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!

  • Thu
    18
    Mar
    2010
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    SHOW CANCELED

    Hello!

    We are sorry to announce that our March 18 concert, featuring Carlene Carter, has been cancelled. 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

  • Wed
    07
    Apr
    2010
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Tickets $20 Buy Tickets Now via PayPal
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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."

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  • Fri
    17
    Jan
    2014
    8:00pm-10:00pm

    Tickets $15
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    juggernautYou 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

    www.juggernautjugband.com/

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  • Fri
    24
    Jan
    2014
    8:00pm-10:00pm

    Tickets $12
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    revrobjonesReverend Robert Jones, Sr. is a singer, storyteller and self taught multi-instrumentalist. He uses folk, blues, spirituals and other American Roots music to champion the beauty and power of our shared culture.  A lifelong Detroiter, Rev. Jones has been performing professionally for nearly 30 years for festivals, schools, civil rights organizations and churches. He has been a performer, musician, storyteller, radio producer/host and music educator. He has opened for and played with some of the finest musicians in the world.  Still, Robert considers his greatest honor to be his call to the gospel of ministry.

    Jones was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1956.  His father was from Mississippi and his mother hailed from Alabama;  consequently, Robert grew up in Detroit in a very Southern household.  Early on Robert Jones fell under the influence of his maternal grandmother’s record collection.  He grew up listening to and loving a wide variety of music, especially the blues.

    By the age of 17 Robert had already amassed a record collection of early blues and begun to teach himself guitar and harmonica.  By his mid twenties Robert was hosting an award winning radio show on WDET-FM, Detroit called “Blues From The Lowlands”.  Concentrating primarily on traditional acoustic blues, Robert started performing at some of Detroit’s best music venues including the Soup Kitchen Saloon, The Ark and Sully’s.  Those early venues led to a touring career that included tours throughout Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

    Influenced by legendary bluesman Willie Dixon, Robert developed an educational program called, “Blues For Schools.”  This program has taken him into classrooms all over the country. www.revrobertjones.com

  • Fri
    07
    Feb
    2014
    8:00 pm

    Tickets $12
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    Shari and Dave first met in the summer of 1991, crossing paths as performing blues musicians: Shari was the partner of harmonica legend, Madcat Ruth, (Madcat & Kane), while Dave was leading the electric blues band, Big Dave and the Ultrasonics. A happy marriage, thousands of miles of touring, and twenty years later, they’ve recorded their first CD as a duo.

    Friends, neighbors, fellow musicians and fans have asked over the years, “When are you two going to start playing together?” The truth is, they’ve been playing together since their first date. In many ways their playing has developed side by side, listening to and learning from great acoustic blues guitarists from the past – Reverend Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Robert Lockwood Jr. to name just a few. Whether stomping out a blues on the front porch, deciphering a rag in the basement, or swinging on a lazy day in the back yard, they’ve been finding ways to put guitar parts together for years.

    As an acoustic blues duo, Shari and Dave throw a four handed guitar party of original and time-honored blues, gospel, swing and ragtime. Steeped in Dave’s smoky vocals, percussive rhythm and innovative lead lines, Shari’s crisp picking style, rootsy leads, and stinging slidework, their music has been described as “street swing and stomp blues,” – like a testament to sounds once heard on the streets of Harlem, the juke joints of Mississippi, or from the jug bands of Memphis.

    Shari Kane started playing guitar at the age of five. By the early 1970′s she had become a devoted blues fan, and learned how to play fingerstyle blues on the acoustic guitar. When she was sixteen, she began teaching guitar. She continues to teach, offering workshops in many of the cities where she performs.

    Shari’s many years spent studying the work of the Delta Blues masters can be heard nightly as she picks up her acoustic guitar. Throwing herself into a stinging Robert Johnson interpretation, a jumping Robert Junior Lockwood shuffle, or the intricate fingerstylings of Reverend Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt, Shari’s mastery of the acoustic tradition is apparent.

    In 1990, she began touring with harmonica legend Peter Madcat Ruth. The two recorded four CDs and played in venues nationwide as well as Spain, Brazil, Poland, Canada and the Cayman Islands.

    An accomplished slide player, she appears on Rory Block’s 1992 release, Ain’t I A Woman. As a guitarist with considerable versatility, Shari is emerging as one of the country’s finest Blueswomen.

    Dave Steele first began performing as a barroom acoustic solo guitarist and singer while attending Allegheny College in Northwest Pennsylvania in the 1970’s. During the 80’s, Steele expanded his interest to electric blues, as a founding member of the Zipper City Blues Band. After seven years as a popular regional act, Steele moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he formed and led the popular blues band Big Dave and the Ultrasonics. The band featured his big-voiced singing and sly lead guitar work as they swung throughout the U.S. and Canada 150 nights a year, regularly lighting up blues clubs like Buddy Guy’s Legends and the Zoo Bar, while making main stage appearances at festivals like the Montreal Jazz Fest and repeat performances at Portland Waterfront Blues Festival. After four recordings, (the final one on the Burnside label,) the Ultrasonics disbanded.

    Steele took a break from performing at the turn on the century, but continued to play at home with Shari. Steele brings a basket of guitar influences to the partnership- single note lines inspired by B. B. King and Charlie Christian, acoustic ragtime and blues fingerpicking, and rhythm guitar, ala Count Basie accompanist Freddie Green – that mesh seamlessly with his wife’s dynamic fingerstyle and slide playing.

    http://sharianddaveblues.com/

  • Fri
    21
    Feb
    2014
    8:00 pm

    Tickets $17--CANCELLED--DUE TO WEATHER (NO FLIGHTS OUT OF MINNEAPOLIS)

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    Peter Mayer’s songs are fresh and unique, earthy and intimate. His welcoming voice and inventive guitar work provide the perfect vehicle for his down-home wisdom and a sweep of themes that includes Buddha, Jesus, Columbus, Isaac Newton and…Harley Davidson.

    Peter began playing the guitar and writing songs when he was in high school. He studied theology and music in college, then spent two years in seminary. After deciding that the priesthood wasn’t for him, he took a part-time job as a church music director for 8 years, while performing at clubs and colleges and writing and recording his music. In 1995 he quit his job and started touring full-time. Since then, Peter has gradually gained a dedicated, word-of-mouth following, selling out shows from Minnesota to Texas, New England to California. He has 9 CDs to his credit and has sold over 50,000 of them independently.

