Thanks to All Who (Virtually) Attended our Virtual Concert Fundraiser
EVENT: Virtual Concert Fundraiser
WHEN: Sat March 13 at 7:30pm
FEATURING: Featuring: E’lissa Jones, Open Book (Rick & Michele Gedney), Dog Knows! (Kurt Henry and Cheryl Lambert), Steve & Terri Massardo, and Marji Zintz.
TICKETS: $18 donation/household. We’ll email you the link to the concert after your donation has been made.
E’lissa Jones is a head-turning Hudson Valley-based vocalist, prolific songwriter, violinist, pianist, and guitarist. She is an exceptionally talented artist with a wide range whose songs embrace audiences with high energy, powerful melodies, and expressive lyrics. Her extensive catalog of over 250 original songs ranges from folk to rock and touches her audiences deeply. The Portland Phoenix exclaimed, “Whether she’s playing the world-wise woman, [the] innocent little girl, or political rabble rouser, Jones has a great ear for style and melody…”
Rick and Michele Gedney/ Open Book
Rick and Michele Gedney, known as the duo, Open Book, have been writing, recording, and performing together since 2000. Their original music features melody invention and vocal harmonies backed by a tapestry of interweaving guitars. Open Book has released three albums which have received national airplay and critical acclaim. They are currently recording a fourth album. In addition to performing concerts, writing and recording, Rick and Michele have been honored to work as part of the facilitating team at Dar Williams’ retreat called “Writing a Song That Matters.” The retreat, which occurs twice a year, is heading into its eighth year at The Garrison Institute in New York’s Hudson Valley. Thomas Staudter of the Gazette and the New York Times wrote, “Open Book is a folk-rock duo, yes, but the big advantage of having two co-leaders in harmony and agreement rests on the spectrum of influence and experience each brings to the table… song-craft and soul-filling vocals of sterling quality”
Kurt Henry & Cheryl Lambert/ Dog Knows
Kurt Henry began singing in coffeehouses in 1968, notably Greenwich Village’s The Village Gaslight, playing with popular regional New York bands the Womblers, Hipshot, and Great Northeastern. Dubbed “New York’s first country-rocker” (MusicMachine), Henry opened for legends such as Procol Harum, David Bromberg, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Asleep at the Wheel. Over five decades and five albums, Henry has evolved into an accomplished, tone-conscious, low-volume/high-energy electric guitarist and a singer/songwriter with a knack for smart lyrics that splash on impact and circle out. A resident of Ulster County, Kurt Henry performs regularly across the region with Dog Knows, in solo gigs, and with band member and life partner Cheryl Lambert. In addition to a fifty-year career in music, Kurt has taught literature on the secondary and college level. Cheryl sings gorgeous harmonies, plays a wicked harmonica and gives spot-on percussion. Her wailing harmonica solos add variety, while ably playing beneath guitar solos. A retired children’s teacher, she is Kurt’s muse and life partner.
Terri and Steve Massardo
Terri and Steve Massardo have spent time in various musical ensembles for almost 30 years, and made their solo debut at the Hudson Valley Folk Guild in 1999. Five years later they started the John Street Jam in Saugerties, which brought them immeasurable joy and lifetime friendships with musicians from all over the world. They are currently members of Trio Mio, and have spent the past year planning trips for when they’re ready to leave the house again.
With a voice that has been likened to, among others, Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, the late Eva Cassidy, and Shawn Colvin, Marji Zintz is a solo vocalist/arranger/acoustic guitarist who is known for her sweet voice; heart-felt, soulful interpretations; extensive, genre-busting repertoire; and masterful guitar playing. Marji performs material that takes the listener on a personal journey of growth and loss and love as well as material that asks the bigger and harder questions. She uses the guitar to its fullest potential as a melodic, harmonic, and percussive instrument. Says The Folk Project, “Marji puts an indelibly personal stamp on songs from such diverse writers as Aimee Mann, Mark Knopfler, and George Gershwin…and accompanies her voice with sophisticated and skillful guitar work.”