Upcoming Concerts!

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6/10 The Indivisible Unity Concert With Deva Troy and Special Guest Elena Marino

 

THE INDIVISIBLE UNITY CONCERT For PEOPLE, the PLANET and for PEACE!

DEVA TROY with Special Guest Elena Marino

 

Deva Troy's EcoSpiritual heartfelt music speaks to issues that matter to many.

She accompanies herself with acoustic guitar, frame drum and Native American flute. Her bold, yet sensitive songs are message music at its best! Check out Deva's music at www.DevaTroy.com

 

 

Saturday June 10th

Doors at 7:30, concert from 8:00-9:15 p.m 

$20 at the DOOR 

 

 

 

 

 

Previous Performances

 

5/19 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: Tom Tallitsch

Tom Tallitsch is a saxophonist, composer, and Posi-Tone Records artist. He has seven albums to his name and has arrived on the Jazzweek Radio Chart top 30 with his last three albums. His bands perform at jazz venues throughout the country, with regular performances on the east coast at Birdland Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Minton's Harlem, The Sidedoor Jazz Club, 55 Bar, Bar Next Door, Chris' Jazz Cafe, Paris Jazz Bistro, and others. Tom is a popular music educator in the Princeton area for jazz saxophone, clarinet, and piano students, as well as piano students on the Autism Spectrum at The Princeton Child Development Institute. He recently concluded a six year run as the host of The Modern Jazz Radio Show on WWFM 89.1. www.tomtallitsch.com

Tom will be joined by double bassist Jason Fratacelli and guitarist Greg Sneider for an intimate night of acoustic jazz featuring his own original compositions, modern jazz classics, and songs from The Great American Song Book. 

 

Jason Fratacelli is a highly sought after bassist and Ropeadope Records Artist in the Philadelphia area. He was recently featured on NPR as co-leader of the Fresh Cut Orchestra, a highly creative 10-piece ensemble that recently performed their second album release at Jazz At Lincoln Center.

https://freshcutorchestra.bandcamp.com/

 

Greg Snyder is a highly sought after guitarist and mainstay on the Philadelphia music scene. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Kimmel Center, the Midwest Jazz Clinic, the July 4th Welcome America Festival in Philadelphia, The Iridium, The Bitter End, Musikfest, and many more. 

 

 

Friday May 19th 

Doors at 7:30, show from 8:00-9:30

$10-$20 sliding scale

 

 3/17 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: The Darla Rich Trio

  The Darla Rich Trio has performed in a variety of settings and their music has been appreciated by audiences of all ages across a variety of venues throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  They perform vocal and instrumental jazz, as well as jazz infused renditions of hymns, folk songs and pop tunes from more recent decades. For this performance, they are pleased to be joined by drummer, David Stier.   Check out Darla's music at http://www.darlarich.com/ Darla Isaacs Tarpinian is a bassist and vocalist. Her diverse vocal background has allowed her to apply a uniquely fresh and natural sound to the jazz repertoire. She attributes her phrasing and ability to hear chord changes to the harmonies common to gospel quartet music. After passing rigorous auditions, she joined the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus and toured Europe with the Cincinnati International Touring Chorus. Her time working with internationally known conductors and symphony orchestras demanded a discipline that was a useful contrast to the informal music of her past. Her move to New Jersey found her scaling back to smaller, less formal settings and eventually immersing herself in the complexities and rich harmonies of jazz along with studying the upright bass. Darla believes the sound of the bass has a quality and resonance similar to the human voice and enjoys the ability of the bass to interact with other instruments beyond its traditional role of providing the pulse. Born in Kentucky, Darla moved to New Jersey where she met her husband and musical partner, Rich Tarpinian.   Rich Tarpinian is a guitarist and vocalist who has been performing in the tri-state area for over 20 years.  His earliest musical influences were his music teachers and his sister, a graduate of Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY.  Rich’s Armenian heritage ensured that he would be exposed to the complex rhythms and catchy melodies of Eastern European music.  Growing up just south of the Canadian border, he was introduced to the extensive jazz programming of one of the Montreal radio stations.  Rich maintained his interest in jazz as he began studying classical guitar at the Crane School of Music while absorbing the sounds and culture of the local jazz scene.  Inspired by many well-known jazz guitarists as well as other instrumentalists, Rich immersed himself in the study of jazz guitar.  As a vocalist, he aims for a natural sound without regard to the time period of the selection. As a supporting musician, Rich has worked with many area musicians in both live performance and recording sessions.  He has led projects and has written and performed his own music. Rich teaches guitar privately and has taught in workshops. Rich plays a Gibson ES-165 and is a native of Massena, New York.   David Stier has 30 years of experience performing with a wide range of music ensembles.  He studied music at Chapman University near Los Angeles, California where he was taught by noted jazz drummer and co-founder of the Los Angeles Jazz Quartet, Kevin Tullius.  David also studied with jazz drummer, Tony Denicola, an influential music professor at The College of New Jersey well known for working with Harry James, Charlie Ventura, Kenny Davern and many other jazz icons.  David has worked with many area musicians including Darla and Rich Tarpinian, Michelle Wiley and Jeannie Brooks.  He has been both a leader and has had supporting positions in groups ranging from small combos to Big Bands.   Hopewell  Creative Arts Studio, 17 Seminary Avenue Hopewell NJ 08525 Friday March 17th Doors at 7:30 Show from 8-9:15 $10 at the Door www.hopewellcreativearts.com  609-613-6718

