October’s newsy news is here…and it smells like pumpkins.


Well hello there, October…

Tuesday Oct 3, 2017

icon you smell like pumpkins.
thank you Bev Chapman for the photo from Lake City Uncorked Festivall!

Greetings friends and fellow music lovers – and happy fall! The trees are starting to show their colors and the air is getting crisp..can’t believe October is already here!

Here’s what’s happening this month. As always I hope you’ll scroll down for gratitude, the news, show details, random pics and musings. Hope to see you out there!

Thu Oct 5-Sat Oct 7 – FAR-West Conference – Bellevue, WA

Sat Oct 7 – Concerts in the Woods – Coyle WA

Mon Oct 9 – Music Melinnium – Portland, OR w/Ara Lee & Paul Brainerd

Fri Oct 13 – Cary Theatre – Cary, NC w/David Lamotte & Chris Rosser

Sat Oct 14 – The Old Church – Portland, OR (Nasty Woman video release celebration/fundraiser for Planned Parenthood)

Tue Oct 17 – White Eagle Saloon – Portland, OR w/The Half Hearted

Fri Oct 20 – Underground Oasis House Concerts – Gilbert, AZ

Sat Oct 21 – Private Event – Phoenix, AZ

Sat Oct 28 – Concerts at the Barn – Kingston, WA


1. GRATITUDE…Special thanks to all these folks for making September so wonderful: Janis, Diane and Mike and all at Juniper Jam, Brad and the Sisters Folk Festival family, all at the Americana Song Academy, Kristen and Bruce Hayes and all at Lake City Uncorked Wine and Music Festival, Ann & Bop, Bob Heminger, Courtney & Michelle and all a Big River Music, David Stoddard, Wendy & Dean & Stacey and friends, Jan & Barb and friends, Michael and all at A Center for the Arts, Dylan and all at Warming House, and Ray & Connie and friends!

A special gratitude shout out to everyone at the Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy. As some of you know, the festival was canceled this year due to extremely poor air quality from wildire smoke. We had two wonderful days at the song academy and then had to wrap up camp early for the same reason. I want to thank all the camp staff and instructors and participants for being so understanding, and the SFF for doing the hard work of making that decision and dealing with the aftermath. We will be back next year doubly strong, woop!!

2. THE NEWS…October is jam packed with good things! I’m excited to head to the FAR-West Folk Alliance conference in Bellevue, and to cap off the trip with my first visit to Coyle, WA, a community only accessibe by ferry, for a concert at their community center!Â

And there are a couple of bucket list things coming up! Firstly, on October 14, my dear friend Ara Lee and many Portand musicians and I will celebrate the debut of the “Nasty Woman” single and video by playing a fundraising concert for the Northwest Chapter of Planned Parenthood! The engine behind this song and this entire effort is the amazing Ara Lee whose talent and charisma are too expansive to contain. Ara dreamed up the seed of this song as a reflexive response to the misogyny and ugliness of last year’s presidential campaign, and we wrote it together with our friend Jen Hajj. After it was hatched and we had so much fun singing it, we dreamed of making something good out of the ugliness. Ara has led the effort to engage Planned Parenthood and this concert will be their fall fundraiser! All of the proceeds from this concert as well as the download of the song will go to support women’s health care. Because it is PP’s official fundraiser, tickets are pretty pricey, but we have secured a limited number of discounted tickets at $20. If you would like to attend and would like access to discounted tickets, please email me at bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com and we will make it happen. This is an all-star cast of Portland musicians, all of whom played on the recorded version of “Nasty Woman”. Performers will include Bre Gregg, Marilyn Keller, Shelly Rudolph, Sarah Clarke, Paul Brainerd, Dan Gildea and more! Here is the amazing poster — I hope you can join us!

And if you can’t join us, the song will be available for download on Oct 13, so stay tuned for that!

Here’s a little preview and a little background about the song from Ara Lee, captured by Portland Musicians Rising Up

nasty woman on rise up!

When I was dreaming of how to celebrate my 20th year in music, I knew I had to play with two of my good friends and mentors and big brothers in song Chris Rosser and David Lamotte. My friendship with both of these amazing humans has meant so much to me ever since I moved to Brevard at the beginning of my career and they adopted me as a little sister. So when the opportunity came up to play a show with Chris and David promoted by one of my favorite people, David Sardinha, at one of my favorite venues, The Cary Theater, I had to say yes! I am so excited to celebrate with them on Oct 13!

As I am rounding out this 20 years in music, I still can’t believe how lucky I am to get to do what I love. It is not an easy road but it is an amazing life and I couldn’t be more grateful. Releasing 20 songs this year has been such a fun endeavor, and it has made me realize that I have another album brewing. I want to do things differently this time. I have never been more ready. Look for a big announcement soon about those plans and how you can be a part of it!Â

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

Thu Oct 5-Sat Oct 7 – FAR-West Conference – Bellevue, WA. Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West) is the western regional affiliate of Folk Alliance International that hosts an annual four day conference open to artists, presenters and supporters. FAR-West’s ongoing mission is to foster and promote traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance, storytelling and related performing arts in the West. You must be registered for the conference to attend most events, but for music supporters who are unable to attend the full FAR-West 2017 Conference, there are a limited number of Showcase and Storytelling passes. Passes can be obtained by clicking here. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3040307

Here’s my private showcase schedule:

Sat Oct 7 – Concerts in the Woods – Coyle WA. Concert info: 360-765-3449. 14 miles out on the end of the beautiful Toandos Peninsula sits the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center operated by the Jefferson County Parks & Recreation District and the citizens of the Toandos Peninsula. Concerts are for all ages, featuring the best of folk, Americana, singer/songwriter, Appalachian, bluegrass, Celtic, blues, country and more! Admission is by donation. Complimentary cookies and coffee are served at intermission. Please join us. 7:30 pm. Suggested donation $10-$15.

