Wednesday, March 28, 2012

This land is your land - Woody Guthrie memorial concert LA April 14th

The GRAMMY Museum and Woody Guthrie Publications presents
Join us for
~Woody Guthrie at 100~
The West Coast Centennial Celebration Concert
APRIL 14, 2012~Club Nokia~Los Angeles, CA
~ Featuring ~


Woody Guthrie Foundation | 125-131 E. Main Street | Suite #200 | Mt. Kisco | NY | 10549

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Upcoming Jen Chapin gigs, from Brooklyn NY to Paris France

March 22, 2012

Happy Spring everyone!

Last Saturday I brought my boys to a march celebrating the 6 month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement and heralding the “American Spring.” While Van napped on my back, Maceo joined the chants and got a deluxe ride on the shoulders of a very kind man from Senegal whose name amid the festivities sounded something like “Hamish”. We also spoke with a matter-of-fact grandmother from New Jersey who is active in the Occupy Student Debt movement ($1 Trillion and counting), and discussed all the decent investment bankers we know with a man from Queens bearing the sign “St. Patrick — drive all the snakes from Wall Street!” We were given balloons and flowers, and had a grand time.

I have joined the movement in my own small way for many reasons, with long-time concern about widening income inequality and the reckless and rapacious consolidation of the food system around the world, in admiration of its decentralized and non-cult-of-personality nature (“leaderless and leaderful,” Cornel West called it), in celebration of its many means of expression from music to good food to the famous “mic check,” with excitement in the flowering of complex connections being made and alternatives being explored, and with fervent belief in the commons.

It is those things that we hold in common as a society -- those institutions that require the participation of the community to thrive and tax-based funding from the government to survive -- that offer stability to our society and enable economic growth, entrepreneurship and creativity. Parks, transportation networks, water supplies, public safety, scientific research, health clinics, arts and culture groups, and so on. The commons, and those who work in them, have been under attack in recent years, both directly and through the casino mentality in the financial system that has gambled with much of our shared resources. I join the Occupy movement as part of the push back against these damaging trends.

For my family these days, it is all about public schools, and the beloved and sometimes beleaguered local elementary school which has become a nurturing locus of our community and family life.

The arts, among other vital programs, have been cut from our school budget, and the community is working together to restore them, bit by bit. This coming March 31st will see another one of our fund- and friend-raising House Concert Benefits for PS9 Arts Programs, also featuring the contemporary classical music of fellow PS9 parent and acclaimed composer Sean Hickey.

I have a lot of other interesting shows coming up — please do scroll down the list! -- with the latest addition to the schedule just coming in from Fort Myers, Florida. It’s rare that we get to make the trip to the sunshine state, so before I book our tickets, please let me know if you’d like us to add another Florida date at your home or other special space, on Saturday, April 28th..

If you have a moment, I’d love to hear from you with a quick reply. Thanks for listening!


PS — One of the big inspirations to me in songwriting is the incomparable Bill Withers. I highly recommend that you seek out this powerful documentary about him, “Still Bill”, that says so much about art, family, and roots.
Upcoming Shows
Saturday, March 31st * 6 – 9 pm
House Concert to benefit PS9 Arts Programs
Also featuring the contemporary classical music of Sean Hickey
Our place, near Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn * 347 432 0283 * $65 couple, $35 individual includes dinner, drinks, dessert, music and childcare!
Tickets on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets
Trio with Stephan Crump on acoustic bass and Jamie Fox on electric guitar

Friday, April 20th * 8 pm
An Evening of Chapin Music featuring a Tribute to HARRY CHAPIN with The Chapin Family
WSC Performing Arts Center
12901 15 Mile Rd., Sterling Heights MI 48312 * 586-294-4673
$30, $35 -- including : Tom Chapin, Jen Chapin, The Chapin Sisters
a benefit for Hope Center of Macomb
Please bring non-perishable food! tickets on sale now at (586) 491-2924
Duo with Jamie Fox on electric guitar

