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About River Spirit Music

Our House Concert Series

presents the best in Americana, folk, bluegrass and roots music in an intimate setting in a private home in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY (unless otherwise noted)
Doors open/ Potluck dinner at 4:00 PM - Bring a dish!
Music starts promptly at 5:00 PM
All Shows – Suggested donation:
$20 in advance (plus processing fee) or $25 at the door
100% goes to the musicians

Open seating.
Online orders end at midnight the Friday before the concert.
Donations are not refundable.
All online orders will be confirmed by email.
Concert address will be provided when reservation is confirmed.
If a show is cancelled, special arrangements will be made and posted on this site.

Live@theUpstream

is a music series, presented in association with the Upstream Gallery, bringing the Rivertowns' Art and Music communities closer together. We present local, regional and nationally touring perfomers from Americana to Zydeco and everwhere in between!
Unless otherwise noted, doors open at 7:00 PM and the music starts at 7:30 PM
All Shows – Suggested donation:
$10-20 at the door
Open seating (come early - only 30-40 seats) and standing room.
Reservations

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Upcoming shows

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Daisycutter

House Concert in a private home in Hastings-on-Hudson (location announced with ticket confirmation)
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Suggested donation $20
Doors open/potluck dinner: 4:00PM
Music starts: 5:00PM
DAISYCUTTER represents New York's musical melting pot in action. Based in the Hudson River town of Beacon, this "downtown/upstate" band combines a wide-screen city view with a bracing dose of rural realism, creating a mix of indie roots-Americana with an alt-country barbed wire edge. Usually a 5-piece band, they are touring this winter as a trio, led by singer/fiddler Sara Milonovich and featuring singer/bassist Daria Grace and guitarist Greg Anderson. Daisycutter showcases Sara’s songwriting with a compelling blend of lyrical directness and instrumental firepower. This crack band of roots music veterans mixes “…literate folk, plaintive balladry, and plenty of modern-day ass-kicking.”

Frontwoman/singer/songwriter/fiddler Sara Milonovich is a sought-after side person in the folk, rock, bluegrass, americana, and celtic music worlds, and has performed throughout North and South America, Europe and beyond. Growing up on a farm in rural upstate New York, she began playing fiddle when she was four, and by nine was leading her own band (around the same time she learned to drive a tractor.) After a collection of awards for fiddling, singing, and composing, she left school at sixteen to hit the road with bluegrass band The McKrells, and moved from there through a busy career as a collaborator with such artists as Richard Shindell, Pete Seeger, Jeff Wilkinson, and Eliza Gilkyson, among others. She also founded Rootstock, a nonprofit music festival dedicated to supporting farmers in the Northeast US.

Daria Grace is a bassist, singer and ukulele player from NYC. She has toured and recorded with avant-rockers God Is My Co-Pilot, pop-noir sextet Melomane, and Americana weirdos The Jack Grace Band. More recently she has been playing and singing with singer/songwriter Sasha Dobson and former B-52 guitarist Pat Irwin. Daria also leads her own band The Pre-War Ponies, who specialize in obscure tunes from the '20s, '30s and '40s.

Multi-instrumentalist Greg Anderson has lived in many of NYC’s musical worlds, playing everywhere from CBGB to Carnegie Hall. Well-known for his work in folk and world music, he spent 9 years as guitarist with the Eileen Ivers Band, and 8 years with singer Cathie Ryan, and played with many artists from other traditions, from Steeleye Span fiddler Peter Knight to Shakti violinist L. Shankar. He has also worked with many contemporary folk artists, including Richard Shindell, Jack Hardy, Dave Moore, and Dar Williams. He was bassist for 15 years with the avant-rock group Doctor Nerve, played with Grammy-winning klezmer-jazzers The Klezmatics, and founded the acclaimed celtic-world fusion group Whirligig. Also a sought after producer, Greg is known for blending traditional music with contemporary sounds and production values.

“A deft mix of literate folk, plaintive balladry, and plenty of modern-day ass-kicking."

– Chronogram Magazine

“A ‘mix of bluegrass and a twinge of political/punk attitude and lyrics...’”

