Saturday, July 7, 2012: Kira Small and Emily Baker

Kira Small andEmily Baker Poster

Kira Small, Nashville Singer/Songwriter and Emily Baker, UK Singer/Songwriter kick off Windy City House Concerts!

I met Kira at Folk Alliance. I went to her showcase because another singer/songwriter friend told me I had to go see her because she was “awesome.” Kira greeted me and asked how I came to be at her showcase. I told her how (no pressure), and sat down to listen. Fortunately for both of us, she lived up to her billing as “awesome.” And now she is coming to play for us in Chicago for our very first Windy City House Concert with her UK friend Emily Baker!

About Kira:
“Girl, you sound like a neat glass of single malt in a world of Michelob Ultra.” Those were the words of Grammy award-winning songwriter Mike Reid (“I Can’t Make You Love Me”) when he heard Kira Small sing. This sultry, soulful siren combines the smoothness of Norah Jones, the rawness of Bonnie Raitt, the retro soul of Adele and the flat-out-wailing of Aretha Franklin. Delivered with her huge heart, even huger voice and wicked sense of humor, Kira’s engaging original songs and choice R&B classics seem to snuggle right into listeners’ laps.
http://kirasmall.com/

About Emily:
Drawing from the earthy inspirations of a long line of heritage singer songwriters such as Carole King whose qualities start with their songwriting prowess, Brighton singer songstress Emily Baker sets out her stall in this, her finely sculpted debut album and calling card ‘House of Cards’ (Little Love Records).

Once on stage Emily is genuinely at home with the audience. Her skill is in balancing passionate storytelling with flashes of eccentricity between songs: taking a slice of real life and serving up with a melody.
http://www.emilybaker.co.uk/

Suggested artist donation $20

Socializing and potluck at 6:30 p.m. Music at 7:30 p.m.

For more information and an invitation, please contact Lee at 575-571-9178 or by e-mail at windycityhouseconcerts (at) gmail.com.

Saturday, September 11, 2010: Caren Armstrong

Caren Armstrong at Freight and Salvage

I got to hear Caren Armstrong at FAR-West (the Folk Alliance Western Region conference) this past fall. I knew of her but I had never heard her perform. The power and joy of her performance was striking. I introduced myself after her showcase and offered to host her whenever we could make it work. It took about a year, but now we have the great fortune to host Caren at Las Alturas House Concerts.

Award winning singer/songwriter Caren Armstrong has been making “big buoyant music” since the tender age of ten years old. This dangerously honest, wickedly funny, and disarmingly vulnerable songwriter is “one of those rare musicians who plays and sings music from its bones on out. Caren’s work has a visceral and deeply satisfying impact, which is invariably garnished with great good humor.” – Steve Coyle, The Waybacks

“Caren has found a deeply original voice that the listener experiences as coming from within.” – Bay Area concert promoter Russ Jennings

She was awarded top honors at the Emerging Songwriter Showcase at the Napa Valley Music Festival, and the 15th Annual Songwriting Competition at the Tucson Folk Festival, and has been a finalist at the Rocky Mt. Folk’s Fest and the Wildflower Music and Arts Festival.

She is a member of Folk Alliance and was a featured showcase artist at the First Annual FARWest Folk Alliance conference in October 2004. The petite redhead’s soaring vocals, sophisticated guitar chops and dynamic performances have endeared her to fans nationwide.

These days Caren lives in Oakland, CA when she is home. In addition to her busy touring schedule, she is currently hosting her showcase, “Celebrating Songwriters” at the Larkspur Caf Theatre in Marin County. She is in high demand as a private guitar teacher. Caren has produced albums for artists such as the new acoustic string band Calevaras (who played at our series in June this year), art-folkie Lori B, as well as for Bay Area songwriters Rachel Garlin and Ilene Adar.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy her music – please check her out at the links below. Then RSVP for the show – you’ll be glad you did!

http://carenarmstrong.com
http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.aspx?epk_id=116607
http://www.myspace.com/carenarmstrong2

Suggested artist donation $15

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Socializing from 6:00 p.m.

Light refreshments provided, BYO wine and/or potluck refreshments to share are welcome.

For more information, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at) comcast.net.

Friday, August 20, 2010: Gabrielle Louise

Gabrielle Louise photo by Jim Farnam artworksphoto.net

Gabrielle Louise returns to Las Alturas House Concerts with her new album just completed. She just keeps getting better – new songs, astonishing vocals and a range of songs from tender ballads to scorching hot torch songs.

“Articulate and gifted, Gabrielle Louise…is an artist who comes to music from a literary vantage point, first and foremost…But the lyrics standing alone are only part of the story…As a vocalist Gabrielle Louise dives deep into her songs, exploring them in a warm, sturdy voice reminiscent at times of Joni Mitchell…especially in the falsetto flights and lower register swoops…She executes a captivating balance of heartache and resolve.” -David McGee, http://www.thebluegrassspecial.com has written for rolling stone, pro sound news, spin…currently the country music editor at barnesandnoble.com.

http://www.gabriellelouise.com/
http://www.myspace.com/gabriellelouisemusic
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Gabrielle-Louise-Show/62475447325

Suggested artist donation $15

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Socializing from 6:00 p.m.

