Dana Cooper – Sunday, June 19, 2016

Dana Cooper

Music at 4:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
$15-20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please contact Lee
by email at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com
or at 312-810-3067

Out of the heartland of America, stomping grounds of Truman and Twain, “powerhouse” troubadour Dana Cooper dedicated himself to a life of music over 40 years ago. This song poet engages and inspires audiences around the world with his quick wit, insightful stories and commanding presence. Dana is the recipient of the 2014 Heritage Musician Award from Pilgrim Center for the Arts in Kansas City, MO. He was also named the 2015 Spirit of Folk award winner by Folk Alliance International. He has performed on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and the Kerrville Folk Festival where he was nominated for their Hall of Fame. Cooper’s songs have been recorded by top-notch artists such as bluegrass star Claire Lynch; Irish vocalist Maura O’Connell; and luminary songwriters Pierce Pettis and Susan Werner.

Cooper’s mixture of flat-picking, finger-picking and percussive strumming style is legend among other guitarists. An expressive singer, his voice is ageless, evoking a rich lifetime of experience.

His prolific endeavors have resulted in over 20 albums. The critically acclaimed Miracle Mile on Compass Records was nominated for a Nashville Music Award as “Best Pop Album” and was chosen by Performing Songwriter magazine as one of the top DIY recordings for the year. Harry Truman Built a Road was named one of the best records of 2002 by The Tennessean and was also chosen as one of the top twelve DIY recordings for that year. Made of Mud, released on King Easy Records in 2005, won Cooper the “Best Male Songwriter Award” by Indie Acoustic Project. Cooper joined co-producer/guitarist Thomm Jutz in 2010 to record the indie Americana classic The Conjuror. Working again with Jutz, Cooper released Building a Human Being in September, 2015. This is Cooper’s 25th album and it’s gaining momentum on Americana radio stations all over the US. Grammy-award-winning singer/songwriter Kim Carnes co-wrote two of the songs with Cooper and sings on several tracks.

* These voluntary donations all go to the artist. The suggested amount is just that (suggested), so we’d rather have you attend and contribute what you can than not hear the music.

http://www.danacoopermusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/dana.cooper.5
https://www.youtube.com/user/DanaCooperMusic/videos
https://twitter.com/DCRoadShow
https://www.reverbnation.com/danacooper

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Beth Wood – Sunday, May 15, 2016

Beth Wood in Wyoming

Music at 3:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 2:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation

For an invitation to attend, please contact Lee
by email at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com
or at 312-810-3067

I’m so excited to have Beth Wood return to Windy City House Concerts! Beth is one of my absolute favorite singer/songwriters, really the essence of all the best – 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:

“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

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Dave Gunning – Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016

Dave Gunning at the Beach

Music at 3:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 2:00 p.m.
$15 suggested artist donation

For an invitation to attend, please RSVP to Lee
by email at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com
or at 312-810-3067

We have a special treat for Valentine’s Day! Dave Gunning from Nova Scotia in Canada is going to warm up the day musically! I’ll have my Valentine with me and we’d love to share the afternoon with you. Still time for Valentine’s Day dinner after the show, too!

A charismatic performer and world class songwriter, Dave has the magnetic gift of captivating audiences by painting pictures through his heartfelt stories and compelling songwriting, humorous lyrics and stunning musical arrangements. Blending sensitive folk and innovative arrangements to his original songs, Gunning is rapidly building a solid fan base across Canada and abroad. Dave has a beautiful voice and great guitar chops and a warm personality.

“Gunning is the next big thing in the True North of Song, an artist as compelling, as assured and attentive to every nuance of the writing process, as Lightfoot, Cockburn and Stan Rogers before him.”- Toronto Star

You can check him out at the links below and on the radio the night before.

http://www.davegunning.com/
https://www.facebook.com/davegunning
https://soundcloud.com/dave-gunning-1

He’s playing live on the renowned WFMT 98.7 FM Folkstage radio show hosted by Rich Warren at 8 p.m. CST, Saturday, February 13. (listen live online here: WMFT 98.7 FM Live Stream)

