Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Join Artists on the 'Stoop' Sept. 19

The Stoop, a new music venue in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen in New York City, will kick off its second season with a night of bluegrass, country, rock, and soul. Award-winning Twin-Cities based ensemble Erik Brandt & The Urban Hillbilly Quartet (UHQ) will headline at the Sept. 19 event.

UHQ offers an eclectic mix of musical styles, blending fiddle, electric guitar, accordion, bass, and more. Pioneer Press’ Jim Walsh has hailed UHQ as, “ St. Paul ’s fiercest fiddle-fueled foursome” while Rick Mason of City Pages describes The Urban Hillbilly Quartet as, “fervent eclectics, liable to wander into funk, Arabic, or Irish music at the drop of a hi-hat.”

Noah Riemer, a founding member of Ticklepenny Corner and drummer of The Urban Hillbilly Quartet, will kick off the evening followed by an appearance by NYC’s own Joely Pittman, a soulful singer/songwriter recognized for her collaborations with Brooklyn-based artist, Zach Williams.

The event will be emceed by Chris MacIntosh (a.k.a. Grandfather Rock) of WCWP Radio. Doors open at 7:30 pm., and showtime is at 8pm. While the concert is free, The Stoop will be accepting suggested donations of $12. Receive a free gift with the full suggested cover.

The Stoop venue and concert series is presented by Music Forum of Church For All Nations, Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Music Forum of Church for All Nations is sponsoring the series and providing the venue as a contribution to the cultural and spiritual life of Hell's Kitchen. For more information call(212) 333-5583 or visit www.TheStoopNY.com.

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Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light (http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/) and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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