Welcome to the Grass Roots Coffeehouse

Grass Roots Coffeehouse


2018 Concert Series


Saturday March 10

Redwood Hill

REDWOOD HILL is a group of friends who have banded together to pay tribute to Bluegrass music’s legendary Country Gentlemen, a group highly acclaimed as one of the most important progressive Bluegrass bands for their unique blend of folk and Bluegrass music.

Hailing from Neversink, New York, Keith Edwards (guitar) has an extensive background in Bluegrass music, playing in several groups including The Feinberg Brothers , Straight Drive, and currently as the bass player for Zink & Co. As a big fan of Charlie Waller, lead singer/guitarist for the Country Gentlemen, Keith plays guitar with Redwood Hill.

Called “simply the best Bluegrass bass fiddle player in New England” by the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association, Lillian Fraker from Lanesboro, Massachusetts is well known in New England Bluegrass circles. Lillian has played in several bands including The Bear Bridge Band, The Old Time Bluegrass Singers, Girl Howdy and Tex's Troubadours.

Dave “Tex” Orlomoski (mandolin) is a native son of Canterbury, CT currently making his home in Barkhamsted, CT. A multi instrumentalist in his own right he is currently a member of the Seth Sawyer Band. He is the founder of Tex’s Troubadours, and one half of the Bear Minimum duo . Previous bands include The Bear Bridge Band , Shady Creek & Grass Routes.

Growing up in western Massachusetts and now residing in Belmont, New Hampshire, multi-instrumentalist Dave Shaw (banjo) has a lifetime of experience in country and Bluegrass music. A founding member of the Bear Bridge Band, Dave currently plays in The Seth Sawyer Band, NewFound Grass, and teams up with his longtime singing partner & friend Dave “Tex” Orlomoski in Bear Minimum.


Saturday April  14

The Stable Hands

This foursome have been friends for many years now. They had been playing music together casually until they were invited to play on the main stage opening up at the Norwich Festival in N.Y. in 2010 and then again 2011. Then they made the decision to take their music a little further. Being presented with more musical opportunities have allowed them to grow artistically as well as musically.

The group consists of Rick Baskowski on banjo, Janet Baskowski on guitar, Sue Connolly on bass, and Tom Connelly on mandolin.  Rick has been writing original songs and arrangements for the band and when they are not doing originals by Rick, they perform originals by other very talented artists; some they know personally and some who are acquaintances . Either way, each tune chosen has a personal understanding or meaning to the band. They consider the music an art form that can sometimes have a traditional, but also a contemporary sound . The hope is to touch at least one individual who may be listening and will get some joy in what they hear . The band strives to improve with each note played, but most of all, they enjoy the music and each individual that they share it with. It's about having fun and loving what they do!


Saturday May 12

Blackstone Valley Bluegrass

new pic and bio coming soon!


Tonight Blackstone Valley Bluegrass begins a new chapter.  After nearly 20 years, our original mandolinist Dan Nowlan has retired.  We now welcome Tim St. Jean to BVB!  Tim is someone we've known for many years.  He will bring his fine mandolin playing and singing, and also will be adding some fiddle and original songs to the mix.  We wish Dan well, and look forward to working with Tim. 

All shows start at 7:30 PM; doors open at 6:45

Hot food, beverages and dessert available before the show and during intermission.

Admission: $15/$10 seniors 65+ & members/$5 students/under 5 free

Seating is on a first come/first serve basis.

Parking is limited, please be considerate of our neighbors as the streets are narrow.  DO NOT BLOCK ANY DRIVEWAYS PLEASE!


Street parking on Ash St., and other side streets in the area is available.


Thanks to Krissy Dick, Jean Taylor, Pam Betts and all the folks from Rockdale Congregational Church who support the coffeehouse, run the kitchen and bring in great food for all to enjoy!                       

7:30 PM doors open at 6:45
Hot food, beverages and dessert available!

Admission: $15/$10 seniors 60+ & members/$5 full-time students/under 5 free
The Grass Roots Coffeehouse is located at the Rockdale Congregational Church, 42 Fowler Road in Northbridge, MA
For more info email aplandbob@aol.com or call 617-429-0347

The Grass Roots Coffeehouse was formed around the year 2000 to promote Bluegrass music in the Blackstone Valley and to provide a comfortable place for the community to enjoy great music.  The first few shows were benefits to help in the restoration of the Rockdale Congregational Church and it's parsonage.  We have had many great artists come and play and hope to continue to keep the doors of our church open to the community.  We are entirely volunteer run by members of the Rockdale Congregational Church.  The concerts are held in our function room, with the exception of the annual "Christmas in the Valley" concert which is held in the sanctuary.  We offer hot foods like chili or soups, sometimes other dishes too, plus great desserts, and of course, coffee!! 

Other artists who have performed at Grass Roots:

Grass Routes Bluegrass

Phil Rosenthal

Howie Newman

Bob Amos

Slograss          Click here Slograss performing "Song My Heart Sings" at Grass Roots Coffeehouse!

huck & Mud

The Pine Hill Ramblers

Erica Brown

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