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Live from The Vault within Putnam's: Songwriter Sessions

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Putnam's Pub & Cooker

419 Myrtle Avenue

Downstairs in The Vault

Brooklyn, NY 11205

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Brooklyn Indie Artists & Songwriters - Devlin Miles and Carolann Solebello are collaborating to launch:

Live from The Vault: Songwriter Sessions

A curated night of songs with 3 songwriters to be performed in-the-round in the unique coal vaults, downstairs at Putnam's Pub & Cooker. This intimate evening will be hosted once a month on every 2nd Thursday for 1 year. A special look behind-the-song as each songwriter will introduce a song and welcome on-the-spot collaboration or sing-a-longs from the other songwriters on the panel and the audience.

*This series will sell out, as it is an intimate Speakeasy kind of place, with limitied space. TICKETS REQUIRED, taking place in the Coal Vaults underneath Putnams Pub & Cooker. "We couldn't have found a better place to experience where the song babies come from, as we mine for the diamonds!" Devlin Miles

We strongly encourage you to purchase the subscription to the year long series to secure the bookings of great songwriters and support the monthly series.

Subscription saves you 10% on ticket prices and entitles you to 1 free "songwriter-of-the-month" beverage or drink of your choice

Every 2nd Thursday of the month dates:

May 9th - Jill Sobule, Nicholas Zhork, Devlin Miles

June 13th - Karyn Oliver, Paul Sachs, Carolann Solebello,

July 11th - Trina Hamlin, Orly Bendavid, Devlin Miles

Line Up TBA shortly

August 8th -

September 12th -

October 11th -

November 14th -

December 12th -

January 9th, 2020 -

February 13th, 2020 -

March 12th, 2020 -

April 9th, 2020 -

May 14th, 2020 -

This month's songwriters:

May 9th at 7:30pm co-host Devlin Miles

Jill Sobule - https://www.jillsobule.com Nostalgia can be wonderful and amazing. It’s OK to look back. But then you gotta get the fuck out of there.” So says singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, explaining the theme of her new album, Nostalgia Kills. On Nostalgia Kills(out September 14 on Jill’s own Pinko Records), the woman hailed by The New York Times for making “grown-up music for an adolescent age” turns her warm wit and poet’s eye on herself more than ever before, revisiting moments from throughout her life that made her into the person she is today. It’s an especially poignant look back at childhood — “exorcising some junior high school demons,” as she puts it.

Looking back is a new experience for Jill Sobule. Ever since she first caught mainstream attention with her 1995 song “I Kissed a Girl” — the first song about same-sex romance ever to crack the Billboard Top 20 (and no relation to the later Katy Perry tune) — she’s always pushed forward, exploring new sounds and subject matter with each passing album and refusing to be pigeonholed by her early hits (which also include the ‘90s alt-rock anthem “Supermodel,” featured in an iconic scene in the film Clueless).

Along the way, Jill has shared stages with the likes of Billy Bragg, Cyndi Lauper and Warren Zevon, written music for TV and theater, and been a pioneer in the art of crowdfunding, raising so much money for her 2009 album California Yearsthat a then-unknown startup called Kickstarter came to her for advice. She’s also been active in numerous social and political causes, performing at prisons as part of Wayne Kramer’s Jail Guitar Doors project, playing dates with Lady Parts Justice’s “Vagical Mystery Tour,” and curating Monster Protest Jams Vol. 1, featuring protest songs by Tom Morello, Billy Bragg, Boots Riley, Amanda Palmer, Jackson Browne and many other great artists — including Jill’s own “When They Say We Want Our America Back, What the F#@k Do They Mean?”, which traces the history of anti-immigrant sentiment in America.

Nicholas Zork - http://nicholaszork.com A singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, music director and collaborative artist. His songs, academic writing and music practices explore ways that music can resonate, embody meaning, cultivate diverse and inclusive community, and overcome social barriers.

