A Folk & Acoustic Music Coffeehouse Since 1973

Concerts at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern St., West Hartford, CT*
860-770-3001•Credit/Debit Cards Accepted at the Door

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The Sounding Board is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1973 to present and preserve folk music in all its forms in the Greater Hartford area



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Saturday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.

Inspired by the big band swing era, the Quintette du Hot Club de France, and early American folk music, Caravan of Thieves took shape in the early 2008. Starting with a handful of original songs in this new style and filling out their sound with upright bass, violin, an occasional accordion and any other willing participant they could recruit along the way. By the end of their first year, the Caravan began to gain recognition for their distinctive musical vision, released their debut full-length album, Bouquet (2009), and took the show and growing cast of characters on the road, sharing stages with a variety of artists such as Emmylou Harris, Dan Hicks, The Decemberists, Keb Mo, Tom Tom Club, Punch Brothers, and many others. They successfully connected with audiences on each of these diverse bills.


Three more CDs followed and continued building on the concept. The live performance now covers a wide dynamic range and appeal with each show flowing seamlessly from intimate acoustic duets to entertaining and exciting junk percussion jams to big audience stomp, clap and sing-alongs.


Driven to consistently entertain the audience, in concert and on studio recordings, the band built a community of listeners who can be involved in our show and our creative process in some way. These elements allow the band and its music to be alive, have a soul.


$22 general, $20 members,
$12 students with ID, $10 children 12 & under

“If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton's house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired.”

 "I'm An Old Cowhand" – The Hot Flashes

 "Dead Wrong" – Caravan of Thieves


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Saturday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.

Spuyten Duyvil's brand of original and traditional American roots music blends old-time, blues, second line, bluegrass and folk with a pinch of punk rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix.


Based in Yonkers, New York and led by songwriting couple of Mark Miller and Beth Kaufman, this six-piece powerhouse band brings barnburning energy to The Sounding Board stage. You'll enjoy their interpretations of the music of Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, Woody Guthrie and Big Bill Broonzy, as well as their own original songs.


$18 general, $16 members,
$10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under

“Infused with blues,
smoked with folk.”

                                          – No Depression

 "Hot Time in the Old Town" – Spuyten Duyvil

Also coming soon...

Portable Folk Festival (5/20/17)

Bill Staines (9/9/17)

Roy Zimmerman (9/23/17)

Jez Lowe (10/7/17)

Ed Trickett (11/4/17)

John McCutcheon (11/18/17)

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Please make reservations using the online form or by email. You can also make a reservation by sending a text to 860-770-3001.

If you really feel the need to make your reservation by a traditional phone call, dial 860-770-3001 and leave a voice mail with your name, the concert you wish to attend, and the number of people in your party. The Sounding Board does not confirm reservations made by phone or text.

Reservations must be made before 3:30 p.m. on the day of the concert. Reservations must be claimed at the admissions table by 7:15 on the night of the performance.

Please do not call the church for reservations or Sounding Board information. The Sounding Board is not affiliated with The Universalist Church and only rents the hall where we hold our concerts.