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September, I’ve been waiting for you!

Hello there, September

Monday Aug 31, 2015

icon I’ve been waiting for you!
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

What a whirlwind the past month has been with stops in WA, MT, CO, MN and WI…I’m excited to head back west to catch my breath and get ready for September! Here’s where I’ll be in September. I hope you’ll scroll down for more details, musings, news and stuff!

Fri, Sep 4 – Silvan Ridge Winery – Eugene, OR

Sat, Sep 5 – Art in the Pearl – Portland, OR

Tue, Sep 8-Fri, Sep 11 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR

Sat, Sep 12-Sun, Sep 13 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR

Thu, Sep 24 – Bluebird Cafe – Nashville, TN

Fri, Sep 25 – Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series – Huntsville, AL

Sat, Sep 26 – UU Coffeehouse – Columbia, SC

Sun, Sep 27 – BK House Concerts – Asheville, NC

 

1. GRATITUDE. Wow, where to begin. August was full of blessings, great shows, and much needed time with friends. Much gratitude to all these fine folks for making it wonderful. Chris & Nadia, the Meadows family and friends, Renee, T & Chris & G, Mendhi & Shawn & Jenna and all at the Evergreen Nature Center benefit, all at Columbine Spiritual Center in Boulder, Steve S and all the staff and instructors at Song Schook, Sarah Sample, Mai Bloomfield and my song school family, Tom Faulkner and the Pedersen family, Dave & Molly Stoddard, Fergus Falls Center for the Arts, The Dalton Opera House, Cindy & Carol at the Nave, Tom and everyone at the Whitewall Sessions, Union Pizza & Brewing, Barb & Jan and all at Lelladgio, Kent & Heidi at Green Galaxy Garage, Ron and Margaret and all at the UU of La Crosse, and Dave and Matthew and all the wonderful folks at the Great River Folk Festival!

2. THE NEWS. The poetry book is here! We did a very short run so that we could get some eyes on it for proofreading purposes. Someone recently asked me, “how do you proofread poetry?”. An excellent question indeed! Mainly we’re looking for blatant typos, errors in alignment and layout, etc. Once that is done we will be ready to go to press for real!

Dave Stoddard and I had such an amazing tour…we’re hoping to do that again very soon! Thanks to all the kind folks in MN, WI & SD who cheered us on. We celebrated the grand finale of our tour at The Great River Folk Festival in La Crosse, WI, a magical, sweet, warm gathering of music loving folks along the riverside. We heard music that blew our minds and made new friends…what a blast!!

Well it’s almost time for the Sisters Folk Festival and Song Academy! It’s my favorite week of the year and I can’t wait for another amazing experience. I’m super excited that my friend and mentor Chris Rosser will be coming to the festival and academy to share his music and wisdom. If you haven’t seen Chris before, prepare to be blown away and deeply touched!

This fall will be super busy with shows and adventures, and I am looking forward to collaborating again with my friend the insanely talented Tyler Fortier on a new project of new songs. Stay tuned on that!

3. SEPTEMBER SHOWS…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead.

Fri, Sep 4 – Silvan Ridge Winery – Eugene, OR. 541-345-1945. 27012 Briggs Hill Road. I’m excited to return to beautiful Silvan Ridge’s Friday Concert Series. 6-8 pm. Free.

Sat, Sep 5 – Art in the Pearl – Portland, OR. Art In The Pearl®, Portland Oregon’s annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, occurs every year on Labor Day weekend. The 19th annual festival will occur on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 5th, 6th & September 7th, 2015 in the Pearl District’s North Park Blocks. The Festival is FREE and requires NO TICKETS for entry. Art In The Pearl has been named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country (source: Art Fair Source Book). Our festival fills the Northwest Portland Park blocks with art, theater, music, and hands-on activities for people of all ages. BW will play the Art in the Pearl Stage at 1 pm!

Tue, Sep 8-Fri, Sep 11 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR. The Americana Song Academy inspires people to believe in their creativity and helps develop a community that supports that pursuit. Artists performing at the Sisters Folk Festival arrive 4 days early to teach all aspects of music, songwriting, performance and singing. Participants deeply engage and nurture their music, songs, and aspirations. Private concerts, open mics and mentor sessions are all part of the experience.The musical alchemy of the festival artists from “Song Camp” helps inspire collaborations and exceptional performances at the festival each year. Campers participate in workshops, communal meals and activities at the performing arts camp “Caldera”, a stunning location on the edge of Blue Lake, high in the Cascade Mountains. With an extraordinary caterer, a beautiful and powerful location, and a unique, intimate experience, the event continues to be highly anticipated and sells out each year. BW’s favorite week of the year. :)

Sat, Sep 12-Sun, Sep 13 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR. The Sisters Folk Festival is a three-day celebration of roots music from blues to bluegrass. Sisters is located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and the Three Sisters Wilderness Area, the community of Sisters is a wonderful place to live and visit. Outdoor recreational opportunities in and around Sisters are endless, with mountains, rivers and lakes at your back door. Bike or ride horseback on the many beautiful mountain trails, or golf at any number of first-rate courses. Gift, home & garden, clothing and antique shops abound for the shopper in your group, or just relax and enjoy the clean air and incredible mountain views. There is truly something for everyone in Sisters. BW plays at the Five Pine Stage on Saturday with the great Chris Rosser at noon! And don’t miss the Sunday Community Celebration Sunday at 10 am – BW hosts!

Thu, Sep 24 – Bluebird Cafe – Nashville, TN. 4104 Hillsboro Pike. 615-383-1461. In the round at the famous Bluebird Cafe with James Casto, Heather Morgan and Michael Logen. Reservations are open to the public beginning one week before the show and can be made on line at www.bluebirdcafe.com.

Fri, Sep 25 – Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series – Huntsville, AL. At Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe St. 256-533-1953. At the Von Braun Center Playhouse. BW is the special guest for this long-running songwriters show! Tickets at www.vonbrauncenter.com. 6:30 pm.

Sat, Sep 26 – UU Coffeehouse – Columbia, SC. 2701 Heyward Ave. The Coffeehouse is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia. We offer a family friendly, smoke-free listening environment for the appreciation of original singer/songwriter music. Featuring musicians who tour nationally and internationally, the UU is a favorite performing and listening room for musicians who bring unique original music to the Columbia area. Tickets are $17 for adults at the door and $15 bought online in advance, or with reservations. $3 for students regardless. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the main show starts at 8 p.m. We encourage you to buy your tickets in advance by following the “Buy Tickets Online” link below. You’ll pick up your tickets at the door. Or, reserve your seats online through our online form or by calling (803) 200-2824.

Sun, Sep 27 – BK House Concerts – Asheville, NC. To ensure you have a seat, we recommend you contact either Kelle at kelle.olwyler@gmail.com, or Betty at bfriedrichsen2650@charter.net to make reservations. $15 suggested donation. Potluck begins at 6 – feel free to bring a dish to share. 7 pm music.

this gorgeous sky greeted me as I left beautiful Port Angeles.

loved my time in Evergreen, CO, check out the slide show!

sweet Sarah Sample at Song School. Loved singing with her and Mai Bloomfield! She was our camp hostess with the mostest.


Gorgeous setting singing with Tom Faulkner in the Pedersens’ back yard.


and then THIS happened… WHAAAAT!?!?!


so here’s where we ended up. :) what a great night, not for the faint of heart!


check out our tour thank you gifts!!


beautiful Fergus Falls concert in the park. We opened up for the original “Footloose” movie. 


Boulder flowers… yes.

4. THE FUTURE…It will be a busy touring fall and then taper off into a calm winter…just like I like! Looking forward to seeing you all out there on the road. Thank you so much for reading my musings and engaging with my music. I simply could not do it without you! With gratitude from your fan,

 

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years. I think I just saw a tumbleweed.

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

 

Down the road a piece….

10/1 – Private Event – Pensacola, FL

10/2 – House Concert – Jacksonville Beach, FL

10/3 – House Concert – The Villages, FL

10/4 – Turtle Rocks the House Concert – Sarasota, FL

10/9 – House Concert – Ardmore, OK

10/10 – Private Party – Dallas, TX

10/17 – Open Door Songwriter Series – Portland, OR

11/1 – White Horse Black Mountain – Black Mountain, NC

 

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August Newsy News…more refreshing than a watermelon popsicle!

Hey August, I love ya

Friday Jul 31, 2015

icon but geez, cool your jets already!
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

We are scorching up here in the northwest! Good thing I had lots of practice with heat like this growing up in west Texas, where the road tar bubbled up on summer days. May we all get our selves to the closest river or lake or pool of cool water ASAP!

Here’s what’s happening in steamy August…as always I hope you’ll scroll down for gratitude, news, show details, pics, and other musings!

 1. GRATITUDE.

Special huge thanks to these wonderful folks for making July so awesome: Karen & James Casto and all at Home By Dark, Jesse & Jess Terry, Chattanooga Market, Route 5 NW Wine Bar, Doug & Trout Lake Festival of the Arts, Moe Dixon, PJ, Tisdel family, Gary & Kathy Lynch and Camarillo Cafe folks, Gary & Terri Trobridge & Living Tradition folks, The Koles, Heidi & Vance & Erin and friends, Jeanette Lundgren, Chico Schwall, Scott & Tsunami Books, the Craven family and all at Rivertunes, and dear friends Misti O-P, Ocea and Mazenko family, Ara Lee, and Gentle Thunder.

2. THE NEWS.

I am fresh off of my first time to RiverTunes music camp, a four-day long musical community romp led by the incomparable, inexhaustable Joe Craven. What a BLAST we had there by the American River soaking up the creativity and the musical magic of our brothers and sisters! Big thank you’s to Joe & Pamela & Hattie Craven, and to all of the wonderful Rivertuners who made me feel so welcome and loved! My songwriting class adventurers made me so proud…I get a little teary-eyed just thinking about it!

On that note I am thrilled to be co-leading a day-long songwriting workshop in Portland with the wonderful Matt Meighan in December. Stay tuned for details…

At the end of RiverTunes, I got the news that my poetry book is being printed while we speak! Some people dream of fame and fortune and owning their own jet…I dream of having my very own book of poetry! We are only doing a very short run at first so that we may hold it in our hands and scour with an eagle eye for typos and mistakes. Once we get that done, it’s off the races! I can’t wait to share this with you. Here’s a sneak peak of the amazing cover by Chris Everett!

August will bring me to the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School again, this time as a student. It was my birthday present to myself. I look forward to dipping my toes in the St. Vrain River and soaking up all the creative and musical wonderment that that surrounds that place. I’m thrilled for two very special Colorado concerts in Evergreen and Colorado Springs, and I will be bringing the Magical Fishing Pants of Destiny because I hope to sneak in some good fly-fishing time while I’m there.

Then I get to launch off to MN and WI for another whirlwind tour with my buddy Dave Stoddard! Dave is one of my favorite writers, musicians and humans. We laugh so much sometimes it’s unprofessional. :) Our tour is anchored by the wonderful Great River Folk Festival in La Crosse, WI, which I have been hearing about for years. I’m thrilled to be able to experience it! If you’re anywhere near, here’s what to expect:

pixies unplugged (live - newport folk festival 2005)

In other news, Tyler Fortier and I are making another CD together! This time it will be a stripped-down, all-acoustic, just-me-and-my-guitar-and-voice kind of thing. We will record over the course of a weekend on the Oregon coast in October. There is no one else I would trust to produce this project and I’m excited to get the new songs down! I will share more details as they develop.

 3. AUGUST SHOWS

Life is so uncertain…please call ahead!

