|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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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!
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,
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!