    Peter’s annual visits to Green Wood attract large audiences, often selling out. Get your tickets early!

    “There are at least a dozen Peter Mayer songs that I would love to learn, myself, but I could never play them as well as he does.” — David Wilcox

    “I’m a huge Peter Mayer fan, but only when I don’t feel like killing him for being so good. I love Peter’s work, though it irritates me that he plays so much better than I do.” — Janis Ian

    http://www.petermayer.net/

  • Fri
    07
    Mar
    2014
    8:00 pm

    Tickets $15
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    LeeMurdockFacebook event page

    Lee Murdock has uncovered a boundless body of music and stories in the Great Lakes. There is an amazing timelessness in this music. Great Lakes songs are made of hard work, hard living, ships that go down and ships that come in. The music is grounded in the work song tradition from the rugged days of lumberjacks and wooden sailing schooners. Murdock comes alongside with ballads of contemporary commerce and revelry in the grand folk style. Lee's fans have discovered a sweetwater treasure in his songs about the Great Lakes, finding drama and inspiration in the lives of sailors and fishermen, lighthouse keepers, ghosts, shipwrecks, outlaws and everyday heroes. With a deeper understanding of the folk process, Lee combines historical research and contemporary insights to make folk music for the modern era. His work is a documentary and also an anthem to the people who live, work, learn and play along the shores of the Great Lakes today.
    Since 1980, Lee has released eighteen albums and three books with accompanying CDs. His latest CD release is Here We'll Stand.

    www.LeeMurdock.com

     

  • Fri
    14
    Mar
    2014
    8:00 pm

    Tickets $15
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    johnflynn

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    John Flynn sings from the heart. His powerful songs of humanity and hope are deeply rooted in the traditions of Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs. From barbed political verse to joyous fun-loving lyrics for kids, John paints vivid, lasting images with words and music, drawn from a palate of awareness, irony, humor and compassion. John began writing professionally in 1980 after graduating from Temple University with a degree in political science. A staff writing contract with Combine Music and a Billboard Magazine Top Forty country recording of his song "Rainbows and Butterflies" by Billy Swann ("I Can Help") established John in the heart of Nashville's Music Row. Flynn's songs eventually transcended the boundaries of country music. He moved back home to Philadelphia, where he continued writing with his own style. This proved successful and John's songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Chris LeDoux, Ronny Redman, Full Frontal Folk and Ronny Cox. In the early 90's Flynn performed heavily in and around Philadelphia where his CDs received extensive airplay on AAA radio giant WXPN. His first main-stage appearance at the 1995 Philadelphia Folk Festival cemented John's reputation as a dynamic original contemporary folk artist. Songs that Flynn wrote for his own four children became the basis of two highly-acclaimed family CDs. John appears regularly on the Peabody Award-winning children's radio program, "Kid's Corner" and has been featured in New York City's Madison Square Kids' Series. Flynn's first national release was John Flynn. It hit Top 20 on the Americana charts. A live album, To The Point, followed. In the new millenium, John began to speak and write about social justice issues, and his newest CDs reflect that change. 2004's Dragon proudly features backing vocals by Kris Kristofferson. The track, "Angel Dawson" was included in the 2005 season finale of TV's Joan of Arcadia. John's songs, "Blink," "Put Your Freedom Where Your Mouth Is," and "There's No Them There" are featured in the 2008 Robert Corna documentary Tiny Tears. The film looks at the global epidemic of pediatric HIV/AIDS. Tiny Tears premiered at the United Nations and then screened at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2005, Arlo Guthrie invited John to join his post-Katrina "Train To New Orleans Tour." Arlo says of John, "More than just a good songwriter, performer or guitar player, John Flynn is a friend because he actually does the kinds of things to make the world a little better." Off the road John enjoys time home in Delaware with his family. He volunteers with a men's discussion group in a Delaware maximum security prison. He is a devoted supporter of Camp Dreamcatcher, an organization providing a safe haven for children living with HIV/AIDS. With only an old Martin D-28 and harmonica for accompaniment, John's compelling songs, strong voice and open heart are turning strangers into believers and believers into friends. John's latest recording is of End The Beginning. www.johnflynn.net

  • Fri
    04
    Apr
    2014
    8:00 pm

    Tickets $12
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    Harmony Bones is a quartet of long-time veterans of the Ann Arbor folk music scene. The band consists of Jeanne Mackey, Tom Voiles, Linda Teaman, and Laz Slomovits. The name Harmony Bones comes from an acupuncture point that harmonizes imbalances and promotes clear thinking, seeing, and hearing.

    Jeanne, Tom, Linda and Laz have joined forces to explore a wide range of traditional, contemporary and original folk songs. Rich vocal harmonies and an array of instruments -- guitar, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, fiddle, banjo, percussion, sitar -- combine to make Harmony Bones.

    Singer/songwriter Jeanne Mackey offers a blend of emotional intensity, wry humor, and global consciousness. In addition to original tunes, her repertoire ranges from Dar Williams to Patsy Cline, from Pete Seeger to Irving Berlin. A seasoned guitarist, she draws on a variety of styles -- folk, classic swing, funky blues, and more -- with the occasional sprinkle of mandolin, accordion, or banjo. Mackey rocked the 1970s East Coast topical music circuit as a young musician advocating feminist values and social justice.  In 2010, Mackey created "Drop The Knife: A Memoir-in-Song," an evening of original songs and stories exploring the meaning of homeland, curses, death, and magic.

    Linda Teaman and Tom Voiles do much of their singing and playing with Nutshell, an Ann Arbor-based Celtic roots band. Nutshell plays for contra-dances and performs at festivals across North America.

    Linda is a singer who brings depth of understanding, warmth and sensitivity to the music. In 2005, her graduation recital for a degree in k-12 choral music had her singing in five languages, encompassing musical forms such as Irish sean nos singing and Italian and German arias by composers Purcell, Mozart and Brahms. She leads the Rudolf Steiner Community Singers, a small choir that sings uncommon Christmas and seasonal songs of celebration.  She hopes you'll forgive her classical background and that she is redeemed by her love of folk music.  In addition to vocals, she adds light percussion to the mix.

