NEXT: Saturday Nov. 22nd: Matt Turk & Friends – The Acoustic Music of Jerry Garcia and Old and in the Way

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Common Ground Coffeehouse
at The First Unitarian Society of Westchester
25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson NY
presents

Matt Turk & Friends

The Acoustic Music of Jerry Garcia and Old and in the Way

with Matt Turk, mandolin/vocals, Deni Bonet, fiddle/vocals,
Adam Roberts, bass, Ayodele Maakheru, banjo and Boo Reiners, guitar

Matt Turk can’t remember the circumstances of horse trading that landed him a cassette copy of Old and in the Way, the seminal record by Jerry Garcia (banjo), David Grisman (mandolin), Vassar Clements (violin), Peter Rowan (guitar), and John Kahn (bass) in his hands. It’s fitting somehow that soon after the legendary Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY reopened, with its bar auspiciously named, “Garcia’s,” that Matt would gather a group of fellow virtuoso musician friends for to celebrate the legacy of Old and in the Way and other acoustic music by Garcia with a residency at Garcia’s in August 2013. The core band is Turk mandolin/vocals, Deni Bonet on fiddle/vocals, Adam Roberts on bass, and Ayodele Maakheru on banjo. Turk, whose mandolin teacher, Hot Tuna’s Barry Mitterhoff also played with Peter Rowan. writes: “We did our best to get enough tunes together with everyone to fill a couple of long sets each night. We changed up the set lists a bit every week, covering a lot of bluegrass, pulling out some traditional stuff like Bill Monroe as well as a few classics. Add to that several tracks from the Pizza Tapes, a handful of Grateful Dead songs and it was a real fun mix. We threw in some Dylan, The Band, JJ Cale and anything we could that we knew Jerry had covered… and he did more than a lot! We honored the high lonesome sound and his love of it as best we could. The audiences were very enthusiastic and kept coming back for more.”

It is with great pleasure that Common Ground welcomes this stellar group, joined by the great Boo Reiners on guitar, to our stage for their first Rivertowns performace. Tickets are expected to go fast, so we recommend that you reserve in advance!

Tickets: $20 in advance, $22 at the door

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About Common Ground

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Common Ground Community Concerts is the producer the long-standing Common Ground Coffeehouse  at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester at 25 Old Jackson Avenue, outside of Hastings-on-Hudson NY. 
On occasion, we also present concerts at historic Irvington Town Hall Theater at 85 Main Street in Irvington NY and partner with community groups and non-profits to produce concerts in other locations as well.

All Common Ground locations are wheelchair accessible.

Common Ground was founded as an effort to build community and to support regional and national musicians and other artists. Since 2005, Common Ground has used its profits to operate the Common Ground Microcredit Fund. The fund raised has raised over $25,000 for local, regional and global community groups and organizations that provide either much needed social services or work toward progressive, nonviolent social change. For more information on Common Ground’s social justice mission, and to learn more about the Common Ground Microcredit Fund, please click here.

Now preparing for our 11th year, Common Ground has hosted such beloved national and regional artists as Richard Shindell, John Hammond, Eliza GilkysonEllis Paul, Red Molly,  Chris Smither, Andy Statman, Susan Werner, and many more. For many years, Common Ground was a regular stop on the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Annual Most Wanted Preview Tour. In addition to traditional and modern folk artists and singer-songwriters, we frequently feature other musical genres, such as jazz, blues, cajun-zydeco, popular song, and even the occasional evening of avant garde gamelan music!

Our 2014-15 Season at a Glance

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photo by John Kramer
Saturday, Nov. 22, 7:30 pm: 
Matt Turk & Friends – The Acoustic Music of Jerry Garcia and Old and in the Way
Saturday, December 6, 7:30 pm: 
The Andy Statman Trio 
at Irvington Town Hall Theater
Saturday, January 24, 7:30 pm: 
Joe Crookston with special guests, The Levins
Saturday, February 28, 7:30:  
The Murphy Beds and FADA
Saturday, March 28, 7:30: 
The Kennedys
Saturday, April 25, 7:30: 
Eliza Gilkyson
Saturday, May 16, 7:30: 
Jon Brooks with Fred Gillen, Jr.

