Welcome to UUMAN's
Common Grounds Coffee House

Connecting people who love to play music
with those who love to listen!

Our Coffee House has live music, poetry and refreshments for sale, including sweet treats, fruit with cheese and crackers, sodas, tea and of course fair trade coffee. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments. Tell a friend! Bring a friend!

Common Grounds Coffee House is held the 4th Saturday every month in the UUMAN Sanctuary.
Music starts at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7:00 PM.
$5.00 suggested donation at the door. We also collect food donations for  North Fulton Community Charities.


Visit our home page: Unitarian Universalist Metro Atlanta North


Our Next Coffee House will be
Saturday, October 25th, 7:30 PM

Doors open at 7:00 PM

Blackfoot Daisy and Lashbrooks


Blackfoot Daisy, http://www.reverbnation.com/donsechelski

Talented musicians Wendy Dumond and Don and Adam Sechelski comprise the wonderful acoustic group, Blackfoot Daisy (left).

Wendy DuMond is an award winning musician and songwriter. Don has been performing in the Atlanta area for 30 years, including the inaugural year of Lena's and the Hungry Ear Coffee House at the Northwest UU congregation, as well as the Dogwood Festival in Midtown. Adam started performing at an early age. He has performed in theaters up and down the east coast from Boston to Florida and taught drama at Southern Mississippi University and Perimeter College.

Troy and Rhonda Lashbrooks (right) discovered something magical when they sang their first harmony notes together. Their music is a blend of multiple musical genres and influences, creating a unique sound and a style of their own. They perform at songwriter showcases in Atlanta and Nashville.

Some reviewers said of their first full-length CD, Out of the Shadows:

"Great harmonies and dazzling guitar runs reminiscent of David Rawling’s work with Gillian Welch."

"Lashbrooks are the real thing. Troy’s fluid, sparkling guitar work moves the songs, the duo’s harmonies are rich and vibrant, and Rhonda’s lead vocal is expressive and moving. Her powerful voice soars, conveying a sense of intimacy while lifting the listener to the height of emotion. The songs shimmer to the brim with conviction and strength, yet show the tenderness of someone who has been wounded and found their way back to the light."

You can follow them on Facebook and check out samples of their music on their website at http://www.lashbrooksmusic.com.

Coming up in November: Steve Allerton and Out of the Rain

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From our September 27th show

We had a great time at September's Coffee House!

Paul Pendery, a singer songwriter from the folk tradition, started off the evening. His stories and performance style are clearly influenced by time spent in Texas, the Great Northwest, Appalachia and the Deep South. His guitar playing is solid and percussive, providing the perfect backdrop for his rich and expressive voice.

Up next was a 3-person group with a remarkably beautiful sound. They are known individually as Jerry, Bruce and Cyndi but they are known together as: Just Be’Cause. Check out Cindy's Facebook page: cyndicravenmusic.

Harmonizing and soloing, Jerry Brunner, Bruce Gilbert and Cyndi Craven performed original works that captivated the audience with poetic lyrics, mellow melodies, strong guitar, and vibrant piano. On top of enjoying their accomplished musicianship, we were delighted to join them in singing "Happy Birthday" to Jerry!


Paul Pendery


Bruce Gilbert


Happy Birthday, Jerry Brunner!


Cyndi Craven

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From Our August 23, 2014 Show:


Bill Kahler

What a great night for enjoying the music and atmosphere! Bill Kahler had us laughing along with him at his outrageous story-telling lyrics. And people were swaying and dancing to Norgaard and Martin's strings.

Up first was Bill Kahler.

Mix together vocals reminiscent of Van Morrison, rhythmic guitar influenced by David Wilcox, rootsy songwriting with a John Hiatt approach and you will find Bill Kahler. Bill has been playing music and writing songs for most of his life on guitar and piano.

Bill was a Kerrville (2004), and Plowshares (2005), songwriting finalist and has played many venues including main stages at Folk Fest in Lyons, CO; The Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN; The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI; Cousin Andy’s in Carbondale, IL; and Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta. Bill’s latest CD is called Fill It Up, a mostly acoustic, song-driven record. It is his fifth project. More on his website: www.billkahler.com.

Martin Norgaard and Curtis Jones. Individually they are amazing, together they are phenomenal.