Lara Herscovitch – Sunday, October 11, 2015

Lara Herscovitch at Club Passim Aug 2015 by Neale Eckstein

Music at 3:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 2:00 p.m.
$15-20 suggested artist donation

For an invitation to attend, please RSVP to Lee
by email at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com or at 312-810-3067

“Pure musical poetry” (The Courier), Lara’s award-winning music is contemporary folk with shades of blues, jazz, and pop. With her voice “clear and smooth like expensive liquor”, she stands “above and beyond the pack” (Northeast Performer). For some people, what they do and who they are two different things. Not for Lara; her art as songwriter, poet, singer, performer reflects her work as a policy social worker on behalf of disadvantaged individuals focusing on education, community development, and juvenile justice around the world.

Former State Troubadour of Connecticut (2009-2010), Lara brings charm, authenticity, intelligence and a love of performing that immediately resonates with diverse audiences. She has appeared as a guest on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.

http://www.laraherscovitch.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Lara-Herscovitch-47446234656
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuDHjKTl4uQgxAHssAahmkw

Adler and Hearne – Sunday, September 27, 2015

Adler & Hearne Sitting by Goolsby's Pool

Music at 5:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 4:00 p.m.
$15 suggested artist donation

For an invitation to attend, please RSVP to Lee
by email at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com or at 312-810-3067

Since planting themselves in the ‘upper east side’ of Texas, Adler & Hearne’s music has grown deep roots in the sandy red soil of their Spring Hollow Organic Song Farm – a place considered hallowed ground by the stream of countless friends and family who gather there for the reverie of music making, and good times spent alongside the deep spring waters of ‘Goolsby’s Pool.’

In concert, Adler & Hearne’s songs are a spirited blend of original, folk-jazz blues-grass. She (Adler) sings and plays rhythm guitar. He (Hearne) sings and plays guitar, mandolin and harmonica. Their live sets range from crooning songs of love and longing, losing and finding – to covering touchy subjects with unexpected musical overtones – to camping it up with modern-day spirituals steeped in dry wit.

http://www.adlerandhearne.com/
https://www.facebook.com/adlerandhearne
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCftAbQktZQEBaZ-D-KxIWAw/videos

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio – Friday, July 10, 2015

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio

Socializing and Potluck at 6:30 p.m.

Two sets of music starting at 7:30 p.m.

Suggested artist donation $20 (all funds go to the Trio)

For an invitation to attend, please RSVP to Lee
by email at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com or at 312-810-3067

Heather’s back! And this time with her trio! We’re really excited to host her again!

Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, arranger, bandleader, and performer. From New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives, Heather’s live performances move seamlessly and effortlessly from one style to the next, and a growing catalog of wildly divergent CD releases reflects her boundless creativity.

The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio features Heather on piano, Shawn Nadeau on upright bass and Davy Sturtevant on, as Heather often puts it from stage, “everything else” – guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, cornet. They are all singers in their own right but as the trio, produce harmonies way beyond their separate voices.

Originally hailing from Erie, PA, Davy Sturtevant is a veteran touring artist, producer, engineer, songwriter, and performer who now makes his home in Lovell, ME. Armed with a gorgeous tenor voice and a mighty arsenal of instruments ranging from dobro to fiddle to cornet that come to life in his capable hands, Davy is at once a witty, thoughtful, and engaging stage presence.

New Hampshire native Shawn Nadeau brings a rock solid thump and nearly two decades of performing experience to the trio, informed by a wide spectrum of unique rhythmic and melodic sensibilities ranging from rockabilly to reggae to jazz.

In their able hands, these three veteran musicians have catapulted Heather’s live performances of her deep well of Americana originals – folk, jazz, blues – with intricate instrumental arrangements and stirring three-part vocal harmonies. The trio has just released their debut EP, “Still She Will Fly”. You can preview the trio at the player on Heather’s website (first link below).

