SC14 Violet Bell!
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

SC14 Violet Bell!

What a treat this is! Alison heard Violet Bell at The Eddy last year, and then met them as they were winning festival hearts at Ocrafolk. As of this writing in September, Lizzy and Omar have just finished playing at Americanafest in Nashville, they have been touring this year like there’s no tomorrow. We hope they will be able to relax a bit at our Serenade Cozy!

Doors open at 6:00p for schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin at 7:00p.

A suggested offering of $20-25 will be gratefully received at the gathering.

Studio events are generally email and word-of-mouth invitation-only.
Visit the Say Hey page to receive more info, RSVP, driving and parking directions.

space is limited so PLEASE consider your RSVP a commitment
as it will guarantee you a seat
if life gets in the way and you are not able to attend,
please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP!

More accolades follow…

“Violet Bell have toured extensively throughout the country, earning fans with their fiery live performances, thanks in large part to the chemistry between Ross and Ruiz-Lopez.” -The Boot

Folk, country and bluegrass with elements of classical, jazz, blues, and psychedelic flair. The first thing that struck me was the talent that is spilling over the sides. The talent smacks you in the face it is so prominent. All the elements come together perfectly to form something that burns brightly.” – Harry Kaplan, Twangri-La

“Making the best possible use of the atmospheric, captivating vocals of Lizzy Ross, Durham folk duo Violet Bell puts an eerie, vaguely avant-garde twist on traditional roots music, suggesting the lovely but slightly askew early John Cale releases. Garnished with beauty but fraught with an underlying menace, tunes like “Dream the Wheel” under score the interplay between Ross and multi-instrumentalist Omar Ruiz-Lopez.”  – Indy Weekly

Violet Bell cites a wide range of influences – from Debussy to Nina Simone, D’angelo to Lou Reed, their unique sound blends folk, soul, bluegrass, blues, and classical.  On stage, the energy between Ross and Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive.  Since forming in March 2016, Violet Bell has played over 250 shows, earning fans from FL to VT with long stretches on the road.

Violet Bell’s live performance is the heart of their work in the studio. On their 2017 debut Dream the Wheel  Ross sings and plays guitar, as Ruiz-Lopez adds violin, viola, cello, keys, guitar and vocal harmonies. The result is alchemical; emotionally evocative music that at times “sounds like a beautiful dream” (IndyWeekly).

The album’s title track, “Dream the Wheel,” speaks to a fearlessly inclusive view of life’s cyclical polarities. “Sing, sing, everything/ Comes and goes and comes again/ Let it out and let it in/ Let it be your medicine.” The album cover, a medicine wheel that Ruiz-Lopez and Ross crafted from local NC flora, speaks to the origins of the music. Violet Bell is rooted in the natural world and the community from which they’ve grown.

Violet Bell’s outreach efforts include teaching workshops to to community and youth orchestras in NC and beyond, and collaborating with youth and community musicians whenever possible. The September 15, 2017 release show for Dream the Wheel featured three students of the Durham nonprofit Kidznotes All-Star string ensemble, whom Ruiz-Lopez has helped to teach since 2011. Violet Bell has worked with the Wake Forest Youth Orchestra, Ocrafolk, and Kidznotes to present workshops to students K-12 as well as older audiences.

In May 2018, Violet Bell recorded a full-length debut album, Honey in my Heart, at the Fidelitorium in Kernersville with Jason Richmond (Dom Flemons, Steep Canyon Rangers, Nneena Freelon, Avett Brothers). Honey in my Heart is set for international release in early 2019 and features 11 original songs.

Prior to forming Violet Bell, Ruiz-Lopez toured with Jonathan Byrd, Crystal Bright, Steph Stewart, and Chocolate Suede, and composed several original pieces for the Durham Symphony Orchestra. Ross has been a two-time Kerrville New Folk finalist and won Floydfest’s On the Rise contest, a Carolina Music Award, and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council.

photo by Jeremy Ryan Creatives

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SC15 Molasses Creek!
Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

SC15 Molasses Creek!