Saturday, November 22, 7:30: Matt Turk & Friends – The Acoustic Music of Jerry Garcia and Old and in the Way

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Common Ground Coffeehouse
at The First Unitarian Society of Westchester
25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson NY
presents

Matt Turk & Friends

The Acoustic Music of Jerry Garcia and Old and in the Way

with Matt Turk, mandolin/vocals, Deni Bonet, fiddle/vocals,
Adam Roberts, bass,  Ayodele Maakheru, banjo and Boo Reiners, guitar

Matt Turk can’t remember the circumstances of horse trading that landed him a cassette copy of Old and in the Way, the seminal record by Jerry Garcia (banjo), David Grisman (mandolin), Vassar Clements (violin), Peter Rowan (guitar), and John Kahn (bass) in his hands. It’s fitting somehow that soon after the legendary Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY reopened, with its bar auspiciously named, “Garcia’s,” that Matt would gather a group of fellow virtuoso musician friends for to celebrate the legacy of Old and in the Way and other acoustic music by Garcia with a residency at Garcia’s in August 2013. The core band is Turk mandolin/vocals, Deni Bonet on fiddle/vocals, Adam Roberts on bass, and Ayodele Maakheru on banjo. Turk, whose mandolin teacher, Hot Tuna’s Barry Mitterhoff also played with Peter Rowan. writes: “We did our best to get enough tunes together with everyone to fill a couple of long sets each night. We changed up the set lists a bit every week, covering a lot of bluegrass, pulling out some traditional stuff like Bill Monroe as well as a few classics. Add to that several tracks from the Pizza Tapes, a handful of Grateful Dead songs and it was a real fun mix. We threw in some Dylan, The Band, JJ Cale and anything we could that we knew Jerry had covered… and he did more than a lot! We honored the high lonesome sound and his love of it as best we could. The audiences were very enthusiastic and kept coming back for more.”

It is with great pleasure that Common Ground welcomes this stellar group, joined by the great Boo Reiners on guitar, to our stage for their first Rivertowns performace. Tickets are expected to go fast, so we recommend that you reserve in advance!

Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

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Saturday, December 6, 8 pm: The Andy Statman Trio

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Common Ground Community Concerts
and
Irvington Town Hall Theater
85 Main St, Irvington, NY

present

The Andy Statman Trio

“Andy Statman, clarinet and mandolin virtuoso, is an American visionary” — The New Yorker

” … One of the most important Jewish creative artists of the postwar era.” — The Jerusalem Post

Bill Monroe and John Coltrane poured into one person… He plays all those just great crazy jazz kind of licks, but with the heart and fire of Bill Monroe … I don’t know anyone else that approaches the mandolin the way he does.” —Ricky Skaggs, NPR

Had there been a planetarium in 19th century Galicia, or a kosher deli in Depression-era Kentucky, Andy Statman’s music might have been playing in the background. Meandering through time, geography and culture, the man and his inimitable hybrid sound move freely among the before, the after, and the present.

Andy Statman, one of his generation’s premier mandolinists and clarinetists, thinks of his compositions and performances as “spontaneous American-roots music and personal, prayerful hasidic music, by way of avant-garde jazz.” This modest man takes for granted that a performer might embody several worlds in his art, and seems humbled by the fact that his music, like his story, is extraordinary.

It’s a story Andy Statman rewrites with his trio every time they perform: “We’re creating an experience between the audience and us,” with their unconstrained meditations on hasidic music and groove-driven explorations of American-roots music. Statman’s long-time collaborators are bassist Jim Whitney and percussionist Larry Eagle. “At a certain point,”says Statman, “we’re just talking, just having a three-way conversation.” This “conversation” changes each time they take the stage, with no melody sounding quite the same as it did before. A totally un-self conscious performer, Andy Statman leaves audiences elated and at times mystified, having experienced a musical performance unlike any other.

In addition to the Andy Statman Trio, Jim Whitney appears in many musical worlds as a bassist. He is an original member of the jazz-bluegrass fusion group The Wayfaring Strangers, and has performed with such acting stars as Meryl Streep, John Goodman and Philip Seymour Hoffman as a member of the group Parabola, under the direction of composer/conductor Carter Burwell. He has appeared with jazz notables Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell and Alan Dawson, and has worked with bluegrass luminaries Richard Greene, Tim O’Brien, David Grisman and Darol Anger. Also a proficient electric bass player, he appears in the country-rock group Miller’s Farm, and is a member of singer/pianist Debbie Deane’s soul and groove trio. Jim has toured extensively, having performed in Europe, Japan, Singapore, Israel, Central America, New Zealand, Canada, and much of the U.S.

