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Era Surfing, Incredibly Talented Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore In January

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Marc & I were up at the INCREDIBLE Bohemian Nights Festival up in Fort Collins this year and caught Mollie & Rich during their show.   Mollie's voice & Rich's guitar chops are just jaw dropping.   We can't believe that it has taken us this long to get them up to the house.   This January concert will be memorable!

Mollie O'Brien and her husband, guitarist Rich Moore, have for nearly 30 years quietly made it their mission to find, mine and reinvent other artists' songs. They are geniuses at the craft of interpretation in the way that great singers, since the beginning of popular American music, have made the songs of their era their own.   As songwriters they add their own tunes to the canon of American roots music they inhabit and show us they are completely at home with their musical selves.

Grammy winner Mollie has long been known as a singer who doesn't recognize a lot of musical boundaries, and audiences love her fluid ability to make herself at home in any genre while never sacrificing the essence of the song she tackles. She is a singer at the very top of her game who's not afraid to take risks both vocally and in the material she chooses. Rich, while known to produce some of the funniest onstage running commentary, is also a powerhouse guitar player who can keep up with O'Brien's twists and turns from blues to traditional folk to jazz to rock and roll. He creates a band with just his guitar and, as a result, theirs is an equal partnership. 

Their latest release is Love Runner on Remington Road Records.




Richard Shindell: He's one of our great songwriters. One of our great writers, period. - Slate

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We have it on very good authority that this is going to be an incredible tour for Richard.   The lineup for soundcheck mentions that he is traveling with several of his favorite guitars advising us that we need to build in extra time to ensure optimal audio.


Richard Shindell is an incredible storyteller! Whitney first fell for him hearing the original Cry, Cry, Cry recording. It turned out that Marc & Richard knew each other - tangentially - from college. Join us up on the hill for another great night of music.

Originally from New York, now dividing his time between Buenos Aires, Argentina and New York's Hudson Valley, Richard Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song may be. From his first record, Sparrow's Point (1992) to his current release, Careless (September 2016), Shindell has explored the possibilities offered by this most elastic and variable of cultural confections: the song.

Shindell continues to tour nationally in the United States, with the occasional forays into Canada, the UK, and Europe. Although known primarily as songwriter, Shindell takes a more holistic view of his career. Producer, writer, singer, guitarist, interpreter: it all adds up to a life in music.





1st Time @ FHC - Stephen Kellogg

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We are honored to host Stephen Kellogg up on the hill in late November. Over the last decade Stephen has performed more than 1500 concerts in more than a dozen countries, both solo and with a band. In 2013 Kellogg gave a TEDx Talk about job satisfaction. Recently on a tour of Europe, SK (as fans often refer to him) made a detour to play the Middle East, Africa and an aircraft carrier for the Armed Forces. Upon returning to the USA, he started his annual lyric writing campaign to raise money and awareness in the fight against pediatric cancer. At first glance none of this has anything to do with his music, but Stephen Kellogg would argue, it is the whole story. The music I make is a reflection of how I spend my time and what I care deeply about.


When it comes to performing, CBS Radio has called Stephen, the best live act you've never seen.  Another writer at No Depression magazine gives him the oddly flattering title of the best songwriter you're not listening to.  Interestingly though while Kellogg may not be a household name at present, he has persisted in building a substantial career, which has landed him on stage with some of the biggest touring acts in the country (Train, Sugarland, OAR, Josh Ritter to name a few), in the billboard charts, and with his songs as the backdrop of numerous films and TV shows (One Tree Hill, Men of a Certain Age, Mercy). Perhaps most importantly to Kellogg, he's ingratiated himself into the lives of his listeners. That sort of mentality has garnered him descriptions like this one from Macaroni Kid, an unassuming manner, self-deprecating humor, a heart for those around him 100% genuine and utterly moving. His Americana-tinged, sometimes folk, often rock, occasionally pop stylings can make Kellogg hard to define, and his most recent four-part album South, West, North, East embraces the notion of genre splitting to the fullest.





Darden Smith Opens Our New Season

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Darden Smith is a singer-songwriter based in Austin whose thirty-year career redefines what it means to be a musician. His latest album, Everything, carries a timely message of unity. In addition to fifteen critically acclaimed albums, Smith continues to break new ground using the craft of songwriting in education, entrepreneurship and service. He is the founder and creative director of Songwriting With:Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that pairs professional songwriters with veterans and service members in retreat settings to craft songs about combat and the return home.

