November 3rd – Show of Cards Band (CD Release) with opener, River Rhapsody

Show of Cards merges an intimate singer-songwriter sensibility with lively band-driven musicianship. The band formed as a Cardozo sibling trio, with singer-songwriter Karen (formerly of Chattering Magpies), bassist Joe (of Cold Duck Complex) and lead guitarist Mike (also of Zikina). Featuring drummer Makaya McCraven, they debuted with Leap Year in 2009  (engineered by Justin Pizzoferrato of Sonelab).  In 2013, Karen and Mike on vocals and guitars joined forces with bassist Garrett Sawyer (of Gaslight Tinkers) and drummer Joe Fitzpatrick (of Trailer Park).

With Something Better (2013), producers Mike and Garrett enveloped Karen’s thoughtful songwriting in the textures, rhythms, and arrangements of musical languages from folk-rock to jazz to West African to classical. Engineered by Garrett at Northfire Recording Studio in Amherst,  collaborators included drummer Sturgis Cunningham, cellist Eric Remschneider (of many acts including Smashing Pumpkins), Jeff D’Antona (keyboards), Zoe Darrow (fiddle) and Tim Eriksen (backing vocals).  

The band is currently completing their third album at Northfire (2017), engineered by Garrett andfeaturing Jeff D (on keys), Dave Haughey (cello) and a guest appearance by Platypus Complex (rapper Casey Hayman). Produced by Mike, One Small Good Thing takes Show of Cards to an exciting musical frontier.

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October 6th – Dean Stevens and David Dodson


From Jay Mankita: Dean and David are musical friends who I’ve known for a long time. I admire both of them greatly for their guitar skills and their songwriting. They’ll each be playing their own songs, but I know they’ll sing a few together as well. I’ve been told they may also cover a Jay Mankita tune! And I may add a third harmony on song or two. I hope you’ll come hear Dean and David, this is sure to be an unforgettable evening.

Series: First Friday Concerts at Coho
Venue: Great Room at Pioneer Valley Cohousing, 120 Pulpit Hill Road in North Amherst.
Doors open at 7 PM, Concert starts at 7:30.
$10-$20 suggested donation
This is a smoke and fragrance-free venue.
Facility is wheelchair accessible

Here are the details:

For twenty five years Dean Stevens has delighted audiences of all ages throughout the
Americas. An exuberant performer of distinctive
style and wit, he combines an intricate, self-taught
guitar style with a versatile and expressive
singing voice. He has established himself as
a formidable creator and interpreter of a
wide spectrum of songs in English and Spanish.
His own material explores a variety of personal
and social topics, paints sketches of people and
places, celebrates the Earth, and
annoys the narrow minded.

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Dean Stevens
is a lifelong student of Latin America. He
learned Spanish at an early age, and readily
absorbed the musical and topical influences
of the region. He travels frequently to
Central America, and has become known
for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of
refugees returning to their homes
in El Salvador and Guatemala.
Dean Stevens has four highly acclaimed
recordings to his credit. His last release,
“Eyes of Wonder” (Volcano Records),
is a collection of songs in English and Spanish,
with guest appearances by Sol y Canto,
Randy Sabien, Linda Waterfall, and others.

Dean Stevens Website:

Dean Stevens on ITunes

Dean Stevens – Old Man in his garden

Dean Stevens: Let Justice Roll Down

Dean Stevens sings I Am A Dolphin (by Jay Mankita)

Dean Stevens: Cuida El Agua

Dean Stevens: Salmon River

Dean Stevens: Love Comes to the Simple Heart

David Dodson writes great songs that run the gamut of American styles-folk, rock, blues, jazz and country. They cover a variety of topics and range from poignant to hilarious. He plays a mean guitar, tells a good story, sings like a bird, and he’s got rhythm. Who could ask for anything more? He has shared the stage with K D Lang, Bill Staines, Ramblin Jack Elliot, Gordon Bok, Dougie MacLean, The Persuasions, Greg Brown, Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Sha Na Na, Chicago, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. He was a winner of the “New Folk” contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival.

David Dodson Website:

David Dodson on ITunes:

Links to Videos:
David Dodson sings “Kiss My Butt State

The Pyjama Men by David Dodson

“How Come I’m always so Pissed Off” by David Dodson

Amend the Constitution Song (Overturn Citizens United)

True Believer by David Dodson

I’ve Had it Up To Here With Texas

Mary Kate Got the Guy