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    Thu
    22
    Nov
    2018

    Closed for the holiday 11/22

    The Owl wishes a happy holiday to you and your loved ones.


    Fri
    23
    Nov
    2018

    HANKSGIVING Nov 23

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

    Featuring the Drifting Cow-Gals (Jared Engel, Zosha Warpeha & Raphael McGregor), Ali Dineen, Gustavo Rodriguez and More

    with your hosts Rachel Swaner and Oren Bloedow


    Sat
    24
    Nov
    2018

    Timo Andres & Anna RG Nov 24

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

      


    Music by Robin Holcomb, Charles Ives, François Couperin, Hobart Smith, Laurie Spiegel, and others, for voice, piano, banjo, and fiddle.

     

    Composer/pianist Timo Andres grew up in rural Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn. A Nonesuch Records artist, Andres’s notable works include commissions for Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Performances, the Concertgebouw, the Barbican and Britten Sinfonia, the Takács Quartet, the Boston Symphony, the LA Phil, and (a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist ) The Blind Banister. He has collaborated with Philip Glass, Gabriel Kahane, Brad Mehldau, Sufjan Stevens, Becca Stevens, Jonathan Biss, and many others; performed solo recitals at Wigmore Hall, San Francisco Performances, Lincoln Center, and elsewhere.
    www.andres.com

     

    Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a voracious and curious musician who nestles in the space between ancient ballads and new sounds. After spending years in Baltimore’s underground art scene, she now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She fell in love with the sound of banjo in college, moved to the mountains, and learned with master musicians in Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina. She has been a fellow at the Berea College Traditional Music Archive and OneBeat (Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation); three years artistic director of Kentucky’s traditional music institute, the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School; and co-curator of Baltimore's Crankie Festival. She is a summer 2017 fellow at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, and recently studied in a workshop with Meredith Monk.


    Thu
    29
    Nov
    2018

    Kris Davis & David Leon Nov 19

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

    Here accomplished pianist Kris Davis takes budding saxophonist David Leon under her wing for a performance inspired by Davis's approach to composition and bandleading. 
     
    Learn more about Kris and David 

    Fri
    30
    Nov
    2018

    Akie Bermiss / Richard Sears Nov 30

    7:30 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

     

    Akie Bermiss with his affable disposition, glasses, and healthy do of cascading dreads that drape down to his shoulders, is unabashedly a self-professed nerd to the nth degree. Since early childhood Akie has been an obsessed science fiction aficionado. Yet he does have an artist-friendly façade and has managed to cultivate and live a double-life as a thriving music protégé, pianist, singer/songwriter, composer, arranger and emerging solo artist. Akie kicked off his 2017 touring schedule playing keyboards and providing backing vocals for veteran indie multi-genre band Lake Street Dive’s national concert tour in support of their latest CD, “Side Pony.

    Akie is a Brooklyn native raised in a musical household full of jazz and politics fueled by his former- activist mom and dad. He began singing in church, moved it to school for a while, enroute becoming somewhat of a musical chameleon. His raucous, guttural and soulful vocals are a delectable fusion of Donny Hathaway and Tom Waits. He’s equally adept singing neo-soul, funk, contemporary jazz, alternative rock, and hip hop. 

    Akie cut his teeth in music the old-fashioned way; he went to college and earned a degree in music composition at Bard College.  Among other things he is also the author of a children’s book (“I Hate to Be Sick” — out on Scholastic), a lover of science fiction and fantasy novels, a huge fan of cigars, and he takes his bourbon: neat.

    Richard Sears Sextet - Iron Year CD release
    Richard Sears - piano/compositions 
    Roman Filiu - alto saxophone 
    Dayna Stephens - tenor saxophone 
    Chris Dingman - vibes
    Martin Nevin - bass
    Sean Mullin - drums
     
    Brooklyn based pianist Richard Sears has appeared with the Billy Hart Quartet (ft. Mark Turner and Ben Street), the Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra, Joshua Redman, Ralph Alessi, Eric Revis, and others. As a composer Richard has received commissions/grants from The Shed (2018), the Aaron Copland Fund (2015) and the Los Angeles Jazz Society (2013). His previous release, “Altadena”, features the legendary drummer, Albert “Tootie” Heath performing with Richard’s sextet. “Altadena” earned 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine, naming it one of the Best Albums of 2017. Taking inspiration from the poetry of Hart Crane, “Iron Year” features original music for sextet, written since Sears moved to New York in 2015.

