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The Lords of Liechtenstein with Marianne Osiel

August 26
Live@theUpstream: Suggested donation $15 - Pay at the door
Upstream Gallery, 8 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
THE LORDS OF LIECHTENSTEIN is a contemporary folk band based in New York City. It started as a duo project of two brothers, Dan and Noah Rauchwerk, and has since grown into a full five-piece band, adding guitarist Ned Steves, bassist Matt Fernicola, and drummer Arjun Dube. The Lords often draw comparisons to The Everly Brothers for their harmonic sensibilities and to The Smothers Brothers for their mischievous onstage interactions. They write purposeful lyrics to tell musical stories that fluctuate between heart-wrenchingly sad and outlandishly ridiculous topics. The Lords have opened for musical stalwarts such as Brett Dennen, Elephant Revival, and Buckwheat Zydeco, and have been featured on NPR's syndicated Mountain Stage program. Their newest album, Downhill Ride to Joyland, is a raucous fifteen-song romp through the ups and downs of human existence.

"An interesting cross-pollination of Simon and Garfunkel and They Might Be Giants, perhaps with a dash of The Smothers Brothers"

- Bill Lynch, Charleston Gazette-Mail

"I feel like a little kid sitting on a carpet square in front of a storyteller again."

- EarToTheGround Music

"Don’t let the argyle sweater vests fool you, these two young men have something to say and sing about."

- Kathy Sands-Boehmer, Everything Sundry Music Blog

"These brothers are really good songwriters and performers. But thing that really grabbed me was the oh so tight harmony and particularly the timing unison of their voices. It is the best I have heard since the Everly Brothers who set the bar."

- Keith O'Conner Murphy, Member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Grammy Voting Member of the Recording Academy, Voting Member of the Country Music Association<


MARIANNE OSIEL is a passionate songwriter and a diversely talented musician (oboe, flute, piano, voice, and strings), who found her songwriting “voice” out of her classical roots. Soon after music school, she headed to Nashville, where she played by day in the Nashville Symphony, while by night, played her original music with her own band (with slide guitar), sang backup with such artists as Ashley Cleveland, Gary Nicholsen, Delbert McClinton, John Hall, Jonelle Mosser, co-wrote with songwriters Alan Miller, Ray Kennedy, Johnny Neel and Lisa Aschmann.

Marianne has also been “first-call” recording musician on the oboe and English horn, recording with such luminaries as George Massenburg, Roy Orbison, John Hall, Ashley Cleveland, Rachel Sage and Rob Mathes. She toured with John Hall (Orleans, Bonnie Raitt) in 1999-2000 as backup slide guitarist, oboist and vocalist (also opening his shows), and jammed with such legends as Delbert McClinton, Gatemouth Brown, Jackson Browne and Jack DeJohnette. Marianne has headlined at the Kerrville Music Festival.


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Hiroya Tsukamoto

September 15
Live@theUpstream: Suggested donation $15 - Pay at the door
Upstream Gallery, 8 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
HIROYA TSUKAMOTO is a guitarist and composer originally from Kyoto, Japan. In 2000, he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the US. Since then, he has been performing internationally including several appearances with his group at Blue Note in New York and released six albums as a leader. He has performed on major television programs internationally such as NHK (Japanese National Television) and EBS in Korea.

Hiroya takes us on an innovative, impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility.

"...chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended!"

- -Jazz Review

“HiroyaTsukamoto plays with fluid mastery, pristine tone, and great warmth."

-Celine Keating (author / Acoustic Guitar Magazine / minor7th)

"HiroyaTsukamoto takes us to an impressionistic journey"

- Boston Herald



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the End of America

November 5
House Concert: Suggested donation $20
The End of America is a band of friends, singers and travelers who blend three-part harmony with rock and Americana. The Philadelphia-based outfit masters a style that resonates with fans of Ryan Adams, CSNY and Dawes. All frontmen of previous bands, Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard met on tour in 2005. They went on to form a trio that highlights their vocal chemistry and captures the raw honesty of their performances. TEOA recently released their debut LP (self-titled), a follow-up to their previous EPs, Shakey and Steep Bay. Anyone who has seen TEOA can attest to their powerful harmonies and stage presence.

