Welcome to UUMAN's
Common Grounds Coffee House

Connecting people who love to play music
with those who love to listen!

Our Coffee House has live music, poetry and refreshments for sale, including sweet treats, fruit with cheese and crackers, sodas, tea and of course fair trade coffee. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments. Tell a friend! Bring a friend!

Common Grounds Coffee House is held the 4th Saturday every month in the UUMAN Sanctuary.
Music starts at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7:00 PM.
$5.00 suggested donation at the door. We also collect food donations for  North Fulton Community Charities.

Visit our home page: Unitarian Universalist Metro Atlanta North

Our Next Coffee House will be
Saturday, July 26th, 7:30 PM

Doors open at 7:00 PM

Owen Griffith

Owen Griffith is a 4th Grade Teacher and Guitar Instructor in Northern Georgia, where he lives with his wife and son. He is also a long-time member of UUMAN! Owen has played guitar for over 30 years and is the Musical Director of the Police Athletic League of Alpharetta, Ga.

Erik Herndon is an educator and guitarist in Atlanta, GA. Erik is currently the Orchestra Director and Guitar Instructor at Centennial Academy, Atlanta Regional Coordinator for Little Kids Rock, and contributor to www.http://www.musicteachingguru.com/. In addition, Erik is the guitarist and vocalist with the rock group the Expats. Erik’s foundational studies on guitar were with Lyster Bass, studying Classical music, and with Dave Frackenpohl, studying Jazz guitar. Erik was recently featured in the book American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom.

Erik Herndon

Formed at the turn of the 21st century and based out of Atlanta, Keltic Kudzu is: Tom Crawford (mandolin, bouzouki, whistle, bagpipes and vocals), Lori Gomez (fiddle and vocals), Tim Porterfield (guitar, bass pedals and vocals) and Kelly Thomas (fiddle and vocals).

We use our traditional acoustic instruments to generate all the energy and fun of your typical full-blown Celtic rock band without the deafening volume and studded leather vests! Four-part harmony, jumping strings, whistle and bagpipes join forces to wipe out stress and put a smile on your face. Join us for some rousing renditions of some of your favorites — we’d love to see you!

Join us for an evening of good friends, good food and great music!

Keltic Kudzu

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From our June 28th Second Anniversary Show

Bob Bakert

To celebrate Common Grounds' super second anniversary, some of the wonderful performers from our very first show returned. Bob Bakert, who helped Common Grounds get off the ground (so to speak), and shared his original style with us on many occasions, started the evening. Bob featured songs from his newly released CD “Finger Paintings”, as well as covers from iconic acoustic artists like James Taylor and Gordon Lightfoot, and jazz artists like Nat King Cole. As always, he had us smiling and singing right along with him.

The Cottrells

Plus, The Cottrells were here for the second half of our show. The Cottrells (husband and wife acoustic duo Dustin and Adrienne) were formerly known as Tortoise and Hair. They too helped us launch Common Grounds and we were so excited to welcome them back. The audience loved their excellent musicianship and beautiful voices once again, as they performed many Simon &er; Garfunkel favorites in their own unique style.

Connect with them on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/cottrellsmusic) or listen on iTunes ( https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-front-row-seat/id353154013).

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From our May 24th show

Huu and Marielle Mai

In May, our performers were our fabulous music director, Huu Mai and his beautiful and talented wife Marielle.

They performed a set of original music and a set of classical music. Huu is a classically trained pianist and his passion for life and music is evident in every performance. Marielle has a trained and gifted soprano voice that is simply magnificent. What an uplifting, and entertaining, evening! Thank you, Huu and Marielle!

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From our April 26th show:

Godfrey and Guy – That’s Tom Godfrey, the Music Director at nearby Northwest UU Church, along with singer Lori Guy.

Lori, a former UUMAN member known for her fantastic voice, continues to shine at NWUUC. Tom’s entire professional life has revolved around music, with singing, playing guitar, and running music programs.

Learn more about Tom on NWUUC’s web page: http://nwuuc.org/about-us/staff-and-board/music-director/.

You can hear some of his music on his own web site, http://www.godfreyguitar.com/.

Tom Godrey and Lori Guy

George Hergen

George Hergen (a.k.a. “Captain George”) is a Folksinger and Balladeer.

