Previous events

Jun14

GEBHARD WOODS Dulcimer & Traditional Music Festival

Goold Park, Northern Ave. & Union St., Morris, IL

Sandy & Stephen Lee Rich return to the delightful Gebhard Woods Dulcimer (& Trad. Music) festival for a weekend of merriment, music, and even a little learning. Gates open 9 am, with the last note ringing out at 6pm. We'll be there both days (Sat-Sun. 6/13-14), with an hourlong set on the main stage and teaching several workshops on songwriting, performing and--of course--mountain dulcimer (Sandy's bailiwick, hands-on if you wish). Check back on the site to find out when we'll be performing & teaching. For sale: Food concessions (including burgers, brats & hot dogs cooked by the local Boy Scout troop, hand-scooped ice cream treats, and all manner of soft drinks) on-site, as well as vendors selling everything from jewelry, clothing, CDs, sheet music/songbooks, accessories, to (duh!) dulcimers both (mountain & hammer). Suggested donation: Per day $20 individual/$35 family /$15 seniors( >60); weekend $30/50/25. Half-day: 50% off

Jun13

GEBHARD WOODS Dulcimer & Traditional Music Festival

Goold Park, Northern Ave. & Union St., Morris, IL

Sandy & Stephen Lee Rich return to the delightful Gebhard Woods Dulcimer (& Trad. Music) festival for a weekend of merriment, music, and even a little learning. Gates open 9 am, with the last note ringing out at 6pm. We'll be there both days (Sat-Sun. 6/13-14), with an hourlong set on the main stage and teaching several workshops on songwriting, performing and--of course--mountain dulcimer (Sandy's bailiwick, hands-on if you wish). Check back on the site to find out when we'll be performing & teaching. For sale: Food concessions (including burgers, brats & hot dogs cooked by the local Boy Scout troop, hand-scooped ice cream treats, and all manner of soft drinks) on-site, as well as vendors selling everything from jewelry, clothing, CDs, sheet music/songbooks, accessories, to (duh!) dulcimers both (mountain & hammer). Suggested donation: Per day $20 individual/$35 family /$15 seniors( >60); weekend $30/50/25. Half-day: 50% off

Feb7

An Evening With Andina & Rich

Two Way Street Coffeehouse, 1047 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove, IL

Sandy and Stephen Lee Rich return to their favorite venue--the intimate listening room Two Way Street Coffeehouse, celebrating its 50th year--for an evening of silliness and song, yuks and yodels, humor and harmony, guitars, dulcimers and harmonica, and even a touch of vaudeville. Doors open 7:30 pm. Coffees, teas, soft drinks and light snacks available for purchase. Two Way Street is located on the lower level of the First Congregational Church, a block from the Downers Grove METRA rail station. Limited parking out back and on-street, plus the library parking lot a block away.

Admission is $10, at the door.

Oct6

The Grove Folk Festival

Grove Folk Festival, 1421 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, IL

Andina & Rich return for their third year at The Grove Folk Festival inside the lovely bucolic preserve "The Grove" in Glenview, a short stroll but a world away from busy Milwaukee Ave. The festival features folk music, dance and art, children's activities, crafts to make and for sale. and a delicious outdoor food court.

$5 adult/$1 children (<12)

Sep20

An Evening with Andina & Rich

Wild Hog in the Woods, 931 E. Main St., Madison, WI

Returning to the wonderful Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse for two sets of folk & fun!  Note the new address: 931 E. Main St. (enter on and park across Brearly St.). WIld Hog's usual home. the Wil-Mar Center on Jenifer St., is undergoing renovation, reopening later this fall. Hot & cold non-alcoholic beverages and baked goods available.

$4 general public

Sep1

Two Way Street Favorites

Fox Valley Folk Festival, Island Park, Geneva, IL

I'll be playong solo on the Two Way Street Favorites workshop stage of the Fox Valley Folk Festival on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. My set will be from 1-1:25 pm. But you can also catch me as part of the Two Way Street Favorites set on the Main Stage from 11-11:30am.  Island Park is in the middle of downtown Geneva, IL (entrance 3rd St. at the river), just steps from the Metra train! 

$15 suggested festival donation

Dec15

The Holiday Concert for Those who Hate (or simply tolerate) the Holidays

Wild Hog in the Woods, 953 Jenifer St., Madison, WI

Once again, I will be Stephen Lee Rich's special guest (solo and with Andina & Rich) at his annual Holiday Concert for Those who Hate the Holidays. (Just as long as ice doesn't close the highways)! Other special guests TBA. Holiday-themed (and other) songs, sketches, monologues, poetry and maybe a twisted take on the year in review. We'll be in the Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse inside the lovely and historic Wil-Mar Center a block uphill from Madison's Willy Street Corridor. Parking in the lot across the street as well as on-street. Refreshments--including Steep & Brew's Wild Hog in the Woods Blend, created just for the coffeehouse, soft drinks, and cookies--available. Great acoustics and friendly folks too!