    Tom consumes a well-rounded musical diet that ranges from Celtic to Indian to rock and roll. He enjoys mixing different styles while maintaining a respect for the traditions from which they spring. Tom has studied North Indian Classical music, Moroccan folk drumming and western classical flute. He has worked with performance artists, dancers, mimes and poets, including Hosain Mosavat, Gerry the Fool, Matthew Smith, ML Liebler and the Magic Poetry Band.

     

    Laz Slomovits is one of the twin brothers in Ann Arbor’s nationally-known children’s music duo, Gemini. A fine singer and multi-instrumentalist, Laz is starting his 41st year playing music. His songs are featured in songbooks used by music teachers throughout the country, and Gemini's recordings have won numerous awards. In addition, Laz has had a notable solo career. In his solo work, Laz is best known for his powerful musical settings of the poetry of ancient Sufi mystics Rumi and Hafiz, as well as that of contemporary American poets. He is currently at work on new recordings for both children and adults, as well as a musical play that will be produced by Wild Swan Theater in its upcoming season.

     

  • Fri
    18
    Apr
    2014
    8:00 pm

    FREE

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    All About Eve (Katie Geddes, Deb Wood and David Vaughn, with Dan Reynolds on guitar) 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. 30 min service; repeats at 7:30pm and 8pm. Enter at any time.

    (Worship service; no admission charge.)

  • Fri
    25
    Apr
    2014
    8:00 pm

    Tickets $15
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    sallybarrisNashville-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 fourth CD, Wilder Girl.

    “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
    02
    May
    2014
    8:00 pm

    Tickets $17
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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.” In 2009 Don released Christine Lavin and Don White Live At The Ark — The Father’s Day Concert, two hours of hysterical songs and stories recorded in June of 2009 from these two veteran performers, with guest appearances by Matt Watroba and Katie Geddes. This recording is available only as an MP3 download here. Don’s latest release is Winning Streak. A Don White show promises to delight new audiences and devoted “repeat offender” fans, alike. www.donwhite.net

     

     

  • Fri
    09
    May
    2014
    8:00 pm

    Tickets $20
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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
    16
    May
    2014
    8:00 pm

    Tickets $15
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    Yes, THE Michael Johnson, singer of the smash hit singles, "Bluer Than Blue," "This Night Won't Last Forever," "That's That," and other landmark songs. Michael started playing at age 13; studied classical guitar in Barcelona; in 1968 joined the Chad Mitchell Trio with John Denver, touring for a year; and in 1969 toured for a year with the company of "Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris." In addition to his pop radio hits of the 1970's and '80's, he racked up top singles on the country charts with "Give Me Wings" and "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder." Michael's recent recordings feature duet partners Nanci Griffith and Alison Krauss. His music shows a diversity, depth and heart that only come from years of dedication to a labor of love. His amazing guitar work, humor and showmanship will make for a very special evening. Bring a friend! Michael's latest CD is "Moonlight Deja Vu." 

    http://www.mjblue.com/

  • Fri
    30
    May
    2014
    8:00 pm

    Tickets $12
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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
    05
    Sep
    2014
    8:00 pm

    Tickets $12

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    Kat is one of the most accomplished guitarists and singer/songwriters in the folk, Celtic and traditional music genres. Elating, moving, and amusing audiences with her beautiful blend of sweet melodies, gentle honesty and searing humor, Kat's music reflects a wide range of life's experiences with unusual clarity and authority.

    In a clear alto with flawless intonation, Kat Eggleston goes straight to the lyrical and emotional truth of every word and every note. Her musings on home, childhood, and her father's garden are gems of direct, unassuming plain spokenness. Her narratives push hard at our senses and demand we return again and again to pick up the pieces we dropped on first hearing, expanding our comprehension of difficult, personal and universal experience.

    Kat has released five CDs to date, three of which are available from Waterbug Music, one from Redwing Music, and the most recent,Speak, as an independent release. Kat has also just released a duet CD, Lost and Found, with Kate MacLeod.

    www.kateggleston.com

  • Fri
    19
    Sep
    2014
    8:00 pm

    Tickets $12

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    davidbarrett

    A David Barrett concert rocks you with gentle humor, then rolls you with the rhythm of the sea.  A consummate performer, Barrett weaves the music together with stories of life on the road, of children and criminals, golf and baseball, and the things hound dogs would say if they could talk.

    David's latest album, It’s a Long, Long Story, is a lot more than a compendium of ten new David Barrett songs. It's a crash course in sunsets, innocence, lost love, high comedy and the physics of life. It'll take you there and back, cradled safely in melody. The album is beautiful, understated and true.

    www.davidbarrett.com

  • Fri
    26
    Sep
    2014
    8:00 pm

    Tickets $17

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    petermayer

    Peter Mayer's songs are fresh and unique, earthy and intimate. His welcoming voice and inventive guitar work provide the perfect vehicle for his down-home wisdom and a sweep of themes that includes Buddha, Jesus, Columbus, Isaac Newton and...Harley Davidson.

    Peter began playing the guitar and writing songs when he was in high school. He studied Theology and music in college, then spent two years in seminary. After deciding that the priesthood wasn't for him, he took a part-time job as a church music director for 8 years, while performing at clubs and colleges and writing and recording his music. In 1995 he quit his job and started touring full-time. Since then, Peter has gradually gained a dedicated, word-of-mouth following, selling out shows from Minnesota to Texas, New England to California. He has 8 CDs to his credit and has sold over 50,000 of them independently.

    Peter's annual visits to Green Wood attract large audiences, often selling out. Get your tickets early!

