Oct 22: House concert with Layla Frankel and Brad Yoder

A little folk, a bit of blues, a smattering of soul.  Please join us for another great show in the Putting Down Roots Occasional House Concert Series!  This time, we are proud to present Chicago-based singer-songwriter Layla Frankel, along with local favorite Brad Yoder.

Layla's music is a blend of blues, folk, and soul sounds featuring expressive vocals that bring to mind Bonnie Raitt and Nora Jones.  

Raised in a musical family in Chicago, Layla has been delighting audiences of all ages for as long as she can remember.  A performer from a young age, she played with her father Joel both on stage and on his children's records.  As a teenager, with formal training in choirs and a range of musical influences, Layla began composing songs and quickly developed her own vocal style.  At the University of Illinois, she started as a jazz studies major, but soon realized that her passion lay in songwriting as well as music.  She began to focus on creative writing and poetry while also singing in big bands and jazz combos -- gaining experience as a songwriter and band leader.

Honing her craft as a songwriter, she recorded a debut EP, Tame the Fox -- music conceived during a 600-mile hike along the Israel National Trail, carrying a backpack and a copy of The Little Prince (which inspired the title).  

Layla Frankel performs in Chicago as a solo artist but is often accompanied by her full band consisting of bass, drums, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, and backup vocals. Her debut six-track EP, "Tame the Fox" was released in April 2017.

Opening for Layla will be local singer-songwriter Brad Yoder!  We'll enjoy a taste of Brad’s unique mix of humorous, poetic, political, funky and edgy original songs, covering a musical range from folk to indie rock (with unexpected musical and lyrical twists) which has earned him a loyal following ranging from kids to retirees.  

House concert at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 for an optional potluck) at our home in Squirrel Hill.  Directions and other info will come after you RSVP -- and please do RSVP even if you know your way!  RSVP by email to maren dot cooke at gmail dot com with "concert" in the Subject line, with name(s) of attendees -- and/or via the Eventbrite notice that will appear soon, if you're on the email list for Sustainability Salons (email me with "salon" in the Subject line if you'd like to be added!)  Suggested donation is $10-15 (goes to the performers;  we won't use Eventbrite tickets but we will be passing the proverbial hat)

Previous Putting Down Roots house concerts have included Two of a KindMike AgranoffSparky & Rhonda RuckerPutnam SmithKen Gaines and the Squirrel Hillbillies, and Randal Bays & Davey Mathias.  And coming up on December 1st, we'll welcome Michael Holt!  We also host a regular monthly environmental education event called Sustainability Salons;  the next one is on October 21st.  

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