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Liv Greene • Brittany Ann Tranbaugh and DRINKS by Phil Greene! Dec 77:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donationUnassumingly charming with a velvety voice… she envelops a forlorn loneliness that’s at once poignant and crushing.” – American Songwriter. Queer americana artist Liv Greene has been processing the world around her through writing songs since teaching herself her first guitar chords at 12. In school, Greene honed her skills at Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan and New England Conservatory in Boston, studying songwriting and contemporary improvisation. Now Nashville-based, Greene just finished up work on her second album, due out in the next year, collaborating with engineer Matt Andrews (Gillian Welch), and employing the help of talented friends like Jordan Tice, and Sarah Jarosz.Brittany Ann Tranbaugh (pronounced TRAN-baw) is a Philadelphia-based songwriter whose queer Americana heartbreaker “Kiss You” won Song of the Year in the 2021 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Tranbaugh has been writing songs and playing shows as a side gig since she was a teenager, but in February 2023, at 31 years old, she finally quit her office job to pursue a full-time career in music. Her newest release is a self-titled EP produced by Grammy-winner Tyler Chester (Madison Cunningham) which showcases Tranbaugh in her new era: energetic, self-assured, surrounded by her beloved musical community, and more commanding as a vocalist and writer than ever before.Guest mixologist, historian and writer Phil Greene, Author, To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, Penguin Books; The Manhattan: The Story of the First Modern Cocktail, Sterling Epicure Books; A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris, Penguin Random House (winner of the Spirited Award for Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits, Tales of the Cocktail, 2019); and Cheers! Cocktails and Toasts to Celebrate Every Day of the Year (2022). Contributing author, Oxford Companion To Spirits and Cocktails, will be offering a holiday-themed cocktail this evening
Nicomo • Emilie Kahn • Vanessa Castro Dec 87:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donationNicomo is a shot in the dark parallel park, a hole-in-one-in-a-million, needle in a full-stack flapjack of syrupy vocal lines and buttery fingerpicky guitar. Songs on your shoulder, impressionistic folk and strolling waves, shadows and conversations misunderstood. Nicomo is the songwriting project of Nico Osborne, Brooklyn-based musician and sound artist. Antiquated Future Records calls their first EP Views “An early-morning hangout album meets complex after-dark mood music.” Nicomo is working on an LP now, exploring brighter colors and tighter turns.Vanessa Castro is a Brazilian-American artist and songwriter based in NYC. Expect lush guitar loops, latin rhythms, deep groves, and beeps ‘n’ boops. She released her EP ‘sou’ with the LA label Never Content in 2021.Emilie Kahn is a Montreal-based singer-songwriter and harpist. She’s releasing her third album ‘’Maybe’’ via Secret City records. Her music is at once laid-back and feverish, with a pop energy that recalls Arlo Parks, Olivia Rodrigo and Lana Del Rey.
SOLD OUT: Laura Veirs Dec 97:30 Door 8:00 Show
Sorry but there are no more tickets available for this program.Laura will be playing a selection of songs from her 2023 album “Phone Orphans” as well as catalog faves. She’ll be inviting some special guests up on stage including opener and old friend Karl Blau.“Laura Veirs is the most underrated guitar player I know and one of the greatest singer-songwriters there is.”
– Neko Case
Carmen Rothwell • Panther Hollow • Camilla Ortiz Dec 107:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Paul Bedal • My Tree Dec 147:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donationPaul Bedal is a pianist and composer from Chicago currently residing in Brooklyn. His newest trio release Unfolding (BACE Records) features original compositions rooted in the visual themes found in nature, melody and group interplay. Peter Borough of Textura writes “..as the recording develops, a clear impression of his style as a writer comes into focus, with each piece grounded in melodic designs that are generally intricate and atypical—in a good way.” Bedal will be performing selections from his new album featuring bassist Martin Nevin and drummer Adam Arruda.
My Tree is a musical collaboration that straddles the boundaries of R&B, indie rock, and jazz. Their sound has been described as “Seductive, interstellar funk” [Okayplayer] and an “experimental blend of indie rock, jazz, funk, and dream pop” [The Deli Magazine] with “the perfect mix of skill and energy to keep you hooked from start to finish” [Earmilk]. Featuring acclaimed saxophonist Caroline Davis in a different role as a vocalist, and keyboardist Ben Hoffmann, this collaboration features songs that seek to uplift, while at the same time pointing to the current challenges we face in the United States. My Tree is the soundtrack for the inevitable ushering in of the new world order.
