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

Our upcoming shows:

June 4 - 2016 RiverArts Music Tour
Talay and Kate Copeland

River Spirit Music and Common Ground Coffeehouse Present
The Mountain Music Project
Himalachia: Blending Bluegrass and Nepalese Music
A Fundraiser for Music Programs for Nepal’s Youth

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River Spirit Music House Concerts
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All shows* will be in a private home in
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York 
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. 

(*unless otherwise noted)

June 4, 2016

A celebration of the depth and breadth of the Rivertowns music community. More than 150 musicians will participate in 90 performances at 30 different venues throughout the day in this multi-village event. Genres include Folk, Rock, Classical, Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, and World. Seasoned professionals, budding musicians, and everyone in between will perform.

All Events are Free • No Tickets Required • Donations Welcome



Performance: 6:00 PM

Alt-Folk with catchy guitar work and candid lyrics.

After graduating from the University of Miami’s prestigious Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program in the Spring of 2014, Talay immediately began making waves on the New York music scene. Sought after as a session player on guitar, bass, and backing vocals, she has toured both locally and nationally supporting other NYC-based acts. This session work helped finance her debut EP Piece by Piece, which has been called “a return to meaningful, introspective songwriting…with memorable melody lines, tight harmonies, and passionate, powerful vocals” by radio host Bruce Figler at New York’s 107.1 The Peak. She has performed her own work at Manhattan’s CMJ Music Marathon and last summer’s Pleasantville Music Festival. She is currently finishing a second EP due out later this year.

“From the fantastic guitar to the detailed and thought provoking lyrics… this is a release that stands out” – Backseat Mafia, 9/10 Editor’s Rating


Performance: 7:00 PM

“…one of the most versatile, heartfelt and honest singer-songwriters…Kate’s sincerity is completely refreshing…a gem of musical discovery.” - Meander Blog

“With soft instrumentals, enchanting vocals, and gypsy-soul lyrics, Kate Copeland is remarkable.” – Planet Stereo

“Copeland will make you think about where you’re coming from and how you got there. For an artist, that’s getting the job done.” - Baeble Music

“Copeland has a beautiful rich and sultry voice and writes phenomenal and powerful songs.” -What I Read and Watched


Saturday June 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM

River Spirit Music and Common Ground Coffeehouse Present

Himalachia: Blending Bluegrass and Nepalese Music

A Fundraiser for Music Programs for Nepal’s Youth

TICKETS: $18 plus $1.98 online ticketing fee in advance, $20 at the door


After Nepal suffered a series of devastating earthquakes, political and economic problems this past year, the Nepali people are in dire need of our help in many ways. In addition to rebuilding infrastructure and housing, the Nepali need positive and constructive events and programs to continue and encourage education and pride in their culture and traditions. With our performance, we hope to raise funds to produce an annual event in Nepal so that the young people of Nepal will be encouraged to learn their traditional music, for people of all ages to come to hear, see, and experience the joy of traditional music. At these concerts, there will be contests, workshops and performances for people at a variety of levels and ages giving people a chance to showcase their talents and to learn about Nepali traditional music. 

Our fundraiser in Hastings-on-Hudson is in affiliation with the Mountain Music Project (MMP), a non-profit organization that has been working in Nepal for over a decade to preserve and promote traditional music. MMP has multiple music programs in Nepal providing music educational opportunities to underprivileged children. Many of their affiliate programs are in orphanages in and around the Kathmandu Valley.

About the Musicians

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Shyam Nepali is an internationally touring sarangi (Nepali fiddle) player who comes from a long line of renowned musicians and has continued the family tradition of virtuosic musicianship as well as pushing the boundaries within the traditional idiom. He is not only renown in Nepal for his extraordinary playing abilities, but also for his knowledge of the traditional music of Nepal and his work as an educator and promoter of the old styles of the music. He also is considered a true pioneer on the instrument, helping rediscover and define the traditional instruments and music to work and blend into modern settings. He has explored and mastered new techniques in construction and composition of the sarangi as well as methods for playing and amplifying it. Shyam Nepali is a true ambassador and master of Nepali music and the Nepali sarangi.

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Tara Linhardt is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who performs and teaches on mandolin and guitar as her main instruments. She has won many awards for her skills as an instrumentalist and some for songwriting. She has taken first place in such contests as The Mt. Airy Fiddler's Convention, the Maury River Fiddler's Convention, Watermelon Park Festival, and The Deer Creek Fiddler's Convention just to name a few.  She also has been nominated in multiple years for Washington DC bluegrass instrumentalist of the year. She performs in Bluegrass, Swing Jazz, Nepali, and Himalayan-Appalachian bands, as well as some others. She has performed at National Geographic, The Smithsonian Folklike Festival, The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, The 9:30 Club, and varieties of other venues, music festivals, and universities. She is also a founding member of The Mountain Music Project and helped to make and hosted in the documentary film and CD projects on the mountain musics of the Nepali Himalaya and the musics of the Southern Appalachians.


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Pramod Upadhyaya is a percussionist with special expertise on the tabla. He is an award-winning musician who has performed, taught, lectured, and recorded internationally for 20 years. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US. He grew up in a family of highly respected professional musicians and also graduated with a Bachelors and then a Masters in Music from Sangeet Praveen in Allahabad, India as well as with a degree from Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu, Nepal. Since then he has been on a great variety of musical tours with renowned musicians and appears on a long line of albums of various recording artists. He has become highly respected also for his skill as an educator as well as his proficiency as a musician and recording artist.  He has a thorough understanding of the percussive styles of Asia as well as the history that accompanies them.


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