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!

Dear patrons,

We want to keep our artists, volunteers, and audience safe! Based on current CDC & MIOSHA guidance regarding COVID-19, masking and proof of full vaccination are required for all Green Wood Coffee House events. Since capacity for all shows is currently limited to 50, your favorite artist may sell out unexpectedly. We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.

  • Fri
    10
    Sep
    2021
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    SOLD OUT

    Tickets $20 BUY-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." www.marygauthier.com
    Mary will also present 3 or more songs in the Saturday 5pm service on 9/11/21.

  • Fri
    17
    Sep
    2021
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    ChuckMitchellTickets $15 BUY-TICKETS-NOW

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    Chuck Mitchell started singing in Detroit folk clubs in the 1960s. In Toronto, on his first out of town gig, he met Canadian songwriter Joni Anderson. They married, and as a duo Chuck and Joni Mitchell played the coffeehouse circuit, and gin rummy, until they divorced in 1968. Mitchell's credits include A Prairie Home Companion and repertory theatre in Texas and in England. He has played Harold Hill in The Music Man and Woody Guthrie in Woody Guthrie's American Song. Most recently, he wrote and produced Mr. Foster & Mr. Twain, in which Stephen Foster joins Mark Twain for an evening of story and song. A Chuck Mitchell's show combines his seasoned skills as an actor, singer and guitarist with a selection of delightful material. He sings cabaret songs by Brecht and Weil -- "Mack the Knife" and "The Bilbao Song" -- and whimsical songs by Flanders & Swann -- "The Gnu" and "Have Some Madeira, M'dear". He roves the room singing "Freeborn Man" by Ewan McColl, or "Necessity" from Finian's Rainbow. He weaves poetry by Robert Frost and T.S. Eliot into his shows. He has been called a renaissance man, and thinks he is old enough to be one.
    www.mitchellsong.com

  • Fri
    24
    Sep
    2021
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    CANCELED

    With nearly a quarter-century of music-
    making under their collective belt, the
    members of Fastball continue to expand
    the band’s widely loved body of work.
    The trio’s catalog encompasses such
    memorable albums as their 1996 debut, Make Your Mama Proud; their 1998 platinum breakthrough, All the Pain Money Can Buy (which spawned the Grammy-nominated Top Five hit “The Way”); 2000’s The Harsh Light of Day; 2004’s Keep Your Wig On; 2009’s Little White Lies; and 2017’s Step Into Light. Fastball’s new album, The Help Machine, features the songwriting and vocals of Miles Zuniga and Tony Scalzo. With drummer Joey Shuffield completing the longstanding lineup, the trio’s time-tested creative rapport is evident. Don’t miss this rare intimate venue appearance!

    www.fastballtheband.com

  • Fri
    01
    Oct
    2021
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $20 Buy Tickets Now via PayPal

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    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
    08
    Oct
    2021
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $15 BUY-TICKETS-NOW

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    Hailed as “the new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “the real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Jack Broadbent has spent the the past few years wowing international audiences with his unique blend of  acoustic and slide guitar playing, and poignant folk- and blues-inspired vocals.

     Born in rural Lincolnshire, England, Jack grew up listening to artists like Radiohead, Robert Johnson, Joni Mitchell and Davey Graham. These legends influenced Jack’s distinctive song writing, singing, production, and performance style, giving his music depth and heart that defies strict musical genre. Jack‘s performances exude a warmth, humour and energy that has electrified audiences worldwide.

    Following a string of successful shows opening for legendary artists, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Frampton, Johnny Hallyday, Tony Joe White, Jack has headlined a series of international tours, playing sold out shows in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, the US and Canada.    www.jackbroadbent.co.uk

  • Fri
    15
    Oct
    2021
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $20 BUY-TICKETS-NOW

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    After attending Manhattan School of Music as a percussionist for nearly a year, Sophie B Hawkins left to pursue a professional music career. She got her big break playing percussion for Bryan Ferry, and after he fired her she was inspired to write the hit single, “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover”.

    Her first album, Tongues and Tails, full of primal, fiery pop, was an immediate success, earning her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Sophie followed that with Whaler, which featured the smash ballad, “As I Lay Me Down."

    More recently, Sophie has displayed her versatility starring as Janis Joplin in the stage musical, "Room 105," receiving rave reviews during its sold-out run.