    “There are at least a dozen Peter Mayer songs that I would love to learn, myself, but I could never play them as well as he does.” — David Wilcox

    “I’m a huge Peter Mayer fan, but only when I don’t feel like killing him for being so good. I love Peter’s work, though it irritates me that he plays so much better than I do.” — Janis Ian

    http://www.petermayer.net/

  • Fri
    17
    Oct
    2014
    8:00 pm

    Tickets $15

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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
    24
    Oct
    2014
    8:00 pm

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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 Sound of the Broken. This is a rare opportunity to see Jeremy Horn in a small venue setting. Bring a friend!

    www.jeremyhornmusic.com

  • Fri
    31
    Oct
    2014
    8:00 pm

    Tickets $15

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    chuckbrodsky3There 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 Baseball Ballads 2.

    www.chuckbrodsky.com

  • Fri
    07
    Nov
    2014
    8:00 pm

    Tickets $20

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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 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. These days Jonathan is likely to be found on the road. I've been...doing what I do best, which is playing live in front of people. I've been concentrating on that and loving it," he says.

    An artist who measures his success by his ability to attract and take good care of an audience for four decades, Jonathan maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that keeps him going. “It is really gratifying to hear [someone say], ‘Your stuff has meant a lot to me over the years.’”

    The “stuff” he’s referring to is a highly respected repertoire that includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “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.

    www.jonathanedwards.net

  • Fri
    14
    Nov
    2014
    8:00 pm

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    Tish HinojosaAs the youngest of thirteen children born to Mexican immigrant parents, Hinojosa grew up listening to traditional Mexican songs as well as the pop and folk stations of the 60s on her parents’ radio. Inspired by these diverse influences, her career took her to New Mexico and then to Nashville. Performing with legendary country musician Michael Martin Murphy inspired her to begin writing her own songs in English and Spanish.

    After her first independent release, 1987's Taos to Tennessee, she was signed by A&M Records. Since then, a continuous stream of recordings and numerous American and European tours have brought Hinojosa’s music to an ever-expanding audience. To date, she has released 16 albums.

    Her releases explore a wide variety of styles, ranging from the perfect balance of country, folk, and Latino elements on Culture Swing and the collection of Mexican love ballads and border songs on the all-Spanish Frontejas, to the delicate mysticism of Dreaming From the Labyrinth and the joyful optimism on her bilingual children’s record, Cada Niño/Every Child. Sign of Truth added yet another facet to Hinojosa’s sound, revealing a more personal, intimate, and independent side.

    Teaming up with artists like Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Flaco Jimenez, and Los Lobos, Hinojosa’s sound has an undeniable and far-reaching appeal.

    Her latest album is After the Fair.

    www.mundotish.com

  • Fri
    21
    Nov
    2014
    8:00 pm

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    Andrew Calhoun writes with a paradoxical combination of incandescent intellect and unstudied magic. He is both a lightning rod for

    "the unconscious rightness of intuitive connection" and a perpetual student of songcraft with a deep respect for both tradition and innovation. In the thirty-odd years that he has been writing and performing he has created an impressive body of work. Onstage he is disarmingly unpretentious, spontaneous and darkly witty, weaving a tapestry that includes not only his own songs but Scottish ballads that he's translated from dialect and poems and songs by exceptional writers such as Dave Carter, Mary Oliver and Robert Frost. At age seven Andrew memorized W. B. Yeats' "Song of Wandering Aengus," thus earning a nickel from his mother. He got his first guitar at age ten and began writing songs at twelve. By the late seventies he was a fixture in the Chicago folk scene. He presents workshops on many topics: Creative Songwriting, Song Appreciation, Scottish Folk Ballads, and Music Theory for Guitarists.  In 1992 Calhoun founded Waterbug Records, an artists' cooperative folk label which has grown to 70 titles, bringing some of the brightest singer-songwriters and folk musicians to an international audience. Waterbug was the first to distribute music by Chuck Brodsky, Cosy Sheridan, Dar Williams, Lui Collins, Sons of the Never Wrong, Erin McKeown and many others.  His own recordings have been released on Hogeye, Flying Fish and Waterbug Records.

    "Andrew Calhoun tells the truth. To my knowledge, there is no better songwriter alive."   - Dave Carter

    www.waterbug.com

  • Fri
    05
    Dec
    2014
    8:00 pm

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    Katie Geddes

    Katie Geddes sings traditional and contemporary folk, country-folk, and folk-pop tunes. A deft interpreter of beloved songs, her 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 latest CD release, We Are Each Other’s Angels, features an inspired roster of guest artists including Michael Johnson, Mary McCaslin, Don Henry and Small Potatoes, and 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.

     

     

     

     

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    Matt Watroba

    Matt Watroba brings a very special set of talents to the stage whenever he appears as a folk musician. His excellent guitar playing, mellow voice, friendship with his audience, and knowledge of his presentations is impressive. Add to that Matt’s own special brand of humor and you are in for a most entertaining and enlightening set.You will feel his obvious love of folk music, both traditional and contemporary; its writers and performers; its heroes and villains. Matt sings songs of compassion, inner strength, humor, and everyday living. Matt’s latest CD, Shine Right Through The Dark, appeared on several folk DJs’“Best Of”lists for 2010.

     

     

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    Chuck Brodsky

    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-traveled 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 Baseball Ballads 2.

     

    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 inThe 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.

    Vocal trio All About Eve (Katie Geddes, Deb Wood, David Vaughn) offers up a variety of close-harmony pop covers and traditional and contemporary folk and gospel songs, accompanied by Dan Reynolds on guitar.

  • Fri
    12
    Dec
    2014
    8:00 pm

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    In a rare appearance as a foursome, Kim & Reggie Harris will perform with Magpie, for a special holiday concert, Season of Light. Magpie is the duo of Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino, and they are friends, neighbors, and collaborators with Kim & Reggie. The foursome have released two CDs together, Guide My Feet and Spoken in Love (live concert CD). A Kim and Reggie and Magpie Concert is a moving experience of soaring vocal dynamics matched by a repertoire of inspirational and thought-provoking songs for peace and social justice, music of the Civil Rights movement, and a sprinkling of madness and hilarity.From Solstice to Chanukah to Christmas to Kwanzaa, many cultures and peoples celebrate as the days grow short in the Northern Hemisphere. These gatherings are a reminder of the changing season, of hope and freedom, of new life and new beginnings and of the basic principles for living together. Combining their many talents, Kim & Reggie Harris and Magpie will perform music and tell stories from traditions that mark The Season of Light, celebrating the many common these of these festivals: the changing seasons, respect for nature, the quest for freedom, kindness to others, unity, cooperation, purpose and creativity.About Kim & Reggie:
    Consummate musicians and storytellers, Kim & Reggie Harris are a mini festival of diversity. Combining traditional African-American spirituals and freedom songs with original folk, they sing of life, love, the quest for freedom, environment and community. Their latest CD, Resurrection Day binds these themes into a profoundly moving personal odyssey of inspiration and hope, adding Reggie's experience as an organ donor recipient to the social justice palette.About Magpie:

