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 the May 17th release of his 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 it’s featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition on May 18th!
April 28th, 2018 at 7:30 pm Potluck and doors at 6:30 pm Chenango Craftsman HC in Binghamton, NY $20 donation (100% to the artist)
Jug band icon Jim Kweskin — singer, bandleader and founder of the hugely popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band — is known for his engaging guitar style adapted from the ragtime-blues fingerpicking guitar styles of such artists as Blind Boy Fuller, Mississippi John Hurt and others who were gaining fame during the folk revival of the 1960s. Kweskin used the more complex chords of pop and jazz to make these styles his own, and inspired a wave of imitators, including bands that were to become the Grateful Dead and the Lovin’ Spoonful. In 1967, Kweskin pulled the plug on the Jug Band. Though he rarely performed or recorded for the next 30+ years, Kweskin never stopped exploring traditional folk and blues and adapting these to his own unmistakable style.
June 26th, 2018 at 7:30 pm Potluck and doors at 6:30 pm Chenango Craftsman HC in Binghamton, NY $20 donation / $15 advance (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 and doors 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 and doors at 6:30 pm Chenango Craftsman HC in Binghamton, NY $15 donation (100% to the artist)