Martin Norgaard is an assistant professor of music education (strings) at Georgia State University and a fabulous fiddle player. He has performed in Austin, Nashville and throughout the country with his own jazz trio, the Norgaard Jones Project; the acoustic fusion band Acoustic Room; and with artists as diverse as Buddy Spicher, Terri Clark, Matt King, Matt Dowling and Rich McCready among many others. In addition, he is the author of 10 jazz string method books. See more at his website, http://www.jazzfiddlewizard.com


Martin Norgaard and Curtis Jones

Curtis Jones is a fabulous guitarist, musician and composer who plays a multitude of music genres, from jazz, new acoustic, to bluegrass. Curtis has played with numerous of bands locally and professionally including tours in Europe where he was introduced to Flamenco music. Curtis has written sound track music that has been on television shows and in indie films. Check out his website for samples of his music and more information, http://www.curtisjonesguitar.com/, and http://www.reverbnation.com/curtisjonesmusic.

Join us for an evening of good friends, good food and great music!

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From our July 26, 2014 show:


Owen Griffith

Owen Griffith is a 4th Grade Teacher and Guitar Instructor in Northern Georgia, where he lives with his wife and son. He is also a long-time member of UUMAN! Owen has played guitar for over 30 years and is the Musical Director of the Police Athletic League of Alpharetta, Ga.

Erik Herndon is an educator and guitarist in Atlanta, GA. Erik is currently the Orchestra Director and Guitar Instructor at Centennial Academy, Atlanta Regional Coordinator for Little Kids Rock, and contributor to www.http://www.musicteachingguru.com/. In addition, Erik is the guitarist and vocalist with the rock group the Expats. Erik’s foundational studies on guitar were with Lyster Bass, studying Classical music, and with Dave Frackenpohl, studying Jazz guitar. Erik was recently featured in the book American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom.


Erik Herndon

Formed at the turn of the 21st century and based out of Atlanta, Keltic Kudzu is: Tom Crawford (mandolin, bouzouki, whistle, bagpipes and vocals), Lori Gomez (fiddle and vocals), Tim Porterfield (guitar, bass pedals and vocals) and Kelly Thomas (fiddle and vocals).

Keltic Kudzu said: "We use our traditional acoustic instruments to generate all the energy and fun of your typical full-blown Celtic rock band without the deafening volume and studded leather vests! Four-part harmony, jumping strings, whistle and bagpipes join forces to wipe out stress and put a smile on your face."

The audience said: "Wow! This was the greatest group! Bring them back!


Keltic Kudzu

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From our June 28, 2014 Second Anniversary Show


Bob Bakert

To celebrate Common Grounds' super second anniversary, some of the wonderful performers from our very first show returned. Bob Bakert, who helped Common Grounds get off the ground (so to speak), and shared his original style with us on many occasions, started the evening. Bob featured songs from his newly released CD “Finger Paintings”, as well as covers from iconic acoustic artists like James Taylor and Gordon Lightfoot, and jazz artists like Nat King Cole. As always, he had us smiling and singing right along with him.


The Cottrells

Plus, The Cottrells were here for the second half of our show. The Cottrells (husband and wife acoustic duo Dustin and Adrienne) were formerly known as Tortoise and Hair. They too helped us launch Common Grounds and we were so excited to welcome them back. The audience loved their excellent musicianship and beautiful voices once again, as they performed many Simon &er; Garfunkel favorites in their own unique style.

Connect with them on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/cottrellsmusic) or listen on iTunes ( https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-front-row-seat/id353154013).

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From our May 24, 2014 show


Huu and Marielle Mai

In May, our performers were our fabulous music director, Huu Mai and his beautiful and talented wife Marielle.

They performed a set of original music and a set of classical music. Huu is a classically trained pianist and his passion for life and music is evident in every performance. Marielle has a trained and gifted soprano voice that is simply magnificent. What an uplifting, and entertaining, evening! Thank you, Huu and Marielle!

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From our April 26, 2014 show:

Godfrey and Guy – That’s Tom Godfrey, the Music Director at nearby Northwest UU Church, along with singer Lori Guy.

Lori, a former UUMAN member known for her fantastic voice, continues to shine at NWUUC. Tom’s entire professional life has revolved around music, with singing, playing guitar, and running music programs.