“Heather Pierson is an amazing talent. Her gorgeous, rich vocals are filled with soul. She can mesmerize you on the piano, the guitar – even the melodica. She’s as comfortable and adept with bluegrass as she is with jazz. With Heather, there is absolutely nothing not to like. Don’t you dare miss an opportunity to hear her live or to purchase her recordings.” – Al Kniola | 88.1 WVPE Public Radio

http://www.heatherpierson.com
https://www.facebook.com/HeatherPiersonMusic
https://www.youtube.com/user/vesselrecordingshttps://www.youtube.com/user/vesselrecordings
http://www.reverbnation.com/heatherpierson

Dana and Susan Robinson – Friday, April 24th, 2015

Dana and Susan Robinson Live

Socializing and Potluck at 6:30 p.m.

Two sets of music starting at 7:30 p.m.

Suggested artist donation $20

For address and to attend, please RSVP to Lee
at 312-810-3067 or by email at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com

I’m really excited to be hosting Dana and Susan Robinson, at last! I first heard them at a show in Las Cruces, New Mexico in October 2009. I fell in love with their music and performance at that show. So it’s with great pleasure that we are finally able to share their music with you. They perform a mix of traditional songs and Dana’s own songs, which continue in a traditional style. Both are fine instrumentalists and blessed with sweet voices alone and together. This a show not to miss!

Listen

http://www.reverbnation.com/danaandsusanrobinson
http://www.robinsongs.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dana-and-Susan-Robinson/245400750541

About Dana and Susan

The genius of a Dana and Susan Robinson performance lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience, evoking a transformative experience that touches on the deepest humanity. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with poignant reflection as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit.

Underpinning the songs is the undeniable rhythm of their trademark guitar/banjo sound. Whether it is quiet or driving, there is a steady and unrelenting groove to the music that supports the lyric and delivers the story in an effortless and magical way.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dana relocated to New England where he discovered both a thriving songwriters scene and the deep well of traditional mountain music. In the early 1980’s, Dana settled in northern Vermont and built a house “off the grid” (no electricity and phone) on 30 acres near the Canadian border. There he founded a popular bakery, café and folk music venue. Dana launched into full-time touring after the release of his 1994 debut CD, Elemental Lullabye, and after receiving a request to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City for Putumayo’s Shelter benefit project.

Sue grew up in a musical family in New England. She studied piano, oboe, and Scottish fiddle before meeting Dana in 2002. Sue was working in the environmental field in California when she met Dana at a house concert. Upon moving to North Carolina a short time thereafter, Sue launched into studying with many of the great oldtime musicians in the Asheville area, and naturally adapted to the on-the-road lifestyle.

Quotes

“Many songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen, or John Mellencamp have been heralded as modern day Woody Guthries or keepers of the American rural spirit, but that mantle might be better entrusted to musicians like Dana Robinson who embody both the heart and the soul of folk music.” — Dirty Linen

“I am struck by how he writes songs that sound deeply rooted in tradition.  His phrasing and poetry are wonderful…”  — Dick Pleasants, WUMB, Boston, MA

“..A poet’s perspective delivered in quietly spectacular musicianship… the music sounds laid back even while his guitar licks are knocking your socks off” — Music Matters Review

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Cancelled: Mike Mangione – Friday, February 27, 2015

Mike Mangione

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ve had to cancel this show. Please join us for a future show.

Thanks,
Lee


Mike Mangione is the band leader of the traveling orchestral folk group Mike Mangione & The Union. Mike and his brother Tom write ballads with lyrics sometimes literal and direct, sometimes metaphorical and mysterious. Whether solo or with the full band, the music fits the stories, crossing blues, folk and rock as appropriate. While we won’t get the full band, we are privileged to host Mike in a smaller format. Red-Winged Blackbird Man, the band’s most recent album, is a great introduction, with several songs with fairly spare acoustic treatments as well as songs by the full band.

Writing in American Songwriter Magazine about Red-Winged Blackbird Man, Hal Horowitz said:

“Lyrically, the tunes are reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen’s ability to describe characters in such exquisite detail that by the end of five minutes it seems as if you’ve known them your whole life…The frontman’s boyish voice is an impeccable fit for this often dramatic material, balancing talk singing with a casual Paul Simon type vibe”

Blurt Magazine described Mike’s singing this way:

Like a less-raspy Ray LaMontagne, or perhaps a huskier Jason Isbell, Milwaukee (by way of Chicago) singer-songwriter Mike Mangione’s got that soul thang (sic) going on in his voice – at once vulnerable enough to telegraph that he’s known heartache, yet with just the right hint of swagger to suggest he’s not afraid to take another chance at love.

