The Sounding Board by-venue Concerts Listing

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Jonatha Brooke

Thursday, September 21st
8:00 PM
Bridge Street Live

41 Bridge Street, Collinsville

Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records and touring since the early 1990s. After four major label releases, she started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records, in 1999 and has since released eight more albums including the companion CD to her critically acclaimed one woman, Off-Broadway show “My Mother Has 4 Noses” (which ran for 10 weeks) and her most recent studio release, the timely “Midnight. Hallelujah” (2016). In recent years, Jonatha has co-written songs with Katy Perry (for her album PRISM), and The Courtyard Hounds. She’s also written for four Disney films and various television shows and has composed the theme song for Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. Currently, she is working on two other musical projects: “Quadroon,” with the music of contemporary jazz pianist Joe Sample, and “Switched” (working title), with playwright Geoffrey Nauffts and director Sheryl Kaller.

Cost: $25 General Admission; $35 VIP Reserved

Joe Jencks

Friday, September 22nd
7:30 PM (Doors Open at 7:00 PM)
Friday Night Folk at All Souls
All Souls UU Congregation

19 Jay Street, New London

Joe Jencks is an 18-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun. From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audiences with his approachable style. Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.


Anne Marie Menta Band

Friday, September 22nd
8:00 PM
Best Video Performance Space

1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

Singer-songwriter Anne Marie Menta comes from a family of three brothers, where playing and listening to music was their great passion. Her musical credits include fronting various rock and roll, folk, and country bands as a singer/guitarist as well as performing her own original music. The Boys in the Band — Richard Neal, Mark Mirando and Bob Csugie — join Anne Marie for a night of music and attitude.

COST: $5

New Morning Songwriter’s Series


Al Burgasser
Melinda DiMaio
Lara Schuler
Justin Virga

Saturday, September 23rd
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
(Doors Open at 7:00 PM)

New Morning Market/Upstairs Community Room
129 Main Street North, Woodbury
Desserts, refreshments and light fare will be available

Cost: Donations Appreciated
Questions? Call 203-266-6688

Joe Crookston

Special Guest: Marianne Osiel

Saturday, September 23rd
7:30 PM (Doors Open at 6:45 PM)
Groovin’ in New Fairfield

New Fairfield Senior Center
33 Route 37, New Fairfield

Joe Crookston is a master storyteller, songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member, and believer in all things possible. Named as the 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence, his music swirls with themes of lightness, darkness, clocks ticking, weeping willows, cynicism, hope, and the cycles of life and rebirth. For those who love a moving song and musical madness, Joe delivers it all: the melodies, the lyrics, the energy and a deep passion for exceptionally well-written songs.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the New Fairfield Senior Center or by mail, payable to Groovin’ in New Fairfield, c/o New Fairfield Senior Center; 33 Route 37; New Fairfield, CT 06812.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door, pending availability. Additionally, a moderately-priced dinner, catered by Bruno’s Restaurant, is offered prior to showtime. Choices include: eggplant rollatini, chicken francese, pizza, coffee, tea, hot mulled cider, water, and homemade desserts.

Cost: $10

The New American Mandolin Ensemble

Saturday, September 23rd
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

The New American Mandolin Ensemble presents new classical music for plucked string instruments reflecting folk, jazz and world music influences. In 2013 the local musicians Mark and Beverly Davis formed a ground-breaking new group with the goal of performing original contemporary music for plucked strings. The New American Mandolin Ensemble (NAME) is comprised of two mandolins, two classical guitars, a ‘liuto cantabile’ and string bass. NAME has since performed throughout New England, and been featured in international festivals in Spain and Germany.

Cost: $15

Peter Mulvey

Friday, September 29th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

Peter Mulvey is an American folk singer-songwriter based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since the early 1990s, he has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his relentless touring and critically acclaimed albums. Starting his musical career in Milwaukee while at Marquette University, he honed his performing skills while traveling in Dublin, Ireland. He later spent several years in Boston, where he frequently performed in the city’s subway system. He is best known for his warmly wry songwriting and his intense percussive guitar style. Over the past 20 years, Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician – immersing himself in Tin Pan Alley jazz, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative, and Americana stylings.