– The Corner

“There’s more bubbling under the surface than meets the eye... a feel-good, all-inclusive vibe almost guaranteed to bring a smile to one’s face.”

– Roll Magazine


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EFRAT
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Nathans & Ronstadt

Saturday, January 27
Live@theUpstream: Suggested donation $15 - Pay at the door
Doors open: 7:00PM
Music starts: 7:30PM
Upstream Gallery, 8 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
Efrat is a classically-trained violinist, violist, singer, arranger and composer whom you might remember from her stint with Spuyten Duyvil. Previously, Efrat was part of the Shira Festival Orchestra in Israel (under the direction of Lorin Maazel), concertmaster for Olivia Newton John, and part of the Broadway touring company of Oliver. The songs on Efrat's sophomore release -- The Silver Lining -- are a mix of folk, jazz, pop, klezmer, swing and blues.

"A lovely recording... I just fell in love with the music."

- Ron Olesko - WFDU Teaneck

"A truly beautiful album!"

- Joel Diamond (Grammy nominated composer/pianist)


The dynamic cello-guitar duo of Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt pushes the boundaries of folk music. They were named Best of Philly Folk Fest by Philly CityPaper in 2015.

“Like hydrogen atoms when they fuse, they release tremendous energy. Musically, they come from different worlds. Aaron is a clever songwriter whose greatest strength is his wit and use of language. Michael is a conservatory trained cello virtuoso who reveals a winning playfulness when he performs… They take your mind places it has not been before.”

– John Apice, No Depression




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COLE NAKOA & TREACHER

House Concert in a private home in Hastings-on-Hudson (location announced with ticket confirmation)
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Suggested donation $20
Doors open/potluck dinner: 4:00PM
Music starts: 5:00PM
The trio of COLE NAKOA & TREACHER joins the forces of three of the most soulful and engaging performers in the singer/songwriter world today. Brad Cole, Matt Nakoa and Robinson Treacher weave their sound, lyricism and inspiration to cultivate a live music that is as undeniably unique as it is powerful.

"When Cole, Nakoa and Treacher played my ON YOUR RADAR series, they brought down the house with their chemistry and creativity.”

– John Platt, WFUV

“Heart stopping harmony! Individually, these guys shine, but together, they’re positively brilliant.”

- Suzanne Cadgene - Elmore Magazine

“Bedrock roots power … overall killer chops. A must-see!"

- Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live Magazine


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The Whispering Tree

Saturday, March 3
Live@theUpstream: Suggested donation $15 - Pay at the door
Doors open: 7:00PM
Music starts: 7:30PM
Upstream Gallery, 8 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
At the heart of The Whispering Tree are singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour. With their deep-reaching sound, haunting vocals and vivid lyrics, this Franco/American duo have been captivating audiences around the world since meeting at music school in London.

Their eponymous debut EP and subsequent full-length album, Go Call The Captain were heavily influenced by their travels abroad, which have taken them from their home base in New York to South America to a seven-month gig in Macau (China). Go Call The Captain was named "one of the year's most luminous albums" by The Big Takeover Magazine, and NYC's The Deli magazine called The Whispering Tree "one of the most talented duos to take stage in NYC."

After relocating to the Hudson River Valley, The Whispering Tree released their follow-up EP, The Escape and were honored to lend their voices to Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt's, A More Perfect Union. While working on new material for their fourth release (due early 2018) The Whispering Tree have released several singles re-imagining classic rock tunes as plaintive, harmony driven folk songs and have returned to Europe for tours in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France.

2017 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Official Showcase
2017 New Folk Finalists
2017 Philadelphia Songwriter's Project Winners
Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase Artist (NERFA)
Two time North East Regional Folk Alliance Showcase Artist
Two time Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist
Performed on Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt's "A More Perfect Union"
First place Songdoor International Songwriting Competition
Featured on "One Tree Hill" and "The Client List"

"Easily one of the strongest bands to emerge from the New York indie music scene...The Whispering Tree has burst through the glass ceiling, demanding the respect they deserve as one of the most talented duos to take stage in NYC."