This evening’s show is SOLD OUT!

seats still available for the AFTERNOON SHOW Doors open at 1:30p, Show begins at 2:00p!

We are thrilled to have our great friends of Molasses Creek come over to our side of the Piedmont!

For 25 years, their high-energy performances and heartfelt songwriting has brought the love of their coastal home to the stage. The band's elegant harmonies and arrangements, stellar songwriting, blazing instrumentals, and quirky sense of humor have won loyal followers throughout the United States and around the world.

Molasses Creek’s inspiration arose amidst exotic fig trees and rich tidewater marshes of isolated Ocracoke Island, NC. Only accessible by ferry, Ocracoke is an enchanting step out of modern times into a world of captivating natural beauty, rich maritime history, ghostly shipwrecks, heroic lifesavers, crafty pirates, and a community of 900 independently minded residents.

Award winners from Garrison Keillor's “Prairie Home Companion,” Molasses Creek has recorded 16 albums, reaching the #4 and #5 spots on the National Folk Radio DJ Charts in 2012 & 2014. Their latest releases, Waterbound and People Get Ready, have received acclaim from audiences across the country.

Molasses Creek includes Gary Mitchell (vocals, guitar), Fiddler Dave Tweedie (vocals, fiddle), Kim France (vocals, acoustic bass), and Gerald Hampton (mandolin, mandola, guitar, acoustic bass).

Doors open at 6:00p for schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin at 7:00p.

A suggested offering of $20-25 will be gratefully received at the gathering.

Studio events are generally email and word-of-mouth invitation-only.
Visit the Say Hey page to receive more info, RSVP, driving and parking directions.

space is limited so PLEASE consider your RSVP a commitment
as it will guarantee you a seat
if life gets in the way and you are not able to attend,
please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP!

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SC17: mahaloJazz + Ann Ehringhaus + winter solstice
Dec
16
3:00 PM15:00

SC17: mahaloJazz + Ann Ehringhaus + winter solstice

A VERY special collaboration to celebrate wintertime as Alison, Robbie and Beverly respond to the photography and spoken word of Ann Ehringhaus. A lovely way to enter into the holiday season!

doors open at 3:00p for enjoying Ann's art and schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin at 3:30p

a suggested offering of $20-$25 will be gratefully received at the gathering

studio events are generally email and word-of-mouth invitation-only.
visit the Say Hey page to receive more info, RSVP, driving and parking directions.

space is limited so PLEASE consider your RSVP a commitment
as it will guarantee you a seat
if life gets in the way and you are not able to attend,
please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP!

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HoHoHo at the BoilerShed
Dec
16
6:30 PM18:30

HoHoHo at the BoilerShed

our local holiday gathering, invitation-only

if you're looking for an invitation, give a shout on the Say Hey page

bring your holiday cheer (that includes food and beverage)
and willingness to sing the seasonal songs
and musical instruments to join in the HoHoHoBand

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Journey Into Jazz
Feb
3
2:00 PM14:00

Journey Into Jazz

Patrick Whitehead and Alison Weiner of mahaloArts present another great music workshop, this time for middle and high school music students interested in exploring jazz improvisation basics.

$50/person if paid by January 15th or $60 at the door

checks payable to Patrick Whitehead Music • 8913 Washington Street• Savage MD 20763

for more info, email Patrick at PWtrumpet@gmail.com

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Murphey School Radio Show
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Murphey School Radio Show

It’s time for another one! Created by the Shared Visions Foundation and produced by Minnow Media, this family-friendly variety show has been compared to The Grand Ol' Opry, Saturday Night Live, and A Prairie Home Companion.  Local writers and musicians volunteer their talents to benefit two non-profits from Orange and Durham Counties.

Alison will be with fabulous musical friends in the pit.  Huge fun!

check out the website!

