On Friday, the Re: Create Arts Initiative store is providing an experience that owner Jandi Goshert has described as “cozy, intimate, no pressure.” On June 17, Goshert will showcase four local musicians.
“I’m calling them "Live Little Shows" at Re:Create, because it is a very intimate venue,” she said.
Re:Create is an eclectic reused art supplies store, tucked away behind H&R Block on Cumberland Street. The space bursts to the brim with recycled items from beads to yarn.
“We’re going to smash everything back, all the retail stuff out of the way,” said Goshert laughing, “We’re going to dim the lights, we’re going to have some candles and BYOB.”
She said her inspiration for the "Live Little Shows" was part of her attempt to bring music to downtown Lebanon.
“We were doing open mic night, and we weren’t having such great success drawing crows or musicians,” said Goshert.
Her hope is that the "Little Live Shows" will bring out different crowds and local musicians.
The show lineup includes musicians from the Lebanon and Lancaster counties. Headlining the first showcase is Wayward & Down, from north of Lancaster, who Goshert described as “country folk mixed with other stuff thrown in there.” Also in the lineup is Evan Flemming Buck, member of the group Blind Scout. The band formed at Lebanon Valley College, but has their home base in Lancaster. Buck will perform solo, but in the folk style of his band.
Dee Ebling is the shows other solo performer. The singer/songwriter was born in Lebanon, but got her start in Boulder, Colo. Ebling toured across Australia, but decided to come back to Lebanon for a quieter life. Recently she decided to come back to music.
“It’s kind of her return to the stage,” Goshert said.
The fourth performer is November Lounge. The group formed at Lebanon Valley College and was featured on FlipSidePA.com’s Sound Lab. Their sound is what Goshert called, “indy jazz rock.”
The showcase will be four hours of music. In addition to music, Goshert said there will be free crafting in the stores craft room for any who might like to get creative or are inspired by the music. All ages are welcome.
This Friday is only the jumping off point for the "Little Live Shows."
“We’re going to see how it goes,” said Goshert, “So far I have three concerts scheduled throughout the summer.”
She said her plan is to have themes for each show. Her July lineup includes four jazz performers - Dennis Easter, Luther Tyree, Bob Valgenti and Mike Guerrisi.
“In August, we have kind of an American folk thing going on,” said Goshert.
The August lineup includes Streamline, Dave LeFever and Olds Sleeper. She has already begun work on her September show and says it will follow the theme of experimental music, but is open to all genres.
Goshert said she’s excited about the direction the Lebanon arts’ scene is headed.
“I’m just hoping to bring some live music and to support local musicians,” she said.
The "Live Little Shows" will be every third Friday of the month. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Re: Create Arts Initiative store is located at 828 Cumberland St. in the rear of H&R Block next to the Farmers Market. Parking will be available for the showcase at the Ninth Street Parking Lot.