The End of America has performed at SXSW, Savannah Stopover and the Baltimore Folk Fest. They have shared the stage with Larry Campbell, David Bromberg, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) and joined Beck in Los Angeles to perform for his Song Reader sheet music release show. The trio's appearance at the show aired live on KCRW and received praise from Spin, Filter and The Hollywood Reporter.


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Jaimee Harris

December 3
House Concert: Suggested donation $20
Jaimee has captured the audiences of living rooms, sold out clubs, and listening rooms with her unique blend of pop melodies and folk rooted lyrics. Since making Austin her home in 2009, Jaimee Harris has found herself working with some of the city’s finest (Jimmy LaFave, David Ramirez, Kalu James, The Painted Redstarts, The Purgatory Players, The Bump Band). She began playing guitar at age 5, and she started writing songs almost immediately and she hasn’t stopped. Drawing from musical influences as diverse as Patty Griffin and The Nerves, Jaimee’s musical palette is as broad as it is deep. She has played with and opened for such artists as Peter Case, The Black Crowes, Bob Schneider, Matt Nathanson, Jessie Baylin, Jon Randall, and Jack Ingram. Jaimee is looking forward to working with Austin producer Craig Ross (Patty Griffin, Spoon) to bring you her first solo record in 2016.

“If you’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing Jaimee Harris perform, chances are good you take away something powerful with you. Her lyrics set something in motion that triggers the memory, melts the heart, warms the soul, maybe even strikes that chord within that leaves you a bit forlorn.”

– Laurie Gallardo, KUTX


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Daisycutter

January 14, 2018
House Concert: Suggested donation $20
DAISYCUTTER is a simmering culmination of New York's musical melting pot in action. Based in Beacon, NY, this "downtown/upstate" band combines a wide-screen city view with a bracing dose of rural realism, creating a searing mix of indie roots-rock with an alt-country barbed wire edge. Fronted by singer/fiddler Sara Milonovich, and featuring inventive multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling (of Railroad Earth) on mandolin, banjo, and dobro, Greg Anderson on guitar, Leo Traversa on bass, and Ben Wittman on drums, Daisycutter blazes a unique musical trail with their "mix of bluegrass and a twinge of political-punk attitude and lyrics.

“A deft mix of literate folk, plaintive balladry, and plenty of modern-day ass-kicking."

– Chronogram Magazine

“A ‘mix of bluegrass and a twinge of political/punk attitude and lyrics...’”

– The Corner

“There’s more bubbling under the surface than meets the eye... a feel-good, all-inclusive vibe almost guaranteed to bring a smile to one’s face.”

– Roll Magazine


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COLE NAKOA & TREACHER

February 11, 2018
House Concert: Suggested donation $20
The trio of COLE NAKOA & TREACHER joins the forces of three of the most soulful and engaging performers in the singer/songwriter world today. Brad Cole, Matt Nakoa and Robinson Treacher weave their sound, lyricism and inspiration to cultivate a live music that is as undeniably unique as it is powerful.

"When Cole, Nakoa and Treacher played my ON YOUR RADAR series, they brought down the house with their chemistry and creativity.”

– John Platt, WFUV

“Heart stopping harmony! Individually, these guys shine, but together, they’re positively brilliant.”

- Suzanne Cadgene - Elmore Magazine

“Bedrock roots power … overall killer chops. A must-see!"

- Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live Magazine


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The Young Novelists

March 11, 2018
House Concert: Suggested donation $20
THE YOUNG NOVELISTS, a Toronto based americana husband and wife duo are known for their beautiful harmonies and songs culled from their small-town roots. After the release of their second full-length album made us strangers, they’ve been touring Canada and the US relentlessly, earning accolades wherever they go. They were recognized as Emerging Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, won the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition at the Connecticut Folk Festival, and were recently named finalists at the NewSong Music Competition. Named one of the Top 5 Folk Bands to Watch In Toronto

“Like the Decemberists but rockier and less quirky, like Americana but quirkier and rockier, a talented Toronto outfit.”

- rock nyc

“beautiful, soaring, rootsy Canadiana”

- herohill


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Itamar Erez

April 15, 2018
House Concert: Suggested donation $20
To capture the essence of Itamar's music is to be taken on a journey where different cultures meet in harmony. Itamar's music holds a depth and sensitivity that touches listeners deeply; It blends the delicateness of Middle Eastern music, the freedom found in Jazz and the passion of Flamenco, creating a unique sound all his own.

Recipient of the 2014 ACUM Prize for Special Achievement in Jazz and the prestigious 2014 Landau Prize, Itamar Erez is an internationally renowned composer and guitarist who has shared the stage with such musicians as Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Tomatito, Avishai Cohen, Jean-Louis Matinier, Zohar Fresco, and others.

Itamar has performed in Canada, USA, Germany, Holland, Austria, Cyprus, Israel, India, Tunisia and Colombia.

Itamar comes to us the day after performing at Zankel Hall (at Carnegie Hall) with Omar Faruk Tekbilek!!!



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About River Spirit Music

Our House Concert Series presents the best in Americana, folk, bluegrass and roots music in an intimate setting in a private home in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY (unless otherwise noted)
Doors open/ Potluck dinner at 4:00 PM - Bring a dish!
Music starts promptly at 5:00 PM
All Shows – Suggested donation:
$20 in advance (plus processing fee) or $25 at the door
100% goes to the musicians

Open seating.
Online orders end at midnight the Friday before the concert.
Donations are not refundable.
All online orders will be confirmed by email.
Concert address will be provided when reservation is confirmed.
If a show is cancelled, special arrangements will be made and posted on this site.

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FAQS: About House Concerts

Q. What is a House Concert?

A. A house concert is a chance to experience live music in a warm and intimate environment. It’s when folks open their home and invite you into their living room to share in a performance by one of their favorite musicians. It's a chance to meet the performers and get them to sign and personalize their CDs. A house concert is also a great social evening with friends and neighbors.

We hold our shows in our living room for the added sense of warmth and intimacy that it lends to the performance. On occasion, we may hold a show outside.

Please note: Our house concert series is simply a name we chose to describe our private parties, in our private home. These parties are NOT a business nor are they a business related activity. They are strictly a hobby for us, and are simply gatherings of our friends and guests to enjoy live acoustic music, fellowship, food (a potluck buffet) and fun. Our concert parties are officially free (or else it might be considered a business), although voluntary contributions are accepted at the party on behalf of the artists. 100% of all contributions go directly to the performers. Our guests come by invitation only.

Q. Why would anyone do this?

A. We open up our home to our friends and neighbors because we want to share great music with them. There are few venues around here, where people can go to experience great music in such a close and friendly environment. Great music makes us happy and we want to share that with others around us. These events allow us to give exposure to some incredible musicians whose talents we truly believe in and wish to help promote.

Q. What do you get out of this?

A. We find it strange that some people can't believe we get no economic benefit for doing this. We do it simply for the love of the music. Really! We enjoy sharing great music with those around us. 100% of the suggested donation goes directly to the performers. For us, this is a hobby and we don't mind spending a little to keep our hobby going.

Q. How long have House Concerts been around?

A. There is some debate on this, but House Concerts can be traced back to the Middle Ages when "wandering minstrels" would go from manor house to castle to farmstead, trading stories and songs for an evening's room and board. Certainly, in the 1800s, "parlor parties" were a very popular form of entertainment in theUnited States. The more modern "House Concert" probably evolved in the mid 1900s.