Sat, Aug 1 – Route 5 NW Wine Bar – Eugene, OR. 218 E. 5th Ave. 541-393-6551. Join us for wine and music on the beautiful patio from 6-8 pm.

Tue, Aug 4 – Private Party – Port Angeles, WA

Fri, Aug 7 – Concert at The Place – Evergreen, CO. 27888 Meadow Drive. House concert at The Place! Hosted by the Audlin family. 7 pm gathering, 7:30 pm music. A benefit the Evergreen Nature Center/Evergreen Audubon. More info here: http://tinyurl.com/nt8rq3d. 7:30 pm.

Sun, Aug 9-Fri, Aug 14 – Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School – Lyons, CO

Sat, Aug 15 – Pederson Backyard Concert – Colorado Springs, CO. The tradition continues with the great Tom Faulkner! One of the most beautiful outdoor concert settings hosted by good friends the Pedersons. Email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you are interested in joining the fun.

Thu, Aug 20 – Concerts in the Park – Fergus Falls, MN. Roosevelt Park on Randolph Avenue. Free concert series at Roosevelt Park (across from Kennedy Secondary School). With the great Dave Stoddard! 6:30-8pm.

Fri, Aug 21 – Dalton Opera House – Dalton, MN. Summit Ave. An old historic opera house being lovingly restored. With the great Dave Stoddard. $15 at the door. All ages welcome. 7:30 pm.

Sat, Aug 22 – The Nave – Erhard, MN. BW and Dave Stoddard return to this beautiful outdoor venue. Email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com for details.

Wed, Aug 26 – The White Wall Sessions – Sioux Falls, SD. The White Wall Sessions is an innovative TV and radio program that showcases local, regional and national music acts performing original acoustic, americana, bluegrass, folk and blues in a laid back, intimate setting. The White Wall Sessions is recorded in a small studio in Sioux Falls, SD. The White Wall Sessions airs on Keloland TV Saturday nights at 10:30 CT, immediately following the local news, and again at 2 am . (9:30 & 1:30 MT). BW and Dave Stoddard. 6:00 pm.

Thu, Aug 27 – Lellodgio House Concert Series – Iron River, WI. With the great Dave Stoddard. Doors at 7, music at 7:30. $15 suggested donation. Email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com for details.

Fri, Aug 28 – Green Galaxy Garage Concerts – Hopkins, MN. 210 12th Ave North. Potluck begins at 6–concert at 7PM. $15.00 suggested donation. Please bring your own chair and your own choice of beer or wine. With the great Dave Stoddard!

Sat, Aug 29 – Great River Folk Festival – La Crosse, WI. Riverside Park – 100 Block, State St. Held the weekend before Labor Day is moving to the Riverside Park downtown La Crosse, the Great River Folk Festival is an interactive community event for all ages that preserves and promotes traditional and contemporary folk culture through music, crafts, dance and food. BW and Dave Stoddard will be performing at workshops and stages throughout the festival! Tickets $20-$50. 

Sun, Aug 30 – Great River Folk Festival – La Crosse, WI. BW and Dave Stoddard play the farewell concert Sunday at 4:30 pm. 

 

 So true…

Check out this motley crew! Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm was once again magical, insancely fun, truly heart-warming with many moments of musical transcendence. Love these guys, my musical brothers.

The Home By Dark stage…look how tiny we are! I guess technically we were not home by dark but who’s counting.This was the view from the stage at the beautiful Trout Lake Festival of the Arts! Took my breath away and then Moe Dixon’s music took us all on a joyful ride until the sun came out!

Check out this ad I saw in my Food Network Magazine! Anyone know someone important at Hilton?? I think they need a theme song. :)

Had so much fun in southern California, where it rained like crazy and everyone thanked me for bringing it with me from Oregon.

 I love the stage at Tsunami Books! So much poetry to lose myself in before and after the show…

 but this has got to be my favorite section of all!

Ahhh, the fun we had at Rivertunes!! My fellow songwriting adventurers were so wonderful…I loved sharing that time geeking out about how much we love songs!

ahhhh, the American River. Such a cool relief on those 100 degree days. I jumped in many times and secretly wished I could fish here. :)

Spent a day by the Fall River up near Bend, OR. Despite wearing the Magical Fishing Pants of Destiny, I did not catch fish. But I did spend a day by the river. Score one for the win column. 

 4. THE FUTURE

I can’t believe we are staring down the coming of autumn of this beautiful year! Many changes abound and many changes ahead. I am ever grateful to you for support of me on my musical journey. If you are new to this mailing list, thank you for your interest in my shenanigans – musical and otherwise. And if you have been reading these newsy updates for a while, thank you for believing in me and investing your time in my mission. I hope to see you out there on the road! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years. I think I just saw a tumbleweed.

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

 

 

 

 

 

Great stuff down the road a piece…

9/4 Silvan Ridge Winery – Eugene, OR

9/5 Art in the Pearl – Portland, OR

9/8-11 Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR

9/12-13 Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR

9/25 Jim Parker’s Songwriter Showcase – Huntsville, AL

9/26 – UU Coffeehouse Concert Series – Columbia, SC

9/27 – BK House Concerts – Asheville, NC

10/2 – House Concert – Jacksonville Beach, FL

10/3 – House Concert – The Villages, FL

10/4 – Turtle Rocks the House Concert – Sarasota, FL

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Hey July, let’s celebrate!

Hey July, let’s celebrate!Monday Jun 29, 2015
icon I believe some fireworks are in order.
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!The heat is on here in Eugene! Summer is blazing and I hope you are staying cool and enjoying these long days wherever you are.  I will keep it short and sweet because who has time to read emails when there are summer adventures to be had!? I wanted to let you know what’s coming up in July!  Here goes…1. GRATITUDE2. THE NEWS

3. JULY SHOWS

4. THE FUTURE

1. GRATITUDE. Extra special thanks to Bill & Pat, Jim & Gordon, Neil & Lynn, Colleen and all at the University Club in Albany, to the Schulz family and their generous friends, to Dylan and Mike & all at Artsville NY, to Jen & Scott & Annie & Phil and all the wonderful partipants at the Wood and Stone Retreat, to the City of Crisfield, to Steve & friends for fun times and great singing, and to Route 5 NW Wine Bar for supporting local musicians.

2. THE NEWS. July is jam packed with greatness – I’m smiling just thinking about it! It starts off with two shows at my favorite concert series ever with some of my favorite musical cohorts ever! Can’t wait for two fabulous nights at Chukkar Farm in Alpharetta, GA, followed by a Sunday afternoon visit to the Chattanooga Market. Then it’s on to another great local wine bar show, and a  new festival in Trout Lake, WA, some new fabulous venues in southern CA, a local fundraiser for the FAR West Folk Alliance, and finally Joe Craven’s Rivertunes Music Camp, where I’m thrilled to be teaching and learning with all the folks there alongside the south fork of the American River…whew!

What a profoundly awesome time we had at the Wood and Stone Retreat in Crisfield, MD! Jen and Scott Smith (of the duo Naked Blue) were wonderful and gracious hosts to us at beautiful Jane’s Island State Park. They even treated us to a crab feast on our last night! I loved my time there getting to know all the couragous folks who came to spend a few days in the woods and explore to their creativity. I’m super excited to be invited back as an instructor again next year…woop! 

Charlie Paparella from WBOC TV came and spent some time with us at the Wood and Stone Retreat. Click on the link here to check out this cool piece he put together!

My time at the Wood and Stone retreat got my wheels spinning in the most wonderful way. What if I took the leap and hosted a creative retreat? Where would that be? Who would join me? My mom has already volunteered to be our chef so that alone makes it an amazing experience! :) It was inspiring to see Jen & Scott’s vision put into action, and it was a great reminder of the power of dreamers that DO!! Stay tuned for more brainstorming…and holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you have ideas…your thoughts and feedback are welcome!

Here’s one more thing I wanted to share. In the spirit of the Rivertunes music camp coming up, whose mission is “to validate, encourage and promote the creative music abilities of all people with informally learned American Roots Music,” I wanted to share this article I came across. It turns out that everone CAN sing, as I have long suspected! It’s one of the reasons I’m passionate about sharing my love for singing. Because like many skills, singing is not just for people who make it look easy. It’s for everyone and it can be learned and developed! Duh! 

3. JULY SHOWS

Life is so uncertain…please call ahead!

Fri, July 3 – Home By Dark @ Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA. 1140 Liberty Grove Rd. HOME BY DARK is a songwriters in the round concert event unlike anything you’ve seen or heard. We feature the best performing songwriters in America accompanied by the best instrumentalists on the planet. Hear the stories behind the songs and witness powerful performances as honest and as authentic as they come… from the writers themselves. Chukkar Farm is a gorgeous polo farm and stunning setting for these concerts! In the round show with James Casto, Jesse Terry and BW and some of the finest musicians in the world! $19 general admission. See Home By Dark website for or ticket info. 8 pm. 

Sat, July 4 – Home By Dark @ Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA. Same as above!

Sun, July 5 – Chattanooga Market – Chattanooga, TN. @ First Tennessee Pavilion – 1829 Carter Street. A local staple, the Market blends a farmers and artists market with community ties. Every Sunday, Chattanooga Market features farms and food artisans selling produce, meats, cheeses, breads and specialty prepared foods, keeping the selection varied and fresh. Additionally, we host local and regional artists and crafters offering unique finds such as pottery, jewelry, photography, apparel, home and beauty products…. fresh cut flowers are a big draw too.At Chattanooga Market it’s either grown, baked, sewn or made by our vendors; we’re a producer only market. Live music, with trending musicians, is featured on the EPB stage for two free shows each Sunday. Admission and parking are always free – come see why we are the region’s largest most authentic public markets. BW plays on Peach Festival day! 12:30 pm.   

Thu, July 9 – Route 5 NW Wine Bar – Eugene, OR. 218 E. 5th Ave. Join us for music and wine and delicous grub on the beautiful patio from 6-8! 

Sat, July 11 – Trout Lake Festival of the Arts – Trout Lake, WA. Since its inception in 1996, Trout Lake Arts Council (a 501©3 nonprofit organization) has organized and presented a two day Festival on the second weekend of July. All the work of organizing the Festival is accomplished by volunteers. Our vision is to provide a venue for artists to display and sell their work in a beautiful setting with outstanding amenities including music, food, and children’s art projects. BW will play two sets… 11 am and 1 pm. 

Fri, July 17 – Camarillo Cafe – Camarillo, CA. 1605 E. Burnley St. 805-907-8318. A smoke-free and alcohol-free coffeehouse-style concert series sponsored by the Pleasant Valley Recreation Park District and hosted by Gary & Kathy Lynch. Although not an actual dining establishment, the Camarillo Café is a delightful, intimate coffeehouse-style concert series in Camarillo, California. On the third Friday in January, March, May, July, September and November, the finest singers, songwriters and musicians from the Southern California area and beyond will entertain you. $15 suggested donation. All ages welcome. 8 pm.

Sat, July 18 – The Living Tradition Concert Series – Anaheim, CA. The Anaheim Downtown Community Center 250 E. Center St. (714) 955-3807. The Living Tradition is a non-profit organization working to support and preserve traditional music and dance in Southern California. We host contra dances, contemporary and traditional folk music concerts, and traditional music jams nearly every month at the beautiful Anaheim Downtown Community Center in Anaheim. All of our events are family-friendly and are open to the public. Admission prices for dances and concerts are modest, and children under 18 years are free with a paid adult. Bring your friends, make new friends, get some exercise (dancing), or just relax and enjoy traditional American music. The Living Tradition events are partially funded by a grant from the Anaheim Arts Council. For reservations, concert information and booking inquiries, please contact Gary Trobridge at concerts@thelivingtradition.org or (714) 955-3807. $16 per person ($13 with Living Tradition membership discount). Children under 18 FREE with paid adult. Free Parking. 7:30 pm.

