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Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Martha Scanlan & Jon Neufeldt

7:30 - $22

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Anyone familiar with Martha Scanlan and Jon Neufeld’s unique alchemy on stage will not be surprised by way the Jon Neufeld’s brilliant innovative guitar playing weaves effortlessly around Martha’s timeless songwriting - it is simply magical.

They met playing together at Portland’s Indie Roots festival Pickathon in 2010, shortly before recording Tongue River Stories, a beautifully stark album of field recordings captured on film at the 120 year old family ranch where Martha was living and working in a remote corner of south east Montana.

“I wanted to record songs in the places where they were written; there is such a beautiful intimacy with the landscape in ranch work and in the place itself, stories inside of stories inside of stories…” This exploration of place and belonging has been a long running theme, but really came into focus while being immersed in old time music in East Tennessee “

The interwoven relationship between music and landscape, people and stories really impacted me, just this profound sense of belonging. I started writing songs there, songs about my own landscapes back home in Montana. I missed them.” After touring with the innovative old time string band Reeltime Travelers, those songs evolved into her debut solo album The West Was Burning. Recorded at Levon Helm’s barn in Woodstock, New York with Dirk Powell and Levon and Amy Helm, it was heralded as an instant classic, one of those rare albums that defies genre and generation. Touring the country and Europe solo, with North Carolina’s Stuart Brothers and in other various configurations eventually led to the collaboration with Jon Neufeld. After Tongue River Stories came The Shape Of Things Gone Missing, The Shape Of Things To Come, recorded in Portland with members of Black Prairie and The Decemberists. A featured album by World Café’s David Dye and No Depression’s Amos Perrine, the biggest criticism was that it was hard to find. Sometimes she’s hard to find, preferring to spend more time off the grid than on it. “I’m kind of wired for quiet places,” she admits.

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Friday, March 8th, 2019

Joel Harrison's Free Country w Brian Blade, Chris Tordini & Jon Cowherd

7:30 - $22

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Joel Harrison w Brian Blade, Chris Tordini & Jon Cowherd!

Brooklyn-based guitarist Joel Harrison's new recording, Angel Band, is the third CD in a series where Country and Appalachian music is recast in a modern jazz context.

In 2003 and 2004 Harrison recorded Free Country and So Long Second Street on the ACT label. These recordings, which featured Norah Jones, David Binney and others, seemed to defy any effort at categorization, marking Harrison as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music. They were widely honored and many listeners wondered if Harrison would ever play this music again. He now revisits this concept with Angel Band, diverse and imaginative arrangements of timeless tunes by Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, Olabelle Reed, Johnny Cash, and more. Each song bears a unique imprint, where Country, African rhythms, R&B, avant garde, rock and psychedelia all conjoin.


Brooklyn- based Joel Harrison is one of the first artists to have worked towards bridging the worlds of jazz, classical, Americana, and music from India and Africa. Born in Washington D.C. the guitarist, composer, arranger, lyricist, vocalist and songwriter began his search for new sounds in the early 1980's with stints in Boston and the Bay Area. Named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2010, Harrison has long been recognized as a risk taker, someone who never stands still. He has released 20 CDs under his own name since 1994.

"Protean...brilliant" NY Times

Presented in partnership with Outpost Performance Space

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Mark & Maggie O’Connor - SOLD OUT!

7:30 - $44

"One of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music." - The New York Times

"One of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music -- any music -- today." - The Los Angeles Times

"Brilliantly original." - The Seattle Times

"The audience was on its feet . . . They were moved by Mr. O'Connor's journey without maps, cheering for the only musician today who can reach so deeply first into the refined, then the vernacular, giving his listeners a complex, sophisticated piece of early-21st-century classical music and then knocking them dead with the brown-dirt whine of a Texas fiddle." - The New York Times

Mark and Maggie O’Connor - "American Classics identifies the cornerstones of repertoire, style and wonderful diversity of A New American School of String Playing. Mining a huge body of repertoire that has made its impact on American music, the tunes I have selected and the arrangements I have created from them represent stylistic importance, pedagogical value and have timeless appeal. 400 years of music informed by string playing in the Americas establishes relevance for the 21st century music audience as well as the student of music through the O’Connor Method book series. It does so by returning the violin to its rightful place at the center of the very music it helped to create and promote.

American Classics offers a broad and interconnecting compendium of American music through the presentation of violin solos performed by me and violin duos performed by myself and Maggie O’Connor, my beautiful wife. Audiences as well as students of the violin will find themselves inspired by the songbook of America as they have never heard it before. Present-day Spirituals such as the anthem We Shall Overcome empower us with a significant portion of the American Music System."

