Green Wood Coffee House Event Listings

Join us for exceptional music, coffee, and dessert in an intimate setting at one of our Friday night Green Wood Coffee House events.

Reservations are highly recommended!  (1) Online reservations/purchases may be made though the paypal links found with each concert listing, (2) Conventional reservation method is to call Green Wood (665-8558) and leave a message with your name, no. of tickets, and performance date; then write a check to “FUMC” for the total, with “GW Coffee House” in the memo and send to: GREEN WOOD – 1001 GREEN RD., ANN ARBOR, MI 48105.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. No tickets mailed; simply give your name at the door. Tickets will be available online through 6pm the day of the show. We are unable to accept credit cards at the door.

Times are tough — money is tight. Music brings comfort and joy. If your budget prevents you from paying admission, please don’t stay away! At the door, simply pay what you can, or mention that you are on the guest list. It’s just not the same without you!

  • Fri
    29
    Sep
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $15  BUY-TICKETS-NOW

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    Reggie Harris combines spirituals and roots music, historic inspiration, and moving original songs, often in the themes of unity and social justice: “Songs of Joy, Hope, and Freedom.”  Known for over 40 years as one half of the duo, Kim & Reggie Harris, Reggie continues to crisscross the country, carrying the message of joy, unity, and peace through the powerful medium of live music.  A songwriter of great depth and passion, Reggie writes from a personal sense of mission filled with possibility and hope. His songs are about life and love and deep aspects of the human experience.  He is a vocalist, arranger, and guitarist whose open spirit and wide smile invite us to share in an inspirational evening of music and stories. www.reggieharrismusic.com

    David Roth strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter. As singer, songwriter, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and instructor, David has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions and taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries full-time for more than two decades.  David’s songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall; the United Nations; several "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books; the Kennedy Center; Peter, Paul, & Mary’s Discovered; the Kingston Trio’s Born at the Right Time; the classic folk song book, “Rise Up Singing," and 13 CDs. 

    Come enjoy this collaboration of music and friendship as Reggie and David share the stage on a fine September evening!

    If there's room: With great sadness and heavy hearts, we said goodbye to Michael Johnson on July 26, as he passed away at home after a lengthy illness. Michael graced our stage with annual visits over the last dozen years or so, and we will miss him terribly. Condolences may be shared on the message board at www.mjblue.com.

  • Fri
    06
    Oct
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $20BUY-TICKETS-NOW

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    jonathanedwards

    Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of isight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.

    This is one veteran performer who is neither grizzled nor nostalgic.
    Jonathan's highly respected repertoire includes such classics as, “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and everyone’s favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, “Shanty.” And then, of course, there’s the anthemic “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” that fierce proclamation of protest and independence that resonated with thousands and thousands of frustrated and angry young men and women when it was first released in 1971. Almost 40 years later, at show after show, the song continues to be embraced by faithful followers and new fans alike.
    Since 1971, Jonathan has released 15 albums, including "Blue Ridge," his standard-setting collaboration with bluegrass favorites the Seldom Scene, and "Little Hands," his collection of children’s songs, which was honored with a National Library Association award. His brand new album is, "Tomorrow's Child."

    www.jonathanedwards.net

  • Fri
    13
    Oct
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $15 BUY-TICKETS-NOW

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    Jeremy HornJeremy Horn grew up in Memphis -- "Home of the Blues" and "Birthplace of Rock and Roll" -- but his music sounds more like the Beatles than B.B. King or Elvis.  He writes songs for the church and songs for the radio, yet his songs are more complex than either has traditionally allowed.  He lives in a city that is known as much for its racial unrest and inner-city violence as it is for being the place Elvis called home, yet he leads worship at one of the largest multicultural churches in the South, where half the congregation is African-American. When you meet Jeremy, he looks and sounds just like the "guy next door" -- if the guy next door has a traditional southern drawl.  Making music has preoccupied  Jeremy Horn ever since he received his first guitar at age fifteen. Growing up on the sounds of James Taylor and the Beatles, Jeremy spent most of his early years emulating the sounds and songwriting styles of the popular culture. "I used to write songs about social injustices in the world," says Horn. After a few years and conversations with a wise, older friend, Jeremy realized he could also write songs that aspired to give people hope, and not just write what everybody else was writing. Says Horn, "That progressed into writing songs for Jesus, and that was the process that unexpectedly led me to become a worship leader." That progression started Jeremy Horn on the path of continued discovery --listening to artists both Christian and not -- to figure out how to express feelings and concepts that came from within, rather than from the evening news.  Jeremy's music is a fixture on Michigan's 17 Smile-FM Contemporary Christian music stations; his "I Will See Angels 'Round Your Throne" and "First Love" are two of his popular hits. Jeremy's new CD is No Other Love. This is a rare opportunity to see Jeremy Horn in a small venue setting. Bring a friend!

