Meeting House Presents: concerts, theater, music, entertainment

Unitarian Society of Hartford 2018-19 Performing Arts Concert  Series

50 Bloomfield Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105

Season Tickets are $150. Available after church or at concerts at the door. Save $30 off the regular $20 price per show.

Ticket prices unless otherwise noted:

  • $20 general admission.

  • $14 for students with ID.

  • Children under age 12 are free with paying parent.

  • $5 season ticket discount off adult price.

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.

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018           Peter Mayer

Friday, October 26, 2018          Charlie King

Friday, November 30, 2018     Lula Wiles

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

Friday, January 18, 2019         Hubby Jenkins

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

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

Friday, April 19, 2019              Special Concert Event – Artist to be announced

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

Click here for a list of 2017-18 Meeting House Presents performers

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  • Phone Laura and Paul Cipriano at (860)298-9984
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Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 7:30  Peter Mayertickets

Click to listen:

Driving With My Knee

Blue Boat Home

Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of “folk”, and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.

Peter began playing the guitar and writing songs when he was in high school. In college he studied theology and music, and then spent two years in seminary. Afterward he took a part-time job as a church music director while performing at clubs and colleges, and writing and recording his music. In 1995, he quit his job and started performing full-time. Since then, Peter has gradually gained a dedicated, word-of-mouth following, playing shows from Minnesota to Texas, New England to California. He has ten albums to his credit, and has sold over 80 thousand of them independently.

“Peter Mayer is a magician…(his) universe is full of metaphor and meaning, story and symbol — everything contains more than meets the eye.”
— Bill Reed, music editor, Colorado Springs Gazette

“His guitar work is breath-taking, his lyrics mind-spinning, his singing soul-soothing and his feet-on-the-ground optimism nothing short of healing.”
–Marilyn Rea-Beyer, music director, WUMB Radio, Boston

“He is unafraid of complicated topics and always strives to look beyond the easy sentiment…Peter does nothing less than address the very nature of our existence…Trust me, most songwriters can’t pull this off. Peter Mayer does.”
–Dale Connelly, Morning Show Host, MinnesotaPublic Radio

“Mayer’s songs are crafted like shaker furniture, with no place for superfluous embellishments or throwaway lines… (his) world is bright and hopeful and the transcendent nature of his lyrics…explore the mysteries of life…Mayer’s fluid, clean, and tremendously intriguing guitar playing is topped with warm, rich vocals. This is music for the soul.”
–Acoustic Guitar Magazine

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, October 26, 2018 at 7:30 Charlie King

Click to listen

Folk legend Peggy Seeger says, “If we had more Charlie Kings in the world I’d be less worried,” and Tom Paxton adds, “Luckily, we have him!”

Charlie King is a musical storyteller, labor historian and political satirist. He sings passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Pete Seeger hailed him as “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.”

Charlie has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century and has been writing songs for over 40 years.  In October of 2017 he received the annual Phil Ochs Award, in recognition of his music and activism for social and political justice in the spirit of Phil Ochs.  Other honors include: an “Indie” award for one of the top three folk recordings of 1984; the War Resisters League’s 1998 Peacemaker Award given to Charlie and Odetta; the 1999 Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award for which he was nominated by Pete Seeger; and the 2014 Joe Hill Award, a lifetime achievement award for excellence in the field of labor culture.

Charlie’s songs have been recorded and sung by other performers such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small.  He is currently touring with his latest recording Life & Love, Tears & Laughter, a 15 song, eclectic mix of classic folk songs – time tested – and new songs reflecting on the testing times we live in.

Charlie was born in 1947, and was raised in Brockton, MA.  He cites as musical influences the folk music revival of the 1960’s, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War era.  Charlie has recorded over a dozen solo albums since 1976, as well as three albums with the touring ensemble Bright Morning Star, and numerous compilation albums with other artists. From 2001 to 2014 he recorded with his partner, Karen Brandow. In addition to a full time career of concert touring, King has sung in support of numerous groups working for peace, human rights, environmental sanity and alternatives to violence.