Learn more about Tom on NWUUC’s web page: http://nwuuc.org/about-us/staff-and-board/music-director/.

You can hear some of his music on his own web site, http://www.godfreyguitar.com/.


Tom Godrey and Lori Guy

George Hergen

George Hergen (a.k.a. “Captain George”) is a Folksinger and Balladeer.

Born and raised in New York City, he found his way to Greenwich Village at an early age and immediately became addicted to the folk scene that was happening in the mid-1960’s. He has been playing and singing ever since, continuing in that 60’s folk tradition.

In performance, George plays 6- and 12-string guitar, folk banjo, autoharp, and the “bones”.

At our April show, George brought Louis Robinson on guitar and Scott Glazer on double bass.

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From our March 22, 2014 show:

An Evening with Louis Robinson and Friends

Accomplished British singer/songwriter Louis Robinson performed with Bruce Gilbert (from Just Be’Cause) and Roger Mathis (from The Jim McCaffrey Band). Also performing will be Jim McCaffrey as well as one of Louis’ students, Alexander Gibson.


Louis Robinson

Bruce Gilbert

Jim McCaffrey

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From our February 22, 2014 show:


Alan Honeycutt

Alan Honeycutt

We proudly welcomed Alan Honeycutt back to Common Grounds. He has become a real favorite here. Listen to some of the tracks from his EP on Soundclound: https://soundcloud.com/alan-honeycutt/04-make-believe.

Scarlett Hill

Scarlett Hill is a Country band built on modern Folk and Americana roots. The music is driven by tight harmonies, twangy guitars and banjos, and experiences of love and life growing up in the Midwest. They released their most recent EP "Long Gone" on July 16th, 2013 and are currently writing and preparing to record their first full-length album during Spring 2014.

Check out their web site at http://scarletthillband.com/

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From our January 25, 2014 show

A great group of performers warmed up our winter night with a Summer of Love … in the Winter show.

Paul Pendery, Heidi Pollyea, Barbara Hotz, Kim Chamberlaind, Jonathan McBee, Rick Diamond, Ron Hipp, Bruce Gilbert, Cyndi Craven and Jerry Brunner were all there. They entertained us with some of the good old songs we all knew, and shared some of their own favorites that were not as well known. Way to rock!

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Justin Nash

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From our December 28, 2013 show:

Featuring: Justin Nash and Blackfoot Daisy

Justin Nash (left) is a performing singer/songwriter, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, and native Atlantan. He has something for everyone in his set list which covers several different genres. He has performed with many diverse artists in Atlanta and Boston. Nash has a captivating sound and presence on stage and projects a heartfelt indie style with a jazzy/bluesy attitude.

He is currently a junior at Berklee College of music. Along with his aspiration to eventually become a musical “jack of all trades”, Nash hopes for nothing more than to share the joy that music brings him with all those who wish to join him!


Blackfoot Daisy, http://www.reverbnation.com/donsechelski

Blackfoot Daisy (left) consists of talented musicians Wendy Dumond and Don and Adam Sechelski.

Don has been performing in the Atlanta area for 30 years, including the inaugural year of Lena's and the Hungry Ear, as well as the Dogwood Festival in Midtown. Wendy DuMond is also an award winning musician and songwriter. Adam started performing at an early age. He has performed in theaters up and down the east coast from Boston to Florida and taught drama at Southern Mississippi University and Perimeter College.

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Bruce Gilbert, Chris Riggenbach and Bob Bakert

From our November 23, 2013 show

 Bob Bakert & Friends and Harm 'n Me!

Bob Bakert is a life-long, dedicated and passionate songwriter and musician, having performed for over 40 years in countless venues. He’s become a favorite at Common Grounds. Check out our 1-year anniversary show, on June 22nd.

At our November 23rd show, Bob performed with friends Bruce Gilbert (another Common Grounds favorite) on piano and Chris Riggenbach on bass, for a wonderful show!

Bob’s web site is http://bobbakert.com/

Next up was the acoustic duo of Harmon Koeltz and Laura Monk, known as Harm 'n Me! They bring with them an eclectic musical background and a collection of well loved (and not the same old often heard!) tunes.

While you won't hear any Mozart (unless a young'n requests Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star!) don't be surprised if a little Louis Jordan turns up right after the Rolling Stones.