 

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Murphey School Radio Show
Nov
10
3:00 PM15:00

Murphey School Radio Show

It’s time for another one! Created by the Shared Visions Foundation and produced by Minnow Media, this family-friendly variety show has been compared to The Grand Ol' Opry, Saturday Night Live, and A Prairie Home Companion.  Local writers and musicians volunteer their talents to benefit two non-profits from Orange and Durham Counties.

Alison will be with fabulous musical friends in the pit.  Huge fun!

check out the website!

 

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SALON
Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

SALON

Culture Mill and mahaloArts present: SALON: a weekly music and movement improvisation practice.

SALON is a designated time and space for musicians, movers or anyone else exploring an artistic discipline to deepen their practice through the framework of improvisation in relationship to others. Each session will be lightly facilitated by improvisational musician Alison Weiner. People may participate in the prompts or simply witness. Please bring your own beverages and refreshments.

A donation of $5 - 10 is suggested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To stay up to date about each week’s SALON, visit facebook.com/mahaloarts 

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SALON
Oct
31
8:00 PM20:00

SALON

Culture Mill and mahaloArts present: SALON: a weekly music and movement improvisation practice.

SALON is a designated time and space for musicians, movers or anyone else exploring an artistic discipline to deepen their practice through the framework of improvisation in relationship to others. Each session will be lightly facilitated by improvisational musician Alison Weiner. People may participate in the prompts or simply witness. Please bring your own beverages and refreshments.

A donation of $5 - 10 is suggested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To stay up to date about each week’s SALON, visit facebook.com/mahaloarts 

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SC13: Sloan Wainwright!
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

SC13: Sloan Wainwright!

For Serenade Cozy 13, it's Sloan Wainwright, making an overdue return visit to our little corner of heaven! If you have heard Sloan before, you know! If you have not yet had the joy, come and know! Check out her website and RSVP immediately!

"Defying standard categorization, singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright, consistently demonstrates her easy command of a variety of American musical styles — pop, folk, jazz and blues — held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto, with the end result being a unique and soulful hybrid."

Doors open at 6:00p for schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin at 7:00p.

A suggested offering of $30 will be gratefully received at the gathering.

Studio events are generally email and word-of-mouth invitation-only.
Visit the Say Hey page to receive more info, RSVP, driving and parking directions.

space is limited so PLEASE consider your RSVP a commitment
as it will guarantee you a seat
if life gets in the way and you are not able to attend,
please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP!

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SALON
Oct
10
8:00 PM20:00

SALON

Culture Mill and mahaloArts present: SALON: a weekly music and movement improvisation practice.

SALON is a designated time and space for musicians, movers or anyone else exploring an artistic discipline to deepen their practice through the framework of improvisation in relationship to others. Each session will be lightly facilitated by improvisational musician Alison Weiner. People may participate in the prompts or simply witness. Please bring your own beverages and refreshments.

A donation of $5 - 10 is suggested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To stay up to date about each week’s SALON, visit facebook.com/mahaloarts 

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SALON
Oct
3
8:00 PM20:00

SALON

Culture Mill and mahaloArts present: SALON: a weekly music and movement improvisation practice.

SALON is a designated time and space for musicians, movers or anyone else exploring an artistic discipline to deepen their practice through the framework of improvisation in relationship to others. Each session will be lightly facilitated by improvisational musician Alison Weiner. People may participate in the prompts or simply witness. Please bring your own beverages and refreshments.

A donation of $5 - 10 is suggested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To stay up to date about each week’s SALON, visit facebook.com/mahaloarts 

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SALON
Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

SALON

Culture Mill and mahaloArts present: SALON: a weekly music and movement improvisation practice.

SALON is a designated time and space for musicians, movers or anyone else exploring an artistic discipline to deepen their practice through the framework of improvisation in relationship to others. Each session will be lightly facilitated by improvisational musician Alison Weiner. People may participate in the prompts or simply witness. Please bring your own beverages and refreshments.