- Deli Magazine

"The fullness and deepness of their sound was astounding...their musical influence filled the entirety of the room."

- Examiner.com

"The Whispering Tree manage to be extremely accessible without compromising the intelligence of their music. To say that Kleiner sounds like an edgier version of Tift Merritt, or Shelby Lynne in a pensive, cosmopolitan moment, doesn't do justice to the originality of her songwriting or her unaffected, disarmingly direct vocals. The band were amazing"

- Lucid Culture


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The Young Novelists

House Concert in a private home in Hastings-on-Hudson (location announced with ticket confirmation)
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Suggested donation $20
Doors open/potluck dinner: 4:00PM
Music starts: 5:00PM
THE YOUNG NOVELISTS, a Toronto based americana husband and wife duo are known for their beautiful harmonies and songs culled from their small-town roots. After the release of their second full-length album made us strangers, they’ve been touring Canada and the US relentlessly, earning accolades wherever they go. They were recognized as Emerging Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, won the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition at the Connecticut Folk Festival, and were recently named finalists at the NewSong Music Competition. Named one of the Top 5 Folk Bands to Watch In Toronto

“Like the Decemberists but rockier and less quirky, like Americana but quirkier and rockier, a talented Toronto outfit.”

- rock nyc

“beautiful, soaring, rootsy Canadiana”

- herohill


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Itamar Erez

House Concert in a private home in Hastings-on-Hudson (location announced with ticket confirmation)
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Suggested donation $20
Doors open/potluck dinner: 4:00PM
Music starts: 5:00PM
To capture the essence of Itamar's music is to be taken on a journey where different cultures meet in harmony. Itamar's music holds a depth and sensitivity that touches listeners deeply; It blends the delicateness of Middle Eastern music, the freedom found in Jazz and the passion of Flamenco, creating a unique sound all his own.

Recipient of the 2014 ACUM Prize for Special Achievement in Jazz and the prestigious 2014 Landau Prize, Itamar Erez is an internationally renowned composer and guitarist who has shared the stage with such musicians as Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Tomatito, Avishai Cohen, Jean-Louis Matinier, Zohar Fresco, and others.

Itamar has performed in Canada, USA, Germany, Holland, Austria, Cyprus, Israel, India, Tunisia and Colombia.

Itamar comes to us the day after performing at Zankel Hall (at Carnegie Hall) with Omar Faruk Tekbilek!!!



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FAQS: About House Concerts

Q. What is a House Concert?

A. A house concert is a chance to experience live music in a warm and intimate environment. It’s when folks open their home and invite you into their living room to share in a performance by one of their favorite musicians. It's a chance to meet the performers and get them to sign and personalize their CDs. A house concert is also a great social evening with friends and neighbors.

We hold our shows in our living room for the added sense of warmth and intimacy that it lends to the performance. On occasion, we may hold a show outside.

Please note: Our house concert series is simply a name we chose to describe our private parties, in our private home. These parties are NOT a business nor are they a business related activity. They are strictly a hobby for us, and are simply gatherings of our friends and guests to enjoy live acoustic music, fellowship, food (a potluck buffet) and fun. Our concert parties are officially free (or else it might be considered a business), although voluntary contributions are accepted at the party on behalf of the artists. 100% of all contributions go directly to the performers. Our guests come by invitation only.

Q. Why would anyone do this?

A. We open up our home to our friends and neighbors because we want to share great music with them. There are few venues around here, where people can go to experience great music in such a close and friendly environment. Great music makes us happy and we want to share that with others around us. These events allow us to give exposure to some incredible musicians whose talents we truly believe in and wish to help promote.

Q. What do you get out of this?

A. We find it strange that some people can't believe we get no economic benefit for doing this. We do it simply for the love of the music. Really! We enjoy sharing great music with those around us. 100% of the suggested donation goes directly to the performers. For us, this is a hobby and we don't mind spending a little to keep our hobby going.

