Sunday, April 9, 2017 – 7:00 pm
An Evening with Suzie Vinnick & The Brad Yoder Duo
Songwriters are a dime a dozen – and that accounts for inflation. Suzie Vinnick is different. She doesn’t merely attract your attention…she captures it and holds it prisoner! Possessed of a distinctively gorgeous, alluring, and powerful voice – once described as being “spun of gold” – she had the power and grace to project it through finely-crafted songs that make you sit up and wish you knew her better. Winner of numerous awards, she has been nominated for a JUNO (Canadian Grammy) for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. She also has won the Canadian Maple Blues award for Female Vocalist of the Year, Bassist of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year. She’s been featured nationally on CBC Radio and Sirius/XM’s Bluesville. She has performed across Canada and the US and for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. Brad Yoder has been touring for 10+ years and is consistently voted “Best Acoustic/Solo Artist” by the Pittsburgh City Paper readers. Accompanied by Jason Rafalak on bass/mandolin/vocals, Brad logs over 150 performances annually, playing colleges, cafés, churches, festivals, First Nights, and even the zoo. Brad has opened for a diverse range of artists, including Erin McKeown, Tegan & Sara, the Cowboy Junkies, Lucy Kaplansky, Carrie Newcomer, Emmylou Harris, and Ellis Paul. Along the way, Brad has sold over 7,000 copies of five self-released CDs. Songs from these recordings have been featured on CBS’s “NUMB3RS,” NPR’s “Car Talk,” the ABC Family Network’s “Beautiful People,” “Dawson’s Creek” 5th season DVD, and as part of the Pittsburgh Regional History Center’s 9-11 Memorial Exhibit. The addition of the dynamic upright and fretless bass-playing of Jason Rafalak (plus mandolin and vocal harmonies) has added a new level of excitement and arrangement possibilities to Brad’s live performances. Brad and Jason have been steadily building buzz in Pittsburgh and beyond It’s Brad’s unique mix of humorous, poetic, political, funky and edgy original songs, covering a musical range from folk to indie rock.
Historic Cooper’s House Anniversary Concert
Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with Karyn Oliver & Grace Pettis
Karyn Oliver is part Joan Osborne, a touch of Janis Joplin and a bit of Emmylou Harris – effortlessly oscillating from bluesy to country and back. Her musical inspirations come primarily from the eclectic mix of music to which she was exposed while growing up in the musically diverse culture of Washington. Grace Pettis, from Lookout Mountain, Alabama, has songwriting in her blood. The daughter of a poetry scholar and a troubadour, Grace comes by her love of words honestly. Her father, Pierce Pettis, is a critically acclaimed songwriter and performer. Both Grace’s brothers are songwriters and musicians. What sets her apart in her talented family is her distinct, unaffected voice, described as a “wide open prairie, full of waving golden grains before menacing, dark thunder clouds”. “…one of the most talented young singer-songwriters in America.” -Dallas Morning News
Friday, June 2, 2017 – 8:00 pm
An Evening with The Barefoot Movement
Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene,” the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as this charming, acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time. Whether you’re seeking emotional ballads or rip-roaring barn-burners, you can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone. With two full length albums, an EP of traditional music, several cross-country tours, and appearances at some of the top bluegrass festivals in the United States already under their belt, the possibilities for this act are endless. The group has enjoyed almost non-stop touring including a trip to Burkina Faso, Africa where they were guests of the American Embassy, and in September of 2014, they received a Momentum Award, naming them “Band of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Crowding around a single microphone, their show is as fun to watch as it is to hear, and often begs the question, how has no one lost an eye from a collision with the fiddle bow? The smiles on the faces of the band are obvious displays of the joy and excitement they feel when performing and the audience shares in the fun. With effortlessly executed transitions, the pacing between the softer and more vigorous numbers constantly has fans on the edge of their seats.
Saturday, August 19, 2017 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with Tony Denikos & David Russell
Annual Pot Luck Dinner/BBQ starts at 6 pm
Tony Denikos has an early memory of riding along the country roads of central Maryland, singing songs along with his Dad and sisters while his mom smiled at the landscape gliding by… A seed had been planted. After years of playing pubs and bars in various configurations Tony decided it was time to record a collection of songs he’d written and released Naked & Smiling (1999). A tradition of recording songs about real-life, mixed with humor, heart ache and wit was born. Since then he’s released several other CDs of original songs and now you can find Tony performing from South Carolina to Texas to upstate New York and winning nationally acclaimed songwriting awards.
David Russell has weathered the changing tides of Americana and acoustic string music. From his schooling in classical guitar at age 6 and his first professional performance at 13, the award-winning performer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist followed his musical compass, influencing and shaping a new/old music sorely needed in an increasingly rootless world, all the while keeping his roots firmly planted in tradition. His performances of timeless traditional songs and classics mixed with his own writing and those of respected contemporary writers and friends, taking an audience on a musical variety tour of styles, with an energy and sensitivity that captivates the audience.
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with Moors & McCumber
Moors & McCumber discovered that their music is more than the sum of the parts. Embracing a bigger sound than most duos, they switch up instruments on almost every song (playing guitar, mandolin, fiddle, tenor banjo, Irish bouzouki, piano, harmonica, cello, weissenborn, ukulele, and more!), creating catchy melodies that are big, bright and electrifying to watch live! Their music weaves fine storytelling with an infectious, melodic mix that reflects many influences; a little blues, some bluegrass, a little smokey hills, and a skosh of celtic.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with Bernice Lewis & Rob Lytle
With almost four decades of performing along with a half dozen acclaimed CDs, Bernice Lewis has built a solid national fan base. She’s been a featured performer on NPR’s Mountain Stage as well as at the Kennedy Center. She has been an Artist in Residence with the National Park Service and a finalist in the prestigious New Folk Songwriting Contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival where she continues to be a main stage favorite. She has a forty-year old daily yoga practice, loves good coffee, and her religion is the Grand Canyon. The first thing you will notice about Rob Lytle is a voice that is effortlessly powerful and immediately intimate, and honest. Robs voice has been compared favorably to artists such as Jackson Browne, Jonathan Edwards, and James Taylor for its unique clarity and, seemingly effortless, ability to navigate interesting melodies. When combined with songs that move from humor, to wry observation, and to satisfying moments of recognition, Rob has been described as “an irresistible artist, the kind whose vocal tenderness and lyrical honesty compel you to listen to him.” After a nearly 14 year break from performing, the past five years have been a whirlwind musical rebirth with a busy touring schedule (including an appearance at the 2015 Kerrville Folk Festival) and the global release of two critically acclaimed CDs (You. Must Stop (2011) and a hypocrite of heart and hope (2015).