Sun, July 19 – House Concert – Chino Hills, CA. Email bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com for info.

Fri, July 24 – FAR West Folk Alliance Benefit at Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR. Mother Hen Promotions Fundraiser to raise awareness of Folk Alliance Region West in the PacNW as well as funds for the use at FAR-West (Folk Alliance Region West) 2015 conference Howard Larman Scholarship (to pay registration fees for artists who might not otherwise be able to attend the conference) and the Venue Sponsorship Fund. FAR-West’s ongoing mission (since 2002) is to foster and promote traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance, storytelling and related performing arts in the Western United States and Canada.Featuring Chico Schwall and BW. $5-$20 donation at the door. 7:30 pm.

Sun, July 26-Thu, July 30 – Rivertunes Music Camp – Coloma, CA. American River Resort – 6019 New River Road. RiverTunes is a small community-based volunteer assisted Music Camp, whose purpose is to validate, encourage and promote the creative music abilities of all people with informally learned American Roots Music. We are three and a half days of acoustic music instruction, performance opportunities, evening activities, jamming, dance and more in a breathtaking outdoor setting in the heart of California’s beautiful gold country. It’s an opportunity to study with a variety of string, voice, percussion and keyboard-based instruments in a variety of genre. Traditional and Contemporary Folk and Americana, Blues, Pop, Hawaiian, Tin Pan Alley, Bluegrass, Old Time, Swing and Dance are just some of the styles delved into. Improvisation, Rhythm, Songwriting, Theory, Performance Craft and Jamming are a few of the popular topics.Camping out under the stars,making new friends and reuniting with friends of RiverTunes past, eating delicious/nutritious catered food, tons of laughter, very little sleep, and so much more, are what await us every year.

check out the greeting committee at our West Chester house concert!! Seriously y’all, the Schulz family throws the BEST party, and they know how to make a girl feel welcome!

 well looky here what my friends Pat & Mini-Cooper Bill gave me…woop!!!


A mysterious light-lined cruise ship window appeared behind me in Brooklyn at Artsville, NY!

the crew from the Wood and Stone retreat…SO much fun!

my little house in the woods at Jane’s Island State Park. If that doesn’t say ‘writer’s retreat’ I don’t know what does! 

 democracy in action! Here we are deciding our schedule for the last day…


loved singing with Phil Madeira and  Naked Blue!

 our delious back porch crab feast thanks to Jen & Scott & Annie (our fabulous chef)…welcome to Maryland! Thank you Sam Segal for the great pics from the concert and retreat!

 took my breath away…

 Hey, Route 5 Wine Bar, I love the new sign! :) 

can’t wait to be a part of this fest! even if i weren’t playing i would still want to go to there.


4. THE FUTURE. The rest of the summer holds many more travels for me. I’m thrilled to be heading to CO and then doing some more shows with the great Dave Stoddard, including closing out the Great River Folk Festival in La Crosse, WI. Woop! 

I’m still plugging away at my poetry book, trying to get the art work just right. I’m letting things percolate a bit on the song of the month club and next project – a live acoustic album. I have learned over the years that I am slow to process sometimes, but that’s ok with me (see “Backroads”). :)  All will happen in good time, exactly when it should. Sometimes a seed takes time to grow!

Thank you for cheering me on and for supporting me in my musical journey! May your summer be long and filled with adventures!  Hope to see you out there on the road.  With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood
 

World Headquarters: www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years. I think I just saw a tumbleweed.

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

 

Down the road a piece…

8/1- Eugene, OR – Route 5 NW Wine Bar 

8/4- Port Angeles, WA – Private Party 

8/7- Evergreen, CO – House Concert at The Place 

8/9  – Boulder, CO – Columbine Unity Church – special music

8/10-14 – Lyons, CO- Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School

8/15 – Colorado Springs, CO- Pederson Backyard Concert w/Tom Faulkner 

8/20 – Fergus Falls, MN – Concerts in the Park w/Dave Stoddard

8/21  – Dalton, MN- Dalton Opera House w/Dave Stoddard

8/22 – Elizabeth, MN- The Nave w/Dave Stoddard 

8/27 – Iron River, WI- Lellodgio House Concert Series w/Dave Stoddard 

8/28  – Hopkins, MN- Green Galaxy Garage Concerts w/Dave Stoddard

8/29 – La Crosse, WI- Great River Folk Festival w/Dave Stoddard

8/30 – La Crosse, WI- Great River Folk Festival w/Dave Stoddard 

9/4 – Eugene, OR- Silvan Ridge Winery 

9/5 – Portland, OR – Art in the Pearl

9/8-11- Sisters, OR – Americana Song Academy 

9/12 – Sisters, OR – Sisters Folk Festival

9/13 – Sisters, OR – Sisters Folk Festival 

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June Newsy Newsletter is here!

Hello June!

Tuesday May 26, 2015

icon Welcome to the blooming rose party!
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful spring as much as I am! The roses here in Eugene are in their full glory. It simply takes my breath away. So I’m walking around breathless thinking I should tell you about what’s coming up!

Fri, May 29 – University Club Fundraiser & Concert – Albany, NY

Sat, May 30 – Private House Concert – West Chester, PA

Sun, May 31 – Artsville NY House Concert – Brooklyn, NY

Thu, Jun 4 – Mon, Jun 8 – Wood and Stone Retreat – Crisfield, MD

Sat, Jun 6 – City Dock Serenade Concert – Crisfield, MD

Fri, Jun 12 – Private Vocal Workshop – Eugene, OR

Tue, Jun 23 – National Anthem at PK Park – Eugene, OR

Sat, Jun 27 – National Anthem at PK Park – Eugene, OR

1. GRATITUDE. Special thanks to these wonderful folks who helped make May so magical…Ann & Bob, Terri & Sarah, and all of the amazing team and supporters of Brazos Valley House Concerts, Tom & Cindy Faulkner, Danny Green and all at Patrick’s Place, Freddy & Francine and Axe & Fiddle, Ben Debaldo and the amazing musicians and supporters at Rogue Valley Roots Festival, Ginger & Larry, Bill & Sue & Scott and all a Peninsula Arts Center, Ocea and family, and to everyone who made my birthday so special.

2. CALL TO ACTION. I’ve got a couple of dates to fill so thought I’d shout it out and see if anyone has ideas or interest in hosting a house concert! Firstly, I’m looking for a southern California show on Sunday, July 19. Anyone have ideas? And secondly, my friend David Stoddard will be doing an August tour in WI and MN. We’re looking for a house concert or other super cool event on fri, aug 28. It needs to be close driving distance to La Crosse, WI, where we are playing at the Great River Folk Festival on 8/29 and 30!

3. THE NEWS.

The big news of my summer is teaching opportunities. I am THRILLED to be leading workshops at the Wood and Stone Retreat coming up next week in MD and also at Joe Craven’s Rivertunes music camp in CA in July. There are a few slots left at the Wood and Stone retreat so come on and join us if you can! I’m also honored to be asked to lead another private vocal workshop here in Eugene this month. It is a fun 45 minute long exploration of breathing for singing and ways to access natural and easy singing! If anyone has interest in this workshop, holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com!

In other news, I’ve got a really sweet run of northeast shows coming up.. a wonderful fundraiser concert for the University Club in Albany, a private house concert in West Chester, PA, and the amazing Artsville NY house concert series in Brooklyn. If you have peeps in Albany or New York City, please feel free to pass along the info!!

And I’m excited to be continuing my weird hobby of singing our National Anthem at opening night of our Eugene Emeralds baseball team and also on the Sat, June 23! I had a chance to sing it for our soccer team, Lane United’s opening game and it was a blast.

I was so fortunate to be playing at the Peninsula Arts Center in Long Beach, WA at the same time that the great Scott Docherty was filming for their promotional video. Scott set up several cameras and we even toyed with the idea of having a doggie cam but decided it might be too distracting! :) Here is the end result after Scott’s masterful editing. It’s a realitively new song called “Gone Too Soon”.  and another one of “Whiskey”! Thank you, Scott!

beth wood - gone too soon

beth wood -whiskey

 

Well my poetry book is in motion! I have decided on a title: “Kazoo Symphonies”, and I saw some cover ideas from wonderful graphic artist Chris Everett. Now it is in the fine-tuning stages…can’t believe it’s really happening! Thank you to all of you who have encouraged me to share my poetry…be careful what you wish for! :)

And finally I turn my thoughts to the folks in Texas who are reeling from this epic weather and flooding. I turn my prayers to those devastated by this and to friends who are coming together to help their community. I turn my heart toward Texas where it was formed and began beating. Texas is strong and will rebuild. In the mean time I’m sending my love there. I recorded my “The Weather Inside” CD in Wimberley at Blue Rock Studio and it was a transformative experience. Billy and Dodee are ok and reaching out and helping their neighbors. I’ll be donating to the Red Cross Disaster Relief, which I know is a small gesture but it is something I can do. You can find info here.

4. JUNE SHOWS…Life is so uncertain. Please call ahead!

Fri, May 29 – University Club Fundraiser & Concert – Albany, NY. 141 Washington Ave. 518-463-1151. The University Club of Albany was founded in 1901 by prominent citizens of the Albany area in order to “establish and maintain assembly rooms, promote social activities among the members and cultivate and maintain university spirit in the City of Albany.” More than one hundred years later, the history and tradition endures. The University Club continues to attract the best and brightest from all walks of life and to offer services and facilities that respond to the current social and business needs of a diverse and unique membership. BW is thrilled to be a part of the 5th Annual Pinkster Celebration and Fundraiser evening! This concert is a fundraiser for repairs to the National-Register listed University Club building! All are welcome! $25. The 2015 Pinkster Celebration will feature a cocktail reception with light fare and cash bar from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., followed by the concert by Beth Wood. Two levels of tickets are available for the Pinkster Celebration with Beth Wood: $25 per person for General Admission or $50 per person for Preferred Seating. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the University Club at 518-463-1151 or tickets may be purchased online at www.universityclubalbany.com.  7 pm.   

Sat, May 30 – Private House Concert – West Chester, PA. 

Sun, May 31 – Artsville NY House Concert – Brooklyn, NY. Artsville hosts intimate live music experiences called house concerts. Tickets are $15. Doors at 7:30 pm. Music at 8:00 pm. Tickets available now here: http://www.welcometoartsville.com/tickets/2015/5/31/beth-wood-artsville-house-concerts-ny  (You get the secret address when you buy a ticket. Seating is limited.) This season in Artsville NY we’re recording each House Concert and releasing a special live EP from each show! Every ticket holder will receive a free download code at the show!! $15 suggested donation. 8 pm. 