$3 non-members, $2 members

Dec8

"The Neighbors" Holiday Concert

Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Join my next-door neighbor, singer-songwriter/actor/writer/director John S. Green as we perform original songs, standards (from the folk canon to Broadway to the Great American Songbook), and songs of the holiday season--funny, serious and everything in between. It'll be 100% family-friendly, so bring the (well-behaved) kids too. We may even have a special guest or two! The Broadway Armory is on the e. side of B'way between Thorndale and Ardmore (yup, it's BIG, so ask directions to our show once you're inside). Plenty of street parking as well as a lot adjoining it to the north. Only a block or so w. of the CTA's Thorndale Ave. Red Line station, and right on the #36 B'way bus.

Free!

Dec3

Much to Sue About Nothing

Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo, Chicago, IL

For my 15th year, I am part of the Chicago Bar Association's 94th annual parody musical, The Bar Show--at the historic Merle Reskin (formerly Blackstone) Theatre. This year's title is "Much to Sue About Nothing," with Shakespeare and his characters anchoring the show.  We spoof current events, world affairs, politicians, athletes, celebrities, social phenomena and our fair city itself. This year, look for me as (among other roles) German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Lots of singing, acting, dancing, a bit of rapping (but not too much) and laughs galore! Ticket prices are even lower than in years past, and way lower than any other downtown Chicago theater show. Out last performance of the year, and it's a Sunday matinee--so get in on the fun before seats are gone!

$40 main, $35 mezzanine

Dec2

Much to Sue About Nothing

Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo, Chicago, IL

For my 15th year, I am part of the Chicago Bar Association's 94th annual parody musical, The Bar Show--at the historic Merle Reskin (formerly Blackstone) Theatre. This year's title is "Much to Sue About Nothing," with Shakespeare and his characters anchoring the show.  We spoof current events, world affairs, politicians, athletes, celebrities, social phenomena and our fair city itself. This year, look for me as (among other roles) German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Lots of singing, acting, dancing, a bit of rapping (but not too much) and laughs galore! Ticket prices are even lower than in years past, and way lower than any other downtown Chicago theater show. Only four performances--so get in on the fun before seats are gone!

$40 main, $35 mezzanine

Dec1

Much to Sue About Nothing

Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo, Chicago, IL

For my 15th year, I am part of the Chicago Bar Association's 94th annual parody musical, The Bar Show--at the historic Merle Reskin (formerly Blackstone) Theatre. This year's title is "Much to Sue About Nothing," with Shakespeare and his characters anchoring the show.  We spoof current events, world affairs, politicians, athletes, celebrities, social phenomena and our fair city itself. This year, look for me as (among other roles) German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Lots of singing, acting, dancing, a bit of rapping (but not too much) and laughs galore! Ticket prices are even lower than in years past, and way lower than any other downtown Chicago theater show. Only four performances--so get in on the fun before seats are gone!

$40 main, $35 mezzanine

Nov30

Much to Sue About Nothing

Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo, Chicago, IL

For my 15th year, I am part of the Chicago Bar Association's 94th annual parody musical, The Bar Show--at the historic Merle Reskin (formerly Blackstone) Theatre. This year's title is "Much to Sue About Nothing," with Shakespeare and his characters anchoring the show.  We spoof current events, world affairs, politicians, athletes, celebrities, social phenomena and our fair city itself. This year, look for me as (among other roles) German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Lots of singing, acting, dancing, a bit of rapping (but not too much) and laughs galore! Ticket prices are even lower than in years past, and way lower than any other downtown Chicago theater show. Only four performances--so get in on the fun before seats are gone!

$40 main, $35 mezzanine

Dec17

Andina & Rich (near) Home(wood) for the Holidays

Edgar’s Place Coffeehouse, 70 Sycamore Dr., Park Forest, IL

After a 7-year hiatus (was it really 2009 when as part of the SASS! Trio I last played there?) I return--as half of Andina & Rich to Edgar’s Place at Park Forest UU Church for the annual (except last year when I was in Italy and Stephen held down the fort in Madison) Andina & Rich Holiday Concert (formerly Holiday Party for Folks who Hate the Holidays, but we realize it’s not fair to shut out those who like the holidays or who just wanna come in from the cold on a Sat. night deep in December and enjoy some great music, warm beverages and noshes).  Lovely huge room with great acoustics & perfect sightlines.