    www.jeremyhornmusic.com
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  • Fri
    20
    Oct
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $15 BUY-TICKETS-NOW

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    There is no better storyteller than Chuck Brodsky.  Ranging from poignant to hilarious, his songs are about the little things in the lives of everyday people.  Chuck's soulful and compassionate voice brings his characters to life, and is the perfect instrument for infusing his lyrics with heartfelt humanity or biting wit. His spoken introductions to his songs can be as spellbinding as his colorful lyrics, which he brings to life with a well-travelled voice and a delivery that's natural and conversational. His groove-oriented strumming and fingerpicking draw on influences from the mountains of western North Carolina where he now lives, and from lots of different good old traditional folk stuff of all kinds. Chuck is widely known for his many wonderful songs about the heroes -- and zeroes -- of baseball. His latest CD is The Tell Tale Heart.

    www.chuckbrodsky.com

  • Fri
    27
    Oct
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $20BUY-TICKETS-NOW

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    Her songs? They’re about as idiosyncratic as anything in the wide world of “popular music.” They’re painfully personal, yet they somehow infiltrate the souls of her listeners, no matter how different the paths they’ve followed through their lives.

    Songs aren’t so much written as harvested by Gauthier. Though she lives not far from the hit-making mills of Music Row, she admits to knowing nothing about how to write on command.  She says, “I have to be called to write. The call comes from somewhere I don’t understand, but I know it when I hear it.”

    That call first came to her a long time ago. Her life to that point had led her to extremes, plenty of negatives and a few brilliant bright spots. An adopted child who became a teenage runaway, she found her first shelter among addicts and drag queens. Eventually she achieved renown as a chef even while balancing her restaurant responsibilities with the demands of addiction to heroin.

    Two more successful restaurants, an escalating addiction, and a subsequent arrest led her into sobriety. It was rehearsal for what was to follow, when she wrote her first song in her mid-thirties. From that point, Gauthier channeled a long line of eloquent works, including the achingly beautiful, "Mercy Now." She says of her new CD, Trouble and Love, “I started the process in a lot of grief. I’d lost a lot. So the first batch of songs was just too sad. It was like walking too close to the fire. I had to back off from it. The truth is that when you’re in the amount of grief I was in, it’s an altered state. Life is not that. You go through that. We human beings have this built-in healing mechanism that’s always pushing us toward life. I didn’t want to write just darkness, because that’s not the truth. I had to write through the darkness to get to the truth. Writing helped me back onto my feet again. This record is about getting to a new normal. It’s a transformation record.” We are so pleased to welcome Mary Gauthier into our Series.

  • Fri
    03
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $15 BUY-TICKETS-NOW

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    Danny Schmidt has amassed a cult following for his poetic, poignant imagery. With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Dave Carter, Schmidt is an artist whose earthy poetry conjures magic from the mundane.

    Armed with voice, acoustic guitar, and acute commentary, Schmidt is an authentic timeless troubadour, one man sharing his truth in song unadorned and intimate. Danny's writing is diverse, from deeply-rooted Appalachian mountain gospel to haunted English balladry; from syncopated Piedmont country blues to vagabond 60's protest folk.  Danny tackles themes of love, loss, and longing; restless discontent; and grateful joy. He captures the sorrow and the beauty inherent in our everyday lives with the wisdom of a perceptive, compassionate elder and the innocent awe and tenderness of a child.

    Following his self-released Parables & Primes, Schmidt's 2007 release, Little Grey Sheep, began a streak of albums that charted at #1 on the folk radio charts internationally. After receiving a Kerrville New Folk award, Schmidt won the notice of venerable Americana roots label, Red House Records, which began releasing his albums in 2009.

