Uptown Concerts presents Cellar Stage™ Online
Cellar Stage™ is now online!
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Internet service to John Gorka’s home is being upgraded to allow for live stream concerts.
Show time: TBA
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Rising from a milieu of lovelorn singer/songwriters, John Gorka illuminates instead with his trademark wordplay, twisting, turning and typing words and phrases in the way a balloon artist creates complex creatures from simple balloons. Few contemporary songwriters coax language as deftly as Gorka. For over two decades, Gorka’s keen ear has picked up the stories of those along his path, folding them into poetry and song. His keen perceptiveness inspires people from all over the world to share their stories. By involving those tales in his music, he escapes the trap of introspection that hobbles less gifted singer/songwriters. John Gorka flies below the pop culture radar with an almost cult-like following that never fails to fill concerts. Speak with any of his fans and one instantly feel’s their enthusiasm and genuine affection. His shy, almost self-effacing stage presence rightfully focuses attention on the songs. John’s versatility on guitar and piano keeps his sets musically interesting, while his rich baritone effortlessly executes his bidding. And he’s never short of the sly comment or clever joke that invariably ignites his audience. His latest recording is True in Time.
“The preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement.” ~ Rolling Stone.
“Rare artist…strong poetry, complex melodies, clever wit.” ~ SingOut!
Tuesday, November 10th
Show time: 8:00 PM Eastern Time (1 hour show)
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Facebook does not allow you to schedule live videos that far in advance. So the above is just a link to Christine’s Facebook page.
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Venmo: https://venmo.com/Christine-Lavin-6 (@Christine-Lavin-6)
Christine Lavin is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/recording artist /author /videographer who has been based in New York City since 1976. Her latest solo album, her 25th, ON MY WAY TO HOOTERVILLE, includes 10 new songs and one re-worked song, “Ramblin’ Waltz,” a re-telling of her time in 1975 when she was one of the entourage drivers for the first week of the tour of the The Rolling Thunder Revue.
LATEST PROJECTS: Christine is co-MC of the Greenwich Village Folk Festival, online the first Sunday of every month from 7 PM – 10 PM. She started creating videos for her songs in 2011, and now creates them for other artists (including Michael Feinstein, Suzzy Roche, Noel Paul Stookey, Janis Ian, Judy Collins, Robyn Landis, John Margolis, Don White, Honor Finnegan, Craig Werth, Julie Gold, David Ippolito). This early video: ROSES FROM THE WRONG MAN won the weekly contest on WNET in NYC and was broadcast on Channel 13 in NYC. vimeo.com/28256675
She has produced ten compilations, JUST ONE ANGEL v2, being the latest, showcasing holiday songs of 19 songwriters whose work she loves. The food-themed compilation, ONE MEAT BALL, includes a 96-page cookbooklet that Christine edited — songs and recipes by Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, and many more, including a surprise appearance by Dame Edna. For four years she hosted “Slipped Disks” on xm satellite radio, playing CDs slipped to her backstage by compatriots, and was occasion guest host for City Folk Sunday Supper on WFUV-FM at Fordham University. She also writes freelance for various publications (The Washington Post, Huffington Post, St. Petersburg Times, Performing Songwriter, and Delta “Sky” Magazine). Her song AMOEBA HOP is a science/music book by illustrator Betsy Franco Feeney (Puddle Jump Press), receiving the stamp of approval from The International Society of Protistologists, and a “Best Book Award” from The American Association for The Advancement of Science.
THE PLUTO FILES: THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE PLANET (W.W. Norton) by Neil deGrasse Tyson, head of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC, includes the complete lyrics to Christine’s song “Planet X,” which details Pluto’s history and planetary status debate in rhyme. Neil included Christine at his live concert event at The Beacon Theater in NYC, and that recording is on her 23rd album, SPAGHETTIFICATION.
AWARDS: In April 2019 Christine was inducted into the Rochester, NY Music Hall Of Fame. In September 2019 Christine spent a month at the artist retreat Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, working on songs and a theatrical project. Three of the songs while written there are included on her new album, ON MY WAY TO HOOTERVILLE. She received a 2012 Nightlife Award given annually to the best concert and cabaret performers in New York City. In November 2011 her book COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? won the 43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music. Christine has also won five ASCAP Composer Awards, The Backstage Bistro Award for Best NYC Singer/Songwriter Of The Year, The Kate Wolf Memorial Award, and her album Good Thing He Can’t Read My Mind won Album Of The Year from the National Association Of Independent Record Distributors.Her book, COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? (Tell Me Press, New Haven) is available in paperback, kindle, and audio book formats, with the foreword written by actor/playwright/singer/songwriter Jeff Daniels. On A Winter’s Night, her first seasonal compilation project, (20 artists) became a four-artist national tour that first hit the road back in January 1991 and will be a five-artist tour hitting the road November 2019, including Christine, Cliff Eberhardt, Patty Larkin, Cheryl Wheeler, and John Gorka — only to be abruptly sidelined by the pandemic.
