Our Songwriter series in an intimate theater setting

to showcase amazing independent artists!

Presented in cooperation with the Roxbury Arts Alliance at RoxPAC

The Roxbury Performing Arts Center

72 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna, NJ 07876

RAA and SSG member discounts!!

We encourage our youth to experience live music: ​​​​​​​Under age 18 free!!

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RR&R welcomes Margo Hennebach & Mark Saunders!!
Sunday, October 21, 2018

Margo Hennebach and Mark Saunders combine award winning songs, highly evolved musicianship, and a playful but commanding presence on stage to make them a favorite of critics and audiences alike. While their music is prayer-like at times, Margo and Mark are also true entertainers, having performed for years in venues all over the country including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the acclaimed Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN, and a long list of concert halls and coffeehouses and tiny house concerts.

Hennebach developed her craft while living in Hoboken and backing up several artists on the New York Fast Folk scene including Richard Shindell, John Gorka, Shawn Colvin, and Rod Mac Donald. Before that, she received a BM in Piano Performance from Oberlin and a masters degree in Music Therapy from the Guildhall School of Music in London. Saunders also has a degree in Classical Guitar from the Hartford Conservatory, but then cut his teeth on R&B music. He brings an edge--and an assortment of left-handed guitars--to Margo's playing that can only be described as electrifying. Together they perform almost single-mindedly, moving deftly from heartfelt ballad to Celtic anthem. They can be heard combining Celtic, gospel, pop and folk influences in Margo's fourth release on Prime CD, "Big Love," which The Cleveland Free Times a "seamless project that wonderfully succeeds in offering inspiration, appreciation, hope and faith."

www.margohennebach.com

Local songstress Kathy Moser to open!
An award-winning songwriter, engaging performer and passionate environmentalist, Kathy is dedicated to bringing positive change to the world through music both on and off stage.
www.kathymoser.com

 

Doors at 3:30pm Show at 4:00
$20 Adv. Tix / $15 for RAA, SSG & JAM members!

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$22 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

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RR&R welcomes Patrick Fitzsimmons!!
Sunday, December 16, 2018

Singer/Songwriter Patrick Fitzsimmons writes songs that have that rare combination of strong lyrics and strong melody.

Patrick served his professional music tenure in the late 90s as a member of From Good Homes, a rock band out of New Jersey signed to RCA Records. When the band broke up in 1999, Patrick moved to Burlington, Vermont and embarked on a solo career. He has been touring the northeast ever since, drawing enthusiastically attentive crowds wherever he plays.

A skilled vocalist, he also plays banjo, ukulele and percussion to augment acoustic guitar and voice.

His latest CD "Bird Tree" just out, features clever songs and catchy tunes along with local voices and instrumentalists.
http://www.patrickfitzsimmons.net/

Geoff Doubleday to open!
An engaging performer with a strong voice, he has been known to back up Patrick with harmonies, guitar and percussion.
Geoff fronts his own band "Doubleday".

http://www.doubledayband.com/

 

Doors at 3:30pm Show at 4:00
$20 Adv. Tix / $15 for RAA, SSG & JAM members!

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$22 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

An XPN welcomes event!

RR&R welcomes Abbie Gardner!!
Sunday, March 17, 2019


Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile toured with Americana darlings Red Molly for eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band took an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is having a blast doing gigs with different bands, backing up her friends and stepping out into the spotlight for her own gigs! No stranger to solo performing, she has three CDs to draw from, each with award-winning songs. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie. Her first songbook was published in December 2016 and she’s looking forward to releasing a new solo CD in Jan 2018. www.abbiegardner.com


"Abbie Gardner shows her prodigious writing chops in her album, Hope.

Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks.

She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie."
— Richard Cuccaro, Publisher, Acoustic Live

Marion Halliday (Trickster Sister) to open!

A proud purveyor of her own special blend of bluegrass and bourbon-infused, original, woman-powered Americana. Named one of the "Ones to Watch" by the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

"Each song comes from a special place... some songs tell a story, some songs may come from the here, the now, the within. The moments of living which we all share - the pain or joy, triumph or despair, challenge or whimsy." -Marion

www.trickstersister.com

 

 

Doors at 3:30pm Show at 4:00
$20 Adv. Tix / $15 for RAA, SSG & JAM members!