 

The Darla Rich Trio has performed in a variety of settings and their music has been appreciated by audiences of all ages across a variety of venues throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  They perform vocal and instrumental jazz, as well as jazz infused renditions of hymns, folk songs and pop tunes from more recent decades. For this performance, they are pleased to be joined by drummer, David Stier.

 

Check out Darla's music at http://www.darlarich.com/

Darla Isaacs Tarpinian is a bassist and vocalist. Her diverse vocal background has allowed her to apply a uniquely fresh and natural sound to the jazz repertoire. She attributes her phrasing and ability to hear chord changes to the harmonies common to gospel quartet music. After passing rigorous auditions, she joined the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus and toured Europe with the Cincinnati International Touring Chorus. Her time working with internationally known conductors and symphony orchestras demanded a discipline that was a useful contrast to the informal music of her past. Her move to New Jersey found her scaling back to smaller, less formal settings and eventually immersing herself in the complexities and rich harmonies of jazz along with studying the upright bass. Darla believes the sound of the bass has a quality and resonance similar to the human voice and enjoys the ability of the bass to interact with other instruments beyond its traditional role of providing the pulse. Born in Kentucky, Darla moved to New Jersey where she met her husband and musical partner, Rich Tarpinian.

 

Rich Tarpinian is a guitarist and vocalist who has been performing in the tri-state area for over 20 years.  His earliest musical influences were his music teachers and his sister, a graduate of Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY.  Rich’s Armenian heritage ensured that he would be exposed to the complex rhythms and catchy melodies of Eastern European music.  Growing up just south of the Canadian border, he was introduced to the extensive jazz programming of one of the Montreal radio stations.  Rich maintained his interest in jazz as he began studying classical guitar at the Crane School of Music while absorbing the sounds and culture of the local jazz scene.  Inspired by many well-known jazz guitarists as well as other instrumentalists, Rich immersed himself in the study of jazz guitar.  As a vocalist, he aims for a natural sound without regard to the time period of the selection. As a supporting musician, Rich has worked with many area musicians in both live performance and recording sessions.  He has led projects and has written and performed his own music. Rich teaches guitar privately and has taught in workshops. Rich plays a Gibson ES-165 and is a native of Massena, New York.

 

David Stier has 30 years of experience performing with a wide range of music ensembles.  He studied music at Chapman University near Los Angeles, California where he was taught by noted jazz drummer and co-founder of the Los Angeles Jazz Quartet, Kevin Tullius.  David also studied with jazz drummer, Tony Denicola, an influential music professor at The College of New Jersey well known for working with Harry James, Charlie Ventura, Kenny Davern and many other jazz icons.  David has worked with many area musicians including Darla and Rich Tarpinian, Michelle Wiley and Jeannie Brooks.  He has been both a leader and has had supporting positions in groups ranging from small combos to Big Bands.  

