OLD-NEW COFFEEHOUSE - VALENTINES EVE - 2021!
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Newburyport's Congregation Ahavas Achim once again has partnered with the Massachusetts folk duo, The Lied To’s, to present the Old-New Coffeehouse, for a special Virtual Valentine's Day concert to be held via Zoom on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 7:30 pm. The Coffeehouse will include an open mic for local performers and a 30-minute featured performance by The Lied To's. The Old-New Coffeehouse is an ongoing series, featuring top songwriters in the area, with a goal to foster community and a broad spectrum of artistic expression.
The idea for the coffeehouse arose from a conversation between Newburyport resident, Susan Levine, one half of The Lied To’s, and the Congregation's former rabbi, Ben Resnick, about the value of music in bringing people together. Although the name "Old- New Coffeehouse" has its origins in Jewish tradition, it has a special meaning this year because we are transforming the event from an in-person experience to an online format. In that sense, the old becomes new as the tradition continues as part of the Congregation's efforts to bridge cultures and bring the Greater Newburyport community together.
The Old-New Coffeehouse was about to present the 4th concert in its 2019-2020 season on March 15, 2020, when everything shut down due to the pandemic. Levine, who is also a music therapist, says “Right now the need for connection is more important than ever, and music has the unique power to bring people together, to form and re-establish bonds and foster a sense of community. That's always been the mission of the Coffeehouse, and we are grateful that the Congregation reached out to us to get it going again.” Alex Matthews, Congregational Leader, adds "One of the biggest challenges of Zoom programming is incorporating more voices. I'm excited for people to use this Coffeehouse to let us hear their voices; to break out of their little Zoom box and share some joy and expression during a time when coming together and connecting means so much."
The Lied To's are Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler, two Massachusetts-based singer-songwriters who joined musical forces in 2014. Their cd, The Lesser of Two Evils, received universal praise for its gritty instrumentation, impeccable harmonies and honest songwriting. The music website The Daily Country wrote that it was “…contemporary and timeless…”, while Tom Haugen of The Daily Vault called it, “…nothing short of brilliant.” The Lied To’s have played sold-out concerts at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, and The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN, and regularly play at venues throughout New England and beyond.
The Old-New Coffeehouse will be held via Zoom, sponsored by Congregation Ahavas Achim in Newburyport, MA 01950. Open mic from 7:30-8:15. Concert with The Lied To's from 8:15-8:45. Open mic continues from 8:45 – 9:30. Suggested Donation: $10. A webpage has been set up with information about accessing the event via Zoom, and an email where performers can sign up for the open mic. The web address is: http://www.liedtomusic.com/oldnew