Thu, Jun 4 – Mon, Jun 8 – Wood and Stone Retreat – Crisfield, MD.Jane’s Island State Park (The park is located in Somerset County near Crisfield and may be reached by MD RT 13 to Westover; RT 413, approximately 11 miles to Plantation Road (right turn), 1 1/2 miles to park entrance (Alfred Lawson Drive, right turn). The Wood and Stone Songwriting Retreat was dreamed up by musicians Scott & Jen Smith (of the duo Naked Blue) to continue and celebrate the learning and community that takes place in their Baltimore studio. Every June, Scott & Jen host their Songwriting Retreat at Jane’s Island State Park in Crisfield, MD, as well as assorted Day Workshops in a variety of locations. BW is thrilled to be a part of this year’s retreat along with Scott, Jen, and the great Phil Madeira. Let the fun begin!! There are a few spots left!! Info about registration is here: http://www.woodandstoneretreat.com/registration_info.html   

Sat, Jun 6 – City Dock Serenade Concert – Crisfield, MD. 1300 W. Main Street. City Dock Serenade…Join songwriters and performers Phil Madeira and BW, plus duo Naked Blue, for a free concert on the City Dock. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for an evening of stories, songs and a Chesapeake Bay sunset. 6 pm.    

Fri, Jun 12 – Private Vocal Workshop – Eugene, OR

Tue, Jun 23 – National Anthem at PK Park – Eugene, OR. Opening day for the Eugene Emeralds! Tickets available at the Emeralds website. Go Ems! 7:05 pm.

Sat, Jun 27 – National Anthem at PK Park – Eugene, OR. Tickets available at the Emeralds website. Go Ems! 7:05 pm.

My dad Bob giving announcements at the final Brazos Valley House Concert. Like his t-shirt?!! :)

Me and my buddy the great Tom Faulkner having some serious fun!

Pure singing joy

and this was the wonderful crowd!

the gorgous setting at Patrick’s Place Music Series. I got a very weird sun tan. 

This was the sunset on our drive back to PK Lake. I miss that big Texas sky. Don’t worry, Bob was driving.

 and yet another gorgous sky waiting for me in Ashland…from my hotel balcony!

 the beautiful and intimate Peninsula Arts Center

 love this pic fromScott Docherty’s editing station!

 

5. THE FUTURE…It’s going to be a great summer full of wonderful events, learning experiences and collaborations. I can’t wait for it to unfold, and I can’t wait to see you out there on the road. As always, thank you for reading and for believing in me and my music. With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years. I think I just saw a tumbleweed.

 

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

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May Newsy News is here!

Hey there, May, can you keep a secret?Monday Apr 27, 2015
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Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!May is my favorite month for many reasons. Flowers, sun, birthdays, flip flops, you name it. :) There are many exciting things happening this month! Here’s where I’ll be in a nutshell, and then as always, I hope you’ll scroll down for more details, newsy news, gratitude, and my various musings.Sat, May 2 – Brazos Valley House Concerts – Graford, TX

Sun, May 3 – Patrick’s Place Music Series – Coppell, TX

Wed, May 6 – Axe & Fiddle -Cottage Grove, OR

Sat, May 9 – Rogue Valley Roots Festival – Ashland, OR

Sun, May 10 – Rogue Valley Roots Festival – Ashland, OR

Sat, May 16 – Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA

Fri, May 29 – University Club – Albany, NY

Sat, May 30 – Private House Concert – West Chester, PA

Sun, May 31 – Artsville NY House Concert – Brooklyn, NY

June 4-8 – Wood and Stone Songwriting Retreat – Crisfield, MD

1. GRATITUDE…Um, wow. So many wonderful folks helped me have an awesome April! Special thanks to my band (Tyler Fortier, Peter Perdichizzi, Milo Fultz, Merlin Showalter, Erik Berg-Johansen and Erin Flood-Fortier) for bringing it big time. Thanks to Axe & Fiddle, O’Connor’s Vault and Matt Miner, Richard Moore & Cal Scott, to the Mazenko family, Lynn & Terry & Lynn & Brenda, Chris at Southwest baggage services at Jacksonville airport, Craig & Alexa & Gayle, Jessica and everyone at the Barnacle State Park, Keith, the Oxford-Pickerals, Steve and Debbie Gibson and all the Avalonians, the Howe family, Jim and all at the MCL Grand Theater, Tom Faulkner and Michael Hearne, Bill & Micki, Jerry & Pam, and Matthew and Tweed for the inspiration.

2. THE NEWS…Friends, there are a few spots left at the Wood and Stone Retreat that is happening June at beautiful Jane’s Island State Park in Crisfield, MD. I am absolutey thrilled to have been invited to be a part of this year’s fun along with founders Jen & Scott Smith (Naked Blue) and Phil Madeira. (Phil and I wrote “To Get To Zero” together…how fun is that??! Who knows, maybe we’ll write some more!)  Check out the Wood and Stone Retreat here!

May is loaded up with wonderful shows! I am so thrilled to be sharing the stage again with the great Tom Faulkner at the final concert at Brazos Valley House Concerts! Ok here’s a Brag Alert, y’all: this wonderful concert series was started by my parents and their friends to bring music out to PK Lake. They have hosted wonderful shows that enriched the community and supported touring artists for the last five years. I gotta admit, I’m really proud of them for putting their beliefs and values into action, and I’m super excited to play the final show of the series! There are a few spots left– email Bob at bob@abwoodpk.com for info and reservations. And then it’s off to Coppell to Patrick’s Place Music Series to make up for our show that got iced out a couple winters ago! This Sunday afternoon show will be in a lovely garden setting and all ages are welcome!

I’m super excited to play at Axe & Fiddle again this month.. this time solo acoustic as a co-bill with the wonderful duo Freddy and Francine. I met these guys in California and was instantly blown away by their harmonies and awesome stage presence! I secretly want to be the third member of their duo.

I was thrilled to get the call from Ben at Gaia Concerts to be a part of the very firstRogue Valley Roots Festival in Ashland, OR on Mother’s Day weekend! The line up for this festival is out-of-this-world awesome. Peter Rowan, Shook Twins, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, The Dustbowl Revival, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Liz Longley, Honey Whiskey Trio, Anne & Pete Sibley, Misner & Smith, Anthony D’Amato and lil ol’ me! I will be opening the festival on Saturday and also hosting the community hour concert on Sunday, where we will celebrate mothers and women and life and music and community…I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be!

And I was thrilled to be invited to perform at the Peninsula Arts Center in Long Beach, WA before heading off to the northeast for a few wonderful shows at theUniversity Club in Albany, a house concert inWest Chester, PA and and Artsville NY House Concert in Brooklyn!

Here’s an awesome video that Marty took of our band playing “Uncover You” at the Axe & Fiddle! Brought me back to the good old Atlanta days when I played with my band of redheads! :)

beth wood band uncover you

Well, my guitar and I had a scare there in Jacksonville! After being rerouted due to weather to St Louis, back to Chicago, through Nashville and finally to Jacksonville, my guitar apparently did not take the same journey that I did. But here’s the beautiful part. I put out the call and within minutes, I had a beautiful Martin guitar to borrow for my house concert that night, thanks to Lynn and Lynn and Brenda and their generous neighbor John. And then dear friends Scott and Michelle Dalzieldrove up to the house concert and brought me a capo and some hugs. And lo and behold, Chris from Southwest Airlines baggage office in Jacksonville tracked down my guitar and had it delivered to my hotel to be waiting for me when I got back that night. It was scary but also a beautiful lesson in reaching out for help and trusting that the universe will provide. Good stuff!!

3. MAY SHOWS. Life is so uncertain. Please call ahead!

Sat, May 2 – Brazos Valley House Concerts – Graford, TX. This is the grand finale of this long running house concert series at The Cliffs. With the great Tom Faulkner! For info, reservations and directions, please contact Bob at bob@abwoodpk.com. Suggested donation $15-$20. 7:30 pm. 

Sun, May 3 – Patrick’s Place Music Series – Coppell, TX. Concert will be held at Patrick’s Place Garden, Church of the Apostles, 322 S. MacArthur Blvd. In lieu of tickets, donations are accepted at the door (suggested donation $15). All proceeds go to the performer. For information: patricksplacemusic@gmail.com. 3 pm. All ages welcome.

Wed, May 6 – Axe & Fiddle -Cottage Grove, OR. 657 East Main St. Another great night at the Axe & Fiddle! BW will play a solo set. This evening is a co-bill with the incredible duo Freddy & Francine!  $7. 8:30 pm.

Sat, May 9 & Sun, May 10 – Rogue Valley Roots Festival – Ashland, OR.At Southern Oregon University Music Hall, 405 South Mountain Ave. For info call 541-708-0715. The GAIA Project presents the “Rogue Valley Rootsfest 2015,” a weekend long boutique festival celebrating American Roots Music. Eleven nationally and regionally known performers will be producing some of the best Roots music this side of the Mississippi! Included in the line up are past GRAMMY winners and nominees and current GRAMMY nominees. Festival line up includes: Peter Rowan, Shook Twins, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, The Dustbowl Revival, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Liz Longley, Honey Whiskey Trio, Anne & Pete Sibley, Misner & Smith, Anthony D’Amato and BW!! Because the festival falls on Mother’s Day weekend, we have something special planned for the mothers and wives in the audience. BW opens the festival at noon on Saturday and hosts the community hour on Sunday morning!

Sat, May 16 – Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA. 504 Pacific Ave N. The Long Beach Acoustic Music Series presents the best and brightest in the Northwest music scene in an intimate house-concert-style setting with professional production and staging at the Peninsula Arts Center on Pacific Avenue in Long Beach. The Peninsula Arts Center is a Fair Trade Music venue. Tickets are $12 at the door. We take cash, credit cards, and checks. Wine, beer, and other refreshments are available for purchase. Concerts benefit the Long Beach Peninsula Acoustic Music Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. 7 pm. 

Fri, May 29 – University Club – Albany, NY. 141 Washington Ave. The University Club of Albany was founded in 1901 by prominent citizens of the Albany area in order to “establish and maintain assembly rooms, promote social activities among the members and cultivate and maintain university spirit in the City of Albany.” More than one hundred years later, the history and tradition endures. The University Club continues to attract the best and brightest from all walks of life and to offer services and facilities that respond to the current social and business needs of a diverse and unique membership. This concert is a fundraiser for repairs to the National-Register listed University Club building! All are welcome! $25. 7 pm. 

Sat, May 30 – Private House Concert – West Chester, PA

Sun, May 31 – Artsville NY House Concert – Brooklyn, NY. Artsville hosts intimate live music experiences called house concerts. Tickets available now on the Artsville NY website! (You get the secret address when you buy a ticket. Seating is limited.) Tickets are $15. Doors at 7:30 pm. Music at 8:00 pm.

June 4-8 – Wood and Stone Songwriting Retreat – Crisfield, MD. Jane’s Island State Park. The Wood and Stone Songwriting Retreat was dreamed up by musicians Scott & Jen Smith (of the duo Naked Blue) to continue and celebrate the learning and community that takes place in their Baltimore studio. Every June, Scott & Jen host their Songwriting Retreat at Jane’s Island State Park in Crisfield, MD, as well as assorted Day Workshops in a variety of convenient locations. BW is thrilled to be a part of this year’s retreat along with Scott, Jen, and the great Phil Madeira. Let the fun begin!! Info about registration is here:http://www.woodandstoneretreat.com/registration_info.html

4. CUTE PICS AND STUFF

Dude. Our band show at Axe & Fiddle was EPIC!! Thanks to this amazing band and all the awesome folks who rocked out with us!

We had so much fun at the Songwriters in the Round show at O’Connor’s Vault! Richard Moore and Cal Scott sure know how to crack me up. :) Thanks Charles Perry for the great shots! 

 Well here we are…reunited! Whew. That was a close one! I wonder what my guitar did on his 24 hour walkabout?

This was my morning view in Miami. Thanks to brotha Keith for letting me stay on his boat!

 The “before” pic of our show at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville. It is truly grand.