Hopewell  Creative Arts Studio, 17 Seminary Avenue Hopewell NJ 08525

Friday March 17th

Doors at 7:30 Show from 8-9:15

$10 at the Door

www.hopewellcreativearts.com 

609-613-6718

 

3/24 Performance: Teddy K's Groove 21

  Teddy K’s Groove 21   Experience the sounds of Africa and the Middle East as they morph and travel with you through the cosmos. Groove 21 is the once futuristic title of this solo World/Space Fusion project.  Since sometime in the 20th century, Teddy has been looping guitar, percussion, sound effects, bells and whistles to create exhilarating, fascinating, and relaxing music for dances, concerts and chill-outs.  Groove 21 fuses folk music with space-age sound and primordial resonance.  This performance will explore and warp the roots of trance.     Teddy Klett has been a Hopewell based musician for 43 years.  As a young teenager, he studied orchestral percussion at Flemington Music School and learned harmonica from his older brother.  His first “rock gig” was on blues harp with Ed Wilson at a Timberlane dance in ’74.   Like so many influenced by the folk revival of the ‘60s, Teddy became student of acoustic blues guitar.  He attributes an early interest in Creole and Caribbean island music to Clifton Chenier and Taj Mahal.  Teddy has lead and played in a variety of area bands including the Jumpers, SnapperHead Zydeco and the Bon Ton Calydeco band.  These combos have explored the African, Latin and Caribbean and roots of creole and New Orleans party music.  The accordion is Teddy’s favorite instrument but since he can’t play one he crafts his harmonica sound to play that role.      Not to only settle into folk music, Teddy began experimenting in the “80s with an echo effect box, percussion and a Lexicon Jam Man.  He was soon preforming ambient electronica as Groove 21. This became a catalyst to the formation of Pax Electronic Collective and the electronic fusion band, Area 25.   As a video performance artist, Ayana Luna light show designer, and electronic musician, Teddy founded the New Jersey Festival of Electronic Arts.  The festival featured experimental music and visual art based in “current” technology, DIY modification and high-tech mold breaking.    Multi-instrumental live looping remains Teddy’s endeavor to pull it together into a unique solo act.  Friday March 24th 8:00-9:15 p.m $10 suggested donation at the door Hopewell Creative Arts Studio, 17 Seminary Avenue Hopewell NJ 08525

 

Teddy K’s Groove 21

 

Experience the sounds of Africa and the Middle East as they morph and travel with you through the cosmos. Groove 21 is the once futuristic title of this solo World/Space Fusion project.  Since sometime in the 20th century, Teddy has been looping guitar, percussion, sound effects, bells and whistles to create exhilarating, fascinating, and relaxing music for dances, concerts and chill-outs.  Groove 21 fuses folk music with space-age sound and primordial resonance.  This performance will explore and warp the roots of trance.  

 

Teddy Klett has been a Hopewell based musician for 43 years.  As a young teenager, he studied orchestral percussion at Flemington Music School and learned harmonica from his older brother.  His first “rock gig” was on blues harp with Ed Wilson at a Timberlane dance in ’74.

 

Like so many influenced by the folk revival of the ‘60s, Teddy became student of acoustic blues guitar.  He attributes an early interest in Creole and Caribbean island music to Clifton Chenier and Taj Mahal.  Teddy has lead and played in a variety of area bands including the Jumpers, SnapperHead Zydeco and the Bon Ton Calydeco band.  These combos have explored the African, Latin and Caribbean and roots of creole and New Orleans party music.  The accordion is Teddy’s favorite instrument but since he can’t play one he crafts his harmonica sound to play that role.  

  

Not to only settle into folk music, Teddy began experimenting in the “80s with an echo effect box, percussion and a Lexicon Jam Man.  He was soon preforming ambient electronica as Groove 21. This became a catalyst to the formation of Pax Electronic Collective and the electronic fusion band, Area 25.

 

As a video performance artist, Ayana Luna light show designer, and electronic musician, Teddy founded the New Jersey Festival of Electronic Arts.  The festival featured experimental music and visual art based in “current” technology, DIY modification and high-tech mold breaking.   

