The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series – September 2018
Betsy Rose, better known to fellow Folk Project members as Elizabeth Lachowicz, is the Folk Project's resident Blues maven. Her clear voice and saucy style are rooted in the sights and sounds of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods and rowdiest music bars. Betsy's brand of the blues is filled with life lessons, raw emotions, heartfelt sorrows and playful innuendoes. Her backup band, The Chicago Fire, is packed with some of the Project's finest musicians.
WHEN: Friday, September 14, at 7:30 pm.
ADMISSION: Adults $5; under 25, free.
A featured act will play a short set to kick off the evening. OpenStage follows, and for that we now run two stages simultaneously—the main "Concert Stage" and the brand-new "Terrace Room Acoustic Cabaret." The Concert Stage is held in our beautiful 200-seat concert hall. The Terrace Room offers a more intimate performance space.
We are unique among open mics in several ways. Our recently installed state-of-the-art sound system is terrific. For those who want backup we offer our house band, the Bunk Bed Band which will give your performance some added oomph! Artists receive a free DVD of their performance. The CONCERT STAGE is web-cast via Concert Window.
WHEN: Friday, September 21, at 7:30 pm.
ADMISSION: Adults $10; children 12 and under, free.
The Asthmatics features Folk Project members Mitch Radler, Carrie Cantor, and Todd Dennison, whose outstanding voices and tight harmonies are beautifully set off by acoustic guitars and bass. Their mix of slow, fast, swampy, bluesy, and pop tunes brings listeners along on a journey through a sometimes familiar, sometimes brand new musical landscape, lending every gem of a song choice a unique interpretation to delight the ear.
WHEN: Friday, September 28, at 7:30 pm.
ADMISSION: Adults: $10; children 12 and under, free.
Beppe Gambetta, the Italian bluegrass flatpicking champion. Sounds like an ethnic joke, but Beppe is no joke. Early in life he was captured by the music of such greats as Doc Watson and Tony Rice, and soon got to the point where he was sharing festival stages as an equal with his heroes. Equally adroit on mandolin, he can blaze through a hot bluegrass tune or croon a lovely Italian traditional ballad. And all with an elegant continental charm that is a joy to witness.
Swingin’ Tern Contra Dances – September 2018
Donna Hunt will call the contras on Saturday, September 1, from 8 to 11 pm. The band will be Rhythmic Heart. Beginners’ workshop at 7:30 pm. No partner necessary. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing. Adults $12; students $5. Listeners welcome (admission applies).
Sue Gola will call the contras on Saturday, September 15, from 8 to 11 pm. The band will be In-Tent-City. Beginners’ workshop at 7:30 pm. No partner necessary. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing. Adults $12; students $5. Listeners welcome (admission applies).
Afternoon Playful Contras 4-6pm $10/$5 students
Fun, quirky and playful contras in the afternoon – some will be challenging, some will be a bit silly. Comfort with basic/intermediate steps expected.
All-Level Evening Dance 8-11pm $12/$5 students.
Funding has been made possible in part by funds from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts