Virtual House Concert Series

There’s a whole lot of great music bottled up at home right now with nowhere to go, a mess of creativity hiding under the bed…. and it’s time to enjoy it!  Kid Pan Alley presents the “Because We Have Music” series featuring some of the finest musicians mostly from Virginia —  Sunday evenings at 7pm.  Hosted by KPA’s Paul Reisler & Cheryl Toth, each concert will feature local artists performing from their homes in an “in-the-round” format. Past concerts have included Tom Paxton, Kathy Mattea, Darrell Scott, John McCutcheon and many others. Read the article in the Rappahannock News.

To get the intimacy of an in-person house concert, we’ll have a “virtual living room” where a small audience can ask questions and talk live with the musicians.  These seats are limited, so sign up below to snag one! Everyone else can RSVP below to watch live on Facebook.

Grab a drink and some favorite snacks, put your feet up, and get inspired by the songs and the stories behind them — Sundays nights at 7pm.  The concerts are free, but there will be a virtual tip jar if you’d like to show your appreciation to the musicians.  

Sunday, October 25th at 7pm (EST) • Livestream concert of jazz and gospel with Stephanie Nakasian, Stan Engebretson & Taisha Estrada, and hosts Paul Reisler & Cheryl Toth.
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Artist Bios

Stephanie Nakasian came to international attention in the mid-80s when she sang and toured with the vocal jazz master Jon Hendricks and Company – what she considers her “vocal jazz apprenticeship.”   She’s recorded over a dozen albums and worked with some jazz greats including Phil Woods, Dick Hyman and Jim Cullum.

The Washington Post said she, “Swings and scats with authority… Evoking Ella and Sarah without sounding overly derivative.”  And according to the New York Times she processes a “Vocal virtuosity…broad range of material that showed her assurance on easygoing ballads, soft, Brazilian scat singing, and punchy pop songs.”

Dr. Stan Engebretson came to George Mason University in 1990 as the Director of Choral Studies.  He is the Artistic Director of the National Philharmonic Chorale as well the Director of Music at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church (Lincoln Church) where he conducts and plays extensive jazz and gospel styles plus classical repertoire on piano and organ. Taisha Estrada is a Puerto Rican singer/songwriter. Singing and playing piano since the age of 9, she is an experienced performer of all genres, but some of her favorites include Latin, Jazz, Rock and Blues.

Paul Reisler has written more songs than the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Stephen Foster combined—somewhere north of 3,000 compositions thanks in no small part to his army of 65,000 short Kid Pan Alley collaborators as well a handful of Grammy-winning co-writers. Artists including Sissy Spacek, Raul Malo, Darrell Scott, Cracker, Corey Harris, Jesse Winchester, Lisa Loeb and many others have recorded his songs. He’ll be joined by vocalist Cheryl Toth.