Music at the Mansion

music_at_the_mansion_logo_color_100x36The Friends of Crawford Park are proud to present Music at the Mansion, an acoustic music series held at the historic Crawford Mansion on the grounds of Crawford Park in Rye Brook, NY.

The mission of Music at the Mansion is to raise money for the park through a series of musical events that feature a combination of nationally-renowned and exceptional local talent. The music will be eclectic, diverse, and will definitely entertain you. Our intimate venue seats about 100 and we host shows approximately every two months. Previous shows have featured Bill Kirchen, Sloan Wainwright, Guy Davis, and more.

Upcoming shows:

Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 8PM: Jill Sobule w/ guest Emilyn Brodsky
Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 8PM: IZZ
Sat., Mar. 18, 2017, 8PM: Vance Gilbert
Sun., Apr. 2, 2017, 3PM: Opera at the Mansion
Sat., May 20, 2017, 8PM: Jazz at the Mansion featuring: Erena Terakubo


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2016, 8PM:
Jill Sobule w/ guest Emilyn Brodsky
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Jill SobuleWe are pleased to announce the return of Jill Sobule to Music at the Mansion. Jill played at our very first show in November 2013 and helped establish our concert venue, now in its 4th year.

Jill Sobule is a Denver-born singer, songwriter, storyteller, guitarist and gypsy. Over seven albums and nearly two decades of recording, Jill has mused on topics such as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence and the Christian right.

Her recording career began in 1990 with her debut album “Things Here are Different,” recorded by Todd Rundgren. Her 1995 self-titled album, “Jill Sobule,” yielded the hit songs “I Kissed A Girl” (the original) and “Supermodel.” Since then, she has continued to record, produce and tour with an ever-growing loyal fan base. Jill is considered a pioneer in crowd sourcing, with her 2009 fan-funded record, “California Years.” She continues to be at the forefront of exploring and creating new models for artists in an ever-changing changing music industry.

She’s performed with Neil Young, Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, Cyndi Lauper, Tom Morello and Warren Zevon and inducted Neil Diamond into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. She can be seen live as a solo performer as well as the co-star of the “Jill & Julia Show,” an unusual and mesmerizing combination of song and storytelling in collaboration with comedian/actress Julia Sweeney. She also served as songwriter/composer for the hit Nickelodeon network show “Unfabulous” during that show’s three-season run. She composed the music for the off-Broadway show “Prozak and Platypus” and her songs have appeared in a multitude of films including “Mind the Gap,” in which Jill herself co-starred. She has been a political troubadour for NPR stations across America and most recently performed original music at the keynote session for Netroots Nation. Jill is a longtime participant as well as musical contributor at TED.

A veritable gypsy, Jill divides her time between a busy touring schedule and a variety of other projects. The recently released “A Day at the Pass” finally captures an ongoing collaboration between Jill and John Doe (from the iconic punk band X) and was recorded live at The Pass studio on one fine day in Los Angeles. She is currently recording her next record, “Dottie’s Charm’s” – a collaboration between her and 11 of her favorite authors, including: Rick Moody, David Hajdu and Jonathan Lathem, Jill is also working with Steve Cosson (The Civilians), Jim Lewis (Fela!) and Robin Eaton (a longtime collaborator) on the musical, Times Square.

In the words of New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles, “Jill Sobule can claim her place among the stellar New York singer-songwriters of the last decade. Topical, funny and more than a little poignant…grown-up music for an adolescent age.”

She’s an American original.

Emilyn BrodskyEmilyn Brodsky is a singer/songwriter who has performed with The Magnetic Fields, Amanda Palmer, The Hold Steady, TV on the Radio, and many more. You may have seen her sing songs off her critically-acclaimed album “Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings” on HBO’s “Girls” and Fusion’s “The Chris Gethard Show.” She lives in New York City in an ancient mansion with a coven of witches. Emilyn enjoys tea, essential oils, and meat on the bone. Her new album, “Emilyn Brodsky’s Digestion,” was released in October 2016 on Dead Stare Records.

Tickets for this show are $27 in advance and $32 at the door. Doors open at 7PM. Refreshments are available at the show, including beer and wine.


SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017, 8PM:
IZZ
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IzzWithout question, one of the brightest lights on the American progressive/art rock scene, IZZ melds classic and modern prog influences, strong melodies, and stirring guitar and synthesizer solos into a familiar yet refreshing musical stew. They have consistently delivered their innovative and unique original sound with rising praise for each album released.

IZZ was formed under the musical vision of brothers Tom and John Galgano. In 1996, Tom brought together fellow Manhattanville College classmates, all musically trained, to write, arrange and perform original, adventurous music. IZZ’s lineup includes percussionist (and Blind Brook legend) Greg DiMiceli, Paul Bremner (guitars), Anmarie Byrnes (vocals), Laura Meade (vocals), and Brian Coralian (drums). They have released seven studio albums, including “Ampersand Volume 2” in 2016, and have appeared at many festivals including CalProg (Los Angeles), NEARFest (Bethlehem PA), Terra Incognita (Quebec), and Progtoberfest (Chicago).

Tickets for this show are $20 in advance and $24 at the door. Doors open at 7PM. Refreshments are available at the show, including beer and wine.


SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017, 8PM:
Vance Gilbert
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Vance GilbertVance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90’s when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking ’em dead at open mics. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about Gilbert’s stage-owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her Fat City Tour. Noted not only for being the ever consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 12 albums, including 4 for Philo/Rounder Records and a duo album with friend Ellis Paul. Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, and Anita Baker, 2006 and 2007 found Gilbert opening 140+ shows for comedian George Carlin. Most recently he’s the opener of choice for Paul Reiser and The Subdudes.

Considered by many to be an integral part of the national folk scene, Gilbert’s approach to the acoustic singer songwriter idiom is significant. Gilbert’s compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller’s craft. He even has a tune on a Grammy Nominated children’s album. How rounded is that?

Tickets for this show are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Doors open at 7PM. Refreshments are available at the show, including beer and wine.


SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017, 3PM:
Opera at the Mansion

More info to come…


SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017, 8PM:
Jazz at the Mansion featuring: Erena Terakubo
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Erena TerakuboErena Terakubo was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1992. She began playing the alto saxophone at the age of nine. Between the ages of 10 and 15, she participated in the Sapporo Junior Jazz Orchestra, where she had the opportunity to have jazz clinics with musicians including Herbie Hancock and Tiger Okoshi. Terakubo later attended the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program, where she was rewarded a full-tuition scholarship and was selected for the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop with Terri Lyne Carrington. In 2011, she was chosen as one of just six Presidential Scholars from across the world to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating in 2014.

In 2010, she recorded her first album, “North Bird” with Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, Lee Pearson, and Peter Bernstein. The album was released in Japan by Japanese major record label King, reached no. 1 on the Japanese jazz charts, and was awarded Swing Journal’s Gold Disc. Later that year, she performed with Ron Carter, Omar Hakim, and Will Boulware as part of the Tokyo Jazz Festival. In 2011, Terakubo recorded her second album, “New York Attitude” with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Lee Pearson, and Dominick Farinacci, and in 2013, her long-awaited third album “Burkina” with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Lenny White & Jimmy Cobb set a high valuation on her ability.

Her concert appearances have included Tokyo Jazz Festival, Sapporo City Jazz Festival, Jazz Week Osaka 2010 (with Michel Camilo Trio), Nagoya Jazz Festival (with Yosuke Yamashita), Kitara Hall (with Sapporo Symphony Orchestra), and D.C. Jazz Festival 2012. She has been fortunate to work with musicians such as Sadao Watanabe, Terumasa Hino, Eddie Gomez, Jimmy Cobb, and Anthony Jackson.

Tickets for this show are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Doors open at 7PM. Refreshments are available at the show, including beer and wine.


THINGS WE LIKE

CaramoorWe are pleased to be a cultural partner with the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts in Katonah, NY.

Captain Lawrence Brewing CompanyThe Captain Lawrence Brewing Company kindly donates the beer which is sold at our shows. Their brewery is located in Elmsford, NY.

Sound City Music of Stamford CT does an excellent job of ensuring that the PA system sounds great at our shows. They also have rehearsal spaces for musicians.

Acoustic Live has listings of live music around the NYC area.


SPECIAL THANKS

Music at the Mansion would like to thank:

Town of Rye for providing the mansion for our use.
Port Chester Council for the Arts for providing our stage and lights.


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