When: Friday, January 18th Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open 6:30 pm and show starts 7:00 pm. Suggested Donation: $22 at the door and DOS, $20 in advance through paypal. Click button below to make donation through paypal. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP. If you are going to donate at the door, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Please bring a snack to share if you feel so inclined. It would be welcomed. Some beverages provided, but you may also BYOB
As we begin the new year, I would like to invite you to think about those who have less and bring a canned or dried good for the food pantry to be donated to Iron Gate, a downtown food ministry.
Note form your host: Just wanted to thank you for your support this past year, as we transitioned to our new home at the church. I also want to give a big thank you to TheTulsa Artery and Teresa, David and Casey for opening their home to us. Thanks to all of you, our Holiday party and Tree Trimming benefit was a success and helped tremendously towards our goals. We are still accepting donations as we look forward to the new year.
Eliza Gilkyson is a twice Grammy-nominated (2006/2015) singer songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, and a recent inductee into the Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year.Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”
Eliza’s 2018 release is SECULARIA, a collection of spiritually charged songs that do not fit within the parameters of traditional religious beliefs but challenge us to respect all life and be accountable for our actions in such perilous times. The new collection features a stunning performance with the acclaimed Tosca String Quartet, cameos with Shawn Colvin, gospel singer Sam Butler, and a duet with her friend the late Jimmy LaFave, as well as several songs adapted from poetry by her grandmother Phoebe Hunter Gilkyson, who co-wrote with Eliza’s father, folksinger Terry Gilkyson.
On stage, Eliza presents a vibrant spontaneous mix of storytelling with self-effacing humor and tenderness, within a wide-ranging spectrum of human experience, from intimate love songs to political diatribe, accompanied by some of the best support players in the world.
Even her darkest moments are warmed by a genuine compassion for the lost souls who sometimes populate her stories, and a very real concern for the world we all live in is woven through every tune… Whether she looks into darkness or light, Eliza Gilkyson’s vision is impressive.” ~ All Music Guide
From House Concerts Unlimited and The Tulsa Artery and all of us here at
THE STONE CHURCH
It's been a wonderful year for House Concerts Unlimited, and we couldn't have done it without you, our loyal audience. As we enter into the Holiday season once again, keeping an eye toward the coming year, House Concerts Unlimited invites you to our “Tree Trimming, Open Mic, Holiday Benefit Party.”
When: Sunday, December 16th Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. Fifth St. Time: 6-11 pm
House Concerts Unlimited celebrates its 18th anniversary this year. Besides holding shows in our own living room, we have had many generous hosts over the years. Beginning this year, we have found a true listening room at The Stone Church, home of Teresa and David Rechter who have generously, and literally, opened their doors to host our house concert series.
This new and larger venture provides more opportunities. However, due to the increased space we also face certain new challenges, such as a need for are better lighting, a new sound board, extra mics, mic stands, and mic cords, furniture/chairs/ tables. Thus, we are looking to you for help and are hoping you can support us making this dream a reality with a fundraiser to support our growing vision.
Along with bringing some of the best artists from around the world, highlighting our local musicians has always been part of our mission. Going forward, we will continue to showcase the extraordinary talent right here in our own backyard.
As we look towards the future and continue to grow, we aspire to:
do some filming, and create a YouTube series called “Confessions From The Road” because, after-all, we are a church.
add an educational component by creating songwriting workshops and retreats led by an established singer/songwriter, ending with a concert put on by all the students, as well as a show by our guest instructor, open to the public.
These are some of our ambitions, but they can’t happen without you. Any support and any donations are greatly appreciated and will go a long way to making House Concerts Unlimited @ The Stone Church, Tulsa's premier listening venue.
Here is how you can help, The Tulsa Artery and The Stone Church will provide empty ornaments and envelopes for all our guests to fill with “financial tidings” of any amount, to hang on our House Concerts Unlimited Tree that we will have at our party.