It was an absolute dream to share the stage with Tom Faulkner and Michael Hearne. I had to pinch myself several times. Lots of really nice folks braved a stormy night to come out and be with us. I think we are going to call our band Song Sammich. Thanks Gary Busk for the photos! 

 the “after” pic!

My point of view at Concerts at Our House in Seattle. Note the cupholder on the mic stand. This is a first class place! :) What an amazing night we had..thank you Bill and Micki!

And this is the view behind me at the Words and Music series in Vaughn, WA. Absolutely took my breath away! Thankfully I got it back in time to sing some songs…

Thank you Ken Johnson for sharing this artsy shot from Words and Music!

 This was happening in my neighborhood one morning recently.

Timber and Coda update: they are still very, very cute. :) 

 

5. THE FUTURE…This summer I am giving myself the gift of returning to Lyons, CO for Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School! I can’t wait for some time there by the river to write and connect with good friends! And let’s be honest, I will have to do some fishing, too. :) There is so much great stuff happening that sometimes I have to pinch myself that I get to do this for my job. It is only possible because of YOU, dear Reader. Thank you for cheering me on and for supporting my musical journey! Hope to see you down the road.  Your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years. I think I just saw a tumbleweed.

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

 

 

 

 

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Well hello there, April, bring on the flowers!

Hey there, April, I’m so glad you’re here…

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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(Thanks, Jacqui for the photo!)

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

What a whirlwind March was, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Here’s where I’ll be in April… scroll down for news, gratitude, pics and show details!

Fri, Apr 3 – Axe & Fiddle – Cottage Grove, OR

Mon, Apr 6 – O’Connor’s Vault – Portland, OR

Fri, Apr 10 – Private House Concert – Jacksonville, FL

Sat, Apr 11 – Our Kind of Folk House Concert – Seminole, FL

Sun, Apr 12 – Barnacles Under the Moonlight Concerts – Coconut Grove, FL

Wed, Apr 15 – Private Workshop & Concert – Eugene, OR

Sat, Apr 18 – Texas Tunes Concert Series – Lewisville, TX

Fri, Apr 24 – Concerts at Our House – Seattle, WA

Sat, Apr 25 – Words & Music Concert Series – Vaughn, WA

1.  GRATITUDE. Wow. Am I ever grateful! Thank you to these fine folks who made the epic whirlwind of March so wonderful…Dave & Molly Stoddard, Mark Samuelson and friends, Harriet & Barret Wicklund and friends, Dan and Justin at the Space Station, Sean and Kate and friends at Pomme de Terre Pottery, Christine Dean and KUMD, Jason and Beaner’s Central, Bill & Kate Isles, Jamie and all at the New York Mills Cultural Center, Tom May and Artichoke Music, Renee and Quincy, Cheryl & Clint, John Floridis and the Crystal Theater, Sarah Sample and James, Jason and Doc and Live From the Divide, and Sarah Calhoun and friends, and all the good folks who came out to listen!

2. THE NEWS. Well I know you’ll never believe this but April will be a whirlwind, too, just slightly more flowery than March. :) I am super excited for another split bill with the great Tyler Fortier and our bad-ass band in Cottage Grove. These guys rock and we have SO MUCH FUN! And then I’m stoked for another fun songwriters-in-the-round evening with Cal Scott and Richard Moore in Portland! I get to take a short trip to FL for three wonderful shows, and then to Lewisville, TX for an evening with Tom Faulkner and Michael Hearne…and to cap it off, I get to return to Concerts at Our House in Seattle and play at Words & Music concert series in Vaughn, WA… somebody please pinch me!

When I was in Missoula, I had the chance to be interviewed by John Floridis for his Montana Public Radio show Musician’s Spotlight.  Guests on the show have included legendary musicians like B.B King, Alison Krauss, Lyle Lovett, Wilco, Brandi Carlile, Daryl Jones of the Rolling Stones, The Cowboy Junkies, Richard Thompson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bruce Cockburn, Shawn Colvin, and more.  Whaaaaaat?!?!!?  That’s so awesome.  And now little ol’ me. Thanks John! I loved our conversation and can’t wait to hear how it turns out. I’ll be sure to share a link when it is ready.

Other big news: I will be launching my Song of the Month Club again!! But before I get it going, I want to get your feedback…Song Clubbers, is there anything that you’d like to change about the Song of the Month Club? Does Paypal work ok for you?  Please let me know as I am open to all feedback. If you are new to the concept of the Song of the Month Club, I hope you’ll consider joining when I launch it again! Basically, I created the SOTM Club to engage folks in my creative process, to release new material, and to raise money for my CD project I was working on. I asked for a minimum of $10 (and a maximum of whatever you like…the sky’s the limit!!) and I sent a recording of one unreleased song along with liner notes and lyrics on the first of the month for 10 months. So my vision for SOTM Club 2.0 includes songs that are acoustic, guitar and vocal tracks because that’s the direction in which I’m feeling pulled for my next CD!  Look out for my launch soon! Who knows, maybe I’ll throw in a poem or two!!

I was so honored to be a part of the Good Life Central Oregon podcast this month! My buddy Jeremy Storton, a super talented creative spirit and entrepreneur and bad-ass singer-songwriter and guitar player, created the Good Life Central Oregon podcast to highlight stories of folks who are a part of life in central Oregon! I loved our conversation and you can take a listen/look here!

Man, we were so fortunate to get some really fun videos from my Minnesota tour with Dave Stoddard and my Montana shows with Sarah Sample!!  Thank you to Ron Kutsi, the Space Station, and Live from the Divide for capturing these fun moments!  Check some out here…

Here’s me and Dave doing “Get Good”…

beth wood- its gonna get good

Here’s some great concert footage and interviews with me & Dave…

david stoddard and beth wood

and here’s me and Sarah Sample at our Bozeman sound check!

sarah sample and beth wood

3. APRIL SHOWS.  Life is so uncertain…please call ahead!

Fri, Apr 3 – Axe & Fiddle – Cottage Grove, OR. 657 East Main St. 541-942-5942. Located in the heart of historic Cottage Grove, the Axe & Fiddle is a true pub, full of locals enjoying great music, great food, microbrews and a full bar. Come on down and become an honorary local! BW and Tyler Fortier will share the stage with their insanely awesome band of Peter Perdichizzi, Milo Fultz, Erin Flood-Fortier, Erik Berg-Johansen, and Merlin Showalter. 8:30 pm. $8.   

Mon, Apr 6 – O’Connor’s Vault – Portland, OR.  7850 S.W. Capitol Hwy. Matt Miner Presents another in-the-round evening with BW and the great Cal Scott and Richard Moore!! Info 503-484-8196 or mattminermusic [AT] gmail.com. 7 pm. $12 in advance/$15 at the door. 

Fri, Apr 10 – Private House Concert – Jacksonville, FL

Sat, Apr 11 – Our Kind of Folk House Concert – Seminole, FL.  Open to the public. Reservations are requested as often seating limited. Directions to the specific venue will be given with your reservations. For more info or to make reservations use the For reservations, please call Craig Huegel: (727) 422-6583 or Email: Huegelc55 [AT] aol.com.

Sun, Apr 12 – Barnacles Under the  Moonlight Concerts – Coconut Grove, FL. The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway. The Barnacle is located in Coconut Grove (Miami) at 3485 Main Highway. (305) 442-6866. Enjoy a magical evening of live music under the moonlight! Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics welcome. No pets, please. Admission: $10 Future members. $8 Members. $3 ages 6-9. Under 6 free. Gate opens at 5:30 p.m. Music from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wed, Apr 15 – Private Workshop & Concert – Eugene, OR

Sat, Apr 18 – Texas Tunes Concert Series – Lewisville, TX. MCL Grand Theater, 100 North Charles St. The Texas Tunes series features performers from music halls and festivals throughout the state who present great music in a variety of genres, but all with that unique Texas flair that has made the state a hotbed for fans of live music. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors age 60 and older or children age 12 and younger. Lewisville residents are able to purchase single-show tickets for $10 each, either in advance at City Hall or on the performance date at the MCL Grand box office. BW will share the stage with the great Tom Faulkner and Michael Hearne!! 8 pm. 

Fri, Apr 24 – Concerts at Our House – Seattle, WA. “Concerts At Our House” is the name we use to describe parties in our home where friends and guests come together to experience live acoustic music up-close and personal in a warm, friendly, and intimate environment. The singer-songwriters hosted at these parties range from emerging artists to seasoned, mainstage nationally and internationally touring performers in the contemporary folk, folk-pop/rock and Americana genres. With room for 50 people in our living room, we generally hold 12-16 concert parties annually. For legal reasons these parties are officially “by invitation” only. To receive an invitation to a show and/or be added to the e-list for announcements of upcoming shows email house.concerts[at]comcast.net with “Add” in the subject line. Please include your name and a contact phone number in case we need to reach you quickly due to any last minute change in plans for a concert you are planning on attending. $20 suggested donation. 7 pm doors/ 8 pm music.   

Sat, Apr 25 – Words & Music Concert Series – Vaughn, WA. Words and Music House Concerts take place in an intimate, waterfront setting that allows you to meet and talk with your favorite Poets, Authors and Singer/Songwriters. For information, write info [AT] watermarkwriters.com or call 253-778-6559. Donations go to the artists. Additional funds go to Watermark Writers’ youth programs. We suggest a donation of $20 per person for the concerts.  

Thank you Jeff Z for this pic from the Wicklund’s wonderful house concert in Fergus! I love playing with Dave Stoddard!

I love this pic from our video shoot at the Space Station…wheeeeeee!

and check out this brilliant, artsy shot from Holly D! Can you find me?!?

ummm..did i mention it was cold in Fergus Falls, MN?

We had a blast singing at KUMD in Duluth. Right before this, we had a spontaneous hallway jam with a kick-ass band called The Dead Horses. If we had known they were coming, we would have warmed up on a song that’s not in D flat.  :) But they were really good sports and jammed it up good!!!

Ridiculous Montana sky…

As our luck would have it, one of the sponsors of our Live From The Divide show in Bozeman is a fried chicken restaurant…woop!! Here I am with the luminous Sarah Sample trying not to look full.

Beautiful Sarah singing “If I Needed You” from her beautiful CD called “Til The Morning: Lullabies and Songs of Comfort” she recorded with Edie Carey. GAWGEOUS!!

I was just a little bit excited about playing at the Red Ants Pants headquarters!!

It was a wonderful night among the pants and lovely folks in White Sulphur Springs!

 

4. THE FUTURE.  There are so many things to look forward to!  My poetry book is in the artwork phase. I’ve got wonderful shows and collaborations are coming up, and I can’t wait to get my Song Of the Month Club rolling again!  And I’m starting to get super excited for some teaching this summer at The Wood and Stone Songwriting Retreat in June and Joe Craven’s Rivertunes Music Camp in July. Woop!!

I hope we can all take a little time to enjoy the wonder of spring all around us. And I hope to see you all out there on the road. Thank you for reading, for sharing your thoughts, for coming out to shows and for cheering me on in my musical journey!  With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: BethWoodMusic, PO Box 864, Eugene, OR, 97440

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years.

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

 

P. S. TIMBER & CODA UPDATE…guess what, we went to the beach!!!

Coda says, “I know I look very regal here, but really I’m just staring at the ball.”  Coda’s not much of a swimmer, but he loves lying in the sand!

And then there’s THIS guy!! Timber was in pure heaven. We think he may be part seal. 

