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Saturday, May 30, 7:30 pm: The First U Rock & Soul Revue

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

The First U Rock & Soul Revue


Members of the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, created the Rock & Soul Revue to play at Common Ground Coffeehouse in the fall of 2005. The initial performance was a wild, joyous success, and since then, the group has taken on a life of its own, growing in size, and inspiring and attracting new members from the congregation. Keyboardist-bandleader Ray Castoldi notes that `revue’ really captures the band’s capacity for change; different guest performers and new regulars keep the sound fresh and fluid. The band also offers a spiritual venue for creative self-expression, fun and community building, “though we don’t play traditional church songs”. Our sound reflects “the deep, religious fervor and emotion that is the driving force of soul”, Castoldi explains, but ” we play the songs of this world—not the next.” And to hear those songs, you can’t help but get up and dance! Rock & Soul members come from all walks of life. High school students, filmmakers, graphic designers, scientists, Jungian analysts, speech pathologists, teachers, and computer programmers make up the band’s unique voice. The band is always ready to embrace original tunes and arrangements, and favorites such as Iko Iko and Shake a Tail Feather have inspired members to challenge themselves musically.

Tickets: $15 for adults, kids 12 and under free

Eventbrite - Dance Party with The Rock and Soul Revue

 

Friday June 5, 8 pm: SEEGER SONGS – An In-the-Round Musical Celebration to Benefit Clearwater

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

SEEGER SONGS:

An In-the-Round Musical Celebration to Benefit Clearwater



Join songleaders Mel & Vinnie, Joe Kaminsky, Dan Einbender, Melissa Ortquist, and Travis Jeffrey at Common Ground for an in-the-round musical celebration of songs wriiten by, popularized by, or inspired by Pete Seeger.

A duo for over 25 years with a bluesy, folky, rhythmic sound, Vincent Cerniglia plays old school blues guitar and Maryellen Healy sings from the heart. They infuse a blend of musical traditions into a performance that draws attention to the environment, political state, and the human condition. They are producers of the 2008 Broad Old River album fundraiser for sloop maintenance. In 2011 they released their first CD, Feels Like Home.

An artist, author, educator, captain, songwriter, song leader and soon to be college graduate, Travis Jeffrey currently mentors the Rivertown Kids. With banjo, guitar, and sing-able songs, he’s been roaming the Hudson Valley for 35 years.

A resident of Beacon N.Y., Melissa Ortquist began singing at an early age in the church. She sings acapella or with accompaniment, either way with a clear voice, both in it’s vocal quality and it’s message.

Dan Einbender spent over thirty years working for Clearwater as ships’ cook, educator, and musical director of the Arm of the Sea Puppet Theatre. He received a grammy in 2010 for producing “Pete Seeger and the Rivertown KIds”.

Joe Kaminsky has been hanging around the folk scene since the early 60’s. Thirty-five years ago Joe started singing with the Hudson River Sloop Singers in support of Clearwater events up and down the the River, and still does.

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!

Saturday, June 13, 7:30 pm: Avalanche, with Redwing

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

Avalanche, with Redwing


Join us at Common Ground Coffeehouse’s 2014-15 finale with Avalanche, a three-piece band–Liz Loglisci, Diane Guernsey and Paul Gross–out of New Rochelle and Dobbs Ferry, NY, just north of New York City. They sing and play ringing original songs, written by Paul, that deliver beat and bright three-part harmonies. Paul plays 6- and 12-string guitar and harmonica. Diane plays keyboard and creates our vocal arrangements. Liz contributes her memorable vocal timbre and percussive effects. Avalanche has played folk and pop venues in Westchester County, including Common Ground, the New Rochelle Jazz Festival, Cafe Mozart, the Watercolor Cafe, the Gnarly Vine and Antoinette’s. Avalanche will be featuring new songs, in addition to performing works from their debut CD “Restless Hearts.” They’ll be joined by two exceptional musicians, drummer Brian Carter and bass player Kevin Hill, who accompanied them on their CD.

Opening the evening will be Redwing, a trio of classically trained musicians who like to play on the boundaries where folk, rock and classical music mix and mingle. Redwing’s performers, violists Liz Nilsen-Baumwoll and Lydia Leizman and pianist Diane Guernsey, are longtime members and friends of the First Unitarian Society of Westchester.

Advance tickets: $12, At the Door: $15

Eventbrite - Avalanche, with special guests Redwing