The Jammin’ Divas – Friday, January 17, 2014

The Jammin' Divas

We are thrilled to host The Jammin’ Divas in a rare house concert appearance. The Jammin’ Divas trio of Aoife Clancy (Ireland), Grammy Nominee with Irish supergroup Cherish the Ladies, Nicole Zuraitis (USA) and Kath Buckell (Australia), blend stunning renditions of traditional and contemporary original folk music and elements of improvisation from each of their cultures. Through stunning three part harmonies, The Jammin’ Divas draw the audience into an experience that transcends three continents’ histories by sharing songs and stories of how each country culturally influence and enrich one another. Each of The Jammin’s Divas is a noted artist in their own right; together they elevate each other to an even higher level of performance and musicality!

http://www.thejammindivas.com
https://www.facebook.com/WayfaringKaylee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoZDbhgBdqY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT4f2N2Y6RI

Aoife Clancy

Aoife Clancy (pronounced “Eefa”) brings a refreshing new voice to folk music, one that ranges from traditional Irish songs to ballads and contemporary folk. Aoife comes from the small town of Carrick-on-Suir, in County Tipperary, Ireland, where her musical career began at an early age. Her father Bobby Clancy of the legendary Clancy Brothers, placed a guitar in her hands at age ten, and by age fourteen she was playing with her father in nearby pubs. Through her career, she shared the stage with some of Ireland’s greatest performers, including The Clancy Brothers, Christy Moore, the Furey Brothers and the renowned Paddy Noonan.

In 1995 Aoife was asked to join the acclaimed group “Cherish the Ladies”, which is one of the most sought-after Irish American groups in history. For the past four years Aoife has toured extensively doing no less than two hundred dates a year throughout the United States and Europe. She has been a featured soloist with orchestras such as the Boston Pops and Cincinnati Pops and, while performing with Cherish the Ladies, collaborated with the Boston Pops on their Grammy nominated Celtic album.

http://www.aoifeclancy.com
https://www.facebook.com/aoife.clancy.921
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=aoife+clancy&aq=f

Nicole Zuraitis

As diverse as the city that spawned her music, Nicole Zuraitis uses world travel experience as inspiration for her sound. Genre-bending is her forte; cultivating her diverse musical background into a sound that can only be described as hybrid innovation. A broad mixture of jazz, R&B and Indie fusion, Nicole bridges the gap between styles with her unparalleled vocals. Motivated by all genres, Nicole received her Bachelor of Music from New York University in classical vocal performance, and has been pursuing a successful and diverse career ever since.

She was recognized as a finalist in the 2013 Songdoor International Songwriting Contest, as well as a selected competitor for the 2013 New York City WNYC Battle of the Boroughs. Nicole has opened for jazz legend Dave Brubeck, the doo-woop group, The Platters and collaborated with world renowned Indian carnatic guitarist and composer Prasanna. She is fortunate to have played with jazz all stars such as Jane Monheit, Bobby Militello, Rachel Z, Panagiotis Andreau, Lauren Sevian, Michael Kanan, Don Braden, Dave Stryker, Charli Persip, Winard Harper and Chris Brubeck.

http://www.nicolezuraitis.com
https://www.facebook.com/NicoleZuraitisMusic
https://www.youtube.com/user/naz205/videos

Kath Buckell

Kath Buckell is not only a singer-songwriter, she’s a bridge builder — between people, cultures, and genres of music. “We all come from different places, but we all have something that connects us, which is the beauty of the human race and our connection to our environment.” At only 26 she has already been touring internationally for eight years, opening for Jewel, Ben Taylor (son of James Taylor) and Carly Simon. She found “… from each culture I came across I was immersed in their connection to traditions and sense of belonging to their land especially whilst living in Israel for three years. Being Australian I wondered what is it that defines me and how did the culture of Australia come to exist from early colonial times and who voiced this…well I found it in the poetry.”