 

Down the road a piece…

5/2 – Brazos Valley House Concerts – Graford, TX

5/3 – Patrick’s Place Music Series – Coppell, TX

5/6 – Axe & Fiddle – Cottage Grove, OR

5/8 – National Anthem for LUFC Home Opener- Springfield, OR

5/9 – Rogue Valley Roots Festival – Ashland, OR

5/10 – Rogue Valley Roots Festival – Ashland, OR

5/16 – Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA

5/29 – University Club – Albany, NY

5/30 – Private House Concert – West Chester, PA

5/31 –  Artsville House Concerts NY – Brooklyn, NY

6/4-8 – The Wood and Stone Retreat – Crisfield, MD

Well hello there, March! News and other stuff..

Well hello there, March.

Wednesday Feb 25, 2015

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Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

Well, we blinked and short little Feb was gone!! March has lots of good things in store. I know I’m a few days early, but I wanted to get my newsletter out before leaving for my “My Toes Are Numb” tour of MN and WI!

Things have been beautiful and sunny here in Oregon but I hear the rain returns this week. I had epic good times in Sisters and Bend last month, as well as couple of hometown gigs and a songwriting workshop with some wonderful folks. I love my job!

In a nutshell, here are my shows coming up. As always, I hope you’ll scroll down for more show details and for news, gratitude, and musings.

Thu, Feb 26 – Crossings at Carnagie – Zumbrota, MN
Fri, Feb 27 – Grassroots Concerts – Nisswa, MN
Sat, Feb 28 – The Pump House – La Crosse, WI
Mon, Mar 2 – House Concert – Fergus Falls, MN
Tue, Mar 3 – House Concert – Fergus Falls, MN
Wed, Mar 4 – Live Video Shoot! – Fergus Falls, MN
Thu, Mar 5 – House Concert – near Dalton, MN
Fri, Mar 6 – Beaner’s Central – Duluth, MN
Sat, Mar 7 – New York Mills Cultural Center – New York Mills, MN
Fri, Mar 20 – River City Folk Live At Artichoke – Portland, OR
Tue, Mar 24 – Crystal Theatre – Missoula, MT
Wed, Mar 25 – Live From The Divide – Bozeman, MT
Thu, Mar 26 – Red Ants Pants House Concert – White Sulphur Springs, MT

 

1. GRATITUDE…Special thanks to Brad and Kerani and everyone at the Sisters Folk Festival Winter Concerts, to the Sisters High School Americana Project students, to Foghorn String Band, to JoAn Mann – ever gracious hostess, and to Anne Weiss for friendship and collaboration and amazing artistry and to Eric for driving, to Steve and Debbie Gibson, Cross Current and Walker T Ryan and all the folks at Oakshire for helping to raise money for Opportunity Village Eugene, and to the Avalonians for a wonderful afternoon workshop full of heart and inspiration!

2. THE NEWS…March is shaping up to be jam packed! Not quite as crazy as the time I played 32 college shows in March, but busy nonetheless! I am thrilled to play solo shows at three wonderful venues in MN and WI, and then join my buddy Dave Stoddard for more fun and harmonies!

Also, it turns out you can drive to MT from Portland! I’m excited to explore new territory there in March thanks to my fabulous booking agent Renee, and I will have my fingers and toes crossed for beautiful weather there as I play shows in Bozeman, Missoula, and White Sulphur Springs.

April is not so shabby either. From a band show with the great Tyler Fortier in Cottage Grove to an in-the-round evening in Lewisville, TX with songwriting greats Tom Faulkner and Michael Hearne to superb house concerts in WA, I simply have to pinch myself sometimes!

Speaking of Florida, anybody in the sunshine state want to host a concert on Friday, April 10? We’ll have a blast and my toes will dance. Holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you have ideas!

My songwriting workshop here in Eugene went so well and was SO much fun that I would like to do more. Especially when I’m out on the road, I think it could work really nicely to do an afternoon workshop before an evening peformance. Let me know if you have thoughts, feedback and/or interest in this idea — I’d love to hear from you!

My poetry book is finally becoming a reality. Every day it becomes more book-like. :) It’s amazing how much work goes into culling, grouping, ordering, and proof-reading. Just like making an album, it becomes all-consuming so that I can’t think of much else!  I am doing my final proof-read this week before sending off for the real work to begin. As of now, the title I am going with is “Kazoo Symphonies” but that could change at any moment. Runner-up is “The Open Window”. I want to thank all of you who have encouraged me in my poetry, especially Dr. Nathan Brown. I am SO excited about this book! Both Nathan Brown and Tom Kimmel inspire me as they both weave poetry and songs into their concerts, adding another dimension of artistry. I hope to do the same!

Many of you have asked if I can share some music in my newsletters, and I love that! The TV show Troubadour, TX has been running some of my songs in recent episodes. It’s so much fun to be a part of this and reach people with my music I otherwise never would have reached!  I found this gem that they recently posted…from the Troubaour, TX outdoor show in Addison, TX, a fun version of “Doing This Dance” with Tom Faulkner on percussion and vocals and Daran DaShazo on guitar. Woohoo!

beth wood - doin' this dance on troubadour, tx music tv

3. UPCOMING SHOWS. Life is so uncertain…please call ahead!

Thu, Feb 26 – Crossings at Carnagie – Zumbrota, MN. 320 East Avenue. Crossings is a wonderful hub for the arts in Zumbrota! Classes, concerts, gift shop, clay studio, and art exhibits all rolled in to one magical place! Tickets may be purchased at crossingsatcarnegie.com or call 507-732-7616 to reserve seats. Reservations suggested. $15 in advance/$18 at the door. 7 pm. http://www.crossingsatcarnegie.com/index.htm

Fri, Feb 27 – Grassroots Concerts – Nisswa, MN. 5459 Co. Rd. 18. 218-829-4092. Concerts held at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar at the Journey Church. GRASSROOTS CONCERTS are the nonprofit cultural offerings of a small, happy society of largely omnivorous but gentle folk dedicated to the preservation of live entertainment in vicarious times. At all shows, seating is first-come, first-served. At each concert, GRASSROOTS welcomes your nonperishable food (or cash) donation to a local food shelf. Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. Showtime is 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30), and you’re encouraged to come early to claim your choice of seats. 7:30 pm.   http://www.grassrootsconcerts.org/Welcome.html

Sat, Feb 28 – The Pump House – La Crosse, WI. 119 King Street. 608-785-1434. The Pump House Regional Arts Center is a non-profit organization founded in 1977. Housed in a re-purposed municipal waterworks structure, the organization offers a wide range of visual and performing arts opportunities that utilize the venue’s theater, 3 art galleries, classroom, pottery studio, and meeting areas. Twin vaulted wood ceilings and historic woodwork accent the remodeled interior of the fully accessible cultural center.The Pump House Regional Arts Center is home to award winning concerts, drama, exhibits, comedy, films, classes and more. Serving as the anchor of the City of La Crosse Arts District for decades, the center is affectionately known by locals as “The Pump House.” $18 members/$21 general advance/$21 members/$25 general day of show. 7:30 pm. http://www.thepumphouse.org/

Mon, Mar 2 – House Concert – Fergus Falls, MN. with Dave Stoddard! Hosted by Mark Samuelson. On Lakeview Drive. For info and RSVP please call 218-736-5779. 7 pm.

Tue, Mar 3 – House Concert – Fergus Falls, MN. With Dave Stoddard! RSVP to 701-426-4003 or wicklund@charter.net. 7 pm.

Wed, Mar 4 – Live Video Shoot! – Fergus Falls, MN. 1221 N. Union. With Dave Stoddard! Come join us – it’s free!! 8 pm.

Thu, Mar 5 – House Concert – near Dalton, MN. with Dave Stoddard! at Pomme de Terre Pottery. email david@davidstoddardmusic.com for info and reservations.

Fri, Mar 6 – Beaner’s Central – Duluth, MN. 218-624-5957. 324 North Central Avenue. With Dave Stoddard! $10 advanced/ $12 Door. 7 pm.   http://www.beanerscentral.com/index.htm

Sat, Mar 7 – New York Mills Cultural Center – New York Mills, MN.  The New York Mills Cultural Center is a rural center for creativity, community vitality, and lifelong learning in the arts. The Cultural Center connects people to artists and to great cultural experiences in rural Minnesota. We offer visitors intimate opportunities to encounter art and artists in our 80-seat concert listening room, two art galleries in a historic building, a gift store featuring local artists, an artist residency program, a sculpture park, and a folk school where everyone can learn to practice a variety of fine and folk arts. With Dave Stoddard! 7:30 pm. Call 218-385-3339 for ticket reservation.  Advance sale price is $12, or $15 the night of the concert.  Student admission is $5 and anyone who brings a donation for the Mills Food Shelf gets a buck reduction in the admission price.    http://www.kulcher.org/

Tue, Mar 24 – Crystal Theatre – Missoula, MT. 515 South Higgins Avenue. (406) 542-6603. With Sarah Sample and John Floridis! 7:30 pm.

Wed, Mar 25 – Live From The Divide – Bozeman, MT. 627 East Peach St. LIVE FROM THE DIVIDE is a radio broadcast created simply as a “A Celebration of the American Songwriter”. The 60 minute show features regionally established & legendary songwriters alike. Based out of an intimate 50 person venue and recording facility in Bozeman, Montana. Artists vary their interactions with the crowd, sometimes poking fun at a live audience member or by taking time to explain the origin of the song they are about to perform. The program provides listeners with an unparalleled opportunity to hear songwriters in a natural stripped down and raw setting. With the great Sarah Sample!! $20.

Thu, Mar 26 – Red Ants Pants House Concert – White Sulphur Springs, MT. 206 E. Main St. Community potluck begins at 6:00 PM. Concert begins around 7:30.

 

We had so much fun at Music in the Glen at Newport Hills! The great Anne Weiss knocked all of our socks of as usual and then we had a special guest on harp Lynne Hyde…smokin’!!

Whaddya know, it was our host JoAn’s birthday! Her son said she likes chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

Whan an awesome pic by Jay Mather from our Sisters Folk Festival Winter Concert…thanks Jay!

 A nice man handed me this note after my set at Oakshire Public House… it totally made my week!! So many people compare me to Dolly.  I think I should meet her and we should do a duet. :)

I love this pic!!! Super psyched to play here!

This happened right outside my office window. The one red flower gets me every time.

Look at these guys off the leash in the front yard. :) Timber and Coda Update: Well they have us wrapped around their little paws. They love to cuddle as much as they love the ball. Our doggy manners classes are going well and both of them will do just about anything for treats. Happy day!

 

4. THE FUTURE. I am busy plotting and planning how to make my next recording a reality! I’m excited about capturing the simple essence of songs played just as I wrote them…with only guitar and voice, or piano and voice. I’m thinking back to Patty Griffin’s first album “Living With Ghosts”, a live demo of just her and her guitar, and what a profund impact it had on me as a young artist. The good news is that the project won’t be crazy expensive, and once I’ve figured out the how and the where, I will open up the process and enlist your help! If you have ideas or thoughts, holla!

It’s a busy spring and we’re already booking into 2016. Sometimes with all this planning, it feels like I’m living my life in the future. But the music always brings me back to the moment. I hope to spend as much time in the moment as I can as I believe that magic happens there.

I am ever grateful for your support and encouragement of me on my musical journey! I love hearing your ideas and feedback! Hope to see you out there on the road soon.  With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood
 

World Headquarters: BethWoodMusic, PO Box 864, Eugene, OR, 97440

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years.

