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Midwest Record reviews “Get Me Joe Beck”

WHALING CITY SOUND JOE BECK/Get Me: There ain’t no Jeff about it and it’s undeniable that Joe Beck was one of the jazz guitar greats of modern times. Recorded shortly before his 2008 passing and playing like he knew the end was coming, just like late recordings by everyone from John Hurt to Lenny Breau, this is a gift from the great beyond that Beck left listeners. Recorded at a Berkeley jazz club laying out a set card that sounds like cocktail hour music, Beck brings the chestnuts to an open fire to really toast them nicely. This is a gorgeous capper to a career filled with nothing but high notes. 58
Chris Spector
Midwest Record
830 W. IL. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
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May 11, 2014 – Coffee ‘an’…Music

From Mary Ann Rossoni:

I am very excited that the ball is now rolling on my songwriter/artist studio. There has been an ongoing struggle to manage my love of art, design and music. So here is the answer. I have created a one-stop listening shop at Rossoni Gallery. The Songmill will feature both regional and touring artists and focus primarily on their writing process as opposed to their performance skills.

As often as I can, , I will be hosting a songwriter/art series at the Gallery. The first performance and exhibit on Mother’s Day will be myself and invited guest songwriters Mary Day and Kim Petrara. Guest artist and fiddler Betsy Ritz will be exhibiting her work. Of course the theme for the day is “Mothers”.|

We hope you can attend:

Sunday – May 11 – $10  tickets

4:30 – 6:30 performances by Mary Day, Mary Ann Rossoni and invited guest

7:30 – 9:00 art opening, Betsy Ritz, painter

We will serve coffee, tea, soft drinks and dessert pizzas from Indigo Pizza

You are welcome to BYOB!

Seating is limited to 30 so please reserve your seats early

There is no charge if you only choose to come to the opening at 7 pm

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Happy Spring at Last Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Goers…

Six items to report here:
1 – Our new ANNOUNCEMENTS Enewsletter
2 – FRFF 2014 web update
3 – Earlybird Tix sales til May 15
4 – Most Wanted Artists from 2013 Emerging Showcase
5 – Emerging Showcase 2014 accepting submissions
6- Grand Slambovians CD release SHOW this Sat April 12 in NYC

1. New E-Newsletter!  Thanks to our long-time webmaster, Stephen Spencer, we have a new mailing list for festival announcements. If you were on the old mailing list, you’re on the new mailing list. You can subscribe, unsubscribe, or edit your subscription information at this link – 
or e-mail Stephen at
We will continue to sent e-newsletters five or six times a year.

2. FRFF 2014 Web Update – Our redesigned and re-engineered web site has been updated with current information on volunteering, craft and food vendor information, Emerging Showcase, performers, tickets and ticket ordering information.

Our 2014 lineup is nearing completion with some performers brand new to us, as well as past faces. A couple surprises STILL in the works. Performers include Aoife O’Donovan, the Grand Slambovians Tracy Grammer, Great Bear Trio, Annie & The Hedonists, Brother Sun, The Storycrafters, Tom Paxton, John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Nerissa & Katryna Nields, Kim & Reggie Harris, Magpie AND just added, The Duhks, Christine Lavin & Don White & Perpetual e-Motion. The whole shebang will be up shortly.

3. Ticket Sales!  Don’t forget tix are ON SALE by phone & mail, online ordering begins soon. Earlybird discounts on 3 day and 3 day camping end May 15. Go to or call toll free at 866 325-2744 with your Visa or MC.

4. Most Wanted Artists from FRFF 2013 Emerging Showcase. In case you missed it, the top voted artists from the 2013 showcase who have been invited to the 2014 Most Wanted Song Swap on our Main Stage are:

* THE BOXCAR LILIES and DARLINGSIDE tied for FIRST place, with over 28% of the votes cast.
* ROOSEVELT DIME – garnering exactly 24% of the votes.
* CONNOR GARVEY – with over 23% and nearly a tie for second place.