Born and raised in New York City, he found his way to Greenwich Village at an early age and immediately became addicted to the folk scene that was happening in the mid-1960’s. He has been playing and singing ever since, continuing in that 60’s folk tradition.

In performance, George plays 6- and 12-string guitar, folk banjo, autoharp, and the “bones”.

At our April show, George brought Louis Robinson on guitar and Scott Glazer on double bass.

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From our March  22nd show:

An Evening with Louis Robinson and Friends

Accomplished British singer/songwriter Louis Robinson performed with Bruce Gilbert (from Just Be’Cause) and Roger Mathis (from The Jim McCaffrey Band). Also performing will be Jim McCaffrey as well as one of Louis’ students, Alexander Gibson.

Louis Robinson

Bruce Gilbert

Jim McCaffrey

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From our February 22nd show:

Alan Honeycutt

Alan Honeycutt

We proudly welcomed Alan Honeycutt back to Common Grounds. He has become a real favorite here. Listen to some of the tracks from his EP on Soundclound: https://soundcloud.com/alan-honeycutt/04-make-believe.

Scarlett Hill

Scarlett Hill is a Country band built on modern Folk and Americana roots. The music is driven by tight harmonies, twangy guitars and banjos, and experiences of love and life growing up in the Midwest. They released their most recent EP "Long Gone" on July 16th, 2013 and are currently writing and preparing to record their first full-length album during Spring 2014.

Check out their web site at http://scarletthillband.com/

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From our January 25th show

A great group of performers warmed up our winter night with a Summer of Love … in the Winter show.

Paul Pendery, Heidi Pollyea, Barbara Hotz, Kim Chamberlaind, Jonathan McBee, Rick Diamond, Ron Hipp, Bruce Gilbert, Cyndi Craven and Jerry Brunner were all there. They entertained us with some of the good old songs we all knew, and shared some of their own favorites that were not as well known. Way to rock!

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Justin Nash

From our December 28th show:

Featuring: Justin Nash and Blackfoot Daisy

Justin Nash (left) is a performing singer/songwriter, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, and native Atlantan. He has something for everyone in his set list which covers several different genres. He has performed with many diverse artists in Atlanta and Boston. Nash has a captivating sound and presence on stage and projects a heartfelt indie style with a jazzy/bluesy attitude.

He is currently a junior at Berklee College of music. Along with his aspiration to eventually become a musical “jack of all trades”, Nash hopes for nothing more than to share the joy that music brings him with all those who wish to join him!

Blackfoot Daisy, http://www.reverbnation.com/donsechelski

Blackfoot Daisy (left) consists of talented musicians Wendy Dumond and Don and Adam Sechelski.

Don has been performing in the Atlanta area for 30 years, including the inaugural year of Lena's and the Hungry Ear, as well as the Dogwood Festival in Midtown. Wendy DuMond is also an award winning musician and songwriter. Adam started performing at an early age. He has performed in theaters up and down the east coast from Boston to Florida and taught drama at Southern Mississippi University and Perimeter College.

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Bruce Gilbert, Chris Riggenbach and Bob Bakert

From our November 23rd show

 Bob Bakert & Friends and Harm 'n Me!

Bob Bakert is a life-long, dedicated and passionate songwriter and musician, having performed for over 40 years in countless venues. He’s become a favorite at Common Grounds. Check out our 1-year anniversary show, on June 22nd.

At our November 23rd show, Bob performed with friends Bruce Gilbert (another Common Grounds favorite) on piano and Chris Riggenbach on bass, for a wonderful show!

Bob’s web site is http://bobbakert.com/

Next up was the acoustic duo of Harmon Koeltz and Laura Monk, known as Harm 'n Me! They bring with them an eclectic musical background and a collection of well loved (and not the same old often heard!) tunes.

While you won't hear any Mozart (unless a young'n requests Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star!) don't be surprised if a little Louis Jordan turns up right after the Rolling Stones.

Harmon Koeltz & Laura Monk


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From our October 26th show:

One Lane Bridge and Rye

Individually known as Mike Cerra, Cameron Morrison Kane, and Celia McDermott, together they are One Lane Bridge, an acoustic trio bringing renditions of songs bridging years of love and life, including the Beatles, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Indigo Girls, James Taylor, David Wilcox, John Prine, and many others.

