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Friday, October 21

9:00 pm

With Dupont Brothers Opening

The Suitcase Junket is the nom-de-bande of Northampton, MA based indie-blues singer-songwriter Matt Lorenz, who should appeal to fans of Tom Waits and White Stripes alike.

Lorenz learned to sing by copying his sister Kate. (The siblings are two-thirds of the touring trio Rusty Belle.) Lorenz graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 2004 and on moving day, pulled his guitar, filled with mold and worse for wear, from a dorm Dumpster. He fixed it up and started pulling songs out of it. That was the beginning.

The Suitcase Junket is filling rooms and drawing festival crowds all over his native New England and beyond, from Signal Kitchen near the Canadian border to Wisconsin's Mile of Music Festival, from Ireland's pubs to Mountain Jam in the Catskills, from opening nights for Lake Street Dive and Charlie Musselwhite to Mountain Stage in West Virginia. He caught the attention of National Public Radio who chose his video session for "Earth Apple" from his 2015 album Make Time as one of the year's favorite sessions.


Wednesday, October 26

8:00 pm

With Derek Hoke Opening

Distinctive-voiced country singer Elizabeth Cook made a long awaited comeback earlier this year with the release of the smoking hot "Exodus of Venus," her first album since 2010. The new record is a cathartic, defiant response to tumultuous times in her life, overcoming deaths, a divorce, and personal hardships. The Wall Street Journal described the record as "an eclectic mix of old-school country, honky-tonk, gospel and rockabilly."

Cook, who sings like a cross between Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton but who rocks with the ferocity of Chrissie Hyne and Patti Smith, is a fixture of Nashville's singer-songwriter circles. She's performed at the Grand Ole Opry over four hundred times, hosts her own Sirius XM show on the Outlaw Country station, and has worked with everyone from Jason Isbell to Steve Earle to John Prine. NPR Music deemed Elizabeth a "treasure" of the Americana scene, and the knife-sharp new record appeared on Rolling Stone Country's most anticipated albums of 2016 list.

Nashville-based roots-music singer and songwriter Derek Hoke warms up the crowd for Cook.


Friday, October 28

8:00 pm

With Milton Opening

Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. A profound songwriter and virtuoso guitarist, Smither continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. From his early days as the New Orleans transplant on the Boston folk scene, through his wilderness years, to his reemergence in the 1990s as one of America's most distinctive acoustic performers, Smither continues to hone his distinctive sound. His voice, in particular, is the very embodiment of the folk-blues sound.

New York City-based singer-songwriter Milton, who warms up the crowd for Smith, boasts a strong regional following based on his tender yet gritty folk-rock tunes evocative of his influences, which include Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Sam Cooke, Ralph Stanley, Bob Marley and Paul Westerberg.


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Wednesday, November 2, 6:00pm

An Evening with Deborah Hanlon

Friday, November 4

9:00 pm

Woodstock keyboardist Bruce Katz's resume reads like a who's who of blues and blues-rock. Playing piano and Hammond B3 organ, four-time Blues Music Award Nominee Katz has toured and recorded with the Greg Allman Band, Delbert McClinton, Maria Muldaur, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, among numerous others. While blues remains his core influence, Katz's music occupies a unique space where blues, soul-jazz, jam-band rock, New Orleans-inspired music and all aspects of Americana collide into a style of original music all his own.

The Bruce Katz Band will be celebrating the release of its latest CD, "Out from the Center," featuring guitarist Chris Vitarello, who shares vocals and songwriting duties with Katz on the album.


Saturday, November 5

9:00 pm

With Johnny Irion Opening

While the Raleigh, N.C.-based Chatham County Line resembles a bluegrass outfit in instrumentation, plays bluegrass festivals, and even has won awards for its bluegrass approach, Chatham County Line is as much a songwriter's band as it is a picking outfit. The group's original songs betray the influence of classic roots-rock singer-songwriters like Neil Young, Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan. The group can do the high-lonesome sound with the best of them, but then turn around and stretch out on an improvisation that takes the audience on a ride into jazz or jam-band territory. The group's next album, "Autumn," is due out in September.


