Beacon Arts Concerts
Boka Kouyate & Thé Djeliyah Band
Friday, March 27th, 7:00pm Concert
6:30pm optional community potluck, or just come hang out
Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Clubhouse 4103 Beacon Ave S 98108
It's been a long winter, so we thought we would put on a concert of the happiest music we could find.
Orchestrated by the multi-talented Djeli Aboubacar “Boka” Kouyaté from Guinea in West Africa. The name Djeliyah means; the work of the Djeli people in the community. Djeli’s or Griots have always been next to the Kings in the Mande Empire as Cultural Educators, the traditional historians, artist and musicians of Culture. Boka connects this rich traditional music to Global music; a harmonic fusion between the traditional Griot music, the afro beat and the modern Guinea music which provides a highlife sound for your listening and dancing pleasure. Donation suggested, proceeds pay the artists. Get ready to have some fun!
Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves
Friday , October 11, Concert 7pm
optional potluck 6pm
Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Clubhouse 4103 Beacon Ave S 98108
Spectacular musicianship of two young female artists on the leading edge of a generation of old-time players. This duo questions old narratives, and acknowledges the diversity that has always existed in the genre. Allison de Groot, known for her intricate clawhammer banjo work with Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, joins forces with powerhouse fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves (Gillian Welch, Laurie Lewis) to create a sound that is adventurous, masterful, and original, while never losing sight of what makes the music endure.
Acoustic Music from Around the World!
New Venue! Welcome table Christian Church! 1322 Bayview Street South. Suggested donation $20 at the door - under 12 free!
Ensemble Adilei performs traditional Georgian polyphonic songs and chants as part of their American tour Tuesday April 23, at Welcome Table Christian Church.
Adilei’s main passion lies in the songs from the province of Guria in Western Georgia (though other regions are also represented in their repertoire). Gurian music is sometimes compared to jazz, because of the emphasis on improvisation, and non-parallel movement in all the voice parts. Gurian song is also characterized by a yodeling technique often present in the upper voice.
For the members of Adilei singing is the primary mode of communication with the world: it is more of a lifestyle than a performance practice and is not just relegated to official concerts. They sing every time they gather, wherever that may be.
The ensemble has toured in a number of European countries, and participated in several notable folk music festivals, including the International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony in Tbilisi, the Mare e Miniere festival in Sardinia, and the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival in New York. During their first US tour, the group conducted workshops, lectures, seminars, and concerts at Dartmouth, Columbia, New England Conservatory, Yale, and other universities on the East Coast, as well as a number of more informal and intimate venues.
The group is touring with Ana and Madona Chamgeliani. They specialize in songs from the mountainous province of Svaneti, where they grew up. Georgian female musicians are not too well represented abroad, and these women are nothing short of a treasure, especially with respect to their deep knowledge of the contexts and traditions that surround the songs they perform and Ana's virtuosic abilities on the ch'uniri (a 3-string bowed viol, traditionally played in Svaneti and a few other surrounding provinces).
Bringing potluck is optional but please do bring something if you like to cook.
Women in Song
Final Concert of the Series - December 14, 2018
Garden House has sold and our concert series found a new home!!
Thanks to the Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club for sharing their great venue.
Check back for 2019 Concerts
4103 Beacon Ave South
Seattle, WA 98108
Doors at 7:00 pm
Tickets are $15 to $50 (sliding scale)
Saturday December 15th
SHOW CANCELLED Dec 14th only
Sirens of Swing, The Beaconettes
Abby is a mischievous anti-pop singer and songwriter originally from North Idaho. She began her love affair with music over 20 years ago, and that passion continues to drive her today. Her music is unapologetically vulnerable, and dangerously real. Described as “an irreverent Friday night”, Abby London knows how to make her musical mark.
Continuing to reside in the PNW, Abby has since made Seattle her home. Whether on the guitar or the piano, her true-to-life lyrics leave nothing hidden from her audience. Each show, Abby brings her smart and soulful sounds to the stage with her unique style. One of her favorite original songs to perform live is “Bushes”. As Abby explains, “It tells a demented love story. It has a fast rappy part that people cheer after and a place to sing an extended vocal note.”
Abby’s creative process usually begins with chords and a melody, with lyrics soon to follow. As each song develops, so does its meaning. Regardless of the subject, Abby finds a way to make her music intriguingly sexy and stylish.
Her major inspirations and influences include The Supremes, Madonna, Tori Amos, Ray Lamontagne, En Vogue, Regina Spektor, Ani Difranco, Lauryn Hill, Immortal Technique, Poe, Fiona Apple, Trina, Amy Winehouse, and Nelly Furtado.
Abby has collaborated with a variety of local artists including Saint John and the Revelations, David Nyro, Megan Larson, Navia Reigns, Skotty, Brian Kirkness and Dustin Woolridge. She is always open to new musical opportunities and creative partnerships.
Aida played with her family bluegrass band for ten years, playing guitar, mandolin, and singing in a rare and honest tone. Her talents earned her visits to many bluegrass stages, including the Darrington Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass from the Forest, and Wintergrass. Now living in the mountains where she was born and raised, Aida has become an emerging songwriter and artist. Her deep-rooted acoustic expression will tell you a story. Her endearing presence on the stage will draw you in. To think, this is only the headwaters of a long musical river that will flow many years to come. You will surely not want to miss this Pacific Northwest treasure.
