Common Ground Coffeehouse
at The First Unitarian Society
(of Clem Snide)
with special guest Bay Uno
Advance tickets are on sale until 6 PM today. There will be tickets available at the door, beginning at 7 PM. Hope to see you there!
Singer-songwriter Eef Barzelay, known as the creative force and former frontman for the critically-acclaimed band Clem Snide, was once described as a cross between Hank Williams and Nick Drake. As Rolling Stone puts it, "Lyrically, he can be as cool as jazz, as earnest as folk, as sorrowful as country, as goofy as pop and as ironic as indie rock, sometimes all in one song." His former band, founded in 1991, was named for a character in several novels by William S. Burroughs, including Naked Lunch, The Ticket That Exploded and Exterminator!. After building up a local following in Boston, Clem Snide attracted the attention of the Seymour Stein, who then signed them to the Sire label. A couple years later, Barzelay's song , "Moment in the Sun", was used as the theme song for the second season of the NBC program Ed. As a solo artist, Eef has toured with Ben Folds showcasing new material from Lose Big The multi-talented Barzelay has also enjoyed success as a film composer with his mesmerizing musical score for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Award-winning film Rocket Science, which features the song I Love The Unknown. Eef s most current project, the score for The Yellow Handkerchief, came about when legendary movie producer Arthur Cohn asked Eef to compose the film s music.
Native Californian Bay Uno , whose style has been compared to Sufjan Stevens, M. Ward, Father John Misty, Bon Iver, and Bright Eyes, opens the show. Bay wrote the songs on his 2015 debut, "Catalina" in his bedroom over the course of many years but rarely played them for anyone except close friends. The songs on this record take place around different bodies of water, including the shores of Catalina off the coast of California, which Bay used to visit as a kid. The small island provided a magical backdrop to his childhood, with creatures like roaming buffalo and bright orange fish that could be seen clearly from the dock. Catalina is also where Bay reportedly learned about kissing.
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Common Ground Community Concerts
Common Ground Community Concerts is a grassroots music production and event planning organization based in Westchester County NY. For the past 15 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.