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© 1997 / 2016
Russ & Julie's
House Concerts

(Links go to the performers' websites.)

Beth Wood Saturday, November 12, 2016, 8pm - Beth Wood and Larry Murante
Suggested Donation: $20
Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for nearly two decades. Beth's music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy. She is the winner of the Sisters Folk Festival Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest, Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Contest, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters Contest, Wildflower Festival Songwriting Contest and a finalist in the Telluride Troubadour Contest.

LarryMuranteLarry Murante's beautifully woven stories about every day folks, set to song combine compassionate, socially conscious lyrics and an upbeat, joyful, energetic folk/rock style. Jackson Browne, Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchum and Michael McDonald are all reflected in his music. Larry is known for his soaring, mellifluous tenor, a strong rhythmic guitar style and an engaging stage presence. Larry is the 2009 Grand Prize Winner of the 2009 John Lennon songwriting Contest, a winner of the 2010 Great American Song Contest, a finalist in the 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards, winner of the 2011 West Coast Songwriter International Song Contest, a premier showcase artist at the 2011 FAR-West Music Conference and a finalist in the 2012 Grassy Hill Kerrville Newfolk Competition to mention just a few of the many awards he been showered with.

Jeni Hankins Sunday, November 20, 2016, 7pm - Jeni & Friends
Suggested Donation: $20; includes a potluck dinner buffet!!
Jeni Hankins, of the duo Jeni & Billy, performs new old music -- original songs in the Traditional Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Old-time and Appalachian ballad styles. With a sparse sound and absorbing lyrics, Jeni has crafted a unique sound that is truly her own. Jeni comes by her mournful, lonesome voice honestly. Born in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia, her singing has been compared to that of Mother Maybelle Carter and Hazel Dickens. A born storyteller, she has been a writer almost since she could put pen to paper, a vocation inherited from her journalist father and grandfather. Jeni will draw you into captivating narratives of heartache and hard living, of true life blues and unexpected grace. While her normal partner, Billy, will not be able to join us for this show, Jeni will be joined by some of her world-class southern California friends inlcuding multi-instrumentalist and champion fiddler, Craig Eastman. Craig has performed here many times in the past, but did you know that he won the New England Fiddle Championship when he was just 13 years old?! Craig has also recorded and/or performed with Elton John, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Rickie Lee Jones, T Bone Burnett, Beck, Taj Mahal, Hugh Laurie, Lucinda Williams, Bryan Adams, Randy Travis, Brian Setzer, Keb Mo, Linda Ronstadt, Nigel Olsson, Chris Hillman, Albert Lee, Adrian Belew, Rodney Crowell, John Doe, John McEuen, Dr. John, Marcus Miller, John Hiatt, Iris Dement, Martina McBride, Steve Martin, Daniel Lanois, Billy Bob Thorton, Dennis Quaid, Jessica Simpson, Victoria Williams, Van Dyke Parks, Tim Armstrong, and of course Jeni & Billy. Doors open at 6:30pm for dinner and seating.
Russ & Julie 2017
Please note that after 20 years of hosting monthly house concerts, we will be taking a break during the first half of 2017. Our first real break in 20 years. Please check back in the near future for additinal house concerts this coming summer.

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:

To RSVP, and for directions, please email:

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.



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@

Please support independent musicians!