After identifying this connection with her roots in Israel she met the renowned Aoife Clancy… “After meeting Aoife, I was not only incredibly touched and inspired by such a beautiful person and natural artist though my understanding about tradition really took hold as she is preserving such a rich tradition of Irish music and the music of her father and uncles whom had such an impact on the people I admired and respected such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Van Morrison.”

http://www.kathbuckell.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kath-Buckell/162744917115281
https://www.youtube.com/user/kathbuckell1/videos


Music at 7:30 p.m. Potluck and socializing at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a dish and beverage to share. Wine or beer are welcome. Water, glasses, dishes and silver provided.

For more information and an invitation, please contact Lee by e-mail at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com or at 773-334-5776.

Suggested artist donation $20 (All funds go to the musicians.)

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Thursday, October 10, 2013: Beth Wood

Beth Wood in Wyoming

We are blessed to host Beth Wood, a singer/songwriter with an amazing voice, great guitar playing and wonderful songs this week. She can rock the house as she does when singing the Star Spangled Banner to open baseball games or present a poignant, sensitive ballad in a small, sweet voice. But don’t just take my word for it:

“Beth Wood is a musical triple-threat — a thoughtful songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist with a supple, soulful voice.” — Washington Post

Picture a home-body with an ever-present wanderlust, an introvert with a passion for performing, a creative free-spirit with enough discipline to rework her dream year after year, calloused little hands and a big pile of curly hair…and you’ve got Beth Wood, modern-day troubadour. She won the 2005 Kerrville New Folk Contest, along with another dozen awards for her performances and songwriting at the national and regional level. I’m happy to brag on Beth as a friend, but the point is that Beth is widely recognized in the folk world for her songs, performance and spectacular vocal ability.

If you ask Beth to describe her music, she might just shrug. Some have called it folk, pop, folk-pop, country-folk, Americana, etc. Beth prefers to say it is soulful, organic, free-range, barefoot music delivered through a high energy communicator of joy. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram calls Beth “a superb singer-songwriter whose versatility discourages labeling.” Beth’s songs tell of life and love, stories of all kinds of folks she knows or has seen.

Beth is wonderful to be around – her joy and energy are contagious. Her performances are masterful and warm and personal at the same time. Please get in touch so you can be part of this wonderful evening.

http://www.bethwoodmusic.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beth-Wood/157422938805
http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.aspx?epk_id=26213
http://twitter.com/#!/bethwoodmusic
http://www.myspace.com/bethwoodmusiccom

Music at 7:30 p.m. Potluck and socializing at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a dish and beverage to share. Wine or beer are welcome. Water, glasses, dishes and silver provided.

For more information and an invitation, please contact Lee by e-mail at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com or at 773-334-5776.

Suggested artist donation $20 (All funds go to the musician.)

To get emails about our shows, please click here to subscribe to our mailing list.

Saturday, April 20, 2013: The Twangtown Paramours

Twangtown Paramours

The Twangtown Paramours, MaryBeth Zamer and Mike T. Lewis, put on a wonderful and enjoyable show. Beautiful vocal harmonies, Mike’s fabulous guitar work and a mix of songs about love and life, serious and humorous combined with their warm personalities all combine to make their shows great fun.

But don’t just take my word for it. Here are some reviews:

“The Twangtown Paramours bring a blend of thought provoking lyrics with angelic vocals combined with well accomplished musicians. What more could you ask for?” – Dennis Double, Co-host Writer’s Block, WDVX-FM, Knoxville, TN

“The Twangtown Paramours…certainly know how to reel out great songs, with several proudly accepted awards (including the Wildflower Festival’s Michael Terry People’s Choice Award) under their belts to prove it…” – Emily Saxton, Maverick Magazine, UK

“Classifications are something that are very important in music these days. Everything must fit in a neat, little 4+6 box, so we can call it whatever we think it is. The Twangtown Paramours shatter that line of thinking. They are, all at once, a little bit of blues, pop, country, and even (at times) bluegrass.” -Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville

I can attest to all of this, since I’ve seen The Twangtown Paramours at Folk Alliance conference showcases and Uncommon Ground here in Chicago. MaryBeth and Mike are great to hear and fun to hang out with. Give them a listen at the links below.

http://www.twangtownparamours.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Twangtown-Paramours/116074338549

Potluck and Socializing at 6:30 p.m. Music at 7:30 p.m. Please bring a dish and wine or other beverage to share.

