Concerts... past

Sept. 5 - John Emil

posted Aug 14, 2015, 3:17 PM by Mike Allen   [ updated Sep 17, 2015, 8:10 AM ]

John Emil Montagnino, an accomplished singer/songwriter, guitarist, and a master of slide guitar, has delivered show stopping performances at major music festivals like t
John Emil Montagnino sitting with guitarhe Telluride Blues and Brews Fest, the Lake Occonee Music Fest, the Florida and South Florida Folk Festivals, the Decatur Blues and Bluegrass Festival, the 2012
Bangor On Dee Blues Festival in the UK and the 2012 Zoetemeer Blues Festival in the Netherlands.

Equally adept with the acoustic Hawaiian lap steel guitar and Dobro, Emil first appeared on the South Florida music scene in 2000. Fans hear haunting, subtle hints of Delta bluesmen Son House and Blind Willie Johnson, but Emil ultimately creates a unique style all his own by integrating country blues, folk and bluegrass sounds into his repertoire.

Live at The Savoy in Bordesholm Germany September 2013

Sept. 26 - Beth Wood

posted Aug 14, 2015, 3:16 PM by Mike Allen   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 9:23 PM ]

Beth Wood

Beth Wood

Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for eighteen years. Beth’s music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy.

Picture a home-body with an ever-present wanderlust, an introvert with a passion for performing, a creative free-spirit with enough discipline to rework her dream year after year, calloused little hands and a big pile of curly hair…and you’ve got Beth Wood.

Beth Wood began her musical journey in Lubbock, a high plains Texas town with a uniquely rich musical heritage that includes Buddy Holly, Natalie and Lloyd Maines, Mac Davis, and Joe Ely to name a few. When she wasn’t dodging tornadoes and dust storms, Beth was studying classical piano, violin, harp, and voice and contemplating the greatness of her Dad’s record collection. With big dreams of becoming a musician, Beth left west Texas to study voice and piano at Brevard College in North Carolina. A detour from her classical studies led her to Austin, where she picked up a degree in literature and a guitar. Beth began writing her own songs and quickly discovered a feeling of musical freedom that she has been hooked on ever since. Eighteen years, thousands of shows, nine albums, three cars, and numerous awards later, Beth has never looked back.

Beth has been featured on OPB’s  “Artbeat” and on “Troubadour, TX”, a nationally syndicated documentary-style singer-songwriter reality television series airing in almost 40 million households and 140 U.S. markets.  Beth has also been a three-time featured artist on Cayamo: A Journey Through Song, a week-long Caribbean songwriters’ cruise along with Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, John Prine, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson and many more.

In May, 2013, Beth launched her Song of the Month Club, an innovative way to engage fans and offer a steady stream of new work recorded in her adopted home town of Eugene, OR with rising star producer and singer-songwriter Tyler Fortier producing. The result of that work is “Sometimes Love,” Beth’s ninth album, released in June 2014.

“A superb singer/songwriter whose versatility discourages labeling.” — Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Beth Wood is a musical triple-threat — a thoughtful songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist with a supple, soulful voice.” — Washington Post

“Wood is about as good as it gets if you appreciate the singer/songwriter genre.” – Charlotte Creative Loafing

“Lord have mercy…Wood is a down-home, old-fashioned girl with a wicked streak” —

“…when you come across a recording like Beth Wood’s “The Weather Inside” you take note and recognize that this is the work of a genuine artist with a remarkable voice determined to make meaningful and lasting art.” –Lone Star Music Magazine

Winner – Sisters Folk Festival Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest
Winner – Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Contest
Winner – 2nd Place – Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters Contest
Winner – Wildflower Festival SongwritingContest
Finalist – Telluride Troubadour Contest
Winner – Top 20 Acoustic/Folk Category – Unisong International Songwriting Contest
Honorable Mention – Mountain Stage Newsong Contest
Honorable Mention – Billboard World Song Contest

The Weather Inside” CD Release Video from Blue Rock Studio

Robert Thomas Band - TBA

posted Aug 14, 2015, 3:15 PM by Mike Allen   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 9:28 PM ]

Nov. 7 - Nikki Talley

posted Aug 14, 2015, 3:14 PM by Mike Allen   [ updated Nov 14, 2015, 7:43 PM ]

As 200,000 miles click over, Nikki Talley just smiles.

After 3 1/2 years of hard touring, 150-200 shows annually, Nikki continues traveling on, bringing her gorgeous voice & thoughtful songs all across the nation. Hailing from the mountains of western North Carolina, it’s only fitting that her songs are as eclectic as the state that boasts the mountains and the sea. Along with her guitar & clawhammer style banjo, her musical partner & husband Jason Sharp adds resonant lush guitar tones as well as harmonies to round out the duo’s sound.

“Nikki Talley has traveled a lot of miles these past few years and called numerous places home, but we in Western NC still want to claim her as one of the area’s finest singer-songwriters. Always genuine and down to earth, she and her partner Jason Sharp deliver her latest songs on Out From the Harbor in a beautiful, laid-back style — just in time for a beautiful, laid-back summer. “

– Martin Anderson

WNCW Music Director & Host

November 14 - One Leg Up

posted Aug 14, 2015, 3:12 PM by Mike Allen   [ updated Nov 14, 2015, 7:43 PM ]

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, One Leg Up performs a vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and
One leg Up
original jazz compositions and is a favorite of club, concert, and festival stages throughout the southeastern United States. One Leg Up—John Stineman (guitar, vocals), Jim Tanner (Guitar), Zack Page (bass), Mike Guzalak (Clarinet, Sax) and Steve Trismen (violin, vocals)—formed in 2003 as a “String Swing” band in the style of famed French gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. Propelled by their excellent self-produced debut recording “Gypsy Blue,” they soon won critical acclaim for their “hot club” prowess and were tapped to back up award-winning Spanish guitarist Pere Soto on some of his 2005 U.S. tour dates. Also in 2005, One Leg Up performed at a concert and book show with Michael Dregni, author of Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend
. Over the years, One Leg Up has broadened its repertoire to include fresh arrangements of Django classics, vocal harmonies, original compositions, and innovative adaptations of classic jazz numbers in the French “hot club” and American “big band” styles. Now more than just a Django band, their latest recording “Pere La Chaise” is a music mix that is danceable and accessible. One Leg Up continues to attract a growing, varied, and enthusiastic fan base with music that always swings.

