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!
Fri08Jan20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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 isYou Mean We Get Paid For This
Fri04Mar20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
We are sorry to announce that our March 4th concert, featuring Michael Johnson, has been cancelled due to illness. Online purchases will be refunded electronically; purchases by check will be refunded by check. Anyone having purchased tickets before now will receive free admission to another Green Wood Coffee House concert of his or her choice. We are very sorry for any inconvenience!
We hope to have Carlene scheduled at a later date. Thank you!
-- The volunteers of the Green Wood Coffee House Series
Fri11Mar20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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."
Fri25Mar20167:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105Good Fridayevening vigilAll About Eve (Katie Geddes and Deb Wood)and Michael Krieger present the story of Good Friday, told through the music of Indigo Girls,Natalie Merchant and Andrew Lloyd Webber, along with scripture and prayer.Friday, March 25th. 7:00pm30 minute servicerepeats at 7:30pm and 8:00pmEnter at any time; stay as long as you like(worship service; no admission charge)
Fri01Apr20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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.
Fri15Apr20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Scott Ainslie came of age during the Civil Rights era, and cultivated a powerful affinity for cross-cultural exchange. He has studied with elder musicians on both sides of the color line, in the old-time southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, as well as Black gospel and blues. He plays this music with affection, authority, and power. Armed with a variety of instruments -- vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a one-string, homemade diddley bow (cigar box guitar) -- and carefully chosen personal anecdotes of his encounters with senior musicians across the South, Ainslie explores the African and European roots of American music and culture, bringing the musical history of America alive.
Fri22Apr20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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 insight, 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."
Fri29Apr20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Don Campbell is a contemporary/country crossover and folk-rock singer/songwriter whose presentation of music supports the story in the song and welcomes the audience on board for the ride. Often compared to the sounds of Dan Fogelberg, Vince Gill, and Chris Isaak, Don and his ensembles are based out of New England. In 2012, Don released a double CD, "Kites To Fly: Celebrating the Music of Dan Fogelberg," and in 2013 began presenting live performances of this music around his own busy schedule of Don Campbell shows.
Fri06May20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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.
Fri13May20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
"Harmony Bones" is a quintet of long-time veterans of the Ann Arbor folk music scene. The band consists of Laz Slomovits (of "Gemini") Tom Voiles and Linda Teaman (of "Nutshell"), Jeanne Mackey, and Eric Fithian. Their sound features rich vocal harmonies on traditional, contemporary and original songs, as well as a huge array of folk instruments — guitar, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, fiddle, accordion, banjo, banjo ukulele, bass, hand percussion — even sitar and Uilleann Pipes! Their collective name, " Harmony Bones," comes from an acupuncture point that harmonizes imbalances and promotes clear thinking, seeing, and hearing!
Fri20May20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Grammy winner Pat Donohue is one of the most popular finger pickers in the world. His musical tastes are eclectic. Though he considers himself foremost a folk guitarist, Pat’s influences are rooted in bluesmen Blind Blake, Robert Johnson, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters and Miles Davis.
Having been a songwriter and guitarist for twenty years for the “Guys All Star Shoe Band” of Minnesota Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” Pat got to show off his savvy licks and distinctive original songs to millions of listeners each week. After wrapping up this impressive longterm gig, Pat now turns to full time concert touring, presenting master guitar workshops and attending prestigious music camps.
Heywood Banks is simply one-of-a-kind, almost impossible to describe, with a style his very own. Equal parts genius and buffoon, this songwriter-comic-singer-poet-musician has become a cult hero and a pop icon, with a show that appeals to college students, stoners, businessmen, yuppies, rednecks, punks, kids or your grandmother.
Heywood intersperses his humorous observations of life with twisted, inventive, bizarre songs, sung and played in a variety of styles, from folk, to country to rock to pop, and way beyond.
Fri09Sep20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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.
Fri16Sep20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
SOLD OUT! Please call Green Wood to get on the wait list.
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!
Fri30Sep20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Jeremy 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!