$15

Sep16

Dueling Dynamic Duos

Wild Hog in the Woods, 953 Jenifer St., Madison, WI

Andina & Rich welcome New England’s Dan & Faith Senie for a co-bill of one set each, and then in the round at the Wild Hog. As always, wonderful hot drinks, cookies, great acoustics and plenty of free parking one block from the Willy St. Corridor. 

Aug6

Andina & Rich at the Market

East Town Farmers’ Market, Cathedral Square, Milwuakee, WI

We’re heading north (okay, Stephen’s heading east) to Milwaukee’s East Town Market in Cathedral Sq. We’ll play till we drop (or everyone has to skedaddle due to tornado warnings...just kidding...maybe). So drop by so we don’t have to drop! We’ll have CDs for sale (including our newest, Chasing Lightning).

Free

Jul14

Acoustic Sounds

The Crystal Lounge at the Merion, 1611 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL

Andina & Rich serenade the fine folks of the Merion (an active retirement community)--but you don’t have to live there, be retired or even of retirement age to enjoy us and the potent (or non) potables of your choice--just show up, pay ten bucks and enjoy your adult beverage (your first one is free)! What a lovely alternative to sitting in rush hour traffic!  And there are dozens of wonderful restaurants within mere steps you can visit after we unplug and pack up our instruments.  There’s a nice big garage a block north, and it’s dirt cheap (one of the great things about Evanston).  Or you can use your phone app to feed the parking meters from the comfort of your concert seat.  Beat the heat, cool off and join us!

$10, includes beverage

May22

Benefit Concert for Vital Touch

American Honor Alehouse & Brewery, 883 Highland Ave SE, Hickory, NC

I’m playing a benefit for a cause that’s near & dear to my heart, thanks to my BCO buddy Mary Mallette of SC. Vital Touch is a program at Vitality Medical Spa in Hickory, NC (90 min. e. of Asheville and 40 min. n. of Charlotte).  Funded by grants & donations, it provides spa services: massage (including lymphedema), facials (using environmentally safe and non-carcinogenic products), etc. free of charge to breast cancer patients. As someone who gets MLD massage therapy for breast-cancer-induced lymphedema, I can vouch for how important (and usually expensive) these services are. And for patients going through chemo and radiation, looking good (without using endocrine-disrupting or carcinogenic beauty products) equals feeling better--it truly is vital to recovery and survival.  Good music & humor, great food, microbrewed-in-house ales & beers--and you get to do good just by being fed & entertained!

suggested donation TBD

May20

Various showcases

SERFA (SE Regional Folk Alliance), Montreat Conference Center, Asheville, NC

After skipping the conference last year to take care of some emergency family health issues, I’m returning to Montreat in the beautiful Blue Ridge for some picking, singing, gathering and learning at SERFA, which has grown over the past few years...but not like kudzu, thank goodness.  I will be playing at least two private showcases (either Thur. or Sat. in the Texas Sugarbabies room and Fri. night in the Uncorked Lounge...and you know there’ll be chocolate in the former and primo vino in the latter). More details as they become available. Of course, they’re not “private” if you’re attending the conference or buying an evening pass!

free to conference attendees

May14

An Evening with Andina & Rich

Uptown Bill’s Small Mall, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA

Andina & Rich return to Uptown Bill’s for the fourth time--great coffee, tea, soft drinks & light fare, gracious host, intimate listening room atmosphere, ample free parking, wonderful acoustics---and our own brand of music & humor. What’s not to love?!

suggested donation

Feb27

Andina & Rich on the (Stained) Rug

Stained Rug House Concert Series, 2855 Sweet Clover Way, Wauconda, IL

Our first full gig (not counting showcases and writers’ rounds) since Nov. 2015--I’m back in action and hitting the road (even if it’s only the Tri-State Tollway to the NW suburbs).  Hank Tuber is graciously hosting us for the Stained Rug House Concert Series (or do you say Schumtzedigge Shmatta?). Two sets with potluck munchies & potables before, during intermission and after. Ol’Man Winter has decided to mellow out considerably, so (channeling Stephen) in the immortal words of Bullwinkle Moose, “this time for sure!” For reservations & info, contact bandude49@aol.com or call 847-487-0464.

$15 suggested donation at door

Long time no blog part 2: the political 

Been a long time since I last updated this blog; I see the previous post was “Part 1: the Personal,” so I’m following through on my promise to address current events, “the political.” This has been a year of crises, tragedies, and terror…but enough about Donald Trump.