A donation of $5 - 10 is suggested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To stay up to date about each week’s SALON, visit facebook.com/mahaloarts 

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SC12: Malarazza!
Sep
23
4:00 PM16:00

SC12: Malarazza!

For Serenade Cozy 12, it's Malarazza, featuring two fabulous musicians in duo ensemble. Laura Grimaldi - musician,  teacher, painter, sculptor, illustrator, set designer, puppeteer and puppet maker - joins with the exceptional Robbie Link to offer their program Songs of Migration - a musical walk exploring the boundaries of Italy and the Mediterranean cultures beyond.

Check out the band website!

Doors open at 4:00p for schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin at 4:30p.

A suggested offering of $20-25 will be gratefully received at the gathering.

Studio events are generally email and word-of-mouth invitation-only.
Visit the Say Hey page to receive more info, RSVP, driving and parking directions.

space is limited so PLEASE consider your RSVP a commitment
as it will guarantee you a seat
if life gets in the way and you are not able to attend,
please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP!

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SALON
Sep
19
8:00 PM20:00

SALON

Culture Mill and mahaloArts present: SALON: a weekly music and movement improvisation practice

SALON is a designated time and space for musicians, movers or anyone else exploring an artistic discipline to deepen their practice through the framework of improvisation in relationship to others. Each session will be lightly facilitated by improvisational musician Alison Weiner. People may participate in the prompts or simply witness. Please bring your own beverages and refreshments.

A donation of $5 - 10 is suggested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To stay up to date about each week’s SALON, please visit facebook.com/mahaloarts

 

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Improvised Music Harvest!
Sep
14
to Sep 16

Improvised Music Harvest!

Music for People is dedicated to re-vitalizing your music-making and promoting music as a means of self-expression. We welcome everyone – regardless of musical experience. This is the sixth year we will gather at Wildacres, a beautiful retreat nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains.  We can accommodate a total of 30 folks, and we have sold out each year, so do not hesitate to register promptly to take advantage of what is already a subsidized fee!

Alison will once again co-facilitate this fab event - if you want to chat with her about it, visit the SayHey page!

From one of our regular participants after last year's event...Once again, thank you so much for letting us get into the Wildacres celebration under the wire this year.  It was really terrific, and we both felt stretched and satisfied.  It didn't hurt at all that the weather was spectacular, and the quality of the food at Wildacres has definitely improved over the past couple of years.  It was also great to be able to play with so many different people - both from the past and those brand new to MFP - and to watch the newcomers gain courage and momentum as the sessions went by.  I think lots of us dared to do something new this year.  Of course, just getting to work with Harold and Rob is exciting and inspirational for me - they are both wise in so many ways - but I was also so glad to be in sessions again with Alison, Christy and Patrick, each one embodying the spirit of MfP in her/his own way and doing something helpful that we could take away with us. It seemed that everyone there shared in the same sort of spirit this year. 

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SALON
Sep
12
8:00 PM20:00

SALON

Culture Mill and mahaloArts present: SALON: a weekly music and movement improvisation practice

SALON is a designated time and space for musicians, movers or anyone else exploring an artistic discipline to deepen their practice through the framework of improvisation in relationship to others. Each session will be lightly facilitated by improvisational musician Alison Weiner. People may participate in the prompts or simply witness. Please bring your own beverages and refreshments.

A donation of $5 - 10 is suggested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To stay up to date about each week’s SALON, please visit facebook.com/mahaloarts

 

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SALON
Sep
5
8:00 PM20:00

SALON

Culture Mill and mahaloArts present: SALON: a weekly music and movement improvisation practice

SALON is a designated time and space for musicians, movers or anyone else exploring an artistic discipline to deepen their practice through the framework of improvisation in relationship to others. Each session will be lightly facilitated by improvisational musician Alison Weiner. People may participate in the prompts or simply witness. Please bring your own beverages and refreshments.

A donation of $5 - 10 is suggested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To stay up to date about each week’s SALON, please visit facebook.com/mahaloarts

 

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