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The Kennedys

Sept 25
Pete and Maura Kennedy, both East Coast natives, met in Austin, Texas, joined forces with Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra for a couple of years, and set out on a road that, for two decades, has led them not only west but all over the US and the UK many times. This year, they celebrate their twentieth anniversary both as a band and a married couple. Rather than indulge in a nostalgic look backward, they’ve taken Dylan’s dictum “don’t look back” to heart; writing and recording forty new songs.
In 2015, they each released solo CDs, and together, they released “West,” an instant classic Kennedys duo set that seamlessly weaves their influences over the last two decades; Buddy Holly style roots, the tuneful cadences of the Everly Brothers, and the ringing 12-string jangle of the early Byrds, interspersed with darker moments that recall British folk rock a la Fairport Convention.
Ultimately, Pete and Maura knit these disparate threads into a coat of many colors that sounds like a “best of The Kennedys,” but is in reality an all-new collection of songs. The road west is central to the American mythos; it’s the search for musical roots and the fulfillment of a personal American dream that takes shape in songs. Two decades on, The Kennedys are hitting a songwriting high point, and from that point they follow the well-worn American path West.



Singer / Songwriter and multi­-instrumentalist, Annika Bennett has written scores of songs and performed extensively throughout the greater New York metropolitan region. Her music captures a unique blend of pop melodies, with folk/singer-songwriter lyrics. In 2014, Annika was awarded ASCAP's prestigious Robert Allen Award for excellence in songwriting, and was the audience choice winner of radio WNYC’s Battle of the Boroughs competition. In 2015, she recorded her self-­released solo EP, “Seventeen,” and won the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Emerging Artist Competition. In addition to pursuing a career as a singer-­songwriter, Annika has begun venturing into pop songwriting for/with other artists. She completed one year at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music on a scholarship to study pop music production, and she will spend this coming year in Nashville working with Sony Records.

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TO BE ANNOUNCED VERY SOON! STAY TUNED!

Nov


Guitarist and singer/songwriter Willy Porter joins forces with vocalist and Milwaukee native Carmen Nickerson to form Porter Nickerson—two unique artists, one unforgettable sound.
Porter has been turning first time listeners into die-hard fans for more than two decades. His blistering guitar playing, rich songwriting, and warm, playful performance style make him a one-man triple threat. Nickerson is an ideal match. Her vocals add lush harmonies to Porter’s songs, making them feel both fresh and timeless. The pair collaborated on the 2013 EP Cheeseburgers and Gasoline and again on Porter’s 2015 record Human Kindness. In 2016 the duo performed as the featured musical guests on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion.
Porter Nickerson are excited to bring listeners the new disc, Bonfire to Ash, their first album of original co-writes produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Ben Wisch (March Cohn, Jonatha Brooke) slated for release November 2016.
Together these highly accomplished artists take audiences on a unique musical ride full of heart, grit, energy, and fun that showcases the best of what live music has to offer.

Press Quotes:

“He’s an amazing guitar player, singer and songwriter. His female accomplice (Carmen Nickerson) produces a very smooth, accurate harmonic blend with him. Did I say I liked this? I REALLY do.” –Al Kooper, music legend/producer on Cheeseburgers and Gasoline

“Willy is an entertaining performer, an excellent guitarist, and someone who obviously loves what he does.” –No Depression

“Willy bursts through our traditional ideas of singer songwriters by breaking through the clutter. Willy needs to be heard.” -Bruce Warren, WXPN

“Porter accentuates well - rendered tales with spit - fire - percussive acoustic guitar strumming and fiery color - chord picking." -Billboard



Named as to the 2016 Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

Kate Copeland is a singer/songwriter composer/arranger based out of New York City. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory's composition program, she has worked in the studio with a variety of artists in addition to putting out her own music. Her most recent credits include Abakis' "I'm One Too," the collaborative "Homecoming EP," General Mojo's "How Hollow A Heart," and DOUGMORE's upcoming debut LP, "Outerboroughs." She released her first solo album, "recollection room," in June 2015, and her follow-up EP "Red and Blue" in May 2016.

“…one of the most versatile, heartfelt and honest singer-songwriters…Kate’s sincerity is completely refreshing…a gem of musical discovery.” - Meander Blog

“With soft instrumentals, enchanting vocals, and gypsy-soul lyrics, Kate Copeland is remarkable.” – Planet Stereo

“Copeland will make you think about where you’re coming from and how you got there. For an artist, that’s getting the job done.” - Baeble Music

“Copeland has a beautiful rich and sultry voice and writes phenomenal and powerful songs.” -What I Read and Watched



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TBA

Feb/March/April
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Brother Sun

May 7
National Touring Artists Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter's round. The trio's harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.

From three major points on the map Boston, New York, and Chicago - Greg, Pat, and Joe have blended themselves into Brother Sun: a unique celebration of the amazing power of singing together. As they will tell you, the music of Brother Sun is not resident in any one of them – but rather it exists in the space between them. Audiences feel this sincerity immediately. Their combined musical skills make for an unforgettable experience - three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, piano, ukulele, and bouzouki. Their performances are marked by outstanding original songs, ethereal harmonies, off-the-cuff humor, and standing ovations.

Brother Sun's self-titled debut CD announced to the world that these respected singer-songwriters had banded together to produce some of the most powerful male harmonies on the acoustic music scene. Brother Sun’s self-titled first release (2011), debuted at #2 on the Folk DJ Chart, and was named the #8 album of 2011 on FOLK-DJ. In addition, Brother Sun made the "Best of 2011" and “Best of 2012” lists for over a dozen radio stations in the US.

After their first two years of nationwide touring they released Some Part of the Truth, a CD that went a large step further in revealing Brother Sun not only as singers, but as complete musicians. Some Part of the Truth received such widespread and sustained radio play that it was the #1 CD on Folk-DJ for 2013, and also contained the #1 song for 2013, "Lady of the Harbor." Some Part of the Truth is cinematic in its sweep, each song like a short film. The CD takes listeners on an evocative and vivid journey through America's cities and heartlands, where unsung heroes struggle and sometimes win the daily battles of life and love. Grammy-winning Producer Ben Wisch shaped the mood and atmosphere of each song, with Greenway, Wictor, and Jencks all providing instrumental touches ranging from subtle to bold.

In 2016, Brother Sun released its third CD, Weights & Wings, a collection that confirms the trio’s dedication to extending its musical and artistic boundaries. The songs on Weights & Wings represent the evolution the group and its members have undergone. This is Brother Sun’s most emotionally immediate and musically diverse work yet, and it affirms the power of song to accompany each of us from grief and loss into new worlds of possibility, light and promise. Ranging from gospel and blues-inflected grooves through delicate ballads, with playful dips into zydeco and jazzy a cappella, the ensemble’s muscular and precise harmonies provide the optimism and uplift in every song.

Appearances at festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Old Songs, Vancouver Island, and a summer 2016 appearance at Mariposa attest that Brother Sun is regarded as a must-see live act. Brother Sun’s music and message appeal to mainstream listeners and dedicated folkies alike, to people of widely divergent spiritual and political leanings, and fans of both contemporary and traditional music. They offer the hope of people uniting to create beauty in uncertain and unsettled times.


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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.

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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
12 Miles North
Caramoor
RiverArts
Walkabout Clearwater Chorus
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Tribes Hill
Acoustic Music Scene

Contact

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

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