Give a listen and check out the lyrics at the links below and see what you think. I’m excited to hear a full show from Mike. I’ve gotten to hear him showcase several times at Folk Alliance but that’s only a couple songs at a time, so I’m really looking forward to this show. If you like what you hear, please get in touch (see the contact information at the bottom of the page).

http://mikemangione.bandcamp.com/
http://www.mikemangione.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Mangione-The-Union/133976429984287
https://www.youtube.com/user/mikemangione/featured


Music starts at 7:30 p.m. You’re welcome to join us from 6:30 p.m. for socializing and optional potluck supper. BYOB wine or beer are welcome. We’ll have two sets of music with a short break in the middle.

Suggested artist donation $20. This is a voluntary donation. All donations go to the musician.

For more information, please contact Lee by e-mail at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com or at 312-810-3067.

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Robby Hecht – Sunday, September 14, 2014

Robby Hecht

I first heard Robby Hecht at a Folk Alliance conference showcase a couple years ago. I was blown away by the middle of his first song. After the other two songs in the showcase, I knew I wanted to host him for a house concert. It’s taken a while to schedule this show, but it was worth the wait.

The first thing you hear is Robby’s warm, smooth tenor voice that fellow songwriter Steve Poltz once compared to “a warm blanket that wraps itself around you.” Then you are pulled in by the lyrics of his songs – beautifully and carefully crafted – some telling a story, some capturing feelings – happiness or sorrow, fulfillment or wistfulness. All supported by solid and tasteful finger-style guitar playing.

Catie Curtis, Anais Mitchell, Julie Lee and others have gushed about the “natural beauty” of Hecht’s tone, the “honey in his voice” and his “authentic gifts” as a lyricist.

Robby has toured and written relentlessly over the last several years and is the winner of several songwriting awards including the Kerrville New Folk Competition, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriting Contest and Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest.

http://robbyhecht.com
https://www.facebook.com/robbyhechtmusic
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UUgSmlu5h6uX3Ci5YfunibQw


Note: we are starting half an hour earlier than the regular evening start time:

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. You’re welcome to join us from 6:00 p.m. for socializing and optional potluck supper. Wine or beer to share are welcome.

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

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

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The Flyin’ A’s – Friday, July 11, 2014

TheFlyinAsStrummin

The Flyin’ A’s mix Americana, honky-tonk country, aggressive guitar work, distinctive vocal harmonies and strong songwriting with breath taking ballads, “Texified Jazz” and good old Southern Blues to create a musical mix that will lift your spirits and have your toes tapping! Hilary and Stuart Adamson are both multi-instrumentalists and great entertainers. You’ll enjoy their music and leave uplifted and inspired from this rocking show!

“…this powerhouse duo brings a unique mix of rockin’ countrified music served with a taste of blues, jazz, and gospel on the side. With their considerable talents as both songwriters and vocalists, they combine for a spirited and soulful explosion of distinctively original music. Whether tapping your toes one minute, or getting swept up by the heart-wrenching ballads the next, there’s no denying that you’ll be entertained.”
– Mike Hall, Uncle Calvin’s Coffee House

“Stuart and Hilary deliver a spirited brand of original music. It’s a fusion of country, rock, jazz, and gospel.”
– Sam Kindrick, Action Magazine, Action Magazine

“…Their rockin’ set brought the house down. High energy doesn’t quite describe this powerhouse duo’s blend of blues, jazz, folk and gospel…”
– Eddie “Edge” Ferranti, Senior Editor,
Houston Music Review

For a quick introduction to The Flyin’ A’s, check out this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJy4I3JrvXM and then click on the email link below to get an invitation to join us.

http://www.theflyinas.com/
http://www.facebook.com/theflyinas
https://www.youtube.com/user/theflyinas


Music starts at 7:30 p.m. You’re welcome to join us from 6:30 p.m. for socializing and potluck supper. Wine or beer are welcome.

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

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

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