Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret that Toby Walker will not be appearing at the Groovin’ in New Fairfield Coffeehouse this Saturday, January 30. While we are saddened by these turn events, we believe every cloud has a silver lining, and are thrilled to bring legendary blues guitarist Guy Davis along with special guest Lara Herscovitch to our stage! Hope to see you there! Show starts at 7:30pm, at the New Fairfield Senior Center, 33 Route 37, New Fairfield, CT. Tickets are $10 and doors open at 6:45 pm
While carrying the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, Guy Davis came back with some fresh inspiration and new stories to tell. Kokomo Kidd, his first all-new album in two years, finds the blues ambassador visiting fresh territory. “It’s a new beginning for me,” he says, “The first time I’ve produced myself. What I‘m showing here is a side of me that’s deep inside. It’s needing air and light, and here it comes!”
His deft acoustic playing and well-crafted lyrics are here as always. Some songs find Davis calling on his gifts as an actor and storyteller, while others are as personal as it gets. The rollicking title track, featuring Ben Jaffe of New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, might be called a short story that you can dance to, featuring a rascal character who starts as a bootlegger and winds up a Republican advisor. The song’s New Orleans connection harkens back to a formative visit he made to the Crescent City in 1979, a trip that convinced him to follow his muse as a performer.
Guy Davis’ work as an actor, author, and lately teacher earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues. What music and acting have in common, he explains, “is that I don’t like people to see the hard work and the sweat that goes into what I do. I want them to hear me and be uplifted. And I want some little eight-year-old kid in the front row to have big eyes and say, ‘Hey, I want to do that!’.” www.guydavis.com
For some people, what they do and who they are two different things. Not so for Lara Herscovitch, an “extraordinarily talented” (smother.net) American songwriter, poet, singer, performer, and policy social worker. Lara’s award-winning music is “pure musical poetry” (The Courier): highly original, modern folk with shades of blues, jazz, and pop. As the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal wrote, “Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch doesn’t write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart and soul.”
With a voice “clear and smooth like expensive liquor,” she stands “above and beyond the pack” (Northeast Performer). Herscovitch is “a remarkable performer” (WSHU Public Radio). Former State Troubadour of Connecticut (2009-2010), Lara brings charm, authenticity, intelligence and a love of performing that immediately resonates with diverse audiences. She has appeared as a guest on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (American Public Media) and tours from Maine to Miami.
We’ve got an awesome line-up for you as we wrap up our Fall season of Coffee House Concerts. So take a break from raking your leaves and put off planning that Thanksgiving meal for one night, then get yourself out to the Community/Senior Center Complex on Rt. 37 for what will be a great kick-off to the upcoming holiday season.
Our featured performer will be the handsome and talented singer/songwriter Griffin Anthony. Legend has it that the 32 year old native New Yorker was riding a baseball scholarship at a Division 1 university (yes, yet another one), when a series of injuries began to make him re-think the idea that baseball might be his career path. He completed his degree (in fact, he has three of them) and continued to play his music, a passion he had continued through adolescence and college until serendipity led to a publisher, having heard him play, contacted him and asked what he thought about writing for television or film. “What….do you mean I could make a career out of this?” he asked. Anthony’s music now appears in all the Kardashian shows, America’s Funniest Home Videos and Housewife shows as well as sots on ABC, NBC and E!Entertainment.
But Griffin loves to perform and that has led to him sharing the stage with a number of luminaries: James Taylor, Aaron Neville Dr. John an Don McLean. The good news for us is that he loves to play smaller venues where he can interact with the audience. And with that in mind, while he will be playing a number of venues throughout Fairfield County, I might suggest that the New Fairfield Coffee House could be one of the best places to catch this talented singer/songwriter on his current tour
Also performing will be Steven McGrath, a Connecticut native who grew up in Cromwell listening to his parents record collection, exposing him to a wide variety of musical genre and developing a deep and natural love for it. He studied trumpet as a youth and became proficient on drums, piano and guitar…..but singing….that was where his true passion would lie. And he realizes the expression of that passion by playing local venues throughout the Nutmeg State, and beyond.
Opening our show will be the folk/pop husband and wife duo Danny and Caroline, he on guitar and she on keyboard. I have to say, hearing them for the first time caught me by surprise. Their catchy melodies, and insightful lyrics are infused with hints of jazz, bluegrass, folk and soul. Their performances are truly effervescent . And you’ve got to do a You Tube search for them and catch their videos. They are just full tilt fun! I can’t wait to have them on our stage.
As always, you can skip dinner at home and enjoy a moderately priced meal catered by Bruno’s of Heritage Plaza. There are home made desserts, and, yes….there’s coffee.
The 32-year-old New York native got his start in 1995 as the drummer of The Ripptides, whose members included children of legendary musicians Arlen Roth and Alan Menken. As a teen, Griffin worked backstage at the Newport Jazz & Folk Festivals, before emerging as a performing songwriter, debuting with his self-titled EP in 2007 and later signing with with BMI and Orange Music Publishing in 2008.
