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Presented by The Sounding Board

This event will take place at Fiske Hall
The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT

Presented by The Sounding Board

This event will take place at Fiske Hall
The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT

LARA HERSCOVITCH & SOPHIE BUSKIN
Saturday, February 1, 7:30 p.m.

Lara Herscovitch is a gem of a modern American troubadour. A singer-songwriter-poet, performer and advocate, her highly original contemporary folk is spiced with blues, pop and jazz influences. She writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, and delivers performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain diverse audiences.

 

Raised in the heart of New York City by two accomplished musical parents, singer-songwriter Sophie Buskin  started studying piano at age three and first set foot in the studio at four. She caught the harmony bug and began working extensively as a child jingle singer, featured on many TV/radio spots. She wrote her first song in 2009 and began steadily writing and performing, often alongside her father, David Buskin. A decade later, Sophie is based in Brooklyn and rapidly making her mark on the folk, Americana, and bluegrass genres.

 

Lara and Sophie will each perform solo sets and then perform together for the final set.

 

$20 General
$16 Sounding Board Members
$10 Full Time College/High School Students
$8 Children 12 and under with parent/adult

LARA HERSCOVITCH & SOPHIE BUSKIN
Saturday, February 1, 7:30 p.m.

Lara Herscovitch is a gem of a modern American troubadour. A singer-songwriter-poet, performer and advocate, her highly original contemporary folk is spiced with blues, pop and jazz influences. She writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, and delivers performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain diverse audiences.

 

Raised in the heart of New York City by two accomplished musical parents, singer-songwriter Sophie Buskin  started studying piano at age three and first set foot in the studio at four. She caught the harmony bug and began working extensively as a child jingle singer, featured on many TV/radio spots. She wrote her first song in 2009 and began steadily writing and performing, often alongside her father, David Buskin. A decade later, Sophie is based in Brooklyn and rapidly making her mark on the folk, Americana, and bluegrass genres.

 

Lara and Sophie will each perform solo sets and then perform together for the final set.

 

$20 General
$16 Sounding Board Members
$10 Full Time College/High School Students
$8 Children 12 and under with parent/adult

"Lara reminds us that music can be heroic when it springs from a strong heart. Walt Whitman would recognize his own soul in her expansive
American vision... there really is no higher compliment I can pay an artist.”

— Colin McEnroe, Connecticut Public Radio

"Lara reminds us that music can be heroic when it springs from a strong heart. Walt Whitman would recognize his own soul in her expansive
American vision... there really is no higher compliment I can pay an artist.”

— Colin McEnroe, Connecticut Public Radio

"Oh my God... She is amazing. [Sophie's] CD should be everywhere.”

— Judy Collins

"Oh my God... She is amazing. [Sophie's] CD should be everywhere.”

— Judy Collins

 "Meteor Shower" – Spphie Buskin

 "Meteor Shower" – Spphie Buskin

 "Let Us Begin"  – Lara Herscovitch

 "Let Us Begin"  – Lara Herscovitch

Presented by The Sounding Board

This event will take place at Fiske Hall
The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT

ALASTAIR MOOCK
Saturday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Alastair Moock has made a name for himself on the folk and Americana circuit, touring throughout the U.S. and Europe and playing renowned events like the Newport Folk Festival. When Moock’s twins were born in 2006, he turned his focus to children’s music, releasing four award-winning albums for kids and families. In 2017, he returned to his singer-songwriter roots with his first “grownup” album release in ten years.

 

Moock's new self-titled album was produced by Mark Erelli (Lori McKenna, Josh Ritter trio) and features drummer Marco Giovino (Robert Plant, Buddy Miller) and bassist Marty Ballou (Peter Wolf, John Hammond Jr.). The end result was eleven shimmering new tracks that evoke a wide breadth of American musical textures – early Nashville, country blues, Western swing, a tinge of gospel – but, most of all, the kind of intimate storyteller’s approach at which Moock excels. On the album’s release, Rich Warren of the nationally syndicated Midnight Special proclaimed, “Moock reemerges as the best new, old singer-songwriter on the scene.”

