Noon, September 20 - Noon, September 21
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UPCOMING MUSIC EVENTS
Louisiana Gumbo Dance Party!!!
Sunday, September 11, 7:30pm
Tickets: $8 adv/$10 door
Featuring Kid Red and the Pontchartrain All-Stars and the Gumbo Boogie Band. The Big Easy comes to life with all things New Orleans, it's like your own made to order Mardi Gras, complete with the beads. From the traditional jazz and pop of Louis Armstrong to the funk of the Meters to the rhythm and blues of Dr. John and Professor Longhair these bands bring the energy and celebration of a night on Bourbon St. to WSLR.
Wear your dancing shoes! Laissez Le Bon Temps Roulet!!!
Friday, October 7, 8pm
Singer/songwriter Rod MacDonald was a big part of the 1980s folk revival in Greenwich Village clubs. After graduating from Columbia Law School and joining the staff of Newsweek, MacDonald elected to become a folksinger in the 1970s. Via the Fast Folk Music Cooperative, MacDonald was an important part of the rebirth of the folk scene in New York in the 1980s.
MacDonald's songwriting influences include Phil Ochs, Richard Fariña, and Bob Dylan. True to the folk tradition, MacDonald is not afraid to get political, take chances, and perhaps shock some people. Songs like "American Jerusalem," "White Buffalo," and "Every Living Thing" have been covered by his peers and his elders. MacDonald's place in the folk hall of fame is assured by his "A Sailor's Prayer," a hymn-styled tune that many people have mistaken for a traditional song.
Renesito Avich Live CD Recording Party
Saturday, October 22, 8pm
Cuban-born Renesito Avich is a world-class tres player. He was the guitarist for the legendary band of Salsa “Elito Revé y su Charangón”, touring in Europe and America. He was musical director of the renowned Troubadour Eduardo Sosa and also participated as arranger and performer of his latest album “Mañanitas Montañas “ which was nominated for a Cubadisco Award in 2014. He is among the members of the ALL STAR project, “Buena Vista troubadours”, where he developed a successful tour of Caribbean countries as French Guyana, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Surinam.
Jon Stickley Trio
Friday, November 4, 8pm
The Jon Stickley Trio has been making waves with the independent and fan-funded release of their 2nd album, Lost at Last, this past October. The originality and sheer energy of this genre-bending ensemble serves as a welcome wake up call for those who experience it. With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop in an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine), Jon Stickley Trio combines Jon Stickley’s rapid-fire flatpicking guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin set over the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums. The three have fused their collective styles into a repertoire of exciting and innovative original music along with some captivating covers.
Brock McGuire Band
Sunday, November 6, 7pm
BROCK McGUIRE BAND is fronted by Moving Cloud founding members Paul Brock and Manus McGuire. Residing in County Clare, button accordionist and melodeonist Paul Brock and fiddler Manus McGuire are two of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional musicians and have been at the forefront of Irish music for many years through their joint work with Moving Cloud. Manus is also a founding member of Buttons & Bows, and both bands, ranking among Ireland’s finest, have helped to introduce international audiences to the virtuosity of their playing.
Performing with the BROCK McGUIRE BAND are two outstanding musicians: Dublin based Garry O’Meara, a brilliant banjo, mandolin player & vocalist; and Denis Carey, an acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger from Newport, County Tipperary.
Cigar Box Festival w/ Justin Johnson
Saturday, November 26
Tickets $15 adv/$20 day of show
Over the last several years, Justin Johnson has become one of the most recognizable performing musicians of the cigar box guitar and homemade/handmade music movement. A highly accomplished musician, Justin plays a wide variety of handmade instruments created by builders and craftspeople all over the world, frequently switching between different instruments on stage all while weaving a masterful tapestry of sound and spoken word.
A regular headliner at cigar box guitar festivals around the country and also overseas, Justin has a deep commitment to preserving and rediscovering what is often referred to as “Roots” music. He has also focused his activities on holding instructional workshops and creating educational materials to help others learn to play music on these amazing instruments.
Grant Sings Guy
Saturday, December 10, 8pm
Tickets: $10 adv/$12 day of show
A self-described “vegetarian that watches NASCAR, and tree-hugger with a gun below the seat,” Grant Peeples is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor and heart-gigging ballads. In this show Grant will pay tribute to Guy Clark.
In 2014 he was the recipient of the Focus Foundation Award for Creative Excellence, which cited the “humor, compassion and wisdom of his songs,” as well as their "unflinching social insight and cultural acuity.”
Third Coast Magazine’s John Conquest says “Peeples is unusually literate, unusually honest. And the only songwriter I have ever called ‘ruthless.’”
Sunday, January 15, 7pm
A worldbeat-vaudeville extravaganza!
ZOE LEWIS is a band in a body! She plays jazz, jump jive, latin grooves, swing, international folk, funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! Troubadour, vaudevillian, storyteller, adventurer, singer-songwriter! WINNER of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Troubadour Award in 2003, NEW FOLK WINNER 2002 at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas and 2001 Falconridge Folk Festival AUDIENCE FAVORITE.
Blind Boy Paxton
Saturday, February 4, 8pm
Tickets: $15 adv/$18 day of show
Although only in his 20s, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920's and making them wish they could stay there for good. Paxton may be one of the greatest multi-instrumentalists that you have not heard of. Yet. And time is getting short, fast.
This young musician sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones (percussion). Paxton has an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, and make it real. In addition, he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling.
The Outside Track
Friday, March 3, 8pm
Tickets: $15 adv/$20 day of show
A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, The Outside Track's marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre. Each player within The Outside Track is a master of their chosen instrument with the band stacking up an impressive amount of international awards.
Thursday, April 6, 7pm
Tickets: $18 adv/$20 day of show
Known in and outside the Boston folk-music community for her accessible, socially conscious songwriting and gorgeous voice, Catie Curtis brings her typical mix of insightful wit and pitch-perfect vocals to Fogartyville.