Thursday, November 10

8:00 pm

Omar Sosa is known and hailed for his singular blend of Latin jazz and African diaspora music – a modern, urban music with a Latin jazz heart. Having grown up in Cuba, where he studied Cuban jazz, folk music, and classical music, Sosa - who has been compared favorably to Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock - has also lived in Ecuador, Spain and San Francisco, as well as immersing himself in the Gnawa culture of North Africa. Thus what comes out of his fingers when he applies them to the piano keyboard is a unique fusion of all these influences – a kind of world music-influenced, up-to-the-moment world jazz.


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Friday, November 11, 9pm

Baby Soda

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Saturday, November 12

9:00 pm

With Special Guests The Late Regulars

Triage is a jazz trio committed to creating deep, uncompromising, and relevant improvised music. The instrumentalists - Jarrett Gilgore on alto saxophone, Noah Jarrett on upright bass, and Kevin Ripley on drums - play mostly original music, with smatterings of free jazz greats such as Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Dewey Redman, and Anthony Braxton.

The lack of chordal instruments allows every performance to evolve organically, note by note, without confinement to chords and/or melodies and/or moods. From moment to moment, their music can alternate between meditative and cacophonous, animated and moody, chamber-like and contrapuntal, fluid and odd-metered, all the while speaking with an honest voice and keeping an open musical perspective.


Sunday, November 13

8:00 pm

Dust Bowl Faeries is an ethereal gothic­folk ensemble with a dark cabaret twist. The unique compositions of Dust Bowl Faeries have roots in Gypsy, klezmer, and vaudeville music. Accordion, singing saw, ukulele, lap­steel, electric guitar and percussion combine to create the Dust Bowl Faeries' otherworldly sound. The band was founded by artist­musician Ryder Cooley in 2013. Ryder - who co-hosts the weekly Helsinki Hudson open-mic night - is accompanied by Karen Cole, Jen DuBois and JoAnn Stevelos. Hazel, a taxidermy sheep, performs with the Dust Bowl Fairies as mascot spirit animal/go­go dancer. The group released its Seth Rogovoy-produced eponymous debut album earlier this year.

Luis Mojica uses the piano to cast wild narrative spells. He weaves words, chants, and sounds through a loop pedal combining Baroque-style compositions with beatbox and pop percussion. After spending four years in the mountains, Luis has emerged with his debut studio album, titled "Wholesome." The album features Melora Creager (of Rasputina) on cello and Brian Viglione (of Dresden Dolls/Violent Femmes) on drums.


Friday, November 18

9:00 pm

For several decades, the Capital District-based Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings have been keeping the sound of early rockabilly alive, both in the region and across the U.S. and around the world. They bring an immediacy to the joyful music with a dark underbelly that has compelled performers like Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, as well as Bill Kirchen, Eddie Angel and Robert Gordon, to draft them into the service of rock 'n' roll revivalism.


Saturday, November 19 , 9pm

Murali Coryell
CD Release

Friday, December 2

8:00 pm

An extraordinary and uniquely gifted pianist from Bali, Joey Alexander marked his recording debut with the release of "My Favorite Things," nominated as Best Instrumental Jazz Album for the 2016 Grammy Awards.

Joey brings a delicate, profound and soulful touch to his own interpretation of such classics as "My Favorite Things," "Giant Steps" and "Over the Rainbow" and showcases his talents as an arranger, composer and bandleader. His "Giant Steps" earned a 2016 Grammy nomination for Best Improvised Jazz Solo.

Joey Alexander taught himself to play piano by listening with his father to classic jazz albums. An amateur musician, Alexander's father soon recognized his son's gift for jazz, as his technique and ability to grasp complicated musical concepts was beyond someone of his years. Due to the lack of jazz education where he lived, Alexander began attending jam sessions with senior musicians. From there, his musical intuition flourished, as did his love of playing jazz.

