A Folk & Acoustic Music Coffeehouse Since 1973

Concerts at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern St., West Hartford, CT*
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The Sounding Board is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1973 to present and preserve folk music in all its forms in the Greater Hartford area

 

 

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The Sounding Board is on Winter Break and will resume regular Saturday night events on January 6, 2018. To find folk and acoustic music at more than 100 other venues in the area, click here.

A Meeting House Presents! event in cooperation with The Sounding Board.

This concert will be held at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford, CT

DAVID MASSENGILL
Friday, Nov. 24, 8:00 p.m.

Born in Bristol, Tennessee, David Massengill emerged on the Greenwich Village folk scene in the mid-’70s, walking the same streets and playing the same storied coffee houses as Bob Dylan and Dave Van Ronk.

 

Thirty years later, he’s still walking those streets, but now he’s being recognized for his pivotal role in keeping the American folk music tradition alive. David continues to

create beautiful and poignant “story songs” that are intimate, relevant and tug at your emotions. Several of his songs reflect his years growing up in the South during the Civil Rights era.

 

David's songs have been covered and recorded by Joan Baez, The Roches, Lucy Kaplansky, Tom Russell, Nanci Griffith and his mentor, Dave Van Ronk, who called David

“the man who took the dull out of the dulcimer.”

 

$20 General, $18 Sounding Board members,
$12 Students with ID,
Children under 12 free with a parent

No reservations are available for this concert



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 "Number One in America"

 "Rider On A Orphan Train"

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CARAVAN OF THIEVES
Saturday, Jan 6, 7:30 p.m.

Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories when Caravan of Thieves come to The Sounding Board.

 

It's theatrical and humorous. It's musical and intense. This band entertains, dazzles and defies classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs. If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton's

house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired.

 

SELLOUT LIKELY

ADVANCE TICKETS ARE RECOMMENDED.

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$22 general, $20 members,
$12 students with ID, $10 children 12 & under

“[Caravan of Thieves performance]
  was part concert, part Vaudeville,
  part musical theater and entirely
  enjoyable.”

– Emmett Smith,
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

 

 "Wasting My Time"

 "I Got You"

SUSAN WERNER
Saturday, Jan 20, 7:30 p.m.

A triple threat as a songwriter, singer and musician, Susan Werner is one of the most prolific singer/songwriters in the United States since her 1995 debut.  Her iconoclastic concept CDs, including 2007’s agnostic gospel album, The Gospel Truth, and 2013’s tribute to American agriculture, Hayseed, have won her passionate fans from coast to coast.  She is also the composer and lyricist for the forthcoming Broadway show, Bull Durham: The Musical, based on the popular MGM motion picture.

 

Werner’s latest project is another unique concept album titled An American In Havana. The recording is a collection of original songs inspired by Werner’s recent travels to Cuba. The EP features performances and arrangements by legendary Cuban percussionist Mayra Casales, who has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, and Regina Carter, paired with Werner’s trademark song craft and wry poetic lyrics.

 

SELLOUT LIKELY

ADVANCE TICKETS ARE RECOMMENDED.

 

$25 general, $23 members,
$12 students with ID, $10 children 12 & under

“Susan Werner, a clever songwriter
  and engaging performer, brings
  literacy and wit back to popular song.”

The New Yorker

 "What Did You Do To Your Face"

 "1955 Chevy Bel Air" from the new CD "An American in Havana"

A Meeting House Presents! event in cooperation with The Sounding Board.

This concert will be held at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford, CT

NEW WORLD TRIO
Friday, Jan. 26, 8:00 p.m.

The familiar faces and exquisite sounds of the New World Trio bringing the excitement and intimacy of chamber music to Hartford concertgoers.

 

Founded in 1985 by violinist Anhared Stowe, New World provides a unique experience for music lovers with its mix of both standard repertoire and contemporary works. With each performance, New World brings new vitality to established masterworks; these are paired with contemporary pieces, with each complementing the other in depth and beauty.

 

The trio is comprised of Peter Zay, Cello; Anhared Stowe, Violin; and Pi-Hsun Shih, Piano

 

$20 General, $18 Sounding Board members,
$12 Students with ID,
Children under 12 free with a parent

No reservations are available for this concert



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GRASS ROUTES
Saturday, Feb 3, 7:30 p.m.

Connecticut-based Grass Routes delights audiences with a repertoire ranging from traditional bluegrass standards to folk and contemporary songs all performed in bluegrass style.

 

Here's the real deal. You'll hear five wonderful lead voices, some great original songs, and instrumental  finesse on both originals and songs they cover from other artists and writers they love. You don't often find this much singing, instrumental and writing talent in one band!

 

Grass Routes has appeared at many major bluegrass festivals throughout the northeast.  The band has released five albums with Bailey's Deal being the most recent.

 

$16 general, $14 members,
$10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under

“Skillful instrumental work and
  strong vocals give [Grass Routes]
  their own distinctive sound. ”

CD Baby

 "Just Your Old Standby"

 "When You Come Back Down"

Coming soon...

Advance Tickets available now
for January,February and March
shows.

RPR (2/17/18)

Dennis McCorkle (2/23/18)

A Meeting House Presents! concert in cooperation
with The Sounding Board.  This event will take place
at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield
Ave., Hartford, CT

Larry Kaplan with David Paton &
  Tom White (3/3/18)

John Gorka (3/10/18)

Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem (3/17/18)

JP Cormier (3/23/18)

A Meeting House Presents! concert in cooperation
with The Sounding Board.  This event will take place
at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield
Ave., Hartford, CT

Susie Burke & David Surette (3/30/18)

A Meeting House Presents! concert in cooperation
with The Sounding Board.  This event will take place
at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield
Ave., Hartford, CT

Davy Sturtevant & Lisa and Lori Brigantino  (4/14/18)

An Evening with Mary Gauthier (4/27/18)

A Meeting House Presents! concert in cooperation
with The Sounding Board.  This event will take place
at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield
Ave., Hartford, CT

Johnson Girls (4/28/18)

To Be Announced (5/12/18)

Portable Folk Festival (5/19/18)

For information on other folk music events at 100+ venues throughout the area, click here.

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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.

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