Join us up on the hill in TWO WEEKS: Friday, September 7th. Doors open at 6:45 and concert starts at 7:30.   Click Here for tickets.





Peter Mulvey - Are You Listening?

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Songwriter, entertainer extraordinaire, Peter Mulvey joins us again in late February with Danielle Ate The Sandwich for an evening of stories & music up on the hill. It has been marvelous to watch Peter develop over these last 10 years.

Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world.Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records,
spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana.A long-standing gig at the National Youth Science Camp led to a spoken word piece, “Vlad the Astrophysicist”, which became a TEDx talk, and then an illustrated book.

In 2015, “Take Down Your Flag”, his song about the victims of the shooting at the AME Emanuel Church in Charleston, reached 200,000 people when many songwriters, including Ani DiFranco, Anais Mitchell, Keb’ Mo, Paula Cole, & Jeff Daniels, re-wrote the middle verse and posted their own videos of the song. This movement led to an online benefit concert, and a deepening of the friendship between Mulvey and DiFranco. Early in 2016 DiFranco produced “Are You Listening?”, Peter Mulvey’s 17th record, which will be released March 24th on Righteous Babe Records.

We've been lucky enough to have him through the house numerous times over the years and each concert is better than the last.

Peter Mulvey
Date:  Friday, February 23, 2018
Doors Open:   6:45 PM
Concert Starts:  7:30 PM
Tickets:    $30.00 and up





Tony Furtado Up On The Hill!

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String wizard Tony Furtado and his trio join us here at the house as we welcome the month of February.  Tony is a two time winner of the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship at Winflield, KS.   He's also a renown slide guitar player.   Tony has been through FHC before and presented a memorable show.   He has toured with Allison Kraus & Union Station and reviews of his playing from more gifted writers than me have this to say about Tony:


"As a banjo virtuoso, Furtado is well-known for his envelope-pushing, progressive bluegrass stylings. His picking is rapid-fire quick, sharp and clear, and puts him in the school of Béla Fleck and David Grisman."  -  Telluride Daily Planet

“Tony Furtado is a major musical force without a doubt. He has his black-belt in voice and bottleneck guitar and his banjo playing scares the crap out of me.”
– David Lindley, musical adventurer

Tony Furtado
Date:  Thursday, February 1, 2018
Doors Open:   6:15 PM
Concert Starts:  7:00 PM
Tickets:    $30.00 and up





Upcoming FHC Shows

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Tony Furtado
Date:  Thursday, February 1, 2018
Doors Open:   6:15 PM
Concert Starts:  7:00 PM
Tickets:    $30.00 and up

Peter Mulvey w/ Danielle Ate The Sandwich
Date:  Friday, February 23, 2018
Doors Open:     6:45 PM
Concert Starts:   7:30 PM
Tickets:    $30 and up

Edie Carey
Date:  Friday, March 9, 2018
Doors Open:   6:45 PM
Concert Starts:  7:30 PM
Tickets:    $30.00 and up

Willy Porter
Date:   Sunday, April 8, 2018
Doors Open:    6:15 PM
Concerts Starts:   7:00 PM
Tickets:     $30.00 and up

Glen Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket)
Date:   Sunday, April 29, 2018
Doors Open:    6:15 PM
Concert Starts:     7:00 PM
Tickets:      $30.00 and up



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One Week From Tonight - Steve Poltz

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We now get calls from the owners of booking agencies to get their artists in to FHC. We couldn't be more honored! Steve Poltz is going to be playing Denver in early January and we are lucky enough to have him here at FHC just before his Denver run. Steve has a life story that is just incredible. I don't normally add clips this long to our newsletters, but if you want to get a feel for our January artist, you might want to look at this. And yes, he is talking about the JEWEL. Steve has interviews and his own writings all over the web. We invite you to take a quick look at the brain behind the music and then snap up your tickets for the concert. 





Two Tracks Here At FHC

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Just a reminder - 


TOMORROW night, we have Two Tracks up at the house.  A fresh band out of Wyoming would be a great way to enjoy a Thursday evening.  


