Past Performers – Available for Streaming
May 8, 2021
7:30 PM CT
There’s just something about Ellis Delaney. She is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. If you looked up the definition of open-hearted in the dictionary, you just might find her photo there. Ellis’ performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges & opened hearts.
Ellis is a woman with a mission. She believes music is healing, and she offers her music for free / pay what you can online. For the last year, she has been hosting a weekly “Right On Time” hotline message that supports resilience by offering different grounding / mindful practices she’ll be focusing on that week as well as a reminder that we are interdependent and worthy of love and belonging. As her song asks, “What if we are right on time?”
Ellis released her tenth album, Ordinary Love, in 2020. Says Ellis, “My hope for this new album is that it both inspires a lighter heart while also expressing and connecting to the gravity of this moment in our human history. Can we greet our lives, each other, and even the news every day with ordinary love?”
A transplant from Texas to Minnesota at age 16, Ellis got her start at open mics, and grew her following touring full time. Ellis has been recognized both for her songwriting skills as well as her engaging performances. She became a mainstay at several folk festivals, and has been a repeat performer and voted audience favorite at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Moab Folk Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, and Rocky Mountain Folk Festival.
April 17, 2021
Watch Concert on YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/TeneiaSanders
Celebrating the ties that bind humanity together while also prizing the beauty of individuality, Teneia’s groove-heavy blend of Folk/Soul Rock ‘n Roll will leave your mind filled with inspiration and your heart filled with hope!
Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Teneia currently resides in New Orleans. She is an internationally-touring musician and songwriter, and has ten albums to her credit. She has won multiple awards, had her work featured in television and film, and shared the stage with various critically-acclaimed artists.
One of Teneia’s most prominent pieces, “Stand,” earned a placement in the HBO documentary, “Prom Night in Mississippi”, featuring Morgan Freeman. “Stand” embodies Teneia’s ability as an artist to address deeply rooted social issues fearlessly and confidently. Her true talent however, is how she strips down the audience, leaving their minds filled with reflection and their hearts filled with hope.
With a career spanning over a decade, Teneia has toured relentlessly throughout the years. Her most recent side project, Heart Society gained recognition through the Sixthman Cayamo music cruise alongside John Prine, Buddy Miller, The War and Treaty, Lee Ann Womack and many more. Heart Society was also selected to perform a three-week-long tour on the continent of Africa in April of 2019 by the US State Department organization, American Music Abroad. All while spreading a message of love and equality.
Teneia is a visionary with the heart to match. No matter what project she is a part of, she always delivers a stellar performance. With folk-soul roots and infectious hooks she teeters on the edge of defining a new sound and genre.
March 20, 2021
When you hear about the music of a guitar virtuoso with a doctorate in philosophy, who cut his musical teeth performing and collaborating with singer-songwriter Al Stewart (“Year of the Cat”), you know you will be getting something different. In a career that has spanned a dozen albums and thousands of shows ranging from living room concerts to the Royal Albert Hall, Dave Nachmanoff has built a loyal fan base and a unique niche as a performer and songwriter.
Touring, accompanying, and recording with his songwriting hero, Al Stewart, for over 15 years gave Dave the chance to get his own music out in front of tens of thousands of people and gained him international exposure and recognition. Over the years, he has shared the stage with a long list of legends of the folk and rock music worlds, including the likes of Alison Krauss, Steve Forbert, Firefall, John Wesley Harding, and blues legend Libba “Freight Train” Cotten (when he was just ten years old). Dave continues to record and tour, playing well over a hundred shows a year in listening rooms, private house concerts, and at other events. He is focusing on using his music to make a difference in the world and benefit concerts are an important part of that.
Dave is currently touring the U.S. in support of Cerulean Sky, which he recorded with Grammy-nominated producer-engineer Bill Smith, who has also worked with Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, and Yes, among others. The Cerulean Sky studio band included Michael Jerome and Taras Prodaniuk (Richard Thompson’s rhythm section), and Carl Byron on keyboards (Jackson Browne, Hot Club of LA). Dave’s writing has strengthened over the decades and many fans are calling the songs on Cerulean Sky his best yet.
When not on tour, Dave Nachmanoff is busy producing for other artists, teaching master classes around the U.S. and working in his unique niche of writing and recording custom songs.
Joe Jencks is a 22-year veteran of the international folk music circuit, an award-winning songwriter, a gifted guitar master, and a celebrated vocalist based in the Chicago area. He is known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Joe delivers engaging musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove, and grit. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, he serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel!
Co-founder of the harmony trio Brother Sun, Jencks has also penned several #1 folk songs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor. From Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to Festivals across the U.S.A. and Canada, he has become a fan favorite throughout North America and beyond. Joe is also a dual U.S.-Irish citizen and has served as a Cultural Ambassador with the U.S. State Department