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7:00 p.m. show Doors open @ 6:30 p.m. $15 [ Students w/id-$10]
Kerrville New Folk winning songwriter and performer Amy Kucharik [/kuh-CHAR-ick/] energizes swing dance, folk festival and listening room audiences alike. Drawing from blues, folk and Vaudeville traditions and with a street-smart stagecraft honed in the subways of Boston, Amy transports her audience to a place both timeless and familiar, but nevertheless innovative. She tours and performs as a one-woman band with ukulele, foot percussion, mouth trumpet and harmonica, or with her Boston-based bands Friends With Benefits and Tiger Moan. Combining poignant, witty lyricism and an infectious, danceable swing, Amy’s music has drawn comparisons to Maria Muldaur, Lake Street Dive, and Anais Mitchell. Amy was a formal showcase artist at SWRFA in 2015, WFMT Folk DJ Rich Warren’s pick for the DJ showcase at NERFA in 2016, and was selected as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist for 2018. Her second full-length album of original music, “Until the Words Are Gone,” was released worldwide on June 1, 2018.
Jan Luby is known for her engaging, often riveting stage-presence as well as her voice full of passion, range and power. She is equally comfortable on a festival stage and in an intimate setting. Jan has performed in coffeehouses with noteworthy performers, such as Garnett Rogers, Cheryl Wheeler, and Bob Franke. She is currently on the board of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association and is one of the rotating hosts at the RISA Songwriters in the Round show at AS220 in Providence, R.I.
7:00 p.m. Doors open @ 6:30 p.m. $15 Students w/id-$10
Sprouting from a small farm in rural Massachusetts, the Green Sisters have had a deep love of music from birth. They have been performing regularly in New England, garnering quite a following. Featuring a mix of originals, bluegrass, Celtic, and barbershop music, it’s hard not to smile when treated with their tight harmonies and high energy tunes. Their live show is where they really shine, as they bounce their jovial banter around the stage as only siblings can. The sisters are hard at work on their second album, and are excited to share new songs and stories with you. We know you’ll enjoy the show!
Arny Spielberg (left) and Kim Webster (right) have admired each other’s playing from a distance for years. Kismet and a casual conversation spiked a mutual interest in performing together and this will be their first-ever collaboration.
Arny’s broad musical interests and sense of adventure span the blues, R&B, country and classic rock. He played in BYOBlues and is currently in The Lester Rawson Band. He is a frequent duo and trio collaborator with a variety of local musicians and is a member of the house band for the popular Petersham Jam events. Together with his wife Pam, Arny created the Without A Net series of musical fund-raiser events to support the UMass Memorial Cancer Center of Excellence.
Kim has played in several Worcester area bands through the 70s, 80s, and 90s including: “The Hansoms,” a formidable rock band; “The Trailers,” a country swing band, and “42nd Street,” a top-forties wedding band. Kim’s musical compass then turned toward children’s music. Going by the name Mr. Kim, he wrote and recorded three children’s music albums. The first, “Musical Child(2004), received the Children’s Music Web Award for best new artist. That was followed with “Children of the Sea”(2005), which features “The Pop Corn Song”. His third album, “Humm”(2008), was another fan favorite with 30 songs.
Cancelled due to weather — rescheduled for April 4
7:00 p.m. Doors open @ 6:30 p.m. $15
Cosmic Slim and His Intergalactic Plowboys offer “country-and-something musical stylings for your ear-tickling, toe-tapping, boogeying and woogying pleasure.” They describe their brand of music as eclectic with something for everyone. Ultimately, the band plays what they personally find interesting and fun. They sing Americana music, some Texas-themed tunes, and rockabilly. A favorite is George Strait’s “Amarillo By Morning”. The Plowboys consist of musicians who have played many years in several different bands.
The Plowboys are:
Tim Bowles, pedal steel guitar
Bill Fisher, bass
Bob Gordon, drums
Sten Gustavson, keyboards
Rick Levine, guitar
Bob Sarkala, guitar
TJ is a ukaholic and a lifelong guitar lover. He has over 10 years of experience teaching classes in guitar, bass, and ukulele. Catch him performing solo acoustic and you will not soon forget the experience. TJ is an energetic musician whose performance encompasses his superb sense of humor.
Duke Levine and his band mates return to John Henry’s Hammer for two concerts on Saturday, November 30, 2019. The first show will be 4:00 p.m. and the second at 7:00 p.m. All tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4426961
Seventy tickets are available online and a very limited number at the door should online sales reach the maximum quota. Get your tickets early. We turned people away at the door last year.
Take a stroll down the bong-lined sidewalks of Duke Levine’s musical youth. Some of his favorite musicians will help him travel back to a time when The Lord’s Prayer, Strauss and Charlie Daniels were all on the Top 40. They’ll do a bunch you know, some you never heard, and some you may have wanted to forget! All instrumental! And all fantastic!
For the uninitiated, the covered songs include inventive takes on some of the decade’s hits you might expect, such as Argent’s “Hold Your Head Up,” the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady,” and Jeff Beck’s “You Know What I Mean,” and some unexpected treats in “Also Sprach” by Strauss, also known as the “2001: A Space Odyssey” theme, and “The Streetbeater,” better known as the Quincy Jones-penned theme for the iconic 1970s TV show “Sanford and Son.”
