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May News

Hello everyone,

Happy May. This month, we are launching an occasional feature called Friend In Music.  We've come to realize there are friends in our music community doing some pretty cool things, and we thought it would be great if they could share their stories with you. To help us kick this off, we invited Vanessa Lively to tell us about her recent project, Home Street Music.  

With no further ado, from the desk of this month's Friend In Music, please meet our friend Vanessa Lively:
"This weekend on May 5th, Home Street Music will have its first public event - a show at The Cactus Cafe called “La Voz Latina". This day marks the one year anniversary of the project itself. Last May, I was awarded the Artist Activist Grant by an organization called Music to Life. This non-profit was started by one of my folk heroes Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary) and his daughter Liz. They empower artists to make social change in their own communities using their music. I was so honored to have been given this opportunity and came home from the festival in California to begin my dream project of what is today called Home Street Music.

Inspired by Art From the Streets, Home Street Music brings a safe, creative space for people who have experienced homelessness in Austin. We gather together in circle and sing, write, have creative exercises, and grow as friends. The dream is to restore dignity and confidence in each person through musical creativity and exploration. The pilot program began last Fall at the Community First! Village in East Austin. We just completed the pilot and will begin our official programming this summer. I would love to have you all join us in the celebration of Home Street Music at our first public event this Saturday at the Cactus Cafe. I will join a lineup of many talented Austin singers - Leti Garza, Suzanna Choffel, Ley Line, and Stephanie Vergara - as we pay tribute to some of the most powerful female voices from across Latin America. The following week on Saturday May 12th, Suzanna Choffel will lead a vocal workshop at Community First! Village that is open to all ages (no musical experience required). Each ticket sold will get in one resident for free". 

Thank you Vanessa for sharing your story!  We hope you Austinites can go to show this Saturday, May 5th.  


News from the roster:
- BettySoo will be playing 7 shows in West Texas this month as a part of a Texas Commission on the Arts Rural outreach grant. If you know anyone in Fort Hancock, Van Horn or Pecos, TX, please send them to BettySoo's web site for more information. 
- Matt The Electrician will be touring in Denmark & Faroe Islands this month.  Not sure about y'all, but we are jealous!  See dates below.  
- We are happy to announce that ComboPlate Booking is officially collaboratively booking Nobody's Girl with the The Granata Agency. We will be listing their tour dates on our monthly schedule henceforth. Early this month, they are finishing a tour on the east coast.  Late May, we are excited to announce they will be playing the Kerrville Folk Festival on Friday, May 25th.  Hope to see some of you there!
- BettySoo will be a judge once again on the Grassy Hill New Folk competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. 
- JM Stevens will be playing one of our favorite series, Soul of a Musician, on May 13th at Threadgill's north in Austin. 
- More tour dates for the entire roster can be found below.  

We hope to see you at a show this month, thank you for supporting independent musicians! 
xo Laura & The Roster 



ComboPlate Booking May Shows

Matt The Electrician

Tue. May 1 @ Orkestersalen, Holstebro, Denmark 
Wed. May 2 @ Idraetshojskolen, Aarhus, Denmark
Thu. May 3 @ Private House Concert, Klaksvik, Faroe Islands
Fri. May 4 @ Reinsarid, Torshavn, Faroe Islands
Sat. May 5 @ Maggie's Cafe, Nolsoy, Faroe Islands
Wed. May 9 @ Turbinen, Randers, Denmark
Thu. May 10 @ Elvaerket, Frederiksvaerk, Denmark
Fri. May 11 @ SPOT Festival, Aarhus, Denmark
Sat. May 12 @ Herning, Denmark
Thu. May 17 @ VEGA, Copenhagen, Denmark
Thu. May 24 @ The Kessler Theater - Dallas, TX
Fri. May 25 @ The Heights Theater - Houston, TX

David Berkeley
Thu. May 3 @ Private Show - Newton Square, PA
Fri. May 4 @ Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY

Sat. May 5 @ Private Show - Staten Island, NY
Sun. May 6 @ Casa Phoenix - Washington D.C.

Sat. May 12 @ Miss Judy's Casa de Music - Albuquerque, NM

JM Stevens
Sun. May 13 @ Soul of a Musician Series @ Threadgill's North - Austin, TX
Curtis McMurtry
Tue. May 1 @ Continental Gallery - Austin, TX
Fri. May 4 @ The Kessler Theater - Dallas, TX
Sat. May 12 @ Anderson Fair - Houston, TX 
Thu. May 31 @ The Townsend - Austin, TX

Nobody's Girl
Tue. May 1 @ The Parlor Room - Northampton, MA
Thu. May 3 @ Passim - Cambridge, MA
Fri. May 4 @ Parrot Delaney Tavern - New Hartford, CT
Sat. May 5 @ Fox Run House Concert - Sudbury, MA

Fri. May 25 @ Kerrville Folk Festival - Kerrville, TX
Mon. May 7 @ Fort Hancock Elementary School - Fort Hancock, TX
Mon. May 7 @ Fort Hancock Middle School - Fort Hancock, TX
Mon. May 7 @ Fort Hancock High School - Fort Hancock, TX

Tue. May 8 @ Culberson County Senior Nutrition Center - Van Horn, TX
Tue. May 8 @ Clark Hotel Museum - Van Horn, TX
Wed. May 9 @ Pecos Senior Citizen Center - Pecos, TX
Wed. May 9 @ West Of The Pecos Museum - Pecos, TX

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