April newsy news smells like flowers!

Hello, April…

Monday, April 2, 2018

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thanks for bringing flowers!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers — and happy spring! 

April is bursting with abundance in so many ways! Here’s what’s coming up on the tour calendar in April/early May. I hope you’ll scroll down for musings, gratitude, the news, show details, and rando pics from the road!

Mon, Apr 2 – Songwriters in the Round @ O’Connor’s – Portland, OR (sold out)

Sat, Apr 7 – Women’s Songwriting and Performance Workshop – Portland, OR

Sun, Apr 8 – Women’s Songwriting and Performance Workshop – Portland, OR

Fri, Apr 13 – Sessions @ Chateau Ste. Michelle – Woodinville, WA

Sat, Apr 14 – House Concert – Sherwood, OR

Thu, Apr 19 – Songsmith Song School – Brevard, NC

Fri, Apr 20 – Songsmith Song School – Brevard, NC

Sat, Apr 21 – Songsmith Gathering – Brevard, NC

Fri, Apr 27 – Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series – Auburn, AL

Sat, Apr 28 – Full Moon Farm Concerts – Floral City, FL

Sun, Apr 29 – Shack in the Back/Buckstel House Concerts – Gainesville FL

Tue, May 1 – Private House Concert – The Villages, FL

Thu, May 3 – RadioLive – Pensacola, FA

Fri, May 4 – Calmes House Concerts – Baton Rouge, LA

Thu, May 10 – Alberta Rose Theatre – Portand, OR w/Peter Mulvey

1. GRATITUDE…Well March was just over-the-top awesome! Special thanks to all of these folks who made it so wonderful: Matt and all at Anchor Coffeehouse, Joan and the amazing Aurora Chorus, Chris & LJ & Sam, Rebecca & Zach and friends in Waupaca, Dave & Lori and all at Bluff View house concerts, Tim and the Harmony for Mayo program, all at Artichoke Music and John Cook an friends and everyone who gave the great Tom Faulkner such a warm NW welcome, Matt & Sasha and the Northwind Arts Center, Jonathan and all at Dusty Strings, and Bill and Sue and Christopher Hayes and all at the Peninsula Arts Center!

2. THE NEWS…Oh there is so much to tell you

Firstly, I’m honored to be co-leading two very special workshops this month — a women’s songwriting and performance workshop with Vicki Ambinder here in Portland on April 7 & 8, and the Songsmith Song School with Sarah Siskind in Brevard, NC on April 19-20. Both of these workshops will create a safe, encouraging, space to play and work on your craft, and both are in breathtakingly beautiful settings. There are still a few spaces left – I hope you’ll join us! Here’s the info..



Secondly, oh there are some fun collabrations coming up! On April 13 I am delighted to be bringing my trio to beautiful Chateau Ste. Michelle winery for their Sessions concert series. I will be joined by the insanely talented Milo Fultz on bass and Bryan Daste on pedal steel, and we’ll be previewing some songs from the new album, woop! And then…something I have been dreaming of for years…a songwriters’ festival in my beloved Brevard, NC! I am thrilled to be a part of the inaugural event for Songsmith Gathering, and I will be joined by Chris Rosser and Ara Lee for my set. Check it out!

Thirdly, the album is getting sooooo close to being done! We have final mixes and we are now listening to them on as many different types of speakers as humanly possible to make sure everything sounds right. The artwork is coming along beautifully and we are still on track for a May/June release!! 

Speaking of recording, in other exciting news, Ara Lee and will be recording a duo album together in June!! We have SO MUCH FUN singing together, and there is something so magical that happens when we share the stage, that we are inspired to push it further and explore where it takes us. We are thrilled to be working with producer Steven Tracy right here in Portland! Our duo will be called Stand and Sway. Recording an album is the first step and we hope to do lots of touring together in the future! And we dream of creating workshops and working with women and girls to share the power creativity and creative practice. Stay tuned for lots more news on this! Here’s a video from our Aurora Chorus rehearsal singing “Open Song”…

open song beth wood and ara lee

And finally, my new poetry book Ladder To The Light is here and is now up on my website. So if you’d like to read a little bit about it and also read the amazing things that my friend David Lamotte had to say about it, check it out here!

