Below you’ll find a growing concert video, illustration and photo archive from many of our shows over recent years. As Common Ground is an all-volunteer run organization, we need your help filling out this section of the site. Next time you come to one of our shows, bring a camera, video camera (assuming we have the artist’s permission), or yes, even a sketch pad, and help us document the great music and spirit you’ll find at Common Ground. Then email your images to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll make sure to credit you for your work, and who knows, if we post it online, we may even give you a free brownie!
April 9th, 2011: Red Molly with Carsie Blanton at Common Ground @ South Church
South Presbyterian Church begins to fill up in anticipation of the show. The concert raised funds to help maintain the church’s historic century old pipe organ (seen at rear), which had been damaged by vandals in the previous summer. (Photo courtesy of Jim Metzger)
Common Ground regulars (l-r) Peter Shafran, Mark Miller (leader of the outstanding group Spuyten Duyvil), Gordon Nash, and Paula Panzer chat before the show begins. (Photo courtesy of Jim Metzger)
Artists Carsie Blanton, Joseph Plowman, Laurie McAllister, and Craig Akin backstage. (Photo courtesy of Jim Metzger)
Carsie Blanton (Courtesy of Jim Metzger)
Carsie Blanton, with Joseph Plowman (Courtesy of Jim Metzger)
Red Molly (l-r: Abbie Gardner, Laurie MacAllister, Molly Venter) (Courtesy of Jim Metzger)
Abbie Gardner (Courtesy of Jim Metzger)
Laurie MacAllister (Courtesy of Jim Metzger)
Molly Venter (Courtesy of Jim Metzger)
January 15th, 2011: WinterJam 2011, with the Kennedys, Radoslav Lorkovic, and Julie Corbalis, Matt Turk, and Steve Kirkman
Maura Kennedy (Photo by Gordon Nash)
Steve Addabbo and Pete Kennedy (Photo by Gordon Nash)
Maura and Pete Kennedy (Photo by Gordon Nash)
Julie Corbalis (Photo by Gordon Nash)
Steve Kirkman, Jeff Eyrich, Julie Corbalis and Matt Turk (Photo by Gordon Nash)
Radoslav Lorkovic on the piano, Steve Kirkman, Steve Addabbo, Maura Kennedy, Pete Kennedy in the background (Photo by Gordon Nash)
October 10th, 2010: United Way’s Camp-A-Palooza, featuring The Kennedys, Bokandeye African-American Drumming and Dance, and the Take Me to the River Children’s Chorus
Bokandeye African-American Drumming
Bokandeye African-American Dance
Julie Corbalis leads the Take Me to the River Children’s Community Chorus
October 1st, 2010: Steve Forbert at Common Ground Downtown
September 19th, 2010: The Howling Wolf Family Folk Festival @ Lewisboro Town Park
May 22th, 2010: Tracy Grammer at Common Ground Coffeehouse
April 24th, 2010: Uncle Monk, with Spuyten Duyvil
March, 27, 2010: KaiserCartel and Winterpills at Common Ground Coffeehouse @ The First Unitarian Society of Westchester
Video by Barb Prisament
January 30, 2010: Susan Werner at Common Ground Coffeehouse @ The First Unitarian Society of Westchester (Photos by Jim Metzger)
December 8, 2009: Jen Chapin at Common Ground Downtown @ Friday Night Live (Photos by Jim Metzger)
November 21, 2009: Anthony Da Costa and John Elliott at Common Ground Coffeehouse (photos by Jim Metzger)
November 6, 2009: Driftwood and Greetings from Anywhere at Common Ground Downtown @ Friday Night Live
April 26, 2009: The Woes
February 28, 2009: Songwriters in the Round, hosted by Maura Kennedy, and featuring Karen Savoca with Pete Heitzman, and Sam McTavey
January 24, 2009: Nerissa and Katryna Nields
December 27, 2008: Rock and Run Benefit Concert for Midnight Run with Kimya Dawson, Dave End, Anthony Da Costa, Griffin and the True Believers, Hop Along, Queen Ansleis, and BB Sunshine
November 22, 2008: Chris Smither
Common Ground’s first sold-out show! (Photo courtesy of James Howe)
Great songwriting, great playing, great guy. A great night all-around! (Photo courtesy of James Howe)
(Photo courtesy of James Howe)
(Courtesy of Barb Prisament)
Bald guys get special reserved aisle seats at all of our shows. Just kidding. But that’s me in the middle. (Courtesy of James Howe)
October 25, 2008: Sweet Plantain String Quartet
The phenomenal Eddie Venegas, Romulo Benavides, David Gotay, and Orlando Wells of Sweet Plantain (photo courtesy of Jim Howe)
September 27, 2008: Great Lake Swimmers
Here’s Tony Dekker and Great Lake Swimmers performing the gorgeous “There Is A Light” to end their September 27th show. Below that, you’ll find some stills of opener Patrick Porter, as well as more of Great Lake Swimmers. What a way to begin our 7th year at Common Ground.
