Coming up at the Friday Night Café
The Friday Night Café continues to bring excellent music to the area. The season started off with a new Fuller's follies on October 14. Then the Lonesome Brothers, Pioneer Valley legends Ray Mason and Jim Armenti played on October 28.
November saw a special evening on the 11th when folks from the Friday night Jam came and performed on the first half, and One Part Luck, Peg Cowen and John Bye, finished off the second set. On the 25th Norma Jean Haynes made a debut appearance with a couple of friends.
January 13—Rachel Laitman
January 20— Jam
January 27— Louise Mosrie
Rachel Laitman returned to the FNC on January13th. She was accompanied by Sean Kimball on base.
Jim Kaminsky appeared on December 9, 2016, with his soulful blues.
On November 25th we were treated to the lovely voice and instrumentals of Norma Jean Haynes.
On November 11, the Friday night jam people came and played their music in the first half of the show, and One part Luck, Peg Cowen and John Bye played the second half.
Members of the Third Friday Jam Session played the Café on November 11th.
One Part Luck finished the evening.
The Café opened the 2016-17 season by putting on "Fuller's Follies," the annual fundraiser for the Food Pantry.
On June 10th there was a 50-year anniversary celebration of Simon and Garfunkel—the "Sounds of Silence" tribute. Musical guests include John Bye and Peg Cowen, Josh and Kim Wachtel, Rachel Laitman, Sean Kimball and Heather Cupo, James Kitchen and Mike Metger, Daniel Plane and Tatiana Berendi, Jonathan Rehmus and Michael Jennings.
Left: James Kitchen, Kim Wachtel and Josh Wachtel. Right: The audieance and performers.
The Café was delighted to have former Nashville singer Louise Mosrie (now relocated to Western MA) as our featured performer on Friday 27, 2016. This nationally acclaimed and award-winning performer presented a night of literate, soulful, original songs. She charmed and entertained an enthusiastic crowd for two hours. Hear one of the songs she sang here: http://tinyurl.com/z6dh8mf
On May 13, “One Part Luck”—Peg Cowen and John Bye— gave a rousing performance to a large crowd. This duo always puts on a good show. This night they were joined for some numbers by friend Nate Treloar on guitar. Hear one of their songs on youtube: http://tinyurl.com/jk2qb5g
Radio Free Earth played at the Café on April 22. Kim and Josh Wachtel were joined by ubiquitous sideman James Kitchen (he's been playing with almost everybdy lately—and we love him) on drums, saw and harmonica. RFE's crossover repertoire delighted the crowd. Dancing occurred.
Below: James Kitchen, KimWachtel, Josh Wachtel.
James Kitchen on the saw.
hear one of their songs here:
On April 8, Guilty Pleasures—Heather Cupo and Sean Kimball—appeared at the Café and brought some friends along to play on a few songs. Dave Bartley, piano, James Kitchen, singing saw and harmonica, Kim Wachtel, vocal, and Dan Friedman on sax joined in at various times. It was a capacity crowd and Heather and Sean had folks up on their feet a couple of times.
Hear a sample here;
Dave Bartley solos on piano while Dan and Heather listen. Right: Folks on their feet for a rousing tune.
Heather and Sean belt it out.Right: Kim joined in on a bluesy number.
Dan Friedman, Heather Cupo and San Kimball. Right: James Kitchen on saw joined Heather and Sean.
In March Dave Bartley was back with "Blue Jazz," with bandmates Aaron Dean, Fran Curley, and Dave Christoplis on the 11th.
On the 25th the husband and wife team of Tatiana Berendei and Daniel Plane, playing as "Viatsa," were back with their collection of folk, blues and original songs. They were joined for the first set by Max Wareham of the bluegrass band "Morning Bugle."
David Bartley and "Blue Jazz" (photo from Sept. 25)
Max, Tatiana and Daniel
On Friday February 27, Laurie Israel and David Perkins returned with a collection Of instrumentals and songs ranging from Edvard Grieg to Rodgers and Hammerstein with Appalachian ballads in between. There were folk songs, and show tunes, songs tragic and songs funny. Over thirty people were there to enjoy it all.
The Valentine's Dance on Saturday February 12 was a big success, even tho the crowd was a little smaller due to the frigid temperatures and wind chill. Jim Kaminsky was back again with his bandmates Rudi Weeks on drums and Bill McManus on guitar. Their rocking blues really got people dancing. It was just what was needed for a cold February night.
Katy Eiseman Jane Winn Rosemary Wessel
From left: Sean Kimball, Josh Wachtel James Kitchen, Sarah Stockwell-Arthen, Heather Cupo, Kim Wachtel
Kim Wachtel, Center, on vocals
On September 25, Dave Bartley and his group entertained the Friday night crowd with some cool blues and jazz. These guys put on a splendid show.
John Bye and Peg Cowen—One Part Luck—filled the room with one of the biggest crowds ever at their CD release party on September 11. So many friends came out to support them, and they deserved it! They were joined in some numbers by friends Keith Orcutt on harmonica and Nate Treloar on guitar.
On June 12 there was a rousing celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ground-breaking Beatles album, Rubber Soul. And on June 26 Josh Wachtel finished off the 2014-2015 season in a solo show with some help from James Kitchen on harmonica and magical musical saw.
Happy Beatles music crooner. James Kitchen on saw and Josh Wachtel on guitar.
On May 8, Jim Kaminski played a solo show for his fans. And on May 22, Jack Swindlehurst performed.
On April 24, Viatsa, Tatiana Berindei and Daniel Plane, delighted the crowd with their quirky folk music styling. The crowd also happily sang along withthe old song "Sixteen Tons."
On March 13, Dave Bartley, on piano, brought Dave Christopolis, bass, Aaron Deane, trumpet, and Bruce
Kelley on drums to give us an evening of very good jazz. A nice way to warm up a winter's night!
The Valentine's benefit Dance was another big success! In spite of crummy weather a big crowd showed up to boogie the night away. Jim K and Co. were terrific!
Watch a video of the dance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgrd5T4S_BU&feature=youtu.be