Mike has been playing since the Ed Sullivan Show changed his life. An ex-southern boogie bar band rock'n roller gone acoustic, Mike was a student of Pete Huttlinger. Among his list of credits is playing and performing original solo instrumental pieces at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch. He plays multiple stringed instruments and performs locally when time allows.

Cameron Morrison Kane has evolved out of the folk tradition of Greenwich Village. While using his guitar to craft instrumental melodies and vocal accompaniment for his light baritone voice, Cameron also plays lively harmonica solos that have delighted audiences in Roswell for several years. His influences are Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Richie Havens. 

According to her parents, Celia could sing before she could talk. She grew up singing barbershop harmonies from the age of 5 with her family’s quartet. After studying jazz arranging and vocals at Berklee College of Music, she has performed locally in the Atlanta area for years in many groups, spanning the bridge between jazz, acoustic, gospel, and rock. She served as a choir director at Transfiguration in Marietta, and spent ten years directing Cheaper Than Therapy, an a cappella group. A highlight of her career was having the honor of singing solos for several years with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s gospel choir.

Our second performers of the evening were brothers David and Jonathan Fallis, the duo Rye. Jonathan plays the bass and drums, while David is on guitar and keyboards.

Rye released their first studio album, Cumberland Island, in May of 2013. “We have always been committed to writing the most honest songs we can,” says David Fallis, the older of the two. “In a lot of ways, we have had to grow into our songs.” Cumberland Island captures that growth with subtlety and candid storytelling.

Listen to their songs and watch videos of their performances on their website, www.RyeTheBand.com

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From our September 28th show :

 Just Be'Cause and Lashbrooks

They are known individually as Jerry, Bruce and Cyndi but they are known together as: Just Be’Cause. Here is a sampling of what some reviewers had to say:

“Cyndi captures the essence of love, admiring, observing, yet basking in the feeling. In the song 'Dreaming' she defines the surrealistic imagery of dreaming, and friendship. And the most important lesson of all, in her song 'Lessons', that of interdependence. Beautiful. And I am her student.”
—Martin L. Taylor, iTunes Reviews

"As a multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, Bruce Gilbert is a seasoned professional who never met a style of music he couldn’t bring a little something extra to. His songs are filled with happily unexpected musical twists and range from poignant, elegant love (and lost love) songs to the cool sophistication of a hipster out on the town in a new pork pie hat. No matter what the style, Gilbert connects with listeners through beautiful melodies and sincere vocals that make you believe every word he sings. He’s a jazzer with the heart of a poet."
—Jeff Silver, Chairman/North Atlanta Chapter Nashville Songwriters Association

Jerry Brunner is a song stylist with a gift for pulling each and every listener into his world of music, song and the celebration of life. You’ll be tapping your foot and smiling along with the songs he sings and don’t be surprised if he makes it look so easy that you run out and buy a guitar and sign up for lessons. His guitar playing is the perfect compliment to his compelling and comfortable vocals and he makes everyone he performs with better for the experience.

See more at their web sites, http://cyndicravenmusic.com and http://brucegilbertmusic.com.


Troy and Rhonda Lashbrooks discovered something magical when they sang their first harmony notes together. Their music is a blend of multiple musical genres' and influences, creating a unique sound, and a 'style of their own'.

LashBrooks released their first full-length CD, Out of the Shadows, in February, receiving rave reviews. They perform at songwriter showcases in Atlanta and Nashville. Their second CD release is due out Spring 2014. Some reviews of Out of the Shadows:

"Great harmonies and dazzling guitar runs reminiscent of David Rawling’s work with Gillian Welch."

"Lashbrooks are the real thing. Troy’s fluid, sparkling guitar work moves the songs, the duo’s harmonies are rich and vibrant, and Rhonda’s lead vocal is expressive and moving. Her powerful voice soars, conveying a sense of intimacy while lifting the listener to the height of emotion. The songs shimmer to the brim with conviction and strength, yet show the tenderness of someone who has been wounded and found their way back to the light."

You can follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lashbrooks, and on their website at http://www.lashbrooksmusic.com.

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From our August 24th show

Bill Kahler

Bill Kahler

Mix together vocals reminiscent of Van Morrison, rhythmic guitar influenced by David Wilcox, rootsy songwriting with a John Hiatt approach and you will find Bill Kahler. Bill has been playing music and writing songs for most of his life on guitar and piano.

Bill was a Kerrville (2004), and Plowshares (2005), songwriting finalist and has played many venues including main stages at Folk Fest in Lyons, CO, The Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN, The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI, Cousin Andy’s in Carbondale, IL, Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta.

Bill’s latest CD is called Fill It Up, a mostly acoustic, song driven record. It is his fifth project. More on his website: www.billkahler.com

Enjoying Common Grounds

Out of the Rain

Out of the Rain

Ron Hipp with Carol Statella ~Out of the Rain~ is a folk duo noted for innovative arrangements and unusual expressive power. Ron is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist/singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. A native of Atlanta, he’s been performing both solo and in various band combinations since about the age of 16. His rich baritone voice, consummate fingerpicking, and mesmerizing songs make his shows a memorable experience. Carol (singer/string player/violin,viola) has played in backup orchestras for Joni Mitchell, The Moody Blues, and Brian Wilson. In the classical performance realm, Carol has played in the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, and sang for seventeen seasons with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus/Chamber Chorus.

While continuing to perform in intimate Southeast venues, ~Out of The Rain~ is presenting Ron’s first album of original songs and instrumentals titled Two Heartswhich has received international folk radio airplay and glowing reviews from press and concert presenters.

Their website is www.outoftherainmusic.net

Tea for Two

Tea for Two

Tea for Two delights audiences with toe-tapping swing tunes, heartfelt ballads, and cool bossa nova grooves. With playful vocal harmonies and smooth instrumentals, this vocal combo brightens up any occasion. Reminiscent of Diana Krall, Lynnette Suzanne's playful, straightforward vocal delivery can make you laugh and then turn around and touch your heart, while Tom Godfrey's style will take you back to a time when Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole ruled the airwaves. Tom's understated guitar complements Lynnette's elegant flute, and bassist Jeff Duggins keeps it all together with his solid bass holding down the low end.

Check out their website, www.teafortwomusic.com

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From our July 27th show

Alan Honeycutt

Alan Honeycutt (left) has become a Common Grounds favorite. He is a singer/songwriter in the folk/pop vein, and an exceptionally entertaining performer. Take a look at his September 15th and February 23rd performances here at UUMAN, or listen to some of the tracks from his EP on Soundclound: https://soundcloud.com/alan-honeycutt/04-make-believe.

Carly Gibson and BJ Wilbanks (Gibson Wilbanks - right) have combined their considerable songwriting and musical skills to create the unique and popular Southern bluesy sound that helped them to win the coveted songwriter’s open mic at Eddie’s Attic in December of 2011. If you were at our March 23rd show, you know their wonderful energy and talent. Find out more on their website, http://www.gibsonwilbanks.com

Gibson Wilbanks

Martin Norgaard and Chris Jones
at UUMAN's October 20, 2012 show


Martin Norgaard is an assistant professor of music at Georgia State University and plays a mean fiddle. He has performed in Austin, Nashville and throughout the country with his own jazz trio, the Norgaard Jones Project, the acoustic fusion band Acoustic Room and with artists as diverse as Buddy Spicher, Terri Clark, Matt King, Matt Dowling and Rich McCready among many others. In addition, he is the author of 10 jazz string method books. His most recent research was a qualitative investigation of the cognitive processes underlying improvisation. See more at his website, http://www.jazzfiddlewizard.com


Curtis Jones is an amazing guitarist, musician and composer who plays a multitude of music genres, from jazz, new acoustic, to bluegrass. Currently Curtis is working full time with his own World Music group, Insonnia, which has released a CD called Moonlight Trance. This year, Curtis will release his first book called Guitars in the Zen Garden. Check out his website for samples of his music and more information, at http://www.reverbnation.com/curtisjonesmusic

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From our One Year Anniversary Show - June 22, 2013

Huu Mai

Steve Allerton

Bob Bakert

Louis Robinson

Our wonderfully creative Music Director, Huu Mai started the evening.

UUMAN member Steve Allerton, who performed at our very first show, as well as others, celebrated the anniversary with his guitar solos.

Phenomenal guitarist, singer/songwriter Bob Bakert ( www.bobbakert.com) performed next. Bob has been instrumental in the success of our Common Grounds Coffee House over the past year, as well as in the booming success of The Hungry Ear Coffee House at the Northwest UU Congregation .

We were so fortunate that another of our other favorite performers, talented British singer/songwriter Louis Robinson, finished up the show. Check out his web site at www.louisrobinson.com.

