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Hiroya Tsukamoto

Friday, 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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Cricket Blue

Sunday, October 8
House Concert: Suggested donation $20
Vermont-based folk duo Cricket Blue is inspired by diverse aspects of the American folk tradition: old and current, popular and obscure. Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith write songs marked by close-knit harmonies and words about myth, confusion, love, and the ends of things.

Heaberlin’s and Smith’s sometimes mingled, sometimes markedly contrasting imaginations form the bones of Cricket Blue's sound. Heaberlin’s perceptive lyrical voice elevates everyday mundanities and makes the sublime pocket-sized. Smith threads images and characters into narratives that flicker between enigmatic and nakedly honest. They count songwriters like Jeff Mangum, Joanna Newsom, Laura Marling, and Anaïs Mitchell among their influences, as well as poets and storytellers like Dylan Thomas, Alice Munro, and Angela Carter.


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Dead Sage

Friday, October 13
Live@theUpstream
SPECIAL HASTINGS FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE SHOW at

TIME AND LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED
Dead Sage is a modern exploration of the music of the Grateful Dead, NRPS, Hot Tuna, and other classics of the genre from a rockin’ blues perspective, along with originals steeped in old-school soul & craftsmanship.

Members include:
Barry Mitterhoff- world-class mandolinist who performs a dazzling array of styles that include bluegrass, classical, swing and jazz, and a variety of ethnic styles such as Brazilian, Neapolitan songs, Klezmer and more. He has recorded on the BMG, Sony, Flying Fish, Rounder and other record labels with artists as diverse as Metropolitan Opera tenor Jerry Hadley, Julius LaRosa, Tom Chapin, Hazel Dickens, Tony Trischka and under his own name. He has performed at the White House, the Library of Congress, the Rainbow Room, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall. Mitterhoff has toured throughout Western Europe, the former Soviet Union, Czech Republic, Japan, the United States and Canada. Along with his performing and recording activities, he also is active as a mandolin teacher, including at the Fur Peace Ranch. For most of the past 20 years, Barry was an acclaimed sideman to Jorma Kaukonen and Hot Tuna (Electric and Acoustic).

Michael Falzarano - Singer/songwriter/guitarist and member of the New Riders of the Purple Sage; Hot Tuna, Additionally Falzarano has appeared live or recorded with such musical greats as John Lee Hooker, Derek Trucks, Paul Simon, Dr. John, members of the Grateful Dead, The Band, Gov’t Mule, Bruce Hornsby, and a multitude of others!

Rob Wolfson (a Hastings-on-Hudson resident) has performed in many bands, most notably the powerful and innovative Joe Gallant & Illuminati orchestra and the Dead Center All-Stars, that periodically brought together different combinations of the best musicians from the Grateful Dead / Jam Band scene. Rob has shared the stage with many notable musicians including Merle Saunders, Vassar Clements, Levon Helm, John Molo, Maggie Roche, Vince Welnick, Michael Falzarano, Buddy Cage, Hubert Sumlin, Pete Sears, Tom Constanten, Steve Kimock, DJ Logic, Tony Trischka and many others.


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Greenheart: TIE THE TRASH Fundraiser

Saturday, October 21
Live@theUpstream: Suggested donation $10 - Pay at the door
Upstream Gallery, 8 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
Greenheart features Fred Gillen Jr., Julianne Corbalis, Andrew Mattina, james dean conklin, AND MORE.
Join us for a taste of their upcoming 'Tie the Trash' tour of Nepal in November.

Help Greenheart get to Nepal this November to Tie the Trash!

Click on poster below to take you to Greenheart's Gofundme page for an easy and convenient way to show your support for their mission and goals!

TIE THE TRASH

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Ilana Donna with special guest Matt Turk

Friday, October 27
Live@theUpstream: Suggested donation $10 - Pay at the door
Upstream Gallery, 8 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
ILANA DONNA is a Hastings-based performer, blogger, vlogger and founder of the Hastings Flea.


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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.

Live@theUpstream

is a music series, presented in association with the Upstream Gallery, bringing the Rivertowns' Art and Music communities closer together. We present local, regional and nationally touring perfomers from Americana to Zydeco and everwhere in between!
Unless otherwise noted, doors open at 7:00 PM and the music starts at 7:30 PM
All Shows – Suggested donation:
$10-20 at the door
Open seating (come early - only 30-40 seats) and standing room.
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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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