Multi-instrumental live looping remains Teddy’s endeavor to pull it together into a unique solo act. 

Friday March 24th

8:00-9:15 p.m

$10 suggested donation at the door

Hopewell Creative Arts Studio, 17 Seminary Avenue Hopewell NJ 08525

4/21 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: Sounds of Strings and Steel

4/21 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: Sounds of Strings and Steel “Sounds of Strings & Steel” Greg Merkle - guitars Karttikeya - handpan and drum set   Greg Merkle is a guitar virtuoso who performs his own remarkable compositions. His dizzying finger-tapping style is intrinsically beautiful. Greg enjoys a cult-like following in his native New Jersey, and he has also opened for musicians like Taj Mahal, John Hammond Jr., Iris Dement, and Johnny Cash.   Karttikeya is a modern renaissance musician and composer whose talents and inspiration span myriad genres, instruments and technologies. His life journey has been similarly diverse - from Berklee College of Music in Boston, to a Hindu monastery in Hawaii, to multiple "bands" and a recording engineering job at Music Together back in Jersey. Musically and otherwise, Karttikeya has demonstrated polite disregard for the conventional. He performs regularly in kirtan, for yoga classes and events, in jazz and rock-country-blues bands, world-beat ensembles, and children's music concerts. Whether on acoustic or electronic drum set, hand drums, rare handpan percussion (Halo and Hang), or keyboards, Karttikeya seeks to connect deeply to the music as it happens, to support and enhance the group expression. He is routinely found working behind a mixing console or recording rig, rounding out his musical role as audio engineer and producer. “Check out Karttikeya’s music at www.TuriyaMusic.com” “Hear Greg’s amazing guitar work at www.youtube.com/user/gregmerkle” Friday April 21st Doors at 7:30 p.m, Show 8:00-9:15 p.m $10 at the Door 17 Seminary Avenue, Hopewell NJ 08525 609-613-6718 www.hopewellcreativearts.com 

4/21 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: Sounds of Strings and Steel

“Sounds of Strings & Steel”

Greg Merkle - guitars

Karttikeya - handpan and drum set

 

Greg Merkle is a guitar virtuoso who performs his own remarkable compositions. His dizzying finger-tapping style is intrinsically beautiful. Greg enjoys a cult-like following in his native New Jersey, and he has also opened for musicians like Taj Mahal, John Hammond Jr., Iris Dement, and Johnny Cash.

 

Karttikeya is a modern renaissance musician and composer whose talents and inspiration span myriad genres, instruments and technologies. His life journey has been similarly diverse - from Berklee College of Music in Boston, to a Hindu monastery in Hawaii, to multiple "bands" and a recording engineering job at Music Together back in Jersey. Musically and otherwise, Karttikeya has demonstrated polite disregard for the conventional. He performs regularly in kirtan, for yoga classes and events, in jazz and rock-country-blues bands, world-beat ensembles, and children's music concerts. Whether on acoustic or electronic drum set, hand drums, rare handpan percussion (Halo and Hang), or keyboards, Karttikeya seeks to connect deeply to the music as it happens, to support and enhance the group expression. He is routinely found working behind a mixing console or recording rig, rounding out his musical role as audio engineer and producer.

“Check out Karttikeya’s music at www.TuriyaMusic.com
“Hear Greg’s amazing guitar work at www.youtube.com/user/gregmerkle


Friday April 21st

Doors at 7:30 p.m, Show 8:00-9:15 p.m

$10 at the Door

17 Seminary Avenue, Hopewell NJ 08525

609-613-6718

www.hopewellcreativearts.com 

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HCAS is proud to showcase acoustic talent on the third Friday of each month. Our February performance features Uncle Ho and the HoTet.

About 15 years ago, in the little town of Hopewell, an automobile mechanic
named Art Helmke would periodically sweep up the metal chips, wipe down the greasy workbench, and open his garage to artists and musicians. From these humble beginnings, the HoTet was born - a group of like-minded musicians dedicated to having fun creating music spontaneously.
Fast forward to February 2017.  The Hopewell Creative Arts Studio (just a block away from the old Art's Garage) is hosting Uncle Ho and the HoTet!

