Community Folk Music in the Hudson Valley

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This evening we drove from our home in New Jersey to a town in the Hudson Valley of New York – Rock Tavern.

It was part of the musical journey that my wife has been on for many years, and which I have joined for the last seven or eight or so. She was playing a set at the Hudson Valley Folk Guild. And I was there to:

  • Drive
  • Carry stuff
  • Meet fun people
  • Listen to groovy music
  • Eat nice home-cooked soup and cakes
  • Applaud my good fortune

Then, the long ride back home, kinda late. I never was a “kinda late” kind of guy.

The Hudson Valley Folk Guild has chapters (and events monthly) in Rock Tavern, Poughkeepsie, and Kingston. If you are in the area, you might want to check them out, for a good dose of what happens when a community comes together to keep the folk music scene alive and clapping! 🙂

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Acoustic Night in Metuchen is B-B-B-B-ack!

Thursday, September 22, 2011, 7-9pm … at The Raconteur on Main Street in Metuchen, NJ – hosted by my very own wife, Sharon Goldman. Featuring songwriters Honor Finnegan and Paul Sachs.

Ain’t that cool?!?

Well, it’s very cool for me, because it means I can take a leisurely ride home from my work in Manhattan, arrive at my home town of Metuchen, NJ, maybe pick-up an ice-cream cone at What’s the Scoop or a quick Guinness at Hailey’s, and then hunker down for a nice evening of folk music at a totally cool book shop on Main Street.

And then afterwards, I can just walk home! Easy-peasy.

Makes me wonder why I ever thought I had to live in New York City to experience that sort of convenient access to good food, drink, and music. 😉

Here’s the deal, excerpted from the Facebook page for the event:

A new location for ACOUSTIC NIGHT IN METUCHEN! The center of all things cool on Metuchen’s Main Street, THE RACONTEUR is far more than your average used bookshop. Think CBGB’s meets Shakespeare & Co.! This new Acoustic Night will be super-intimate, with a round-robin format and truly, completely acoustic…no amps! Featuring your host, singer-songwriter SHARON GOLDMAN as well as two talented NYC-based singer-songwriters, HONOR FINNEGAN and PAUL SACHS. Join us for some terrific original tunes…right on Main Street.

Hope to see you there… 🙂

Acoustic Night in Metuchen – Thursday, May 19, 2011

Proud to be a part of this ongoing series of live “folkish” music in my new hometown of Metuchen, New Jersey. The series is held at our local coffee shop – Brewed Awakening. The shop has graciously provided a stage to more than two dozen local and regional folk artists over the last year.

And of course I am especially thankful to my wife, Sharon Goldman, who hosts the night each month, and generally is the catalyst for this all to happen. She’s a great hostess, in my highly biased opinion! 😉

This month’s artists are:

And of course, my darling wife…

As for me, I carry stuff, plug-in equipment, and generally stand by cheering for the talented folks on-stage.

Hope you can join – starting at 7:30pm on Thursday, May 19, 2011.

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