9th- Fri: Annie Phalen & friends, Five Letter Word
10th- Sat: Del Rey
Pepper's lyrically alluring lush enchanting vocals sweetly soar over
guitar chords reminiscent of the Appalachian Mountains where her
musical journey began. Through a heartfelt voice, her stories captivate
audiences with emotional illustrations & reassuring compositions.
Paisley and Todd Gray of Pickled Okra played on both her cds and they will be joining her at the Garden House.
Fri: Oct 12th: Pepper Proud , Pickled Okra , Pickled Pepper
Sat Oct 13th: Kat Bula, Great American Train Wreck
Singer, fiddler and guitarist Kat Bula has made a name for herself through her collaborations with other artists, among them the #1 folk-dj charting Coty Hogue Trio, and Nashville recording artist Jessica Lynne.
Her quirky, frequently humorous songwriting on has been called "Conversational” and "provocatively earnest,” drawing comparisons to Father John Misty, Randy Newman, and Kimya Dawson.
“Smart, sassy, sensitive… a rare depth and range in an otherwise endless sea of singer/songwriters.” — Cascadia Weekly
Great American Trainwreck
Great American Trainwreck is a
female-fronted Seattle band
with roots in Americana
and southern rock.
2018 Spring Strings Series
A Musical Conversation With Kyle Porter, Morgan Sobel, and special guest Robert Murphy
Friday, March 2
7:30 to 9:30 pm
An intimate concert with piano and acoustic guitar and no amplification.
Crossing the North Sea
Friday, April 6
7:30 to 9:30 pm
“Crossing the North Sea” is a collaboration between Hardingfela player, Rachel Nesvig and Scottish fiddler, Brandon Vance whose repertoire explores the cross-pollination of fiddle styles that have developed as a result of the maritime trade routes between Norway, Shetland, and points beyond!
Rachel Nesvig has been playing the Hardanger Fiddle (hardingfela) since high school and was the first student at St. Olaf College to receive Distinction in Hardanger Fiddle in 2007. She also taught the beginning Hardanger Fiddle course at the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America's Annual Workshop. She has studied fiddle both in the US and in Norway with various teachers including Andrea Een, Karin Code, Dag Hovde and Karin Solgård.
Brandon Vance is a two-time U.S. Open National Scottish Fiddle Champion - the youngest to receive the award, at age 14. With a B.M. and M.M. in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Vance has performed and taught internationally, serving as a guest lecturer at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy, as well as guest artist at the William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh. He has studied with Scottish fiddle Calum MacKinnon, Alasdair Fraser, and Catriona MacDonald, among others.
Friday, May 4
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Quartet Evolution is a vibrant, fun and versatile string quartet consisting of four highly experienced, classically trained multi-instrumentalists residing in the Seattle area. They have been making music and performing together since 2009.
The highly sought after ensemble plays numerous private events a year for happy couples and corporate celebrations as well as providing backing string tracks for local musicians.
Quartet Evolution embraces musical genres of all shapes and colors and believes strings can play anything and everything! Their love of musical exploration has brought them to create an expansive and fun repertoire beyond the classical playlist that includes popular rock, pop, jazz tunes and even your latest TV and movie themes.
Every Quartet Evolution performance is a musical journey of friendship and discovery. We invite you to be a part of our journey!
Advance tickets at Brown Paper Tickets
Friday November 3rd 7:30 pm
A Garden House Variety Show
a cast of characters
in a benefit for
Doctors without Borders
tickets $5-15 at the door
Ruthie Dornfeld and
October 6, 2017 7:30 pm
Lucas Hicks Trio
Friday March 3rd 2017,
Lucas Hicks brings his musical accomplices Thomas Deakin and Jon Sampson to our venue devoted purely to the music--and what a music this is. It soars, it sails, it laughs, it cries. It jazzes and it waltzes and it old times it right down the highway between your ears. We cannot recommend this show enough, all in a venue that has gardens, pergolas, porches, and good peoples. See you there!
Tickets are available in advance on BPT, or at the door. Check out Lucas's website here.
2016 Fall Concert Series
Friday October 7th, 2016
Lori Goldston and Chris Brokaw
doors at 7:30, concert at 8 pm
advance tickets at bpt and at the door
Lori Goldston and Chris Brokaw push the boundaries of acoustic music with a series of songs, improvisations, and meditations in the beautiful Garden House. Come out and be transformed.
Friday November 4, 2016
Stanley Greenthal, Christos Govetas,
Kim Goldov & Kip Greenthal
Doors open at 7:30, concert at 8 pm
advance tickets at BPT ($11+fees)
or at the door ($13)
Beacon Arts welcomes this gifted ensemble
to close out our 2016 Garden House Concert Series.
SeaMuse members Stanley and Kip Greenthal, Christos Govetas and Kim Goldov bring together many years, and many miles, of musical tradition to create new compositions as well as inspired arrangements of modern and traditional Balkan and Celic music. Join us for a cozy fall evening at The Garden House and let this lush music carry you away.
Other previous performers have included: Paul Anastasio and Tierra Caliente; Sonic Shiva; WB Reid and Bonnie Zahnow; Golden Tree Story; Dan and Molly Tenenbaum; The Barn Owls; The Onlies; 4 Dollar Shoe; Hank Bradley, Candy Goldman and Bill Meyer; Charlie Beck; The Hillbetties; Na Hila Hila Boys; The Wired Blues Band; Tito Fuentes; Los Flacos; Jo Miller; Ruthie Dornfeld; Nova Nervosa; Erin English; Fasten With Pins; Reggie Garrett; and so many other talented artists who have blessed our stage. Our gratitude extends to each and every one.