For information and an invitation, please contact Lee by e-mail windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com or at 773-334-5776.

Suggested artist donation $20
(All funds go to the musicians.)

Friday, October 5, 2012: Ana Egge

Ana Egge Poster red

We’ve had the wonderful pleasure of hosting Ana Egge a number of times in New Mexico. Now Ana is coming to Chicago to play for us.

“Saskatchewan-born, Brooklyn-based folk troubadour Ana Egge isn’t your run-of-the-mill alternative-country singer. Using unique production and rock-based chord progressions, Egge has made a name for herself as a Gillian Welch figure with a rocker attitude, which once prompted Lucinda Williams to call her ‘the Nina Simone of folk.’ ” – spinner

Ana’s acoustic performances run the gamut from quiet, almost fragile ballads to rollicking songs driven by the amazing sounds she produces from her self-built guitar. Ana is always a musical treat to hear, but especially in a intimate house concert setting.

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

Suggested artist donation $15

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

http://www.anaegge.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ana-Egge/51964832589
http://www.youtube.com/user/anaegge

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.

March 31, 2012: Tumbledown House

Tumbledown House

Gambling. Murder. Booze. Bicycles……

The music of Tumbledown House has been described as “gritty saloon jazz”, “modern speakeasy music”, and “Tom Waits in a cocktail dress”. Sultry vocalist Gillian Howe and the eclectic indie-jazz guitar work of Tyler Ryan Miller are Tumbledown House. Their music could provide the soundtrack for raucous, prohibition-themed parties and has “quickly ascended as one of the new, promising acts of the Rocky Mountain region” (Pop Rocket Press). I got to see their premiere showcase at Folk Alliance – I guarantee a rollicking fun time!

Tumbledown House has a brand new release (their second) called “Fables and Falsehoods”. The new album explores diverse subject matter (one song is based on the original story of Pinocchio written by Carlo Collodi in 1883, another describes the only consecrated shrine dedicated to unrepentant sinners, which still stands in Tucson, Arizona) and showcases the duo’s talent for creating something vintage and familiar, yet refreshing, distinct, and exciting.

http://tumbledownhouse.com

http://www.reverbnation.com/tumbledownhouse

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tumbledown-House/98240668904

Suggested artist donation $15

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

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

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

Saturday, February 25, 2012: Antje Duvekot

Antje pearl necklace hi res
Antje Duvekot is one of the brightest singer-songwriters to rise out of Boston’s competitive acoustic music scene. Her second studio album, “The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer” on Black Wolf Records was released in 2009 (she has a new live album out since then). Antje chose one of her favorite songwriters, Richard Shindell to produce the album. Richard lent his talent to the record and brought in well respected musicians such as John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky and Victor Krauss.

“What a blessing to have worked with someone as talented as Antje. With a voice like hers, and songs as good as these, a producer (especially a first-time producer!) just tries to get out of the way, to do no harm, and to let the artist speak for herself.” – Richard Shindell

“The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer” demonstrates why, according to The Boston Globe, “Antje Duvekot’s provocative, dark-eyed ballads are becoming the talk of the folk world. Duvekot has gotten hotter, faster than any local songwriter in recent memory.” The songs on the album reflect both Duvekot’s personal journeys and her observations of those of others. Antje remarks “I’ve come to find that writing about someone else’s struggles or happiness feels just as cathartic as writing about my own.”

“As far as I can tell, Antje is the whole package… I’ve had this reaction once in the past 10 years, and that was the first time I heard Patty Griffin… Antje has proven once again that she ranks with the most intense and beautiful songwriter on the planet”- Dave Marsh former Editor of Rolling Stone and XM/ Sirius Satellite Host

Along with 7 new songs, Antje and Richard decided to add studio versions of some of her best known songs such as, “Merry Go Round”, which was used in a Bank of America national TV ad campaign as well as radio favorite “Long Way”. “Since I first recorded this older material live, I have become a better performer”, Antje explains “I decided to revive the songs that were worthy and produce them properly so that I should not be such a bad mother to them”.