Cost: $15

Danika and The Jeb

Friday, September 29th
8:00 PM
The Buttonwood Tree

605 Main Street, Middletown

Danika Holmes is a songwriter who was almost a doctor. Jeb Hart is a guitar aficionado who owns and operates his own guitar instruction company. Together they form the duo Danika and The Jeb featuring a soulful combination of acoustic pop and blues that hits the heart with their blended talents. They have opened for mainstream heavyweights including Lyle Lovett, Dierks Bentley, and Phil Vassar.

Cost: $18

William Pint and Felicia Dale

House Concert
Saturday, September 30th
5:00 PM

85 Heloise Street, Hamden

Seattle-based duo William Pint and Felicia Dale are experts in maritime songs, interpreting the musical traditions of the British Isles, France, the West Indies, and the oceans that link our world. The duo’s tight rhythms and strong harmonies evoke sea breezes and the smell of the sea.

Potlock supper will follow the performance.

Suggested Donation: $20 (More if you can, Less if you can’t.)
All donations go to the performers.

For more information, and to RSVP if you plan to stay for supper, either call Sheldon or Nancy Campbell (203-865-4171) or email them.

Tarbox Ramblers

Saturday, September 30th
7:30 PM (Doors Open at 7:00 PM)
Salmon Brook Music Series

South Congregational Church
242 Salmon Brook Street (Rts. 10/202), Granby

​​​Taking listeners to a place where Appalachian music and backwoods blues meet in powerful, unexpected combinations, the music of Tarbox Ramblers has been described as both blues-folk revival and adult-alternative. They have released two albums on the Rounder label, toured throughout North America and Europe, and shared the stage with Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, Dave Alvin and more. The band’s songs can be heard in TV shows, including Sons of Anarchy and Supernatural.

The Salmon Brook Music Series concerts serve as a wonderful opportunity for friends to gather and reunite, for community members to meet and make new friends, enjoy live music and refreshments in an intimate, family-friendly and fully accessible venue. (Homemade desserts available for purchase.) Concert proceeds will support the mission and goals of South Church.

Cost: $15 in advance; $18 day of show

Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt

Saturday, September 30th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

Sally Rogers performs an evening of traditional, contemporary and original ballads and song, interwoven with stories taken from her life as a performer, a wife and a mother. Throughout her concerts, she accompanies herself on guitar and Appalachian dulcimer, or performs without accompaniment in a voice that needs no further enhancement.

Claudia Schmidt, a Michigan native, has spent more than 4 decades as a touring professional, traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners. She has recorded nineteen albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing.

Cost: $20

Plywood Cowboy

Opening Act: Elle Sera

Saturday, October 7th
8:00 PM
The Kate

300 Main Street, Old Saybrook

The heart-born songs of Plywood Cowboy interweave the rich heritage of earthy, country roots with the sentimental poignancy of singer-songwriter traditions. Bottle-fed on roots music, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Steve Dedman and his band strike deep at the soul of American music with songs about hound dogs, heart strings, and the vice of the bottle. One year after their hugely successful EP release concert at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Plywood Cowboy returns to that stage with Elle Sera opening.

Cost: $25

Terry Pazmiño

Sunday, October 8th
Doors open at 1:30 PM
Music begins at 2:00 PM

Ridgefield Folk

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street, Ridgefield

Terry Pazmiño belongs to a generation of composers and musicians who demystified the European influences and rediscovered popular music from Latin America. Born in Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, Pazmiño first picked up the guitar at the age of 7 and has been playing ever since. When he turned 16, he left home to study under three masters of the instrument: Antonio Lauro and Alirio Diaz of Venezuela and Alberto Ponce of France. Pazmiño later lived, studied, and performed for 9 years in Sydney, Australia, where he earned his Honours, Masters – Composition & Performance degree from Western Sydney University.

