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, June 26, 2010: Calaveras

Calaveras

Singer-songwriters Greg Beattie and Victoria Blythe, along with instrumentalist Dave Decker, combine voices and a half dozen acoustic instruments into original songs that are both fresh and timeless–from the roots of American traditional song forms to explorations of contemporary sounds.

Their songs and performances have captured the prestigious Kerrville New Folk prize, grand prize in the West Coast Songwriters International song contest, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists, the Napa Valley Emerging Songwriter award, West Coast Songwriter’s Association Song of the Year honors, and have appeared in TV shows and movies. Their songs have been recorded by other artists and on numerous compilations with such well known artists as Joan Baez, Cheryl Wheeler and Livingston Taylor.

Their live show is a mix of Victoria’s soaring, ethereal vocals and hauntingly beautiful fiddle on pure folk ballads and sultry jazz-fusion torch songs, Greg’s energetic and insightful musical treatment of birth, death and everything in between, and Dave’s constantly creative lead-guitar commentary.

http://www.calaverassongs.com

http://www.myspace.com/calaverassongs

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, June 12, 2010: Ana Egge

Ana Egge
Ana Egge

Ana Egge has been forging her own path for over a decade now. In the tradition of her parents, who Ana says were “motorcycle-riding hippy farmers in North Dakota, who created the unconventional life they wanted,” Ana’s path as an artist has been much the same — challenging herself to follow her instincts rather than trying to fit into any particular mold. This honest approach has produced an impressive body of work and earned Ana a reputation as a musician’s musician, with unforgettable live performances and lyrics that paint vast landscapes and stories in her singular style. It’s no wonder she’s been compared to legends like Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, and Bonnie Raitt. But, perhaps USA Today said it best when they wrote, “[Ana] can write and sing rings around” her contemporaries.

Ana filled the house when she played for us this past August and I expect this will be a sold out show as well, so please RSVP early to be sure you get a seat.

Ana Egge on NPR:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17127358

Ana Egge Websites:
http://www.myspace.com/anaegge
http://www.anaegge.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ana-Egge/51964832589

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, May 22, 2010: Natalie Gelman

Natalie Gelman Standing in the New York subway

This New York City native has no fear taking her performance from underground on a NYC subway platform to some of the worlds premier stages and arenas. Natalie has performed at Lincoln Center, Bally’s Casino in Las Vegas, Carnegie Hall, Nassau Coliseum and Shea Stadium among many other venues.

Featured on the front page of the New York Times, Natalie’s soulful voice carries over multiple trains in the underground subway and her intimate songs stop even the most hurried NYC commuters in their tracks. She has been praised by songwriting legends such as Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary who stopped to listen to her perform on the subway and introduce himself.

Admiring music from a young age, Natalie’s passion and persistence led to admission into the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, the acclaimed FAME school. There, she received classical voice training from coaches of the Juilliard School and the NYC Opera. After securing her second solo at Carnegie Hall, Natalie began strumming her guitar and writing lyrics, pursuing what would soon become her vitality..

Her passionate voice and music is a means to articulate her response to current affairs as well as reveal parts of her inner self with the world. Inspired by music greats like Carole King and Sheryl Crow Natalie often finds herself being compared to them. When you see a live show you will realize you’re in the presence of a legend in the making. Whether she is singing to 7 or 17,000 she is sure to amaze you!

Natalie has opened for and performed with: Dave Mason of Traffic, Richard Cheese and Lounge against the Machine, Ellis Paul, Jonathan Coulton and Javier Colon. Now you can see her live, close up in our living room!

http://www.nataliegelman.com http://www.myspace.com/nataliegelman
http://tinyurl.com/MusicQuenchInterview

Suggested artist donation $15

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

Light refreshments provided, potluck wine and refreshments to share are encouraged. For more information, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at) comcast.net.

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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.

Saturday, August 22, 2009 Ana Egge

Ana Egge
Ana Egge

Ana Egge has been forging her own path for over a decade now. In the tradition of her parents, who Ana says were “motorcycle-riding hippy farmers in North Dakota, who created the unconventional life they wanted,” Ana’s path as an artist has been much the same — challenging herself to follow her instincts rather than trying to fit into any particular mold. This honest approach has produced an impressive body of work and earned Ana a reputation as a musician’s musician, with unforgettable live performances and lyrics that paint vast landscapes and stories in her singular style. It’s no wonder she’s been compared to legends like Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, and Bonnie Raitt. But, perhaps USA Today said it best when they wrote, “[Ana] can write and sing rings around” her contemporaries.

Ana Egge on NPR:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17127358

Ana Egge Websites:
http://www.myspace.com/anaegge
http://www.anaegge.com/

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, 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

Sunday, February 10, 2008: Emily Kurn with Randall Williams

Emily Kurn at Kerrville                      Randall Williams

You are in for a fabulous treat! We are most fortunate to host Emily Kurn from Anchorage, Alaska for our next house concert. Emily was a New Folk Finalist at the 2007 Kerrville Folk Festival and took Second Place in the 2007 Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition for “Mississippi Moon” and Honorable Mention for “If I Am American”.  Randall Williams is touring with Emily, so we get a double treat. Both have been playing most of their lives, were classically trained and have returned to their first love of singing, playing and writing songs.  Please take a few minutes to visit their sites and listen to their music. If you like acoustic music, I’m sure you’ll find a connection with these songs.  Seating is limited and reservations are required.  

You can find out more about Emily and listen to her music at:

http://www.myspace.com/emilykurn

http://cdbaby.com/cd/emilykurn3

Learn about Randall at:

http://www.myspace.com/randallwilliamsmusic

http://www.whereisrandall.com/ 

$15 artist donation 

Music starts at 7:00 p.m.

Light refreshments provided, BYOB welcome.

Reservations are required – your artist donation check for $15, payable to Emily Kurn is 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