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Karen SavocaKaren Savoca & Pete Heitzman
These delightfully improvisational performers from down the road in Munnsville are electrifying, unique, and always uplifting.

Friday, November 21, 2014
8 p.m. / $15

Member price: $12 (see members link below)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Link to Facebook Event

artist's website / YouTube clip

"An addictive blend of hybrid pop with lots of jazz whimsy and slippery funk." — Dirty Linen

On a trip home to his native Syracuse 20 years ago, Pete Heitzman was invited by friends to hear a new singer (Karen Savoca). They met, jammed the night away and he joined her group (Mind’s Eye) the next day. In that band, they forged their unique style, performing original songs to a packed house every Monday night near the SU campus. Those Monday nights became a seven year long tradition. Their music confounds even the staunchest pigeon-holers. It's bravely non-traditional, yet completely accessible. The duo's live performances are uplifting and hypnotic, and they like to put some funk in the folk. From simple ballads built with subtle piano and guitar to complex textures of layered vocals and innovative guitar work, this is contemporary music at its best.

"Embracingly beautiful songs that have a beguiling way of changing and reconfiguring themselves like an aural kaleidoscope." — Duluth News Tribune

Savoca pours her heart into a song the way a great actor throws herself into a role. Her songs draw you into a world of humor and compassion, shared with grace and ease, as though you've been invited to her table for supper. Born in northern NJ, the daughter of a big band singer, her baby diary reads "20 months, knows 6 songs." At the age of eight she asked for piano lessons, and at thirteen began composing on a guitar she bought with saved birthday money. She attended Syracuse University, where she studied music and elementary education.

Heitzman, a Syracuse native, was playing in clubs at the age of fifteen. He carved out a reputation as an ace guitarist capable of playing many styles, touring across the country with a variety of bands. He met Savoca during a return trip to his home town. They jammed the night away, and he joined her group the next day. In that band, they forged their unique style, performing original songs to packed houses.

Musical partners for more than 20 years, Savoca and Heitzman are winners of seven SAMMY Awards, including Best Folk Rock Group, Best Songwriter, and Record of the Year. Notable appearances include The Today Show, A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, Big Top Chautauqua, The Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Falcon Ridge & Winnipeg Folk Festivals, and many more. They are also independent record producers who have scored several feature films and documentaries. The duo have released eight CDs on their own Alcove Records label, the latest of which is "Promise", recorded in their 19th century church studio nestled deep in the hills of upstate NY. "Promise" reached #25 on the Euro/Americana chart. They are currently working on their ninth recording.

"A rare combination of grit and sensitivity." — The Georgia Straight (Vancouver, BC)

Karen Savoca: Advance Tickets No Longer Available
But plenty of great seats remain. We hope to see you tonight.


Songwriter WoodshedA meeting of and for local songwriters . . . more info / Facebook page. Next Meeting: Dec. 3


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Sparky Town

Thanks Sparky Town
. . . great supporters of Folkus

The good folks at Sparky Town restaurant provide meals for visiting artists and lots of other little favors to Folkus. We love Sparky Town! (Their website.) (Recent Daily Orange review.)

Linda Sparky Mortimer

Later This Season

Holiday Show
Christine Lavin & Don White
Two of the funniest performers in folk music reflect on the lighter side of the holidays.

Friday, December 12, 2014
(note special second Friday date)
8 p.m. / $20

Member price: $17 (see members link below)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Lavin website / White website / YouTube clip

Christine Lavin is simply an institution within the singer-songwriter scene. Her zany wit and goofy antics have made her one of the most popular performers on the contemporary folk scene for two decades or more. She now makes frequent appearances with Don White who, like Lavin, walks the line between folk music and comedy. Audiences for their joint shows find their hearts lifted — and their guts split with giggle, snorts, and guffaws.

“As you watch Christine and Don, you tend to feel like you're making a friend, rather than admiring some distant star,” Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe wrote.

For their Folkus appearance, Lavin and White will mix some of their regular material with selections and observations especially chosen for the impending holidays.

Lavin/White: Advance Tickets thru PayPal
Please read Advance Ticket Policy to learn how it works, and for other advance options. Note: You do not have to have a PayPal account to use PayPal; charge to your credit card.

(MEMBERS ONLY: click for discount)

At the Westcott Center . . .

  Ruddy Well

Ruddy Well Band
This up-and-coming contemporary acoustic string band — from Bluegrass to the Blues — is becoming one of the hottest folk/Americana acts in Central New York.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 • 8 p.m. • $10
Tickets at the door or by contacting the Westcott Center; 478-8634

Westcott Community Center • 826 Euclid Avenue, corner of Westcott Street

 


Loren Barrigar & Mark Mazengarb
Loren Barrigar & Mark MazengarbThe area's favorite international guitar duo is moving over to May Memorial for this year's annual show.

Friday, January 9, 2015
(note special second Friday date)
8 p.m. / $18

Member price: $15 (see members link below)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Artists' website / YouTube clip

Loren Barrigar has long been Central New York's favorite tasty finger-style picker, but things just got better when, in 2010, Barrigar teamed up with Australian native Mark Mazengarb. Their appearances together have become the stuff of local legend, although they are just as well known today at top venues around the world.

