Pianist and singer; arranger and co-founder of “Roomful of Blues” – the renowned American jump band nominated for two Grammy Awards while he was with them. After 16 years with Roomful, relocated to Europe in 1984, and back home to the US in 2010. Al has been performing extensively in Europe and the northeast US for the past few years, and continues to develop in style and taste, always noted for energy, versatility and impeccable harmony. He has also performed with: the original Blues Brothers (John Belushi / Dan Ackroyd), Etta James, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ruth Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Snooks Eaglin, John Hammond Jr., Big Mama Thornton/ George “Harmonica” Smith, Otis Rush, Big Walter Horton, Helen Humes, Benny Waters, Hal Singer, Arnett Cobb, Scott Hamilton, Big Jay McNealy, Roy “Good Rockin” Brown, and a host of others… and is also a stalwart at Roomful Reunions…
Gypsy Romantique’, whose slogan is: a little Django, a little Tango, a little Swing, A LOT OF FUN!, is just all that. Whimsical and romantic with a lot of the humor infused in Dufresne’s lyrics, the band takes the audience on a magical tour through the jazz and swing era in a brightly wrapped package of new and original material. You might think you’ve heard the songs in an old black and white film. Melding the gypsy inspired Paris hot club jazz of the 1930’s and American western swing of the same era, with their Latin influences and a touch of unabashed schmaltz, Gypsy Romantique’ is able to carry you away to the magic of the silver screen when it really was silver and not Technicolor. What you end up with is an entertaining cabaret of music that spans multiple generations.
Open Mic to Benefit FRESH at Woodstock Academy. FRESH is a student-run nonprofit operating out of The Woodstock Academy that works toward poverty relief and awareness in the “Quiet Corner” area of Connecticut. We also run a mentoring program that operates in the local middle schools.
The event will start at 6 and will be open to students performing music or poetry. Entry is $7 and participating admission will be $5. FRESH is a student-run nonprofit organization at WA providing camperships and scholarships to children in the community, sponsoring a mentoring program between Academy students and local middle schools, striving to better the lives of people in the community.
Open to all Woodstock Academy Students.
Jon began performing semi-professionally in 1965 at various coffee houses in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach area. The folk revival of the 1960s introduced Jon to ethnic folk music, urban and rural blues and the singer/songwriters who rose up out of that era, inspiring him to pick up a guitar for the first time and attempt his own songwriting.
Widely acclaimed for their powerhouse performances of rousing work songs, haunting ballads and laments, and hair-raising harmonies, The Johnson Girls have performed at major festivals, clubs, coffeehouses, and more across the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, and Europe, have performed live on Oscar Brand’s radio show, France Bleu radio and appeared on French TV. The Johnson Girls is an energetic all-woman a cappella ensemble, performing traditional and contemporary music with an emphasis on songs of the sea and shore. With a sound that has been called “exciting,” “haunting,” and “uplifting,” the Johnson Girls give performances that bring audiences to their feet wherever they go.
The Delta Generators have accomplished a lot since forming in 2008. They won the Boston Blues Society’s Blues challenge in 2008, which earned them a spot in the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis in 2009. The band finished as a Top 10 Finalist out of over a hundred bands. The Delta Generators also won an Independent Music Award for Best Blues Album category for their debut album, Devil in the Rhythm in 2009. In 2009 they won Best Blues Band in Worcester Magazine and were nominated for Best R&B Act in the Boston Phoenix in 2010.The DG’s 2nd album Hard River to Row was selected by the Blues Foundation as a Top 5 Finalist (out of entries worldwide) in the Best Self-Produced CD competition at the International Blues Challenge in 2011. The DG’s were nominated for Best Blues Act 2011 by The Boston Music Awards, and Best Blues Band 2013 by Worcester Magazine Music Awards.
After the death of Pete Seeger in 2014, a small group of his admirers joined together to celebrate his life with a sing-along concert at the Hampton Grange. The event was a huge success and gave birth to SING:The Quiet Corner Song Swap. There is no charge and lyrics are available for most songs. They frequently use the folk “hymnal”, Rise Up Singing and its sequel, Rise Again for song lyrics. Participants are encouraged to lead their favorite songs or suggest them to the song leaders of the evening. Bring your voices, your instruments and your ears. This is specifically a night for singing, so please, no fiddle tunes or songs without a place to join in.
Violet Maeve is an acoustic rock band located in western MA’s Pioneer Valley. They have been performing in Western and Central MA under the name Taking Back Eden since 2014. Current members include Carolyn Walker (vocals, guitar, violin), Jen Spingla (vocals, guitar, bass), Christine Horn (drum set and percussion), and occasionally Heather Sommerlad (violin) and Jason Duda on bass. Maeve is working on a new album, anticipated for 2017.
~Poetry, Spoken Word, Short Prose & Art~
This Open mic is open to all who experience or have used services for Mental/ Behavioral Health, Addiction, Substance Use or Substance Abuse. As always providers, loved ones and the general public are welcome to come and listen. A note on performing: Please be mindful that Vanilla Bean Café is a family-friendly venue. Each piece should last no longer than 5 minutes, if time permits you are welcome to offer more than one selection. This event was organized by Ripple. 6:30 pm Show Time
$5.00 Donation Suggested
Cosy Sheridan first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won the songwriting contests at both The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival. When she released her critically acclaimed CD Quietly Led on Waterbug Records, The Boston Globe wrote “She is now being called one of the best new singer/songwriters.” She has been on the road ever since playing clubs, concert halls and coffeehouses from Seattle to Berkeley and across I-80 to Omaha, Chicago and then to Boston where she now makes her home. She has played house concerts in Iowa and to a full house at Carnegie Hall. On her new CD she writes of these years on the road in the song Woody Guthrie Watch Over Me.