    Magpie is the contemporary folk duo of Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino. Known as environmental musicians, activists and teachers Magpie has over 40 years of touring history in festivals, schools, historical associations and museums, including the Smithsonian. They are also Master Artists with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts Originally from Ohio, they now make their home in upstate New York, right next door to Kim & Reggie Harris.

    www.kimandreggie.com

  • Fri
    16
    Jan
    2015
    8:00 pm

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    juggernautYou 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

    www.juggernautjugband.com/

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  • Fri
    06
    Feb
    2015
    8:00 pm

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    SONiA (Rutstein, aka disappear fear) writes and performs captivating love songs and confronts the hypocrisies and biases of our culture with a positive message of openness and optimism.  Having performed in Israel/Palestine and in many parts of the world, SONiA's Judaic roots live in the colors of her songs and paintings.  SONiA has performed in 16 countries and has just as many award winning albums to her credit. She has received the GLAMA Award for Female Artist of the Year, Out Music Award for OUTstanding World Music CD, and was a finalist in the Telluride Song Competition. Her talent as a guitar player led the Santa Cruz Guitar Company to create a SONiA Model which has been sold in the US, Germany and Australia. Singing in Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic and English, her powerful honesty touches people of varied social and ethnic backgrounds. SONiA's independent record label, disappear records, donates 18% of every download to the United Nations World Food  Programme. www.soniadisappearfear.com

     

     

  • Fri
    13
    Feb
    2015
    8:00 pm

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    In his own words: I've been playing music since I was 12. The first album I bought myself was Neil Young's Harvest. I still think it is the greatest single album ever produced. I learned to play blues by listening to Lightnin' Hopkins and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee. I learned to write lyrics by reading Jack London, William Carlos Williams and Frank Herbert. By the time I was 25 I had worked as many jobs as a gypsy laborer. I never paid attention in school. I went to college for a year and made a real mess of it. During the 80's I played acoustic music all over the country and in Canada with my partner, Susan Shore. We had a wonderful band, dubbed the Honky Tonk Dogs. We put out two albums, one on Flying Fish records and one on an independent label call ROM Records. I come by this naturally, by blood. My father writes poems about everything and takes the Marxist approach to art: that if you aren't saying something about something then you are saying nothing about everything. He might disagree, but I know this is true. He writes love poems that look like something else. I, too, can only write about love by surprise or accident. I've been writing songs again. I record them in one day, play all the parts, mix them and move on. Like my first influence, Neil Young, I'm always working on something new. I'm musically restless. I love the work. I look angry but I'm deeply happy. I'm grateful. www.nathanbellmusic.com

  • Fri
    20
    Feb
    2015
    8:00 pm

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    mattwatroba2Matt Watroba brings a very special set of talents to the stage whenever he appears as a folk musician. His excellent guitar playing, mellow voice, friendship with his audience, and knowledge of his presentations is impressive. Add to that Matt's own special brand of humor and you are in for a most entertaining and enlightening evening. You will feel his obvious love of folk music, both traditional and contemporary; its writers and performers, its heroes and villains. Matt sings songs of compassion, inner strength, humor, and everyday living.  Matt's latest CD is Shine Right Through The Dark.  www.mattwatroba.com

  • Fri
    06
    Mar
    2015
    8:00 pm

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    Yes, THE Michael Johnson, singer of the smash hit singles, "Bluer Than Blue," "This Night Won't Last Forever," "That's That," and other landmark songs. Michael started playing at age 13; studied classical guitar in Barcelona; in 1968 joined the Chad Mitchell Trio with John Denver; and in 1969 toured for a year with the company of "Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris." In addition to his pop radio hits of the 1970's and '80's, he racked up top singles on the country charts with "Give Me Wings" and "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder."  Michael's recent recordings feature duet partners Nanci Griffith and Alison Krauss. His music shows a diversity, depth and heart that only come from years of dedication to a labor of love.  His amazing guitar work, humor and showmanship will make for a very special evening. Bring a friend!   Michael's latest CD is Moonlight Deja Vu.   www.mjblue.com

     

     

  • Fri
    13
    Mar
    2015
    8:00 pm

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    mouthsofbabes

    Mouths of Babes is Ty Greenstein (of Girlyman) and Ingrid Elizabeth (of Coyote Grace).
    This tender tomboy and rough-and-tumble lady come together to melt hearts and shake souls with undeniable chemistry and a truly unexpected heralding of wisdom. Mouths of Babes' sound is equal parts celebration and blues, folk and soul, salve and anthem — an invitation to love this life, to sing your sob story and end it with a smile. Their debut CD is Faith & Fumes.  www.mouthsofbabesmusic.com

  • Fri
    27
    Mar
    2015
    8:00 pm

    Barbara Bailey HutchisonTickets $12
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    This Grammy Award winning artist has appeared at the White House three times and has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Asia. Barbara grew up in Detroit, Michigan and launched her career in music while attending Michigan State University. Singer/songwriter friend, Michael Johnson, describes her style as "art songs". Her lyric-driven, often humorous, alternative folk music speaks to issues of tolerance and human rights, as well as personal relationships and funny circumstances.

    www.bbhsings.com

  • Fri
    03
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 pm
    Good Friday
    evening vigil
    All About Eve (Katie Geddes and Deb Wood with Dan Reynolds on guitar)
    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, April 6. 7:00pm
    30 minute service
    repeats at 7:30pm and 8:00pm
    Enter at any time; stay as long as you like
    (worship service; no admission charge)
  • Fri
    10
    Apr
    2015
    8:00 pm