NOW Ensemble • Paul Brill Dec 157:00 Door 7:30 Show $12.00 suggested donationWith a unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and piano, NOW Ensemble brings a fresh sound and a new perspective to the classical tradition, infused with the musical influences that reflect the diverse backgrounds of its members. Newsweek recently wrote of NOW Ensemble: “Striking a balance between the old and the new has rarely sounded this good.” The ensemble will perform new works written for them by Missy Mazzoli, Gabriella Smith, Jonghee Kang, as well as new music written by members of the group.
Following early adventures as a performing songwriter, Paul Brill pivoted towards film scoring and earned consecutive Emmy Nominations on his first three films. Recently, during quieter and lonelier times, the songwriting spirit unexpectedly reawakened with fury and fired out Brill’s wildly ambitious new musical breakthrough/breakdown: The Cost of Believing – a theatrical Libretto-Ballet/Musical/Film/Song-Cycle examining physical and emotional isolation, the lengths we travel to find fulfillment, and the revival we confront in the pursuit of truth and faith. Paul and his chamber ensemble will perform a fully orchestra run-through of The Cost of Believing at his debut Owl performance.
TOMP's annual Howliday Party Dec 167:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
with Michele Willis, Akie Bermiss, Alec Spiegelman, Charlie Burnham, Byron Isaacs, The Naseberries and more!
Louisa Mei • Camille Schmidt • Adelyn Strei Dec 177:00 Door 7:30 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Luisa Mei is an audio visual artist currently based in Saranac Lake, NY. She primarily works with supercollider to build unique environments for musical performance. She also creates visuals in supercollider by manipulating digitized versions of her hand drawn art. She has released several albums of textural music created with these programs and regularly performs live coded sets. Her process is mainly improvisational and explores the relationship between logic and intuition.
Camille Schmidt is a Brooklyn-based songwriter. Her debut album Good Person will be out this spring.
Adelyn Strei is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer based in NYC with roots in the Midwest. Her compositions demonstrate a genre-fluid, melodically intuitive and improvisational approach. Adelyn has toured as a member of Tomberlin and Told Slant, as well as recently supporting Florist and Skullcrusher. Her debut single “Original Spring” was released in August 2023.
Alta Quartet • Michael Bates' Acrobat Dec 227:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donationMichael Bates’ Acrobat and the ALTA String Quartet present radically different explorations of two dissident composers: Dmitri Shostakovich and Witold Lutoslawski.Acrobat are:Marty Ehrlich-clarinet • Fung Chern Hwei-violin • Sara Schoenbeck-bassoon • Michael Bates-bass •Michael Sarin-drums. The quintet, led by bassist/composer Michael Bates, features five fearless voices exploring one of music’s most mysterious personalities, Dmitri Shostakovich. With literal themes by Shostakovich or themes composed with his spirit, “Acrobat” is full of music that is playful yet dark and swinging. And while Shostakovich is clearly being channeled, the voices of these five fantastic improvisers will be on full display: Beautiful and vicious, elegant and dissonant, and humor laced with serene sarcasm.
Alta are: Gabryel Smith-violin • Rachel Hauser-violin •Emily Bookwalter-viola • Ken Hashimoto-cello, a collaboration of four committed and curious musicians based in Brooklyn, NY who perform and premiere a wide range of music for string quartet. Founded in 2021, the group has been praised for their “fiery” and “faithful” performances (New York City Jazz Record) of contemporary repertoire, and regularly performs music both old and new. On this evening, The ALTA String Quartet performs Shostakovich and Prokofiev.
