FAR-West Music Conference wrap up.

We are just returning for the Folk Alliance Region West Conference. We are amazed that the volunteers running the conference can make it so smooth. It was held at the Bellevue Hyatt this year and it will be held there next year Oct 5 to Oct 8. In 2018 it will be held in Los Angeles.

We got to help out a bit. I did some of the paperwork related to booking the New Voices Showcases. Joanna and I helped out with the Green Room during the Saturday night Official Showcase. I escorted musicians to and from the stages while Joanna guarded the instruments, purses, equipment. I also participated in the Speed date like event where the musicians do a 90 second pitch to venues. I got a few dozen CDs out of that and briefly met lots of musicians. I got to meet Patrice O’Neill of Uncle Bonzai. She is also the Wintergrass artistic director.

We met some wonderful musicians and renewed our acquaintance with many others as well as other house concert hosts. I met Tim Noah who has the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater in Snohomish. www.thumbnailtheater.com.

Some of the musicians we met that impressed us were:

Andrew Goncalves from Portland – we hope to book him someday

Orville Johnson – we definitely want to introduce him to our audience.

A few of the folks we really liked: Scott Cook from Alberta Canada, Karl Smiley from Summit OR, Uncle Bonsai, Carey Appel, Robert Blake from Bellingham, Kate Brown from Pasedena CA, Melaney Devaney from Iowa, Otter Creek from Salt Lake City, Freebo from Hot Springs CA, Avery Hill from Portland OR, Jasper and Kale Lepak from Seattle, Rita Hosking and Sean Feder from Davis CA, JW McClure from Everett WA. I am sure there were more but I can’t think of more.

 

We added our name to a few house concert venues that were unknown to us. Baker Enterprises in Edmonds WA and The CAPE House Concert Series in Cannon Beach,

 

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Local and regional small venues

Seattle Folklore Society http://www.seafolklore.org/
Wintergrass www.wintergrass.com
Folk Alliance International www.folk.org
FAR-West Folk Alliance Region West www.far-west.org
Radio stations with folk content. KAOSKBOO,KBCS
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October 22, 2016 Johnsmith House Concert

We are excited to host Johnsmith  for a house concert in Tumwater WA. johnsmith-photo

6:00 PM for Pizza and Potluck, 7:00 PM for music. Suggested donation is $20. 100% goes to the artists.  Reservations are required. We have limited seating. Address is released with confirmed reservation.

johnsmith-cd-longing-roadHere is his latest CD

Here are some great quotes about John

Quotes


“Darn you, Johnsmith! I’m driving on a gorgeous day, and put your new CD in to listen. ‘Family Artifacts,’ reduced me to tears and made me pull off the road. As you have done in the past, you have written another song that brings to the surface so many emotions. And you do it again and again throughout ‘The Longing Road.’ If it is even possible, you do it more powerfully than ever before. Your gift of writing deceptively simple songs that spring from a deep place in the soul is a rare one. And with the likes of Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott and Tom Prasada-Rao, the musical settings are exquisite.”
~ Bob McWilliams, KPR (Kansas)

Johnsmith’s latest album, The Longing Road (his 7th release), is – to my ears – his finest recorded work to date. From opening to closing notes, you are rewarded with 14 superbly-crafted poem-songs; delivered with soul and sincerity, style and grace.
Supported by cream-of-the-crop Roots musicians (ie: Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott) and all overseen by Producer extraordinaire Tom Prasado-Rao, John’s rich, emotive and ‘lived-in’ voice has never sounded better; at once poignant and bitter-sweet yet humorous and playful, John’s gentle, poetic soul always shines through.
This album is, quite simply a real gem; a collection to be treasured, savored and enjoyed for many a day to come.
~PJ Curtis (Author/Record Producer)
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Music Up Close

Music Up Close Tumwater House Concerts

Located in Tumwater WA, near Olympia WA,  we have been hosting house concerts since April 2010. We started hosting concerts because we want to share great music with friends. We want an atmosphere where the music is the focus. It could be described as a listening venue. We try to reduce the distractions of espresso machines, chatter, and general distraction found in taverns and cafes.Chairs Music Up Close

Music Up Close is not a business. We do not sell tickets. The donation jar is the only method of raising money and all the proceeds go to the musicians. We do not publish our address anywhere. We have limited seating, this is why we require reservations. We need to know how many folks are coming. Sometimes we create a wait list in case of cancellations. We promote primarily via word of mouth.

We find artists by attending Folk Alliance Conferences, by attending other house concerts and by word of mouth. We try to see each and every artist before hosting them for a concert. We did make an exception for Gordon Bok, he got the “folk music legend” exemption.

To get on our mailing list send a note to jmille2788@aol dot com

 

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2017 Schedule

We are excited about our schedule for 2017.