Saturday, April 21st * 8 pm
C3 Exchange presents Grand Haven Community Center — Acacia Auditorium
421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven MI 49417 *616.842.2550 * $15 adv./$20 door (tickets available here)
With very special guest Brian Vander Ark
Duo with Jamie Fox on electric guitar

Sunday, April 22nd * 10 am
C3Exchange, Inclusive Spiritual Community
Grand Haven Community Center
421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven MI 49417
We’ll be contributing some songs to the mix, with an Earth Day theme in mind!
Duo with Jamie Fox on electric guitar

Friday, April 27th * 7:30 pm
Foulds Theatre /Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers FL 33901 * 239-334-7007 Ext. 130
$30 ticket, to benefit Harry Chapin Food Bank
Duo with Jamie Fox on electric guitar

Saturday, May 12th * time tba
Chez Anne
41, rue du Ruisseau, 75018 Paris France * +33 (1) 42234203
Duo with Stephan Crump on acoustic bass

Friday, May 25th * 8 pm
Kennett Flash
102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square PA 19348 * 484-732-8295
$15 advance/$18 at the door — TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Trio with Stephan Crump on acoustic bass and Jamie Fox on electric guitar

Saturday, June 2nd * 7:30 pm
Concerts at Bonnie Branch
Ellicott City, MD
for more information and/or to reserve please contact Ryan Simmons at

Trio with Stephan Crump on acoustic bass and Jamie Fox on electric guitar

Thursday, June 28th * time tba
89 North
Patchogue NY
helping to open this brand new venue!
with opening sets from Cassandra House and Silverqueen
Full band!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Robert Ross in Manhattan Thurs Mar 15 & Tues Mar 20 #music #blues

Two Time NY Music Award Winner
NY Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee
Quote: "A blues icon. One of the great blues spirits." Bob Fass (Radio Un-nameable, WBAI-FM Pacifica Network).

Robert Ross Band @ Cupping Room
Thursday, March 15, 2012
8pm - 11pm
359 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-925-2898
Other Info
Featuring: Nick DiFrisco on drums, Dave Hofstra on upright bass, and Robert Ross on vocals, guitar, slide guitar, and harp. We perform from 8pm to 11pm. Great food. Free Admission!!

Felix Cabrera & Robert Ross @ Gizzi's Cafe
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
8pm - 10pm
16 West 8th St., New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-353-0099
Other Info: Featuring: NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee Felix Cabrera on vocals, percussion, & harmonica, and NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee & NY Music Award winner Robert Ross on vocals, guitar, & slide guitar. If this event draws a crowd Felix and I will be performing at Gizzi's Cafe every Tuesday along with special guests. A comedy act to be announced will open the show at 7pm. FREE Admission. Great food. Produced by Evan Ginzburg of Legends Radio. 

Short Bio

Robert Ross is a New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee and a two time New York Music Award winner  for Best Live Blues Artist. Robert also won an East Coast Rocker Award for Best Blues Artist in 1991. The singer, songwriter, guitarist, slide guitarist, & harmonica player is known for a wide variety of blues, jazz, soul, rock 'n' roll, and other roots music. Robert worked and recorded with Big Joe Turner for Spivey Records & for Doc Pomus. He also worked with Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Brownie McGhee, Memphis Slim, Sunnyland Slim, Otis Rush, Dr. John, J.B. Hutto, Victoria Spivey, Louisiana Red, Eddie Kirkland, Floyd Jones, Homesick James, Bobby Lewis, Pinetop Perkins, Charles & Cyrille Neville, David "Honey Boy" Edwards, Linda Hopkins, Wilbert Harrison, & Champion Jack Dupree. One of Ross' songs was recorded and released twice by Johnny Winter. Two other originals appeared on ABC TV's daytime drama "All My Children". The Robert Ross Band has toured Europe and North America. Ross has performed at numerous festivals including the Chicago Blues Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival, and is a perennial at the Riverhead Blues Festival on Long Island. The Robert Ross Band has released 7 internationally distributed cds. Ross performs as a solo (acoustic or electric), as a duo, with The Robert Ross Band and with a new group called The BluesManian Devils.

