Philadelphia musicians Chelsea Mitchell, Vanessa Winters and Amber Twait are Dirty Dollhouse and they will provide a special appearance at the Jake Lewis & the Clergy house concert on Sunday, July 6, 2014.
Chestnut House Concerts welcomes Laney Jones and the Lively Spirits on Friday, February 21st. Laney and two of the Lively Spirits are students at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Laney is studying voice, songwriting and American Roots Music. Most of the music she performs are original tunes and she accompanies herself on banjo or ukulele. Joining her on stage will be Lars Thorson on fiddle, Jacy Anderson on guitar (also students at Berklee) along with bass player Matthew Tonner.
Founded in 1945, the mission of Berklee College of Music is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career. Student population is just over 4,400 and about 30% if these students are female. 28% of the student population is international, representing 98 countries.
Some names of Berklee alumni that may be familiar to you? Levon Helm, John Mayer, Branford Marsalis, Bruce Hornsby, Paula Cole, Melissa Etheridge, Roy Hargrove, Gillian Welch, Esperanza Spalding, and Diana Krall.
Laney’s video “Black Coffee” seems appropriate in a post about college life. We have a few seats available for Friday night’s performance. Text or call 717-940-9311 to rsvp. Potluck at 6 pm, Show at 7 pm. Donations at the door of $15/20.
There are lots of things I like about my husband Tim and his skill at photography ranks up there pretty high. We have lots of framed photos in our home from his trips abroad but some of my favorite photos are ones that he’s taken of musicians while they are performing. It’s pretty tricky – the photographer has to wait until the artist is: a) far enough away from the microphone that it doesn’t obscure too much of the face, b) not making a grimace or strange expression – which most singers do as they put emotion into their voice, c) free of instrument tuners, event wrist bands and stage clutter. Sometimes all these stars (A,B,C) align & photo magic happens.
One such magical photo was taken in Portland, Oregon at the Alberta Rose Theater of Allison Russell. Allison was performing with J.T. Nero, Chris Kokesh, Lincoln Crockett, Mikey August and Jason Montgomery. On Wednesday, September 18th Birds of Chicago (Allison Russell and J.T. Nero) will be at Chestnut House Concerts for the first show of the 2013-2014 series.
Birds of Chicago falls in the general category of Roots/Americana with the smooth voice of Allison mixing with J.T. Nero’s husky vocals. Both artists are song writers and they blend aspects of gospel, folk and soul with ukulele, guitar, clarinet and banjo instrumentation. Seats for the show are saved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling/texting 717-940-9311. The name of each person attending is requested in advance and donations of $15/20 are accepted at the door.