(Video courtesy of Barbara Prisament)
Patrick Porter (Courtesy of Erin Smith)
June 14, 2008: Guy Davis
Guy Davis played the last show of our 07-08 season on a horrendously stormy night, with flooded roads, car accidents and just a generally bad mojo in the air outside. Inside was a different story, as we still managed to get a nearly full house of people who managed to row, swim, or scuba their wet selves over to Common Ground for a delightful show. It was a wonderful way to end our ’07-’08 season, and we send our huge thanks to Guy and everyone there for making it such a special night. Below you’ll find more pics, plus here’s a series of clips from the show — courtesy of our friend Simon Feldman at Hudson Valley Music Channel. Click on the first photo immediately below, sit back and enjoy!
(Photos courtesy of Simon Feldman, Hudson Valley Music Channel)
June 13, 2008: Hastings Jazz Collective
Many thanks to pianist David Janeway for having the vision to put together this super-summit of stellar jazz artists — four of whom live right here in the Hastings-on-Hudson/Dobbs Ferry area. Click here to check out some live video by clicking here, as well as some stills below — all courtesy of Simon Feldman of Hudson Valley Music Channel.
Jay Azzolina on guitar and Tony Jefferson, drums
Ugonna Okegwo, bass, and Tim Armacost, saxophone
The Hastings Jazz Collective: Jay Azzolina, guitar, Tony Jefferson, drums, Ugonna Okegwo, bass, Tim Armacost, saxophone, and David Janeway, piano
May 17, 2008: Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Preview Tour with Joe Crookston, Anthony da Costa, Lindsay Mac, and Joe Crookston
The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Preview Tour 2008, from left to right, Anthony da Costa, Lindsay Mac, Joe Crookston, and Randall Williams. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Prisament)
Randall, Anthony, Lindsay and Joe were joined by special guest Oliver Hill on fiddle, Abby Gardner of Red Molly on vocals and John Elliott on piano. Left to right are Randall, Oliver, Abbie, Anthony, Lindsay, Joe and John (obscured at piano). (Photo courtesy of Barbara Prisament)
Since you can’t see him in the photo above, here’s a chance to see and hear Anthony’s good friend John Elliott, who sat in to cover Anthony’s song “Note.” Just gorgeous.
