Christian Ministry Retreats & Pastor Renewal in Rochester, NY & WNY | River Spring Lodge

Carolyn and I have a network of truly amazing musicians. These gifted artists shine brightly on the stage without props, smoke, or hype. The Spring at River Spring Lodge is a welcoming listening room for deserving artists that take joy in performing up close and personal, where they can perform their music just as it was written…from the heart. We hope you will come out in support of  charities that serve the families of WNY while enjoying these incredible evenings of live music in our lobby. In lieu of selling tickets we ask for a minimum donation of $10. Call now to reserve your seats. 585.708.4212

Blessings,

David and Carolyn

Friday March 6th, 2020 Western New York’s Christina Custode

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“Ten minutes after watching  Christina performing High Water on Video I contacted her and asked her to perform here at the Spring Listening Room. I am grateful she accepted my invitation to come and grace our baby grand piano and our audience with her beautiful gift. I can hardly wait. I hope you will  join us”. David

Christina Custode is a force to be reckoned with on  stage. bringing her songs, stories and sass to each performance. Christina is a dynamic performer who is effortless in various performance settings. She brings her songs to life through engaging stories and witty banter while her musicianship shines. Heavily influenced by songwriting greats such as Billy Joel, Jewel and John Lennon she has been referred to as “the Carole King of her Generation”. Her original music creations have gained notice not only for pristine instrumental and vocal performance quality, but also for its compositional value. Custode was awarded the Best Singer Songwriter award at the Roswell Film Festival in Roswell, NM, where she competed with artists from all over the world. She has also been named “Buffalo’s Best Female Vocalist” and “Buffalo’s Best Original Music Act” multiple times, garnering several Artvoice Best of Buffalo Awards.

Watch Christina’s Music Video High Water 

Doors open at 6:00. The concert begins at 7:00. There is no charge but we ask everyone to bring a minimum $10 donation if at all possible. Refreshments will be available for purchase from 6:00 until 7:00. Enjoy great fellowship after the concert with complimentary cookies, coffee and tea. Call Carolyn for reserved seating 585.708.4212

Sunday March 22, 2020 West Coast Country Folk Singer-Songwriter Dan Weber

Photo of man with guitar This incredible artist performed at River Spring last summer during our charity lawn concert series. As soon as he finished his set and put down his guitar I asked him when he could come back. He is not only a great entertainer but Carolyn and I enjoyed hanging out with him before he left. Trust me. You do not want to miss this show. David Check out Dan’s promotional video here

Guthrie-esque and reminiscent of early John Prine”-Fatea Magazine, UK.”
“After just 2 songs I said to my husband ‘Oh yeah, this guy’s got it!”-Flying Cat House Concerts
“A rare combination of wit, emotion and vivid, Harry Chapin-esque imagery.”-The Sun Chronicle
“I love Dan’s songs & he tells really good stories.”-Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

“Dan is a GREAT storyteller, one of the best! He’s insightful, open and honest with emotions, and awfully funny. He wowed our audience with his stories and songs and made a real and deep connection with every person in the room. He’s also a very thoughtful house guest, a pleasure to host. We look forward to welcoming him back!” – C. Wood

Dan’s performance was riveting. He is a master storyteller with a great sense of humor. His writing is precise, concise and poetic with influences of Robert Earl Keen and Guy Clark. We would have him back any time!” – C Bernhardt

Doors open at 5:00. The concert begins at 6:00. There is no charge but we ask everyone to bring a minimum $10 donation if at all possible. Refreshments will be available for purchase from 5:00 until 6:00. Enjoy great fellowship after the concert with complimentary cookies, coffee and tea. Call Carolyn for reserved seating 585.708.4212

Tuesday April 7, 2020 Nashville Singer Songwriter Jeff Miller

I am so grateful that Jeff will be with us for another concert. He is a great songwriter, guitarist, an amazing looper and a really nice guy. He is definitely the modern definition of a “One Man Band”. David

“Great guitar tone and songwriting.” -Phil Keaggy

“I don’t know how he does what he’s doing, but it’s amazing.” -Gary Burr, hit songwriter/member of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band

A total master of the loop/sampling pedal.” -Adrian Bischoff, KZSU

“His compositions are balletic, his live stage performance beguiling and befuddling, as one wonders, ‘How is all that sound coming from one man?” -Stacy Leiser, Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Here is a Video of Jeff on Fox TV Louisville

Here is a Video of Jeff on Nashville Unleashed

Doors open at 6:00. The concert begins at 7:00. There is no charge but we ask everyone to bring a minimum $10 donation if at all possible. Refreshments will be available for purchase from 6:00 until 7:00. Enjoy great fellowship after the concert with complimentary cookies, coffee and tea. Call Carolyn for reserved seating 585.708.4212

