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

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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?  :)