May 9: Ellen Bukstel w/ David Glaser

4444 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, VA
Music at 8:00 pm
Buy tickets here (or at the door)

"Ellen continues to be one of the most inspiring and talented singer/songwriters working today." - Christine Lavin

A veteran to the stage since childhood and with close to 50 songwriting awards and acknowledgements to her credit, Ellen Bukstel challenges her listeners to laugh, dig deep and embrace the wild emotional roller coaster we call life with every daring turn of phrase a rare, bold, real deal mavericka multi-faceted break the mold original that lays her emotions bare, puts her passions on the line and, without fear, makes the world perk up and pay attention. Drawing from a rich lifetime of personal experiences, she brings hope, laughter, tears, biting wit and inspiration to everything she records and performs.

A consummate artist whose community activism and musical vibe harkens back to the 60seven as she addresses the world, often in provocative terms, very much in present tense inspiring and exciting fans with her straight talking, heart on her sleeve, from her soul to yours lyrics. Those who have heard her musicincluding the full sweep of the 15 tracks on her independent debut album Daddy's Little Girlquickly agree with pop superstar Michael Bolton, who calls Ellen "an amazing artist and spirit." But they seriously have no idea whether to laugh or cry. The good news is, they can do both, drying their tears the minute she angles for their funny bone.

Frequently hilarious, she writes about everything from menopause and voting in South Florida, then tugs the heartstrings on poignant pieces about love and loss that try to find meaning in the world. On songs like "Wooden Box" and "Grow Up And Change The World," she comes to terms as best she can with the tragedy that inspired her to begin her songwriting journey: losing her beloved husband Doug Segal, a hemophiliac who contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion and died in 1988 at age 36. For Bukstel, music has been a way of expressing her strong opinionsand while some reduce her listeners to tears, others come out hysterically funny.

"David's songs are like the gentle tap of a velvet hammer on the bell of your heart." - David Morreale

An award winning songwriter and instrumentalist, David Glaser has been recording and playing live music from the 70's forward, either as a solo artist, a band member, or a side man. In recent years David has been making his presence felt as a solo artist in the acoustic/folk songwriter scene. You may have seen him on the Main Stage at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival (Kerrville, TX) or Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Hillsdale NY). David's 2nd solo CD, "Cars & Lovers" (2009) played well on Folk Radio with the popular titles "Picture in My Car" and "House in Baltimore". David's songs are lush and evocative, and are delivered with the solid stage presence of a seasoned, accomplished performer. His versatile guitar, mandolin, and harmony singing skills have made him a sought after side man and studio musician. He has performed regularly with Lowen & Navarro, Dan Navarro, Stephanie Corby, and Bob Sima, among others. David's newest CD, "Caffeine & Nicotine", is completed and will be released shortly. David is also currently working on an all cover CD of songs written by his friends, and a live-in-studio "best of" CD for release in the immediate future.