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$22 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

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Past Riverside Shows

RR&R welcomes Brad Cole & Robinson Treacher!!


The songs of Brad Cole address the ups and downs of the human condition with both wit and raw insight. His passionate and distinctive delivery of roots-based folk music, woven with the grit and groove of old school bossa and rhythm & blues moves a listener’s soul in a direction that is unexpected, yet perfectly familiar.

2016 marked the release of Cole’s fourth full-length record Lay It Down. Recorded in East Nashville, TN with producer Joe McMahan and a veteran cast of musicians resulting in a project that is perhaps Cole’s most soulfully eclectic and cohesive work to date.

In addition, Cole curates the traveling songwriter series Acoustic Circus. In 2016, his life and music became the main subject of a short film titled Cole Soul by award-winning filmmaker Steven Weiss.  http://www.bradcolemusic.com/

Robinson Treacher, like the long list of New York City artists before him, feeds off the honest grit found among the "huddled masses"...coupling the blatantly obvious (to a New Yorker at least) with the deeply personal. Believing that each song is forged from its own unique terrain, he takes great pains in choosing the vehicle by which passengers might best weather the bumps, potholes, and blind curves found between the first note and the last. Admittedly susceptible to the affectations of the senses himself, he asks his audience to participate emotionally as well as physically in a "whole self " conceptual challenge, a 360 degree soul search comprised of the most joyous elation to the bitterest of pains.

Robinson has been featured on Sirius/XM's "The Loft: Live from The Living Room" series, has been a guest with John Platt on New York's famed WFUV Radio and has recently been awarded Best Artist at Virginia's largest Lyrics On The Lake Music Festival.. He has even been touted by legendary songwriter Don Schlitz ("Forever and Ever Amen", "When You Say Nothing At All", "The Gambler") as being, "...impossible to follow in concert."  http://www.robinsontreacher.com/

Alex Radus to open the show!
Smooth and jazzy being the theme, Alex is the perfect fit. 
"This man can sing! From the deep and dark growl of 'Soldier of the Devil' to the soaring tenor on 'I Haven't Missed You', Radus' voice will move you. At once blues driven and jazz inspired...Radus' playng is as versatile as his songwriting." -Carter Lansing, Elucidator
http://www.alexradus.com/

 

$20 Adv. Tix for early admission (best seats) & light refreshments

$15 for RAA, SSG and JAM members!

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$22 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

An XPN welcomes event!

August 5th - Songwriters Showcase with Ryanhood!
 

NAMED “BEST GROUP/DUO” in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA’s), acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. 

They soon took this high-energy, highly-interactive street-performers approach to the college market, where they quickly became one of the most popular bands on the circuit, playing upwards of 130 college dates a year. Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Green’s explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, “a match made in radio heaven.”

And now, twelve years after their street start, Ryanhood’s star is still on the rise. Their sixth and newest album, Yearbook, released in March 2017, and has been described as ““nestled in a great pocket, feeling all at once focused on storytelling and intimacy while not being afraid to wield a big musical stick” by For Folk’s Sake. They currently reside in their hometown of Tucson, AZ, where they have won more than a dozen Tucson Music Awards including “Best Folk Band” and “Best Rock Band” (you can decide for yourself which is most accurate).

Come early or stay after the show to enjoy HorseshoeLake. Picnic or stroll the walking paths.

Energetic, eclectic John Beacher to open!
A prolific songwriter, natural performer and “hope enthusiast,” John Beacher has built his decade-long career not only with talent but a genuine spirit and kind heart. John’s music is a homecoming for the soul, timeless and sincere, and taps into a source that runs far deeper than the songwriter himself. A seasoned musician whose ability to improvise both on guitar and with his voice makes each performance an entirely unique reflection of the audience and his surroundings. 
https://www.johnbeacher.com/

 

Doors at 3:30pm Show at 4:00
$20 Adv. Tix / $15 for RAA, SSG & JAM members!

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$20 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

An XPN welcomes event!

House of Hamill - April 29 - Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania.  

Brian's band Enter The Haggis and Rose's group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 AM whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn't until the Folk Alliance 2014 conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. Burning Bridget Cleary's guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and Rose (in desperation) asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born. 

Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible. 