Pazmiño has performed hundreds of concerts and recitals in more than 42 countries on 5 continents, ranging from such famous venues as the Shanghai Opera House, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Sydney Opera House and New York’s Carnegie Hall, to scores of university, guitar society, and community stages. In addition to a prolific touring schedule, Pazmiño has written numerous compositions for orchestra and guitar and regularly performs with full orchestra. He has performed his seminal composition, Concerto de los Andes, with the National Orchestra of Ecuador, and with Orchestras in Munich, Lima, Salzburg, Managua and other cities around the world. During the course of his career, Pazmiño has released 15 CDs featuring performances of his original compositions and arrangements for guitar.

Following the performance Terry will do a Q and A session about his musical background, influences and inspirations.

Free Admission
Tickets can be picked up at the door on the day of the show starting at 1:00 PM.

The Asberry Boys

Saturday, October 14th
7:30 PM

Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green

Corner of Trinity and Chapel Streets, New Haven

The Asberry Boys, from New Haven, perform contemporary music with a folk-rock feel that includes violin, viola, and guitar behind stunning vocal harmonies. The band writes music together, arranges the music together, and performs with one voice.

Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

Cost: $15 in advance (on-line); $20 at the door

Missy Raines and the New Hip

Friday, October 20
7:30 PM
Presented by GuitartownCT

Best Video Performance Space

1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

Missy Raines and the New Hip , the all-acoustic quartet led by seven-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year Missy Raines, features mandolin, guitars, bass and drums – as well as Missy’s smokey and seductive alto vocals.

During the band’s performances, Missy Raines — one of the most respected and popular figures within the bluegrass community — holds court in the center of the stage, directing with her bass every bit as much as she’s playing it.

COST: $25 in advance

Brooks Williams, Mark Cosgrove, and Jim Henry

Sunday, October 22nd
3:00 PM

Doors open 1:00 PM
Pot Luck and Open Song Circle to 2:30 PM
Main Act at 3:00 PM

The Blues Cafe
George Newton VFW Hall

150 Lee Farm Drive, Southbury

Brooks Williams has worked stages worldwide for over twenty-five years, touring constantly in the US, UK and Europe. He hails from Statesboro, Georgia, the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell. Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, Brooks is a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. His massive repertoire spans classic roots and blues, as well as compelling covers from the likes of Dave Alvin, Bessie Smith and Mose Allison. His own songs are thoroughly alive with clearly-drawn ironic characters and are rich in blues pathos.

Mark Cosgrove has a distinctive, creative flatpicking guitar sound that is known and respected on both sides of the Atlantic, through both his own recordings and as a sideman and session player for Jerry Douglas and others. Although he grew up in a Manhattan apartment surrounded by classical records, his original musical ambition was to become a drummer. Immersed in bluegrass and fiddle tunes from an early age, he has continued to make acoustic music his life’s work and pleasure.

Jim Henry does a lot of things and he does them well. As a sideman, on a variety of electric or acoustic guitars, or on mandolin or dobro, Jim can render emotional sensitivity in one moment then tear into a rock or country solo with such fire it’s hard to catch your breath. He is a master of adding whatever is needed at any musical moment. At center stage, whether as a solo artist or leading a band, Jim delivers his finely crafted original songs with a smooth, rich baritone voice and engaging story-telling and humor. ​He has produced, recorded, played and traveled the world with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin, Alison Krauss, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Los Lobos, Asleep at the Wheel, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, The Weepies, Deb Talan, Eliza Gilkyson, Tracy Grammer, Susan Werner, The Boxcar Lilies…the list goes on and on.

Cost: $20
(net proceeds go to the performers)

Tim O’Brien

Thursday, November 16
7:30 PM
Presented by GuitartownCT

Best Video Performance Space

1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old-time and bluegrass music. Tim first toured nationally in the 1980’s with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize. Over the years, Tim has released 15 solo albums, as well as collaborations with his sister Mollie O’Brien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old-time musician Dirk Powell. He’s performed or recorded with Steve Earl, Mark Knopfler, Bill Frisell, and Steve Martin, and produced records for Yonder Mountain Stringband, David Bromberg, and Canada’s Old Man Luedecke.

His solo shows feature his solid guitar, fiddle, and banjo, along with his engaging vocals and harmony from Jan Fabricius. Expect a range of original compositions and traditional arrangements from his many discs, mixed with stories and Tim’s self-deprecating humor.

COST: $35 in advance

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