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Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts

... so the good spreads out where no telling it will go.
Little Tree Acoustic is a private house concert series in Lafayette, CO dedicated to creating an intimate listening space for professional singer-songwriter performers. If you want to experience music the way it should be experienced, join our friends-of-the-series email list so you can learn about and be invited to upcoming shows.

Little Tree has enjoyed a phenomenal lineup of shows that have included inspiring songwriting, animated story telling, expert musicianship, and moving poetry. Click on the images below for a sample of past performances.


Upcoming Shows:

16 September 2016 (22 September in Nederland) - Beth Wood    (click for description)
4 November 2016 (5 November in Nederland) - BiG WiDE GRiN   (description soon)
2 December 2016 (3 December in Nederland) - Mitch Barrett   (description soon)


Remote Sister Shows:

This year Little Tree is partnering with several venues to offer companion shows that are easier for some audience members to get to than my Lafayette backyard. The intent is to provide touring musicians another opportunity to put money in their pockets while they are in Colorado.

Our primary partner in this effort is the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center up in Nederland, which is a lovely little mountain town steeped in rich musical history. In particular Caribou Ranch was an important Nederland recording studio in the 70's and 80's, and it's history is worth a read.

So, if you live up in Nederland or Denver or some other place where a sister show is happening, or you have friends who do, you no longer need to drive an hour to/from Lafayette to catch a Little Tree show. Just see the companion show near you during the same tour!

Or, if you are like me, and you can't get enough of a good thing, go to both shows!

As you know, at Little Tree we love our traditions, so please rest assured, regardless where you see a show, you can always count on rum cake meeting you there!

In addition, for all Nederland Wild Bear Concerts, we have a new tradition: we will all go ride the Carousel of Happiness together before the music starts.

You can read about the meaning of this tradition for our Nederland shows and see the carousel in action by clicking here.

Check out   www.WildBear.org/Concerts/ for details and to purchase seats for the Nederland shows. And make sure you get your seats early for those. They are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show!



 


It is a joy to bring Beth Wood back to Little Tree - it has been far too long since she graced our stage back in 2012. Beth is absolutely one of my favorite singer/songwriters, and boy has she been busy since we saw her last. She's released two new CDs "Sometimes Love" and "Spring Tide", and she's also published a lovely little poetry book "Kazoo Symphonies". Trust me, they're gems. Go get you one of each before they're all gone. Seriously.

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Winner - Sisters Folk Festival Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest
Winner - Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Contest
Winner - 2nd Place - Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters Contest
Winner - Wildflower Festival SongwritingContest
Finalist - Telluride Troubadour Contest
Winner - Top 20 Acoustic/Folk Category - Unisong International Songwriting Contest
Honorable Mention - Mountain Stage Newsong Contest
Honorable Mention - Billboard World Song Contest

"A superb singer/songwriter whose versatility discourages labeling." - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Beth Wood is a musical triple-threat - a thoughtful songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist with a supple, soulful voice." - Washington Post

"Wood is about as good as it gets if you appreciate the singer/songwriter genre." - Charlotte Creative Loafing

"Lord have mercy ... Wood is a down-home, old-fashioned girl with a wicked streak" - Indie-music.com

"... when you come across a recording like Beth Wood's "The Weather Inside", you take note and recognize that this is the work of a genuine artist with a remarkable voice determined to make meaningful and lasting art." - Lone Star Music Magazine

Want to sample Beth's music? Click on these video links:







A little about the artist - Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for eighteen years. Beth's music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy.

Picture a home-body with an ever-present wanderlust, an introvert with a passion for performing, a creative free-spirit with enough discipline to rework her dream year after year, calloused little hands and a big pile of curly hair ... and you've got Beth Wood.

Beth Wood began her musical journey in Lubbock, a high plains Texas town with a uniquely rich musical heritage that includes Buddy Holly, Natalie and Lloyd Maines, Mac Davis, and Joe Ely to name a few. When she wasn't dodging tornadoes and dust storms, Beth was studying classical piano, violin, harp, and voice and contemplating the greatness of her Dad's record collection. With big dreams of becoming a musician, Beth left west Texas to study voice and piano at Brevard College in North Carolina. A detour from her classical studies led her to Austin, where she picked up a degree in literature and a guitar. Beth began writing her own songs and quickly discovered a feeling of musical freedom that she has been hooked on ever since. Eighteen years, thousands of shows, nine albums, three cars, and numerous awards later, Beth has never looked back.