Q. Doesn't it cost you time and money?

A. Yes, it costs us money to host these concerts. We spend money for soft drinks, food, paper plates, cups, napkins, flyers and more. We also spend a great deal of time for the planning and set up of each show, plus all the time sending and reading emails, talking to performers, agents, etc.

Q. How many people can you fit in your home?

A. We can seat about 40 people for our house concerts, but we anticipate that the number will fluctuate a bit. We could squeeze another 5 people, but we consider 40 to be a “full house”. We find that 40 or less people fit quite nicely before it starts feeling too crowded.

We will set up folding chairs for these evenings. When it gets crowded, some people may have to stand in the hallway area. If you want a 'good' seat, you need to get here early. Our house concerts usually start at 5pm on Sundays and doors open 1 hour prior for the potluck dinner. It's a casual atmosphere and we imagine that most people who attend aren't really that concerned with seating. It's a nice room without a bad seat in the house.

We will save seats for people with special circumstances. If you are disabled, pregnant or in need of special seating for a physical reason, please let us know in advance so that we can reserve a space for you. Quiet and well-behaved children are welcome. We don’t have any pets, so anyone with dog/cat allergies should be comfortable as well.

Q. How do you pick your performers?

A. We pick our performers with a combination of the following five methods:

1. We have met many performers at concerts and festivals who have expressed an interest in performing. It’s just a matter of scheduling and availability!

2. We get unsolicited CDs, press kits, and EPKs from musicians around the world. Some weeks we get three or four contacts from artists. We do listen to every CD that comes our way (send more please!) There are an amazing number of talented people out there, and there is no way we can accommodate them all.

3. We get plenty of referrals from other artists, promoters and other house concert hosts around the country. If there is an artist you would like to see perform at our series, or know an artist that you think would enjoy the opportunity, feel free to let us know.

4. Part of our schedule this year came from artists we have met through Tribes Hill, Clearwater Hudson River Revival Festival, Caramoor American Roots Music Festival and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, as well as other venues and festivals.

5. Lastly, we do sometimes contact musicians who we would like to perform at our series. There is something special about hosting a show for one of our long-time favorite artists.

Between these five categories, we have plenty of musicians and bands on our current list of people that we'd like to host a house concert for in the near future. Since we only host a handful of shows per year, we're pretty backlogged.

Q. What styles of music do you host?

A. Each house concert series is a little different from all the others. Most seem to focus on a particular genre of music. Many of the house concerts we are aware of focus on folk music to one degree or another. Some are more singer-songwriter oriented, or as Ellis Paul would say, "WG^2-- white guy with guitar". Our plan is to host folk, pop, rock, jazz and such, to provide a variety of musical styles. (Although we are not planning to host any classical music, there are house concerts that focus on that genre as well.) We lean primarily towards the singer-songwriters and folk-rock styles. The common thread in the artists we invite is that we really enjoy both the music and the performer.

Q. When are your upcoming shows and who are the performers?

A. You can always keep up with our latest schedule on here or on our Facebook page.

By far, the best way to keep "in the know" is to sign up for the mailing list. No spam, no selling your address, nothing but announcements about our concerts, and occasionally we include info on other concerts in the area.

Q. How much will this cost me?

A. We generally have a "voluntary suggested donation" of $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door. The reason we call it a "suggested donation" is that we are not a business. This is our home. We cannot really call it an "admission fee". Turning this into a business would create all sorts of extra work and expense on our part. We are simply having a party!

However, our "suggested donation" is still as close to being mandatory as we can make it. Without the money, we could not get the caliber of musicians who have graced our living room. We work on the honor system and need everyone's participation to keep our series going. We find that some people even put in a little extra. Remember, 100% of the donations goes directly to the performers.

