Old Music for a New World

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We have some great new music this summer!

We love traditional music, and as a nonprofit organization we are committed to keeping the music playing. We’re excited to bring you these great performers and many chances to gather in a beautiful setting with friends and music lovers.

Socially distanced picnic concert in 2020
NEOMHA socially distanced concert in Sept 2020
About the Series

Our Old Music for a New World outdoor picnic concert series will have all the wonderful folk music and time in community that we love and miss, in a social (but safe!) gathering while following COVID guidelines. So please join us for one or more of these shows from some of Northeast Ohio’s most talented traditional musicians. There’s something here for every music lover!

Tickets can be ordered now for the Saturday, September 18 Eric Noden/J Scott Franklin concert. Scott is sitting in for Hal Walker, who is unable to appear this week. Online ticket sales end 2pm Saturday, September 18 but tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Tickets, Times, Details

PICNICKING starts at 4 p.m. 

MUSIC runs 4:30 – 7 p.m..

NOTE: If there was rain mid-week, ground may be wet – lawn chairs and/or waterproof blanket recommended.

This OUTDOOR PICNIC CONCERT SERIES is entirely BYOB – no food or drink will be provided at the venue, but please feel free to pack something delicious to enjoy during the show! NO FOOD OR DRINK SOLD AT CONCERT. Plan to leave your circle clean – We are a Leave No Trace event!

Masks are no longer required for vaccinated patrons at this writing, but please follow current Covid recommendations.

Service dogs only, thank you.

WHERE: All performances take place on the back lawn (or indoors if it rains) of the First Baptist Church, 3630 Fairmount Blvd, Cleve. Hts OH 44118– at the corner of Fairmount and Eaton.

QUESTIONS? Contact artistic director Will Craig,  willRcraig@gmail.com or call 216-316-0068. Concert can be wheelchair accessible – contact Will to arrange.

TICKETS: Each ticket is for one concert, not the entire series. Tickets are sold both singly and in circles that can seat up to four people, so you can bring those close friends or family members and have lots of space on our lawn while staying socially distanced from other circles. Tickets are available singly for the back section; patrons can self-space. Come early, bring your picnic dinner and enjoy an opening act. 

Tickets can be ordered now for the Saturday, September 18 Eric Noden and Scott Franklin concert below. Online ticket sales end 2pm Saturday Sept 18.  You can still buy tickets at the door while they last.

TICKET LEVELS: We let you choose how close to the music you want to be. Pick your seating space from these levels:

  • Front section: $200 circle seats up to four people for a single concert
  • Middle section: $90 circle seats up to four people for a single concert 
  • Back section: $40 circle seats up to four people for a single concert
  • Back section: $10 single ticket (self-spaced for social distancing)

(Infants are not included in the four-counts and are welcome to join your circle at no additional charge.)

Next Concert
SEPTEMBER 18, 2021
ERIC NODEN
with J SCOTT FRANKLIN

Eric Noden 

Eric Noden is an award-winning acoustic blues and roots musician based out of Chicago, Illinois. Eric’s virtuosic fingerpicking guitar blends perfectly with his honey and whiskey-tinged voice. Noden’s music is both a tribute to the past and a reflection of current times. From barrelhouse blues to New Orleans grooves to dazzling guitar instrumentals Eric’s live performances are festive and celebratory events. Eric has been featured at festivals in over 15 different countries. Noden has released 4 solo albums as well as 5 recordings with his longtime duo partner Joe Filisko.

www.ericnoden.com

Facebook – https://facebook.com/ericnodenmusic

Video: Waterfall

Instagram – @nodeneric

We regretfully announce that Hal Walker is unable to appear at the concert this Saturday. Scott Franklin has graciously agreed to appear in his place, opening the concert at 4:30pm. 

 

J Scott Franklin 

J Scott Franklin is a modern renaissance artist, winning admiration worldwide as a vocalist, songwriter, poet, jazz trumpet player and as an innovator in loop pedal performance.

He has written nearly 1,000 songs and has authored poetry books, children’s books and joke books.

He is a frequent performer in the Mississippi Songwriters Festival. Scott is the winner of the Frank Brown International Songwriter Festival Contest and has played concerts supporting George Jones, Ralph Stanley, Huey Lewis, the Oak Ridge Boys and Stella Parton.

Scott says: “I write to give you real stories, even if they aren’t all mine. And even if they aren’t all true. They’re all real. I never set down to write a hit. I set down to write the best story I am capable of, even on the funny songs.”

www.jscottfranklin.com

Video: I Just Miss . . .

