|(thank you Anthony Veltri for the pics from Harris Bridge Folk Festival!)
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers – I can’t believe summer is on its way out. But the good news is there are some really fun things coming up in September. Here’s what’s happening…as always I hope you’ll scroll down for gratitude, the news, show details, and random pics and musings.
Sat, Sep 1 – Art in the Pearl Festival – Portland, OR
Tue, Sep 4-Fri, Sep 7 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR
Sat, Sep 8 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR (duo set w/David Stoddard)
Sun, Sun 9 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR (Community show)
Sat, Sep 15 – Apex Music Festival – Apex, NC
Fri, Sep 21 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR (supporting Carbonleaf)
Sat, Sep 22 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA (supporting Carbonleaf)
Sun, Sep 23 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA (supporting Carbonleaf)
Mon, Sep 24 – Private Party – Seattle, WA
Fri, Sep 28 – HPPR Living Room Concerts – Garden City, KS
Sat, Sep 29 – Last Minute Folk Series – Topeka, KS
1. GRATITUDE. I am so grateful to all these wonderful folks for making my summer so awesome! To Chuck McDowell, Eddie Owen, Wyatt Easterling, David Robert King and everyone at the Red Clay Music Foundry; to James and Karen Casto and Tony Arata the Home By Dark family; Mary Beth Camp; Nathan and Amanda and Nola and Finn and all at the Harris Bridge Folk Festival; and Mike and all at the Bellevue Downtown Association...THANK YOU ALL for making it possible for me to make my living making music!
2. THE NEWS. What a magical time we had at the Harris Bridge Folk Festival! The magic of the breathtaking natural surroundings was amplified by all of the beautiful people who came to support the event and listen among the vines and old trees. It is such a special place and I feel so lucky that Nathan and Amanda and their family share it with us! Click here for little taste of our acoustic concert among the trees I got to do on Saturday morning with Karl Smiley.
It’s festival season, y’all and I could not be more exicted for Art in the Pearl, Sisters Folk Festival, Americana Song Academy, and Apex Music Festival coming up! Art in the Pearl is a FREE festival in Portland’s park blocks, and the musical offerings are delicious! Sisters will be EPIC as usual, and I’m thrilled to be playing a duo set with my friend David Stoddard. I can’t wait for y’all to hear Dave! And then of course we will get into all kinds of musical mischief on Sunday morning at the community celebration. It is free and open to the public and starts at 10 am at the Village Green park!
This will be my first time at the Apex Music Festival in NC and I could not be more excited. My friend David Sardinha, who used to run the Six String Cafe in Cary, is now curating the Apex Music Festival and I was so honored that he invited me to play! If you are anywhere near the triangle I hope you will come join us! All day passes are only $15. Check out their awesome poster!
We are still working hard on the roll-out of the new album THE LONG ROAD on October 26! Also working on CD release events so stay tuned for that…
I want to share a song I wrote for Aretha Franklin in honor of her passing and her incredible life of service and art. Her passing was a monumental event as she is a true national treasure. I was sad, but somehow not overwhelmingly so. Mostly I am filled with gratitude that we got to share this planet with her for all of these years. She has always been one of my heroes because of her amazing work and because she belonged wholly to herself. She was strong, undeniable, constant. With this song I hope to say a humble thank you to the Queen of Soul for all the music and inspiration. Please forgive its unpolished nature. I wanted to capture it at home as soon as it came out…
Speaking of the Queen, check out this song we did at the Home By Dark show…getting to sing with Vanessa Conner and Carole Ford is a dream come true!
And finally, a call to action: is there anyone in northern California who might be interested in hosting a house concert on Friday, Oct 5? I will be in the area playing in Palo Alto, Oakland, and Temeculah, and I’m looking to fill that date with a lovely house concert. Also I’m looking for a southern California house concert on Sunday, Oct 21. Holler at me at bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com if you have any ideas?? Thank you in advance!
3. SEPTEMBER SHOWS…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead!
Sat, Sep 1 – Art in the Pearl Festival – Portland, OR. Art In The Pearl®, Portland Oregon’s annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, occurs every year on Labor Day weekend. The 22nd annual festival will occur Labor Day Weekend, 2018 in the Pearl District’s North Park Blocks – September 1-3, 2018. 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 plays the singer-songwriter stage at noon!
Tue, Sep 4-Fri, Sep 7 – 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 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 is honored to be a part of ASA as staff director.
Sat, Sep 8 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR. Sisters Folk Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1995 to bring the finest in acoustic music to the charming town of Sisters, Oregon. Over time, it has developed into a year-round cultural-arts organization that supports local schools with extensive community engagement. Sisters Folk Festival is a three day, multi-stage celebration of roots music and community, and BW’s favorite festival EVAH! BW will be playing a duo set with the great David Stoddard! 7:30 pm at The Open Door stage.
Sun, Sun 9 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR. BW is honored to host the community celebration at the Village Green stage on Sunday morning at 10 am. The communuity show is FREE and open to the public!