Also, this will be a Potluck, so bring your favorite holiday side dish and or dessert. Stone Church and House Concerts Unlimited will provide the main dish, wine and beer.
Evening events will include an open mic, so feel free to bring your instrument and voice and sign up to share a song or two with us. Each person will be limited to 20 minutes maximum so everyone can get a chance. Also we will have two main performers for the evening, TBA.
Here at the Stone Church, we hope you will join us for an evening of fun, food and festivity as we celebrate the Holidays and the many things for which we are grateful.
Please feel free to bring friends and spread the word.
If you cannot attend, but would like to contribute, click the button below to make your donation in the amount of $10, $20, $50, or $100.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us here at The Stone Church,
Kelly Hunt and Grazzhopper will perform a “house concert” from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at The Stone Church, 4225 W. Fifth St., across from Mark Twain Elementary School.
House Concerts Unlimited was created by Scott Aycock 17 years ago after responding to a request from a traveling musician he crossed paths with because of his longtime radio show (Folk Salad) on Tulsa’s NPR/KWGS radio show.
He saw the need not only to provide a place for traveling singer-songwriters to share their craft, but also for Oklahoma’s rich supply of musicians and singer-songwriters to share theirs. He wanted to create a listening room rather than a bar atmosphere as the venture focuses on hosting artists whose lyrics are as important as their musicianship.
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Said a news release: “Presently, we have found a perfect place in which to share these great concerts, a once-abandoned church in west Tulsa, which is now home to several artist studios and, of course, our music series.”
Suggested donation is $18 at the door for the Sunday show. Tickets are $15 in advance through PayPal. Check houseconcertsunlimited.com. RSVP is required as seating is limited. A PayPal donation will serve as an RSVP. For those who want to donate at the door, RSVP through Facebook messenger at House Concerts Unlimited, which is presenting the show.
Hunt is a singer-songwriter of Americana/roots music, who was born and raised in Memphis but now is based out of Kansas City. Her primary instrument is her voice, which rings out with confidence and clarity of one who has been singing all her life, according to a news release.
Accompanied by her 1920s tenor banjo (“Ira”) and guitar (“Vernon”), Hunt’s songs meld traditions of folk, classic country and old-time music for a sound that is timeless and fresh. Her songwriting is poetic but approachable, full of feeling and alive with storytelling. With a new debut album (“Even the Sparrow”) in hand, Hunt embarks on her first national tour this fall and will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Stas Heaney.
Grazzhopper is a fusion of bluegrass and folk. Varying from an acoustic duo to a full five-piece band, the bluesy, bluegrassy, folksy sound gains momentum as the repertoire expands and the enthusiasm grows.
“Growing up in the country, I was heavily influenced by my surroundings and my family,” Grazzhopper frontman Cody Brewer said. “My father and grandfather instilled the basic building blocks of bluegrass and country and from that foundation, I have developed a more complex sound from my later musical influences in the jam, folk and jazz scenes.”
When: Sunday, November 18th Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open 5:30pm and show starts 6:30pm. Suggested Donation: $18 at the door and DOS, $15 in advance through paypal. Click button below to make donation through paypal. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP. If you are going to donate at the door, please RSVP to email@example.com Potluck for this show since it's an early evening show. Please bring something to share if you are coming for potluck. BYOB
Kelly Hunt is a singer-songwriter of Americana/Roots music—born and raised in Memphis, TN but now based out of Kansas City, MO. Kelly's primary instrument is her voice, which rings out with confidence and clarity of one who has been singing all her life. Accompanied by her 1920s tenor banjo ("Ira") and guitar ("Vernon"), Kelly’s songs meld traditions of folk, classic country, and old-time music for a sound that is both timeless and fresh. Her songwriting is poetic but approachable, full of feeling and alive with storytelling. With her new debut album Even the Sparrow in hand, Kelly embarks on her first national tour this fall, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Staś Heaney.