Whether House of Hamill is playing songs from their debut album "Wide Awake" (September 2016) or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels, their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. Spend an hour listening and you'll leave with tired feet, a huge smile, and a new appreciation for the versatility of folk instruments in a modern context. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.

Bill Kelly to open!
Bill Kelly is a poet, singer songwriter, multi instrumentalist and producer who has released 5 albums of original work that have appeared in many films. Larry Campbell says "Bill has the voice and pen of a true poet". Buddy Miller praised Bread on the Waters as "a beautiful record with songs that won't let go", Robert K Oermann called Seraphima "a great song, great record and real Americana music". 
https://www.reverbnation.com/mramericana

 

 

$20 Adv. Tix for early admission (best seats) & light refreshments

$15 for RAA, SSG and JAM members!

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$20 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

An XPN welcomes event!

March 18th - Songwriters Showcase with Craig Bickhardt and daughter Aislinn!

Craig Bickhardt is a singer/songwriter of the old school – you can hear echoes of such '60s folk revival artists as Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot and Eric Andersen in his work. Add the melodic sophistication of a Jimmy Webb or a Paul Simon, as well as a spare but telling lyric approach. “I admire songwriters like Woody Guthrie and poets like Robert Frost because they created functional art,” Craig says. “Too much music today is just for the singer, not for Everyman. I think of my work as a "Please Touch‟ museum – I want my songs to be sung until they‟re worn out.” "The characters in the stories I sing aren't heroic; they‟re very ordinary. But they're reaching for something beyond themselves, and I find nobility in that.”

His music reflects a life lived as a rock band lead singer, a solo troubadour, a dedicated songwriter, a husband and father. Dreams, heartaches and hard-earned lessons have fed his creativity.
http://www.craigbickhardt.com/

Lynn Hollyfield to open.
Blend a powerful singer, crisp acoustic guitar player and a heartfelt observer of the world and you will have singer-songwriter, Lynn Hollyfield. "Some artists are known for their voice or their delivery or maybe their songs or for their guitar playing. Lynn is not just "some artist." She delivers ALL of these, with depth and clarity, one gorgeous song at a time." 
Award Winning-Ruthie Logsdon-Ruthie and the Wranglers 
http://www.lynnhollyfield.com/


Doors at 3:30pm Show at 4:00
$20 Adv. Tix for early admission (best seats) & light refreshments

$15 for RAA, SSG & JAM members!

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$20 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

An XPN welcomes event!

Sunday February 18, 2018

Beat the Winter duldrums with Gathering Time!

Join us for a fabulous Songwriters Showcase!

 

Start with the 1960s folk tradition of Peter, Paul & Mary; add the vocal complexity and electric energy of Crosby, Stills & Nash, a dash of the Byrds and a jot of Joni Mitchell, and you have Gathering Time, a folk-rock/Americana harmony trio that has been turning heads for nearly a decade on the northeastern folk circuit and beyond.

 

Gathering Time swept the international folk radio chart Folk DJ-List in March, 2016, as their new original CD Keepsake took the #1 album and #1 song slots which, with five other songs in the top 25, landed them as the #1 artist as well. This followed on the heels of When One Door Closes (#3 album, January 2014) and Red Apples and Gold (#5 album, September 2012).

 

With a vocal blend oft-described as seamless, inspired guitar playing and precise percussion, Stuart, Hillary and Gerry evince deep roots in ‘60s folk-rock, with a healthy dash of traditional folk in the mix. Their stage chemistry makes clear that they take the music (if not themselves) very seriously, yet their infectious energy wins over even fans who never considered themselves folkies. To date, Gathering Time has had a record five juried showcases at NERFA (Tricentrics in 2009 and ’10, a Formal in 2011, a mini-NERFA showcase in 2013 and a Quad in 2015); they were one of the three Emerging Artists at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2012 voted “Most Wanted” to return in 2013.

 

A night with Gathering Time will make evident why they were voted one of “Long Island’s Best” by the Long Island Press.

www.gathering-time.com

Chasing June will open the show! The indie folk collaboration of Judy Aron and Steve Coleman, their co-written, harmony-filled songs and spirited up tempo live performances will bring a smile to your face and happiness to your heart! Enjoy a few tunes from their new CD Practicing Quiet.
www.chasingjune.com

 

$20 Adv. Tix for early admission (best seats) & light refreshments

$15 for RAA and SSG members!