January 13 JC and Laney www.jcandlaney.com

March 4 The Blue Janes www.jeanmann.com

April 7 Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman www.karensavoca.com

May 26 The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble www.susieglaze.com

Sept 7 Dave Stamey www.davestamey.com Date is approximate

November Spook Handy Remembering Pete Seeger Keep the Flame Alive www.spookhandy.com Date is not confirmed.

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2018 

May 5 Maurice Tani w/ Mike Anderson www.mauricetani.com  Date approximate.

 

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Music Up Close Tumwater House Concerts

Located in Tumwater WA, near Olympia WA,  we have been hosting house concerts since April 2010. We started hosting concerts because we want to share great music with friends. We want an atmosphere where the music is the focus. It could be described as a listening venue. We try to reduce the distractions of espresso machines, chatter, and general distraction found in taverns and cafes.Chairs Music Up Close

Music Up Close is not a business. We do not sell tickets. The donation jar is the only method of raising money and all the proceeds go to the musicians. We do not publish our address anywhere. We have limited seating, this is why we require reservations. We need to know how many folks are coming. Sometimes we create a wait list in case of cancellations. We promote primarily via word of mouth.

We find artists by attending Folk Alliance Conferences, by attending other house concerts and by word of mouth. We try to see each and every artist before hosting them for a concert. We did make an exception for Gordon Bok, he got the “folk music legend” exemption.

To get on our mailing list send a note to jmille2788@aol.com

History of Music Up Close House Concert Series in chronological order.

2010

Juni Fisher www.junifisher.net

Rachel Sedacca www.rachelsedacca.com

Reilly and Maloney www.reillyandmaloney.com

2011

Dave Stamey www.davestamey.com

Elephant Revival www.elephantrevival.com

Juni Fisher www.junifisher.net

Reilly and Maloney www.reillyandmaloney.com

Jody Stecher and Kate Breslin, Cliff Perry and Laurel Bliss www.jodyandkate.com

Blackberry Bushes www.theblackberrybushes.com

2012

Ari and Mia Friedman www.ariandmiamusic.com

Abby Mae and the Home School Boys

Bill Evans www.billevansbanjo.com

Debra Cowan www.debracowan.com

2013

Jennifer Hajj www.jenhajj.com

Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys www.lindsayloumusic.com

Blackberry Bushes www.theblackberrybushes.com

Darryl Purpose w/Daryl Silberman www.darrylpurpose.com

Dave Stamey www.davestamey.com

JC and Laney www.jcandlaney.com

Steve Spurgin www.spurginmusic.com

2014

Lindsay Lou and the Flat Bellys www.lindsayloulmusic.com

Gordon Bok www.gordonbok.com

Amber Cross w/ guest Bryan Bowers www.ambercrossmusic.com

The Stray Birds www.thestraybirds.com

Vicki and Joe Price  www.joepriceblue.com

Red Moon Road www.redmoonroad.com

Reilly and Maloney www.reillyandmaloney.com

SmallPotatoes http://www.smallpotatoesmusic.com

Maurice Tani w/Mike Anderson www.77eldeora.com

2015

Bryan Bowers www.bryanbowers.com

Ronny Cox w/Rad Lorkovic and T Bruce Bowers www.ronnycox.com

West My Friend www.westmyfriend.com

Joe and Vicki Price www.joepriceblue.com

Betty Soo www.bettysoo.com

Jack Williams www.jackwilliams.com

Red Moon Road www.redmoonroad.com

2016

Humor and Heart www.humorandheart.net

Steve Spurgin www.spurginmusic.com

Chuck Hawthorne www.chuckhawthorne.com

Reilly and Maloney http://www.reillyandmaloney.com

Maurice Tani www.77eldeora.com

Alana Levandoski http://www.alanalevandoski

Johnsmith http://www.johnsmithmusic.com

 2017

JC and Laney www.jcandlaney.com

The Blue Janes http://www.jeanmann.com

Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman http://www.karensavoca.com

Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble www.susieglaze.com

Dave Stamey www.davestamey.com

Spook Handy Remembering Pete Seeger: Keep the Flame Alive www.spookhandy.com

2018

Maurice Tani w/ Mike Anderson www.mauricetani.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Current Line Up

Steve Spurgin                                                                          11/10/2013         4:00 PM  www.spurginmusic.com

Lindsay Lou and the Flat Bellys    1/26/2014 4:00 PM  www.lindsayloumusic.com
Wintergrass Festival in Bellevue WA 2/27/2014 3/2/2014  www.acousticsound.org
Amber Cross     3/9/2014 4:00 PM  www.ambercrossmusic.com
Gordon Bok     4/4/2014 7:00 PM  www.gordonbok.com
Stray Birds     5/18/2014 4:00 PM  www.straybirds.com
Vicki and Joe Price     6/22/2014 4:00 PM  www.joepriceblues.com
Johnsmith       8/31/2014 4:00 AM  www.johnsmithmusic.com
FarWest Folk Alliance in Oakland CA 10/16/2014 10/19/2014  www.far-west.org
Small Potatoes     11/16/2014 4:00 PM  www.smallpotatoesmusic.com

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