    Schmidt released three albums on Red House, including Instead The Forest Rose To Sing; the spare and intimate Man Of Many Moons; and,  with his partner, Carrie Elkin, the amorous duo album, For Keeps. Schmidt's latest release is Owls, a mystical collection of ethereal allegories.  www.dannyschmidt.com

  • Fri
    10
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $25 BUY-TICKETS-NOW

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    At Woodstock, as a New York kid barely known outside the coffeehouse circuit in Greenwich Village, she sang her song, "Beautiful People" and inspired the first panorama of candles and cigarette lighters ever raised at a concert event. That, in turn, moved the young singer to write "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain"), which sold more than one million copies in 1970 and prompted Billboard, Cashbox, Melody Maker, Record World, and Bravo to anoint her as female vocalist of the year. Her single, "Brand New Key," topped the charts in 1971.
    With guitar in hand and a combination of amazing vocal talent, disarming humor, and a vibrant engagement with life, she was booked as the first solo pop/rock artist ever to appear at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Metropolitan Opera House, and later opened the New Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Sydney Opera House, and in the General Assembly of the United Nations, where she was invited to perform on many occasions as delegates greeted her performances with standing ovations.

    The top television hosts of all time -- Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson, and Dick Cavett -- battled to book her.

    UNICEF made her its spokesperson; Jimi Hendrix's father introduced her to the multitude assembled for the twentieth anniversary of Woodstock. Her records continued to sell -- more than eighty million to date. She's had her songs covered by singers as diverse as Cher, Dolly Parton, and Macy Gray. She's raised a family, won an Emmy, opened a restaurant, and written a musical about Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.

    This is a rare opportunity to experience Melanie live and in person in an intimate venue. Don't miss it!

    www.melaniesafka.com

     

  • Fri
    17
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $15 BUY-TICKETS-NOW

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    smallpotatoes

    Small Potatoes is Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso. They describe their music as "Celtic to cowboy," and say it's taken them "years of careful indecision" to develop a mix of music ranging from country, blues and swing to Irish ballads. You'll hear two great voices, fine guitar playing and a touch of tin whistle, flute, mandolin and bodhran. Small Potatoes' award-winning songwriting, close harmony and warm rapport with the audience makes for a wonderful evening. Their latest album is Christmas In The Cabin.

    www.smallpotatoesmusic.com

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $20 BUY-TICKETS-NOW

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    Back by popular demand! Don White combines heartfelt, serious lyrics with side-splitting laughs to provide an evening not to be forgotten. This Massachusetts comedian/singer/songwriter/author is best-known in these parts for his radio gems, "Rascal," "Psycho Mom and Dad" and "I Know What Love Is."  A Don White show promises to delight new audiences and devoted "repeat offender" fans, alike.

    www.donwhite.net

  • Fri
    08
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $15 BUY-TICKETS-NOW

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    katiegeddes

    Katie Geddes

    Katie Geddes sings traditional and contemporary folk, country-folk, and folk-pop tunes. In deft interpretations of beloved songs, Katie's captivating voice and velvety-smooth delivery bring new life to the compositions of writers such as John Prine, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Michael Nesmith and Lennon and McCartney. Katie’s 2010 CD release, We Are Each Other’s Angels, has received extensive airplay across the country and around the world. When not doing her own gigs, Katie has been known to “moonlight” singing harmony for folk-rock legend Melanie and local favorite Matt Watroba.

    Vocal trio All About Eve (Katie, Deb Wood, David Vaughn) offers up a variety of close harmony pop covers and traditional and contemporary folk and gospel songs.

    Matt Watroba brings a very special set of talents to the stage. His excellent guitar playing, mellow voice, friendship with his audience, and knowledge of his presentations is impressive. Added to that is Matt's own special brand of humor. You will feel his obvious love of folk music, whether traditional or contemporary. Matt sings songs of compassion, inner strength, humor, and everyday living.

  • Fri
    05
    Jan
    2018
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

     

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    Wondrous Stories Tour 2018 — The life and music of Sam Cooke

    Vocalist and composer Carla Cooke is the youngest daughter of the legendary Sam Cooke, whose musical life encompassed religion, romance, and history. Carla’s career mirrors that of her father, in that she crafted her sound in the church. Carla sought not to use her father’s name, but to build her own reputation. Now the younger Cooke knows that her roots are firmly entwined in her father's as she connects with them through his music.

    Carla Cooke’s style is diverse in gospel, Christian, R&B, soul, and pop styles. With a strong vocal range and warm personality, Carla shows that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, as she channels the raw talent, emotion, beauty, and charisma of the Cooke family persona.

    carlacooke.com