Q. How long have House Concerts been around?

A. There is some debate on this, but House Concerts can be traced back to the Middle Ages when "wandering minstrels" would go from manor house to castle to farmstead, trading stories and songs for an evening's room and board. Certainly, in the 1800s, "parlor parties" were a very popular form of entertainment in theUnited States. The more modern "House Concert" probably evolved in the mid 1900s.

Q. Doesn't it cost you time and money?

A. Yes, it costs us money to host these concerts. We spend money for soft drinks, food, paper plates, cups, napkins, flyers and more. We also spend a great deal of time for the planning and set up of each show, plus all the time sending and reading emails, talking to performers, agents, etc.

Q. How many people can you fit in your home?

A. We can seat about 40 people for our house concerts, but we anticipate that the number will fluctuate a bit. We could squeeze another 5 people, but we consider 40 to be a “full house”. We find that 40 or less people fit quite nicely before it starts feeling too crowded.

We will set up folding chairs for these evenings. When it gets crowded, some people may have to stand in the hallway area. If you want a 'good' seat, you need to get here early. Our house concerts usually start at 5pm on Sundays and doors open 1 hour prior for the potluck dinner. It's a casual atmosphere and we imagine that most people who attend aren't really that concerned with seating. It's a nice room without a bad seat in the house.

We will save seats for people with special circumstances. If you are disabled, pregnant or in need of special seating for a physical reason, please let us know in advance so that we can reserve a space for you. Quiet and well-behaved children are welcome. We don’t have any pets, so anyone with dog/cat allergies should be comfortable as well.

Q. How do you pick your performers?

A. We pick our performers with a combination of the following five methods:

1. We have met many performers at concerts and festivals who have expressed an interest in performing. It’s just a matter of scheduling and availability!

2. We get unsolicited CDs, press kits, and EPKs from musicians around the world. Some weeks we get three or four contacts from artists. We do listen to every CD that comes our way (send more please!) There are an amazing number of talented people out there, and there is no way we can accommodate them all.

3. We get plenty of referrals from other artists, promoters and other house concert hosts around the country. If there is an artist you would like to see perform at our series, or know an artist that you think would enjoy the opportunity, feel free to let us know.

4. Part of our schedule this year came from artists we have met through Tribes Hill, Clearwater Hudson River Revival Festival, Caramoor American Roots Music Festival and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, as well as other venues and festivals.

5. Lastly, we do sometimes contact musicians who we would like to perform at our series. There is something special about hosting a show for one of our long-time favorite artists.

Between these five categories, we have plenty of musicians and bands on our current list of people that we'd like to host a house concert for in the near future. Since we only host a handful of shows per year, we're pretty backlogged.

Q. What styles of music do you host?

A. Each house concert series is a little different from all the others. Most seem to focus on a particular genre of music. Many of the house concerts we are aware of focus on folk music to one degree or another. Some are more singer-songwriter oriented, or as Ellis Paul would say, "WG^2-- white guy with guitar". Our plan is to host folk, pop, rock, jazz and such, to provide a variety of musical styles. (Although we are not planning to host any classical music, there are house concerts that focus on that genre as well.) We lean primarily towards the singer-songwriters and folk-rock styles. The common thread in the artists we invite is that we really enjoy both the music and the performer.

Q. When are your upcoming shows and who are the performers?

A. You can always keep up with our latest schedule on here or on our Facebook page.

By far, the best way to keep "in the know" is to sign up for the mailing list. No spam, no selling your address, nothing but announcements about our concerts, and occasionally we include info on other concerts in the area.

Q. How much will this cost me?

A. We generally have a "voluntary suggested donation" of $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door. The reason we call it a "suggested donation" is that we are not a business. This is our home. We cannot really call it an "admission fee". Turning this into a business would create all sorts of extra work and expense on our part. We are simply having a party!

However, our "suggested donation" is still as close to being mandatory as we can make it. Without the money, we could not get the caliber of musicians who have graced our living room. We work on the honor system and need everyone's participation to keep our series going. We find that some people even put in a little extra. Remember, 100% of the donations goes directly to the performers.