In recognition of his talent, UNESCO invited Alexander to play solo piano in honor of his jazz idol Herbie Hancock, who provides enthusiastic support to Alexander's budding career. Through festival appearances and awards for his improvisational brilliance, the world has taken notice of this phenomenal and exciting pianist with the astonishing technique and soulful sound.

Joey has performed for Herbie Hancock, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. In 2014, Wynton Marsalis invited Alexander to play at the Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2014 gala, which made him an "overnight sensation", according to the New York Times. Alexander won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Master-Jam Fest, and performed at the Montreal and Newport Jazz Festivals in 2015.

Alexander is the first Indonesian act to enter the Billboard 200 chart in the United States, where "My Favorite Things" debuted at number 174 on the week ending May 30, 2015, re-entered and peaked at number 59 in January 2016.


Sunday, December 4

8:00 pm

CD Release

For Darol Anger's 5th Annual Keepin'-It-in-the-Fam Holiday Show, the acoustic music legend is joined by rising singer-songwriter Emy Phelps and an all-star cast of string musicians in a multigenerational musical experience focusing on the spirit of mid-winter and the turning of the year.

Anger draws upon years of experience with holiday shows from the Windham Hill Winter Solstice Concerts through Newgrange to Yulegrass, his quirky humor, and his genius for organizing exciting bands, which this year features old friend, musical colleague, and banjo genius Tony Trischka.

Anger and Trischka have mentored some of the most exciting string musicians in the world. The phenomenal bassist Ethan Jodziewicz - a protege of Edgar Meyer - and youthful guitar wizard Grant Gordy will join Anger, Trischka and Phelps in this season's concerts. Special guests, family and friends, are also expected to join in the holiday fun.


Friday, December 9

8:00 pm

Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation - both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. Osborne is widely known for her beloved hit song, "(What If God Was) One of Us," as well as her live performances of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Heat Wave" in the Grammy Award-winning documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown."

A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy Award nominee, the soulful vocalist and noted song interpreter is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest performer who has performed alongside many notable artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, the Holmes Brothers, and Patti Smith to name a few.

Counting such legendary artists as Etta James and Ray Charles as influences, Osborne is firmly rooted in R&B and soul, as evidenced by the soul covers she has recorded on her albums "How Sweet It Is" and "Breakfast In Bed," in addition to "Bring It On Home," which garnered a Best Blues Album nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards.


Saturday, December 17

9:00 pm

Roots-music trio Ballroom Thieves plays a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, blending folk conventions with modern hymnals, classical textures, and Delta blues grit with rich harmonies. They describe themselves as "a rock band disguised as a folk band," and indeed they occasionally go electric in a way that reminds a listener of White Stripes or Tarbox Ramblers.

Guitarist Martin Earley, percussionist Devin Mauch, and cellist Calin Peters share lead vocals among them, adding gorgeous harmonies and fluid instrumentals to their original compositions. The band has shared the stage with bands like the Lone Bellow, Houndmouth, and fellow New Englanders Dispatch over the last couple of years.


Sunday, December 18, 7pm

Hedda Lettuce

Thursday, December 29

8:00 pm

Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll is equally known for his outspoken politically-infused rockers and his self-described "degenerate love songs." The 35-year-old Carll's "KMAG YOYO" - a sort of updated version of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" - was American Songwriter's #1 Song of 2011.

The album of the same name was the Americana Music Association's #1 Album and made year-end Best of Lists in Rolling Stone, SPIN and the New York Times.

Breaking down genres, Carll is equally adept at playing rock clubs and honkytonks, Bonnaroo, Stones Fest, SXSW and NXNE. He's been described as a cross between Ray Wylie Hubband and Todd Snider.


Saturday, January 14, 9pm

Club d'Elf
Album Release Party w/ John Medeski