Mon Oct 9 – Music Melinnium – Portland, OR. 3158 E Burnside St. Free in-store performance with Ara Lee & Paul Brainerd in support of the release of “Nasty Woman”! 8 pm.

Fri Oct 13 – Cary Theatre – Cary, NC. 122 E Chatham St. David Sardinha and Six String Presents specialize in presenting live music at select venues from the best in singer songwriters, blues, bluegrass, country, folk and acoustic music. At The Cary Theater, 122 East Chatham Street . 919-378-1192. Songwriters in the round with the great David Lamotte and Chris Rosser! All ages. 8 pm.Â

Sat Oct 14 – The Old Church – Portland, OR (Nasty Woman video release celebration/fundraiser for Planned Parenthood). Join us for the World Premiere of the Ara Lee single and music video “Nasty Woman” (recorded and filmed in Portland, OR) with performances from many of the artists that participated in the recording! All profits from the download of the song and ticket sales from this event will be donated to PPCW. This electric event will feature a cocktail hour, two 50-minute sets from the performers who played on the song, as well as the premiere of the music video. Co-writers Ara Lee and Beth Wood will be joined by local favorites Marilyn T. Keller, Bre Gregg, Shelly Rudolph, Paul Brainard, Dan Gildea, and more! $20-$75. Ticket info here: http://tinyurl.com/y9t4k3rj. There are a limited number of discounted tickets, so please email me at bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com if you are interested. Ticket price includes bar and appetizers. 7 pm.Â

Tue Oct 17 – White Eagle Saloon – Portland, OR. 836 N Russell St. 503-282-6810. BW opens for the Half Hearted! 21 and over. 8 pm.Â

Fri Oct 20 – Underground Oasis House Concerts – Gilbert, AZ. For reservations, please contact Paul at paulpfaffenberger [AT] yahoo.com. $20 suggested donation.Â

Sat Oct 21 – Private Event – Phoenix, AZ.

Sat Oct 28 – Concerts at the Barn – Kingston, WA. RSVP to concertsatthebarn [AT] gmail.com . Suggested donation $20per person (all proceeds go to the artist). Social hour is from 6:00-7:00pm, please bring an appetizer/dish and drink to share.Â

ohmygosh check out this amazing line-up of the instructor performances at Americana Song Academy…so dreamy!

here’s the whole Americana Song Academy crew…super hardy, brave, and generous folks…can’t wait for next year!

one of my favorite moments from song camp was getting to sing with my friends Dale Jones and Anna Tivel..it was like a little 4 minute slice of heaven!

and then I got to go out to my favorite place in the world, Lake City, CO where the aspens were showing off their colors…

I had such a blast playing with the great Bruce Hayes at the Lake City Uncorked Wine & Music fest! And lemme just say that drinking wine all afternoon at altitude in the sun is one of the most enjoyable ways to wear yourself out! 🙂

Here’s a glimpse of the wonderful crowd there…

And I got to play with my good buddy Bob Hemenger again at Big River Music in Creede…somebody pinch me!

This cutie was at our show in Creede… his name is arrow and I love him.

Went straight from Minneapolis airport to a house concert in Fergus Falls with my buddy the great David Stoddard!! We have so much fun, can ya tell?

and I got to play a house concert in beautiful Iron River, WI where Barb and Jan let me stay at their resort and this is the view from my front porch..sigh…

I got to sing with my buddy Dave Stoddard at his awesome CD release party at A Center for the Arts!!

thought you might like this beautiful, artsy photo by the great Holly D…it’s a reflection in the grand piano!

and we played at the Warming Hosue in Minnesota, a little music venue in the basement of a bike shop. I love this place and not just because they have a bird logo (but that doesn’t hurt)…

 And finally, these two crazies were the greeting committee in Winona, MN…Daily and Hattie stole my heart right from the beginning! 

4. THE FUTURE…I’m so excited about what’s coming up to round out the rest of this year… an overdue trip to the Northeast and some wonderful shows in the northwest. Oh yeah, and then there’s that album. 🙂

Renee and I are working hard on the 2018 tour calendar. Trips are shaping up to Texas in February, the midwest in March, the southeast in April and May, and more. If you have any venue suggestions for those regions or if you are interested in hosting a house concert, holler at me at bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com!

As always, THANK YOU for listening, reading, clapping, and encouraging me on my artistic path. Hope to see you out there on the road soon! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

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Down the road a piece…

Nov 1 – Club Passim – Cambridge, MA

Nov 2 – The Albany Pump Station – Albany, NY

Nov 3 – University Club – Albany, NY

Nov 4 – Burlap & Bean – Newtown Square, PA

Nov 8 – The Parlor Room – Northampton, MA

Nov 9-11 – Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference – Stamford, CT

Nov 11 – Private House Concert -West Chester, PA

Nov 19 – The Open Door Coffeehouse @ Ascension – Portland, OR

Nov 20 – Olympia House Concerts – Olympia, WA

Dec 1 – North County Rec District Theater – Nehalem, OR

Dec 2 – The Cape House Concert Series – Arch Cape, OR

Dec 5 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA

Dec 10 – Songwriting Workshop w/Matt Meighan – Portland, OR