Join us for exceptional music, coffee, and dessert in an intimate setting at one of our Friday night Green Wood Coffee Houses.
Doors open one half hour before each performance. Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Seating is unassigned. Reservations are highly recommended!
Snail Mail method: Call 734-665-8558 and leave a message with your name, number of tickets desired, and performance. Then (if there is time between your call and the performance date) send a check for the total (payable to "FUMC") to: FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Include name, address, and phone number. Your name will be on a list at the door.
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Tickets are also available at the door. Kids 10 and under are 2-for-1.
Group discounts available — call 734-665-8558 for details.
Fall 2013 Concerts
Friday, September 20 – SONiA and disappear fear - Tickets $15 | Purchase now via PayPal
From the Opera House in Sydney, to the Open House in Jerusalem, SONiA (Rutstein, aka disappear fear) writes and performs captivating love songs and confronts the hypocrisies and biases of our culture with a positive message of openness and optimism. Having performed in Israel/ Palestine and in many parts of the world, SONiA's Judaic roots live in the colors of her songs and paintings. SONiA has performed in 16 countries and has just as many award winning albums to her credit. She has received the GLAMA Award for Female Artist of the Year, Best Band, Best Song, Out Music Award for OUTstanding World Music CD, OUTstanding Single, and Finalist for the Telluride Song Competition. SONiA is a member of the Grammy Foundation for the Recording Industry of America, and of Amnesty International. Her talent as a guitar player led the Santa Cruz Guitar Company to create a SONiA Model which has been sold in the US, Germany and Australia. Singing in Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic and English, her powerful honesty touches people of varied social and ethnic backgrounds, especially those moving towards a positive world vision. SONiA’s independent record label, disappear records, donates 18% of every download to the United Nations World Food Programme. This concert celebrates the new CD, Broken Film. www.disappearfear.com
Friday, October 18 – Tret Fure - Tickets $12 | Purchase now via PayPal
Tret Fure's career spans 4 decades. At the age of 16, she began singing in coffeehouses and campuses in the Midwest. At 19, she moved to LA to pursue a songwriting and musical career. Within a year she was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, touring with him and penning the single for his album, Mousetrap. She went on to record her own album in 1973, with the late Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer. With the success of that release, she opened for such bands as Yes, Poco, and the J Geils Band.
Tret became interested in sound engineering, learning the trade and becoming one of the first women engineers in LA. Over the course of her career she has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work.
In the early 80s, Tret left the mainstream music industry. She began exploring the independent side of the industry and soon discovered the blossoming genre known as Women's Music. She has been a major player in that field ever since, recording with and producing some of the best of women's music, including the legendary Meg and Cris at Carnegie Hall. She worked as a duo with Cris Williamson throughout the 90s, releasing three CDs together.
Now, after six acoustic releases on her own label, Tomboy girl Records, she has re-established herself in the folk world, winning the 2004 South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition in 2 out of 3 categories. 2004 also brought her recognition with the prestigious Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women's Music, and, in 2009, she received the Janine C Rae Award for her work in the genre. Tret's last CD, The Horizon, finished in the 2011 top 20 CDs in the Outvoice Charts. Her new release is A Piece of the Sky.
In addition to her musical pursuits, Fure markets her own line of clothing named after her popular song, "Tomboy girl"; when not on the road, she teaches guitar and songwriting. An accomplished cook, Fure has also published a cookbook, Tret's Kitchen, featuring her own recipes; and if that isn't versatile enough, she will paint a commissioned portraits of your dog, from your favorite photo! Along with bridging the marketing, production, and music worlds, Tret serves as President of Local 1000, The Traveling Musicians Association--a union geared toward helping traveling musicians find security and longevity. www.tretfure.com
Friday, October 25 – Jeremy Horn - Tickets $15 | Purchase now via PayPal
Jeremy Horn grew up in Memphis -- "Home of the Blues" and "Birthplace of Rock and Roll" -- but his music sounds more like the Beatles than B.B. King or Elvis. He writes songs for the church and songs for the radio, yet his songs are more complex than either has traditionally allowed. He lives in a city that is known as much for its racial unrest and inner-city violence as it is for being the place Elvis called home, yet he leads worship at one of the largest multicultural churches in the South, where half the congregation is African-American. When you meet Jeremy, he looks and sounds just like the "guy next door" -- if the guy next door has a traditional southern drawl. Making music has preoccupied Jeremy Horn ever since he received his first guitar at age fifteen. Growing up on the sounds of James Taylor and the Beatles, Jeremy spent most of his early years emulating the sounds and songwriting styles of the popular culture. "I used to write songs about social injustices in the world," says Horn. After a few years and conversations with a wise, older friend, Jeremy realized he could also write songs that aspired to give people hope, and not just write what everybody else was writing. Says Horn, "That progressed into writing songs for Jesus, and that was the process that unexpectedly led me to become a worship leader." That progression started Jeremy Horn on the path of continued discovery --listening to artists both Christian and not -- to figure out how to express feelings and concepts that came from within, rather than from the evening news. Jeremy's music is a fixture on Michigan's 17 Smile-FM Contemporary Christian music stations; his "I Will See Angels 'Round Your Throne" and "First Love" are two of radio's favorites. Jeremy's new CD is Sound of the Broken. This is a rare opportunity to see Jeremy Horn in a small venue setting. Bring a friend! www.jeremyhornmusic.com
Friday, November 8 – Chuck Brodsky - Tickets $15 | Purchase now via PayPal
There is no better storyteller than Chuck Brodsky. Ranging from poignant to hilarious, his songs are about the little things in the lives of everyday people. Chuck’s soulful and compassionate voice brings his characters to life, and is the perfect instrument for infusing his lyrics with heartfelt humanity or biting wit. His spoken introductions to his songs can be as spellbinding as his colorful lyrics, which he brings to life with a well-travelled voice and a delivery that’s natural and conversational. His groove-oriented strumming and fingerpicking draw on influences from the mountains of western North Carolina where he now lives, and from lots of different good old traditional folk stuff of all kinds. Chuck is widely known for his many wonderful songs about the heroes -- and zeroes -- of baseball. His latest CD is The Baseball Ballads 2.