NUN • TBA Dec 237:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
closed for special event dec 29
Dorée• Drinking Bird • Wendy Eisenberg Dec 307:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Charlotte Greve • Emma Frank • Simon Jermyn Jan 47:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Stephen Becker • SHUTTER • Chelsea Crabtree Jan 57:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donationAndy Clausen’s SHUTTER project presents chamber music inspired by the poetry of Mary Oliver. Recently released as SHUTTER, Vol. 2: https://andyclausen.bandcamp.com/album/shutter-vol-2Featuring: Andy Clausen – Trombone • Riley Mulherkar – Trumpet • Gregg Belisle-Chi – GuitarRyan El-Sohl – Guitar • Carmen Rothwell – Bass • & Special Guest Zosha Warpeha – Hardanger FiddleAndy Clausen is a Brooklyn-based trombonist, composer, and arranger. He is co-founder of new music brass quartet The Westerlies, and collaborates with artists across the musical map, including Fleet Foxes, Joanna Newsom, Chris Thile, Aaron Dessner, Aoife O’Donovan, Haley Heynderickx, Nico Muhly, Theo Bleckmann, Celisse, and John Zorn.
Dan Loomis's Mycellium Trio • Kenneth Jimenez7:00 Doors 7:30 ShowHailed as “The best trio you never believed could exist,” Dan Loomis’s Mycelium Trio delivers songs from the American heartwood inside a groovy, infectious, heart-breakingly nostalgic neighborhood potluck of soul. Stacked with icons of the creative and Americana music scenes, Adam Levy on guitar and Tony Mason on drums. Come spiritually hungry and leave full.
Brooklyn-based bassist/composer Kenneth Jimenez presents his new work “Sonnet to Silence”, available on We Jazz Records. The band will also feature Hery Paz on saxophone and flute, Angelica Sanchez on piano and Tom Rainey on drums. Sonnet to Silence echoes the original fire of New York free jazz while stepping into a terrain of its own, boldly forward-thinking. Jimenez, originally from Costa Rica, has a knack at composing pieces that breathe naturally and take flight on the wings provided by the first-rate quartet, joining scene stalwarts and newcomers together as a coherent unit.
Lyd Marie • R.O. Shapiro • Jean Rohe Jan 127:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Co-founder and percussionist of Austin’s beloved all female world folk band Ley Line, Lyd Marie steps into uncharted territory in her solo project Lyd Marie. She brings a world of experience to her debut self-produced album tying together lyrical storytelling with her background in west african and brazilian percussion. A developed songwriter who has worked as a mentor with refugees, young mothers, war veterans and everyone in between, Lydia’s songs are defined by their honest vulnerability. Her album LOVE COMES//LOVE GOES will be released in two parts that intimately explore relationships and grief while shining a glimmer of hope on life’s most challenging moments. Themes of acceptance and self-inquiry tie together the two complimentary projects as they move through a range of genres and sonic landscapes.
R.O. Shapiro is a purveyor of original Americana music, carefully crafted and soulfully sung. Originally from the very east end of Long Island, NY, he spent several years touring and recording with the acoustic trio Odell Fox. When the members of the group went their separate ways in 2017, R.O. settled down in Austin, TX, where he developed a full-band, electrified sound, as heard on his 2021 release King Electric Sessions. A powerful performer of original heartfelt songs, and with a little bit of New York swagger and Texas twang, he’s drawn comparisons to Josh Ritter, Ray LaMontagne, and Nathaniel Rateliff. R.O. is a winner of the 2022 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk songwriting contest, and recently recorded with producer/instrumentalist Phil Cook (Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger.) He is currently based in California’s Bay Area, and regularly tours solo in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest. (www.roshapiro.com)
Jean Rohe writes one-of-a-kind narrative songs, concerned as much with the interior lives of her narrators as with the sociopolitical forces that shape their lives. Her most recent album, “Into the Night,” with her songwriting duo Robinson & Rohe, came out on Righteous Babe this year. Current projects include a new animated single with illustrator Sakshi Jain and a performance memoir 74 Corridor, about her relationship with her father and the New Jersey cities where he lived and died. “Not only does she make astoundingly beautiful music but she is thoughtful, reflective, and courageous.” – No Depression
Nina Ryser • Samuel Boat • Turbo World Jan 137:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Tyrone Allen • Alex Hamburger7:00 Door 7:30 Show $12 suggested donation
Kim Anderson • Good Intentions • Market Jan 197:30 door 8:00 show $12 suggested donationKim Anderson’s music walks the line between many genres, incorporating the lyrical intimacy of folk songs with the delicate, detailed instrumental arrangements of chamber music. Storytelling through poetry and lyrics are central to her craft. Mythology from around the world is woven into the fabric of the eight unique and genre-bending songs on her sophomore album, “Asphodel”. Her set of music will feature Damon Shadrach Hankoff (Out of Sight of Land).
