Esther Friedman and Chris Levancher are giving a concert the night before the upcoming election, November 6, 2018. The event will be a music filled evening with information about where and when to vote as well as possible guest appearances. This will be an amazing evening of music and relishing our right to vote. Join us!
Chris LaVancher released his second full-length album in February 2018 – “Big Fat Love” is a collection of songs full of heart from a seasoned and skilled craftsman mining life’s subject matter – home, family, nostalgia, purpose, first kisses and love.
His song Nostalgia from the new album received an honorable mention in the 2018 Woody Gutherie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. In 2014 Chris was selected as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist and got to perform on the main stage. He was also selected to perform in the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ showcase at the North East Regional Folk Alliance.
Chris’s performance evokes a mini-movie festival in your head, complete with a full soundtrack. He writes cinematic, character-driven songs – from a farm girl’s beauty-queen-moment in the 4th of July parade, to the wild cast of characters in a run-down traveling circus, to the gun-toting rube who falls victim to a young con-girl and her boyfriend Elvis.
He grew up in the hills of North Central Pennsylvania where he learned to observe the many wonderful characters that inhabited that little town. It was, and still is, quite a special hidden gem of place filled with a surprising number of artists, musicians, creative types and downright interesting people. Today he lives just north of Boston Massachusetts, a Mecca of sorts for folk singers and songwriters, but much of his inspiration still goes back to that little town in Pennsylvania.
Esther is a Boston-based acoustic singer & songwriter. She started writing songs in the mid-nineties after moving to Boston and finding inspiration in the buskers who bravely played street corners and t-stops. In 1998, a compilation called Respond picked up her song Moon Over The Water. The compilation, and her song, received accolades from Billboard Magazine and raised awareness and over $100,000 for a domestic violence agency in the Boston area. In 1999, she recorded her first CD, Eve's Lament, with producer John Sonntag of Thunder Pumpkin Records. In the meantime, she also finished a Masters Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University and earned graduate-level Communications and Publishing certificate through the Harvard Extension School's writing program. Presently, she works with clients who have traumatic brain injuries and does as much performing and song writing as humanly possible.