Harmon Koeltz & Laura Monk

 

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From our October 26, 2013 show:

One Lane Bridge and Rye

Individually known as Mike Cerra, Cameron Morrison Kane, and Celia McDermott, together they are One Lane Bridge, an acoustic trio bringing renditions of songs bridging years of love and life, including the Beatles, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Indigo Girls, James Taylor, David Wilcox, John Prine, and many others.

Mike has been playing since the Ed Sullivan Show changed his life. An ex-southern boogie bar band rock'n roller gone acoustic, Mike was a student of Pete Huttlinger. Among his list of credits is playing and performing original solo instrumental pieces at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch. He plays multiple stringed instruments and performs locally when time allows.

Cameron Morrison Kane has evolved out of the folk tradition of Greenwich Village. While using his guitar to craft instrumental melodies and vocal accompaniment for his light baritone voice, Cameron also plays lively harmonica solos that have delighted audiences in Roswell for several years. His influences are Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Richie Havens. 

According to her parents, Celia could sing before she could talk. She grew up singing barbershop harmonies from the age of 5 with her family’s quartet. After studying jazz arranging and vocals at Berklee College of Music, she has performed locally in the Atlanta area for years in many groups, spanning the bridge between jazz, acoustic, gospel, and rock. She served as a choir director at Transfiguration in Marietta, and spent ten years directing Cheaper Than Therapy, an a cappella group. A highlight of her career was having the honor of singing solos for several years with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s gospel choir.

Our second performers of the evening were brothers David and Jonathan Fallis, the duo Rye. Jonathan plays the bass and drums, while David is on guitar and keyboards.

Rye released their first studio album, Cumberland Island, in May of 2013. “We have always been committed to writing the most honest songs we can,” says David Fallis, the older of the two. “In a lot of ways, we have had to grow into our songs.” Cumberland Island captures that growth with subtlety and candid storytelling.

Listen to their songs and watch videos of their performances on their website, www.RyeTheBand.com

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From our September 28, 2013 show :

 Just Be'Cause and Lashbrooks

They are known individually as Jerry, Bruce and Cyndi but they are known together as: Just Be’Cause. Here is a sampling of what some reviewers had to say:

“Cyndi captures the essence of love, admiring, observing, yet basking in the feeling. In the song 'Dreaming' she defines the surrealistic imagery of dreaming, and friendship. And the most important lesson of all, in her song 'Lessons', that of interdependence. Beautiful. And I am her student.”
—Martin L. Taylor, iTunes Reviews

"As a multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, Bruce Gilbert is a seasoned professional who never met a style of music he couldn’t bring a little something extra to. His songs are filled with happily unexpected musical twists and range from poignant, elegant love (and lost love) songs to the cool sophistication of a hipster out on the town in a new pork pie hat. No matter what the style, Gilbert connects with listeners through beautiful melodies and sincere vocals that make you believe every word he sings. He’s a jazzer with the heart of a poet."
—Jeff Silver, Chairman/North Atlanta Chapter Nashville Songwriters Association

Jerry Brunner is a song stylist with a gift for pulling each and every listener into his world of music, song and the celebration of life. You’ll be tapping your foot and smiling along with the songs he sings and don’t be surprised if he makes it look so easy that you run out and buy a guitar and sign up for lessons. His guitar playing is the perfect compliment to his compelling and comfortable vocals and he makes everyone he performs with better for the experience.

See more at their web sites, http://cyndicravenmusic.com and http://brucegilbertmusic.com.

LashBrooks

Troy and Rhonda Lashbrooks discovered something magical when they sang their first harmony notes together. Their music is a blend of multiple musical genres' and influences, creating a unique sound, and a 'style of their own'.

LashBrooks released their first full-length CD, Out of the Shadows, in February, receiving rave reviews. They perform at songwriter showcases in Atlanta and Nashville. Their second CD release is due out Spring 2014. Some reviews of Out of the Shadows:

"Great harmonies and dazzling guitar runs reminiscent of David Rawling’s work with Gillian Welch."

"Lashbrooks are the real thing. Troy’s fluid, sparkling guitar work moves the songs, the duo’s harmonies are rich and vibrant, and Rhonda’s lead vocal is expressive and moving. Her powerful voice soars, conveying a sense of intimacy while lifting the listener to the height of emotion. The songs shimmer to the brim with conviction and strength, yet show the tenderness of someone who has been wounded and found their way back to the light."

