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Karen Hudson • Sonya Heller

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An Beal Bocht Cafe, 445 W 238th Street, Bronx

This is the last installment of Karen Hudson's monthly residency at An Beal Bocht Cafe with her guest Sisters In Song. ABB Songwriter Session welcomes Sonya Heller at 9PM. Sonya is a good friend of mine and you will certainly feel like one of hers after this show, she has such a wonderful spirit. She has toured extensively in Europe and the West Coast and calls NYC her home. Sonya Heller. Native New Yorker. A child of Russian immigrants cooks up her jazz inflected vocals and folk roots with equal parts American sass and her grandmothers Slavic drama.

She cut her teeth at NYC’s iconic Bitter End, The Living Room and the Knitting Factory in the footsteps of Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro and Leonard Cohen, whose poetic genius sparked her very early on. A Billboard Honoree and winner of the Indiegrrl Songwriters of the Year Contest for her song "Justine." Soundtrack for the award winning documentary "Sisters in Resistance" (PBS, Avignon and Human Rights Watch film festivals)

“Sonya Heller is very much her own artist and comes alive onstage” —Rolling Stone
https://www.sonyaheller.com/music

Karen Hudson, performing songwriter/host: A distinctive presence in the NYC Americana scene, Karen Hudson wins audiences over with her edgy wit, elegant stage presence and wry, insightful tunesmithing. Hudson has been compared to Rosanne Cash by The Village Voice, and to early Linda Ronstadt by 3rd Coast Music Magazine in Austin, Texas. On her third CD “Sonic Bloom,” produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Hudson explores some gothic territory, but refuses to be held hostage by her loss, so even her darkest songs are tempered with wry humor. The musical roots go deep and broad — it’s ‘Americana’ for people who like to mix The Rolling Stones with their Patsy Cline. She has opened for Madeliene Peyroux, Walter Salas Humara and Pete Seeger.

Oct6

Karen Hudson on WJFF

WJFF Radio, Jeffersonville

Kevin McDaniel hosts The Homegrown Show first Saturday of the month. WJFF is the country's only radio station that is powered by energy from a dam.

Karen Hudson • Bev Grant

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An Beal Bocht Cafe, 445 W 238th Street, Bronx

Karen Hudson's 2nd installment of her residency continues with special guest singer songwriter, lifetime social activist, women's chorus leader, Bev Grant. Bev won The ASCAP 2017 Jay Gorney Award presented for a song based on its message of social conscience, for her song, "We Were There."
Bev is a labor and social activist, feminist, and the 2017 Joe Hill Award winner from the Labor Heritage Foundation for her contribution as a cultural worker, an honor shared with former recipients Pete Seeger, Hazel Dickens and many others. Bev grew up singing and playing with her two older sisters in Portland, OR. After moving to New York City in the early ‘60s, she formed her band The Human Condition, who recorded their first album “Working People Gonna Rise,” with Paredon Records, now distributed by Smithsonian/Folkways. Her song “Inez” is included in the Smithsonian/Folkways “Best of Broadside” collection. Bev’s song, “We Were There” will soon have a global presence when it is presented at the United Trade Union Confederation 3rd Womens Conference in October in Costa Rica Bev founded and directs the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus, who celebrated their 20th anniversary in March 2017 person.https://www.bevgrant.com

Karen Hudson, performing songwriter/host: A distinctive presence in the NYC Americana scene, Karen Hudson wins audiences over with her edgy wit, elegant stage presence and wry, insightful tunesmithing. Hudson has been compared to Rosanne Cash by The Village Voice, and to early Linda Ronstadt by 3rd Coast Music Magazine in Austin, Texas. On her third CD “Sonic Bloom,” produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Hudson explores some gothic territory, but refuses to be held hostage by her loss, so even her darkest songs are tempered with wry humor. The musical roots go deep and broad — it’s ‘Americana’ for people who like to mix The Rolling Stones with their Patsy Cline. She has opened for Madeliene Peyroux, Walter Salas Humara and Pete Seeger.

Karen Hudson • Lara Herscovitch

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An Beal Bocht Cafe, 445 W 238th Street, Bronx

This is the first installment of Karen Hudson's monthly ABB Songwriter Session residency with her guest Sisters In Song. An Beal Bocht welcomes Lara Herscovitch— a modern American songwriter-poet-performer gem, creating masterful contemporary folk with blues, pop and jazz influences. The former Connecticut State Troubadour writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, delivering performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain. Sound Waves Magazine described her music as “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… good for your ears AND your soul.” Delivered with a voice Performer Magazine called “clear and smooth like expensive liquor,” Acoustic Live in New York City added, “She possesses not only a huge reservoir of musical talent and a voice with a bell-like clarity, but a keen sense of global concern and a fierce intellect... It might seem too good to be true, but true it is.” www.LaraHerscovitch.com

Karen Hudson, performing songwriter/host: A distinctive presence in the NYC Americana scene, Karen Hudson wins audiences over with her edgy wit, elegant stage presence and wry, insightful tunesmithing. Hudson has been compared to Rosanne Cash by The Village Voice, and to early Linda Ronstadt by 3rd Coast Music Magazine in Austin, Texas. On her third CD “Sonic Bloom,” produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Hudson explores some gothic territory, but refuses to be held hostage by her loss, so even her darkest songs are tempered with wry humor. The musical roots go deep and broad — it’s ‘Americana’ for people who like to mix The Rolling Stones with their Patsy Cline. She has opened for Madeliene Peyroux, Walter Salas Humara and Pete Seeger.