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From Our May 25th show:

Cyndi Craven & Jerry Bruner

The show flowed easily, with a warm vibe. Cyndi Craven (left) kicked it off, sometimes accompanied by Jerry Bruner.

Paul Pendery (right) was the next act, a singer-songwriter from the folk tradition. With occasional accompaniment from Cyndi, as well as from Bruce Gilbert (below left), Paul's expressive voice, guitar and stories kept us entertained.

Bruce's web site is http://brucegilbertmusic.com and Cyndi's is http://cyndicravenmusic.com.

Finally, award-winning songwriters and performers Don Sechelski, Wendy Dumond and Adam Sechelski, formerly Albino Paintbrush but now now known collectively as Blackfoot Daisy (below center and right), brought the evening to a successful close.

Paul Pendery

Bruce, Paul, Cyndi

Blackfoot Daisy, http://www.reverbnation.com/donsechelski


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From Our April 27th show:

Kate Shaffer and Corey Coleman are a Bluesy Americana duo that have quickly made a big name for themselves. In the last year and a half, they have gone from playing on the street in downtown Buffalo, NY, making 300 dollars a month, to appearing at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN as one of five National finalists in the Texaco Country Showdown, an honor shared by the likes of Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley and many other well-known artists. They have also spent the last year playing up to six times a week, at venues like the Hard Rock Café in Niagara Falls, and Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, for a special VIP reception for Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts.

Growing up, Kate listened to country, while Corey listened to jazz and the blues. The inspirations of Patsy Cline, The Dixie Chicks, Miles Davis and Bob Dylan are quite apparent in their Bluesy Americana style. Please check out their web site at www.kateandcorey.com

They put on a great show for us, entertaining us with songs and stories the whole evening!

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From Our March 23rd show:

To open the show, UUMAN's Doug Stump (left) regaled us with his slide guitar playing.


Steve Allerton (right) followed and had us all tapping our feet and singing along with some pop favorites.

Gibson Wilbanks

When Carly Gibson and BJ Wilbanks first began collaborating musically during the summer of 2011, it was like milk chocolate meeting peanut butter…a beautiful and tasty combination! Pairing up as Gibson Wilbanks (left) (often performing with bass and drums behind them), they have combined their considerable songwriting and musical skills to create the unique and popular Southern bluesy sound that helped them to win the coveted songwriter’s open mic at Eddie’s Attic in December of 2011. Think Gregg Allman meets Bonnie Raitt meets Michael Hedges with a dash of Al Green–in short, an entertaining and joyful experience not to be missed!

Find out more on their website, http://www.gibsonwilbanks.com/

Harm's Way

Harm’s Way performs with rich harmony, conviction, and a sense of humor. While the group has been together over ten years, some of the members have been performing together all of their adult lives. Their music is influenced by several genres: roots, Americana, folk, blues, and more.

This acoustic driven group relies on tight harmonies, thoughtful songs and lyrics, and a belief that the music should be shared. They have fun playing, check their egos at the door, and while they take the music very seriously, don’t take themselves seriously at all!

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From Our February 23rd show:

Dirk Bender

Alan Honeycutt


UUMAN's own Dirk Bender (above, left) started us off.

Alan Honeycutt (above, center). wound up doing both the “middle” and an impromptu headliner fill-in at his last Common Grounds appearance (see September 15th 2012, below ). As for his February appearance, Alan says: “It’s ON, UUs. ” Check out his latest release here: https://soundcloud.com/alan-honeycutt/04-make-believe.

An enthusiastic welcome back! also to Lashbrooks (above, right). They made a huge impression at our July 21st show (see below). Celebrate with Husband & Wife, Singer/Songwriter Duo, LashBrooks as they release their first CD of all original music - ‘Out of the Shadows’. Combining folk, bluegrass, rock, blues, and inspirational music, Troy and Rhonda Lashbrooks discovered a style of their own, and became LashBrooks. Their website is http://www.lashbrooksmusic.com/.