    Chuggy Carter - Percussion
    Dan Manchester- Upright Bass
    Dave Homan- Woodwinds
    Lars Wendt- Brass

Friday February 17th

Doors at 7:30

Show 8-9:30 p.m

$10 at the Door

Hopewell Creative Arts Studio, 17 Seminary Avenue Hopewell, NJ 08525

609-613-6718

 

1/20 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: James Popik

HCAS is proud to showcase acoustic talent on the third Friday of each month. Our January performance features artist James Popik.  

Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Bandleader, Grammy Nominated Featured Artist, Impresario.

At the age of five, Jim was chosen to be the MC of his kindergarten class' Christmas play. He was first out on stage greeting the crowd and introducing the skits. Since then not much has changed.

Since forming A & R Music the many artists Jim has engaged with and the repertoire he and his musicians perform has grown exponentially. Hence A&R Music. With a B.A. degree in Music Performance and a 15 year history in music education Jim's knowledge of both music theory and artistic expression and his ability to communicate on many levels has enabled him to achieve success in numerous areas. Roots, Pop, Jazz, Rock, Children's music, it's all Soul music. 

At last check Jim has logged over 1000 gigs in the last few years in over 150 different venues.

Recent recording activity includes: Grammy nominated featured artist on the "Fitness Rock & Roll" CD by Miss Amy & Her Big Kids Band. Ten Foot Tall has completed a 4 song EP with Grammy winning producer David Ivory. The lead track "Get Back On The Highway" has been licensed by Crucial Music for Film/TV placement and has won Sonicbids song contest sponsored by Gary Allen (Charlie Daniels, JJ Cale.) In addition to recording with The Backdoor Band he has recently recorded with Jen Starr (opening act for Ray Charles) on her debut CD and received extensive airplay for the song Nothin's Guaranteed the title track from the Ten Foot Tall Band's eponymous CD. Their follow up titled Feelin' Fine is out now and can be purchased on iTunes and CD Baby. 
 

Notable performances include a run of shows in the north east opening for Los Lonely Boys, opening for Dave Mason, jazz gigs with Richie Cole (Doc Severinson, Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton. ) Ten Foot Tall's Starland Ballroom shows with Marshall Tucker and backing Rock & Roll hall of famer Bernie Worrell (Parliament, Talking Heads) at the 2010 Sourland Music Festival, as well as billings with Steve Forbert and Robert Hazard. And not least, performing outside at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave for thousands.

Somewhere in between there were piano lessons with Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart, guitar and piano lessons with some rock guy named Tee, all nighters wearing out the needle  as well as continued studies with Grammy nominated Jazz greats Dave Stryker,Pat Martino, Peter Bernstein and Vic Juris.

Friday January 20th

8:00-9:30

$10 at the Door

Hopewell Creative Arts Studio

12/16 Dan Kassel CD Release Show and Afterparty Dan Kassel is pleased to introduce the release of his third solo album entitled "Clockwork". Join us on December 16th for a concert and reception to celebrate!  CONCERT: Friday, December 16th 8:00-9:30 PM, Reception until 11:00 pm Hopewell Creative Arts Studio 17 Seminary Avenue, Hopewell NJ Emotionally provocative and layered in symphonic warmth, Dan Kassel's solo cello music brings this classical instrument to new heights. Using an acoustic cello, a Boss RC-50 looping station and minimal effects, Dan bridges the gaps between Klezmer and Irish folk, Indian classical and down-tempo electronic music, levity and suspense. His ability to use technology to loop and layer his instrument into expansive tapestries of sound is impressive, but the element that really stands out is the cello's deep and moving resonance. His work has been featured by WXPN, NJ.com, and other independent blogs, and his piece, "Moonslice," won an Honorable Mention in 2014's International Songwriting Contest. With his third solo album wrapped up, his sound is more rich and nuanced than ever, and he delights in sharing his soulful compositions with those looking for something fresh and meaningful. Building upon the foundation of his last two albums, this new release, "Clockwork," encompasses the textural groove, storytelling and Eastern finesse of his previous works while taking these concepts to new levels of sophistication. Come see the magic live at Hopewell Creative Arts Studio on December 16th, where Dan will play the album from beginning to end along with some special treats! For more information about this show please contact us at hopewellcreativearts@gmail or call 609-613-6718 www.hopewellcreativearts.com

12/16 Dan Kassel CD Release Show and Afterparty

Dan Kassel is pleased to introduce the release of his third solo album entitled "Clockwork". Join us on December 16th for a concert and reception to celebrate! 