You can follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lashbrooks, and on their website at http://www.lashbrooksmusic.com.

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From our August 24, 2013 show


Bill Kahler

Bill Kahler

Mix together vocals reminiscent of Van Morrison, rhythmic guitar influenced by David Wilcox, rootsy songwriting with a John Hiatt approach and you will find Bill Kahler. Bill has been playing music and writing songs for most of his life on guitar and piano.

Bill was a Kerrville (2004), and Plowshares (2005), songwriting finalist and has played many venues including main stages at Folk Fest in Lyons, CO, The Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN, The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI, Cousin Andy’s in Carbondale, IL, Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta.

Bill’s latest CD is called Fill It Up, a mostly acoustic, song driven record. It is his fifth project. More on his website: www.billkahler.com


Enjoying Common Grounds


Out of the Rain

Out of the Rain

Ron Hipp with Carol Statella ~Out of the Rain~ is a folk duo noted for innovative arrangements and unusual expressive power. Ron is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist/singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. A native of Atlanta, he’s been performing both solo and in various band combinations since about the age of 16. His rich baritone voice, consummate fingerpicking, and mesmerizing songs make his shows a memorable experience. Carol (singer/string player/violin,viola) has played in backup orchestras for Joni Mitchell, The Moody Blues, and Brian Wilson. In the classical performance realm, Carol has played in the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, and sang for seventeen seasons with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus/Chamber Chorus.

While continuing to perform in intimate Southeast venues, ~Out of The Rain~ is presenting Ron’s first album of original songs and instrumentals titled Two Heartswhich has received international folk radio airplay and glowing reviews from press and concert presenters.

Their website is www.outoftherainmusic.net


Tea for Two

Tea for Two

Tea for Two delights audiences with toe-tapping swing tunes, heartfelt ballads, and cool bossa nova grooves. With playful vocal harmonies and smooth instrumentals, this vocal combo brightens up any occasion. Reminiscent of Diana Krall, Lynnette Suzanne's playful, straightforward vocal delivery can make you laugh and then turn around and touch your heart, while Tom Godfrey's style will take you back to a time when Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole ruled the airwaves. Tom's understated guitar complements Lynnette's elegant flute, and bassist Jeff Duggins keeps it all together with his solid bass holding down the low end.

Check out their website, www.teafortwomusic.com

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From our July 27, 2013 show


Alan Honeycutt

Alan Honeycutt (left) has become a Common Grounds favorite. He is a singer/songwriter in the folk/pop vein, and an exceptionally entertaining performer. Take a look at his September 15th and February 23rd performances here at UUMAN, or listen to some of the tracks from his EP on Soundclound: https://soundcloud.com/alan-honeycutt/04-make-believe.

Carly Gibson and BJ Wilbanks (Gibson Wilbanks - right) have combined their considerable songwriting and musical skills to create the unique and popular Southern bluesy sound that helped them to win the coveted songwriter’s open mic at Eddie’s Attic in December of 2011. If you were at our March 23rd show, you know their wonderful energy and talent. Find out more on their website, http://www.gibsonwilbanks.com


Gibson Wilbanks


Martin Norgaard and Curtis Jones
at UUMAN's October 20, 2012 show

 

Martin Norgaard is an assistant professor of music at Georgia State University and plays a mean fiddle. He has performed in Austin, Nashville and throughout the country with his own jazz trio, the Norgaard Jones Project, the acoustic fusion band Acoustic Room and with artists as diverse as Buddy Spicher, Terri Clark, Matt King, Matt Dowling and Rich McCready among many others. In addition, he is the author of 10 jazz string method books. His most recent research was a qualitative investigation of the cognitive processes underlying improvisation. See more at his website, http://www.jazzfiddlewizard.com

 

Curtis Jones is an amazing guitarist, musician and composer who plays a multitude of music genres, from jazz, new acoustic, to bluegrass. Currently Curtis is working full time with his own World Music group, Insonnia, which has released a CD called Moonlight Trance. This year, Curtis will release his first book called Guitars in the Zen Garden. Check out his website for samples of his music and more information, at http://www.reverbnation.com/curtisjonesmusic

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