Meeting House Presents: concerts, theater, music, entertainment


Unitarian Society of Hartford 2018-19 Performing Arts Concert  Series

Address:
50 Bloomfield Avenue  Hartford, CT 06105

Ticket prices:

  • $20 general admission.

  • $14 for students with ID.

  • Children under age 12 are free with paying parent.


Save the dates for 2018-19 Upcoming Meeting House Presents Concerts (Click on the performer’s name for additional information) Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave. Hartford, CT.

Friday, December 28, 2019     Ellen Iovino and Sarah Harmon McKenzie

Friday, January 18, 2019         Hubby Jenkins (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops)

Friday, February 22, 2019       Citizen U (Antonio Alcorn and Chris Freeman)

Friday, March 22, 2019           Special Concert Event – Artist to be announced

Friday, April 5, 2019                Special Concert Event – Artist to be announced

Friday, May 3, 2019                  Special Concert Event – Artist to be announced

Archive list of 2017-18 Meeting House Presents performers


We don’t take reservation, but advance tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets. Information about Brown Paper Tickets.

Contact information:

  • Buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door if the show is not sold out
  • Email us at MeetingHousePresents@gmail.com
  • Phone the Unitarian Meeting House at (860) 233-9897, Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00-3:00
  • Phone Laura and Paul Cipriano at (860)298-9984
  • Check this web page or subscribe to our email list for notification if shows are sold out or rescheduled

Our email includes concert announcements, updates, and info about folk music events in the area. Subscribe to Meeting House Presents Email  send a message to MeetingHousePresents@gmail.com. Put “subscribe” in the subject line. We send one or two emails each month.


Friday, December 28, 2018 at 7:30  Ellen Iovino and Sarah Harmon McKenzie

Ellen Iovino and Sarah Harmon McKenzie have a lot of things in common. Both are multi-instrumentalists who live in Connecticut and are amazing singers.

Sarah Harmon McKenzie plays songs from many genres while calling back to older folk traditions.

Sarah hand picks covers by a variety of artists, with a preference for songs with a strong sense of narrative. Her strong vocals will carry listeners through stories of redemption, renewal, and mystery.


 Ellen Iovino‘s performances are dramatic, energetic and packed with variety. Her passionate, dynamic vocals and percussive guitar style are often combined with a little tap dancing and a variety of instrumentation – anything from harmonica to trumpet to steel drum and more.

Ellen performed alongside her husband, Larry Ruhl, the talented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer for more than 15 years. They sang and tap danced throughout the region at First Night celebrations, town concerts, church halls, daycare centers, senior residences… anywhere people were celebrating life. Most recently, they formed the duo We Got Rhythm! When Larry died suddenly in 2017, Ellen found comfort and purpose in continuing his legacy by performing his original music and experimenting with some the many instruments he played.

Ellen’s current repertoire draws from many genres and artists and includes compositions from Larry’s diverse, innovative catalog. Ellen’s raw, honest performances connect deeply with her audiences, touching on subjects of loss and struggle, but also of love, hope, redemption, and joy. Life is a wild ride. Buckle your seatbelts and join Ellen for a spin.

Ellen’s duo We Got Rhythm! with her husband, Larry Ruhl, who died unexpectedly in 2017.

50 Bloomfield Ave. Hartford, CT.

 


Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:30 Hubby Jenkins

Click to listen to Hubby Jenkins song samples

You may know Hubby Jenkins from his performances with the Grammy award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. Hubby is a talented multi-instrumentalist who shares his love and knowledge of old-time American music and his insightful sense of historical perspective. Born and raised in Brooklyn he delved into his Southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through country blues, ragtime, fiddle and banjo, and traditional jazz. Hubby got his higher musical education started as a busker. He developed his guitar and vocal craft on the sidewalks and subway platforms of New York City, performing material by those venerable artists whose work he was quickly absorbing. An ambitiously itinerant musician, he took his show on the road, playing the streets, coffee shops, bars, and house parties of cities around the U.S.

After years of busking around the country and making a name for himself, Hubby became acquainted with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Since 2010 he has been an integral part of the Grammy award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops and continues to make solo performances.

Tickets are $20 at the door/$14 for students with ID. Children under age 12 are free with paying parent.

50 Bloomfield Ave. Hartford, CT.


Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:30  Citizen U

Citizen U is the side project of Antonio Alcorn and Chris Freeman. The duo met in a
folk club at the University of Connecticut where they founded the five-piece folk/rock band Parsonsfield, known for its rich harmonies and high energy performances. As members of Parsonsfield, Freeman and Alcorn have spent the past six years touring across North America, releasing albums, scoring the music for and performing in an original play, and composing a live score to a silent film. Though their musical taste is broad, it’s the old songs that Alcorn and Freeman connect to.

Songs by Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and tunes from Appalachia and
Ireland are what they find themselves playing when nobody is around. The energy
of Freeman hammering his banjo while Alcorn’s fingers move like spider legs across
his mandolin make for an intriguing take on folk classics that have never been heard
quite like this.

Based in the musical hub of Boston, Citizen U marks the return to the edge of the
folk music song circle which drew Freeman and Alcorn together. Join them for a
night of traditional music, old songs, and a whole bunch of other surprises they are
dreaming up right now.

Tickets are $20 at the door/$14 for students with ID. Children under age 12 are free with paying parent.

50 Bloomfield Ave. Hartford, CT.


Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:30  Special Event – Artist will be announced in December

Tickets are $20 at the door/$14 for students with ID. Children under age 12 are free with paying parent.

50 Bloomfield Ave. Hartford, CT.


Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7:30  Special Event – Artist will be announced in December

Tickets are $20 at the door/$14 for students with ID. Children under age 12 are free with paying parent.