Sat, Sep 15 – Apex Music Festival – Apex, NC. Produced by Six String Presents. The Apex Music Festival will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018, in beautiful Downtown Apex, NC. Hosted by the Apex Downtown Business Association, the purpose of the festival is to increase awareness, support, and funding for the continued beautification and revitalization of Downtown Apex and to provide support and funding for Guardian Angel Thrift. Now in its eighth year, the Apex Music Festival attracts thousands of fans to historic Downtown Apex, NC to enjoy live music, street vendors, food trucks, beer and wine and an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Three outdoor stages and one indoor theater will host a variety of acts from local, regional and national performers from many musical genres, including Rock, Folk, R&B, Blue Grass, Country, Pop and Americana. With Shawn Mullins, Johnny Folsom 4, David Lamotte, Brass-a-holics, Johnny Orr Band, Nick Driver Band, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, The Gravy Boys, The Willies, Laurincole, Joe Sax, Malcolm Holcombe, Cooper Allen, Michael Reno Harrell, Chuck McDowell, BW and more! BW plays at 4:30 pm at the Temple Street Stage.
Fri, Sep 21 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR. 830 East Burnside. Opening for Carbonleaf’s 25 anniversary tour. 7 pm doors, 8 pm music. $20 in advance/$25 at the door. 7 pm doors, 8 pm music.
Sat, Sep 22 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA. 2200 2nd Avenue. Opening for Carbonleaf on their 25th anniversary tour. $25 in advance/$30 at the door. 7:30 doors/8:30 music.
Sun, Sep 23 – The Triple Door – Seattle, WA. 216 Union Street. Opening for Carbonleaf on their 25th anniversary tour. Seated show. $35 Advance // $38 Day of Show // $42 Front Rows $30 Standing Roon Only once seats are sold. Doors open and dinner service begins 90 minutes prior to showtime. All Ages.
Fri, Sep 28 – HPPR Living Room Concerts – Garden City, KS. Held at HPPR Studios 210 N. 7th Street. HPPR’s Living Room Concert series provides an intimate, live-music experience for both our listeners and our featured performers. Hosted by the station as a community service, admission is a $15 suggested donation, which goes directly to the artist(s) being showcased. If you’d like more information on HPPR’s Living Room Concerts, or if you’d like to volunteer or host a show, please contact Music Director Jenny Inzerillo at 806-367-9088 or events [AT] hppr.org. All ages welcome. 7:30 pm.
Sat, Sep 29 – Last Minute Folk Series – Topeka, KS. 720 Jackson. Held in the beautifully renovated gallery space of the Jayhawk State Theatre, Last Minute Folk presents shows in a true listening room setting, offering exceptional acoustics and concert style seating. The stage and sound system are arranged without restriction to sight lines and no seat in the house is more than 40 feet from the stage, adding to the intimacy of the performance. The evening consists of two 45-minute sets of music with an intermission to provide an opportunity to enjoy refreshments and interact with the musicians. Tickets are $20, available online at www.lastminutefolk, at www.jayhawktheatre.org or at the door. Refreshments at intermission will be provided by the AFS International Student Exchange Program for free-will donation and proceeds go to AFS Student Programs. Shows begin at 7pm and doors open at 6:30pm.
Oh we had such fun at the Red Clay Foundry in Duluth, GA at the Wednesday Writers night! Got to play with my buddies Chuck McDowell and Wyatt Easterling and meet a new buddy David Robert King…
the beautiful Wednesday Writers stage set by Eddie Owen Presents
Then the Home By Dark shows with Tony Arata and the dreamy Home By Dark band blew my mind and my heart open to new levels. I can’t put into words how humbling it was to share that stage with those amazing musician-humans on those two nights. My spirit is still soaring…
this is back stage at Harris Bridge Folk Festival…sigh…
I had so much fun playing piano..thanks Nathan for the request!
Ohmygawd I love Tucker so much. You can see he is very excited about our photo. We took a long walk and then I gave him a water cookie…he’s not impressed.
These are my favorite knuckle-heads in Georgia!! It’s a 24-hour love fest at Dora and Peabody’s house!
I met Poppy at Dan & Cheryl’s party. She’ my new favorite pint-sized cutie.
4. THE FUTURE…Ah yes, it will be a busy fall singing those tunes from the new album near and far! I’m excited for some shows this fall in CA, OR, TX, FL, and hopefully more to come.
I’m having a blast writing more chapters for my next book, a series of short rememberances from the road called “Face-palm: Tales from the Merch Table” and hoping it can become a reality soon!
And who knows…maybe I’ll even get a dog some day. 🙂
THANK YOU for reading and listening and cheering me on all of these years. I am so incredibly grateful for you. Hope to see you out there on the road!
With gratitude from your very big fan,
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Down the road a piece…
Oct 4 – Live on Amaranta – Palo Alto, CA
Oct 5 — YOUR HOUSE?? — Somewhere, CA
Oct 6 – Private Party – Oakland, CA
Oct 7 – Fiddler’s Crossing – Tehachapi, CA
Oct 19 – Camarillo Cafe – Camarillo, CA
Oct 20 – House Concert – Rodando Beach, CA
Nov 1 – Listening Room of Palmer Ranch at the Music Compound- Sarasota, FL
Nov 3 – Academy for Five Element Acupuncture 30th Anniversary Gala – Gainesville FL
Nov 17 – The Epic – Grand Prairie, TX
Nov 24 – The Old Firehouse – Edom, TX