Friday, November 15 – Claudia Schmidt - Tickets $12 | Purchase now via PayPal
Michigan native Claudia Schmidt has covered a lot of musical ground, beginning with a stirring rendition of "Tammy," at age 4, around a neighborhood bonfire. Claudia's 3-decade career touring North America and Europe includes regular stints on "A Prairie Home Companion;" participating in the delightful Les Blank movie, "Gap-Toothed Women," contributing a song as well as an interview; and performing a lead role in The Gales of November," a musical retelling of the Edmund Fitzgerald tragedy from the point of view of three wives of the doomed crew of the Great Lakes ore-carrier. Claudia has recorded fourteen albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer. I Thought About You is her second effort leading her own swinging sextet, Claudia Schmidt & The JumpBoys. In 2003 she released a spoken-word CD, Roads, which includes poems and essays from her rich performance repertoire. In 2006 Claudia released her first self-produced folk/acoustic CD, Spinning, with a studio full of Michigan's finest musicians. Claudia describes herself as a "creative noisemaker." You may expect anything at a Schmidt concert: hymn, poem, bawdy verse, torch song, satire. She can weave the elements of music and stage into a program so full of life that one critic has described a Claudia Schmidt concert as "....a lot like falling in love. You never know what's going to happen next; chances are it's going to be wonderful; every moment is burned into your memory; and you know you'll never be the same again." www.claudiaschmidt.com
Friday, November 22 – Katie Geddes & Friends: An Evening of Harmony featuring The Chenille Sisters and All About Eve - Tickets $15 | Purchase now via PayPal
Katie sings traditional and contemporary folk, country-folk, and folk-pop tunes. A deft interpreter of beloved songs, her captivating voice and velvety-smooth delivery bring new life to the compositions of writers such as John Prine, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Michael Nesmith and Lennon and McCartney. Katie 's 2010 CD release, We Are Each Other 's Angels, features an inspired roster of guest artists including Michael Johnson, Mary McCaslin, Don Henry and Small Potatoes, and is receiving extensive airplay across the country and around the world. When not doing her own gigs, Katie has been known to "moonlight" singing harmony for folk-rock legend Melanie and local favorite Matt Watroba. www.katiegeddes.com
The Chenille Sisters first sang together in 1985 at The Old Town Tavern in Ann Arbor. Since then, the Chenilles have recorded nine albums, all demonstrating the harmony and versatility that give them their wide appeal. With songs featuring their signature humor, such as "Help! I'm Turning Into My Parents," as well as ballads and swing numbers, they perform both adult and children's shows with equal aplomb. Their discography includes three children's albums, the most recent on their own label, CanToo Records. In 1995, the group began hosting a children's book review series, "Read to Me," which has been carried on public radio stations nationwide. In addition to several appearances on "A Prairie Home Companion," the Chenilles have been heard on NPR's "All Things Considered" and on television's "Nightwatch," "Lonesome Pine Special," and "The Home Show." In 1995, PBS produced the Emmy Award-winning half-hour special, "The Chenille Sisters: Makin' Rhythm." A Chenille Sisters performance is a blending of three uniquely gifted souls into a musical phenomenon! And oh, those exquisite harmonies! While these three women have in common heavenly voices, witty wisdom and a passion for connecting with the audience, each Chenille shines her own particular kind of light. Cheryl Dawdy draws on her background as a balladeer to tell stories that shimmer with human emotion, from sorrow to wonder to tenderness - all delivered with a sly smile that slowly grows wider, warming the heart. With her broad vocal range, Grace Morand can project a powerful note clear to an auditorium's restrooms. Her performance is as much musical theater as it is singing, with one reviewer inviting the audience to relish the experience of her "Silly Putty face." Connie Huber's musical acumen is as varied as it is powerful. Her deft guitar playing is a strong element in the musical mix, and her rich vocal presence delights. So while these are very different women with very different histories and experiences, it's the union of the three that makes them a bona fide force of nature. www.thechenillesisters.com
Vocal trio All About Eve (Katie Geddes, Deb Wood, David Vaughn) offers up a variety of close harmony pop covers and traditional and contemporary folk and gospel songs, accompanied by John Goodell on piano and Dan Reynolds on guitar.
Friday, December 6 – Don White - Tickets $17 | Purchase now via PayPal
Back by popular demand! Don White combines heartfelt, serious lyrics with side-splitting laughs to provide an evening not to be forgotten. This Massachusetts comedian/singer/songwriter/author is best-known in these parts for his radio gems, "Rascal," "Psycho Mom and Dad" and "I Know What Love Is." In 2009 Don released Christine Lavin and Don White Live At The Ark -- The Father's Day Concert, two hours of hysterical songs and stories recorded in June of 2009 from these two veteran performers, with guest appearances by Matt Watroba and Katie Geddes. This recording is available only as an MP3 download here: http://www.cdfreedom.com/artists/donwhite. Don's latest release is Winning Streak. A Don White show promises to delight new audiences and devoted "repeat offender" fans, alike. www.donwhite.net
Friday, December 13 – The Waymores Christmas Show - Tickets $15 | Purchase now via PayPal