The Shady Grove Coffeehouse

Presenting the best in acoustic music in a family-friendly, smoke- and alcohol-free environment

at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Glen Allen, VA

2016-17 Concert Schedule

Click on the artist's names to be directed to their web sites; most have samples of their music.  Click here to download a printable PDF of the schedule.

Tickets to all concerts are available by calling (804) 323-4288 or by sending e-mail to




Saturday, September 10 - 8:00 PM$15 advance; $20 at doorSusan Greenbaum - Susan Greenbaum committed the first sin of musicians: She quit her day job. After working as a corporate executive in Fortune 500 companies, Susan traded her power suits for performing. She has been singing as long as she’s been speaking, growing up in Kansas City, in college at Harvard, and in Boston and Richmond, VA. And now her tax return, under "Occupation," reads, "Singer-songwriter."  After, multiple CDs, and performances with the Richmond Symphony, and with Jason Mraz, other Virginia songwriters, and 150 talented kids of all abilities, in support of SPARC—School for the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community, it's clear Susan made the right career choice. This concert marks Susan's second appearance at SGCH - don't miss it!
Saturday, October 15 - 8:00 PM$15 advance; $20 at doorGeorge Turman and Friends - George played his first paying gig ($5) at the Grace Street Pizza Inn as a teenager in the 1960s.  After college and a number of years playing in the mountain west, George returned to Richmond, and has been at the center of the Richmond folk music scene every since. In addition to playing at the Boathouse for nearly 30 years, George is a regular at SGCH, Ashland Coffee and Tea, and the Tin Pan, all venues that promote listening and give him the chance to showcase  his 60’s folk-inspired roots, including Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Dave Van Ronk and others.  George will be performing with Jackie Frost, Sheryl Warner, and Libby Dunton.
Saturday, November 5 - 8:00 PM$15 advance; $20 at doorBob Zentz - A Bob Zentz concert is a smorgasbord of contemporary, traditional and original songs, tunes and chat, linked by the artist's philosophic perspective, thematic logic and a strong 'sense' of history, humanity and humor. In performance, the audience becomes involved, creating a spirit of community through shared choruses and related ideas.   From traditional Celtic tunes and ballads to-science fiction songs and sea chanteys ... from tales of "Old Timers and Old Rhymers," to poetry set to music ... each show is a unique testimony to Bob's vast repertoire and varied personal interests. And sure! Bob Zentz sings some songs that he writes, but alas! That's just because he couldn't find 'em anywhere else!  Don't miss Bob's third appearance at SGCH!
Saturday, December 5 - 8:00 PM$15 advance; $20 at doorBill Staines - For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960's and for a time, emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge. Bill quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was "simply Boston's best performer", Bill has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.
Saturday, January 7 - 8:00 PM$15 advance; $20 at doorEast of Monroe - Jackie Frost has appeared at SGCH many times; she returns with her new band, East of Monroe.  East of Monroe's music explores bluegrass, country, folk and swing with tasteful arrangements of original compositions as well as contemporary and traditional songs. Deep experience and tight vocal harmony together with fresh original songwriting and talented instrumentalists combine to offer a unique sound on the American acoustic music scene. East of Monroe's music features the award-winning songwriting of Gary Alan Ferguson, Jackie Frost and Emily Timberlake.  East of Monroe will be performing selections from their new album, By the River's Edge, among others, including original songs and selections by Patty Griffin, Sid Robin, and Charlie Shavers.
Saturday, February 4 - 8:00 PM$20 advance; $25 at door

April Verch Band - April Verch steps, sings, and fiddles with a fresh and feisty approach to deep North American traditions.  Touring the world to share songs from her milestone 10th album (The Newpart), Verch and her band - featuring bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters, and guitarist and mandolinist Alex Rubin - keep the community-fired celebratory side of their traditional music at the forefront, honing a keen awareness of how to engage contemporary listeners.  At the heart lie Verch’s delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing, a trifecta of talents she brings together simultaneously to jaw-dropping effect.  Even as she plays with the tradition she inherited in her native Ottawa Valley, Verch’s energetic and breathtaking performances speak to the heart of roots music with mature and reflective songwriting, interpreting and storytelling.

Saturday, March 18 - 8:00 PM$20 advance; $25 at doorLindsay Lou and the Flatbellys - When Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys found each other jamming at open mics and music festivals around Michigan they couldn’t have predicted what would lie ahead of them. In the past year alone, touring behind the release of their most recent record, Ionia, they’ve been featured in the lineup of prestigious affairs such as The Shetland Island Folk Festival 200 miles north of mainland Scotland, Stagecoach Music Festival in California with 55,000 attendees, The Bluegrass Jamboree all over Germany, and a number of the best acoustic music festivals in the US including Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan, Strawberry Music Festival in California, Redwing Roots Festival in Virginia, and Pagosa Springs Folk Festival in Colorado. To round out the year they were named one of NPR Music’s 12 best live performance sessions of 2015 by Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, a program which has featured acts like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Amos Lee, Joan Baez, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and PHISH.  Don't miss 'em!
Saturday, April 8 - 8:00 PM$20 advance; $25 at doorDavid Mallett - As Sing Out has said about David Mallett, "Songwriting doesn’t get much better than this, and performing doesn’t get much more honest." People everywhere seem to understand what David Mallett's songs are about. Although they are rooted in place, they speak to the essential things that move us all. If you grow up in a small rural town, as Mallett did, you can't help but learn its stories. He knows about the people who shouldn't have stayed, but did, and those who shouldn't have left, but did.   The loss of American towns and rural landscapes is the subject of many of his songs, as are the issues of wilderness preservation and the struggle of the common man.  This will be David's eighth appearance on our stage.

George Turman is a folk singer who has quietly practiced his stock and trade now for over thirty years. He has always held true to the basic premise that, popular or not, folk music is music that will always be shared and enjoyed. Songs that tell stories (some old, some new) and songs that express emotions or points of view, regardless of the source or style in which they are performed, are all folk songs to him. Suffice it to say that if George sings it, it’s a folk song and listeners will share and enjoy. 

Saturday, May 13 - 8:00 PM$20 advance; $25 at doorRobin and Linda Williams - For more than four decades now, Robin & Linda Williams have made it their mission to perform the music that they love, "a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism." Today some might call it "Americana," but these two revered music masters were living and breathing this elixir 20 years before that label was turned into a radio format.  As live performers they are second to none. Their stirring concerts have earned them a huge body of fans over the years. But as gifted songwriters Robin and Linda have earned an even rarer honor, the devotion and deep respect of their musical peers. As The Washington Post put it, "The Williamses are able to sum up a life in a few details with moving completeness." The list of artists who have covered their original songs include some of the greats of country music, names like Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, George Hamilton IV, Tim & Mollie O'Brien, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Mattea and The Seldom Scene. They're first performance at SGCH last season was a sellout!  Don’t miss them this time!

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