Jon Brooks, with Fred Gillen, Jr.
- Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, Hastings-on-Hudson NY
Greg Klyma is the Rust Belt vagabond, a home-cooked meal and a Vaudeville show in a fast food, karaoke world. He crafts a set with the same skill that he crafts his songs. The stories blend seamlessly into songs, evoking a flavor of Mark Twain, Woody Guthrie and David Sedaris. A prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer, Klyma brings to every stage a deep catalog of material that assumes audiences are both smart and able to laugh.
His birthdate puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Greg Klyma is an old-school troubadour. His enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals make him one of those rare young artists who is carrying the torch of Woody and Ramblin’ Jack. He rolls in off the road, pulls out a guitar, and proceeds to take us back to the basics: family, love, gratitude, laughter. It’s the timeless art of the true troubadour, keeping alive the American folk tradition.
After spending 12 years on the road full time, Greg has been based in Somerville, MA since August 2010. He was born in Buffalo, NY and raised in the nearby suburb of Cheektowaga. The son of a garbage man, Klyma grew up in a blue collar town with an appreciation of blue collar fun. It is his blue collar work ethic that has led to the release of 7 CDs, 1 DVD and a full concert schedule, including performances in some of the country’s best music rooms such as Caffe Lena (Saratoga Springs, NY), The Ark (Ann Arbor, MI), Club Passim (Cambridge, MA), The Saxon Pub (Austin, TX) and Sportsmen’s Tavern (Buffalo, NY).
Tickets: Adults, $12 in advance, $15 at the door; Seniors, Students (12+): $12
Common Ground Community Concerts is a grassroots music production and event planning organization based in Westchester County NY. For the past 13 years, Common Ground has produced its flagship Common Ground Coffeehouse series, sponsored by (and hosted by) The First Unitarian Society of Westchester, in Hastings-on-Hudson NY.
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