March 5 - Greg Trooper

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Sept. 20 — Ellis

posted Jul 19, 2014, 12:46 PM by Mike Allen   [ updated Feb 11, 2015, 2:41 PM by Jim DuPlessis ]

"There’s just something about Ellis. She is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. If you looked up the definition of open-hearted in the dictionary, you just might find her photo there. Ellis’ performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges & opened hearts."

Ellis walks on stage, flashes a bashful grin and does what she does best: singing her heart out every single time. She has a lovely voice, guitar chops and a graceful songwriting style; however, there is something about her live performance that is transformational. The sum is greater than the parts, and she is amazing." 
— Dale Schiff, Ju
Ellis # 4- 300 dpi credit - Jake Jacobsonst Out (Portland)

Ellis Wherever You Are

"Where ever you are"

Aug. 23 — Danielle Howle, and The Ruby Brunettes

posted Jul 16, 2014, 6:14 PM by Mike Allen   [ updated Nov 18, 2014, 11:05 AM by Jim DuPlessis ]

Danielle Howle and The Ruby Brunettes return to the UU Coffeehouse concert series in partnership with the The Palmetto Sessions, a pilot event where we will film two SC based artists in front of a live audience.

Music on the main stage starts 7:30 p.m. with The Ruby Brunettes followed by Danielle Howle.

This concert will be located at 2701 Heyward Street, the corner of Heyward and Woodrow Streets, in Shandon.

To reserve your tickets in advance by call 803-200-2824 with your name and number of guests or by reserving your tickets online.

Danielle Howle + Firework Show - Sleeping Man

The Palmetto Sessions

Help us make a Pilot video event, where we film two musical artists in front of a live audience.
Doors Open at 6:30 PM and the main show starts at 7:30 PM.

All tickets are $15 and this show will be recorded and posted to the internet. You may purchase tickets for this show by going here

Check out this link if you would be interested in supporting this crowd funded event.

Oct. 11 — Chuck Brodsky

posted Jul 16, 2014, 6:08 PM by Mike Allen   [ updated Nov 18, 2014, 11:04 AM by Jim DuPlessis ]

Chuck Brodsky is a storyteller, a songwriter, a troubador, a modern day bard. His acoustic guitar and voice draw you in with genuine, down-to-earth warmth and quirky, rootsy, finely crafted songs. Chuck’s wit and irony, set to haunting melodies delivered over syncopated guitar strumming or sweet fingerpicking, tells stories of oddball and underdog characters.

His songs celebrate the goodness in people, the eccentric, the holy, the profound, the courageous, the inspiring, the beautiful. They poke fun at what needs poking, and sometimes challenge what needs to be challenged. They’re sworn to tell the truth.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, a very young Chuck fell in love with the piano and despite taking lessons, still managed to teach himself to play. Years later, on his first day at university orientation, gazing out the window he was inspired by two guys playing guitars. Chuck bought a guitar and enrolled in the school of life. Influenced by Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Lowell George, John Hartford, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Greg Brown, The Rolling Stones, and Nic Jones, Chuck began writing songs in a unique style of his own while paying homage to the traditions.

After hitch-hiking to San Francisco and performing weekly at the Tattoo Rose Café open mic, Chuck spent a few years singing for tips on the streets of Europe, and worked as a fruit picker back in the USA. He played in coffeehouses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1980’s. Chuck won the "Emerging Songwriter Award" at the Napa Valley Folk Festival in 1992, and was warmly embraced at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas the following year.

Over the past 20 years Chuck has performed at festivals and in concert all across the USA, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, England, Israel, Lithuania, Latvia, Wales, and the Shetland Islands of Scotland. His ten albums have received world wide critical acclaim, including Chuck’s recent release “The Baseball Ballads 2” (2013). Early cds were produced in Atlanta by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. His most recent four studio recordings were produced in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, by J.P. Cormier.

The Man Who Blew Kisses

Chuck Brodsky: Dock Ellis' No No

Chuck Brodsky In Studio

Oct. 25 — Free Planet Radio

posted Jul 16, 2014, 6:07 PM by Mike Allen   [ updated Oct 29, 2014, 4:23 PM by Jim DuPlessis ]

"Free Planet Radio is the freshest group out there right now. It is a perfect blend of all things good" 
- Micharl Lipsey-Professor of Percussion, Aaron Copland School of Music - CUNY

For music that is beautiful, complex, diverse and played by masters of their instruments, look no further than the trio of Chris Rosser, River Guerguerian and Eliot Wadopian. Collectively they're a world fusion trio called Free Planet Radio and the sum of the whole is pretty powerful, especially considering the strength of the parts. All three are skilled craftsmen who come together with some pretty powerful sounds that cross from East to West with jazzy and sometimes dizzying forays into odd times, syncopations and electronic sounds.

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