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
    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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    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

     

  • Fri
    09
    Feb
    2018
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Robbie Fulks

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    Robbie Fulks has the soul of a country singer and the mind of a vaudevillian. His cross-genre antics and clever, heartfelt writing are accompanied by his amazing guitar work in honky-tonk, country, bluegrass, power pop, or whatever style strikes his ample whimsy at the time.
    Robbie learned guitar from his dad; banjo from Earl Scruggs and John Hartford records; and fiddle (long since laid down in disgrace) on his own. He attended Columbia College in New York City and dropped out to focus on the Greenwich Village songwriter scene and other ill-advised pursuits. Since then he has gone on to create a multifarious career in music. He was a staff instructor at Old Town School of Folk Music; he worked on Nashville’s Music Row as a staff songwriter.
    Radio loves him too, with multiple appearances on WSM's “Grand Ole Opry;” NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “Mountain Stage,” and “World Café;” and the syndicated “Acoustic Café.” TV appearances include "Austin City Limits," "Today," "Late Night with Conan O’Brien," and "30 Rock." TV/film use of his music includes "True Blood," "My Name Is Earl," and "Very Bad Things," and he has voiced or sung campaigns for Budweiser, McDonalds, Nickelodeon, and Applebees. Theatrical credits include “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” and Harry Chapin’s “Cottonpatch Gospel.” He tours yearlong with various configurations and plays a weekly residency at the Hideout in Chicago. Come join us for Robbie Fulks' first visit to Green Wood!

    www.robbiefulks.com

  • Fri
    16
    Feb
    2018
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    You haven’t heard “Pinball Wizard” or “People Are Strange” until you’ve heard it played on jugs and “various other sundries.” Jug band music is blues, ragtime, swing and jazz combined in a strange concoction spawned in Loiusville, home of the Juggernaut Jug Band. Jug bands flourished in towns along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in the 1920s and 1930s. Today, as then, a jug band is the ultimate party band. The Juggernauts have been featured on the Today Show and radio’s “Dr. Demento Show.” Their current CD is You Mean We Get Paid For This?

    juggernautjugband.com

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    There are songs that transport you to good times remembered. Songs like, “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight,” “Nights Are Forever Without You,” and, “Love Is The Answer” have that effect on many of us. These songs and numerous others have made John Ford Coley a singing legend.

    John is most revered as half of the duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. The classically-trained pianist and talented guitarist continues performing the gold and platinum record hits for audiences around the world. Some of Coley’s other hits are, “Gone Too Far,” “We’ll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again,” and, “Sad To Belong."

    John’s experiences comprise a broad background. Although he performed throughout high school and college as a classical and rock pianist, he chose to major in English Literature in college, and is an avid student of history. In the mid-1980’s, John began acting in television and in feature films. He recently penned a book, "Backstage Pass," about his years in the music industry.

    www.johnfordcoley.com

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    Two-time Grammy-winner Jim Lauderdale is a "songwriter's songwriter" who has written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists, as well as an intuitive sideman, enhancing the music of a bevy of esteemed musicians. Throughout his three-decade career, Jim Lauderdale has helped pave the way for the current Americana movement, writing songs that cross genres from country, rock, folk, and bluegrass, to R & B and blues. As a solo artist he's created a body of work spanning 28 albums of imaginative roots music. Along the way he's won awards, garnered critical acclaim, and earned himself an engaged fan base. Jim treats his fans to a new adventure, exploring the redemptive traditional sounds of Memphis and Nashville with his double album, "Soul Searching: Vol. 1 Memphis/Vol. 2. Nashville."

    jimlauderdale.com

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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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
    11
    May
    2018
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    In a career that spans 23 albums and includes three Grammy awards, Tom Chapin has covered a lot of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway and worked in films, television and radio. Tom grew up in a family that encouraged artistic pursuits. He began performing professionally as a teenager in the early 1960s, playing in Greenwich Village folk clubs alongside his siblings, Harry and Steve, as one of The Chapin Brothers. In 1971, he began a five-year run as the host of the ABC-TV children's series, "Make A Wish." Chapin and his songs were also featured in the 1970 documentary film, "Blue Water, White Death," for which he spent six months sailing the Indian Ocean searching for great white sharks.

    As a music-maker, Chapin has maintained two parallel careers, as a highly respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children's music. In the former role, Chapin has established a reputation for insightful, heartfelt songcraft and charismatic live performances. In the latter, he continues to engage the hearts, minds and imaginations of young listeners with witty, life-affirming original songs delivered in a sophisticated array of musical styles. Chapin's infectious songs, sterling musicianship and personal warmth shine, whether he's performing on record or in a concert hall, an outdoor festival, a school, in front of a symphony orchestra, or in an intimate coffeehouse.  www.tomchapin.com