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

2014-15 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 13 - 8:00 PM$12 advance; $15 at doorEast of Afton - East of Afton is a Richmond based bluegrass band playing a high-energy mix of classics, newgrass and originals. They play throughout Virginia for local music venues, private parties and festivals. Their lineup includes George Brown on mandolin and vocals, Jon Marks on banjo, Brian Sullivan on bass, Brent Stubblefield on guitar, dobro, and vocals, and Jim Mohr on fiddle. East of Afton plucks its inspiration from a wide range of bluegrass greats. They love to play the classics, the new stuff and even some great originals. No matter what kind of bluegrass you like, East of Afton has something for you!
Saturday, October 4 - 8:00PM$12 advance; $15 at doorJack Williams - The music of Jack Williams, rooted in his native South Carolina, is shaped by a 54-year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and the popular music of the 30s, 40s and 50s. He is counted among the most dynamic performers on today's "folk" circuit - " of the most enlightened and entertaining performers I've ever encountered", said Dave Humphreys of Two-Way Street Coffeehouse in Downer's Grove, IL. Jack is considered a "musician's musician", an uncommonly unique guitarist, a writer of vivid songs with a strong sense of place, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition who further illustrates each tale with his guitar. Rich Warren of WFMT Chicago's The Midnight Special said, "His artistry is nothing short of amazing". Vic Heyman, in SING OUT!, wrote, “He is one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk.”
Saturday, November 15 - 8:00PM$12 advance; $15 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." In December, 2012, Susan performed two record-breaking concerts as the featured soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra; of her five songs with the Symphony, two were her own compositions, orchestrated for the concerts. She also performed in a sold-out show with multiple Grammy winner 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.   For some reason, this is her first performance at SGCH  - don't miss it!
Sunday, December 7 - 7:00 PM$10 advance; $12 at doorThe Paul Muller Trio - Paul Muller, his son, Brian, and brother, Damian, sing songs of life, love, home, hearth, farm, family, and fortitude: songs from America's heartland. Unlike the goofy, high-energy fiddlin' and fun of Paul's Company Store band, this versatile family trio delivers uplifting, humorous and heartwarming songs with comfortable warm harmonies, all glued together with various acoustic combinations of guitar, mandolin, fiddle, mountain banjo, and bass, in a blend and style of their own.
Saturday, January 10 - 8:00 PM$12 advance; $15 at doorThe Green Boys - The Green Boys are a four-piece band based out of Richmond, Virginia. Equally mislabeled as bluegrass, folk, or honky-tonk, the boys sometimes mention the idea of being a part of a “country-revival”. It’s a half-serious notion that nonetheless approaches the crux of the band’s complex sound. The Green Boys are led by brothers Sean and Ryan Green, each a songwriter coming from and delivering very different lyrical and melodic styles. Yet like the Louvin, Delmore, or even today’s Avett Brothers, the distinction between the two voices is grounded by a blood harmony, their edges blending towards a commonality. Rounded out by the talented Mike Emmons and Zack Miller, the band’s live show is a trek through low-tempo lap steel melancholies, banjo and mandolin barnstorming, and jug band sing-alongs.

The Green Boys recently placed third in the Bluegrass Band competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.  Closer to home, they opened for Emmy Lou Harris here in Richmond.  Don't miss their first performance at SGCH!

Saturday, February 14 - 8:00 PM$12 advance; $15 at doorSparky and Rhonda Rucker - Sparky and Rhonda Rucker have performed throughout the U.S., singing songs and telling stories from the American tradition. Sparky Rucker has been performing over forty years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author. Rhonda Rucker is an accomplished harmonica and piano player, and also adds vocal harmonies to their songs. She has developed her own unique style of playing harmonica, which complements their music, whether they are playing railroad songs, Appalachian music, blues, slave songs, Civil War music, gospel, work songs, cowboy music, ballads, or Sparky Rucker's original compositions. The couple has 11 recordings to their credit, and performance highlights include Kennedy Center teacher workshops, 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the International Children’s Festival.
Saturday, March 14 - 8:00 PM$15 advance; $17 at doorJunior Sisk and Rambler's Choice - From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia comes one of bluegrass music's most honest voices in the genre's history, Junior Sisk. Over the years, his haunting, almost lonesome vocals have earned him the devotion of countless traditional bluegrass fans from all over the world. In 1998, Sisk formed Ramblers Choice and together they recorded and released their first solo project titled Sounds Of The Mountains.  Since the release last year of The Heart Of A Song, their, the band has celebrated much success as the album was named Album of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and A Far Cry From Lester and Earl was named Song of the Year.
Saturday, April 18 - 8:00 PM$17 advance; $20 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 sixth 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. 


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