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

 

Down the road a piece…

4/3 Axe & Fiddle – Cottage Grove, OR – BAND SHOW with Tyler Fortier!
4/6 O’Connor’s Vault – Portland, OR – with Cal Scott & Richard Moore!
4/11 Our Kind of Folk House Concerts – Seminole, FL
4/12 The Barnacle Under the Moonlight Concert Series – Coconut Grove, FL
4/18 Texas Tunes Concert Series – Lewisville, TX – with Tom Faulkner & Michael Hearne!
4/24 Concerts at Our House – Seattle, WA
4/25 Words and Music – Vaughn, WA

more shows and other stuff at bethwoodmusic.com

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February, short and sweet, I heart you…

and all of your fabulous happenings!
(This flower is for you.)

 

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

There is much to love about February and I’m so excited to tell you all about it.  Here is a brief outline…and you can scroll down for more details!

1. Gratitude

2. The News

3. February Shows…

 Fri, Feb 6 – Sisters, OR

     Sat, Feb 7 – Bend, OR

     Wed, Feb 11 – Eugene, OR

     Thu, Feb 26 – Zumbrota,  MN

     Fri, Feb 27 – Nisswa, MN

     Sat, Feb 28 – La Crosse, WI

4. The Future

 

1. GRATITUDE…I am so thankful to everyone who helps me in my life’s work. I absolutely could not do it without you!  What an amazing start to the year and if January is any indication of how 2015 is going to go, I’m IN!!  Thank you to Dan & Chery and all at Doverlaff House Concerts for a wonderful evening; to Lincoln Crockett for your artistry and big heart…what fun! Thank you to John & Gigi and crew at their house concert, and to Richard Moore for inspiring me once again! Supa big thanks to John & Dave for being my chariot in TX!  Thanks to Ann & Bop, Chris Rosser, Nan & Dave, Nathan & Ashley, Billy and song circle crew, Kevin & Barbara & all at Hondo’s, Trudy & Tom, Phil and all at Dallas Country Club, Tom Faulkner (you freakin rock!!), to the Howes and the Maurers and friends in Coppell, Matt & Tonya and all at Open Ears Concerts, to Sam Bonds Garage and Jeffrey Martin (you slay me), and to Joan, Alex & Ginger and friends in Roseburg..we had a blast!

2.  THE NEWS…This short month has no shortage of awesome shows!!  I am super excited for a trip over the mountain this weekend to Sisters and Bend.  Brad Tisdel invited me to sing for the Sisters High School Americana Project class, so I’m thrilled and honored to get to be with them for a little while.  And I can’t WAIT to sing with the great Anne Weiss at Music in the Glen at Newport Hills house concert!!  Anne’s music is soulful, spirit-filled, smart, and sassy.  One of my favorite things about Anne: she leads a choir in Portland called The Everyone Welcome Community Choir/Singing Class, how cool is that!  Here’s one of my favorite of Anne’s songs, “Day of Celebration”.

Next week I am playing at a fundraiser right here in Eugene at the Oakshire Public House (Watershed IPA is my fave…yum)!  It is a free event (although you can donate) and all you have to do is drink beer ($1 from every beer sold on Wednesday goes to the fundraiser!).  I’m excited to raise money and awareness for Opportunity Village Eugene, whose mission to create self-managed communities of low-cost tiny houses for those in need of housing.  YES!  Real people working for real solutions! It’s also Dan Bryant’s birthday, one of the original organizers and current chairman of the board for EVO. If you’d like to learn more about Dan & OVE, click here to see a wonderful article from The Eugene Weekly.

And then for some reason I decided I should go to MN and WI at the end of Feb..burr!! :) I am really excited to play new places on my own, and then my buddy David Stoddard and I will team up in the first week of March for some shows.  We are also going to do some recording together…hopefully we will get enough songs done to do an EP.  We dig playing together so much and we’re eager to share it with everyone!  Some other super exciting news, Dave and I have been invited to play at the Great River Folk Festival in La Crosse, WI in August as a duo… fun stuff!  Wanna help us come up with a name?  Also, anyone in MN wanna host a house concert with me and Dave on Sat, March 8?  Here we are singing on of my favorite Dave Stoddard tunes, “Three Quarter Time”…

david stoddard - three quarter time - with beth wood - creek house concerts - 3.16.2013

A little birdie told me that the great Ara Lee sang a cover of my mission statement song at her show in January!! This makes my heart so happy I can’t even express it in words!  Ara is an AMAZING artist, vocalist, and performer and she’s go soul coming out of every pore!  I’m so excited to know this lady and can’t wait to hear more, and hopefully hear her sing my song in person one day!  You can listen to Ara’s wonderful new music here.

3. FEBRUARY SHOWS.  Life is so uncertain…please call ahead!

Fri, Feb 6 – Sisters Folk Festival Winter Concerts – Sisters, OR. At Sisters High School, 1700 West McKinney Butte Road. The Winter Concert Series brings hot music to the cold season in Sisters. BW opens the show for the Foghorn String Band! The Sisters Folk Festival Winter Concert Series package is $50 for all three shows for adults, $25 for students. Individual tickets are $20 adv./$25 door/$10 student. 7 pm.     

Sat, Feb 7 – Music in the Glen at Newport Hills – Bend, OR. Hosted by the lovely Joan (pronounced JoAnne), this house concert is friendly and intimate, a lovely,setting for music! Seating is limited, please RSVP to ja@prep-profiles.com or 541-480-8830 to reserve your chair! $20/15 sliding scale donation. A co-bill with the great Anne Weiss!! 6 pm potluck, 7 pm music.   

Wed, Feb 11 – Oakshire Public House – Eugene, OR. 207 Madison St. Oakshire Inspires is a Wednesday tradition at this great public house to raise money for and support local causes. Each Wednesday, $1 from every beer sold is donated to a designated cause. Feb 11 is a fundraiser for Opportunity Village Eugene and birthday celebration for Dan Bryant, one of our community’s tireless homeless advocates and chairman of the board of directors of Opportunity Village Eugene. Dan and OVE are doing GREAT work…let’s support them and celebrate them!!  Starts at 6, BW plays at 8:30 pm. Cross Current and Walker T Ryan also playing!

Thu, Feb 26 – Crossings at Carnagie – Zumbrota,  MN. 320 East Avenue.  Crossings is a wonderful hub for the arts in Zumbrota!  Classes, concerts, gift shop, clay studio, and art exhibits all rolled in to one magical place! Tickets may be purchased at crossingsatcarnegie.com or call 507-732-7616 to reserve seats. Reservations suggested. $15 in advance/$18 at the door. 7 pm.

Fri, Feb 27 – Grassroots Concerts – Nisswa, MN. 5459 Co. Rd. 18. 218-829-4092. Concerts held at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar at the Journey Church. GRASSROOTS CONCERTS are the nonprofit cultural offerings of a small, happy society of largely omnivorous but gentle folk dedicated to the preservation of live entertainment in vicarious times. At all shows, seating is first-come, first-served. At each concert, GRASSROOTS welcomes your nonperishable food (or cash) donation to a local food shelf. Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. Showtime is 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30), and you’re encouraged to come early to claim your choice of seats.  

Sat, Feb 28 – The Pump House – La Crosse, WI. 119 King Street. 608-785-1434. The Pump House Regional Arts Center is a non-profit organization founded in 1977. Housed in a re-purposed municipal waterworks structure, the organization offers a wide range of visual and performing arts opportunities that utilize the venue’s theater, 3 art galleries, classroom, pottery studio, and meeting areas. Twin vaulted wood ceilings and historic woodwork accent the remodeled interior of the fully accessible cultural center.The Pump House Regional Arts Center is home to award winning concerts, drama, exhibits, comedy, films, classes and more. Serving as the anchor of the City of La Crosse Arts District for decades, the center is affectionately known by locals as “The Pump House.” $18 members/$21 general advance/$21 members/$25 general day of show. 7:30 pm. 

 

What a fun evening in Wilsonville at John & Gigi’s home! Richard Moore rocked the house as always and I was so honored to sing his beautiful song “My Blue Hour.”   

Some great pics by Joanna at the Open Ears Concert series in Austin with my buddy Tom Faulkner!  we had a BLAST!

 I finally got to play tambourine again! Love this song by Tom “Do Bea’s Dance”…if that won’t get your toes tappin, I don’t know what will!  You can take a listen here to Tom’s Troubadour, TX studio performance of this great song!

Another fun night at Sam Bond’s Garage here in the Eug.  It was a wonderful listening audience…thank you Jeffrey Martin for the invite!

Check out this motley crew! Here is our Sisters song campers selfie at the Casa Campbell house concert in Roseburg!! So fun to see Joan & Bob and Sean even joined in the party on the way back from his road trip! 

 

4. THE FUTURE… is bright with possibility and wonder! It’s going to be a wonderful year and it’s just now getting started. I’ve got that new acoustic album project on my mind,  and I’m doing some dreaming on that.  I’m organizing and formatting poems.  I’m writing a little every day.  Whenever I get tired or discouraged I will try to let the music carry me as it is and always has been there for me.

This newsletter is a great way to keep current on what’s happening in my world.  I hope to see you and your friends out there at a show!!  In the mean time, happy Love Month!  With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: BethWoodMusic, PO Box 864, Eugene, OR, 97440

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore? Seriously. I haven’t been there in years.

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

 

 

P.S. here’s the Timber & Coda Update!

Thanks for all your kind emails about Timber & Coda!  They are settling in nicely and sneaking on the bed when we are gone (and sometimes while we’re in it). It’s pretty crazy around here with double the fun!  Timber is just now getting over his eye surgeries and we think he’s done with the cone of shame for good. We start their first Good Dog class on Thursday…wish us luck!

This pic was their first day at the dog park.

And Coda sleeping for 20 hours after the dog park…

Do you think they should have their own Facebook page and/or Twitter account?  :)

Happy New Year and January News, y’all!

Well hello there, 2015!Friday Jan 2, 2015
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Geetings, friends and fellow music lovers, and a very Happy New Year to you! The number 2015 just doesn’t look right yet, but here it is nonetheless. I hope you all had a chance to rest and recharge a bit before the turning of the page. With the new year comes new opportunities, new friendships, new travels, new songs! I thank you for taking the time to read my musings and keep up with my musical adventures. Here’s what’s up around here..1. Gratitude2. The News

3. January Shows in OR and TX (scroll down for more details…)

4. The Future

1. GRATITUDE…I am so grateful to everyone who came out to our Caldera Songwriters Group Concert and Benefit for the Egan Warming Center!! Tsunami Books was packed to the gills with generous, loving folks who listened to every note with appreciation and gave generously during this holiday season. Because of all of the dedicated volunteers and staff at Egan and St Vinnie’s, no one in our community will ever again go without a warm place to sleep when the nights turn frigid. Thanks to Scott, Nate and staff at Tsunami Books, to the fabulous performing songwriters – Jeffrey Martin, Della Perry, Steve Gibson, Ken Zimmerman, Lori Kats, Laura Golden, Sean McGowan, John Shipe, Ashlee Tidwell, Do Mi Stauber and Paul, Michael Kevin Daly, Joan Campbell, Melissa Ruth and Johny, Willie McEachern and Glen Saari. Thank you to KLCC, KRVM, The Eugene Weekly, and The Register-Guard, for helping us spread the word. Thank you to Shelley from Egan Warming Center for being there, and thank you to Marty Ochs for helping load and deliver 2 cars full of warm things. Together we raised over $1,100 and two carloads of warm things! You simply made my heart soar by helping to make one of my dreams come true…to harness the power of music to serve our community! YAY!!

2. THE NEWS…I’m excited to start of the year with a wonderful Portland house concert shared with my insanely talented friend Lincoln Crockett. And then I get to come right back the next weekend for a lovely private house concert before heading out to Texas for a few shows. January closes with another house concert — this time in Roseburg hosted by a new friend I met at Sisters Song Academy…life is good!! Scroll down for details about these fine shows.