Upcoming Concerts

SEPTEMBER 18: ERIC NODEN, with J SCOtt Franklin 

Eric Noden

Eric Noden is an award-winning acoustic blues and roots musician based out of Chicago, Illinois. Eric’s virtuosic fingerpicking guitar blends perfectly with his honey and whiskey-tinged voice. Noden’s music is both a tribute to the past and a reflection of current times. From barrelhouse blues to New Orleans grooves to dazzling guitar instrumentals Eric’s live performances are festive and celebratory events. Eric has been featured at festivals in over 15 different countries. Noden has released 4 solo albums as well as 5 recordings with his longtime duo partner Joe Filisko.

www.ericnoden.com

Facebook – https://facebook.com/ericnodenmusic

Video: Peaceful Man

Instagram – @nodeneric

Scott Franklin teaches guitar for beginners at noon.

Scott Franklin

J Scott Franklin is a modern renaissance artist, winning admiration worldwide as a vocalist, songwriter, poet, jazz trumpet player and as an innovator in loop pedal performance.

He has written nearly 1,000 songs and has authored poetry books, children’s books and joke books.

He is a frequent performer in the Mississippi Songwriters Festival. Scott is the winner of the Frank Brown International Songwriter Festival Contest and has played concerts supporting George Jones, Ralph Stanley, Huey Lewis, the Oak Ridge Boys and Stella Parton.

Born in southeastern Virginia, Scott lived mostly in Emporia, a town with many tractors, one bar and no movie theater. His Father was a small town preacher from Knoxville. During junior high, Scott moved to Cleveland, OH, a city with no tractors, more bars, decaying factories and a handful of skyscrapers.

Scott says: “I write to give you real stories, even if they aren’t all mine. And even if they aren’t all true. They’re all real. I never set down to write a hit. I set down to write the best story I am capable of, even on the funny songs.”

www.jscottfranklin.com

Video: My Village is a Neighborhood

  
 
Past Concerts

AUGUST 21: CHRIS COLES, WITH AVA PRESTON

JULY 24: Tina Bergmann & Bryan Thomas, With Liz Bullock & Ray Flanagan

JUNE 19: David mayfield parade, with Joe Wunderle

May 22: Emily Keener, with Bella Burdella

 

Saxophonist Christopher J. Coles serves on the faculty of Kent State University and Tri-C Creative Arts Academy. 

In 2017, Coles won Akron’s Knight Arts Challenge for his multimedia suite “Nine Lives” which pays homage to the victims of the Charleston Church Shooting in 2015.

At the 2015 Banff Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music, Chris had the distinct honor of studying with many influential jazz pioneers, including Vijay Iyer, Mark Turner, Imani Izuri, Tia Fuller, Billy Hart, Ingrid Jensen, Zakir Hussain, Somi, Vosany Terry, and Miles Okazaki, among others. 

Born and raised in Cleveland, Chris is based in the Greater Akron area. He holds a bachelor’s degree in performance from Youngstown State University, where he studied extensively with James Umble, Kent Englehardt, and David Morgan, and a master’s degree in performance from the University of Akron.

Video: Lee Morgan: Calling Miss Khadija (Tri-C Jazzfest Cleveland Jazz Camp Combo w/Chris Coles)

WKSU Article: In a Year of Racial Unrest, the “Nine Lives Project” Shifts the Focus to Celebrating Black Life | WKSU

Facebook: Nine Lives Project

Ava Preston is a 16-year-old vocalist and songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio. Ava has been a featured headliner at Nighttown, BluJazz, The Hermit Club, The Standard, Bar 107, and Brothers Lounge to name a few. She is a seven-time National Downbeat Student Music Award Winner for Best Vocal Jazz Soloist and Best Pop/Rock/Blues Vocalist and Outstanding Performance between 2018 and 2021.

Ava has also performed as a guest singer at number of national venues including Birdland Jazz Club (New York), Bluebird Café (Nashville), The Commodore Grille (Nashville), Monty Alexander Jazz Festival (Easton, MD), and Andy’s Jazz Café (Chicago) among others.

Ava draws inspiration from jazz legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, and Carmen McRae as well as more contemporary artists like Diana Krall, Jazzmeia Horn, Jean Baylor, Nora Jones, Sarah Bareilles, and Alanis Morissette. Ava believes music is a universal language that can unite people around the world. Her goal is to spread world tolerance and the acceptance of differences through her music.

