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!
Fri05Jan20188:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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.
Fri19Jan20188:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
You will not want to miss David Vaughn's first solo concert at Green Wood! David's repertoire spans opera, Broadway, gospel, R & B, and Great American Songbook. And what a voice! You've seen and heard his versatile vocals and stunning piano performance at Green Wood as part of vocal trio All About Eve and accompanying Katie Geddes in concert. David has appeared in numerous opera productions and oratorios; is sought after as a guest vocalist in concert band events; and he is a featured performer in Detroit's and Chicago's annual presentations of the jazz/gospel hit, "Too Hot To Handel." Bring a friend!
Fri09Feb20188:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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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.
Fri16Feb20188:00 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 is You Mean We Get Paid For This?
Fri23Feb20187:30 pmRiverside Retreat Center, 850 Loyd Rd, Dundee, MI 48131
ALTERNATE LOCATION! Show is NOT at Green Wood.
From humble beginnings as an acoustic vocal trio, GLG has grown into a dynamic, matured sound that entertains with fun music while plumbing the depths of a faithful believer's walk. Songs like "Tiptoe" leave their hooks stuck in your head while encouraging an unwavering pursuit of truth. "Olly Olly Oxen Free" is an invitation to the lost to come out of hiding without penalty, and features a layered gospel choir in its final choruses. Lead singer/songwriter Scott Phillips even dabbles briefly with hip hop in a tongue-twisting rap encouraging perseverance in the face of suffering, in the crowd-pleasing anthem, "Glory Is Coming." The band breathes new life into an old favorite - their celebratory remake proves that "How Great Thou Art" isn't just for funerals anymore!
Purposefully theological with a prophetic challenge to believers everywhere, GLG's music makes it clear that their prayer is for these songs and their lives to point to a living, eternal, all-powerful, loving Creator.
This is a rare opportunity to experience Good Little Giants in an intimate venue! Free will offering; $15 suggested. Seating limited; best to reserve ahead. Email or phone email@example.com/734.645.1350
Fri02Mar20188:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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Livingston Taylor's 50-year career has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching. Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first release at age 18, and continues to create well crafted, introspective, and original songs that have earned him fans worldwide.
From top-40 hits, “I Will Be in Love with You” and, “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” both recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated. He is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads.
Livingston has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over 80 shows a year. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, as fans might be treated to classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway.
Livingston is a full professor at Berklee College of Music, where he has taught a Stage Performance course since 1989. He teaches young artists invaluable lessons learned over the course of an extensive career on the road. The course is consistently voted the most popular at the College. His 2011 book, "Stage Performance," offers those lessons to all who are interested in elevating their presentations to professional standards
Livingston's new album, Safe Home, was released March 3rd, 2017. Featuring a world class band, the album gives playful bend to musical classics like "Anything You Can Do," and also presents Livingston Taylor originals such as, "I Must Be Doing Something Right."
Sat10Mar20188:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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.”
Fri16Mar20188:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Wielding guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin, Joel Mabus has played everything from traditional folk tunes to bluegrass, blues, and original songs. When Joel's parents came of age in the 1930's, they took their old-time farm-grown music on the road with other family members as "hillbilly" entertainers, barnstorming the Midwest in medicine shows, small-town radio programs, and performing road shows for the WLS Barn Dance. His pedigree was not lost on Joel as a child in the 1960's. In the midst of Beatle-mania, Joel was drawn to the tunes of Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs. Whether you label him folk, Americana , or singer-songwriter, Mabus remains a one-off, walking that lonesome valley, making and marking his way as a working artist outside the usual confines of the music business.
Fri23Mar20188:00 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.
Fri06Apr20188:00 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."
Fri13Apr20188:00 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.
Fri20Apr20188:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
With songs both traditional and original, and a sound that's at once as comfortable as old jeans and as fresh as a new blade of grass, Bill Bynum & Co. is a band that’s easy to love and hard to quit. The band’s core of rhythm guitar, fiddle, Dobro, bass, and harmony vocals can lean into country, veer toward bluegrass, or take listeners on a unique journey through Bill’s original songs.
Although a Detroit native, Bill's musical roots are in the South. His parents migrated from Black Oak, Arkansas to work in Detroit's steel industry in the 1940s, bringing with them their love for bluegrass and country music. Bill grew up listening to artists such as Johnny Cash and Buck Owens on Detroit's country radio station, "The Big D." Detroit rock inspired Bill's early musical career. But in 1999, Bill turned on the radio and heard, "Yours Forever Blue" by Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band. From that moment on he found himself with a nonstop desire to hear and play that kind of song. Soon he was writing them, too. Bill is a first-prize winner in the Metro Detroit Songwriting Showcase, with his song‚ "Lovin' You." He has collaborated with bluegrass legend Pete Goble, an International Bluegrass Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Bill lives for the joy of entertaining his audience. A true showman! Bill's band includes Scott Kendall on bass, Bill Arnold on Dobro, and Hessie Mae Hasheian on fiddle. Sure to be a fun night!
Fri27Apr20188:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
With a smokey and seductive alto, seven-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year Missy Raines heads up this all-acoustic ensemble. The territory The New Hip covers is broad and the compass is set by Raines, planted right in the center of the stage, directing with her bass every bit as much as she’s playing it. Raines’ bluegrass roots are deep and long-reaching with touring and recording stints with first generation legends such as Eddie Adcock, Mac Wiseman, Jesse McReynolds, Josh Graves and Kenny Baker. A former member of the Claire Lynch Band, The Brother Boys, and one half of the acoustic super duo Jim Hurst and Missy Raines, Missy is one of the most respected and popular figures within the bluegrass community.
“A seductive amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, and rock, recalling the earliest platters by Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash.”
– Icon Magazine
“Raines is not only a superb bassist but also an excellent singer, with a matter-of-fact, low-key delivery that’s sometimes hushed, sometimes seductive, sometimes channeling a simmering unease.”
– New York Music Daily
“The New Hip, along with bands such as the Avetts and Churchill, add their brilliance to the swiftly growing collection of Newgrass artists that have brought southern music to the mainstream.
– Deep South Magazine
Fri04May20188:00 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.
Fri11May20188:00 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. www.tomchapin.com
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.
Fri28Sep20188:00 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!
Fri12Oct20188:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
This show always sells out, so be sure to get your tickets in advance!
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!
Fri19Oct20188:00 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 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."
Fri26Oct20188:00 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.
Fri16Nov20188:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Michigan 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
Fri30Nov20188:00 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.