Seriously, though—there is so much to be said about this election and various other events that I’ve noticed the emergence of a pattern of modern mythology. (I might veer into mentioning candidates, but I will try to be a bit more, uh…

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Long time no blog? Part I: the personal 

Yikes--has it really been two years since I posted an entry here rather than in the “news” section? (At least I finally updated that, as well as my calendar--where new dates are popping up again like the chives and crocuses in my garden; unlike the latter, which have been quashed by critters and caprices of winter, I hope nasty little life surprises don’t snatch them away like they did late last spring). 

If you hadn’t checked back on this site (or Facebook, Acoustic Guitar Forum, Bonesmart or BCO) in the…

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THE BEST IS THE ENEMY... 

The best is the enemy. No, not just of the good…but of everything worth pursuing. Or is it?

Recently, there was a spirited discussion on a folk music listserv about the merits of talent-buyers using a particular electronic-press-kit-parking/gig-listing website as their gatekeeper—at a cost to the artists both of membership and in most cases, per-application fees for gigs and contests. Recently, the efforts of and services rendered by the site had begun to deteriorate severely, to the detriment of all, but…

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Knee blog: little milestones (kilometerstones?) 

Back to Bed came by on Friday and put the bed up on blocks; Carrie rearranged the items on our nightstands so we could switch sides. She brought my clothes back upstairs, and I laid in a supply of Norco for the upstairs bathroom. Have been sleeping up there since Friday night.  Tricky part is I'm supposed to make only one trip a day upstairs & downstairs (plus perhaps one pair of climbs outdoors)--so I have to get washed & dressed and then head downstairs and stay there till bedtime. The water pressure…

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Knee Blog: staying a step ahead 

My decision yesterday to wean my Norco down from 1-1/2 #2s every 5 hours to a single #2 plus a single 500-mg. Tylenol on the same schedule was not a success.  It was sort of a smackdown by my pain, which sought to remind me that if I wasn't its proactive boss it would usurp the role.  Bob suggested that for the sake of my kidneys I should take the Tylenol only every 6 hours, certainly complicating my meds schedule and giving me one more reason to keep an eye on the clock. I began with the 7 pm dose…

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Knee blog: a little more clarity 

Well, the PT came over today. Took awhile to make progress, due to not having a session over the weekend, but with a lot of sweat and pain we made it to 115 degrees of flexion while still maintaining full extension.  Got SOME answers--basically, that everyone heals at their own rate. Some folks at this point are still on Oxys along with Norco at this point; a minority are toughing it out with Extra Strength or Arthritis Formula Tylenol (actually, generic, since brand name Tylenol's been withdrawn from…

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Knee blog: second weekend home 

This has been a weekend of perplexity.  There is such a thing as too much information, especially when so much of it is contradictory. "Rest up, save your strength," say some.  "Make sure to prop ice your knee and your foot up higher than your heart," say others. I DARE you to do anything constructive or interesting--such as read, go online, talk comfortably on a phone or watch any TV not mounted high up on a wall when you're flat on your back. "Don't spend too much time sitting." Really? How much is too…

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Knee blog: Friday the 13th 

In less than half an hour, Fri. the 13th will be over.  It's been a suitably weird day.  I took my pain meds last night at 10:45 and fell asleep while watching a DVRed episode of "NYC 22." Turned off the TV to sleep, and then about 1 am Gordy came in from a long night of rehearsals and wanted to shoot the breeze. Fell back asleep about 2. Next thing I knew, Heidi jumped on my bed just as the insanely loud clock-radio-CD player Bobby had set as an alarm woke me up....at 6:45. Ruh-roh:  I wasn't in a lot of…

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Knee blog: first week home! 

Thurs. 7/5

I get up the deck stairs and am greeted by Gordy and the kitties. Matthew tries to escape--he seems to be his old self again. Gordy informs me that Matthew is actually allowed to go out, nibble grass and roll in the schmutz for a few minutes, so long as he supervises.  Carrie shows me where everything is, and goes home till tomorrow morning.  Feels weird to be nearly alone. Make myself a cup of coffee--first in two weeks--and make a mini-pizza from foccaccia, basil and provolone. (The other 3/4…

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Knee blog: rehab week 2 

Mon. 7/2--wound care nurse expresses his own concern as to swelling, redness and warmth of knee. Consults head nurse who agrees. Bobby has no luck reaching the internist.  Meanwhile, trying not to worry and using the cane, I manage a full flight of stairs up to the 3rd floor and back. Laura applies some cris-cross strips of compression tape--hot pink--to assist with reducing the edema.  While I'm in the middle of PT (having done 18 min at 40% resistance on the recumbent elliptical trainer, getting 100…

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