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Life on the Road

Life on the Road

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Streaming House Concert

I am hoping that Gary’s House Concerts Series will resume early 2021, once the vaccine is widely available. 

Sofia Talvik is hosting a special online Christmas concert 

The concert will take place on December 13th at 3pm EST

You will be able to attend the show through Sofia’s Facebook page 

If you don’t have Facebook, you can still watch without a Facebook account via that link.

If you have a Facebook account you can also join the event directly here:

Feel free to invite your friends and family to the event.

2020 has been a tough year artists, so please consider viewing and contributing to the show with a donation of your choice, before or during the concert.

Donations can be made at:


Venmo (U.S): makakimusic

100% of donations will go to the artist.

For over 10 years Sofia Talvik has made it a tradition to release an annual original Christmas single as a present to her fans. She has made it a mission to show a different side of Christmas than we usually see, her songs portrait the less fortunate and the less happy, a melancholic side of the holiday.

Her delicate songs are performed in an intimate way, showing off Sofia’s angelic voice enhanced only by a tasteful mix, accompanied by the steady fingerpicking on her acoustic guitar and the rhythm section consisting of her own two feet, bells and a stomp box.

A beautiful and peaceful break from the hustle, bustle and pandemic craze that pulling down the Christmas Joy.

Sofia released her Christmas Album “When Winter Comes” in 2017 and it soon topped the folk radio charts in the USA, charting as the no 5 most played album. The album has the old songs re-imagined with new production to bind them all together into one perfect Christmas gift.

Watch Sofia’s previous Christmas music videos below: 

Check out Sofia’s Christmas Album ”When Winter Comes” here:

the only one that I have been able to lock in a date.  I hope to invite all of the missed artists back. 

More Good News-   I am happy to report that Ian Flanigan, who was schedule for a June 2020 House concert, will be on the current season of the Voice.  Great opportunity for him and look forward to seeing what we missed.  Depending on the outcome —  I doubt he will be able to be rescheduled.    I will not write it off completely, We were able to host Gigi Rich, after she was a runner up on the Voice.   

Read About It Here

Like last post, this announcement is going to be a little long; getting a drink right now would not hurt and might increase your generosity.

Again–I am notifying you to ask you to continue to SUPPORT the Artists (if you can).

Here are the facts–many of us who were able to work from home and continue to get a paycheck were/are minimally affected financially by the coronavirus outbreak. 

Artists who perform at this level have had little to NO income over the past 10 months and the near future does not look much better.  Life as an “up and coming” artist is hard during a GOOD year.  I can’t imagine what they are going through.   

Without some proactive “support”, many artists will essentially fall victim to COVID-19 and not survive.         

Most visiting this site, and most of my friends, will survive financially–bruised, maybe beaten up–but not 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 her by going to her website and buying (some/all of) her CDs.  Donate to a live-stream concert, stream her for free 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!

A donation or 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 to just this artist, consider some of the past artists as well. Look for ways you might be able to make a difference for all of the people in the service industry.

Sofia Talvik - Broken (Steelguitars in heaven)

This is a heartbreaking song about an Artist who performed steel guitar on several of Sofia’s albums. True Story: Early into the pandemic, Sofia left the US to go back home to Germany and said “Good-Bye” to her friend. He was not feeling well at the time, and based on the medial advice at the time, stayed home because he was not sick enough to go to the ER. It ended up that it was not COVID-19, it was an evolving heart attack. By the time Sofia landed in Germany, Tim had died because he had stayed home and was not evaluated and treated.
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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

(Working on the 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sofia Talvik


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.

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.

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.

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.

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..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.


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.