Ten years ago, Sarah Lee Guthrie (daughter of Arlo), her husband Johnny Irion and their two young kids rolled into my small town of South Haven, MI to help celebrate the first birthday of Foundry Hall, the community performance venue I’d been running in an old factory building downtown. Sarah Lee and Johnny played a beautiful show, and left me with a signed 45 of Irion’s original music. It’s one of only a few records I kept in the move to Binghamton from the Midwest.
Now, Johnny Irion is preparing for a May 17 release of the long-awaited solo album, Driving Friend, recorded with his friends from Dawes, Wilco, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, produced by Tim Bluhm and renowned filmmaker/cinematographer Alan Kozlowski, and backed by Blackwing (the makers of the pencils with which Irion’s great-uncle John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath). The album is lovely — California influenced folk-rock reminiscent of the best of Gram Parsons, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Neil Young and the Beach Boys. This Binghamton houseconcert is Irion’s only Northeast performance before he heads to California for the album release tour with Jay Farrar of Son Volt, and it’s your chance to own Driving Friend even before its May 18 feature on NPR’s Weekend Edition.
April 28th, 2018 at 7:30 pm Potluck and doors at 6:30 pm Chenango Craftsman HC in Binghamton, NY $25 PRE-RELEASE! (1 ticket + advance copy of Driving Friend) $15 advance / $20 door (100% to the artist)
Jim Kweskin is probably best known as a singer, bandleader and founder of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. The Jug Band’s imitators were legion, including a San Francisco jug band that became the Grateful Dead and a New York jug band that became the Lovin’ Spoonful. Kweskin also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist.
June 26th, 2018 at 7:30 pm Potluck and doors at 6:30 pm Chenango Craftsman HC in Binghamton, NY $15 advance / $20 door (100% to the artist)
I first met the three talented young artists — Sadie Gustafson-Zook(fiddle, guitar, kazoo, ukulele, vocals), Ethan Setiawan(mandolin) and Andrew Pauls (banjo, guitar, vocals) — of Theory Expats in 2015 when I was running sound for an international Mennonite convention in Kansas City. We became quick friends and shared music together throughout the weekend. Upon leaving, we promised to play together again someday. That day has finally arrived… it is July 22nd, 2018! And just in case that’s not enough, Hoot and Holler from Asheville, North Carolina will also be joining us for the evening.
July 22nd, 2018 at 7:30 pm Potluck at 6:30 pm Chenango Craftsman HC in Binghamton, NY $10 donation(100% to the artists)
The contemporary Chamber Opera Family Secrets: Kith and Kin will have its staged world premiere in Raleigh, NC, on February 15-16, 2018 at 7:30 PM, in a production by North Carolina Opera… Continue reading at operalively.com >>
I’ve seen Lipbone Redding perform a half dozen times or so. I get jaded easily, but have never gotten tired of Lipbone. While so many other singer-songwriters rely on their electronic loop stations and effects to create a sonic environment for their songs, Lipbone uses nothing but his voice, guitar, harmonica and feet to create his signature, one-man-orchestra sound. He smudges the boundaries from funk to folk, jazz to world-beat, and does it all with virtuosity, intensity and a great deal of joy. Now he’s coming to play for you in our living room, and I can’t wait.
May 20th, 2018 at 7:30 pm Potluck at 6:30 pm Chenango Craftsman HC in Binghamton, NY $15 donation (100% to the artist)