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Vance Gilbert to appear at Tree of Life Coffee House

Last spring, it was announced that the long-running UU Coffeehouse folk and acoustic music concert series hosted by the Unitarian Universalist congregation would not continue. But apparently there was enough support for it that organizers have arranged to move it to the Tree Of Life synagogue on North Trenholm Drive, renaming it the TOL Coffeehouse Series.

Over nearly two decades, the concerts in their original form presented national touring musicians, mostly in the folk realm, and brought both well-known artists and new faces from Tom Russell to The Honey Dewdrops, The Kennedys, Dayna Kurtz, and many more.

The first season as TOL Coffeehouse offers a lineup very similar to the last few years, however, with Jack Williams (Jan. 6), Harpeth Rising (Mar. 17), and Vance Gilbert (April 21) also on the calendar.

The biggest change may be more on the culinary front. TOL has partnered with Groucho’s Deli to offer optional, additional-charge food options, meaning one can now make the coffeehouse an opportunity for a dinner and a show, possibly widening its appeal outside diehard folk fans.

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10/5: Vance Gilbert LIVE at Eddie’s Attic

Thursday, October 5, Eddie’s Attic (515 N McDonough St, Decatur, Georgia) features Vance Gilbert live!

Boston based Vance Gilbert started out hoping to sing jazz, later gravitating towards the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music.
Shawn Colvin made him special guest on her Fat City tour. With 12 albums (5 for Rounder Records), Gilbert has been opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin and Arlo Guthrie, later opening 140+ shows for the late George Carlin.
More recently he’s consistently fronted Paul Reiser, the Milk Carton Kids, and the Subdudes.
He has tunes on pop star Mike Posner’s upcoming album, and a tune on a Grammy Nominated children’s album.
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Rosanne Cash at the Rhythm and Roots Festival

 

 

 

 

“Squirrel Nut Zippers, March Fourth, Roseanne Cash Highlight Rhythm and Roots music and dance festival”

By Nancy Lasher and Jordan Hamowy

Rosanne Cash only played one set over the three-day festival, but it was outstanding. She took center stage, and although her songs and vocals were great, what really stood out was her phenomenal band. Although each band member had his moments, her husband and musical director John Leventhal’s lead guitar kept the crowd spellbound from one solo to the next. 

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Providence Journal Interviews Rhythm & Roots Festival Producer, Chuck Wentworth


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If the weather is good, the festival attracts about 5,000 people per day. Organizer Chuck Wentworth said he wouldn’t want Rhythm & Roots to get much bigger than that. “We don’t want to lose that laid-back, family vibe,” he said.

The Rhythm & Roots Festival, celebrating its 20thyear, dances into Ninigret Park in Charlestown this weekend, with three full days of performances — Friday, Saturday and Sunday — on four stages.

Headliners on the main stage include the Squirrel Nut Zippers and the Mavericks on Friday, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and MarchFourth on Saturday, Rosanne Cash and the New Orleans Suspects on Sunday.

But the heart of this festival may well be the dance tent, which shelters a big wooden dance floor. There’s Cajun and zydeco music all day long (and well into the night) and the tent is almost always crowded with dancers.

Rhythm & Roots grew out of the much-loved Cajun & Bluegrass Festival at the Stepping Stone Ranch in Escoheag, run by Chuck Wentworth and Franklin Zawacki. When they parted ways, Wentworth and partner Mary Doub created the Rhythm & Roots Festival.

For its first year, it stayed at the Stepping Stone Ranch but Wentworth, who now runs Rhythm & Roots on his own, said the new festival needed a more spacious and accessible site. “We were busting at the seams . . . Ninigret was right off Route 1, it had plenty of space, plenty of parking. It was everything we needed,” he said.

If the weather is good, the festival attracts about 5,000 people per day. Wentworth said he wouldn’t want Rhythm & Roots to get much bigger than that. “We don’t want to lose that laid-back, family vibe,” he said.

The festival includes a family stage, which will feature Keith Munslow, the Hot Tamale Brass Band, storytellers Len Cabral and Marc Levitt, and a Mardi Gras parade each day at 5:15 p.m.

Rhode Island native Sarah Potenza has been performing at Rhythm & Roots since 2011, and she’ll be there again this year. She said it’s one of her favorite festivals thanks to its combination of music, dancing and food. Plus she gets to see family and lots of old friends. “That makes it very special for us,” she said.

 As always, Wentworth has some recommendations beyond the headliners, among them accordion wizard Alex Meixner, blues/rockers Say Darling, and the Grammy-winning Tex-Mex band Los Texmaniacs.

As for the festival’s future, Wentworth said he wants to take it one year at a time. He said the “rhythm and roots” category allows for a lot of different styles. He’s interested in the possibilities of more Latin music at the festival.

“I’d love to go down to Cuba and take a look at that music,” he said. “But some things don’t change. There’s always going to be a lot of dancing . . . I like the way we have it set up. If you’re going to get food, you have to go by the dance tent.”

The Rhythm & Roots will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept.1-3, at Ninigret Park in Charlestown. For schedule information and tickets, go to rhythmandroots.com.

— asmith@providencejournal.com

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