Singer songwriter Ellis Paul says “Antje is the rare artist that can write about the social and the personal in the same breath. She is as understated as she is wise and her songs go down mentally as well as soulfully. Her voice has a sound of innocence and naivety which makes razor sharp insights into the human condition.”

Neil Dorfsman, the producer of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Sting says, “When I first heard Antje I knew I was witnessing something very special. She creates an entire, detailed world in verse, and takes you there with beautiful and understated melody. Her songs are stunning paintings of color and shade and always generate the heat and light that real art should. In an unpoetic and ‘in your face’ world, she is lyrical and subtle.”

http://antjeduvekot.com
http://www.facebook.com/AntjeDuvekotMusic

Suggested artist donation $20

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

Saturday, January 21, 2012: Hard Road Trio: Steve Smith, Chris Sanders and Anne Luna

Las Alturas House Concerts is proud to present The Hard Road Trio (Steve Smith, Chris Sanders and Anne Luna). Many of you are already familiar with the Hard Road Trio, or a least Steve and Chris. For those who have seen them recently, you already know they just keep getting better.

Steve is a virtuoso on mandolin, guitar and banjo and a fine singer and songwriter, internationally known as a performer and teacher. Chris is a singer and songwriter and guitarist and teacher, but that doesn’t convey the beauty of her soaring voice. Anne Luna is one of my favorite bass players, as well as a singer and songwriter. Her playing (on a full size acoustic bass several times bigger than she is) adds a rich, full sound to the trio, always tastefully supporting the music.

Steve, Chris and Anne are each fine musicians on their own. As a trio, they are even more than the sum of the parts. Regular touring over the last couple years has tightened up their playing. Beautiful harmonies, tight ensemble playing and blistering instrumental solos make for an exciting show.

We are looking forward to a great evening to kick off the last few shows at Las Alturas House Concerts. Please come share in the music and company. RSVP via email or phone and we will see you soon!

http://www.desertnight.com/steve-smith-and-chris-sanders.html
http://www.reverbnation.com/stevesmithandhardroad

Details:

Saturday, January 21, 7:00 p.m.

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.

Please RSVP to Lee at lasalturashouseconcerts@gmail.com
or by phone: 575-522-5197.

Suggested artist donation $20

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Saturday, April 30, 2011 Beth Wood

Beth Wood
It’s taken a while to make the stars align, but we are blessed to host Beth Wood, a singer/songwriter with an amazing voice, great guitar playing and wonderful songs. She can rock the house as she does when singing the Star Spangled Banner to open baseball games or present a poignant, sensitive ballad in a small, sweet voice. But don’t just take my word for it:

“Folk singer-guitarist Beth Wood has such a dazzlingvoice it’s a mystery why she’s still just a cult artist.” – Dallas Morning News

“Beth Wood is a musical triple-threat — a thoughtful songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist with a supple, soulful voice.” – The Washington Post

Picture a home-body with an ever-present wanderlust, an introvert with a passion for performing, a creative free-spirit with enough discipline to rework her dream year after year, calloused little hands and a big pile of curly hair…and you’ve got Beth Wood, modern-day troubadour. She won the 2005 Kerrville New Folk Contest, along with another dozen awards for her performances and songwriting at the national and regional level. I’m happy to brag on Beth as a friend, but the point is that Beth is widely recognized in the folk world for her songs, performance and spectacular vocal ability.

If you ask Beth to describe her music, she might just shrug. Some have called it folk, pop, folk-pop, country-folk, Americana, etc. Beth prefers to say it is soulful, organic, free-range, barefoot music delivered through a high energy communicator of joy. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram calls Beth “a superb singer-songwriter whose versatility discourages labeling.” Beth’s songs tell of life and love, stories of all kinds of folks she knows or has seen.

Beth is wonderful to be around – her joy and energy are contagious. Her performances are masterful and warm and personal at the same time. Please get in touch so you can be part of this wonderful evening.

http://www.bethwoodmusic.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beth-Wood/157422938805
http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.aspx?epk_id=26213
http://twitter.com/#!/bethwoodmusic
http://www.myspace.com/bethwoodmusiccom

Suggested artist donation $15

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

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

Attendance is by invitation only. For more information and an invitation, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at lasalturashouseconcerts (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.