He is the musical director for TINTR (thisisnottheradio.com/tintr), a diverse artists’ community in New York City, with whom he has helped create collaborative concerts at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Apollo Music Cafe and other venues. And he is the artistic director and co-curator for Carnegie Hill Concerts, a chamber music series that features artists of different genres and disciplines in curated, shared programs, bringing people together to participate in the celebration and cultivation of New York City’s diverse community (carnegiehillconcerts.org).

Nicholas’ classical compositions have been performed by university and festival choirs, and his music has appeared in numerous television programs.

Co-hosts and curators who alter hosting every other month

June 13th songwriters in-the-round with Carolann Solebello

Karyn Oliver - https://karynoliver.com Karyn Oliver is part Joan Osborne, a touch of Janis Joplin and a bit of Emmylou Harris – effortlessly oscillating from bluesy to country and back. Her musical inspirations come primarily from the eclectic mix of music to which she was exposed while growing up in the musically diverse culture of Washington, D.C.

In 2009, Karyn moved to a town called Boring, MD with a broken heart and a cheap guitar. It was from this place that she created her first solo album, Red Dress, that earned her Kerrville New Folk Finalist and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist in 2011, as well as 2010 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest winner. In 2011, Oliver moved to New York City, with a renewed heart and a better guitar. It is from this place that she created her latest solo album, Magdalene, and became a Kerrville New Folk Finalist for a second time in 2016.

2017 brought Oliver to North Carolina, where she is steeping herself in the great writers of the South, and recorded a new album, “A List Of Names”.

Paul Sachs - https://www.paulsachs.com Paul Sachs writes lyrical and gritty songs. Born and raised in New York City. Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Springsteen are the songwriters that influenced him, and pushed him into the folk music circles of the city. In 2013 he won the prestigious New Folk Songwriter’s contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.

Sachs still lives in NYC, performing in various venues around the city. He has recorded five independent albums, featuring raw and seeringly personal songs of life and love on the mean streets. His fingerstyle guitar work and powerful voice combine to create mesmerizing vignettes. His CD, "Oil Town" was named one of the top folk albums in 2011 on both the Folk DJ list and Roots Music Report. Sing Out magazine states: "Song after song he creates some lovely melodies. The cuts on "Oil Town" involve those challenged by love, by work, and the struggles created by economic imbalance...This is a keeper, and its excellence grows on you."

July 11th songwriters in-the-round with co-host Devlin Miles

Trina Hamlin - http://www.trinahamlin.com combines gentle understanding with raw emotion in a way that is, quite simply captivating from the first note. With a rich, powerful voice, Hamlin reveals a rare confluence of Midwestern innocence, contemplative focus, and raw passion while adding a disarmingly sharp wit in her stage banter. She seamlessly moves from guitar to piano with self accompaniment on harmonica leaving many who have seen her performance wondering what she can’t do. Regarded as one of the best harmonica players around she presents a driving, sensuous rhythm in her performance that immediately draws audiences in.

In the current climate of “sounds like” artists and “heard it before” lyrics Trina offers an intelligent and refreshing musical experience. Her unique combination of ballads, folk rock and blues has earned her a steady national following. Trina tours full time through out the US and Europe. Additionally she is a much sought after harmonica player and percussionist, accompanying numerous nationally recognized singer songwriters in the studio and live on stage.

Orly Bendavid - https://orlybendavid.com a Brooklyn based, singer/songwriter, and poet. She was chosen to perform on the 2018 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s emerging artist stage, and has opened for folk legends Carolann Solebello, Rachael Kilgour, and Bev Grant. Since 2013, Orly has been a recurring member of the Jack Hardy Song exchange, performing her songs frequently in NYC’s music scene, as well as at several “unplugged” Sofar Sounds shows around the city.

Orly and the Mona Dahls’ first album “Mona” was recorded at Grand Street with producer Huw Price (David Bowie, Primal Scream, Nick Cave, and My Bloody Valentine). Mona is a collection of character portraits, “Christine,” about a washed-up former model encountered at a bar, “String Bean,” inspired by an unknown anorexic teenage,pop star; and “Oh God” delving into the depths of addiction, and the cycle of shame it creates.

August & September songwriters TBA soon

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