Highlights from the 2012-2013 Chestnut House Concerts

  • Surprising Lindsay and Josh Rilko (Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys) with the appearance of Josh’s parents Dan & Suzie Rilko from the DC area.
  • Watching April Verch do her thing, with great backup from Cody & Hayes.
  • Soaking in the warm personalities and extreme talent from The Kruger Brothers – the house concert setting with these guys is indescribable.
  • Jonathan Byrd’s storytelling – both through his lyrics and vignettes between songs
  • The new/fresh sounds from The Barefoot Movement, including Quentin’s tribute to my parents “In the Cool of the Day” (Jean Ritchie).
  • The potluck night that there were THREE mac & cheese dishes.
  • Lindsay Lou’s voice!
  • Kiran, our favorite house concert guest.
  • The Stray Birds packed the house.  Maya did not reveal that earlier that day she was in a serious car accident until after the show – such strength, talent, determination from this group and it’s fun to watch them gain popularity/fame as time passes.
  • International fiddler Tania Elizabeth with husband Andy Stack – and surprise guest appearance of Adrien Reju.
  • Mark Lavengood (aka Huggy Bear) from Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys – what’s not to like about a dude who has a beer from Founders Brewing Company named after him?  – Huggy’s Nuggs
  • The sweet voice of Chris Kokesh and her fiddle playing – although one of my favorite tunes “Sundays Loving You” featured Chris on the ukulele.
  • The beautiful stage backdrop provided by Tania Elizabeth’s artwork.
  • Hasee’s (The Barefoot Movement) contagious excitement in just being alive.
  • The parting group hug from Uwe and Jens.
  • Listening to Dan and Josh Rilko play together after the show, late into the evening.
  • The responsive, friendly, generous, appreciative guests (over 150!)  that attended in the past year.  We hope you’ll come back for more in 2013-2014!

House Concert Potluck

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House Concert Potluck

People who are new to house concerts often have questions about the potluck prior to the show. We invite people to arrive any time after 6 pm and to bring beverage (alcohol is ok) or food to share. We do not assign food items, and it magically comes together – from pesto pasta salad and baked chicken legs to key lime cheesecake and fresh apple pie. Bring whatever you enjoy, or if you are pressed for time, grab a bag of chips. Sharing food and meeting new people is part of the charm of the house concert venue.

May 17 we’ll be hosting Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys. Potluck at 6:00, Show at 7:00.

Memorial Day, May 27 get ready for The Barefoot Movement. Weather permitting we’ll have the grill ready.  Arrive around 5:30 pm for a pre-concert picnic – show starting at 7:00 pm.

Wunderbar!

Chestnut House Concerts was thrilled to host the Krüger Brothers on April 7th.  The band doesn’t play many house concerts and I knew that they were used to large audiences, ample stage room and a large sound system.  They travel with their own technician and during this tour also had a technician in training along with them.  I desperately wanted them to be pleased with the arrangements – our home is a simple row home, long and narrow.

The five men came up the walkway and through the front door.  They stood and surveyed the front room, all of them speaking Swiss German.  My anxiety level started rising as I stood there listening and watching until at last Uwe smiles at his brother Jens and announces, “Wunderbar!”.

In May we are hosting two house concerts.  Both bands are made up of young people making a living by writing songs and performing music.

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Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys will perform on Friday, May 17th at 7:00 p.m.  Lindsay is accompanied by her husband Joshua Rilko, mandolin; Mark Lavengood,dobro; Keith Billik , banjo and Spencer Cain, bass. This Michigan based band has distinct vocals, tight harmonies, instrumental expertise, and creative arrangements which are all essential characteristics of their unique sound.  The group focuses on the original tunes of Lindsay Lou Rilko.

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The Barefoot Movement is a 4 piece band featuring Noah Wall on lead vocals and fiddle, Tommy Norris on mandolin, Quentin Acres on guitar and Hasee Ciaccio playing bass. Their house concert is scheduled for Memorial Day – May 27th.

I encourage you to check out both of these groups under Artists which will link you to their websites.  We’re looking forward to more music at Chestnut House Concerts – hoping musicians and the audience alike will say “Wunderbar!”