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Curious-on-Hudson and Common Ground Community Concerts invite you to a summer of musical discovery in a breathtaking location on the banks of the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry NY.

In four intimate sunset performances in July and August, we’ll be showcasing the music of a seven different artists who deserve your attention.

Easily accessible via a scenic 40-minute train ride up the Hudson from Grand Central, Curious-on-Hudson is located on the site of a former 19th century brewery that later became home to a Bible printing facility and then a U.S. Navy research center. Today, Curious-on-Hudson, a life enrichment center for adults and kids, sits a top the building, providing social and engaging ways to learn, get inspired and share what you know.

Rooftop Underground is curated by Carter Smith of Common Ground Community Concerts. Common Ground was founded in 2002 as an effort to build intimate musical community and to support regional and national musicians and other artists. Common Ground has raised over $25,000 for local, regional and global community groups and organizations that work toward a more just and sustainable future. Artists Common Ground has hosted include Richard Shindell, The Holmes Brothers, Hazmat Modine, Mary Gauthier, Howard Fishman, Susan Werner, John Hammond, Eliza Gilkyson, The Mandingo Ambassadors, Chris Smither, Catie Curtis, Great Lake Swimmers, The Andy Statman Trio, Sam Baker, The Grand Slambovians, and many more.

ROOFTOP UNDERGROUND

is located at

Curious-on-Hudson,

145 Palisade St #412b, Dobbs Ferry.NY

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Saturday, August 9, 7:30-9:30 pm:

RACHELLE GARNIEZ

Native New Yorker RACHELLE GARNIEZ  has been described as “a certified free spirit” (The New Yorker) and a “diva with a difference” (Billboard Magazine). She has produced and released 5 cds on her own label, Real Cool Records, as well as a vinyl single produced by Jack White on his label, Third Man Records. KinderAngst, a collection of punk rock children’s songs, co-written and co-produced by Palmyra Delran, featuring Debby Harry. Most recently, a compilation album of songs chosen from her catalog of recordings has been released by JARO Records. In the 1980’s she began busking in parks and subways and performing in clubs, galleries and bars; playing solo and in a wide variety of bands ranging from bar-band roots to club-kid art-funk; samba fierce-showgirl revue to klezmer and old-time jazz, each of which have contributed significantly to her writing style.She has performed several times at the TED conference as a featured member of Thomas Dolby’s house band both in Monterey California and in Oxford, UK. Since spring of 2013, Rachelle has been a member of the acclaimed Roots-World band Hazmat Modine. She continues to collaborate perform and record with diverse artists including violinist Jenny Scheinman, sonic wizard Sxip Shirey, neo-soul-jazz guitarist Marvin Sewell, and family music superstar Dan Zanes. Over the years, Rachelle has been commissioned to compose music for theater. In 2009 she composed the music for Taylor Mac’s Obie Award winning epic theater piece “The Lily’s Revenge”, which premiered at HERE Arts Center in NYC and was most recently presented by American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. That same year, The Franklin Stage Company located in Delaware County, NY commissioned and premiered the original musical “American Fairy Tales”, based on little-known stories by L. Frank Baum, for which she wrote all of the songs and music and was cast as the principal character. She has composed and performed music for NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing’s productions of The Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet, and wrote songs for the award-winning Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theaters’ production of Purim Spiel.

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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 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!

Upcoming Concerts

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Our Summer 2014 Season At A Glance


ROOFTOP UNDERGROUND

Curious-on-Hudson
145 Palisade St #412b, Dobbs Ferry

Saturday, July 19, 7:30-9:30 pm: IAN FITZGERALD AND THE BONES OF J.R. JONES
Saturday, July 26, 7:30-9:30 SKYE STEELE
AND JEAN ROHE
Saturday, August 9, 7:30-9:30 pm: RACHELLE GARNIEZ

 

Saturday, July 26th, 7:30 pm: Jean Rohe and Skye Steele

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Common Ground and Curious-on-Hudson
present

Rooftop Underground

at Curious-on-Hudson, 145 Palisade Street #412b, Dobbs Ferry NY

featuring:

Jean Rohe and Skye Steele

 

TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE ONLINE, BUT WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

There are plenty of talented artists out there, but what sets Jean Rohe apart are the suppleness of her voice, the integrity of her vision, and the grace she shows in her wide-ranging journeys across the musical landscape. - John Platt, WFUV New York

There seems to be little limit for what Skye Steele, the young violinist, can do throughout the local musical landscape. – All About Jazz NY

Jean Rohe is a multi-lingual singer, storyteller, and composer, mixing aesthetic approaches from jazz, folk, and Brazilian traditions. Her one-of-a-kind narrative songs, which range from fantastical riffs on old folktales to autobiographical sojourns, to “phonojournalism”, a genre of her own invention, have won recognition from the ASCAP Foundation and the New York Songwriters Circle, and her refreshingly candid performance won her the audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival. “A sure-footed young singer-songwriter,” in the words of The New York Times, she has performed with the Billboard-charting alt-country group Calexico, appears regularly on New York Public Radio, and has toured her projects throughout the U.S. and as far as Havana’s Teatro Nacional. As a fellow at the MacDowell Colony last year, she began work on a new group of songs for a performance memoir about her grandmother and namesake.


When Skye Steele was three years old, his grandma asked him to sing the Star-Spangled Banner for a luncheon of the United Methodist Ladies of Paris, Tennessee.  He doesn’t actually remember the gig, but she insists he nailed it.  Of course, we all know how grandmother’s lie.

That same year his mother began teaching him how to play the violin, and about fourteen years later, Skye moved from California to New York City to pursue a Nobel Prize in Literature. He soon found the profession of music to be a necessary and viable interim occupation and spent the next decade honing a personal improvisatory language on the violin, an adventure which lead him to a Jazz Performance degree from The New School and later on trips from the backstreets of Istanbul to the mangroves of Brazil and back to Brooklyn. In 2005 he formed the Skye Steele Quintet to synthesize these experiences into a performing ensemble. The band’s first recording ‘late bloomer’ appeared in 2007, followed by tours of the Northeast and West Coast and regular gigs in New York. A follow-up instrumental record is slated for release in 2013.

In 2008 Skye began exploring an interest in songwriting and soon founded the band The Hot Holy Mess, a writing collaboration with omni-doubling bassist Mike Lavalle.

As a violinist has had the pleasure of encountering on records and stages the likes of Anthony Braxton, Steven Bernstein, Cyro Baptista, Willie Nelson, Vanessa Carlton, Rufus Wainwright, Duncan Sheik, Sonya Kitchell, Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, and has had long associations with Howard Fishman, Vampire Suit, Nation Beat, and Anistar. Skye has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Iridium, Terminal 5, Irving Plaza, and dozens of other venues. Touring experience includes extensive travel in the US, Canada, and Mexico, performances in Brazil, China, Israel, and throughout Europe.

Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door, Kids Under 12, Free

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Saturday, August 9th, 7:30 pm: Rachelle Garniez

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Common Ground and Curious-on-Hudson
present

Rooftop Underground

at Curious-on-Hudson, 145 Palisade Street #412b, Dobbs Ferry NY

featuring:

Rachelle Garniez

Slipping between pop, polka, country, ska, jazz and yodeling, while playing accordion, piano, guitar and plastic bells, Garniez is a master of surprise. (Entertainment Weekly).

Native New Yorker Rachelle Garniez has been described as “a certified free spirit” (The New Yorker) and a “diva with a difference” (Billboard Magazine).

She has produced and released 5 cds on her own label, Real Cool Records, as well as a vinyl single produced by Jack White on his label, Third Man Records. KinderAngst, a collection of punk rock children’s songs, co-written and co-produced by Palmyra Delran, featuring Debby Harry. Most recently, a compilation album of songs chosen from her catalog of recordings has been released by JARO Records.
In the 1980’s she began busking in parks and subways and performing in clubs, galleries and bars; playing solo and in a wide variety of bands ranging from bar-band roots to club-kid art-funk; samba fierce-showgirl revue to klezmer and old-time jazz, each of which have contributed significantly to her writing style.

Rachelle’s songs have been recorded by Catherine Russell, Karen Elson, and The Flying Neutrinos and can be heard on television soundtracks including the Chris Isaac Show, Real Sex, Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, and Sex and the City.

She has performed several times at the TED conference as a featured member of Thomas Dolby’s house band both in Monterey California and in Oxford, UK.

Since spring of 2013, Rachelle has been a member of the acclaimed Roots-World band Hazmat Modine. She continues to collaborate perform and record with diverse artists including violinist Jenny Scheinman, sonic wizard Sxip Shirey, neo-soul-jazz guitarist Marvin Sewell, glam cabaret troupe The Citizens Band, choreographer Keely Garfied. family music superstar Dan Zanes, and legendary garage band The Friggs.

 

Over the years, Rachelle has been commissioned to compose music for theater. In 2009 she composed the music for Taylor Mac’s Obie Award winning epic theater piece “The Lily’s Revenge”, which premiered at HERE Arts Center in NYC and was most recently presented by American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. That same year, The Franklin Stage Company located in Delaware County, NY commissioned and premiered the original musical “American Fairy Tales”, based on little-known stories by L. Frank Baum, for which she wrote all of the songs and music and was cast as the principal character. She has composed and performed music for NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing’s productions of The Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet, and wrote songs for the award-winning Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theaters’ production of Purim Spiel. For many years, she served as Musical Director of The Citizens Band, as well as writing and performing many of the troupe’s signature anthems.

Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door, Kids under 12, Free

Eventbrite - ROOFTOP UNDERGOUND featuring Rachelle Garniez