4th Friday Concert Series presents Small Potatoes on November 22, 2019 at Stage Left Cafe

The 4th Friday Concert Series runs September through May. Many Concerts are held at Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St. on the historic Woodstock Square, others at Unity Spiritual Center, 225 W. Calhoun St., Woodstock.

All concerts begin at 7:30 pm.

Get your tickets here: https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/Buy.asp?EventID=302303#.XbsEw5pKiUk

Our November concert features Small Potatoes. “Make ‘em laugh, make ‘em cry, make ‘em think . . . ” That’s how Rich Prezioso and Jacquie Manning of Small Potatoes describe their music mission. Read more about this dynamic duo here.

First Saturday Open Mic and Singalong – November 2, 2019

It’s that time again, the First Saturday of November 2019. Are you ready to make music? 

Sign yourself up to play on November 2nd at 7 PM at Unity Spiritual Center, 225 W. Calhoun, Woodstock. Each performer or group gets 2 songs or 10 minutes.

As always, we not only enjoy lots of great music from the talented musicians in our area, including Laurel Palma greeting us on the piano and Gloria Burchfield preparing our fun sing-a-long halfway through the evening, but we also enjoy delicious food contributions from the sharing table. Thanks in advance to everyone who contributes. 

If you love listening to live music, this is the best thing you can do on a Saturday evening! So sign up to play by emailing Andy Andrick (aandrick28@yahoo.com). If you forget to sign up early, you can also sign up that evening when you arrive.

Not performing? Bring your instrument anyway and join in on the sing-a-long. No instrument? No problem! You can still sing with words flashed up on the big screen — we promise you a fun evening.

With great music, good friends, food and fun, there’s not a better way to spend a Saturday evening. Bring your family, bring your friends, and bring yourselves. See you Saturday evening.

4th Friday Concert Series

Sammy from Miami and the Roadkill Rangers

October 25, 2019 at Stage Left Cafe 7:30 pm

$10 suggested donation accepted at the door.

The band plays a variety of “good time string band music” featuring all acoustic instruments. Their repertoire includes bluegrass, country, folk, swing and some songs that just don’t fit into any box. However, the goal is to present high quality acoustic music with dynamic instrumentals and pleasant vocal harmonies.

The Roadkill Rangers are:

Sammy (From Miami) Byerly
Guitar & Vocals: Sammy grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and has been a full time amateur musician and songwriter his entire life. He is a trained percussionist and a self-taught guitar and bass player. Sammy’s original songs include love stories, humorous situations and anecdotal stories about his “Quest For Walter” the uncatchable fish of a thousand lies. Two recordings of his original songs are available on CD; “I Don’t Wanna Be Mom” and “Tie Me Down”. Sammy currently resides in Yorkville, Illinois.

Josh McPartland
Mandolin: Josh comes from a long line of musicians and performs around the Chicagoland area with a wide variety of bands and other musical acts. He is masterful at playing a wide variety of mandolin styles and I am happy to have him as a member of the Roadkill Rangers whenever I can wrangle him from his job and other musical commitments.

Charley Smart
Dobro: Charley is a talented dobro player in Northern Illinois where he occasionally fills in with the Roadkill Rangers on Dobro, but is also an active member of the Truman’s Ridge band and his own band, Bluegrass Escape. He is capable of playing old time traditional dobro style as well as the more modern Jerry Douglas style of dobro picking.

Mike Warfel
Bass Fiddle, Vocals: Mike provides the foundation for the band, with impeccable timing and spot on rhythm playing. Never a day goes by when the band is not in total awe of his twisted sense of humor and willingness to be silly on stage. Mike also plays bass guitar for a 1960’s hippie revival band known as “Peace Road”. He is an all-around groovy guy who currently lives in Sandwich, Illinois with his comedic sidekick, Dudley the parrot.

$10 suggested donation

The Steve & Sylvia GoFundMe Account

First Saturday for October happened this week, and it was a special one.  Steve and Sylvia Francois attended and we were able to make a down payment on our go-fund me campaign to help them with medical expenses associated with Steve’s health.  I just want to let everyone know that the go-Fund me campaign is ongoing.  Our goal is $20,000 and we are about 70% of the way there.   If you are just hearing of this or have the means to give more, please consider helping in this worthwhile cause.  It is a gift to have the means to give.  Please share this message with others who know Steve and Sylvia or have fond memories of those Mast House days.

In other news:

Off Square Music will be resuming our 4th Friday Concert series in October in place of the second open mic night at Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St. on the historic Woodstock Square. See Events Calendar.

On Friday, Oct. 25, Sammy from Miami and the Roadkill Rangers will perform at 7:30 p.m.  The group features the wonderful bluegrass-style guitar picking of Sam Byerly.  Suggested donation is $10.

On Friday, Nov. 23, Small Potatoes will perform at 7:30 p.m.The Spuds (as they are known) are Rich Prezioso and Jacquie Manning; they’ve traveled the world making music in styles ranging from cowboy to Celtic.  $15 suggested donation.

In December, Off Square will have one open mic on December 13th. There will not be an event on December 27th.  New Year’s Eve Open Mic Night will return on Tuesday, December 31st.  Suggested donation $5.

First Saturday Open Mic and Singalong – October 2019

It’s that time again, the First Saturday of September 2019. Are you ready to make music? 

Sign yourself up to play this First Saturday, October 5th at 7 PM at Unity Spiritual Center, 225 W. Calhoun, Woodstock. Each performer or group gets 2 songs or ten minutes.

As always, we not only enjoy lots of great music from the talented musicians in our area, including Laurel Palma greeting us on the piano and Gloria Burchfield preparing our fun sing-a-long halfway through the evening, but we also enjoy delicious food contributions from the sharing table. Thanks in advance to everyone who contributes. 

If you love good music, this is the best thing you can do on a Saturday evening! So sign up to play by emailing Andy Andrick (aandrick28@yahoo.com). If you forget to sign up early, you can also sign up that evening when you arrive.

Not performing? Bring your instrument anyway and join in on the sing-a-long. No instrument? No problem! You can still sing with words flashed up on the big screen — we promise you a fun evening.

With great music, good friends, food and fun, there’s not a better way to spend a Saturday evening. Bring your family, bring your friends, and bring yourselves. See you Saturday evening.