The reinvented songs sound entirely fresh but compellingly familiar. Amid the capacity crowds, you can see heads nodding along, with others tilted quizzically before the revelation dawns and that smile spreads ear-to-ear.
Duke Levine & The Super Sweet Sounds of The 70s
The Band: Duke Levine – Guitar; Kevin Barry – Lap Steel; Mike Rivard – Bass; Dean Johnston – Drums; Paul Schultheis – Keys; Yahuba Garcia-Torres – Congas
7:30 p.m. Doors open @ 7:00 p.m. $20
Brooks Williams hails from Statesboro, Georgia, the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell. Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, he’s a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. Plus, “he has a beautiful voice,” says AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” Not one easy to pigeon-hole, Brooks’ music is the love-child of country-blues and Americana. fRoots says, “Soulful Americana, full-on blues and tasty rootsy grooves. He really rocks!”
Williams got his start in the clubs and bars around Boston, the same music scene that years earlier sparked the careers of Bonnie Raitt and Chris Smither. There, playing 5-6 nights a week, he developed his signature sound: laid-back low-country vocals floating over Resonator riffs, Piedmont picking, and cigar box slide. No wonder friend and fellow guitar wizard Martin Simpson calls Brooks the “Real Thing!”
His massive repertoire reads like a roots music Hall Of Fame. Classic blues ranging from Bessie Smith to Memphis Slim. Compelling covers from the likes of Dave Alvin, Buddy Miller and Mose Allison. “On top of all this,” writes American Roots UK, “is his songwriting which stands comparison with virtually any of his peers.” Rooted in tradition his songs are timeless. Utterly contemporary they are wryly observed and relevant.
With twenty-eight albums to his name, including his latest, “Lucky Star”, plus “Brooks’ Blues” (2017), “My Turn Now” (2016) and “Shreveport Sessions” (2014), and a vigorous touring schedule, Williams is one of acoustic roots music’s guiding lights. From festival stages to listening rooms, from Newport to Philly, Boston to Glasgow, Cambridge to Belfast, London to Detroit, Brooks Williams is, says the San Antonio Light, “a fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!”
“With “Lucky Star,” Brooks Williams showcases his recent forays into a bluesier sound with a most excellent set of songs that blend country blues and traditional folk sounds. Hey y’all—Brooks Williams rides again!” Don and Sheryl Crow, Nashville Blues Society
With a fresh take on traditional American music, Northampton, MA-based newgrass band Mamma’s Marmalade transforms the conventional bluegrass experience into a raucous barnyard party that refuses to let you sit. Since their formation in 2014, the five-piece string band has been fusing diverse musical backgrounds into a sound that bursts at the seams with energy, exuding a pure joy for creating music. Mamma’s honest lyrics and warm, acoustic tones invite listeners back to a time when wooden instruments and sweet vocal harmonies captivated the hearts of America. Experimenting with intricate instrumentals and lively covers, their music brings the genre to new and unexpected place
Offering a fresh narrative to traditional acoustic music, Mamma’s Marmalade provides a window to the future of bluegrass while keeping the flavor of Americana and Rock n’ Roll alive. Experimenting with songs from classic hitmakers such as The Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix, these scrappy musicians weave technical ability and a rowdy spirit to create a sound laced with a touch of mischief. The band’s high energy shows belie a universal spirit that compels fans to dance and revel in the love of authentic music.
Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 7:30
Tickets available @ http://www.brownpapertickets.com
Cosy Sheridan first appeared on the national folk scene in 1992 when she won the songwriting contests at The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The Boston Globe wrote: ”she is now being called one of the best new singer/songwriters”.
She has been on the road ever since, playing clubs, concert halls and coffeehouses across the country. “You can’t make it into double digits, and continue touring for twenty or so years, unless you know what you’re doing, and do it well,” said The Chicago Examiner.
She continues to be one of the most prolific songwriters in the folk scene. My Fence & My Neighbor was number four on the folk radio charts in 2018. Pretty Bird was was listed in Sing Out Magazine’s Great CDs of 2014.
She was a voice student at Berklee College of Music, and a guitar student of legendary finger style players Eric Schoenberg and Guy Van Duser. She has played at Carnegie Hall, The Cowgirl Hall of Fame and on the Jerry Lewis Telethon.
Backed by the strong rhythms and harmonies of her bass player Charlie Koch, she plays a percussive bluesy guitar style, often in open tunings and occasionally with two capos on the guitar neck.
She teaches classes in songwriting, performance and guitar at workshops and adult music camps across the country. She is the director of Moab Folk Camp in Moab, Utah.
Show starts at 7:30 p.m. , doors open @ 7:00 p.m. $20 (Students w/id $10)
Worcester’s Promise Is Hope will open at 7:00 pm, followed by the Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio at 7:30. Doors will open at 6:30 pm, with tickets at $15.
The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio is a rare bunch — three musicians from diverse backgrounds. Their songs bring to life the sounds of New Orleans and Appalachia. Heather Pierson (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, piano) is an award-winning singer, pianist, songwriter, and performer. She has an angelic voice and composes songs wise-beyond-her-years.
Davy Sturtevant (cornet, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, harmony vocals) is a veteran touring artist, producer, engineer, song-writer, and performer. He has a gorgeous tenor voice. He has a witty, thoughtful, engaging musical presence.
Shawn Nadeau (bass, harmony vocals) brings a wide spectrum of unique rhythmic and melodic sensibilities ranging from rockabilly, reggae, and jazz.