Jon Brooks, with Fred Gillen, Jr.
- Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, Hastings-on-Hudson NY
Common Ground @ South Church
343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry NY
Called the empress of the unexpected by NPR, singer-songwriter Susan Werner recently turned another corner in her multifaceted musical career with her vibrant 2011 album, Kicking the Beehive. It’s an 11-song collection of provocative, poignant, lyrical originals that are infused with the rustic roots of American folk, blues and country music. Produced by Rodney Crowell, recorded in Nashville and featuring such all-star guests as Vince Gill, Keb’ Mo’ and Paul Franklin, Kicking the Beehive is a personal project where Werner intuitively explores the full impact of looking beyond the superficial and delving into soulful honesty.
Sharing the bill will be Boston-based folksinger Vance Gilbert. A favorite on the U.S. coffeehouse, club, and festival circuit, Vance is blessed with a far ranging, almost otherworldly tenor voice. He's also an accomplished acoustic guitar player who incorporates elements of jazz, blues and country into his deft picking. Songs range from the personal to the political, and some seem informed by his former day job as a school teacher. He got his start on the folk scene in Cambridge, Mass., and has recorded duets with artists such as Christine Lavin and Patty Larkin.
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.