    Don CampbellTickets $15
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    Don Campbell is a contemporary/country crossover and folk-rock singer/songwriter whose clear and well-delivered 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. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dan Fogelberg was a multi-platinum selling artist, with hits such as "Leader of the Band", "Longer", "Same Old Lang Syne," and a large and diverse catalog of over 20 albums. He passed away in 2007 after a three year battle with cancer. Fogelberg remains a huge influence and musical hero of Don's. 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.

    www.doncampbellmusic.com

  • Fri
    24
    Apr
    2015
    8:00 pm

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    johnflynn

    John Flynn's powerful songs of humanity and hope are deeply rooted in the traditions of Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs. From barbed political verse to joyous fun-loving lyrics for kids, John paints vivid, lasting images with words and music, drawn from a palate of awareness, irony, humor and compassion. John began writing professionally in 1980 after graduating from Temple University with a degree in political science. A staff writing contract with Combine Music and a Billboard Magazine Top Forty country recording of his song, "Rainbows and Butterflies" by Billy Swann ("I Can Help") established John in the heart of Nashville's Music Row. Flynn's songs eventually transcended the boundaries of country music. John's songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Chris LeDoux, Ronny Redman, Full Frontal Folk and Ronny Cox. His first main-stage appearance at the 1995 Philadelphia Folk Festival cemented John's reputation as a dynamic original contemporary folk artist. Songs that Flynn wrote for his own four children became the basis of two highly-acclaimed family CDs. John appears regularly on the Peabody Award-winning children's radio program, "Kid's Corner" and has been featured in New York City's Madison Square Kids' Series. In the new millenium, John began to speak and write about social justice issues, and his newest CDs reflect that change. 2004's Dragon proudly features backing vocals by Kris Kristofferson. The track, "Angel Dawson" was included in the 2005 season finale of TV's "Joan of Arcadia." John's songs, "Blink," "Put Your Freedom Where Your Mouth Is," and "There's No Them There" are featured in the 2008 Robert Corna documentary, "Tiny Tears," a film about the global epidemic of pediatric HIV/AIDS. In 2005, Arlo Guthrie invited John to join his post-Katrina "Train To New Orleans Tour." Arlo says of John, "More than just a good songwriter, performer or guitar player, John Flynn is a friend because he actually does the kinds of things to make the world a little better." Off the road, John enjoys time at home with his family. He volunteers with a men's discussion group in a Delaware maximum security prison. He is a devoted supporter of Camp Dreamcatcher, an organization providing a safe haven for children living with HIV/AIDS. With only an old Martin D-28 and harmonica for accompaniment, John's compelling songs, strong voice and open heart are turning strangers into believers and believers into friends.

    www.johnflynn.net

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015
    8:00 pm

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    donwhite

    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
    May
    2015
    8:00 pm

    BillBynymCo_lo_res_800x600_croppedTickets $12
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    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."  Bill lives for the joy of entertaining his audience. A true showman! Bill's band includes Chuck Anderson on bass, John Lang on steel guitar and Mary Seelhorst on fiddle. Sure to be a fun night!

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  • Fri
    15
    May
    2015
    8:00 pm

    Lou and Peter BerrymanTickets $15
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    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."

    www.louandpeter.com

  • Fri
    18
    Sep
    2015
    8:00 pm

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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
    02
    Oct
    2015
    8:00 pm

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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 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. These days Jonathan is likely to be found on the road. I've been...doing what I do best, which is playing live in front of people. I've been concentrating on that and loving it," he says.

    An artist who measures his success by his ability to attract and take good care of an audience for four decades, Jonathan maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that keeps him going. “It is really gratifying to hear [someone say], ‘Your stuff has meant a lot to me over the years.’”

    The “stuff” he’s referring to is a highly respected repertoire that includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “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.

    www.jonathanedwards.net

  • Fri
    09
    Oct
    2015
    8:00 pm

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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
    16
    Oct
    2015
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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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 Sound of the Broken. This is a rare opportunity to see Jeremy Horn in a small venue setting. Bring a friend!

    www.jeremyhornmusic.com

  • Fri
    30
    Oct
    2015
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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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 Baseball Ballads 2.

    www.chuckbrodsky.com

  • Sun
    08
    Nov
    2015
    7:30 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    petermayer

    Peter Mayer's songs are fresh and unique, earthy and intimate. His welcoming voice and inventive guitar work provide the perfect vehicle for his down-home wisdom and a sweep of themes that includes Buddha, Jesus, Columbus, Isaac Newton and...Harley Davidson.

    Peter began playing the guitar and writing songs when he was in high school. He studied Theology and music in college, then spent two years in seminary. After deciding that the priesthood wasn't for him, he took a part-time job as a church music director for 8 years, while performing at clubs and colleges and writing and recording his music. In 1995 he quit his job and started touring full-time. Since then, Peter has gradually gained a dedicated, word-of-mouth following, selling out shows from Minnesota to Texas, New England to California. He has 8 CDs to his credit and has sold over 50,000 of them independently.

    Peter's annual visits to Green Wood attract large audiences, often selling out. Get your tickets early!

    “There are at least a dozen Peter Mayer songs that I would love to learn, myself, but I could never play them as well as he does.” — David Wilcox

    “I’m a huge Peter Mayer fan, but only when I don’t feel like killing him for being so good. I love Peter’s work, though it irritates me that he plays so much better than I do.” — Janis Ian

    http://www.petermayer.net/

  • Fri
    13
    Nov
    2015
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    JohnFordColey

    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
    20
    Nov
    2015
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    Kerri-Powers

    Kerri Powers started out performing in coffeehouses throughout her native New England, and has released several albums. Two of her songs were  featured on the television series, “Rescue Me.” After taking time off to get married and raise her young son, she returned to performing, counting among her credits the Boston Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival, among other prestigious gatherings. She’s also toured Europe while opening for singer/songwriter Fred Eaglesmith. This flurry of activity recently culminated in a self-titled album, her first studio effort in five years. With a track list that includes eight searing self-penned songs and two inspired covers (Janis Ian’s, “Jesse,” and The Bee Gees’, “To Love Somebody,” it is a most welcome continuation of a fine body of work, a sound that’s homespun, sparse and understated.
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  • Fri
    04
    Dec
    2015
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    LeeMurdock

    In this holiday concert, Lee Murdock and his band celebrate the Christmas holidays steeped in Great Lakes heritage. The story of the Rouse Simmons is a holiday remembrance of loss and renewal, love, and the resilience of the human spirit. The ship's captain, Herman Schuenemann, was well-known and loved on the Chicago River docks where he sold (and sometimes gave away) the trees brought down from Manistique. The ship was lost in Lake Michigan in November 1912, but the captain's wife and family kept up this tradition for 22 years more, well beyond the days of the tall ships on the Great Lakes. There were many Christmas tree ships on the Great Lakes, but the Rouse Simmons is famed for her family. Numerous books, children's stories, and museum exhibits have kept this story alive. Lee wrote and recorded his song about her in 1989, and has presented an annual concert ever since to remember this story and many other songs and stories about family ties, and the holiday season, against a backdrop of mariners and Michigan history.

