Jon Brooks, with Fred Gillen, Jr.
- Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, Hastings-on-Hudson NY
"Acoustic bedrock layered with woodsy tones and touches of tasteful amplification, country twang, almost classical-like strings, warm earthy vocals, harmonies that don't sound like harmonies, lyrics of intelligence and humor, music for grown ups and for those who sometimes wish they were." — No Depression
In 1975 L.A. native Pal Shazar was illustrating by day and working at the Troubadour club by night as the box office girl. Pittsburgh native Jules Shear was performing regularly at the Troubadour when not on the road with his band 'The Funky Kings.'
Soon Pal would join musical forces with Andrew Chinich, becoming the lead singer/lyricist with their duo 'Slow Children' which Jules would co-produce. Jules and his band 'Jules & The Polar Bears' recorded three albums for Columbia Records and 'Slow Children' recorded two remarkable records for RCA produced by Jules and fellow Polar Bear Stephen Hague.
Recording took Jules and Pal to London, the Bahamas, and eventually to Woodstock where the couple made their home. After the demise of ‘Jules & The Polar Bears', Jules went on to write and record 13 solo records plus had his songs recorded by many including Cyndi Lauper (All Through The Night) and The Bangles (If She Knew What She Wants). After seven great years in 'Slow Children' Pal began to write on her own, releasing 8 solo records. They adopted dogs. They tried other cool towns, moving across the states with dogs in tow. No place felt as good as Woodstock. Never in all their years of writing and recording did they consider making a record together. Till now.
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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