We hope that you will join us and enjoy trekking up to the house on the new path.  We are celebrating Rocky Mountain Highway's participation in the IndyGive! campaign and look forward to seeing you here.


This Wyoming based Americana band released their last CD, produced by the legendary Will Kimbrough, and recorded at The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville, TN - with eleven new tracks performed by the band -- Julie Szewc (guitar/vocals), David Huebner (cello, electric guitar, and vocals), Fred Serna (drums/percussion), and Russell Smith (upright bass), the combination of these remarkable talents has yielded an album that is brimming with depth and emotion. 

"With “Postcard Town,” The Two Tracks reach down into our collective souls with a batch of well-crafted songs that are delivered from a storyteller’s point of view, and the musicianship and harmonies are as sweet as honey in the rock." 

- Nashville Blues Society

"There is just enough twang in the music to make it country, and just enough rock to make it interesting. Lay the voices of Szewc and Huebner on top and it is a musical banana split of consequence...the harmonies neither too strong nor too light but just right.

- No Depression


Date:  Thursday, November 16, 2017
Doors Open:  6:15 PM
Concert Starts:  7:00 PM

Tickets:  $25 in advance, $30 at the door






Ellis Paul Returns

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We so enjoyed Ellis when he came through with Catie Curtis that we're bringing him here in November this year.  Ellis has a personality that simply resonates from the stage.   Time is a wastin', so we are shamelessly stealing from Ellis' website

"Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music."
- The New York Times

Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences.

Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love..., intimate, passionate and enduring.

So join us up on the hill for another magical night of music and storytelling.

Ellis Paul
Date:  Friday, December 1, 2017
Doors Open:  6:45 PM
Concert Starts:  7:30 PM
Tickets:  $30






Heather Maloney Opens Here In September

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How can there still be tickets available for the show NEXT Thursday?  We have a big surprise for you - a kinder, gentler path to the house.  We hope  you will join us up on the hill.

Heather Maloney will open our season in on September 14th.   Heather, a Massachusetts singer songwriter played at MeadowGrass this year to a very excited crowd.  I am pressed for time, so we will let her press quotes speak for Heather.   We look forward to seeing all your smiling faces next month.

"LYRICS THAT CUT TO THE CHASE”

– HUFFINGTON POST

“UTTERLY GORGEOUS – VISCERAL.”

– VAL HALLER, NEW YORK TIMES


“HER NOT-SO-SECRET WEAPON IS THAT VOICE — PRETTY BUT NOT PRECIOUS, FULLY ABLE TO LAUNCH INTO AURAL BACKFLIPS BUT PERHAPS MORE AFFECTING WHEN INTIMATELY EXPRESSIVE.”

– BOSTON GLOBE

 “DELICIOUS… REALLY EXCELLENT”

– GRAHAM NASH (CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG)

 
Come join us for a respite from the insanity of daily news and enjoy music on a cool fall night up on the hill.  

Heather Maloney
Date:  Thursday, September 14, 2017
Doors Open:  6:15 PM
Concert Starts:  7:00 PM
Tickets:  $25





Our 16th Season Begins Next Month!

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Who would have thought, back in 2002, that we would open up our home for 16 seasons of house concerts?!  Not me, that's for sure!   But here we are, Friends House Concerts starting our 16th season on Thursday, September 14th.   4 weeks from this evening!  

Thank you for your patronage over the years, we could not have done this without you.  We remain committed to bringing world class music to Colorado Springs and making you all feel welcome here at Casa Luckett.  We Please join us up on the hill and see the improvements we've made for a pleasant walk through the woods instead of a trek up the driveway... 

The best cure for the insanity of this upside down world is losing yourself in an evening of mirth and song.   Come join us...






WHOLE FOODS CONCERT TONIGHT!!!

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Hi there Music Fans...

TONIGHT is the first concert out at the Whole Foods up north and it's a great deal!  They are shutting down the cafe for tonight and for the VERY REASONABLE price of $25 you will enjoy
  • a BBQ dinner (vegan option available), 
  • a branded glass, one beverage of your choice (beer, wine and soft drinks) and 
  • The show, in an intimate setting with a fantastic view of Pikes Peak! 
  • Additional drinks will also be available for purchase. 