Christine was the keynote speaker in November 2016 at the annual North East Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) in Stamford, CT, and that keynote address has become the basis for her next book, which will take up where COLD PIZZA left off. Because she has suffered some hearing loss — nothing debilitating yet — as part of her speech she invited noted New York otolaryngologist Joseph Montano to be part of her presentation. He set up and conducted 60 free hearing tests the next day. She was also keynote speaker at the Lifespan National Caregivers Conference in 2017 in Huntsvile, Alabama.
Over the past 10 years, Ms. Lavin was very involved with the care of her aging mother in Geneva, NY. She relocated there, while continuing her full time performing in 2010 – 2012, and then again in 2016, to help out with her care. She taught herself to make videos to help her mother remember daily events, having no short term memory. Soon she started making videos for her own music, and now videos for others. Her mother died in November 2018 at the age of 99, and her family cherishes those videos, which inadvertently spurred Ms. Lavin’s career on in an unexpected direction.
”A garrulous comic observer of contemporary manners” ~ NY Times.
”An enchanting stage performer” ~ Cosmopolitan.
”Lavin is the central force in the most visible segment of the contemporary folk music scene. Captivating.” ~ Billboard.
”Christine Lavin puts delightful melodies behind wry, witty and perceptive observations about life.” ~ NY Daily News.
”Lavin can write serious, sensitive songs with the best of them. But it?s her funny material that sticks in the mind.” ~ Providence Bulletin.
”She’s a folkZinger!” ~ Orlando Sentinel.
“A Christine Lavin concert is an experience you will remember with big smiles………” ~ Joyce Sica, Uptown Concerts.
Show time: 8:00 PM Eastern Time (1 hour show)
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Amy Speace is a folk singer, timeless and classic, and a bit out of her own era. “She has one of the richest and loveliest voices in the genre and her songs are luxuriously smart,” writes Craig Havighurst (host of Nashville’s “Music City Roots”). “She’s profoundly personal yet also a bit mythic.”
Since her discovery in 2006 by folk-pop icon Judy Collins, Speace has been heralded as one of the leading voices of the new generation of American folk singers. Her song “The Weight of the World” was named as the #4 Best Folk Song of the last decade by NYC’s premiere AAA radio station, WFUV and was recorded by Judy Collins. From her beginnings in New York City as a classically-trained actress with The National Shakespeare Company to the coffeehouses of Greenwich Village where she began playing her original songs to her move to East Nashville in 2009 to her latest release, “That Kind Of Girl,” what ties all of her work together is a palpable empathy for the small struggles of the human condition.
Rock critic Dave Marsh, long a fan, wrote “Amy Speace’s songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicaments… it’s a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it’s wide open.”
She has released five critically acclaimed records, two on Collins’ own imprint Wildflower Records, two on Thirty Tigers and her latest is a trio collaboration called Applewood Road which was released in 2016 on London’s Gearbox Records. 2016 saw Speace playing Glastonbury Music Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival with Applewood Road after 5-star reviews from The London Sunday Times writing “a flawless set that has to be the most haunting release of the past year.”
While pregnant with her first baby, she began recording her next solo album, “Me & The Ghost of Charlemagne,” produced by Grammy nominated Neilson Hubbard. It will be released September 6, 2019 on Proper Records/Tone Tree (US & CAN only). Amy has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Marketplace” and has appeared four times on “Mountain Stage,” as well as many folk festivals around the world. Her songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Red Molly, Memphis Blues Hall of Famer Sid Selvidge and others. A gifted prose writer, Amy has published essays in The New York Times, American Songwriter Magazine, The Blue Rock Literary Journal, Pop Matters and others.
Saturday, September 12, 2020: Nobody’s Girl (BettySoo, Rebecca Loebe and Grace Pettis)
Friday, September 4, 2020: Common Chords: Robert Jones & Matt Watroba
Saturday, August 15, 2020: Kipyn Martin
Sunday, July 26, 2020: Mustard’s Retreat
Thursday, June 11, 2020: Don White