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    www.LeeMurdock.com

  • Fri
    18
    Dec
    2015
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    katiegeddes

    Katie Geddes

    Katie Geddes sings traditional and contemporary folk, country-folk, and folk-pop tunes. A deft interpreter of beloved songs, her 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 latest CD release, We Are Each Other’s Angels, features an inspired roster of guest artists including Michael Johnson, Mary McCaslin, Don Henry and Small Potatoes, and 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.

    www.katiegeddes.com

    Matt Watroba brings a special set of talents to the stage. His mellow voice, friendship with his audience, and knowledge of his presentations is impressive. Add to that Matt's own special brand of humor and you are in for a most entertaining and enlightening set. You will feel his love of folk music, both traditional and contemporary; its writers and performers, its heroes and villains. Matt sings songs of compassion, inner strength, humor, and everyday living.

    David Barrett writes songs about children. And criminals. He writes music about golf. And Norman Vincent Peale. He struggled for years, scrapping for gigs (and, in his words, "driving for checks") only to become the proverbial "overnight sensation" in a field he'd never dreamed of storming. Barrett recalls, "In 1985, I was visiting a friend in New York City who was a writer for Sports Illustrated. We were watching the NBA Finals, talking about sports and life, and I remembered that I had written this song about sports and achievement, so when I got home I sent it to him. He took it over to CBS, and they called me up out of the blue.” The song, of course was “One Shining Moment,” the paean to endeavor that now crowns the NCAA Basketball Finals. A version sung by Luther Vandross pushes the song’s power to a new height. David Barrett: a handsome guy singing provocative, hauntingly beautiful songs in which he tackles lost love, high comedy and the physics of life.

    Vocal trio All About Eve (Katie Geddes, Deb Wood, David Vaughn) offers up a variety of close-harmony pop covers and traditional and contemporary folk and gospel songs, accompanied by Dan Reynolds on guitar, David Stearns on bass, and Lori Fithian on percussion.

  • Fri
    08
    Jan
    2016
    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 isYou Mean We Get Paid For This

    juggernautjugband.com

  • Fri
    04
    Mar
    2016
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    SHOW CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESSmichael_johnson_hires

    Hello!

    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

  • Fri
    11
    Mar
    2016
    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
    25
    Mar
    2016
    7:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
    Good Friday
    evening vigil
    All 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. 7:00pm
    30 minute service
    repeats at 7:30pm and 8:00pm
    Enter at any time; stay as long as you like
    (worship service; no admission charge)
  • Fri
    01
    Apr
    2016
    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.

    tomchapin.com

  • Fri
    15
    Apr
    2016
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    Scott_Ainslie

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    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. 

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  • Fri
    22
    Apr
    2016
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    jonathanedwards

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    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."

    www.jonathanedwards.net

  • Fri
    29
    Apr
    2016
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Don Campbell

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    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.

    www.doncampbellmusic.com

  • Fri
    06
    May
    2016
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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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
    13
    May
    2016
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    "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!

  • Fri
    20
    May
    2016
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Pat Donohue

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    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.

    patdonohue.com

     

    heywoodbanksHeywood Banks

    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.

    heywoodbanks.com

  • Fri
    09
    Sep
    2016
    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
    16
    Sep
    2016
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    SOLD OUT! Please call Green Wood to get on the wait list.

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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
    30
    Sep
    2016
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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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

  • Fri
    07
    Oct
    2016
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Lou and Peter Berryman

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    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."

    www.louandpeter.com

  • Fri
    14
    Oct
    2016
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    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.

    lauriemcclain.com

  • Fri
    28
    Oct
    2016
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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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
    04
    Nov
    2016
    8:00 pm

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    Photos by Ann & Paul Schatzkin - May 11, 2013

    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

  • Sat
    12
    Nov
    2016
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    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.

  • Fri
    18
    Nov
    2016
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    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.

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  • Fri
    02
    Dec
    2016
    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.

    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!

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  • Fri
    09
    Dec
    2016
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    ChuckMitchell

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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.
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  • Fri
    16
    Dec
    2016
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    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.  

    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.

     

  • Fri
    13
    Jan
    2017
    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?

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  • Fri
    20
    Jan
    2017
    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
    03
    Feb
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    Matt Watroba & Rev Robert Jones

    For over twenty years, Robert Jones and Matt Watroba have been musical partners.  Their relationship started when they each hosted a radio show on Detroit's WDET-FM.  They started performing together and discovered a friendship based on mutual respect and a love for traditional American music.  Now, Matt and Robert travel the nation extolling the virtues of “Music That Matters”.
    For Matt and Robert, American roots music (folk, blues, spirituals, work songs, chants) is, indeed, music that matters.  This is the music that America and the world have in common.  It is music that reflects history; social change; migration; hopes and dreams.  It is music that is rich and diverse, direct and powerful.  As talented as they are individually, Matt and Robert together form a stage presence that is greater than the sum of its parts. You might even get to sing along!
  • Fri
    10
    Feb
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    The string band and vocal trio Low Lily explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weave together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar), Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin), and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds. When you combine this with stellar composition skills and inventive arrangements you get music that is rooted yet contemporary. www.lowlily.com

     

  • Fri
    03
    Mar
    2017
    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

     

  • Fri
    24
    Mar
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Livingston Taylor

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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." Come enjoy Livingston Taylor's first vistit to Green Wood!

    livingstontaylor.com

  • Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    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.

    www.christinelavin.com

  • Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    Singer/songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche grew up in an impressive musical family. She is the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche, and half-sister of Rufus and Martha Wainwright. Born and raised in New York City, Roche spent years traveling with and amongst her large musical family. After college, she began teaching second and third grade. In 2005 she joined brother Rufus on tour to sing backup, and after releasing an eight-song, debut CD, Lucy became a full-time touring musician. Recent tours have included solo appearances; double bills with mom, Suzzy; and ensemble shows with Suzzy, Loudon, Rufus, Martha, and Sloan Wainwright. Lucy's recent CDs include solo release There's A Last Time For Everything and Mud and Apples, a collaboration with Suzzy Roche.