 

Like the folk and blues heroes to whom he often pays tribute in his shows – Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, Pete Seeger – Moock makes little distinction between his audiences: “Music is music, people are people. I just want to tell stories.”

 

$20 General
$16 Sounding Board Members
$10 Full Time College/High School Students
$8 Children 12 and under with parent/adult

"Qne of the town’s best and most adventurous songwriters”.

— Boston Globe

 "Make It Great" – Alastair Moock

 "This What It s Be Alive"  – Alastair Moock

Upcoming Meeting House Presents! concerts at the Unitarian Society of Hartford
(Events produced in cooperation with The Sounding Board)

A Meeting House Presents! concert in cooperation with The Sounding Board

This concert will take place at The Unitarian Society of Hartford,
50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford CT.  Click here for directions.

REGGIE HARRIS
Friday, January 24, 7:30 p.m.

A well-traveled performer, lecturer and cultural ambassador, Reggie Harris has earned wide acclaimed and respect from peers and audiences alike throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and around the world. He combines spirituals and roots music, historic inspiration, and moving original songs, often in the themes of unity and social justice. Knowing this, audiences have bestowed upon him a fitting slogan: “Songs of Joy, Hope, and Freedom.”

 

A songwriter of great depth and insight, Reggie writes from a personal but accessible place that reveals his deep sense of humanity and a uniquely positive worldview. He is a trailblazer who performs for audiences of all ages. His effervescently humorous and hopeful presence has led fans to label him the “Ambassador of Joy, Hope, and Freedom.”

 

An educator who entertains, Reggie’s songs reveal the subtle truths of issues that touch our lives regardless of color, background, age, or nationality. It’s about the laughter and the tears… the challenges and the joy… the global and the personal. It’s about history and the present day… the sacred and the laugh out loud funny moments that define us.

 

Reservations are not available for this event.

$20 General
$14 Full Time College/High School Students
Children 12 and under FREE
with a paying parent/adult

 Reggie Harris Musical Sampler

Coming soon to The Sounding Board...

The Early Risers (Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020
   3 p.m. in the Program Center at
   The Universalist Church of West Hartford)

The Vox Hunters (February 29, 2020)

St. Patrick's Prelude
   with Poor Man's Gambit (March 7, 2020)

Matthew Byrne (Sunday, March 15, 2020,
   3 p.m.in the Program Center at
   The Universalist Church of West Hartford)

Dan Weber (March 21, 2020)

The Hot Flashes (April 4, 2020)

Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt
   (April 18, 2020)

Katie Dahl (Sunday, April 19, 2020, 3 p.m.
   in the Program Center at The Universalist Church of
   West Hartford)

Piper & Carson (Sunday, April 26, 2020, 3 p.m. in the
   Program Center at The Universalist Church of
   West Hartford)

The Cadleys (May 2, 2020)

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio (May 9, 2020)

Portable Folk Festival (May 16, 2020)

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Please make reservations using the online form or by email. You can also make a reservation by sending a text to 860-770-3001.

If you really feel the need to make your reservation by a traditional phone call, dial 860-770-3001 and leave a voice mail with your name, the concert you wish to attend, and the number of people in your party. The Sounding Board does not confirm reservations made by phone or text.

Reservations must be made before 3:30 p.m. on the day of the concert. Reservations must be claimed at the admissions table by 7:15 on the night of the performance.

Please do not call the church for reservations or Sounding Board information. The Sounding Board is not affiliated with The Universalist Church and only rents the hall where we hold our concerts.

Please help support the Fern Street Food Pantry

 

Since 2012 Fern Street Food Pantry has provided hot meals and provisions for local families with food insecurity, including a program that distributes food-filled backpacks to at-risk West Hartford students.

 

Your help is needed. Please bring a non-perishable food item whenever you attend a Sounding Board concert. There will be a collection box at the admissions table.  THANKS!

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