Good Intentions is a Brooklyn based instrumental rock band that plays unabashedly emotional music, nostalgic and new, heartfelt and heavy. The debut record, “Devotion Comes Easy to Me”, reads like a mix-tape made for a high school crush, starry and warm.
On his debut for Western Vinyl, Nate Mendelsohn and his band Market use lyrical maximalism for the powers of good. Where his previous home recorded releases shifted genre restlessly, on “The Consistent Brutal Bullshit Gong” Mendelsohn and his band carve out space for his words to speak through with humor and intensity. Guitars and synthesizers tangle fluidly over top of the rhythm section’s tight bedrock, evoking the clarity of Elliott Smith or Big Thief. Market’s live form currently features Stephen Becker, Natasha Thweatt, and Duncan Standish.
Wish Wish Jan 207:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Alta Quartet • Alexandra Saraceno • Theresa Rosas •7:00 Door 7:30 Show $12.00 suggested donationAlta4tet / Alexandra Saraceno and Theresa RosasProkofiev String Quartet No. 2 / Messiaen and Chopin Preludes for PianoALTA 4TET is a collaboration of four committed and curious musicians based in Brooklyn, NY who perform and premiere a wide range of music for string quartet. Founded in 2021, the group has been praised for their “fiery” and “faithful” performances (New York City Jazz Record) of contemporary repertoire, and regularly performs music both old and new.
Pianist Alexandra Saraceno has established herself as an avid soloist, chamber musician, and sought-after teaching artist. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Western Connecticut State University as a student of Russell Hirshfield, Alexandra completed her master’s degree and advanced certificate in piano performance and pedagogy at New York University as a student of Marilyn Nonken. Past engagements include “Expectation, Emancipation, Eternity: Exploring Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen” a lecture-recital featuring the music of Schoenberg, Debussy, and Messiaen; “Hommage à Messiaen”, a recital in association with Spectrum’s Modern Piano Festival; and Mark Mothersbaugh’s Music for Six-Sided Keyboard at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Alexandra has cultivated a comprehensive approach to teaching through her work at the Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University, the School of Visual and Performing Arts at WCSU, and the Steinhardt School at NYU. In addition to her private studio, Alexandra teaches at the 92nd Street Y and Greenwich House Music School. www.alexandrasaraceno.comTheresa Rosas is a pianist and songwriter based in Brooklyn, currently working towards a full recording of Chopin’s 24 preludes, Op. 28 and her project, Rocks and Rivers, an album of original songs and compositions.
Doreè • Little Cliff • Aggie Miller Jan 267:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Minnie Jordan Quartet • TBA Jan 287:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donationMinnie Jordan is a contemporary jazz violinist hailing from Texas and living in Brooklyn. Her compositions draw inspiration from the jazz tradition, but also are informed by the distinctive flavor of Texas roots music, as well as diverse non-musical sounds such as birdsongs and the occasional printer or leaking faucet.
Ali Dineen • Dallas Ugly Feb 37:30 Door 8:00 show $12 suggested donation
As Nashville-based band Dallas Ugly gears up to record their second album with Grammy-award winner Justin Ryan Francis (Madison Cunningham, John R. Miller, Orville Peck), they have settled into a sound that is equal parts playful and mature. Their 2022 debut album, Watch Me Learn, was described by critics as “full of shimmering magic” (Under the Radar Magazine), “as unique as it is dreamy” (Glide Magazine), and “a record that deserves a lyric sheet” (Nashville Scene). Those elements have persisted, deepened even, but with two more years of experience writing and performing together, the seeds that Eli Broxham, Libby Weitnauer, and Owen Burton planted in 2021 have flourished into a lush garden of sound.
Gregg Belisle-Chi bday bash with Kitba and Danny Fox Trio7:30 door 8:00 show $12 suggested donation
Gregg Belisle-Chi: guitar/vocals Chelsea Crabtree: vocals Sam Decker: Piano/synths Luke Bergman: bass/pedal steel Sean Mullins: drums/keys