Many HONORABLE MENTIONS too, Bobtown and Cricket Tell the Weather, the Brad Yoder Duo, Tall Heights, the Phil Henry Acoustic Trio and Michael Braunfeld. Much thanks to our 2013 showcase judges, Kathy Sands-Boehmer, from the Me & Thee Coffeehouse, Dennis O’Brien of the Newtown Theatre & Carter Smith of Common Ground Community Concerts. Plus our own Donna Grande and Don Beesley on main stage.

5. FRFF 2014 Emerging Showcase – Interested in submitting for our EMERGING SHOWCASE 2014? Deadline to apply is May 10. Submission instructions at our web site with a link to the Sonicbids application for now.  We are working on an alternative submission process as well, details coming.

6 – Our very own Fest MVP’s the Grand Slambovians have  a brand new mega CD, A BOX OF EVERYTHING, complete with a mega CD release show at Webster Hall in NYC this Sat Apr 12 at 7:30P. It’s also their first CD on the Red River label, a major step for the CIRCUS OF DREAMS, hope to see some FRFFers in attendance. More info at The Slambovian Circus of Dreams CD Release Show

Bye for now. If you don’t want to receive this e-newsletter any longer, send an e-mail to and we’ll remove you from the mailing list. You can always e-mail me with any comments or questions at

Thanks, Anne

Anne Saunders
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
26 years of Folk Music & Dance in the Berkshires
Aug 1, 2 & 3, 2014 – On Dodds Farm – 44 CR 7D, Hillsdale, NY

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4/23: Greg Abate @Wamsutta Club to Benefit the YWCA

Be-Bop Road Warrior Greg Abate and His Quartet Making Rare New

Bedford Stop at the Wamsutta Club to Benefit the YWCA


New Bedford, MA – Jazz alto sax legend Greg Abate brings his high power quartet to the Wamsutta Club in downtown New Bedford on Wednesday night, April 23, at 8 pm. The concert continues the long-running presentations by Whaling City Sound with proceeds to benefit the YWCA of Southestern Mass.

Two days after this performance, Mr. Abate and the same band head into the studio to record the music they will be premiering at the Wamsutta. This is a rare chance to hear a top-notch, all-star jazz group explore original music written for this moment, and which has not previously been played.

Although Mr. Abate is based in Rhode Island for many years, there is no telling where you might run into him, or better yet, catch his inspired performances. He is a regular at festivals, clinics, clubs and universities all over the world. His impressive body of recorded CDs showcases Greg with many of jazz’s legends in the rhythm section or as guest horn-players, so often so that you can count on it. Kenny Barron, Mark Soskin, Rufus Reid, Harvie S, Bill Miele, Paul Del Nero, Paul Nagel and others are just a few of those who can be heard on Greg’s recordings.

Keyboard wizard, composer and educator Tim Ray is the leader of the “chamber jazz” group Tre Corda, but that does not keep him from performances at places like the White  House and Carnegie Hall, or on TV shows like the “Tonight Show” and “Letterman.”  Recently Tim was part of this same rhythm section at Scullers in Boston with Greg’s baritone-heavy sextet. Currently on the faculty of Berklee College, Tim has taught at all of the major colleges, universities and conservatories in Boston.

John Lockwood has performed at the Wamsutta Club many times as one of the anchors and treasures of guitarist John Stein’s Quartet over the last 5+ years. If Mr. Lockwood is in the band, it is understood that the level of the music just went up a few gears.

Behind the drums for this evening is master drummer Mark Walker. A major contributor to the success of the bands Oregon and the Caribbean Jazz Project, Mark was a long-time member of Paquito D’Rivera’s touring group. He is a Grammy winner, and also teaches at Berklee College in Boston.

The Wamsutta Club is now recognized as a relaxed and pleasant setting for acoustic jazz. Comfortable and quiet, the audience is there to hear music. A limited food menu will be available, along with a cash bar.

The Wamsutta Club, at 427 County Street, corner of Union Street, in downtown New Bedford, has plenty of on-site, easy-in/easy-out parking and is handicap accessible.

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