His central vision as an entertainer is to leave audiences with a sense of optimism and possibility about the future.  “I try to cover a broad emotional landscape in my concerts. The stories I collect and the songs I write take the listener on a journey of humor, heartache and hope.  What I most value in a song is the way it helps us see an old reality in a totally new light.”

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, November 30, 2018  at 7:30 Lula Wiles

Click to listen One More Night


Don’t Ask Why

Turtle Dove

Lula Wiles is a band deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. Their songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by powerful three-part vocal harmonies. Their lyrics are fiercely honest, littered with reinvented folk tropes and evocative images – a rainy field of daisies, a dusty bar lit by Christmas lights, an unmade bed. They deliver love songs that are at once defiant and heartsick, as well as new contributions to the folk ballad canon and timely explorations of what it means to live in America today.

Drawing from the deep wells of traditional old-time music, classic country, and contemporary indie-folk-rock songwriting and arranging, Lula Wiles melds diverse influences to create a sound all their own. The three band members deftly swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with Ellie Buckland (vocals/guitar/fiddle), Isa Burke (vocals/guitar/fiddle), and Mali Obomsawin (vocals/bass) each contributing their own singularly expressive vocals, instrumental lines, and songwriting. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited and emotionally resonant live show.

If you ask them about their self-titled debut album, they’ll be quick to tell you it was a long time coming. The album’s eleven original songs were written over the course of the preceding four years, tested and lived in on stages and in bedrooms and backyards in Maine and Boston, and reborn through the band’s collaboration with producer/guitarist Adam Iredale-Gray and drummer Sean Trischka. Self-released on May 27, 2016, the album represents Lula Wiles’ exploration of the space where traditional folk meets modern songwriting and production. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan calls the album “a stunning collection of self-penned songs about love, loss, and drinking – the perfect blend of modern and timeless.”  Their sophomore album will be announced later this year.

Though the band is young, all the members of Lula Wiles have spent their lives grounded in songs. Born in Maine to musical families, they began playing music together as kids at Maine Fiddle Camp, and eventually each made their way to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. Isa and Ellie began performing as a duo in 2013, and Lula Wiles was born when Mali joined the band a year later. When Lula Wiles performs, the band’s many years of friendship are clear from their electrifying musical chemistry and alchemic vocal harmonies. Now based in Boston’s thriving and close-knit roots music community, Lula Wiles have performed at premier festivals and clubs throughout the eastern United States, including Club Passim, the Sinclair, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Fresh Grass Festival, and Green River Music Festival. They’ve recently expanded their touring territory to Canada and Europe, and have shared stages with artists like the Wood Brothers, Aoife O’Donovan, Darlingside, Sarah Jarosz, and Tim O’Brien. Roots authority No Depression predicts Lula Wiles “will be a huge force on the Americana scene for years to come.” All proficient vocalists, multi-instrumentalists, and songwriters, the three women of Lula Wiles are each uniquely powerful in their own right; but combined, they are a force to be reckoned with.

“This album is a stunning collection of self-penned songs about love, loss, and drinking – the perfect blend of modern and timeless. From rich swells of fiddles to powerful honky-tonk guitar, all anchored by rocking bass, this album delivers one gem after another. In an age where so much music feels trite and phoned in, Lula Wiles emerges with their own unique blend of honest lyrics and gorgeous singing. Do yourselves a favor and listen to this record. Or better yet, see a live show.”    – Aoife O’Donovan

“These young women […] will be a huge force on the Americana music scene for many years to come. The chemistry they bring to the stage is a joy to behold.”   – No Depression

“Lula Wiles are pushing the boundaries of Americana, crafting narrative lyrics that are just as detailed and complex as their tightly woven harmonies… The result is brilliant.” – Sound of Boston

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

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, 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  Special Event – Artist will be announced in November

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 September

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 12, 2019 at 7:30  Special Event – Artist will be announced in September

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 September

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.

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, They are co-producing the Meeting House Presents concerts.

Sounding Board concerts are at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern St., West Hartford, CT, unless noted otherwise

Upcoming Sounding Board Concerts in fall 2018. Saturday at 7:30:

David Mallett (Sept 22, 2018) Singer-songwriter David Mallett is one of America’s true original troubadours.