Fri07Oct20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Lou and Peter Berryman were both raised in Appleton, WI, and began playing music together in high school during the sixties. During the following nomadic decade, Lou studied classical voice and music theory in college while Peter continued an unfocused fascination with surrealist art, beatnik poetry, and jug band music. Early influences of American and British musical comedy and folk music fed a growing repertoire of original songs. A brief marriage in the early seventies resolved into a lifelong friendship, and by the late seventies and early eighties the two were honing their skills playing regular weekly concerts in Madison, becoming full-time musicians and songwriters in 1979. During those early years they wrote new songs every week, many about the history, cheese, beer and strange politics of their home state. By the mid '80s they were traveling all across the country, still writing and singing, but now with a broader perspective, finding that the quirks of their home state were not so much Midwestern as human. In twenty-five years of performing together, Lou and Peter have released twenty albums and four songbooks worth of hilarious, quirky, yet oddly profound songs, rich with word play and interesting images. Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton and Tom Lehrer count themselves among their fans. Their work has appeared in numerous compilations such as the popular "Rise Up Singing" songbook, in periodicals like "SING OUT! Magazine", and in many audio compilations. Berryman songs are being sung around the world by a legion of professional musicians including Peter, Paul and Mary, Garrison Keillor and Peggy Seeger. They have appeared numerous times on such national programs as NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion" and "Weekend Edition."
Fri14Oct20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
While Americana folk singer/songwriter Laurie McClain accompanies herself expressively on guitar, ukulele and harmonica, her honey voice soothes and her powerful lyrics heal bruised hearts. Reminiscent of 60s/70s folk, her music is predominantly folk/alternative country with a touch of the blues woven through. She brings passion and humor to the stage, performing original songs as well as unique covers of other excellent songwriters' gems. Her song, "My Heaven" is a favorite of listeners of folk radio programs around the world. In 2003 Laurie released The Trumpet Vine: A Tribute To Kate Wolf, a collection of her loving interpretations of the late songstress's works. Her latest CD is Ascend.
Fri28Oct20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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.
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
Sat12Nov20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Mary will also be offering 3 songs at Green Wood’s 5pm free worship service the same evening before her Green Wood Coffee House Series performance.
Tickets for the 8pm show will be available online through 6pm Saturday. We are unable to accept credit cards at the door. Come early to reserve your spot as we have sold a good number of tickets and seating is first come, first serve.
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.
Fri18Nov20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Grammy Award winner Don Henry's songs have been recorded by legends such as Ray Charles, Patti Page and Conway Twitty; by country crooners including Gene Watson, John Conlee and B.J. Thomas; and by today's hitmakers such as Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and Kathy Mattea. But his songs shine most when performed by the very artist who wrote them. Don Henry is a 37 year veteran in the music business. Wit and wisdom grace Don's songs, from campfire favorites, to the poignant tribute to Martin Luther King, "Beautiful Fool;" or, of course, the Grammy award-winning country classic, "Where've You Been." In addition to the Grammy, Kathy Mattea's version of "Where've You Been" took Song of the Year honors from the Academy of Country Music, The Country Music Association and Nashville Songwriter's Association International - the first song ever to be awarded all four honors in the same year. Expect an exceptional evening of music and humor.
Fri02Dec20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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.
Christine Lavin’s alternately witty, comical and poignant songs have been earning glowing reviews for more than 35 years, starting in the 1980s with a string of albums that made her a folk-pop fan favorite. Christine performs concerts all over the US, Canada, and points beyond, and hosts knitting circles backstage prior to each show. Songs of hers have been performed by artists as diverse as Broadway stars Betty Buckley and Sutton Foster; cabaret diva, Andrea Marcovicci, and the college a cappella group, Dartmouth Decibelles.
Christine has recently added intermission tutorial activities -- namely, teaching audience members how to fold cloth napkins in the Downton Abbey style.
Two longtime friends present an evening of hilarious interaction, contagious laughter, and irrepressible fun. Don't miss it!
Fri09Dec20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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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.
Fri16Dec20168:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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.
Heywood Banks is simply one-of-a-kind. Equal parts genius and buffoon, this songwriter-comic-singer-poet-musician has become a cult hero and a pop icon. Heywood intersperses his humorous observations of life with twisted, inventive, bizarre songs, sung and played in a variety of styles, from folk, to country, to rock, to pop.