Drummer and percussionist Larry Eagle keeps his musical portfolio diversified.  He’s a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s Sessions Band (which won a Grammy for traditional folk music), and played on R&B/Soul artist John Legend’s Grammy-winning second album.  He’s played on a Blues Grammy nominee (with Odetta), a Country & Western Grammy nominee (with Andy) and recorded albums with bluegrass superstar Ricky Skaggs and powerful jazz/soul singer Lizz Wright.  Larry has performed on The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Good Morning America, PBS, the BBC and an ice-breaking Baltic Sea ferry out of Naantali, Finland.

Tickets:
Advance – $35 – VIP (First four rows Center Orchestra);  $25 – Rest of orchestra, balcony, boxes 3-6; $15 – Slightly obstructed viewing seats including box seats 1-2
At the Door Sales – $38 – VIP (First four rows Center Orchestra); $28 – All other seats (Rest of orchestra, balcony, box);  $18 –  Slightly obstructed seats including 1st box seats 1-2

RED MOLLY ORDER BAR

Saturday, January 24, 7:30 pm: Joe Crookston with special guests, The Levins

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Common Ground Coffeehouse
@ The First Unitarian Society of Westchester
25 Old Jackson Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson NY
presents

Joe Crookston

with special guests, The Levins

Joe Crookston of Ithaca, New York, is an artist, writer, singer, guitar picker, painter, clawhammer banjo player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. You’ll be pulled in by the magic and musical world he creates, and you’ll end up in the moment, humming and buzzing with the rest of the crowd. He’ll sing to you—you’ll sing with him. He’s plumbing for lyrical gold, like some kind of social archaeologist. Joe’s story songs are universal, masterful and his concerts are a grand celebration of all of us. Come to a show … you’ll ride along mystical, historical, and humorous roads, and twist through personal stories along the way—stories of amber eyes, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, Grandmother Moons, Galway heather, meter maids and silver crowns. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired, with a renewed sense of what’s possible. Joe appears tonight in a duet performance with Peter Glanville. Together as the BlueBird Jubilee, Joe and Peter have played to full houses at Festivals and Performing Arts Centers across the U.S.

Opening the evening is The Levins. ( pronounced The L’Vins ) Ira and Julia Levin combine harmony-driven acoustic folk rock with wistful overtones of the 1930s and the intention of putting a smile on your face. Original tunes, guitar, piano and voices provide a full sound with unexpected harmonies and unique arrangements. It’s Happy-Folk, Smile Pop….sounds like The Mamas and The Papas having coffee with Cole Porter. 2011 Winners of the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.

Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

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Saturday, February 28, 7:30 pm: The Murphy Beds and FADA

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Common Ground Coffeehouse
at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester,
25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson

presents

The Murphy Beds and FADA

“Their great feat turns out to be taking what’s best of the classic Irish folk revival without falling into any of its clichés. The resulting album bears repeated listening from start to finish, with ten beautiful, crystalline songs.” -Huffington Post

The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. They have performed and collaborated with artists across the folk spectrum including Beth Orton, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Anais Mitchell, and Sam Amidon.

Eamon started playing Irish music while growing up in Dublin through his friendship with the Mayock family, traditional musicians from County Mayo. When he moved to New York City in the early 90′s, he immersed himself in the city’s traditional music scene and travelled widely, performing with many of the great players in Irish music. In 2004 he and fiddler Patrick Ourceau released the album Live at Mona’s. Eamon has taught at many traditional music programs in the US and also records and performs original music. His last solo record, Old Clump, was released in 2012.

Jefferson is a guitarist and singer based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013, in addition to The Murphy Beds, he and songwriter Anais Mitchell released Child Ballads, a collection of new adaptations of English and Scottish folk songs which won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. In the Oct. 2013 issue, Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote, “A gifted guitarist and singer, Hamer is able to hit close harmonies… and weave gorgeous instrumental lines.”

Sharing the evening will be ‘FADA, led by French-Occitane singer and multi-flutist Eleonore Weill, who performs modern compositions and original songs by Miqueu Montanaro as well as old traditional famous and forgotten songs of resistance, peace, justice and love. Fada, French slang for “crazy”, means literally, “inhabited by fairies.” Weill will be joined by Jake Schulman-Ment, internationally known musician and modern interpreter of Klezmer and eastern European acoustic music, and guitarist Avi Fox-Rosen, an unapologetically genre defying singer songwriter whom Time Out New York declares “informed equally by power pop, roots rock and show tunes,” but they forgot to mention jazz, tin pan alley, downtown noise, funk, klezmer, and a whole host of other influences.

Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

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