Staś is a classically-trained percussionist, pianist, and violinist. He brings elements of all these to the table when accompanying Kelly, but his instrument of choice is a 19th c. violin. Staś' deft arrangements lend vibrance and depth to Kelly's songs, weaving between banjo and vocals with evocative grace.
"Whether it’s pulling listeners through one of the most painful — and normal — stories of lost love imaginable on the haunting “Across the Great Divide,” or leading a gospel blowout like “Gloryland,” Hunt’s voice draws in fans just as much as her banjo."
"Kelly Hunt’s debut album Even the Sparrow sounds as if it was issued by Vanguard Records in 1966. I wouldn’t ordinarily commend an album that recalls the folk revivalist styles associated with Mimi Fariña and Buffy Sainte-Marie, but the combination of Hunt’s exceptional voice and exquisitely spare instrumentation is stunning. Even the Sparrow will likely be my favorite non-jazz album of the year by a Kansas City musician."
Courtyard Concert Series | Grazzhopper - "Party People"
Growing up in the country, I was heavily influenced by my surroundings and my family,” says frontman, Cody Brewer of his inspiration and the heart of Grazzhopper’s sound. “My father and grandfather instilled the basic building blocks of bluegrass and country and from that foundation, I have developed a more complex sound from my later musical influences in the jam, folk and jazz scenes.”
Grazzhopper is a fusion of the best parts of bluegrass and folk. Varying from an acoustic duo to a full five-piece band, the bluesy, bluegrassy, folky sound only gains momentum as the repertoire expands and the enthusiasm grows. Though, Brewer is adamant that it doesn’t just stop at the music; it’s also about the atmosphere surrounding the show.
“We strive to create a festive atmosphere. Something you can dance to, but also dive into the depth of the lyrical content. It’s a live experience that’s going to be different every time you come and see it,” says Brewer. “I strive to put on more than just a show every time.”
Grazzhopper’s songs discuss everything from the trials and tribulations of life to the power of joy to the liberation of travel. “Each of my songs marks a period in my life, a piece of my journey that I want to place a stamp on,” notes Brewer.
Despite the continual evolution and growth of Grazzhopper, the heart, soul and voice of the band will always remain strong, honest and sincere.
When: Thursday, September 27th Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open 6:30pm and show starts 7pm. Suggested Donation: $18 at the door and DOS, $15 in advance through paypal. Click button below to make donation through paypal. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP. If you are going to donate at the door, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Food: We would appreciate any contribution of food for this show. Just finger foods. Thanks. BYOB
About Ben Reel Since his debut album `This Is The Movie’ back in 1999, Irish artist, Ben Reel has reinvented himself from album to album, influenced by different styles of music from rock, soul, blues, alt folk/Americana, country & reggae which fuses all these genres into a melting pot to create a great sound which has become his own.
In a solo career which now spans almost 20 years receiving critical acclaim from radio & press from around the world with numerous high profile TV & Radio appearances like BBC & RTE, supporting names like Jools Holland, Alabama 3, The Cranberries and has collaborated musically with such names as Hal Ketchum, The Blockheads and co wrote and performed with some of Nashville's finest, David Olney, John Hadley, Sergio Webb, Irene Kelley.
Tommy Womack "On & Off The Wagon"
About Tommy Womack Singer-songwriter, author, humorist and Kentucky native Tommy Womack got his start in 1985 to 1992 with legendary Bowling Green based post-punk and college radio faves, Government Cheese (who’s story is immortalized in Tommy’s cult classic book “Cheese Chronicles”). Upon moving to Nashville in 1992, Tommy’s become known for his long working relationship with Will Kimbrough, starting with their bands the bis-quits (who made one classic album for John Prine’s Oh Boy label in 1993), and their band Daddy, who have made two albums and enjoy a cult following.
Since 1998, Tommy has released seven solo albums, the latest being the brand-new “Namaste”. He looks forward to the back half of 2016 with new songs from that record to play, in addition to such proven past show-stoppers as “Nice Day”, “Vicky Smith Blues” and “Alpha Male & the Canine Mystery Blood.”