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From Our January 19th show:

Bill Packard blends music and comedy into his magical effects. He created a relaxed, enjoyable experience for all ages as our Common Grounds opener. Find out more on the web at http://www.magicmanentertainment.com/
Albino Paintbrush - Don Sechelski, Wendy Dumond and Adam Sechelski - are known for their original, award-winning songwriting as well as performing, and were warmly applauded. Some of their websites: http://www.reverbnation.com/donsechelski, http://www.soundclick.com/donsechelski, http://www.reverbnation.com/wendydumond.
With toe-tapping swing tunes from the Great American Songbook, Tea for Two rounded out the evening. Tom Godfrey's understated guitar complemented Lynnette's elegant flute (she is a fabulous whistler also!), and bassist Jeff Duggins kept it all together with his solid bass work. Please visit www.teafortwomusic.com for more information.

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From Our December 15th show:

UUMAN’s own Huu Mai (pronounced: Ho My) teamed up with his wife Marielle, for a holiday-themed performance of original music. One of Huu’s students also performed beautifully for us. Louis Robinson, a British singer/songwriter and guitarist, enthralled the crowd with a tight 4-song opener.

Louis Robinson headlined, bringing his stories and music to life. He’s performed on BBC radio and TV, and has played at every major folk venue in England. Check out his website at www.louisrobinson.com.

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From our November 17th show:

Huu Mai, (left) UUMAN's own Music Director, as well as a musician, composer, poet, teacher, and creative force, started the evening.

Next was Bob Bakert (far right). Bob has been running the Hungry Ear Coffee House at the Northwest UU Congregation (http://www.nwuuc.org). He is also a singer-songwriter, guitarist and talented performer. Check out Bob's web site at www.bobbakert.com.

Finally, Cyndi Craven, Jerry Bruner and Bruce Gilbert rounded out the show.

Jerry Brunner and Cyndi Craven have been sharing their music with Atlanta audiences and beyond since the ’60s and ’70s, respectively. They’ve been playing together since the ’80s. In 2008, Bruce Gilbert came all the way from California (with a piano on his knee), where he'd been wowing the music scene since the '60s, and met up with Cyndi and Jerry. Serious musical magic began to happen. Come experience the results of profound friendship, heaping helpings of creativity, and decades of noodling on pianos and guitars.

Bruce and Cyndi each have web sites where you can sample some of their music and learn more about them: Bruce's is http://brucegilbertmusic.com and Cyndi's is http://cyndicravenmusic.com.

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From our October 20th show:

Deanna and Maddie

Guillermo and Emily, dancing in the foyer

The evening started with gorgeous solos and beautifully harmonized duets from Deanna and Maddie, from UUMAN's young adults, accompanied on piano by our Music Director, Huu Mai.

Jazz Trio 6n88, with UUMAN's own wonderfully creative pianist Alex Pietsch, along with Mac McKee on bass guitar and Wilson McCreary on guitar and vocals.

Curtis Jones and Martin Norgaard

Jazz Trio 6n88: Mac McKee, Alex Pietsch, Wilson McCreary

We also had Martin Norgaard and Curtis Jones.

Martin Norgaard is an assistant professor of music at Georgia State University and plays a mean fiddle. He has performed in Austin, Nashville and throughout the country with his own jazz trio, the Norgaard Jones Project, the acoustic fusion band Acoustic Room and with artists as diverse as Buddy Spicher, Terri Clark, Matt King, Matt Dowling and Rich McCready among many others. In addition, he is the author of 10 jazz string method books. His most recent research was a qualitative investigation of the cognitive processes underlying improvisation. See more at his website, http://www.jazzfiddlewizard.com/

Curtis Jones is an amazing guitarist, musician and composer who plays a multitude of music genres, from jazz, new acoustic, to bluegrass. Currently Curtis is working full time with his own World Music group, Insonnia, which has released a CD called Moonlight Trance. This year, Curtis will release his first book called Guitars in the Zen Garden. Check out his website for samples of his music and more information, at http://www.reverbnation.com/curtisjonesmusic/

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From our September 15th show:

Alan Honeycutt, a new, local singer/songwriter/guitarist performed for us. Alan has played shows at the Guinness World Record Breaking Event: 343 for Kids; plus Brew with a View at The Strand, Miller Lite Concert Series at Smith’s Olde Bar, Andrews Upstairs, Alpharetta Athletic Club, Relay for Life Walk, Project Live Love Event, Rev’d Up Comedy Jam and has appeared numerous times at Land of a Thousand Hills, Starbucks, and the Eddie's Attic Singer Songwriter Open Mic.

