The Common Ground on the Hill
Baltimore Concert Series
Presented at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church
6200 North Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21212
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Held Monthly October - April
Seating begins at 7:30 PM; Showtime 8:00 PM
*All tickets purchased online will be available for pick-up at Will-Call the day of the show*
Series and Group Rate Tickets ONLY Available by calling Common Ground on the Hill at 410-857-2771.
|Group Rate Tickets
available to groups of 6 or more
|MUST be purchased as a block.
Tickets are non-refundable.
|Group rate applies to regular admission tickets only.
Call the Common Ground on the Hill office to purchase.
Individual Concert Tickets: $25; $20 Seniors 65+/Teens with appropriate ID
(Please bring your printed receipt and ID with you to the concert)
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The 2015-2016 Concert Series
Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, MD
Vintage Blues Sensation
Blind Boy Paxton
March 4, 2016
"[Blind Boy Paxton] brings a joie de vivre to his performances that is sure to infect any listener. Not just lovers of 'old timey' stuff" Jorma Kaukonen, Hot Tuna
When Paxton sits down to a piano, the spirit of Fats Waller, Art Tatum, and Willie “The Lion” Smith springs forth in a cascade of notes raining from the soundboard. When he picks up the guitar, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Blind Blake are suddenly freed from the crackling Paramount shellac grooves that have imprisoned them for over 80 years. And when Paxton takes up the five-string banjo, the corn liquor-fueled manic urgency of Uncle Dave Macon careens around the room in a dizzying frenzy of old time delight.
After having discovered the origins of American vernacular music at such an early age, Paxton seems hell-bent on encompassing the entirety of the tradition on multiple instruments with the slightly rough-around-the-edges impatience of youth. While his vocal approach is decidedly laid back and understated, his musicianship is marked by urgency and enthusiasm.
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April 1, 2016
Bob Lucas is a glory shouting, sweet singing, banjo picking, guitar thumping, old time fiddling, song writing rounder with a desire to share a sense of musical wonder anyway he can. The Dancer Inside of You, Bob's 1972 release, received a 4-star rating from Downbeat Magazine. Two songs off Dancer were picked up and recorded by the legendary Newgrass Revival, who went on to recorded many of his songs in years that followed. In 1977, Bob co-founded the culture-morphing band Eclectricity, one of the first bands to bring 'gypsy' and 'klezmer' music to a North American folk-music audience. Eclectricity found a fan in, and often toured with, actor/singer Theodore Bikel.
In 1986 Bob began working for Mad River Theater Works writing songs and making plays for what has become an ever-growing audience. Songs from this period of Bob's writing were recorded by the blissfully talented Alison Krauss on her 1996 Grammy Award winning album, So Long So Wrong, and again on her 2001 release, New Favorite. In addition to the countless recordings he has made with Mad River Theater Works in the past two decades, he has recorded two albums, Rushsylvania and Kin. And, Bob is excited to announce that work is complete on his new album, Banjo For Lovers.
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