Proceeds benefit Rocky Mountain Highway. Seating for dinner begins at 6 pm with two sets of music starting at 7 pm. A limited number of tickets are available!

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Roy Schneider has been touring and performing full-time with musical partner Kim Mayfield since 2008, sharing his “Blue-Twangled Folk & Roll” across America, the UK, and parts of Europe. Roy's last two CD releases were entirely fan funded and have received generous airplay on Americana, Folk and Pandora radio. Notable performance venues include 30A Songwriters Festival, Kerrville NewFolk, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist, Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, Yorkshire England's MadFest and NBC's The Voice. Roy is also a gifted accompanist and has performed onstage with John McEuen, Tom Paxton and Joe Craven among others.

"Roy Schneider is a singer-songwriter in the grandest tradition of Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Guy Clark, and Lyle Lovett, but his voice, songwriting skill, stagecraft, and instrumental talent are all his own. Together, the result is like a vibrant jubilee singing out on the banks of the Mississippi River. His gift for blending Southern-influenced folk, blues, country, and rock into a seamless genre with his own signature sound demonstrates his connection to the best in the tradition of fine wake-me-up and kick-me-in-the-ass roots music."

No Depression

Enjoy a healthy dinner, a great concert and a pint tonight at Whole Foods!  Click here for tickets.




9th Annual MeadowGrass Experience - Lineup Release

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We have so many cool things in the works for this year's MeadowGrass.  We've had our Road to MeadowGrass Concert Series down at The Gold Room with MeadowGrass artists playing.   The concerts just continue to get better & better each time.  We have a wide assortment of local and regional bands as well as our headliners which include:
We've been working hard on expanding the VIP experience at this year's 9th Annual MeadowGrass Festival.  I HIGHLY recommend buying your tickets before the limited availability runs out.  The VIP experience will include:
  • A separate tent set up, connected to the main tent
  • Daily catering
  • Curated special events featuring local craft beverages & food each day - Local Relic, The Axe & The Oak, Radiantly Raw Chocolates, Mountain Pies & Whole Foods catering! 
  • Access to bands as they leave the stage,
  • A professional photo op with selected bands and
  • Your own restroom facilities - justification ALONE for the extra cost!
This 3 day music festival takes place over Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28th, at beautiful La Foret in Black Forest.  Click here for tickets.




Willy Porter At Friends House Concerts With Carmen Nickerson

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It's coming down to that time of the year again - the end of our 2016-17 concert season.  Things just get too busy in April & May, so we will finish off our season this coming Saturday, April 1st with a perennial favorite -Willy Porter here at the house.  


Porter Nickerson are a duo that embody the best of what live music has to offer: heart, grit, and the kind of raw musicianship that transforms listeners into long-time fans. Willy Porter’s searing finger-picking guitar style deftly blends with Carmen Nickerson’s lush vocals to create an unforgettable sound that resonates long after the last chord fades.

A virtuoso guitarist, Porter has more than ten albums to his catalogue including Dog Eared Dream (1994) which yielded the top 10 AAA single, “Angry Words.” He has shared the stage with rock and pop luminaries such as Jeff Beck, Sting, Paul Simon, Tori Amos and Jethro Tull. Nickerson is an accomplished Jazz, R&B, and Rock vocalist from the Midwest who has also contributed her talents to studio and voice-over work in L.A. The pair met following the release of Porter’s 2010 album How to Rob a Bank and, finding their musical sensibilities a quick match, began collaborating soon after. The result has been a rich experience of performing and writing: Nickerson’s vocals feature on the yearning “Iowa Sky” from Porter’s 2013 EP Cheeseburgers and Gasoline and on the song “This Train” from 2015’s Human Kindness. In 2016 the pair were featured music guests on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, performing on one of Garrison Keillor’s last broadcasts. With more than five years of stage and studio work under their belts, both Porter and Nickerson were excited to fuse their singular talents on a new album of original co-writes: Bonfire to Ash (2016), produced by Grammy winning producer Ben Wisch (Marc Cohn, Jonatha Brooke) and featuring Bassist Zev Katz and Drummer/Producer Ben Wittman.

Look for them on Saturday April 1st up on the hill.  Click here for tickets!

Porter Nickerson Duo
Date:   Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Time:   7:30 PM, Doors open at 6:45, bring something to share!
Location:  Friends House Concerts





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