Q. What do your neighbors think?

A. We encourage our neighbors to attend. As a courtesy to our neighbors, our shows end at a reasonable hour. We also try to limit ourselves to no more than one show per month. Our house concerts generally end by 7:30 PM.

Q. Do you have food?

A. Yes, we do. At each of our house concerts, we have a potluck style buffet. While it is not required for guests to contribute, it is encouraged. The more we have the more fun it is! We contribute a limited amount of coffee, tea, soda and water, so there is always something to enjoy. How big the buffet is depends upon how many people contribute that evening.

Please try to remember to take your bowls, platters and utensils with you. If you think you have left one here, please let us know and we will see about getting it back to you. Our best advice is to put a mailing address sticker on the bottom.

Q. How many people are on your mailing list?

A. There are currently over 2000 people on our email list. We plan to send out two emails each month that we have a show scheduled. The first will be an "invitation" to our next show, the other will be a "newsletter" - our next upcoming show, and about other local house concerts or whatever.

Q. How can I get off your mailing list?

A. If you no longer wish to be on our mailing list. Please let us know. We won't be offended. We do NOT want to annoy you any more than is necessary! You can unsubscribe at any time, just by dropping us a line. We will also post events on our Facebook and Google+ pages and send invitations and reminders about the upcoming shows.Also, please make sure that your email program or spam filter allows the email to get to you! Also, if you change your email address, please let us know.

Q. Where are you located?

A. We are in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY - just 12 miles north of NYC and just 6 miles south of the Tappan Zee Bridge. When you make your reservation for a House Concert, we will send you specific directions.

Q. How can I attend?

A. Our shows tend to fill up pretty quickly, so to insure a seat, we suggest that you pay in advance (through our link to PayPal), which will guarantee your reservation.

However, if you'd prefer to be added to our waiting list and to pay at the door (and risk being turned away if the show is sold out), send an email to peter@riverspiritmusic.com and tell us that would like to be added to our waiting list. Please be sure to specify which show and how many people will be joining you. If you have never been here before, you will need directions, so be sure to tell us where you are coming from!

We will send you a confirmation email telling you that we have added you to the waiting list. You should get that return email within 24 hours. If you have not received it, that means we did not get your email, so please try again. Only people who get a confirmation email from us will be on the waiting list. Then, generally a few days before the show, we send out a reminder, which also includes details, directions, and emergency contact info.

Q. What if I make a reservation and then cannot attend?

A. You never get invited to another show, EVER! (Just kidding!) PLEASE be sure to let us know. We anticipate that many of our house concerts will fill up weeks in advance, so there is a good chance that we will have a Waiting List for that show. If you made a reservation, but will not be able to attend, please be sure to let us know as soon as possible so that we can try to fill your seat with someone from the Waiting List. This is a courtesy to both the people on the Waiting List and to the performer - who would love to perform before a full house and depend on your donations to support their music.

Q. Why do you need a Reservations and Waiting Lists?

A. These are private parties in our living room and we have a limited amount of space. We use the Reservations List to be sure that we can fit everyone in. Being on the Waiting List does NOT guarantee a seat. We only have about 40 seats. If you want a seat, be sure to make your reservation (through PayPal) or get here early. Doors open one hour before our shows.

Q. What kind of environment is the evening?

A. Casual. We go for the warm and cozy feel. Dress is "Cozy Casual". Our home is a smoke free environment. We ask everyone to honor this and please keep all cigars, pipes and cigarettes outside. We do not generally provide any alcohol, but anything that is leftover from previous shows goes right back out for the next one. However, if people wish to bring wine or beer, we are fine with that so long as people use their own discretion; anyone who appears intoxicated in our home will be asked to leave and not to return.

Any other questions? Drop us a line!

A HUGE thanks to "This Old Houseconcert" as much of these FAQs came from them (no sense reinventing the wheel!) If you are in the Chicagoland area, check them out!

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E-mail: peter@riverspiritmusic.com
Phone: (347) MUSIC-76

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