May27

Karen Hudson • Matt Keating

An Beal Bocht Cafe, 445 W 238th Street, Bronx

Sunday Songwriter Night at An Beal Bocht is always a great hang. Tonight I am sharing the night with Matt Keating at 9PM. Matt has been a songwriter in NYC for many years and our paths have not crossed until recently, when I saw his duo with Steve Mayone, The Bastards of Fine Arts performing at the Folk Art Museum. http://www.mattkeating.com

“In a career spanning more than 20 years, Matt Keating has established himself as one of America’s great under-the-radar songwriters. Had he emerged five decades back, he might have been a Tin Pan Alley stalwart, turning out intelligent, accessible songwriting with the clockwork genius of Carole King and Gerry Goffin. His work is rife with the clever, incisive tunefulness that marked that era. Keating has long been an astute chronicler of human affairs at their most fragile.” – NPR Music/em>

Matt Keating’s 11th release and newest album, This Perfect Crime is a collection of 12 songs quietly fueled by striking melodies and poetic lyrical turns. Keating has always been known for writing “folk-pop gems so well-crafted they seem effortless–CMJ”, and THIS PERFECT CRIME follows in that tradition.

May7

Cover Collective with songs of Patsy Cline, Bonnie Raitt, Brandi Carlise

An Beal Bocht Cafe, 445 W 238th Street, Bronx

Flaca Music presents Cover Collective:  songs of Patsy Cline, Bonnie Raitt, Brandi Carlisle 

Opener Laurie G. and Her Accomplices 

Featuring: Laurie G. Rick and Suzanne Susan Melvin Thaler Kathryn Donnelly Jordan Laks Karen Hudson Camille Wallace Cristina Harris Will Leet Trae Sheehan

An Beal Bocht Cafe 445 W 238th St, Bronx, New York 10463

Runway the Real Way-fashion show

Green Fig Cafe at Yotel , 570 10th Ave @ 41st Street, New York

Bill Buttner and I play a few songs to open this Fitness Fashion show, that is all about loving yourself and your body!

Show is free. RSVP at Eventbrite "Runway the Real Way" There are $10 VIP seats, too. Food or drink purchase of any kind required. It's a lovely brunch!

Tribes Hill Presents at People's Voice Cafe

People's Voice Cafe/Community Church of NY U.U., 40 East 35th St., New York, NY 10016

In the round show with 6 Tribes Hill member performers including Larry Kolker, Judy Kass, Susan Kane, Karen Hudson, George Gierer, Fred Gillen Jr. Community Church of New York U.U. 40 East 35th St. (between Madison & Park) New York, NY, 10016 Cafe entrance at far right of building, at street level.

TRANSPORTATION: to 33rd St. (2 1/2 blocks to the church) to 34th Street/Herald Square (3 1/2 blocks) Map

TIMES: All shows start at 8 PM, Saturdays. Doors open at 7:30. No reservations, so come early to be assured a seat.

ADMISSION: $20 suggested contribution -- more if you choose, less if you can't; no one turned away for lack of money. This will be a wonderful night! For PVC subscribers the suggested contribution is $12.

Heart of the Matter Songwriter Circle

Beanrunner Cafe, 201 S Division St, Peekskill

Heart of the Matter songwriter circle, with Host Joe Adami, featuring Karen Hudson, Thomas Earl and David Kraai, and presented with Embark Peekskill at the Beanrunner Cafe. $10 door.

Christopher St Coffeehouse St. John's Songwriters Circle

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St. John's Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher Street, New York

Christopher Street Coffeehouse is one of the best kept secrets of NYC! If you want to hear great live acoustic music in this beautiful atmosphere without the bar noise, and really hear the words to the songs--come to this show! I am honored to be a participant in the winter edition of the Songwriters Circle at Christopher Street Coffeehouse at St. John's Lutheran Church. With Bill Buttner, Andrew Craig, Pat Harper, and Karen Hudson. Featured guest star is the amazing singer-songwriter coming all the way from Nashville, Tennessee, Clint Alphin (https://clintalphin.com/). The show will take place on FRIDAY DECEMBER 8, at 7 PM. The Songwriters Circle series is a benefit for the Church to help fund their many social service activities. Suggested donation is $15.