Beth has been featured on OPB's "Artbeat" and on "Troubadour, TX", a nationally syndicated documentary-style singer-songwriter reality television series airing in almost 40 million households and 140 U.S. markets. Beth has also been a three-time featured artist on Cayamo: A Journey Through Song, a week-long Caribbean songwriters' cruise.

In May, 2013, Beth launched her Song of the Month Club, an innovative way to engage fans and offer a steady stream of new work. The result of that work is "Sometimes Love," Beth's ninth album, recorded in her adopted home state of Oregon with rising star producer Tyler Fortier and released in 2014. Beth released her first book of poetry, "Kazoo Symphonies" (Mezcalita Press) in 2015.

Beth lives in Portland, OR and is loving the Northwest life. Beth has immersed herself in the northwest music scene, including working on staff with the Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy for five years as an instructor and host of the Sunday Community Celebration. Beth's work has expanded to include teaching voice and song coaching as well as leading workshops at festivals, retreats and beyond.

"Scratching the surface, I disappear
down in the belly of the place where I face my fear
tethered to my sketchy memory
there's a little bird singing out
won't you set me free?

"Shine a light and throw a rope
I could use a little hope
I ain't lookin for a hero
But some times it's a long hard climb just to get to zero

"When I finally see the sky, lord have mercy on my eyes"

from "To Get to Zero", words and Music by Beth Wood and Phil Madeira. On Beth's CD "Sometimes Love"

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A New Tradition:



The Carousel of Happiness: As part of our companion concerts in Nederland, a new Little Tree tradition will be to ride the Carousel of Happiness together, audience and artists, before every Nederland show.

The Carousel is a living testament to the power of music to help us maintain balance in the face of life's challenges, even extreme ones. It is the creation of a Vietnam wartime marine, Scott Harrison, who clung to a tiny music box to keep his wits about him during the insanity of war. When playing his music box he said he momentarily escaped the horrors of war by imagining the peaceful image of a carousel in a mountain meadow. Working through the aftermath of the impact the war had on him, Harrison found an abandoned carousel, brought it to Nederland, and then spent the next 26 years hand carving wooden animals to bring it back to life. The result is a beautiful testament to the power of music to carry us through our struggles in life.

Come join us.

Be one of the lucky people who can say, "I was there when they rode the carousel together for the very first time."

Get seats for the upcoming Nederland show for Kevin So June 11 at

www.wildbear.org/concerts
($20 in advance, $25 the day of the show, this saturday)

Bring something for the potluck dinner that starts at 6:30pm.

Then ride the carousel with us as a group before the music starts at 7:30pm

For those coming from Boulder, a group of us will meet at the Boulder Public Library at the mouth of the canyon before carpooling up together as a group. Comment on this thread to participate in the carpool.

The Nederland concerts are hosted in partnership between Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts and the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center

About the concerts ~ If you've not been to a show like this before, you may be asking, "What the heck is a house concert?" It's pretty simple. We book a performer, clear out the living room furniture (in the winter - the shows are outside in the summer), set up a stage area/sound system and chairs, and invite an audience for an evening of live music. Very similar to a coffee house setting, only in the intimate environment of someone's actual home. I first learned about house concerts back in 2009 when I hosted a Kentucky friend, Mitch Barrett, who toured through Colorado after winning the 2009 Telluride Troubadour songwriting competition. One show and I was hooked, and I've been hosting phenomenal artists in my home for over seven years now! It is a truly wonderful way to experience excellent artists and their music. I'm very excited to bring this type of experience and these musicians to our little part of Colorado.

Donations ~ All donations go to the artists. We suggest $20 and up, on a sliding scale, meaning you are welcome to pay more if you value and can afford a little more to support live music. In a rough patch and can't afford $20 right now? That's OK. Pay what you can. Times are good for you, and you can afford to donate a little more? Please do what you can to keep live music alive and thriving.

When ~ Doors open at 7pm. Music starts at 7:30pm.

Format ~ There are typically two sets of music, with beverages and homemade desserts shared at intermission. You are welcome and encouraged to bring something to share. There is time before and after the show and during the break to meet the artists and purchase CDs, books, or whatever else they have for you.

Rumcake ~ We always have it. It's a tradition, even though we are not exactly sure why. Most of the time that's just how traditions are.

Reservations ~ Advanced reservations are required. Email info@LittleTreeAcoustic.com or call 303-620-6634.

(click an image for a sample of past performances)