    Sophie has earned six New York Music awards as well as an ASCAP award for “As I Lay Me Down”. Her music has been a part of major television shows and films such as "Dawson’s Creek," "Party of Five," "Community," "40 Days and 40 Nights," and "Mrs. Winterbourne."

    Sophie is preparing to release a new album. She has two children and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

    sophiebhawkins.com

  • Fri
    29
    Oct
    2021
    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
    05
    Nov
    2021
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $15 BUY-TICKETS-NOW

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    Nashville-based artist and Wrensong Publishing writer Sally Barris has managed to be successful in the mainstream world of country music without giving up her folk and Celtic roots. Her unique style, influenced by artists such as Tony Rice, Dougie Maclean and Richard Thompson, is what makes her stand out in a city known for “cookie cutter” talent. Her songwriting highlights include, “Let The Wind Chase You” (Trisha Yearwood), “Reluctant Daughter” (Martina McBride), “Some Things I Know” (Lee Ann Womack), “I’m On My Way” (Kellie Pickler), “The Innocent Years” (Kathy Mattea) and “Honeysuckle Sweet” (Jessi Alexander), which was featured in the Miramax film, “An Unfinished Life.”  The Minnesota native is currently on tour with her latest CD, The Road In Me.

    “Sally Barris has a voice like sparkling crystal. You could have knocked me over with a feather the first time I heard her. Her writing is from a deep, yet innocent, place and her point of view is just a bit off center. I am excited for her; she is standing at the beginning of her journey in this town, with all of it ahead of her. It reminds me of the first time I heard Beth Nielson-Chapman or Nanci Griffith. It’s going to be fun to watch.” – Kathy Mattea    www.sallybarris.com

  • Fri
    12
    Nov
    2021
    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!

  • Fri
    19
    Nov
    2021
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $15 BUY-TICKETS-NOW

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    Rj Cowdery likes to make people think, laugh, cry and feel.  Fans tell her it’s uncanny the way her songs seem to take a peek directly into their lives. Much like the Midwestern Ohio landscape she calls home, her songs are stories of middle ground, and her tales are expressions of being in the midst of life. Rj's distinctive characteristic style is fingerpicking with a deep bass line.  She has been a winner at the Kerrville New Folk contest in 2008 and the Mountain Stage New Song Contest in 2007, and won at Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist and Sisters Folk Festivals, too.  Her latest release, What If This Is All There Is, was produced by Amy Speace.   Please welcome Rj to her first visit to Green Wood!  www.rjcowdery.com

    Rj will also provide 3 or more songs in the Saturday 5pm service on 11/20/21.

  • Fri
    03
    Dec
    2021
    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
    10
    Dec
    2021
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $15 BUY-TICKETS-NOW

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    claudiaschmidtMichigan native Claudia Schmidt has covered a lot of musical ground, beginning with a stirring rendition of "Tammy," at age 4, around a neighborhood bonfire. Claudia's 3-decade career touring North America and Europe includes regular stints on "A Prairie Home Companion;" participating in the delightful Les Blank movie, "Gap-Toothed Women," contributing a song as well as an interview; and performing a lead role in The Gales of November," a musical retelling of the Edmund Fitzgerald tragedy from the point of view of three wives of the doomed crew of the Great Lakes ore-carrier. Claudia has recorded fourteen albums mostly of original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer. I Thought About You is her second effort leading her own swinging sextet, Claudia Schmidt & The JumpBoys. In 2003 she released a spoken-word CD, Roads, which includes poems and essays from her rich performance repertoire. In 2006 Claudia released her first self-produced folk/acoustic CD, Spinning, with a studio full of Michigan s finest musicians. Claudia describes herself as a "creative noisemaker." You may expect anything at a Schmidt concert: hymn, poem, bawdy verse, torch song, satire. She can weave the elements of music and stage into a program so full of life that one critic has described a Claudia Schmidt concert as "...a lot like falling in love. You never know what's going to happen next; chances are it's going to be wonderful; every moment is burned into your memory; and you know you'll never be the same again." www.claudiaschmidt.com

  • Fri
    17
    Dec
    2021
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $20 Buy Tickets Now via PayPal

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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.  katiegeddes.com

    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.

    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