Friday April 24th 2020 The Amazing Southern Folk Rock Troubadour Rod Abernathy

Wow! Am I ever glad I found this man in our network of performing artists but more importantly that he agreed to come and put on a show for us here. My 71st birthday is April 26th but I will be celebrating it early as Rod plays!  David

Rod Abernethy’s album The Man I’m Supposed To Be is a tour de force for this multi-talented singer/artist.” MAVERICK – The Leading Independent Country Music Magazine – July/August 2018

“Imagine what would happen if you musically crossed the iconic guitar chops of Leo Kottke and John Fahey with the prophetic and immensely appealing songs of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. Rod fits that bill. While consistently putting his very unique artistry out there, one can hear distinct echoes of these truly significant artistic forces. To my ears, Rod joins that group in very rare air, all of whom have kept meaning in melodies and a kind of prescient skill in lyrics. If you have a chance to see and hear Rod Abernethy live, don’t miss it.” Bob Hinkle, owner/manager – The White Horse, Black Mountain NC

Click here to see Rod in a live performance at SERFA

Doors open at 6:00. The concert begins at 7:00. There is no charge but we ask everyone to bring a minimum $10 donation if at all possible. Refreshments will be available for purchase from 6:00 until 7:00. Enjoy great fellowship after the concert with complimentary cookies, coffee and tea. Call Carolyn for reserved seating 585.708.4212

 

Tuesday May 19th John Coinman Band Leader for Kevin Costner and Modern West

“John Coinman’s songs move like the wind” John Densmore of the Doors

I am really looking forward to meeting John and having him perform and stay with us a the lodge. David

John Coinman is an award-winning singer-songwriter who grew up on the Kiowa Grasslands in Clayton, New Mexico. He has recorded five solo albums and has had numerous songs in films and on television. John is the bandleader for Kevin Costner & Modern West and he was the Music Supervisor for the film Dances With Wolves. He has been touring with Kevin and the band since 2006. John has recorded 5 albums of original songs with the band including the companion CD to the award winning miniseries Hatfields and McCoys. You do not want to miss this evening of great music. John’s latest solo album Under The Sun was released in October, 2019. You can enjoy a cut from the album here. 

Doors open at 6:00. The concert begins at 7:00. There is no charge but we ask everyone to bring a minimum $10 donation if at all possible. Refreshments will be available for purchase from 6:00 until 7:00. Enjoy great fellowship after the concert with complimentary cookies, coffee and tea. Call Carolyn for reserved seating 585.708.4212

 

June 30th Singer-Songwriter Ian Fleming

“MEET YOUR NEW PROGRESSIVE FOLK GUITAR HERO” -A&R Factory

Best of the Hudson Valley 2019 Best Vocalist and Best Artist

Songwriter Universe’s Best Song of the Month Finalist

Ian Flanigan “inspires a nostalgic sentiment akin to wistful escapism… emotional without being weepy, vulnerable without being pitiful, and conceptual while still remaining relatable” (Gallagher, SUNY editorial).

Flanigan’s sound—an eclectic blend of progressive folk-pop and percussive finger-style—is reminiscent of the road less traveled, paved with poignant lyrical truths of his past.

Flanigan’s smoky barroom voice provides contrast to the melodic plea he unleashes with an urgency. Overall, Flanigan offers the kind of optimism that is hard-won after losing on the kind of bets that alter the trajectory of a life—bets you make on yourself, bets you make on others, bets that fail to deliver more often than they come through” (John Barry, Poughkeepsie Journal).

Here Ian Performing Give Me Color Here

Here Ian Performing There was a Time

 

Doors open at 6:00. The concert begins at 7:00. There is no charge but we ask everyone to bring a minimum $10 donation if at all possible. Refreshments will be available for purchase from 6:00 until 7:00. Enjoy great fellowship after the concert with complimentary cookies, coffee and tea. Call Carolyn for reserved seating 585.708.4212

Fall 2020 TBD Nashville’s My One and Only “Southern-Soul and Curious-Grit”

Emotionally-honest lyrics accompanied by raw vintage guitars and the intimate harmonies that only life-long lovers could discover. My One And Only reaches into the expanses of their hearts to bring up lyrics that will cause you to wonder if they have been reading your diary. Not only have they toured throughout America, but My One And Only has done two tours in Uganda, Africa, working in conjunction with a ministry there to produce youth conferences that incorporate music concerts, Bible teaching sessions and youth training. Their heart for broken families and orphaned children comes to light in their songwriting and in their between-song stories during live performances.

Meet My One and Only Video

Watch to My Rescue

Doors open at 6:00. The concert begins at 7:00. There is no charge but we ask everyone to bring a minimum $10 donation if at all possible. Refreshments will be available for purchase from 6:00 until 7:00. Enjoy great fellowship after the concert with complimentary cookies, coffee and tea. Call Carolyn for reserved seating 585.708.4212

 

 

 

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