Mark O'Connor began his creative journey at the feet of American fiddling legend Benny Thomasson, and the iconic French jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. Now, at age 55, he has melded these influences into a new American classical music, and is perpetuating his vision of an American School of String Playing. Mr. O’Connor has won three Grammys, seven CMA awards as well as several national fiddle, guitar and mandolin champion titles. His distinguished career includes representing the United States Information Agency in cultural diplomacy to six continents and performing in front of several U.S. presidents including being invited to the White House by President Ronald Reagan to perform as a teen.

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Monday, March 11th, 2019

German Lopez

7:30 - $22 in advance, $27 day of show

Brilliant young star of the timple, a diminutive 5-stringed instrument intrinsic to music of the Canary Islands, Germán López touches audiences with original instrumental music from the Canary Islands. Germán harnesses the grit of Spanish flamenco, the structure of West African rhythms, the flourishing spirit of jazz, and an innovative 21st century approach to performing "island music." His principal instrument is one of the grandfathers of the ukelele, and part of the same instrumental family that includes the cavaquinho, the cuatro and the charango. Germán López's music has been praised for "entrancing" performances of "delicately rippling notes" (Huffington Post), notes that flow from musical traditions uniting Spain, Africa, and the New World.

Germán López was born in Gran Canaria in 1982. His musical studies begin at an early age, where he was accepted to study at the Conservatory of Music in Las Palmas at seven years of age. In the conservatory, Germán studied piano, music theory, and jazz studies. At the ripe age of ten years, he began to concertize publicly, notably collaborating with legendary timple virtuoso José Antonio Ramos. It was around this time that Germán developed a keen interest in the timple and other traditional Canary Island instruments. In addition to duo and ensemble concerts, Germán has also collaborated with symphony orchestras, including the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria in the "Teresa de Bolívar" festival. As both an educator and performer, Germán López has been awarded public prizes by the government of the Canary Islands on several occasions. 

At the end of 2007, the illustrious Womad festival shone a bright spotlight on Germán López, inviting him to take part on that year's festival program held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Since then he has continued to perform concerts all over the Canary Islands, mainland Spain, and continental Europe.

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Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251.

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Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Peter Bradley Adams

7:30 - $22 in advance, $25 day of show

 

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Peter Bradley Adams was one half of the duo Eastmountainsouth, and has since released six solo records. 

No Depression calls him "consistently eloquent," and the Wall Street Journalsays he's "one of the 21st Century writers whose songs are worth exploring."

There's a confidence, a completeness in the song cycle that listeners have gleaned throughout Adams' illustrious career, but A Face Like Mine, his sixth solo effort, brings it all into sharp focus. As Adams sees it, "On the long plod of finding my voice as a singer and a writer, the singing has slowly developed from the sound of a scared guy to someone who believes what he's saying and the writing, I hope, has become less rigid—both in the lyrics and the phrasing."

Less rigid, indeed. Adams' brand of Americana nestles his often delicate, always heartfelt voice in the warm embrace of gentle guitar, tasteful dobro, subtle banjo, supportive bass, and unhurried percussion. The result is a sonic scape that, in turn, wraps itself around the listener like a soft blanket on a cold day. With A Face Like Mine, Adams further refines the simple musical sophistication that has become his trademark.

Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251.

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Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Robyn Hitchcock

7:30 - $37 in advance, $43 day of show

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).

Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in "Storefront Hitchcock," an in-concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.

Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as "paintings you can listen to."

Tickets are $37 in advance, $43 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251.

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Thursday, April 4th, 2019

FLATBED BUGGY w Rudy Royston, Gary Versace, John Ellis, Joe Martin and Hank Roberts

7:30 - $22

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Flatbed Buggy is comprised of some of the most respected musician/composers on the New York scene - Rudy Royston on drums, Gary Versace on accordion, John Ellis on bass clarinet and saxes, Joe Martin on bass and Hank Roberts on cello!  Apart from the unusual instrumentation, the band’s acclaimed sound is achieved by the improvisors compositional approach, evoking cinematic imagery, deep groove, and a joyous celebration of life.

The music's woodsy tones and airy grooves have received great reviews from enthusiastic listeners and critics.  Called “a true masterpiece" by Nextbop.com, FLATBED BUGGY celebrates the passage of time and journeys taken.  Motivated by Royston's memories of childhood in the Texas countryside to an adult life in the concrete surroundings of New York City, the music explores a dizzying array of musical influences and styles under the canopy of jazz.

Flatbed Buggy was included in NPR’s Best of 2018.

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Thursday, April 11th, 2019

John Reischman & The Jaybirds

7:30 - $22

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Like the powerful mandolinist and composer at its helm, John Reischman and the Jaybirds fashion a stylish take on bluegrass that seamlessly blends original songs and instrumentals with Appalachian old-time music for a truly unique band sound. Now in their 20th year, with seven acclaimed albums and two Juno nominations, the Jaybirds are simultaneously innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned and 21st-century contemporary.