Light refreshments provided, BYO wine and/or potluck refreshments to share are welcome.

For more information, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at) comcast.net.

Saturday, November 14, 2009: Rachel Sedacca

Rachel Sedacca
Rachel Sedacca

Southern California is lucky to have singer-songwriter, performing, recording artist Rachel Sedacca call it home. Her country/blues songs and folksy ballads are full of colorful characters and stories of love and hope from her time on the road. She calls this blend bluesy folkabilly with a smile. We’re lucky to have her come and play for us!

Rachel’s diverse repertoire includes her Americana flavored originals, as well as some favorites that she says, “need to be sung”, including tunes from a variety of artists, including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Jimi Hendrix, Alison Krause, Dolly Parton, Paul Simon, Gillian Welch and others.. Inspired by the Janis of all trades style of Bonnie Raitt as well as the sounds of Lucinda Williams and Sheryl Crow, Rachel points to years of Grateful Dead shows steeping her in an eclectic musical tea, appreciation for the fusing of genres and the ways of the road. That big smile in her pictures reflects the energy and joie de vivre at the core of her being.

http://www.rachelsedacca.com
http://www.myspace.com/rachelsedacca
http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.aspx?epk_id=26115

$15 artist donation

Music starts at 7:00 p.m.

Light refreshments provided, you are welcome to bring wine or refreshments to share.

Reservations are required. For more information, contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at) comcast.net

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 Gabrielle Louise

Gabrielle Louise
Gabrielle Louise

Gabrielle Louise is an Americana artist noted for her poignant lyrics (a two-time John Lennon Songwriting Contest finalist, winner of the Jack Maher Songwriting Award) and astonishing vocals. The daughter of two gypsy musicians, Gabrielle inherited the genetic predisposition to wanderlust and song.

“Articulate and gifted, Gabrielle Louise…is an artist who comes to music from a literary vantage point, first and foremost…But the lyrics standing alone are only part of the story…As a vocalist Gabrielle Louise dives deep into her songs, exploring them in a warm, sturdy voice reminiscent at times of Joni Mitchell…especially in the falsetto flights and lower register swoops…She executes a captivating balance of heartache and resolve.” -David McGee, http://www.thebluegrassspecial.com has written for rolling stone, pro sound news, spin…currently the country music editor at barnesandnoble.com.

http://www.gabriellelouise.com/
http://www.myspace.com/gabriellelouisemusic

Suggested artist donation $15

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Socializing from 6:00 p.m.

Light refreshments provided, BYO wine and/or potluck refreshments to share are welcome.

For more information, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at) comcast.net.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009: Randall Williams and Stryngs

 

Randall Williams at Cafe Veritas
Randall Williams at Cafe Veritas

Randall Williams is a polymath. He is a world traveler. A sailor. A teacher. A classically voice trained baritone. A citizen of the world. A storyteller. A friend. A guitarist (with and without capos, whole and partial). A newly settled resident of Columbus, Ohio. A writer and published author. A singer/songwriter. 

And he’s bringing us an evening of magic. Music and tales to transport us around the world, food for thought and humor, all founded on Randall’s positive energy and deep love of people. Randall has an amazing voice to listen to, smooth and full, with perfect control from his classical training. Listening to him play guitar, you will find yourself looking for the rest of the band, but your eyes will confirm that Randall is the only one playing.

But there is more to this evening!

Strings and Martin in Yosemite Park on Labor Day, 2008
Strings and Martin in Yosemite Park on Labor Day, 2008

A unique acoustic duo from the UK, Stryngs, will be opening the show. Stryngs, as a duo, is Strings singing hauntingly beautiful vocals and Martin Giles on guitar filling out the musical tapestry of their music. Stryngs sound is hard to capture in words. Lyrics like poetry seamlessly matched with rhythm and melody create a warm cocoon of sound. Listen closely – these gentle sounds are telling tales of emotion and passion, some wistful and longing but always seeking love and happiness.   

Please join us for this wonderful show! Tell all your friends, too.

 
Stryngs
Stryngs MySpace

Randall Williams
Randall Williams MySpace 

$15 artist donation 

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. 

Light refreshments provided, you are welcome to bring wine or refreshments to share. 

Reservations are required – your artist donation check for $15, payable to Lee Herman, holds your reservation. Please mail to Las Alturas House Concerts, 4055 Tamarisk Road, Las Cruces, NM 88011. 

For more information, contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at) comcast.net

Saturday, December 20, 2008, Kelly’s Lot Acoustic Duo

Kelly Zirbes and Perry Robertson
Kelly Zirbes and Perry Robertson

Based in Los Angeles, California, Kelly’s Lot Acoustic Duo is making a holiday stop in Las Cruces to warm up the Saturday before Christmas! Kelly’s Lot was honored with the “Best Blues Band” award by Rock City News and named one of the Top 13 bands in the U.S. by Independent Songwriter Magazine.