    Sat
    01
    Dec
    2018

    Dolunay Duo, Falsa Dec 1

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sun
    02
    Dec
    2018

    Pete's Posse 5:30 pm // Open Ground 7:30 pm Dec 2

    5pm

    “This Vermont band embodies all the beauty of American roots music.”
    — LE DEVOIR, QC, CAN
    Vermont's own trad-roots power trio! Composed of acclaimed musician Pete Sutherland, his talented protégé Oliver Scanlon and the uber-dynamic Tristan Henderson, Pete's Posse never fails to surprise and excite! Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding foot percussion with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jaw harp, rocking keyboards, and soaring vocal harmonies adding color to the Posse's sonic landscape.
    With a steady flow of powerful uplifting energy that spans their age gap, they tap into many traditions from the north to south, and east to west, to distill a distinct sound that is completely their own. The Boston Irish Reporter recently proclaimed the Posse puts forth "(a) kaleidoscope of sounds and styles with equal parts amiability and energy."
    Since 2014 the Posse has racked up over 150,000 miles of touring, released 5 albums, and played numerous festivals including Shetland Folk Festival, Festival Memoire et Racine, New Bedford Folk Festival, and more!  
    12pm-3pm Musicians Master Class with Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, and Tristian Henderson.  
    A Master's class with Pete's Posse, for folk and traditional musicians interested in learning to play dance music. Class size will be limited to 15 musicians with 3 teachers! Topics are the teachers choice, but we've requested these subjects: foot percussion, writing and arranging tunes, improvising and combining sounds as a band, communicating while performing, injecting fun and excitement into performances, and, if possible, learning a Pete's Posse tune. 
    Doors 4:30 $10-20 Suggested  
    5:00pm Masterclass Sharing 
    5:30 Pete's Posse Perform  
    This event is produced by Brooklyn Contra in collaboration with Robert Matson and is supported in part by the Mary Kay Friday Fund of the Country Dance and Song Society. www.cdss.org

    Fri
    07
    Dec
    2018

    Tredici Bacci *sponsored by Meni Beer 12/7

    7:30

     

    Tredici Bacci salutes Udine in Song!  - sponsored by Meni Beer of Udine,Italy... and featuring a Meni Tasting with Ryan Zenga”?).


    Sat
    08
    Dec
    2018

    Kim Anderson Dec 8

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation


    Fri
    14
    Dec
    2018

    Endangered Heart Quartet / Anonym / Nick Millivoi Dec 14

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

     

    Endangered Heart Quartet is an elastic group of composer-musicians. Founding members of the prestigious Jazz Passengers, saxophonist/writer Roy Nathanson and in-demand trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, join versatile bassist Tim Kiah and two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills to create a new ensemble with a broad musical palette. Endangered Heart Quartet elaborates on Roy Nathanson’s Sotto Voce ensemble, which explored ways to merge words and sound in an extended language, through composition and mostly jazz-inflected improvisation. This new collective band, Endangered Heart Quartet, expands that language through chamber music and detailed classical composition, to “sing” the most human songs from the American musical tradition. From re-imaginings of “Goodnight Irene” and Ornette Coleman’s “Circle with a Hole In The Middle” to the personal compositions of the bands’ members who all offer their own varied musical legacies, EHQ symphonically combines the instrumental sounds with their own vocals. Endangered Heart Quartet mines the many years of professional playing and composing of the group’s members, to offer a kind of “heart music” salve for the harsh political and social climate of today.


    Sat
    15
    Dec
    2018

    Allegra Krieger, The Cradle and Joanna Sternberg Dec 15

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

       

     

    about Allegra Krieger: A contemporary folk singer, songwriter, tree planter, art model, waitress, and cave dweller inspired by a life lived transiently and freely; with songs regarding her travels and the relations that have come and gone within them.

     

    Joanna Sternberg lives in New York City and plays instruments, writes songs, sings and draws.  Joanna writes songs about the span of human emotions with the hope that it will make someone feel less alone.  This is the reason Joanna creates all of their art.  Joanna does not like to think of music in terms of style or genre, and thinks that everyone can draw.


    Sat
    29
    Dec
    2018

    Ali Dineen , Frankie Sunswept and the Sunwrays & Starcrossed Losers 12/29

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

          

    Ali Dineen has been performing her original music and songs from the American folk tradition in New York and across the United States for the past several years, drawing upon music ranging from 1920s American jazz to Eastern European polyphony. Her lyrics are poetic and deeply personal, using narrative to draw connections between personal experience and larger histories. Audiences across the country have been captivated by her breathtaking voice and the power of her songs' messages. When not performing her original music, Ali also works with various projects including the Crimson Ragdolls and Bread and Puppet Theater, and works as a music educator. She is based in New York City.

    STARCROSSED LOSERS is the title songwriter Kyle Morgan has given his ongoing musical/spiritual stumble through time.  Not really a band, not exactly a solo project, Losers is more like a continually-shifting musical collective gathered around the NYC-based singer and his evocative music.  For the past ten years, in collaboration with many a dear musical companion, Morgan has formed different iterations of Losers everywhere he's lived: central Pennsylvania, southern Maine, the Cotswolds of England, and most recently, New York City.  With two full-length albums already under his belt, Morgan explores a range of styles in the "Americana" tradition, from stripped-down acoustic balladry and love-lorn parlor laments, to old-school rock'n'roll and distorted proto-punk.  Kyle is currently in the process prepping for STARCROSSED LOSERS' third studio album to be recorded at Plaid Dog Recording in Boston, MA.

    Frankie Sunswept and The Sunwrays play 'cosmic r&b', original songs reminiscent of Smokey Robinson, Roy Orbison and solo John Lennon records. The Sunwrays consist of Rachel Housle on drums, Sean Cronin on bass, Kyle Morgan on vocals and lead guitar, Ernie Vega on lap steel, and Frankie Sunswept on vocals, guitar and piano. Frankie Sunswept has performed in 45 US states and 11 international countries, creating original music drawing inspiration from folk music, blues, r&b and soul, to garage, surf, and rock n' roll.


    Mon
    07
    Jan
    2019

    Meshell Ndegeocello Presents: Jake Sherman Duo & Venus (feat. Jack De Boe & Samora Pinderhughes) Jan 7

    7:30 pm


     

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