Saturday, May 18, 7:30 PM: Songwriters in the Round – Joshua Garcia, Lisa Bastoni, and Vincent Cross

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Common Ground Coffeehouse
@ The First Unitarian Society of Westchester

Presents

Songwriters in the Round

Joshua Garcia, Lisa Bastoni,
and Vincent Cross

Please join us for an evening of singer-songwriters in the round with Joshua Garcia, Lisa Bastoni and Vincent Cross.

Joshua Garcia is a Folk-Singer-Songwriter whose music and writing style draw from the influences of his musical heroes Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Joshua now resides in Astoria, Queens. He regularly performs at many of New York City’s most prestigious clubs including Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, and Sidewalk NYC, as well as The American Folk Art Museum. Last fall, he opened for the legendary Don McLean at Tarrytown Music Hall and is scheduled to do so again in June at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC).

Following a ten-year break from music, a career change, and two children, Massachusetts songwriter Lisa Bastoni has returned with The Wishing Hour (2017). Recorded mainly in the wee hours of the night in the kids’ play room, the album debuted as #1 most played on Boston’s WUMB. In the past year, Lisa has been selected to showcase at the New England Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference, as well as the Falcon Ridge and New Song Music/LEAF Festivals. Her song “Rabbit Hole” was grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest. She has opened for artists such as Lori McKenna, The Low Anthem, Regina Spektor and Arlo Guthrie. “Americana of the highest order…along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin” (Maverick-UK). Lisa is currently working on a follow-up album, to be released in September 2019.

Vincent Cross has performed for and shared the stage with a diverse range of artists includin Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Chris Thile, master blues-picker Roy Book Binder, alt-country songwriter Richard Buckner, and the late great folk legend Odetta. Cross has toured in Europe and Australia, performing at TelemarkFestivalen (Norway), The Hebridean Celtic Festival (Scotland), and The Maverick Americana Festival (UK). Stateside, Cross has performed at The Long Island Bluegrass Festival, The Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival, and The South Florida Folk Festival, and frequently performs in New York City at Brooklyn Folk Festival, the American Folk Art Museum and the Irish Arts Center SongLives series.

Tickets: Front Row – $20 in advance, $25 at the door. General Admission – $18 in advance, $20 at the door.

Wednesday, June 5, 7:30 PM: David Wax Museum

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Common Ground Coffeehouse
At The First Unitarian Society of Westchester
Presents

A Rare, Intimate Evening with

David Wax Museum

Here’s your chance to catch a rare, intimate performance by David Wax Museum’s founders, David Wax and Suz Slezak. For this special concert, the duo returns to their acoustic roots and will be previewing songs from their upcoming record.

David Wax Museum is a folk and roots rock band blending traditional Mexican folk music with Americana in what critics have called Mexo-Americana. With NPR hailing them as “pure, irresistible joy” and raves everywhere from SPIN and Entertainment Weekly to the New York Times and The Guardian (which dubbed the music “global crossover at its best”) they’ve toured around the world and have earned invitations to support The Avett Brothers, Guster, Los Lobos, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Buena Vista Social Club, and more.

TICKETS: Front Row – $25 in advance, $30 at the door. General Admission – $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Saturday, June 29, 7:30 PM: Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters

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Common Ground Coffeehouse
@ The First Unitarian Society of Westchester

Presents

Amanda Anne Platt
& The Honeycutters

With special guest Monica Rizzio

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Saturday, June 29, 7:30 PM: Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, with Monica Rizzio

“We’re switching things up a little. After four albums I’ve decided to step out and start using my own name. It’s something that a lot of people have encouraged me to do over the years, and I guess that 2017 just felt right.” That name, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, is also the title of the band’s latest album, released by Organic Records on June 9, 2017. “We’re keeping The Honeycutters too because we don’t want to confuse people…really, we’ve always been Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters. I think I’ve just gotten to a place where I feel comfortable enough to be in the spotlight.”

Lyrically driven, the songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. Amanda says of the album, “I think it’s just about life and all that that entails. Including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love.”

Performing along with Platt, The Honeycutters are Matt Smith on pedal steel and Stratocaster, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums and harmony vocals, and Evan Martin on keys and Telecaster.

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters is the group’s third release on Organic Records, and fifth album. Assembling the same the same team as 2016’s On The Ropes Balsam Range’s Tim Surrett steps in for the second time to co-produce this album along with Amanda. Its thirteen tracks were recorded, mixed, and mastered by Scott Barnett at Crossroads Studios in Arden, NC.

There is an empathetic and charming wit engrained in Amanda’s songwriting. She has a knack for accessing a deep well of emotion and applying it to her story-telling, whether she is writing from her own experiences or immersing herself into the melody of emotions in another person’s life.

In the lead off track, “Birthday Song,” Amanda writes with a gentle optimism, “Every time it gets colder I get another year older… I start looking for lines in the bathroom mirror… but when I lay down at night I swear I must have done something right… cause I’m still so damn glad to be here… I’ve been trying to love the questions, and keep on guessing.” Written just before her 30th birthday, Platt calls the song, “a summation of everything I learned in that decade.”

There is an easygoing warmth to the album, enhanced by the its refined arrangement and production; from the upbeat “Diamond in the Rough” to the poetic and observational “Eden” to the very personal, yet universal, “Brand New Start” to “Late Summer’s Child” (an ode to her favorite season) and “Rare Thing” (a song commissioned from Platt from a fan as a love song to his wife that ended up being included on the album. “Your mama said that it would never last… but these years go by so fast… and you’re the song I’m humming to myself as I’m counting the miles… you’re such a rare thing.”) One can feel it even in songs with a more solemn concept behind them like, like “Long Ride,” which speaks of living in the moment in the face of mortality.

Platt wrote “Learning How To Love Him” after hearing an acquaintance of hers talk about learning that her husband of 40+ years was terminally ill. She says, “What really struck me was how she described the tenderness that the news brought back to their relationship.” Amanda sings, “’I woke last night and I felt so afraid, I turned on the light and shook him awake and we stared at the ceiling, listening to the sink drip… I spent my whole life learning how to love him and I never loved him more than I do today.”

The successes of On The Ropes [2016] and Me Oh My [2015] have propelled Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters onto the national scene. They have been featured on NPR’s World Cafe’s Sense of Place, NPR’s Mountain Stage, Nashville’s Music City Roots, and Folk Alley and have performed at AmericanaFest, MerleFest, and IBMA. On The Ropes debuted at #39 on iTunes Top 40 Country Chart on release day and landed on a plethora of year end lists including placing #35 on the Top 100 Albums played on Americana Radio in 2016 and landing at #1 on Western North Carolina’s WNCW Radio’s Year End Listeners Poll of Top Albums of 2016!

On The Ropes hit #11 on the EuroAmericana Chart and The UK’s Julian Piper with Acoustic Magazine says, “Amanda Platt has one of those gorgeous heartache-drenched voices that brings to mind Loretta Lynn or Sheryl Crow.”

Opening the evening will be Monica Rizzio, who has also shared the stage with Chris Botti, Boz Scaggs, Diana Krall, Joan Osborne, and Slaid Cleaves, among others. She has played the Main Stage at Strawberry Park Bluegrass festival, and is a frequent collaborator with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. In December of 2014, she performed as part of Tom Rush’s band at his annual show at Symphony Hall in Boston. She played fiddle, guitar, ukulele and sang backups, as well as performing her originals “Luckier Than You” & “Willie Nelson” with Red Molly backing her up.

 

FRONT ROW: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
GENERAL ADMISSION: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

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