By day he works in Security Software and by night he explores the world of pop/folk music. Despite the fact that Barry Manilow was the only music his family could agree upon for car trips when he was growing up, his major influences include the Lucksmiths, Joe Pernice, and Jude. Alan is a newlywed and in addition to music, he enjoys smoothies and the Braves.

Here's Alan's website, with samples of his songs: http://www.alanhoneycutt.com, his Facebook link and a link to videos of his performances.

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From our August 18th show:

An Evening with Louis Robinson and Friends

Since moving to Atlanta in 2004, Louis Robinson has become part of the music scene. As a former BBC producer for 30 years, he worked with some of the greatest stars in the world and learned about good old fashioned entertainment.

Appearing with Louis were dynamic singer/songwriter Daniel Lipton, the lovely Danica Alexander, the versatile Nolan LaBouff and the talented Vincent Phillippe. Songs included well known standards – several to sing-a-long with – plus originals.

You can hear Louis on his website at www.louisrobinson.com or search YOUTUBE for songs by “Louis Robinson” (e.g.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QglkMJKQXw)

Louis Robinson


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From our July 21st show:


Bruce Gilbert: His songs have been described by reviewers as “intimate yet grand, introspective yet inspiring” and…“his songs range from poignant, elegant love (and lost love) songs to the cool sophistication of a hipster out on the town in a new pork pie hat.” Bruce himself says: "After all is said and done, throw out everything you thought you knew and just make music!"

Bruce is also known for his fund raising efforts on behalf of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Check out his website for information about Bruce, his music and his new CD, at brucegilbertmusic.com


Rhonda and Troy Lashbrooks

Lashbrooks: From different parts of the country and different musical backgrounds, Husband and Wife, Singer - Songwriter Duo, Troy and Rhonda Lashbrooks, find a way to blend two lifetimes of music into one magical recipe that is "sweet corn" and "apple pie" to the ears. Their "Contemporary Folk" sound is just a little "outside of the expected" and is delivered with passionate and skillful guitar, soulful vocals, and rich harmonies. Appealing to all ages, LashBrooks brings a musical style that is "all their own" - as they cross the boundaries of musical "genre" and dare to blend Folk, Blues, Rock, and Inspirational Music, all from an acoustic sound of guitar and vocals.

LashBrooks plays private events, festivals, coffeehouses, and music listening venues in the Atlanta area and beyond, and will be releasing their first full-length CD this year. Visit their website, www.lashbrooksmusic.com, to learn more about them and their sound.

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From our June 16th show:

The first Coffee House was a success! Everyone had a great time. We had about 50 people attend. The music was awesome, the food delicious and there was dancing in the kitchen! Even the performers had a great time and are looking forward to coming back again. They were our own poets, Jim Saunders and Annette Pate; UUMAN member and guitarist Steve Allerton; Tortoise and Hair, a husband and wife duo (www.tortoiseandhair.com); and Bob Bakert, a very talented musician who has been running the Hungry Ear Coffee House at Northwest UU (www.bobbakert.com). Many thanks to the Coffee House Committee, to those who brought food, to Huu Mai for doing the sound and to everyone who came to enjoy it all.

Tortoise and Hair

Terry Frye (left) and Bob Bakert (right)

It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village to put on a Coffee House!

Many people provided suggestions, having spoken word and poetry in addition to music, and having some time for UUMAN musicians to play two or three songs in front of a live audience. We plan to make it an intergenerational event with the goal of socializing, having some fun and opening our doors to the wider community.

As I thought about how well things went, I came to realize that this came about only because of our past successes in the congregation. Our warm and welcoming atmosphere allowed us to grow. Our vision, faith and dedication led us to build our current Sanctuary. Our commitment to the music program and love of the arts led us to building a Sanctuary with great acoustics. The beautiful piano donated recently by Lois and Larry Curry sounded wonderful when it was played at the Coffee House. Marlon Banerian and friends built the risers that the choir uses and that we rearranged into a stage.

Carlton Harrington submitted the imaginative and descriptive winning entry for the name, Common Grounds Coffee House. Margot Bogue submitted the creative winning entry for the logo. Thanks so much to everyone who took the time and effort to submit entries.

We have so many talented people in our congregation, we can accomplish amazing things when we work together! Thanks to everyone who created the strong framework in this congregation that we can continue to build on.

— Janet Lacey
Coffee House Committee Chair

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