Kelly Zirbes and Perry Robertson as Kelly’s Lot Acoustic, “combine blues and folk, along with some genuine bar room rock, to come up with a sound that is lively and wild, while also honest and sincere. Kelly and Perry put their heart and soul into every song.

Kelly is an alto, singing with a range close to Natalie Merchant and with the conviction of Marva Wright. Perry Robertson is a human metronome. That’s all there is to it. He plays the rhythm guitar as if he had a metronome surgically implanted into the wrist of his right hand,” wrote musician Scott Detweiler for http://www.nohoartsdistrict.com.

From the tour host of Kelly’s Lot Acoustic in Belgium:
“Was Kelly’s Lot Trio strong enough to bring the spirit of blues and confront their new audience ?

No need to wait for the last show to notice how the magic of Kelly’s Lot works. With an incredible energy and a powerful voice, Kelly Z draws the attention of the crowd and takes them for a ride on the highways of rock and blues. During an hour or two , Perry Robertson gave the perfect rhythm with his guitar and lifted Kelly up to find and show the best emotion on each song.”

Besides producing great music both as Kelly’s Lot Acoustic and with her full band, Kelly’s Lot, Kelly is an advocate for Hepatatis C awareness. Kelly’s Lot has played for countless benefits and Kelly started the Hep C Postcard campaign and began building a coalition of musicians and street teams to help her raise awareness on a larger scale.

Check out Kelly’s Lot Acoustic’s music online at these sites. Then make a reservation and put the date on your calendar to come join us! See you soon!

http://www.myspace.com/kellyzirbes
http://www. KellysLot.com
http://www.wfaa.com/video/?z=y&nvid=237830&shu=1
http://www.nohoartsdistrict.com/dance/music_column_kellys_lot.htm
Review of Kelly’s Lot latest album “The Light”

$15 artist donation

Hang out from 4:30 p.m. Eat at 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 7:00 p.m.

Light refreshments provided, you are welcome to bring wine or refreshments to share.

Holiday party! Full potluck! We’ll have some food and hot cider, please bring a dish to share, wine if you want!

Reservations are required – your artist donation check for $15, payable to Lee Herman, holds your reservation. Please mail to Las Alturas House Concerts, 4055 Tamarisk Road, Las Cruces, NM 88011.

For more information, contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts@comcast.net

Cancelled: Tuesday, October 21, 2008: Rachel Sedacca “Patience Pays” Tour

Rachel Sedacca
Rachel Sedacca

We have had to cancel the show due to Rachel suffering a broken ankle on October 14th. We will be rescheduling when she is in the area again. Please wish her well!

Rachel Sedacca is a singer/songwriter from Ventura County, California. She is coming to Las Alturas House Concerts as part of her 2008 Patience Pays Tour (more about that in a minute). Rachel’s diverse repertoire includes her Americana flavored originals, as well as some favorites that she says, “need to be sung”, including tunes from a variety of artists, including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Jimi Hendrix, Alison Krause, Dolly Parton, Paul Simon, Gillian Welch and others.. Inspired by the Janis of all trades style of Bonnie Raitt as well as the sounds of Lucinda Williams and Sheryl Crow, Rachel points to years of Grateful Dead shows steeping her in an eclectic musical tea, appreciation for the fusing of genres and the ways of the road. That big smile in her pictures reflects the energy and joie de vivre at the core of her being.

rachel-sedacca-patience-pays-tour-postcard
Patience Pays Tour Postcard
On the road, Rachel is home away from home in her 1971 converted school bus “Patience”, complete with kitchen, restroom and her welcoming master bedroom that boasts her comfortable mattress from home. “This is what keeps my feet on the ground”, she says. Rachel toured 5,600 miles over 7 weeks in 2006. The “Patience Pays” tour will take her in a big loop from home through through California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and home again.

Rachel has two albums out and was a first place winner in the American Songwriter Lyric Contest. Now you can hear her in person, live in the living room. We will have a wonderful time with great songs from a lovely songstress. In Rachel’s words as we were arranging the date, “Yay! Let’s go for it! The most important thing to me is that I have a great trip! …This is gonna work out perfect!”

Check out Rachel’s music online at these sites. Then make a reservation and put the date on your calendar to come join us! See you soon!

http://www.rachelsedacca.com
http://www.myspace.com/rachelsedacca
http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.aspx?epk_id=26115

$15 artist donation

Music starts at 7:00 p.m.

Light refreshments provided, you are welcome to bring wine or refreshments to share.

Reservations are required – your artist donation check for $15, payable to Lee Herman, holds your reservation. Please mail to Las Alturas House Concerts, 4055 Tamarisk Road, Las Cruces, NM 88011.

For more information, contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts@comcast.net