The road has been no stranger to Griffin. He’s performed at major music festivals including Wanee, SunFest, CMJ and Art Basel, while his ever-expanding catalog has garnered placements on ABC, HBO, NBC, MTV, and CBS to name a few.
Steven McGrath, a Connecticut native, grew up in Cromwell with a natural love for music. As a young child he listened to the records and music of his parents where he developed a love for many different styles of music.
He took up playing trumpet at an early age and as a teen learned to play guitar, piano and drums – but his real passion was always singing.
As an adult he perfected his love of writing both music and lyrics, and over the years he has recorded many collections of original music.
Danny and Caroline’s songs feature catchy melodies, and insightful lyrics infused with hints of jazz, bluegrass, folk and soul. With Danny on guitar and Caroline on keyboards they combine their two distinct voices in beautiful harmony, producing a sound that is recognizable but at the same time refreshingly unique and diverse.
Cadence Carroll grew up surrounded by music. Her mother, who was a music teacher and taught while she was pregnant, claims Cadence got her sense of rhythm from nine months of listening to guitar playing while in the womb. Although Cadence’s first instrument was the violin, she quickly moved to guitar lessons taught by her mom in the basement of their home in Norwalk, CT. In college in Ithaca, NY, she fell in love with the sounds of African-Cuban percussion. There she found a passion and natural affinity for accompanying fellow musicians on the djembe, a large African hand drum.
In addition to performing, Cadence’s love and affinity for teaching shines when she has the opportunity to share drumming with others. She regularly facilitates workshops in African Drumming, Percussion, and Accompaniment at Summersongs and Wintersongs songwriting camps at Ashokan in Olivebridge, NY, and other private venues. She teaches workshops and private lessons out of her home in Newtown, CT. Cadence believes that drumming heals the body, mind and spirit and welcomes the chance to share the joy with all!
Blacker grew up listening to her parents record collection which now sits stacked lovingly in her apartment. Paul Simon, The Beatles, America, and CSNY all formed the foundation of her musical consciousness. Teenage rebellion and discovery led to her love of alternative rock and the prominent and powerful singer/songwriters of the the nineties. Sarah then attended Boston’s acclaimed Berklee College of Music seeking to expand her abilities as a performer and songwriter. She graduated as a Board-Certified as Music Therapist with a vision to save the world one song at a time.
Sarah Blacker was named ‘Female Performer of the Year’ at the New England Music Awards, 2013, and nominated for ‘Songwriter of the Year’ in the Boston Music Awards the same year. In 2014 she was nominated for song, and songwriter of the year at the New England Music Awards. She has toured extensively and shared stages with dozens of internationally renowned artists including Mishka, Carbon Leaf, America, Richard Thompson, 10,000 Maniacs, Paula Cole, Rusted Root, Leon Russell, and many others.
Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. Growing up in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, he and his brothers sang together and their parents played instruments. His dad introduced him to the guitar and he quickly taught himself to play. Fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast), he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt — receiving an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music. At the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, which explain his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists.
At fifteen, Cliff and his brother Geoff began touring as an acoustic duo, playing the Eastern club circuit until Cliff turned twenty-one and moved to Carbondale, Illinois. There he found space to develop his own voice within a vibrant and supportive music scene that included Shawn Colvin. After a couple of years there and a short stay in Colorado, Cliff moved to New York in 1978. Because the clubs were great (the Bitter End, the Speakeasy, Kenny’s Castaway, Folk City) and the company amazing (John Gorka, Suzanne Vega, Lucy Kaplansky, Julie Gold, Steve Forbert, Christine Lavin, and Shawn Colvin), New York was an ideal musician’s boot camp. Though he put in long hours as a taxi driver, Cliff worked steadily on his music throughout the 80’s, doing solo gigs and studio work, and playing guitar on the road with Richie Havens, Melanie and others. Singing advertising jingles for products like Coke, Miller Beer and Chevrolet (“The Heartbeat of America” campaign) allowed him to devote more time to his songwriting.
Groovin In New Fairfield Coffeehouse Presents Cliff Eberhardt Workshop & Show: Saturday September 26th: Workshop from 2:00 to 4:00: Show at 7:30
New Fairfield Senior Center 33 Rt 37 New Fairfield Ct. 06812
Red House recording artist Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. As a child Cliff taught himself to play guitar, piano, base and drums. In his teens Eberhardt was fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast), he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt – receiving an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music. At the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, which explain his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists.
A driving force of the Greenwich Village New Folk movement and well known among his peers, Cliff’s songs have been covered by the likes of Richie Havens, Buffy St. Marie, Erasure, Lucy Kaplansky and the folk superstar band “Cry, Cry, Cry” (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky).