Rick Drost, a Singer/Songwriter from Cambridge, MA, has been writing songs since the late '60s with depth and heart: songs that repay repeated listening and convey a long love of classical music, natural wonders, poetry.
Rick has sung in small and large choruses and small acoustic folk groups, but since the early 2000s has been singing solo at open mikes, small clubs and coffeehouses, galleries and listening rooms in New England, the Midwest and the Southeast.
Since retiring in 2015 from a career as a software engineer, Rick is happily expanding the time he can spend listening, reading, writing, and traveling around singing in small venues and festivals.
Rick grew up playing classical piano in a musical family outside Buffalo, NY. He discovered a love of poetry (Shakespeare, Gerard Manley Hopkins) in high school, and played banjo in a Kingston Trio style group. In college he sang with Glee Clubs, and a small folk group. Early influences were Leonard Cohen, who sang under the stars at the Mariposa Folk festival in '67. and Joni Mitchell in '68, who inspired him with her lyrics and alternate tunings. Since college, Rick has sung and toured internationally in small and large choruses, (Spectrum singers, Yale Alumni Chorus), And in the US as a solo songwriter and in small acoustic folk groups. Since the early 2000s he has been writing again and singing mostly solo at open mikes, small clubs and coffeehouses, galleries and listening rooms in the vibrant folk communities in New England, the Midwest and the Southeast, singing at workshops like SAMW, Song School in Colorado, and Folk Alliance. His songs treat life from a varied angles - Jilted lovers, Swans in the Public Garden, Leftover Lobsters, and meditations on meditation. Recent influences, avatars really, include Vance Gilbert and David Wilcox, who has added Rick's song "Turning the World" to his setlist.
Art Grossman has been playing guitar since about 1960, and in the late 60’s, started performing at the Sword in the Stone Coffeehouse on Charles Street in Boston’s Back Bay. Over the years he has played in many other local venues.
Growing up in the late 50’s and 60’s, Art was greatly influenced by the folk music revolution. He was attracted to the simplicity of these performers using only their voices and acoustic guitars to tell their collective stories through their songs. Among his favorites are Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Don McLean, Simon and Garfunkel, John Denver and Tom Paxton. He also admired artists of the 50’s like the Everly Brothers and the Kingston trio as well as lesser known local talents such as Bill Staines and David Mallett.
He very much enjoys performing the easy listening, recognizable music of his favorite artists in small venues and likes to engage the audience by encouraging them to join in and sing along, as long as the song they are singing is the same one he is playing!
About two years ago, Art started the North Reading Community Coffeehouse and Open mic in North Reading, Massachusetts. It is a wonderful venue for performers who get to entertain a very appreciative audience. The Coffeehouse runs throughout the year usually on the third Saturday of the month. Anyone who would like to learn more about it can contact Art at email@example.com.
Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8
$6 Suggested Donation