Q. What do your neighbors think?

A. We encourage our neighbors to attend. As a courtesy to our neighbors, our shows end at a reasonable hour. We also try to limit ourselves to no more than one show per month. Our house concerts generally end by 7:30 PM.

Q. Do you have food?

A. Yes, we do. At each of our house concerts, we have a potluck style buffet. While it is not required for guests to contribute, it is encouraged. The more we have the more fun it is! We contribute a limited amount of coffee, tea, soda and water, so there is always something to enjoy. How big the buffet is depends upon how many people contribute that evening.

Please try to remember to take your bowls, platters and utensils with you. If you think you have left one here, please let us know and we will see about getting it back to you. Our best advice is to put a mailing address sticker on the bottom.

Q. How many people are on your mailing list?

A. There are currently over 2000 people on our email list. We plan to send out two emails each month that we have a show scheduled. The first will be an "invitation" to our next show, the other will be a "newsletter" - our next upcoming show, and about other local house concerts or whatever.

Q. How can I get off your mailing list?

A. If you no longer wish to be on our mailing list. Please let us know. We won't be offended. We do NOT want to annoy you any more than is necessary! You can unsubscribe at any time, just by dropping us a line. We will also post events on our Facebook and Google+ pages and send invitations and reminders about the upcoming shows.Also, please make sure that your email program or spam filter allows the email to get to you! Also, if you change your email address, please let us know.

Q. Where are you located?

A. We are in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY - just 12 miles north of NYC and just 6 miles south of the Tappan Zee Bridge. When you make your reservation for a House Concert, we will send you specific directions.

Q. How can I attend?

A. Our shows tend to fill up pretty quickly, so to insure a seat, we suggest that you pay in advance (through our link to PayPal), which will guarantee your reservation.

However, if you'd prefer to be added to our waiting list and to pay at the door (and risk being turned away if the show is sold out), send an email to peter@riverspiritmusic.com and tell us that would like to be added to our waiting list. Please be sure to specify which show and how many people will be joining you. If you have never been here before, you will need directions, so be sure to tell us where you are coming from!

We will send you a confirmation email telling you that we have added you to the waiting list. You should get that return email within 24 hours. If you have not received it, that means we did not get your email, so please try again. Only people who get a confirmation email from us will be on the waiting list. Then, generally a few days before the show, we send out a reminder, which also includes details, directions, and emergency contact info.

Q. What if I make a reservation and then cannot attend?

A. You never get invited to another show, EVER! (Just kidding!) PLEASE be sure to let us know. We anticipate that many of our house concerts will fill up weeks in advance, so there is a good chance that we will have a Waiting List for that show. If you made a reservation, but will not be able to attend, please be sure to let us know as soon as possible so that we can try to fill your seat with someone from the Waiting List. This is a courtesy to both the people on the Waiting List and to the performer - who would love to perform before a full house and depend on your donations to support their music.

Q. Why do you need a Reservations and Waiting Lists?

A. These are private parties in our living room and we have a limited amount of space. We use the Reservations List to be sure that we can fit everyone in. Being on the Waiting List does NOT guarantee a seat. We only have about 40 seats. If you want a seat, be sure to make your reservation (through PayPal) or get here early. Doors open one hour before our shows.

Q. What kind of environment is the evening?

A. Casual. We go for the warm and cozy feel. Dress is "Cozy Casual". Our home is a smoke free environment. We ask everyone to honor this and please keep all cigars, pipes and cigarettes outside. We do not generally provide any alcohol, but anything that is leftover from previous shows goes right back out for the next one. However, if people wish to bring wine or beer, we are fine with that so long as people use their own discretion; anyone who appears intoxicated in our home will be asked to leave and not to return.

Any other questions? Drop us a line!

A HUGE thanks to "This Old Houseconcert" as much of these FAQs came from them (no sense reinventing the wheel!) If you are in the Chicagoland area, check them out!

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WFUV
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RiverArts
Walkabout Clearwater Chorus
RivertownsGuide.com
Tribes Hill
Acoustic Music Scene

Contact

E-mail: peter@riverspiritmusic.com
Phone: (347) MUSIC-76

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