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  • Fri
    21
    Apr
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    For over 20 years, David Mosher has been performing, writing, producing, recording, and teaching music. Based in southeast Michigan, he's stitched himself throughout the fabric of the state's musical community as a sideman for some of the state's best-known performers, including Kitty Donohoe, Matt Watroba, Michael King, and others. He is a member of the ensembles the Raisinpickers and the RFD Boys, and the go-to multi-instrumentalist for countless regional acts.  He performs with Ann Arbor's Wild Swan Theater as their main musician and is also involved as music director of the Ramblin' River Road Show. His smooth, soothing vocals and excellent songwriting are accompanied by his stellar skills on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. www.davidmoshermusic.blogspot.com

    Songwriter and Michigan Emmy recipient Kitty Donohoe is not an Irish or Celtic singer, but she clearly draws from that part of her heritage, as well as her American roots, as an artist.  A writer of tunes as well as songs, her originals are rich with her  natural sense as a storyteller, her love for language and her ear for a melody.  Her music is luminous, earthy and compelling, and all of her songwriter CDs  integrate the textures and feel of accordions, whistles, pipes and bodhran alongside the more standard guitar, bass or piano.  Some of her originals sound like they were written 100 years ago and others are clearly contemporary, but one thing is certain: with or without a band behind her, Kitty's striking voice carries it all, delivering each song with power and emotion. www.kittydonohoe.com

    Come enjoy two musical friends sharing the stage for an evening of acoustic camaraderie!

     

  • Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Don Campbell

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    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.

    www.doncampbellmusic.com

  • Fri
    05
    May
    2017
    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.

     

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  • Fri
    12
    May
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    Yes, THE Michael Johnson, singer of the smash hit singles, "Bluer Than Blue," "This Night Won't Last Forever," "That's That," and other landmark songs. Michael started playing at age 13; studied classical guitar in Barcelona; in 1968 joined the Chad Mitchell Trio with John Denver; and in 1969 toured for a year with the company of "Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris." In addition to his pop radio hits of the 1970's and '80's, he racked up top singles on the country charts with "Give Me Wings" and "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder."  Michael's recent recordings feature duet partners Nanci Griffith and Alison Krauss. His music shows a diversity, depth and heart that only come from years of dedication to a labor of love.  His amazing guitar work, humor and showmanship will make for a very special evening. Bring a friend!   Michael's latest CD is Moonlight Deja Vu.   www.mjblue.com

  • Fri
    19
    May
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    Astonished audiences often ask Kenny White after a live performance, “How come I’ve never heard of you?”  In fact, the pianist, singer/songwriter, producer and arranger has been very well known in the NYC recording scene for decades.  He comes to the world of the touring singer-songwriter following a long and successful musical journey.  Long List of Priors, his aptly named new album, is the latest collection of original songs: indelible snapshots of the human condition, from heart-wrenching to hilarious and observed with the precision of a diamond cutter. Kenny White began his career in the 1970s, touring exclusively as the keyboard player for Jonathan Edwards and Livingston Taylor, with whom he opened Linda Ronstadt’s legendary, “Living in the USA” tour.  He then became a fixture in the NYC studio scene throughout the 1980s and 1990s, producing and arranging hundreds of commercials for TV and radio, beginning with “The Unsinkable Taste of Cheerios,” nearly seven years of Chevrolet’s “Heartbeat of America” campaign, and countless ads for the Coca Cola company. Kenny White’s record producing credits include Shawn Colvin’s Grammy-nominated song, “I Don’t Know Why,” as well as the last four solo CDs for Peter Wolf, formerly with the J. Geils Band.

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

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    Ron Coden has been an entertainer for over fifty years.  His music encompasses a wide variety of styles. He is a singer, comedian, actor, storyteller and guitarist. Whether performing a rousing folk song, a heartfelt ballad or a popular Broadway show tune, Ron Coden is always a delight.  Ron is accompanied by three fine musicians: Ron Blight on guitar, Danny Ballas on drums and Todd McIntosh on bass.  Come experience the Ron Coden Show's hand-clapping, foot-stomping fun as we open our Fall 2017 season! Bring a friend!
  • Fri
    15
    Sep
    2017
    8:00 pm1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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    Suzzy Roche is a founding member of the singing group, The Roches.  In addition to recording numerous albums with The Roches, Suzzy has released two solo albums and, with sister, Maggie, an unusual collection of musical prayers, Zero Church.  She has written two books: the novel, "Wayward Saints," and a children's book, "Want To Be in a Band?"  Suzzy is currently performing in The Wooster Group's "Early Shaker Spirituals," "Cry Trojans!," based on Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida," and "The Room," by Harold Pinter.  www.suzzyroche.com

    Singer/songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche grew up in an impressive musical family. She is the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche, and half-sister of Rufus and Martha Wainwright.  Lucy spent years traveling with her large musical family. After college, she began teaching second and third grade. In 2005 she joined brother Rufus on tour to sing backup, and after releasing an eight-song, debut CD, Lucy became a full-time touring musician. Recent tours have included solo appearances; double bills with Suzzy; and ensemble shows with Suzzy, Loudon, Rufus, Martha, and Sloan Wainwright. Lucy's recent CDs include solo release There's A Last Time For Everything. lucywainwrightroche.com

    Lucy & Suzzy recorded their first duo CD, Fairytale and Myth in 2014.  Their newest release is 2016's Mud & Apples.

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

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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

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    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

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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!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
    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.

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