Their music is influenced by bluegrass, jazz, and western. Their style of guitar playing is largely built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Jerry Reed; and their songs feature Lorens superb vocals and some beautiful harmonies from Mark. The interaction between the two musicians is as much a feature of their shows as is the world-class guitar playing that they both display.

For the past few years, their Folkus shows have been at the Westcott Community Center. But the crowds keep growing, so this year we're moving them to May Memorial UU. Even so, this show is a potential sell-out and we encourage advance ticket purchases.

Barrigar/Mazengarb: Advance Tickets thru PayPal
Please read Advance Ticket Policy to learn how it works, and for other advance options. Note: You do not have to have a PayPal account to use PayPal; charge to your credit card.

(MEMBERS ONLY: click for discount)

At the Westcott Center . . .

  Colin Aberdeen

Colin Aberdeen
The long-time front man for Los Blancos proves himself to be a commanding soloist and charming raconteur.

Saturday, January 17 • 8 p.m. • $10
(note special third Saturday date)
Tickets at the door or by contacting the Westcott Center; 478-8634

Westcott Community Center • 826 Euclid Avenue, corner of Westcott Street

 


Joe CrookstonJoe Crookston
and the BlueBird Jubilee
Ithaca's Crookston and sideman Peter Glanville pick and twist their way through energetic and sonically lush sets of Joe' originals.

Friday, January 23, 2015
(note special fourth Friday date)
8 p.m. / $15

Member price: $12 (see members link below)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Artists' website / YouTube clip

Troubadour Crookston has long been a Folkus favorite. He returns this time with duo partner Peter Glanville. Together as the BlueBird Jubilee, Joe and Peter have played to full houses at festivals and Performing Arts Centers across the US. It's a high energy show full of story songs, fingerpicking stomping rhythms and a deep well of musical tradition and creativity. Tuning up their Martins and vintage Gibsons, these guys can play! They’ll weave and travel mystical, historical and humorous roads, and twist through personal stories along the way. Ex-slaves, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, drunk Roosters, Dylan Thomas, and possibly a damn good Supertramp cover to boot.

Joe Crookston: Advance Tickets thru PayPal
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(MEMBERS ONLY: click for discount)




Ways to Help

Volunteer for Folkus. Help staff a show. Help manage Folkus. For info, e-mail volunteer@folkus.org

  Bring Baked Goods to a Show!
The snack counter at Folkus shows features a mixture of store-bought and homemade goodies, but of course everyone prefers the homemade stuff! If you're a baker, next time you come to a show, bring a plate of cookies, brownies or such. Thanks.
  Help Get Our Posters Out There!
Join the Poster Club.. Give us your e-mail address and we'll send you Folkus show posters (as a PDF attachment). Print and post it wherever you like. To join, send an e-mail to posters@folkus.org.

Past Shows on Facebook
Photos, videos, and recordings of some recent Folkus shows have been posted by Larry Hoyt:

Rani Arbo on YouTube
YouTube: See recent Rani Arbo appearance at Folkus

Mike PowellMike Powell / Feb. 21 . . . Video at YouTube . . . Photos on Facebook

Barnes & Noble Event . . . Photos from our September 2014 Barnes & Noble bookfair, also by Larry Hoyt, are at this Facebook page.

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The Venues
May Memorial UU Society
First and third Friday of the month
All shows at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30)
3800 East Genesee St., Syracuse / website / how to get there

Westcott Community Center
Second Saturday of the month
All shows at 8 pm
Corner of Euclid Ave. and Westcott St., a half-mile east of SU / website / how to get there


Ticket Policy
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(Don't have a PayPal account? You can still use PayPal to make a credit card purchase.)

Note: If you have questions about your ticket purchase for a Friday show at May, please do not telephone May Memorial or the Westcott Center. Review our advance ticket policy and, if you still have questions, try e-mailing tickets@folkus.org. Thanks.


Elsewhere in the Region

Andrea Beaton Trio • Nelson Odeon • Sa 11/15 • website

Ernest Troost • Oswego Music Hall • Sa 11/22 • website


Friends of Folkus

Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble. Bill's bluegrass radio show (and associated events) date back almost as far as Bill Monroe himself! / website

CNY Bluegrass Association. Folk music's mountain-bred second cousin / website

"Common Threads." Folk music on the radio. / website

Guitar League. Talk and workshops about your ax. Meeting monthly / website

Irish Sessions. A great, ongoing jam of Celtic and old-timey types. Every Sunday / website

Kellish Farms. This Pompey Center farm has been converted into a music center, featuring concerts and jams of folk, bluegrass, and country types / website / Syracuse Post-Standard article

Oswego Music HallOswego Music Hall. One of upstate New York's most venerable music venues, in a beautiful location to boot! / website

Syracuse Community Choir. Songs of peace and social justice / website

Syracuse Country Dancers. Contra dances and the like / website


Join the CNY Friends of Folk listserv. For info: website