All performances are in the Museum’s Harms Gallery starting at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.
September 15 CREOLE GUMBO JAZZ BAND
The Creole Gumbo Jazz Band was founded in 2009 by Jim Ritter, a cornetist with a long history of playing early New Orleans jazz. Other members of the band include Gary Gregg, who uses an Albert-system clarinet, Tom Holtz is on tuba, and Rick Rowe on banjo. Their music is alternately gentle and brash, inventive, and intuitive with musicians play off of one another. Each concert is replete with tidbits of jazz history about how this music developed in New Orleans between 1900 and 1929. The tunes are mostly from the Roaring Twenties when jazz was America’s popular music. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door.
October 13 HARPETH RISING
Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello, the trio layers in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique. Tickets are $20 online, $25 at the door.
October 21 BARRULE
Presented in partnership with The Celtic Society of Southern Maryland. Named after the famous Manx summit where legend says the ancient Celtic God Manannan MacLir stalked his mighty fortress, Barrule fuses three distinct musical forces: gifted fiddle-player Tomas Callister, accordion wizard Jamie Smith, and versatile accompanist Adam Rhodes on bouzouki. Together this talented acoustic unit creates a powerful and wholly distinctive sound. Tickets are $25 at the door, as available. To purchase in advance on line (some discounts apply) go to https://cssm.ticketleap.com
November 10 SIMPLE GIFTS Two women plus twelve instruments equals one heck of a good time. Combining tradition with innovation, Simple Gifts creates some of the finest arrangements in folk music today: swing fiddle creeps into a Romanian dance, spoons show up in an Irish reel, and a blues lick introduces a Klezmer melody. Based in the hills of central Pennsylvania, these women play an amazing array of instruments. switching with ease among fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, guitjo, recorders, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, baritone fiddle, guitar, and percussion. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door.
January 19 LULU’S FATE Lulu's Fate performs a mix of music from the Appalachian, southern string band, and country blues traditions, as well as early swing, gospel, original tunes and covers ranging from Hank Williams to Tom Waits. Comprised of Tom Espinola on mandolin & guitar, Kristen Jones on cello, and singer Kara Bolling, the trio blends virtuosic instrumentals with lush 3-part vocal harmonies to create new interpretations of traditional tunes. Lulu's Fate is based in the Washington DC metro area. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door.
February 16 KEN & BRAD KOLODNER QUARTET
This dynamic father-son team pushes the boundaries of the American Old-Time tradition. Rachel Eddy's multi-instrumental talents and soulful singing bring an incredibly powerful energy to the group. Lucas Chohany rounds out the quartet and is considered to be one of the most versatile folk musicians in the mid-Atlantic region. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door.
March 16 NICOLE ZURAITIS GROUP
Brooklyn-based vocalist and pianist Nicole Zuraitis has made a name for herself internationally as a jazz singer and songwriter. She is the 2016 winner of the New York City Songwriting Competition Coffee Music Project, recording her winning song "I Like You a Latte" at the famous Metropolis Studios in London in 2017. With musical tastes as wide ranging as her city, she cultivates her diverse musical background into a sound that is rich with vocal and rhythmic innovation. Her operatic training at New York University provides a firm foundation for rare vocal power and range. Tickets are $20 online, $25 at the door.