April 26, 2008: Dan Lavoie and Port o’Monkeys
Dan Lavoie, master of the harpguitar and all-around great guy (Photo courtesy Jim Howe)
Port o’Monkeys performed on such eclectic instruments as the harmonium (left) and the oud (right). (Photo courtesy Jim Howe)
In addition to the guitar and mandolin, members of Port o’Monkeys also played the Swedish nykleharpa (behind the guitar) and the dutar from Afghanistan as well as various hand drums. (Photo courtesy Jim Howe)
Port o’ Monkeys Paul Harris, Don Haywood, Chris Wertenbaker, Elena Wertenbaker, and Jeff Green (l-r) in performance. (Photo courtesy Jim Howe)
Elena Wertenbaker and Jeff Greene of Port o’ Monkeys on the hand drums (Photo courtesy Jim Howe)
Port o’Monkeys in full swing. The instrument standing at center is a dutar from Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy Jim Howe)
Eugene and Sam man the snack table. (Photo courtesy Jim Howe)
March 29, 2008: Luminescent Orchestrii
We’re thrilled to be able to present the entire first set of this incredible group’s performance at Common Ground, thanks to Simon Feldman of Hudson Valley Music Channel (HVMC.TV). Simon is creating a really invaluable record of the best live performances in the Hudson Valley. Deep gratitude, Simon from all of us at Common Ground. Look for Part 2, coming soon. And thanks to Jim Howe for the photos below.
The Luminescent Orchestrii (l-r): Sxip Shirey, Rima Fahnd, Sarah Alden, and Benjy Fox-Rosen (photo courtesy of Jim Howe)
Sxip Shirey of Luminescent Orchestrii (photo courtesy of Jim Howe)
Rima Fahnd (left) and Sarah Alden of Luminescent Orchestrii (photo courtesy of Jim Howe)
The nearly full-house crowd takes in Luminescent Orchestrii’s show on 3/29/08 (photo courtesy of Jim Howe)
A couple more views from the back of the house (photo courtesy of Jim Howe)
A dance floor opens for waltzing couples during the second set (photo courtesy of Jim Howe)
December 29, 2007: Rock and Run for Justice Benefit Concert for Midnight Run
Griffin & the True Believers: Andrew Epstein (left), Aaron Burns (center), Griffin Epstein (right) (Photo courtesy of Barbara Prisament)
Griffin Epstein of Griffin & the True Believers (Photo courtesy of Barbara Prisament)
Aaron Burns of Griffin & the True Believers (Photo courtesy of Barbara Prisament)
Anthony DaCosta (right) and Oliver Hill (left) (Photo courtesy of Barbara Prisament)
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October 27th, 2007: Star Island All-Stars/First U Rock & Soul Revue
A great evening was had by all at Common Ground of October 27th with the Star Island All-Stars, the First U Rock and Soul Revue, and soundman extraordinaire/poet of Star Island, John Robbins. Hats of to Kemp, Adrian, Oneika, Carl, and Hope of the All-Stars. And cheers to Ray, Stephen, Arnie, Eric, Gary, April, Leslie, both Joe B’s, and Suzie of Rock and Soul. Of course, all the Common Ground volunteer crew also deserve kudos for helping everything run so smoothly, especially Carol, David, Susan and Larry.
But I also want to thank Ted Berkowitz, because in a lot of ways, he proved on Saturday night what Common Ground is all about. One of the main things that we strive to create at Common Ground is a relaxed venue where those who come to our shows can feel like active members of a community instead of passive consumers of entertainment “product.” Because Common Ground is held in a small space, there is a shared intimacy between our audiences and artists. And as Ted Berkowitz proves, sometimes there are artists IN our audiences. Below, I’m thrilled to present you, our online community, an illustrated celebration of last Saturday’s concert, with huge thanks to Ted Berkowitz for sharing his gift with us. A magical night is now memorialized in artwork AND memory! Thanks, Ted.
Above: Leslie, Suzie, Gary, Stephen, and part of Eric. (Click image for full view). Illustration courtesy of Ted Berkowitz.
Above: Adrian, Kemp, Oneika, and Stephen. (Click image for full view). Illustration courtesy of Ted Berkowitz.
Above: Carl and Ray. (Click image for full view). Illustration courtesy of Ted Berkowitz.
Above: Hope and Kemp. (Click image for full view). Illustration courtesy of Ted Berkowitz