In addition to “Cheese Chronicles”, Tommy is the author of the comic Civil War novella “The Lavender Boys & Elsie”. He has written for many magazines, including the Oxford American, and is a regular contributor to The East Nashvillian. Tommy’s songs have been covered by Jimmy Buffett, Todd Snider, Jason and the Scorchers, the Del Lord’s Scott Kempner, Dan Baird & Homemade Sin, and others. He has lived in Nashville for 24 years, with his wife Beth and their son Nathan.
Upcoming House Concerts: Songwriters in The Round with Jacob Tovar, Fiawna Forte, and Beau Roberson, September 13th Ben Reel, on a co-bill with Tommy Womack, September 27th
When: Thursday, September 13th Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open 6:30pm and show starts 7pm. Suggested Donation: $15 at the door and DOS, $10 in advance through paypal. Click button below to make donation through paypal. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP. If you are going to donate at the door, please RSVP to email@example.com Food: We would appreciate any contribution of food for this show. Just finger foods. Thanks. It takes a village, right? BYOB
VDub Sessions // Fiawna Forte plays "Fool Again" (Episode 134)
Fiawna Forté (Foe-Fum Records/Tulsa, OK) has been immersed in all aspects of songwriting, recording and performing throughout her entire life. Her debut release, "Transitus", put her name on Oklahoma's map. Fiawna's most current release, "Deciduous", has been described as "pure booty-shaking, roof-raising rock & roll" -(Jerry Wofford/Tulsa World), while merely listening to Forté has been compared to "being stuck in a smoky time warp where Wanda Jackson, Elvis, Roy Orbison and The White Stripes all roll around on a sawdust floor damp with sweat and beer" -("Women Who Rock" issue/Currentland).
It should be noted that Forté is well suited to both the indie and the more traditional flavors of rock. Her distinctive voice—as comfortable in an emotive whisper or a melodic warble as in a fierce, growling yawp—defies easy genre classifications; she evokes feelings, not labels. Listen to the 11 tracks on “Deciduous” and I guarantee you’ll be knocked flat at least once per song by her fiery, raw vocal power." -Matt Cauthron / The Tulsa Voice
The Motel Sessions: Jacob Tovar- Three Good Reasons
A man from a different time, a different era. With a gentleman’s handshake, booming voice, contagious smile, and quick wit, this Tulsa, OK performer effortlessly connects with all through his sincere Roots Country songs: a weaving of Americana, folk, and old school country styles. Jacob grew up in Western Oklahoma working with his family's business and appreciating many walks of life through the lens of a country lad. He has performed shows with the likes of: Chris Stapleton, Junior Brown, Sturgill Simpson, Wayne the Train Hancock, and many other Tulsa icons and legends! You can catch him almost any night of the week playing or taking in live music in the Tulsa area, continually connecting with the close-knit scene there.
Beau Roberson is front man in a band called Pilbrim. Pilgrim is a powerful propulsive, soulful band with a groove, and as Matt Cauthron of The Tulsa Voice wrote, " 'groove' is the key word. It encapsulates this band, sets it apart from your ordinary alt-country-folk-rock outfit. With them, it’s something like magic."
"Beau Roberson is a skilled songwriter and a one-of-a-kind vocalist. His lyrics are gritty and countrified, delicate and introspective. His rockers will make you stomp your feet, and his ballads will stir your soul. When he suddenly shifts from a dulcet baritone to a snarling roar, you will know his power.
The songs themselves, if stripped away of everything but Roberson’s voice and his acoustic guitar, would stand on their own. " Matt Cauthron, The Tulsa Voice
Upcoming House Concerts: Songwriters in The Round with Jacob Tovar, Fiawna Forte, and Beau Roberson, September 13th Ben Reel, on a co-bill with Tommy Womack, September 27th Details will come.