’s always music I love. I have been hosting them since we moved to our Woodbine home. I usually do 4 a year.

Variety is the Spice of Life

I try to find different styles of music, ranging from indie rock to folk, bluegrass and Celtic. The Artists often discuss the rich history of the genre, answer questions and socialize during the “Pot Luck” party and intermission. 

Where else would you be able to see National and International Artists up-close and personal.  Find them on YouTube.  I will update this page as it gets closer.

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Pot-Luck Party

When I host a House Concert, the music is usually preceded by a “Pot-Luck” gathering/party. Everyone is asked to bring something to eat or drink—to share. The Food/Drink people bring usually makes it interesting. You get to meet some fun people and socialize with the artist.  Bring your favorite dish or appetizer – we all have something we’re famous for. Something ethnic, something different… Or bring some wine, beer or soda.

We usually have 20-30 people show up—so there’s a great variety of food and drink. I usually donate 3-Liters of Sangria, a 12-pak of beer and some Chips to start it off…. I also make Pulled Pork BBQ. I smoke and slow cook it with mesquite for 20+ hours on a Green Egg grill. It is my “signature dish”, but it’s not enough to feed a crowd.

⇒ Bring Your Favorite Drink ⇐

My Bar is stocked, but I try not to have it raided. It often does….I can’t charge if you drink from it, but you can, on an Honor System, Donate to the bar at the Slot Machine.

The $15-$20 donation I collect at the door — all (100%) goes to the artist.

Please don’t consider it an OPEN BAR.