3. APRIL/EARLY MAY TOUR DATES…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead!

Sat, Apr 7 & Sun, Apr 8 – Women’s Songwriting and Performance Workshop – Portland, OR. Performing songwriter and teacher Beth Wood and music performance coach/artistic consultant Vicki Ambinder are teaming up to bring you an inspiring and empowering experience. This one-of-a-kind two-day workshop, presented exclusively by and for women, will give you the opportunity to settle in and explore character creation and performance in a safe, productive, and supportive environment. At a quiet, private location in the West Hills. $165 per person (includes both days). Registration is required. Limited to 12 participantsBegin the registration process by sending an email to vicki@vickiambinder.com. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day.

Fri, Apr 13 – Sessions @ Chateau Ste. Michelle – Woodinville, WA. At the Chateau Ste. Michelle Visitor Center, 14111 NE 145th Street. (425) 488-1133. SESSIONS, The Theatre is now hosting intimate nights of entertainment featuring local musicians, improv comedy nights and more. Food and wine will be available for purchase to enjoy before and during the show. Attendees must be 21 and over to attend. BW is thrilled to be bringing a trio for this special show! $45. 7 pm doors, 8 pm music.

Sat, Apr 14 – House Concert – Sherwood, OR. Open to all! RSVP to johnwestwind@gmail.com/503-502-3780. This event is generously sponsored by John & Gigi, and is a fundraiser for SEVA (http://www.seva.org). Gathering at 5:30 pm and after. Music at 7 pm. 

Thu, Apr 19 & Fri, Apr 20 – Songsmith Song School – Brevard, NC. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned songwriter and would like the opportunity to be in a supportive environment for creativity, the Songsmith Song School is a great opportunity to learn and expand your creativity and songwriting. Sarah Siskind and Beth Wood will lead you in your quest as they help foster inspiration and encouragement for artistic expression in communities. $350 – includes all meals starting Thursday with dinner and on Friday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and one General Admission Auditorium Ticket to the Festival on Saturday. If you would would like to participate or want more information email info@mountainsongproductions.com

Sat, Apr 21 – Songsmith Gathering – Brevard, NC. Mountain Song Productions is proud to announce The 1st Annual Songsmith Gathering held on the beautiful campus of Brevard Music Center in Brevard NC. Songsmith Gathering is a bringing together of songwriters, not specific to genre, in a festival environment conducive to the listening experience. The Brevard Music Center’s Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium serves as the main stage for Songsmith Gathering. There are 1800 permanent seats under the covered section with ample lawn seating on both sides of the open air venue. Nestled into a beautiful cove with Pisgah National Forest as a backdrop it is an inspiring location for a great musical experience. (Please do not contact Brevard Music Center for more information about Songsmith Gathering.) With the Wood Brothers, Darrell Scott, Greg Brown, Clint Roberts, Sarah Siskind, Nicki Bluhm and more! BW will be joined by Ara Lee and Chris Rosser. Gates open at 11:30 am. BW plays at 1:30 on the main stage. 

Fri, Apr 27 – Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series – Auburn, AL. 450 Thach Avenue. A not-for-profit, volunteer effort, the Sundilla series provides original, acoustic music in an intimate, gracious setting where it can be enjoyed by performers and listeners alike. Concerts held at the historic Unitarian Fellowship building. Advance tickets are available online at sundillamusic.com, and at Spicer’s Music and Blooming Colors. $12 adv/$15 door. 7:30 pm. 