Video: Ava Preston – Toy Soldier (Official Music Video) – YouTube

Website: Ava Preston (avaprestonmusic.com)

 

Tina Bergmann & Bryan Thomas are a Northeast Ohio husband and wife duo playing American old time, Celtic and South American music on hammered dulcimer & bass.

Tina is a virtuoso hammered dulcimer player known for her driving energy, syncopated rhythms and fine musicality. Described by Pete Seeger as “the best hammered dulcimer player I’ve heard in my life,” she’s also been promoted as the “Diva of the Dulcimer” by Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s Baroque Orchestra.

Bryan Thomas is a dynamic and conversational double bassist, sought for his ability to embrace tradition but defy convention. Together Tina and Bryan create a surprising and wonderful musical experience that has enthralled audiences throughout the United States.

Website: Tina Bergmann, Hammered Dulcimer (allroadsleadhome.com)

Elizabeth (Liz) Bullock, MT-BC is a Board Certified Music Therapist and an active freelance singer in the Cleveland area. Liz also participates in outreach efforts through her work at Roots of American Music (ROAM).

Liz began her musical journey at a young age; singing in choirs at The Music Settlement and The Singing Angels. She went on to study contemporary music at the Cleveland School of Rock and toured nationwide alongside other young musicians. Liz received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Cleveland State University where she studied as a Voice primary. Drawing on her love of music and children, Liz is currently a Music Therapist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Rehabilitation Center where she uses music to help young patients heal.

 Akron Heritage Music Project – Liz Bullock

Take My Roots With Me” by Dianna Frizzell and Liz Bullock

Ray Flanagan is a musical artist from Northeast Ohio. A chameleon in the local scene, he can be found delivering his own songs intimately in his dynamic solo performances, rocking and rolling with his band The Authorities, or playing sideman to any number of bands and artists around town. To date, he has opened for artists such as Train, Dennis DeYoung, Tim Reynolds, Malcolm Holcombe, Chuck Prophet, Marc Ford, BoDeans, and Low Cut Connie. He is also a teaching artist at ROAM.

Ray Flanagan website

No Place Like Home – Video by Ray Flanagan

David Mayfield, a Grammy & Emmy nominated artist, grew up in a family band and has toured & recorded with groups like The Avett Brothers, Black Keys, & Mumford & Sons, and made numerous appearances on television including The Late Show with David Letterman & The Grand Ole Opry. If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo, you’ve caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and it’s likely you’ll come back for more.

The David Mayfield Parade | Facebook

Video: The Bluegrass Gospel Hour | Facebook

Joe Wunderle is a songwriter guitarist from northeast Ohio. He has supported national artists such as Malcolm Holcombe, Lost Dog Street Band, and The Tillers. 

Joe Wunderle

Video: Times Are Strange

Emily Keener is an indie/folk artist from Cleveland. Born and raised in rural Ohio, Keener strode into lyricism and artistry at a young age. Her presence leaves a mark with smoldering vocals, entrancing melodies, and an undeniable dedication to song craft. 2016 found Keener as a finalist on The Voice, and in 2017 she received No Depression’s singer/songwriter award in recognition of her original work. Her latest record ‘I Do Not Have To Be Good’ is available wherever music can be found.

www.emilykeener.com

Emily Keener – “Lorelei” (Live at ORC) – YouTube

Bella Burdella uses her soulful, emotive voice to take the listener into her world, a world of triumph and defeat; of quiet prayer and boisterous proclamation. Her introspective, meditative style seamlessly combines elements of americana, jazz, indie rock, and pop into a flavorful stew only a true Midwesterner can concoct, spiced with honest and poignant lyrics served by a unique, one-of-a-kind voice.

A veteran of the stage, Bella has been stilling rooms and raising hairs since she was a child, honing her talents performing, writing, and touring packed rooms with the Womacks from 2008-2015 and performing solo in the years since. She is currently writing and gearing up to begin recording what will be her first release as a solo artist.

Lee and Bella Burdella – Best Friend Forever (ORIGINAL) – YouTube

 

About the Organizers

Old Music for a New World is presented by the Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association, a non-profit arts and culture organization dedicated to preserving and sharing traditional music. Your ticket purchases and donations help to support our mission, and we appreciate your presence!

Artistic Direction provided by Will Craig.

9th Annual Blue Sky Sponsors
Ohio Arts Council Remarkable Lake County Village Blacksmith, Inc. Eileen M. Burkhart An Anonymous Donor Advised Fund

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