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$20 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

An XPN welcomes event!

Sunday, December 17 - 3pm

Join us for a fabulous Songwriters Showcase! 

Our Holly-Daze show features Loretta Hagen with Amanda Duncan.

Loretta Hagen:
Reviewers describe award winning singer-songwriter Loretta Hagen as ‘heart driven, soul filling, Folk Americana.‘ Loretta’s rich alto voice and strong songwriting skills have led her to win many awards, including a JAM Awards’ (Jersey Acoustic Music Awards) “Top Female Songwriter of the Year,” JAM nomination for “Album of the Year,” winner of the NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition and 2 time designation as a CT Folk Festival finalist.

In every life, there are inevitable times of darkness and of light. Loretta Hagen's fourth CD "Lucky Stars," takes the listener on a personal journey through loss, healing, and ultimately the promise of hope. 

"Loretta's manner and voice are imbued with such quiet, unassuming grace that you don't realize at first that she has completely stolen your heart!" - Laura Foord, Heights House Concerts.

www.lorettahagen.com

Amanda Duncan:
"Just a gal with a colorful wardrobe and happy songs to sing."
"There are so many songs out there that are reflective of negative issues of people's lives. I want to connect with the positive," says Duncan. For those listeners looking for something refreshing, Amanda delivers. As a spectator, you'll probably be impressed by her hummable melodies and powerful vocals but what she'd rather is that you find a little bit of yourself in her lyrics and leave a little happier than when you came in.
www.amandaduncan.com/

A presentation of Skylands Songwriters Guild and Roxbury Arts Alliance.
https://skylandssongwriters.org/  http://roxburyartsalliance.org/
$20 Adv. Tix for early admission (best seats) & light refreshments

$15 for RAA and SSG members!

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$20 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

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Sunday, October 22 - 3pm

Join us for a fabulous Songwriters Showcase!

Special Double-Bill featuring popular emerging artists Nalani & Sarina and one of PA's swiftly rising stars, Joy Ike.

Nalani & Sarina: Sibling synergy at it's finest. These two audacious young artists have developed a distinctive blend of traditionalist soul-rock and modern pop, and their stylistic alchemy is likely to keep their faces in the spotlight for years to come.

"Not altogether pop, not quite the soul of yesteryear, and not quite the typical singer-songwriter archetype, it’s difficult to place the sisters in any one genre, but that’s what makes them so listenable: There’s a little something for everyone." ~ Allie Volpe, Philadelphia Daily News    www.nalanisarina.com

Joy Ike: Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing have drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing.

NPR's All Things Considered says "The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop...a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small."   www.joyike.com

A presentation of Skylands Songwriters Guild and Roxbury Arts Alliance.

https://skylandssongwriters.org/ http://roxburyartsalliance.org/ 

Tix are $20 - advance purchase for early admission (best seats) and light refreshments.

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$20 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

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The RR&R Songwriters Showcase featuring Denny Tilton!

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends!
Join us for Denny Tilton & Friends - Sunday, Nov. 26th, 4pm

Denny Tilton:
"Hometown Hero" Denny Tilton's thought provoking songs touch the heart and speak to fans of all ages. 

Denny will be joined by Tom Askin on keys and Don Elliker on "many strings" plus other surprise guests!!

Denny's 2015 release "Anticipating Flowers" has a warm inviting feel and encompasses an array of styles including folk, country, pop, and ragtime. The album features members of Railroad Earth and From Good Homes - so you never know who might be part of this night's "friends"!

"Reportedly one of the nicest players in the area music biz, Tilton tells his tales ...in a sincere, 'this is the way it is' zen fashion. A mature songwriter, he has an uncanny ability to capture that moment we call real life. Tilton is a traveler who takes the road less taken and comes back with stories to tell. And we're more than happy to listen."
David Strange - Music Head Magazine
http://dennytilton.com/


A presentation of Skylands Songwriters Guild and Roxbury Arts Alliance.
https://skylandssongwriters.org/  http://roxburyartsalliance.org/
 

Tix are $20 - advance purchase for early admission (best seats)

$15 for Roxbury Arts Alliance & Skylands Songwriters Guild members

Youth under 18 free!!

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$20 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

RR&R is an "XPN Welcomes" event!