In 2012 before the paint had dried in our new home, I produced my first house concert. Not settling for just anybody, I ventured to all sorts of music spots, both live and virtual, as I'd always done as a music lover, and found many cool, compelling artists who I thought deserved more attention and brought them home. I produced invitation-only house shows featuring then unknown John Fullbright (GRAMMY NOMINEE; Bonnie Raitt won), one of the very few performances by The Dirt Farmer Band (Larry and Teresa Campbell, Byron Isaacs and Amy Helm), then unknown Gregory Porter (GRAMMY WINNER). During his performance, Gregory proposed to my wife Nell, on my behalf. Long story. In a small venue in Westchester that our shows migrated to, we had then unknown Cecile McLorin Salvant (GRAMMY WINNER), then unknown Margaret Glaspy (her CD Emotions and Math made many Best of 2017 lists ), Akie Bermiss (now with Lake Street Dive) and many others.
In 2014 the City Center at White Plains (thanks to Dave Brudy) funded 10 free outdoor summer concerts. Now I was really in business, without having to worry about ticket sales to showcase emerging or under recognized artists, with huge talent. Don't get me wrong though, when I can grab an established star, we do that too. 2018 is our fourth season.
Word about us soon got out to the White Plains Business Improvement folks and together we now produce a huge Summer Soulstice concert downtown. A great new band Lawrence (Warner Bros.) performed there. This year, our third, it's The Rad Trads and Kat Wright.
We produced a Summer concert series at Ridge Hill the past couple of years as well. This year we start Second Tuesdays on the plaza at 1 North Broadway, White Plains.
We grow and the story writes itself. I just keep my head down focused on the music. The vibe from my house concerts has survived the changes: great talent, warm hospitality for artists and audience alike, and some terrific music presented with impeccable sound production
See you at the next show!
What's a music genre? Nothing. All that exists is great music, or the other kind, so leave those notions behind.
John Fullbright, Kenny White, Tuba Skinny, Gregory Porter, Cyrille Aimee, Tessa Souter, Spottiswoode and His Enemies, Dirt Farmer Band with Larry Campbell, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Billy Strings and Don Julin, Lawrence, Tom Wopat, Karikatura, KJ Denhert, David Berkeley, Alwyn & Jolliff, Waffle Stompers, Kate Davis, Tuba Skinny, Ayodele Casel, Storyboard P, Margaret Glaspy, Jeremy Kittel, Session Americana, Aubrey Haddard, Morry Louden, Yotam Silberstein, Willie Nile, Matt Simons, Defibulators, Hannah Gill and The Hours, Julius Rodriguez, The Brain Cloud, Alphonso Horne & the Gotham Kings, Bennett Sullivan, Mal Blum, Doug Wamble, Carsie Blanton, Amy Correia, ThirdStory, Erena Terakubo, Julius Rodriguez, Ada Dyer, Sammy Miller and the Congregation, Nadia Washington, Mornningsiders, Shayna Steele, The New Review, Akie Bermiss, Lynette Williams, and more.
I ran into Tuba Skinny, street musicians, on a trip to New Orleans. A few years later they played my house, all six of them, plus two dogs, as part of a celebration of my wedding to Nell, who encourages me every day to pursue my passion, passionately, and to always reach beyond my grasp.
Site design- Anthony Walker Designs
Photography- Stuart Bayer-
Sound - Phil -Charles Pierre
Home Team Nell, Isabella, Anabel and Tessa
Teammates City Center, Dave Brudy and Joanne Luconti, Ridge Hill, Colette, Andrew, David and Meghann, WP BID, Brittany, Kevin and Allison
And all of you