Review Quotes

"Okay, pay attention: Robert Ross is the real thing … some of the hottest blues you're likely to hear anywhere … perpetual groove … vital and vibrant … with a mark distinctly his own ... a true showman who turns in a creative and entertaining show. He and his band throw themselves head first into their sets, taking risks, challenging each other, pushing the edge and ultimately emerging from the melee triumphant … Ross' original material is outstanding, filled with truth and humor and an individuality that shines. Imagination, speed, dexterity and flash are all words that have been used before to describe Robert's guitar playing, but … he also displays fine sensitivity, a fact that can sometimes be overlooked in the face of his more spectacular guitar work. Beautiful, ringing tones … expressive notes almost torn from his axe in his own 'White Boy Lost In The Blues' … And you can hear it in the unique, rough edged tones of his fluid voice as well." Jennifer Shields, Musicians' Exchange, 1988

"Robert Ross is an imaginative writer with files of Twilight Zone tales accumulated in his wanderings ... soulful, vigorous guitar playing ... agile cat quick licks ... bristles with originals ... Ross scores big ... Ross sings in his fluid growl ... saucy slide ... If you're looking for fresh guitar passion in white boy roots music, this is it." Rafael Alvarez, Guitar World, 1983
"Robert Ross can sit on my front porch and rock me anytime - Killer guitarist and singer who is the essence of a true blues man. And that show with you and Big Nancy together was just extraordinary - the chemistry was fantastic !! " John Muller, New Jersey Sunset Blues Cruise on the A.J. Meerwald, 2011.

“I just wanted to thank you again for an amazing performance Friday night at Centenary. I wish there were a way you and (Big) Nancy could find a way to record some stuff together. There truly is something about you two playing together that brings out the best of you both. The after party was, what can I say, I laughed, I cried, I submit it for any award consideration that may be given out for that kind of performance. You are a one of a kind individual who I am glad I know.” Uncle Pete Hoff, WNTI Radio about our 2011 Centenary Blues Fest performance.

"Robert Ross is a blues icon. One of the great blues spirits." Bob Fass, Radio Un-Nameable, WBAI-FM, NYC, 2007
"He's so fast, lightning would have to get on roller skates to catch him." Albert King, reported by Hank Reineke, East Coast Rocker, 1988
"HOT!!" Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, reported by Pablo Guzman, NY Daily News, 1987
"Robert Ross is a fine singer, a snappy lyricist, and an even better blues guitarist cut from the same cloth as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, or Johnny Winter. 69 Chevy ... The rain drenched pain of "White Boy Lost In The Blues" makes it a 'tour de Ross' all around and his dazzling guitar intro is one of the best I've ever heard. He saves some sizzle for the slide guitar roast "Sittin' In The Jail House". Move over George Thorogood and let Ross show you how to play that thing! Ross' guitar solos are a joy to hear, technically inventive, and packed with tortured feeling. Time after time Ross delivers the goods." Bill Carlton, NY Daily News, 1981
"The bluesman wailed, his voice rough and pliant and booming … most wonderful.” Rafael Alvarez, Baltimore Sun 1991
"It's the classic mix: the old veteran, the gunslinger, the talent everyone knows (Bo Diddley), joining the new guy (Robert Ross), the one who's still trying to get his talent out there … at the Bottom Line … the show will be particularly intriguing because Ross is one of the most impressive young blues men around-more traditional, actually, than Bo himself. In fact Ross is on the show at Diddley's invitation, because the old master liked the young guy's stuff."David Hinckley, NY Daily News, 1985