50 Bloomfield Ave. Hartford, CT.


Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:30  Special Event – Artists will be announced in December

Tickets are $20 at the door/$14 for students with ID. Children under age 12 are free with paying parent.

50 Bloomfield Ave. Hartford, CT.


Meeting House Presents uses Brown Paper Tickets for advance ticketing services until noon the day of the show.

To purchase tickets to a Meeting House Presents concert, click on “buy tickets” to the event you want to attend. You will be taken to the Brown Paper Tickets website where you can complete your purchase.

When your ticket purchase is complete, you may print paper tickets on your own printer. You can also show the confirmation email received from Brown Paper Tickets on your mobile device at the door. Your ticket purchase will appear on your credit card statement as Brown Paper Tickets.

Ticket purchases are non-refundable. A small service charge in addition to the ticket price applies to every purchase. A portion of the service charge is used to support arts and cultural organizations throughout the United States. Tickets can also be purchased at the door with cash or check.

Contact information:

  • Buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door if the show is not sold out
  • Email us at MeetingHousePresents@gmail.com
  • Phone the Unitarian Meeting House at (860) 233-9897, Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00-3:00
  • Phone Laura and Paul Cipriano at (860)298-9984
  • Check this web page or subscribe to our email list for notification if shows are sold out or rescheduled

Our sister concert series

The Sounding Board Coffeehouse

Click to Reserve your seat for a Sounding Board Coffee House show

The Sounding Board Folk & Acoustic Music Coffeehouse is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1973 to present and preserve folk music in all its forms in the Greater Hartford area. Sounding Board concerts are at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern St., West Hartford, CT, unless noted otherwise
860-770-3001

A FINE WINTER’S NIGHT:
A HOLIDAY CONCERT WITH
MATT & SHANNON HEATON
Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.

A Fine Winter’s Night is Matt and Shannon Heaton’s collection of traditional songs and tunes to usher in the holiday season and brighten long winter nights. Their will draw from a deep repertoire of traditional songs of winter and Christmas, holiday classics and new music to celebrate the season.

$20 General
$16 Sounding Board Members
$10 Full Time College/High School Students
$8 Children 12 and under with a parent/adult

 “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear”

 “Fine Winter’s Night”

Please help support the Fern Street Food Pantry.

Since 2012 Fern Street Food Pantry has provided hot meals and provisions for local families with food insecurity, including a program that distributes food-filled backpacks to at-risk West Hartford students.

Your help is needed. Please bring a non-perishable food item whenever you attend a Sounding Board concert. There will be a collection box at the admissions table.  THANKS!

Upcoming Sounding Board Concerts Saturday at 7:30 in 2019…

  • Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble (Jan 5, 2019 – Evening concert & afternoon fiddle workshop)
  • Banjo Nickaru & The Western Scootches (Feb 2, 2019) Connecticut Troubadours in concert with Kate Callahan, Kristen Graves & Hugh Blumenfeld  (Feb 16, 2019)
  • Joe Jencks (March 2, 2019)
  • Naming The Twins (March 10, 2019; at Winding Trails)
  • Daymark (March 16, 2019)
  • Carolann Solebello (March 24, 2019 at Winding Trails)
  • Uke U (March 30, 2019 – all-day ukulele workshop & evening concert featuring ukulele masters; Jim & Liz Beloff, Ron Gordon, and Amy Kucharik)
  • Plywood Cowboy (April 6, 2019)
  • Gathering Time (April 14, 2019 at Winding Trails)
  • RPR (April 27, 2019) Ernest Troost (May 11, 2019)
  • Portable Folk Festival (May 18, 2019)
  • Low Lily (September 7, 2019)
  • Joe Crookston (September 21, 2019)
  • Jay Ungar & Molly Mason (October 5, 2019)
  • The Malvinas (November 2, 2019)

The Lodge at Winding Trails, Farmington, CT Jam & Song Swap 2:00-2:45 p.m. Concert begins at 3:00 p.m. on Sundays, dates TBA.


Unitarian-Universalist Society: East presents:

Truly Troubadours

Saturday, December 8th at 7 PM 153 Vernon Street W., Manchester, CT 06042

Lara Herscovitch, songwriter-poet-performer and former Connecticut State Troubadour, brings her contemporary folk with blues, pop and jazz influences. Music that’s “good for your ears AND your soul,” says Sound Waves Magazine. Joining Lara is MARMO—Three Connecticut singer-songwriters with a folk/Americana feel, performing thoughtful, witty, soulful songs about life, love, and beverages. MARMO features Bill Ludwig (Current Troubadour of Manchester CT), Dan Thompson (Troubadour Emeritus), and Christian Loftus (Vocalist/Instrumentalist).

$20 adult; $18 senior; $10 student, under age 10: free


Folknotes.org  is a comprehensive web site maintained by Brent Hall  featuring folk music events in Connecticut and southern New England.

 


Archive 2017-18  Meeting House Presents Shows

  • Oct. 27          Sam Moffett Quartet
  • Nov. 24         David Massengill
  • Jan. 19          Jacques Lamarre
  • Jan. 26          New World Trio
  • Feb. 23          Dennis McCorkle with Idalberto Perdomo, Edilio Bermudex, Desiree Negron-Carrero and Adèle Paxton.
  • March 23       JP Cormier
  • March 30       Susie Burke and David Surette
  • Apr. 27           An Evening with Mary Gauthier

Archive 2018-19  Meeting House Presents Shows

  • Sept. 14, 2018          Jill Friedman, Tang, Self-Suffice, David Giardina, and friends
  • Sept. 29, 2018         Peter Mayer
  • October 26, 2018   Charlie King
  • Nov. 30, 2018         Lula Wiles

 

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