I was so delighted to see this wonderful piece of news from the great Bud Johnson. Bud’s radio show, Accoustic Accents, plays all over the great state of Alaksa, and he has been such a great supporter of my music through the years. Thank you, Bud for including me in your top 13!

I’m super excited for new teaching opportunities this year. I am thrilled to be teaching this summer at the Wood and Stone Retreat in MD and also at Rivertunesin Coloma, CA!! The Wood and Stone Songwriting Retreat was started by Scott & Jen Smith (the duo called Naked Blue) and is held at beautiful Jane’s Island State Park in Crisfield, MD. Scott & Jen say, “This is a wonderful ‘music-centric’ opportunity to get away from it all and do some intensive work on your craft & skills with some of the finest and most committed musicians in the business.” Wowza! I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of this and can’t wait to meet new friends and make new connections.

Rivertunes is a music camp in July on the banks of the American River in Coloma, CA. Started by Joe Craven, this wonderful, inclusive camp celebrates music, community, nature and freindship all wrapped up in a big ol ball of fun! Here’s how the folks at Rivertunes describe their mission: “Roots Music & Creativity Camp ~ honors traditions and celebrates innovations in Acoustic Roots Music and Creative Living through individual growth and community spirit. Whether you aspire to perform, want to jam with friends, or simply and comfortably share songs with a loved one, our mission and passion is to help you do it!”  I am so excited to be a part of this and join the incredible group of folks who lead classes there!

I’ll also continue teaching private lessons here in Eugene, and I’m open to teaching on the road, too! I love working on basic singing skills, piano, guitar, dynamics and performance, and song building. If those are things that interest you and you are open to being flexible with my touring schedule, email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com and let’s talk!

In the creative news department, I am feeling pulled toward making simple, stripped-down recordings of my new songs. I’d like to celebrate the elemental sense of the songs as I have written them, and as I get to perform them most of the time solo. Tyler and I have already started laying some new songs down and it feels good! I will keep you posted on our progress!

3. JANUARY SHOWS…life is so uncertain, please call ahead!

Sun, Jan 4 – Doverlaff House Concerts – Portland, OR. Dan & Cheryl have created a wonderful, intimate listening room in their home! Seating is limited – reservations are suggested. Please email doverlaffhouseconcerts@gmail.com or call 503-730-3189 for info and reservations. Co-bill with the great Lincoln Crockett!! 7 pm.

Sat, Jan 10 – Private House Concert – Portland, OR

Wed, Jan 21 – Hondo’s on Main – Fredericksburg, TX. 312 W. Main St. 830-997-1633. Songwriters Showcase hosted by Kevin Higgins. 7:30 pm.

Thu, Jan 22 – Private Party – Dallas, TX

Fri, Jan 23 – House Concert – Coppell, TX

Sat, Jan 24 – Open Ears Concerts – Austin, TX. Open Ears Concerts presents live music performances that explore the intersection of Art, Spirituality, and Activism. We also strive to present diverse genres and styles of music in a family friendly listening room environment, and to provide a fair and reasonable payment to the artists for their work. The concerts are held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, a fully inclusive and progressive Christian community. We are located on Wells Branch Parkway, just west of IH-35, at the corner of Wells Port Drive. We have a potluck meal before the show, so feel free to bring a dish to share. Potluck starting at 6 PM, music at 7 PM, and $15 suggested donation. The wonderful organization Spirit Reins will be there to tell us abotu their great work with kids and families! Co-bill with Tom Faulkner!

Sat, Jan 31 – Casa Campbell House Concert – Roseburg, OR. $10 suggested donation.  Bring a dish to share. Please contact Joan at 541-530-6923 or jlwade@hotmail.com for details and info.

I love the stage at Tsunami Books! The poetry section is right there by my left knee so it’s kinda distracting! thanks for the pic Joan Campbell…


here’s the giant pile of warm things everyone donated at our Caldera Songwriters benefit concert!! Woop!!

When I was visiting my folks in TX, we were cleaning out some old boxes. Check out this letter we found!! It brought tears to our eyes. John was a friend of my parents — they went to Texas Tech at the same time, back when he was John Deuchendorf. :)

Beautiful susnet sky in Eugene. Any winter day with sun is a gift here!


Happy new year from the top of Spencer’s Butte! 


cool flyer for our Doverlaff House Concert on Jan 4!! 


4. The Future…2015 is looking very bright! I hope it can be a year of joy, celebrating community, creativity and connection. I hope the music will wrap around our hearts, make us shake our booties, bring us laugther and release our tears, and inspire us to celebrate!! With much gratitude for your continuing support,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: BethWoodMusic, PO Box 864, Eugene, OR, 97440

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore?

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

 

p.s. One more piece of non-music news, our little family just got a little bigger! On Christmas Eve, we adopted two labs from the Greenhill Humane Society!! We think their person had to go to the hospital and might not have come home. :( But we are thrilled to have them with us and can’t wait to have heaps of fun together! The young chocolate lab is around 2 years old and is a bundle of sweet energy. We have decided his name is Timber! And the older black lab is around 10-12 years old. He is a spry fellow who loves to cuddle as much as he loves the ball. He is particularly enamoured with Marty and likes to sleep on a pile of Marty’s clothes. :) His name is Coda. I love the name because it is a muscial term and it means the ending of a song, after the main theme has already been played. Much like his life here with us!!  We haven’t been able to play with them much yet  because they both just had their surgeries, but it’s gonna be a tennis ball fest around here!!

Meet Timber and Coda!!

 

Down the road a piece…

Fri, Feb 6 – Sisters, OR – Sisters Folk Festival Winter Concert Series

Sat, Feb 7 – Bend, OR – Music in the Glen at Newport Hills

Thu, Feb 26 – Zumbrota, MN – Crossings at Carnegie

Fri, Feb 27 – Nisswa, MN – Grassroots Concerts- Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar at the Journey Church

Sat, Feb 28 – La Crosse, WI – The Pump House

A holiday sale, a new song video…lots of December news!

December, hello!

Friday Nov 28, 2014

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Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

A very happy December to you!  Seems like every time December rolls around, I can hardly believe it. How did we get here so fast? 

I will keep this short and sweet as I know it is an especially busy time for all!

1. Gratitude…I love reflecting all that I am grateful for during this time of giving thanks. So many generous folks helped to make November wonderful! Thank you to Artichoke Music and the great community of folks there, to Ara Lee & Karyn Ann for inspiring artistry, to Bob Hahn & Valeria and all the folks who came to The Loft, to Audry & Milton and their wonderful group of friends, to Steve Meckfessel for artistry and generosity, to Steve Key for supporting songwriters through the years, to Sculpterra Winery for the beautiful setting and delicious wine, to KC Turner and Freddy & Francine and all at Osteria, to Claudia & Bruce and all at Richmond Acoustic Concerts, and to Matt Meighan and all who joined us for our wonderful workshop on a rainy Sunday afternoon! 

2. The News...Here’s a new song I wanted to share with you! It came about when I was staying in the Bay area a couple weeks ago. I guess this is what happens when you have several days by yourself on a houseboat to reflect! :) Hope you dig it!

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I’m sitting here writing this in my jammies on what has been named “Small Business Saturday” and reflecting on all the positive aspects and challenges involved in owning my own business. Funny how I never really set out to own a business or become an entrepreneur, but this is where my music has led me and I’m learning every step of the way! I love all the artisan/craft fairs that pop up in my town around the holidays. So I’m having my own little cyber fair offering discounts on all of my music for the whole month of December. Woop Woop! So here’s the deal: I will put all of my CDs on sale for $10 each for the month of December!!  This includes ordering online from CDBaby and direct orders from me. And even more awesome, CDBaby is offering $.01 shipping on all orders from Dec 1-3!

If you would like to order a CD directly from me, please send a check for $10 per CD plus $2 shipping to: Beth Wood, PO Box 864, Eugene, OR 97440. I would be happy to include a hand-written note if it is a gift for someone. If you’d like to order directly from me by credit card, shoot me an email at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com and we’ll make it happen.

Click Here to go directly to my CDBaby store page…thank you for giving the gift of music!

More great news…I still have a few copies left of the star-studded holiday compilation CD “A Very Blue Rock Christmas”! I was so honored to be a part of this release that Blue Rock Artists put out last year to celebrate their annual Christmas concert at Blue Rock. Featuring David Wilcox, Terri Hendrix, Billy Crockett, Bob Bennett, Nathan Brown, Tom Prasada-Rao, Sara Hickman, Pierce Pettis, Grace Pettis, Ruthie Foster, RJ Cowdery, and yours truly. They make wonderful gifts!  These are $15 each and I will throw in shipping as my gift to you.  You can order by check (made out to Beth Wood, PO Box 864, Eugene, OR 97440) or if you’d like to order by Paypal, you can do so here!

And finally, I’m SUPER excited about our 3rd annual Caldera Songwriters Group Concert and fundraiser for the Egan Warming Center here in Eugene on Dec 19! It is so much fun to able to celebrate music and community and friendship and holiday cookies and giving at the same time!! My song buddies and I are cooking up another night of original songs and a few sing-alongs, and once again Scott at Tsunami Books has blown me away with his generosity. Not only is Scott offering his space for free for the night, he has committed to donating 20% of sales during the event to Egan Warming Center! So cool. Helping to raise money and warm things for The Warming Center is very important to me and it warms my heart to see our community rallying for this! Hope to see all our Eugene friends there. Come for a while, come for the whole thing…just come on by! And if you can’t come, please pass along to your friends… cheers!

Here’s a fun pic with Karyn Ann and Ara Lee after our show at Artichoke Music in Portland. These bad-ass ladies brought the house down! 

I loved this beautiful freaky horse sculpture at Sculpterra Winery in Paso Robles! I got to play for Steve Key’s series Songwriters at Play and it was one of those gorgeous sunny days you just can’t believe!

and here is the houseboat neighborhood where I spent the week in the Bay Area thanks to my friend Steve Meckfessel (an amazing singer-songwriter and very generous person!). It’s where my new song “California” was born..

Hey look, it’s Freddy & Francine!! These guys were SO much fun! We got to share two shows in CAand I was so blown away by their harmonies! And quite mysteriously, that’s not even their real names. Hmmm…

And finally, here’s the turkey party that was happening in our yard just days before Thanksgiving. These guys fear nothing! 

 

3. The Future…What an amazing year it has been so far. As usual, my year will close out with a little time for reflecting, hibernating, and spending time with loved ones. As much as I love the road, it is nice to take a break now and then. May your holiday season be filled with love and may you always remember — I’m so grateful for you!  Your fan,

Beth Wood

World Headquarters: BethWoodMusic, PO Box 864, Eugene, OR, 97440

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Does anyone go to Myspace anymore?

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

 

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

 

Down the road a piece…

 Jan 4 – Private House Concert – Portland, OR

Jan 10 – Doverlaff House Concerts – Portland, OR. With Lincoln Crockett!

Jan 21 – Hondo’s on Main – Fredericksburg, TX

Jan 22 – Private Party – Dallas, TX

Jan 23 – Private House Concert – Coppell, TX

Jan 24 – Open Ears Concerts – Austin, TX. With Tom Faulkner!

Feb 6 – Sisters Folk Festival Winter Concerts – Sisters, OR. Opening for Foghorn String Band!

Feb 7 – Music in the Glen at Newport Hills – Bend, OR. With Anne Weiss!