Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Buttonwood Tree Events This Weekend

Kirtan with Shubalananda

Tonight, July 10, 7:30 pm

$10 suggested donation

Kirtan with Shubalananda

 Shubalananda Saraswati (Larry Kopp) is bringing his spiritual musical performance called kirtan to The Buttonwood Tree. He has been performing kirtan, a form of yoga, for many years. Kirtan also includes a musical aspect, similar to our own American gospel music. He has pioneered the practice through his magazine “Time & Space, a Kirtan Journal” and his book, Kirtan Wallah. Both the practice and his band have become extremely popular.



Open Mic with Bob Gotta

Thursday, July 11, 7:00 pm

 $5 suggested donation

Sign up starts at 6:30 $5 donation
Meets EVERY First Thursday
Come play and be heard. Bring your own instrument or play our piano or congas… join the fun, express your self!
Refreshments Available!



Stephen Campiglio with Gaslight Arkestra

Friday, July 12, 8:30 pm


Cross-Fluence with Gaslight Ark
(photo left to right: Jay Wood, Matt Bister, Stephen Campiglio, Dave Parsons, Dennis Martinez, Trek Perry-Culbreath)


Gaslight Arkestra lists as musical influences the “Bitches Brew” era of Miles Davis, the more avant-garde years of John Coltrane, the funk jams of Medeski, Martin & Wood, the experimentations of John Zorn, and, by virtue of the “Arkestra,” the explorations of Sun Ra.  Founded in 2008 by drummer Jay Wood and keyboardist Matt Bister, the band also features Dave Parsons, guitar, Dennis Martinez, bass, and Trek Perry-Culbreath, saxophone.

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Stop Smoking Through Hypnosis

Saturday, July 13, 1:00 pm


Do something good for your body by quitting smoking and giving yourself the gift of health! Learn how to tap into the incredible power of your subconscious mind to remove the desire, urge and craving for a cigarette.
Ask yourself: “Am I truly ready to never have another cigarette for the rest of my life”?  Because if you are, come join us! You will finally put those cigarettes down for good and become  ”a non smoker!!
Call 860-347-4957 to make a reservation today!

Led by Mary Jo Conti, BA, MBA, CH (Certified Consulting Hypnotist)
and John Ramsey, BS, MBA, CH (Certified Consulting Hypnotist)

Covert Jazz

Saturday, July 13, 8:00 pm


Drums:  Garry Lapidus
Guitar:  Eric Applebaum
Bass:  Tony Batory
Keys:  Mike Yaffa
Vocals:  Tre’ Johnson
Sax:  Mike Thrower

Covert  Jazz  is a 5 piece ensemble that performs a musically sophisticated and pleasing

              Jazz sound.  Their immense versatility  is showcased in an extensive array of styles including
                  Standards,  Latin Jazz, Bebop, Fusion,  Blues, and Funk.               

 Kirtan with Shubalananda

His band includes Ashley Flagg, a classically trained singer and expert harmonium player, Anna Sobel, one of the most outstanding American female tabla artists, and Bob, an excellent bass player. Their kirtan is not only unique, but they rock! They are based in Northampton, MA, and travel up and down the coast leading kirtan at yoga centers five nights a week, from Portland ME to NYC to Boston and beyond.

Shubalananda Saraswati (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan and singing bhajan for the past 25 years. He is a sadhu, living on the Dakshina (contributions) of the Northeast US kirtan community. He has been a regular kirtan wallah at Kripalu Center in Lenox MA for the past 10 years and he is out six nights a week leading kirtan regularly at over 20 yoga centers across New England, such as The Arlington Center in Boston and Karuna Yoga in Northampton MA. He regularly performs with Krishna Das, Dave Stringer, Wah!, Bhagavan Das, and other national kirtan wallahs who come through New England. He has studied kirtan and Sanatana Dharma with Satya Sai Baba, Karuna Mayi, Shree Maa, Mata Amritananda Mayi, Baba Harihar Ramji and Shiva Rudra Bala Yogi. Shubal sings for all the teachers whenever he can.
Ashley Flagg is a 200- hour certified yoga teacher, musician singer and artist. She has been playing harmonium and singing with Shubal since winter 2008, and supports and colors kirtan with the divine light of  Sarveshwari, the smashan Mother. Her voice lifts the bhava to celestial heights.

Stephen Campiglio with Gaslight Arkestra

Poet/spoken word artist Stephen Campiglio and Jay Wood formed the duo, Poem & Drum in 2010, which grew into the trio, Cross-Fluence, adding Matt Bister on keyboards and guitar. With Wood and Bister also part of the Arkestra, it has become a natural progression for Campiglio to join the larger band on special occasions.

Campiglio cites Beat, Surreal, and Orphic influences as fundamental to his art. He published his first chapbook of poems, also called Cross-Fluence, in 2012, through Soft Spur Press. A second chapbook, Verbal Clouds through Various Magritte Skies, is forthcoming from Cy Gist Press.


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