CONCERT: Friday, December 16th 8:00-9:30 PM, Reception until 11:00 pm
Hopewell Creative Arts Studio
17 Seminary Avenue, Hopewell NJ

Emotionally provocative and layered in symphonic warmth, Dan Kassel's solo cello music brings this classical instrument to new heights. Using an acoustic cello, a Boss RC-50 looping station and minimal effects, Dan bridges the gaps between Klezmer and Irish folk, Indian classical and down-tempo electronic music, levity and suspense. His ability to use technology to loop and layer his instrument into expansive tapestries of sound is impressive, but the element that really stands out is the cello's deep and moving resonance.

His work has been featured by WXPN, NJ.com, and other independent blogs, and his piece, "Moonslice," won an Honorable Mention in 2014's International Songwriting Contest. With his third solo album wrapped up, his sound is more rich and nuanced than ever, and he delights in sharing his soulful compositions with those looking for something fresh and meaningful.

Building upon the foundation of his last two albums, this new release, "Clockwork," encompasses the textural groove, storytelling and Eastern finesse of his previous works while taking these concepts to new levels of sophistication. Come see the magic live at Hopewell Creative Arts Studio on December 16th, where Dan will play the album from beginning to end along with some special treats!

For more information about this show please contact us at hopewellcreativearts@gmail or call 609-613-6718
www.hopewellcreativearts.com

 
12/23 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: A Very Tango Christmas Performance and Food Drive   SPECIAL HOLIDAY CONCERT!!   HCAS is very pleased to announce a special Holiday concert here at our studio! Following up on their very-successful tango recital over the Summer, cellist Dan Kassel and flautist Sarah Thibeault will be returning to Hopewell Creative Arts Studio with pianist Steve Hudson and bassist Bhauraw Avhad for a special evening of holiday-themed tango music. From Piazzolla classics to other compositions from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, listeners can expect to be regaled with familiar tunes as well as the unexpected and holiday-tinged surprises! Come and sway to the soulful melodies while sipping on eggnog and warming your soul with Christmas cheer and Latino flair.  Please bring nonperishable items to donate to the Flemington Area Food Pantry! The Flemington Area Food Pantry is a volunteer organization founded in 1982 to provide food and personal care items to needy families of Hunterdon County regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background.   Friday December 23 Doors at 7:30, Show from 8-9:15 $10 at the Door Hopewell Creative Arts Studio  17 Seminary Avenue Hopewell NJ 08525 609-613-6718

12/23 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: A Very Tango Christmas Performance and Food Drive

 

SPECIAL HOLIDAY CONCERT!!

  HCAS is very pleased to announce a special Holiday concert here at our studio! Following up on their very-successful tango recital over the Summer, cellist Dan Kassel and flautist Sarah Thibeault will be returning to Hopewell Creative Arts Studio with pianist Steve Hudson and bassist Bhauraw Avhad for a special evening of holiday-themed tango music. From Piazzolla classics to other compositions from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, listeners can expect to be regaled with familiar tunes as well as the unexpected and holiday-tinged surprises! Come and sway to the soulful melodies while sipping on eggnog and warming your soul with Christmas cheer and Latino flair. 

Please bring nonperishable items to donate to the Flemington Area Food Pantry!

The Flemington Area Food Pantry is a volunteer organization founded in 1982 to provide food and personal care items to needy families of Hunterdon County regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background.