In a career spanning four decades, he has recorded 14 albums, had several hundred covers of his songs, including the American folk classic Garden Song [Inch by Inch, Row by Row], and performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals across the US, Canada and Europe. Known for his carefully written, poetic offerings, his body of work has provided material for an eclectic list of artists that includes Alison Krauss, Pete Seeger, Hal Ketchum, Emmylou Harris, John Denver and the Muppets.
The Sounding Board Coffee House, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT
$25 General
$20 Sounding Board Members
$12 Full Time College/High School Students
$10 Children 12 and under with a parent/adult

Amy Kucharik & Friends With Benefits (Oct 6, 2018)

Ukulele-slinging, Kerrville New Folk winning songwriter and performer Amy Kucharik energizes audiences with a winning blend of blues, folk and New Orleans jazz traditions along with her own sometimes quirky originals. Amy honed her street-smart stagecraft as a busker in Boston’s subways, and on stage, Amy transports her audience to places both timeless and familiar, but always innovative. Amy wants her audience to have a good time, and her performances are infused with Vaudevillian charm and an infectious, danceable swing.

Amy’s music has drawn comparisons to Maria Muldaur, Lake Street Dive, Christine Lavin, and Anais Mitchell. She will perform with her Boston-based band Friends With Benefits. Amy’s second full-length album of original music, “Until the Words Are Gone,” was released worldwide on June 1, 2018.

The Sounding Board Coffee House

433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT

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

The Meadows Brothers (Oct 20, 2018)

The Meadows Brothers are homegrown
folked-up countrified rock’n’rolled roots music,
served up sibling style,

Ian and Dustin Meadows play a distinct brand of roots music combines folk, blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll into what the Boston Globe calls  “An engagingly twangy sibling sound all their own.” They share essential brother-band DNA: a telepathic tightness, the ability to stop and start vocal phrases in lockstep, to fall effortlessly into close harmonies, trade off phrases and navigate together the fresh expression of American roots music they create. Their 2017 release, “TRUTH”, demonstrates the brothers’ keen ability to get to the heart of the matter with simple melodies, blood harmonies, unsweetened songwriting, expressive guitars and blues tinged harp.

Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt  (Nov 3, 2018)

And in 2019…

Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble

Nerissa & Katryna Nields

Joe Jencks


Uke U (all-day ukulele workshop &
evening concert)

The Malvinas


Ernest Troost

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:

The Charlie Braun Band

Saturday, September 22nd at 7 PM 153 Vernon Street W., Manchester, CT 06042

Concert or a party? You get to choose! Dance, sing, or just kick back and feel the joy of the music! Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Charlie Braun is bringing his world, folk-rock and gospel-blues influenced music for a fun sing-along and dance party.  Joining him will be Jeff Olmstead, keyboardist; Charlie Shew, percussionist and Garrett Sawyer, bassist.

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

The Amuse Blues Jazz Trio

Sunday, October 14th at 4 PM 153 Vernon Street W., Manchester, CT 06042

Unitarian Universalist Society: East’s own Paul Shumsky, guitarist, Ryan Ford, double bassist and Steve Dauphinais, drummer will bring their own flavor to familiar numbers. They will offer a lively & varied program of songs and compositions from the standard jazz repertoire, including selections from the American Popular Songbook, featuring composers such as Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Johnny Mandel, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and others.

Suggested donation $15. (It’s only a suggestion-no one is turned away)

Black Music in Motion

Sunday, November 4th at 3 PM 153 Vernon Street W., Manchester, CT 06042

Find a fresh appreciation of the beauty and messages of “Black Music” through Kareem Mack, Baritenor, and friends Chelsea Lorraine, Soprano, Tyler Panek, Baritone and  Sarah Puckett, pianist. They will perform spirituals and other selections by African American composers, from traditional hymns to contemporary music. Through singing and movement, Kareem Mack aspires to change the face of many performance fields with his avant-garde persona and willingness to be bold.

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

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  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          Jill Friedman, Tang, Self-Suffice, David Giardina, and friends


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