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Russ & Julie's
House Concerts
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UPCOMING HOUSE CONCERTS
(Links go to the performers' websites.)

Rita Hosking Sunday, November 11, 2018, 7pm -
Rita Hosking with Sean Feder


Suggested Donation: $20

Rita Hosking's fierce and captivating country-folk voice sings of culture clash, dishes, forest fires, black holes, and hope. Her latest of six albums, the hero's-journey-themed “Frankie and the No-Go Road,” was praised by Maverick Magazine as having “more authenticity and integrity than you can shake a stick at.” With her stories and soul-stirring delivery, this “force of nature” (Fiddlefreak Folk Review) partners with Sean Feder on sparkling dobro and banjo to deliver what Acoustic Magazine calls “timeless, unhurried elegance.” Rita's style of country-folk has been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised with capturing the audience. Honors include winner of the 2008 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival, finalist in the 2009 Telluride Music Festival Troubadour Contest, and honors in the International Songwriting Contest and West Coast Songwriters' Association.

Susie Glaze and Lauren Sheehan Friday, January 11, 2019, 8pm -
Susie Glaze and Lauren Sheehan


Suggested Donation: $20

Lauren Sheehan and Susie Glaze share a deep connection to traditional American music with two divergent paths. They discovered that these paths met beautifully when they joined forces to present a workshop on the uses of traditional music for contemporary songwriting. The workshop experience was so powerful that it inspired the idea to perform together. Lauren Sheehan has been playing dance and social music for over 40 years on guitar and banjo, starting with Contra dance music, to Irish music to old weird modal music and songs from the south, to modern folk song and then serious immersing herself into country blues. Award-winning recording artist, journalist and critically-acclaimed powerhouse vocalist, Susie Glaze has been called by Bluegrass Unlimited "...an important voice on the California Bluegrass scene" and by Roz Larman of KPFK’s Folkscene “...one of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass and folk music today.”

Small Potatoes Saturday, February 16, 2019, 8pm -
Small Potatoes


Suggested Donation: $20

When you see Small Potatoes perform, you hear two great voices, some fine guitar playing, and a touch of tin whistle, flute, mandolin, bodhran and other percussion toys. Together they present a truly rare blend of vocal and instrumental abilities, award-winning songwriting and arranging talents. They have the unique ability to adapt to the style of music they happen to be playing, and they also pay attention to the little things, the warmth, the humor and a rapport with the audience that makes for a memorable performance. “Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso combine cleverly witty with powerfuly poignant songs, along with well-chosen covers to present an unusualy entertaining and involving repertoire engagingly delivered.” -- Rich Warren, The Midnight Special - WFMT Radio, Chicago, IL"
Always one of our most requested acts, it's been 6 full years since they last graced our stage!!

Johnsmith Sunday, March 3, 2019, 7pm -
Johnsmith


Suggested Donation: $20

Johnsmith is one of those artists so often under-recognized – he possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored, or overlooked. For the past thirty-plus years, Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs, and house concerts alike. In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released eight solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville. With his faded jeans, his twinkly blue eyes, and his infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences. You get the sense of a man who loves his life, his family and friends, and who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and stories all across this land. "John Smith's songs always move me. They make me laugh, cry, dance or just sing along. He is one of the most consistent writers of quality songs that I've ever met." -- Lydia Hutchinson, Editor, Performing Songwriter Magazine

Laurence Juber Saturday, April 6, 2019, 8pm -
Laurence Juber


Suggested Donation: $20

Two-time Grammy winning guitarist Laurence Juber is an English-born musician who is most famous for playing lead guitar with Paul McCartney & Wings. He has since had a distinguished career as a solo fingerstyle guitarist and studio musician. Fusing folk, jazz and pop styles, Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has released 26 solo albums which spotlight Juber’s unique touch and tone on solo acoustic guitar. His "LJ Plays The Beatles" was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s all-time Top Ten albums. As a studio musician, he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Seal and the French chanteuse Sylvie Vartin, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as Home Improvement and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas. He has also produced, arranged and played on a number of Al Stewart's albums. One of the great fingerstyle guitarists of our times!

Jack Williams Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8pm -
Jack Williams


Suggested Donation: $20

Jack Williams is counted among the most dynamic performers on today's "folk" circuit - "...one of the most enlightened and entertaining performers I've ever encountered," said Dave Humphreys of Two-Way Street Coffeehouse in Downer's Grove, IL. Jack is considered a "musician's musician", an uncommonly unique guitarist, a writer of vivid songs with a strong sense of place, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition who further illustrates each tale with his guitar. Rich Warren of WFMT Chicago's The Midnight Special said, "His artistry is nothing short of amazing". Vic Heyman, in SING OUT!, wrote, “He is one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk.” Jack is a sought-after artist on all contemporary acoustic music stages, from coffeehouses and festivals to music halls and city arts stages. From acclaimed appearances at the Newport, Boston, Philadelphia, Kerrville, New Bedford SummerFest Folk Festivals, his musicianship, songs, stories and commanding presence have established him as an uncommonly inspiring and influential performer.

Ryanhood Saturday, June 1, 2019, 8pm -
Ryanhood


Suggested Donation: $20

Named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.” They’ve since gone on to perform more than 800 shows in 45 U.S. states over the past decade and have shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, and many more. Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Green’s explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, “a match made in radio heaven.” They were recently named the “Discovery of the Year” by John Platt at WFUV New York City, and were a featured act at Australia’s National Folk Festival in April 2018. They currently reside in their hometown of Tucson, AZ, where they have won more than a dozen Tucson Music Awards including “Best Folk Band” and “Best Rock Band” (you can decide for yourself which is most accurate).


RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
Some of our House Concerts fill up a couple of weeks in advance, so please RSVP early. All our House Concerts begin at 8:00 P.M. unless otherwise noted. A voluntary suggested donation of $20 per person to the musicians is requested. Remember, 100% of all contributions go directly to the performers!

For more information on Russ & Julie's House Concerts,
please contact Russ & Julie at: info@houseconcerts.us

To RSVP, and for directions, please email: rsvp@houseconcerts.us


Please note: "Russ & Julie's House Concerts" is simply the name we choose to describe our private parties, in our private home. These parties are NOT a business nor are they a business related activity. They are strictly a hobby for us, and are simply gatherings of our friends and guests to enjoy live acoustic music, fellowship, food (a potluck dessert buffet) and fun. Our concert parties are officially free (or else it might be considered a business), although voluntary contributions (suggested donation of $20 per person) are accepted at the party on behalf of the artists. 100% of all contributions go directly to the performers. By invitation only.





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RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

Some of our House Concerts fill up a couple of weeks in advance, so please R.S.V.P. early.

All of our House Concerts begin at 8:00 P.M. and are held on Saturday evenings, unless otherwise noted. They generally end around 10:30 P.M.

A voluntary suggested donation of $20 per person to the musicians is requested. This is payable IN CASH at the door.

Remember, 100% of all contributions go directly to the performers!

Most of the musicians we host have CDs available for sale during the break and after the House Concert.

RSVP to: rsvp@
houseconcerts.us



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