Sat, Apr 28 – Full Moon Farm Concerts – Floral City, FL. Hosted by Dave & Teri Hartman. Please email info@fullmoonfarmfla.com to reserve tickets and get concert info. 7 pm. 

Sun, Apr 29 – Shack in the Back/Buckstel House Concerts – Gainesville FL. Shack In The Back / Bukstel House Concerts are a gathering of family and friends who bring their friends and …and so on..who love to listen to live acoustic music performed by artists who tour around the country. We host these concert four to fives times a year asking everyone to bring a dessert to share and suggest making a $15-$20 cash or check donation for the artist to show appreciation for bringing their beautiful music to these very special evenings. 7 pm. For reservations, call Ellen at 954-699-6092 or go to http://ellenbukstel.com/extras-5/

Tue, May 1 – Private House Concert – The Villages, FL.

Thu, May 3 – RadioLive – Pensacola, FL. 205 E Zarragossa St. RadioLive is a radio program with a live audience hosted by WUWF at the Museum of Commerce located in Historic Pensacola. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased in advance online or at the door if seats are available. Seating is first-come first-serve. With Amy Speace and The Arcadian Wild. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. 

Fri, May 4 – Calmes House Concerts – Baton Rouge, LA. Calmes House Concerts promotes songwriters and performers of traditional and contemporary folk music in a living room setting. Please email or call Robert for info at calmeshouseconcerts@gmail.com or 225-241-3172. $20 suggested donation. Music starts at 7 pm. 

Thu, May 10 – Alberta Rose Theatre – Portand, OR w/Peter Mulvey. The Alberta Rose is a mid-size, seated listening room where the audience can enjoy excellent lines of sight, outstanding acoustics and where every seat feels close to the stage andthe artist. With the great Peter Mulvey! BW will be previewing songs from the new album! $19 in advance/$24 day of show. 8 pm. All ages are welcome.

 Oh my. What an honor it was to sing with the Aurora Chorus in celebration of International Women’s Day…we went to church, y’all!!


This is Joan Szymko, the Aurora Chorus’s fearless leader, and definite Nasty Woman. :)


The best merch crew ever was there! Ocea (Merch Queen) and V and Jett are all permanently hired!


This was on the door at our house concert in Waupaca, WI hahahahaha!


And i had SO MUCH FUN playing with my friend Chris Kokesh! (and LJ Booth killing it on sound, not pictured…)


This is Artemis, she helped me sell merch.


From the front row at Bluff View House Concerts…if only I had seen that accordion…


I can’t even tell you how much it meant to me to play some Oregon shows with my buddy Tom Faulkner!!


Putting some emotion into it after visiting with Phil on KPTZ radio…

Oh we had such fun at Northwind Art Gallery in Port Townsend!


Um…I think Athena might be a little bit spoiled. BUT THOSE EYES!!


This is Maggie leaning in for a hug.


And this guy, Benny. I mean come on! He ate one of my slippers but I still love him.


4. THE FUTUREOh man, there is so much to look forward to. I can’t wait to finish this album and let it go out into the world. I can’t wait to write some tunes and make an album with Ara Lee! I can’t wait to sing for more folks and collaborate with more amazing musicians and meet more cute dogs along the way. 

Thank you for reading and for being invested in my artistic endeavors. It means the world to me! Now go out and smell some flowers!

With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

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DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE…

May 10 – Alberta Rose Theater – Portland, OR

Jun 15 – Eurosports – Sisters, OR

Jun 29 – Private Event – Denver, CO

Jul 11-15 – Summer Fishtrap – Joseph, OR

Jul 20 – House Concert – Big Bay, MI

Jul 21 – Acoustic Fest – Manitowoc, WI

Aug 3 – Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA

Aug 4 – Home By Dark at Chukkar Farm – Alpharetta, GA

Aug 17 – Harris Bridge Winery – Philomath, OR

Aug 22 – Bellevue Downtown Assoc. Live at Lunch – Bellevue, WA