Bluegrass Unlimited calls John Reischman “one of the world’s undisputed masters” of the mandolin, famed for outstanding tone and taste. Many of his dozens of original instrumentals have become popular favourites for sessions and covers, such as the jam standard Salt Spring. He has three critically-acclaimed solo instrumental albums and has recorded on many other projects, including the Grammy-winning True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe.

Friday, April 19th, 2019

Unison w Andy Milne, John Hébert and Clarence Penn

7:30 - $22

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During his vast career, pianist/composer Andy Milne has demonstrated boundless versatility, collaborating with artists spanning jazz, classical, pop, folk, and world music. “Unison” his trio featuring bassist John Hebert & drummer Clarence Penn, skillfully explores the intersection of colorful melody, exotic texture and hypnotic groove. This spring, they’ll record Milne’s debut on the ECM label.

For more than 20 years, pianist/composer Andy Milne has demonstrated boundless versatility, collaborating with dancers, visual artists, poets and musicians spanning jazz, classical, pop, folk, and world music. With this group, Milne returns to his first love. Enriched with creative insights from all his projects, he rediscovers the intimacy of the piano trio. A former student of Oscar Peterson, Milne has performed with a range of artists including Cassandra Wilson, Ralph Alessi, and Bruce Cockburn among many others. Milne was at the center of the M-BASE Collective as a core member of saxophonist Steve Coleman’s bands during the 1990s.
He is also well known for his ground breaking group, the highly-acclaimed, Dapp Theory.

“Unison” includes the highly sought after New York bassist, John Hébert and Clarence Penn, one of the most in-demand jazz drummers in the world.

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Saturday, April 27th, 2019

David Wilcox

7:30 - $28 in advance, $33 day of show

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Tickets are $28 in advance, $33 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251.

Those who know David Wilcox's work know how exhaustively he pours his heart and soul into his songwriting and recording. It's his technical ability and meticulous craftsmanship that elevate this work, as he employs an impressive repertoire of tunings and cut capos in his unique approach to the guitar. More than anything, however, it is the intimate storytelling and the deeply held messages of Wilcox’s lyrics that are taken to heart and held so closely by his listeners. In 2018, the beloved singer-songwriter returned with The View From the Edge, his first album since 2014's Blaze. It's an album that reflects four years of thinking, writing, crafting, playing and life.

Every week or so a thankful fan writes to David to tell him that a song he wrote changed their life. Fans and other songwriters flock to his Wilcox Weekend to discuss music, philosophy, creativity, spirituality and life. While it's always rewarding to know that the music serves its purpose and provides direction, David avoids taking credit. As he says, it's the songs that do the work. It's the guitar that brings the message.

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Aaron Goldberg Trio w Matt Penman and Leon Parker

7:30 - $22

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“A post-bop pianist of exemplary taste and range” - NATE CHINEN, NY Times

“...persistent dedication to art and craft..” - BRITT ROBSON, Jazz Times

Hailed by Down Beat magazine for his “quick-witted harmonic reflexes, fluid command of line and cut-to-the-chase sense of narrative logic,” Aaron Goldberg has made his name worldwide as one of jazz’s most compelling pianists, both as a bandleader and frequent collaborator with the finest exponents of the music. As a bandleader Aaron’s passion for swing, melody and groove has long been paired with a keen appreciation of other musical cultures, as documented on his 5 acclaimed trio albums and over 80 more as a co-leader and collaborator. After receiving awards from Berklee College of Music and Downbeat Magazine, Aaron moved to New York City at age 17 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and devoted his off-hours to performing in New York clubs.


Aaron returned to Boston a year later to pursue a degree at Harvard College, intent to balance his budding musical career with academic interests at the intersection of psychology and philosophy. His course of study was facilitated when Harvard created an interdisciplinary program in Mind, Brain, and Behavior, and he graduated magna cum laude in 1996 as the first student to receive this new degree. Upon graduation he promptly moved to New York, formed his first longstanding trio featuring his peers Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland, and began touring worldwide with such multigenerational masters as Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Al Foster, and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Despite a demanding touring schedule at the world’s most high-profile venues, Aaron has also maintained both his academic and sociopolitical interests, receiving a Masters Degree in Philosophy from Tufts University in 2010.

Bassist Matt Penman has performed with John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Wayne Shorter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kenny Werner, Dave Douglas and many others. Drummer Leon Parker has performed with Dave Kikoski, Madeleine Peyroux, Dewey Redman, Brad Mehldau and a host of others.