 

Friday December 23

Doors at 7:30, Show from 8-9:15

$10 at the Door

Hopewell Creative Arts Studio 

17 Seminary Avenue Hopewell NJ 08525

609-613-6718

10/21 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: John Beacher

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HCAS is proud to showcase local acoustic talent on the third Friday of each month. Our October performance features songwriter, John Beacher. A  natural performer,  and "hope enthusiast," John Beacher has built his decade-long career not only with talent, but also with a genuine spirit and a kind heart. John’s music is a homecoming for the soul, timeless and sincere, and taps into a source that runs far deeper than the songwriter himself.  Rooted in rhythm and blues, yet unbound by genre, each song is a musical tapestry woven with soulful threads. Whether he’s singing songs of social justice, belting out blues or funk, or serenading you with a love ballad, there is no doubt that John is completely one with the musical process. A seasoned musician, Beacher’s ability to improvise both on guitar and with his voice make each performance an entirely unique reflection of the audience and his surroundings.     

Since receiving his first guitar at age eleven, writing, singing, and playing became John’s life long passion, and by age seventeen he was performing his own compositions professionally.  Throughout his twenties, John’s love for people and music led him to travel both the US and abroad, collecting stories, writing songs, and building friendships until finally settling in Boulder CO.  There he spent several years honing his craft, playing in various music projects, and performing in music venues all over the Boulder/ Denver area.

In 2011 Beacher made the decision to move back to his home town of New Hope, PA, and give his music career 100% of his attention.  Since then, John has become a full-time singer songwriter, a community keystone in Bucks County, and a regular name on 88.5 WXPN Philadelphia.  His weekly Community Stage at Karla’s in New Hope PA has become a staple to the local music community, drawing talent from all over Bucks County and beyond for over 5 years.  In that time Beacher has also released a live self-titled solo acoustic album, collaborated on multiple music video projects with his friend Louis Sparre of Tweed Video,  and developed a sustainable career as what he calls a “blue collar musician”.  

John has organized concerts, played countless venues, weddings, private events, and fundraisers, and has shared the stage with accomplished national acts such as Leon Russell, Rusted Root, Cheryl Wheeler, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Dean Ween Group, and Elephant Revival to name a few.  In 2015 John had the honor of performing at the Philadelphia Folk Festival,  Live at the World Cafe in Philadelphia, and The Musikfest Cafe at Steelstacks in Bethlehem PA.  In addition being a live performer, John has developed a side career composing music for Tweed Video, working on projects for clients such as The American Lung Association, NBC, Comcast, and Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Recently John has released “Rise Up”, a self produced album, engineered by John Fachett and recorded at Sweet Creek Studios in Ottsville, PA.  It includes ten new songs unlike anything Beacher has previously released, featuring thirteen other accomplished musicians. Currently John Beacher is hailing from Philadelphia PA and has been developing a backup band called The Common Ground consisting of members Mike Ruhl (bass), Neil Carson (keys) and Grant Morrison (drums). With a new album, new band, and new opportunities on the horizon, Beacher has his sights set on Philadelphia and beyond, looking toward traveling and playing his way across the country, building family, and continually promoting a message of unity and hope.

Friday October 21

Doors at 7:30, Show from 8-9:15

$10 at the Door

Hopewell Creative Arts Studio 

17 Seminary Avenue Hopewell NJ 08525

609-613-6718

 
 

9.16 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: Pyrenesia

 

HCAS is proud to showcase local acoustic talent on the third Friday of each month. Our September performance features a trio offshoot of the Eastern European gypsy swing band River City Healers, Pyrenesia features fiddle, accordion, and upright bass in unique combinations to perform songs both old and new.  Influenced by Tin Hat Trio, Yann Tiersen, Tom Waits, Django Reinhardt, and Astor Piazzolla, and drawing from French, Italian, Russian, and Yiddish folk traditions, Pyrenesia experiments in sound and emotion; musical color and form.  The members of Pyrenesia met in Lambertville, NJ during the cold winter of 2014 and have been practicing, playing, and performing ever since.

Pyrenesia is: Tony Kovatch (accordion), Pat Knapp (bass), and Daniella Fischetti (violin).

Friday September 16th

Doors at 7:30 show starts at 8:00 pm

$10 at the door 

 

Hazelrigg Brothers