Open Mic Night Returns to Tree of Life

Haystacks Open Mic is now Tree of Life Coffee House

 

Hello Performers,

Tree of Life UUC Open Mic is back, and will be live on January 12th, from 7-10! Musicians, tellers of funny stories, and poets are all welcome to take the stage. We have a grand piano, a PA, amps, and 3 microphones available, or you can bring your own. Our music director, Forrest Ransburg, will be running sound.

Of course, there will be free coffee, tea, and soft drinks, and we hope you will bring your friends!

We have a limited number of 10 minute slots.  Sign up by January 1st at rubatotime@aol.com to get yours!  Please arrive by 6:45 to check in. Update: We are completely booked. Now we just need a big audience for these fine performers. There is never a cover charge for our coffee house although we do take a free will offering to help cover the costs.

If you have questions, email rubatotime@aol.com or call Tree of Life UUC at 815-322-2464.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Music Committee at Tree of Life UUC

5603 West Bull Valley Road

McHenry, IL 60050

815-322-2464

Jim Scott in Concert October 28, 2016

jim3Pete Seeger calls him “some kind of a magician”. Jim is a composer and musical activist.

For more than three decades, Jim Scott has made it his business to create and perform music that celebrates the earth. His songs and poetry have inspired and educated audiences around the world. He has developed presentations for every age group and crafted songs that sensitize his listeners to the beauty of the earth, teaching principles of ecology in memorable verses.

“The Earth and Spirit Songbook” is an anthology of 110 songs of earth and peace, arranged and edited by Jim, including songs by many contemporary songwriters with some of his own.  From his work with the Paul Winter Consort where he co-wrote the celebrated Missa Gaia – Earth Mass and many other pieces, including his “A Song for the Earth,” recorded live at the United Nations on the album Concert for the Earth, Jim has gone on to create an extensive body of work.  His recordings “Earth, Sky, Love and Dreams” and “Sailing with the Moon” include many of his eco-anthems.

In songs, choral music, instrumental soundtracks for several documentaries and the PBS series “Body and Soul”, Jim continues to make music with a depth of artistry and craft that separates his music from that of many other singer songwriters.  Jim has also ventured into musical theater. His musical “The Tree and Me” has been given full cast productions in Jamestown, New York, and Albion, Michigan, and its songs have become anthems for activists and educators. “The Rainforest Song”, written in a workshop with elementary students, has been published by Hal Leonard Publishers. “Plant More Than You Harvest” was included in a Sony Kids CD “Put On Your Green Shoes”.

As Co-Chair of the Unitarian Universalist Seventh Principle Project, Jim helped to create the “Green Sanctuary” program and accompanying handbook for building an ecological/spiritual awareness in church congregations. He performs many benefit concerts and often appears at events, supporting environmental causes with his music.

And now Jim Scott is coming to Tree of Life to perform a Pete Seeger tribute! Friday October 28, 2016 7:30pm. Tickets are $12-$20 on a sliding fee scale and can be purchased at the door. We ask that you be as generous as possible. Contact for questions or more information: 815-322-2464 or office@treeoflifeuu.org

Meet Our New Music Director

Forrest RansburgHello everyone! First of all, let me just say that I am so excited to come on board as your new Music Director here at Tree of Life. I have already had the pleasure to meet many of you one on one, and I’m eager to get to know each and every member of this lovely community as I continue my work at Tree of Life. To get the boring sentences out of the way, here is a small snippet about me; I was educated at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and the Manhattan School of Music. Active as a composer, improviser, and interpreter, I perform as a flutist, vocalist, keyboardist, and electronic musician specializing in contemporary art music in a variety of musical ensembles and settings. I am excited to bring my diverse experience to the congregation as I help us grow further as a community through music.

 

I look forward to continuing to bring compelling music to each Sunday service, working with our wonderful Adult Choir (open to any members of the community who would like to participate, please be in touch if this is you), facilitating open mic and jam nights, and working with the administration and committees of the church to coordinate future “Church of…” programs in the coming liturgical year. In addition to carrying on these wonderful traditions, I hope to help increase our greater community involvement through music and begin cultivating a musical program for the youth of the church. These are presently open ended goals and will take shape in these coming months. Involvement from the congregation is more than welcome in these endeavors and anyone with ideas or interest should feel free to contact me at music@treeoflifeuu.org. Additionally, if you wish to be involved in the music of this community, but the above options don’t sound like the perfect fit, please be in touch. If you want to share your music with this beautiful group of people, I will work diligently to make sure that comes to pass. I look forward to our future musical endeavors!

Haystacks Coffee House

Haystack’s Coffee House Presents Open Mic & Jam Night
 
On Friday, May 8, from 7 – 10 pm, Haystack’s Coffee House will present another Open Mic & Jam Night. The evening will feature local performers showing their skills as folk, R&R, jazz, classical musicians, comedians and poets. All are invited to attend. Bring your friends!! Please contact Tom Steffens at music@treeoflifeuu.org for information or to make an early reservation to perform. There will be a limit placed in the amount of performers. Admission to Haystack’s Coffee House Open Mic & Jam night is free. There will be a “free will” offering taken to cover expenses.See everyone May 8th!!

Haystacks Open Mic and Jam Night

Open Mic Night – Friday, February 6,  7 – 10pm

On Friday, February 6, from 7 – 10 pm, Haystack’s Coffee House will present another Open Mic Night. The evening will feature local performers showing their skills as folk, R&R, jazz, classical musicians, comedians and poets. All are invited to attend. Bring your friends!!

Please contact Tom Steffens at Tom92109@gmail.com for information or to make an early reservation to perform. There will be a limit placed in the amount of performers.

Admission to Haystack’s Coffee House Open Mic & Jam night is free.There will be a “free will” offering taken to cover expenses.

See everyone February 6!!

 

Haystacks Coffee House Open Mic & Jam Night

haystacksOn Friday, November 7, from 7 – 10 pm, Haystack’s Coffee House will present another Open Mic & Jam Night. The evening will feature local performers showing their skills as folk, R&R, jazz, classical musicians, comedians and poets. All are invited to attend. Bring your friends!! Please contact Tom Steffens at Tom92109@gmail.com for information or to make an early reservation to perform. There will be a limit placed in the amount of performers. Admission to Haystack’s Coffee House Open Mic & Jam night is free.There will be a free will offering taken to cover expenses.See everyone November 7!!