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Our upcoming shows for 2016

Grass Roots Coffeehouse

2016 Concert Series


The Hot Flashes

March 5, 2016

An exciting trio of female vocalists ~~ The Hot Flashes ~~ has reunited after thirteen years to once again feature their tight vocal harmonies and solid instrumentation. The Hot Flashes are Amy Gallatin, who with her expressive, soulful singing has made a name for herself on the Americana music scene both in the USA and in Europe. She is also a big part of our Christmas in the Valley concert; award-winning singer/songwriter Gail Wade, and multi-instrumentalist Peggy Harvey, founding member of the long-running bluegrass group Traver Hollow and who performs with Gail in her band Turning Point.. 

Peggy made guest appearances with Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters for many years during and after her Traver Hollow years, and Gail and Amy were drawn together through music, their mutual love of horses, and the Western life.  All three share a passion for acoustic music, and together they have amassed a wealth of beautifully performed songs drawn from the bluegrass, folk, vintage country, swing, jazz, and blues genres...with a few cowgirl and traditional tunes thrown in for good measure. 

Backed by the solid chops of mandolinist/guitarist JD Williams, Dobro veteran Roger Williams—both from Gallatin’s band Stillwaters--and bassist John Urbanik, the instrumentation also includes fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and the soprano saxophone -- for flavor and diversion.


Phil Rosenthal performs the songs of Pete Seeger

Saturday April 9 2016

Pete Seeger (1919-2014) was a major figure in America's folk music revival. A prolific songwriter, song collector, and multi-instrumentalist, Pete helped bring the five-string banjo into the mainstream of the folk movement. Known primarily as a solo performer, Pete was also a founding member of several influential groups, including the Almanac Singers and the Weavers.

Phil celebrates Seeger's music in this program, featuring many of Seeger's best-known compositions and other songs prominent in his long recording and performing career. Phil's introductions give information about the song's place in Seeger's career.

"This entertaining, enlightening, and important program is highly recommended. Phil takes the audience on a captivating American folk journey." -- Robin Flynn, Head of Communications, Beverly Public Library, Beverly, MA

"A big hit! It was a trip down memory lane with toe-tapping sing-along classics performed beautifully and bits of history about the prolific songwriter and activist sprinkled in throughout the performance. A treasure for all ages!" -- Tara Borden, Assistant Director, East Lyme Public Library, East Lyme, CT

"A fun and fact-filled celebration of one of America's musical legends - a great event for music lovers of all ages." -- Sandy Ruoff, Director, Guilford Free Library, Guilford, CT


Blackstone Valley Bluegrass

Saturday May 7 2016

Grass Roots Coffehouse has it's own house band, Blackstone Valley Bluegrass.  Both Ken and Bob are members of the Rockdale Congregational Church.  The band has been together for over 17 years and plays some of the most exciting and dynamic bluegrass music.  Hot picking, smooth harmonies and a huge dose of fun is what you can expect from a Blackstone Valley Bluegrass show.  Come on down for a great night of music as we finish up another season of great concerts, food and fun with Dave Dick on banjo, Dan Nowlan on mandolin, Ken Taylor on bass, and Bob Dick on guitar.


Thanks to Krissy Dick, Jean Taylor, Pam Betts and all the folks from Rockdale Congregational Church who support the coffeehouse and bring in tasty treats for all to enjoy!                       

7:30 PM doors open at 6:45
Hot food, beverages and dessert available!

Admission: $15/$10 seniors 60+ & members/$5 full-time students/under 5 free
The Grass Roots Coffeehouse is located at the Rockdale Congregational Church, 42 Fowler Road in Northbridge, MA
For more info email aplandbob@aol.com or call 617-429-0347

The Grass Roots Coffeehouse was formed around the year 2000 to promote Bluegrass music in the Blackstone Valley and to provide a comfortable place for the community to enjoy great music.  The first few shows were benefits to help in the restoration of the Rockdale Congregational Church and it's parsonage.  We have had many great artists come and play and hope to continue to keep the doors of our church open to the community.  We are entirely volunteer run by members of the Rockdale Congregational Church.  The concerts are held in our function room, with the exception of the annual "Christmas in the Valley" concert which is held in the sanctuary.  We offer hot foods like chili or soups, sometimes other dishes too, plus great desserts, and of course, coffee!! 


Other artists who have performed at Grass Roots:

Grass Routes Bluegrass

Phil Rosenthal

Howie Newman

Bob Amos

Slograss          Click here Slograss performing "Song My Heart Sings" at Grass Roots Coffeehouse!

huck & Mud

The Pine Hill Ramblers

Erica Brown

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