Fire Museum Presents: Chuck Johnson, Laura Baird & Eric Carbonara
Saturday, August 1st 7:30 PM
$7-10 sliding scale

Chuck Johnson (Oakland, CA) is a composer and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards the faults and instabilities that reveal latent beauty, and with a focus on American Primitive guitar, experimental electronics, and “folk minimalist” composition.

Chuck Johnson began playing fingerstyle acoustic guitar in the early 1990’s, inspired by the North Carolina Piedmont blues of Elizabeth Cotten, Rev. Gary Davis, and Etta Baker, as well as the ‘American Primitive”approach to steel string guitar as a solo concert instrument.

Laura Baird (Philadelphia) is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and recording engineer. Since 2001 she has performed and recorded as The Baird Sisters with her sister, Meg Baird. She enjoys crossing and blending genres like folk, pop, classical, and electronic, and frequently collaborates with other artists and musicians who work in and between these genres.

Join us as she explores a new direction in her work, which she will perform in part on two handmade instruments: the ribcage kalimba and the bass zither.

Eric Carbonara (Philadelphia) is a guitarist, composer, and audio engineer currently based in Philadelphia. His reverence for raw and honest aural expression has led him far and wide, composing works that embrace noise, improvisation, and aleatoric elements for the guitar.

Carbonara’s work stems from the belief that music is a vehicle for self expression and universal truth, a belief shared by his teacher, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. His playing weaves a variety of traditional forms producing a kind of exalted pidgin style in which one can recognize influences of Hindustani slide guitar music, Andalusian Roma-Flamenco, and 20th-century guitar compositions yet find it difficult to pinpoint any singular derivative source.

Carbonara has released 7 solo/duet albums and has been featured on many compilations from labels including VHF, Locust Music, Tompkins Square, and Majumua Music, among others. In March of 2014, Carbonara released Tributes and Diatribes with harpist Jesse Sparhawk on VHF Records.



Fire Museum Presents : Fursaxa, Lori Goldston, Readmoore Bookes
Sunday, August 2nd 7:30 PM
$7-10 sliding scale

Fursaxa (Upstate PA) is Tara Burke. Formerly a member of the Siltbreeze band UN, Tara started her Fursaxa project in 1999 after Un disbanded. After being a long time resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tara decided to leave the “city of brotherly love” for the touring life. So from April 2005-April 2006 she toured extensively throughout the UK, the USA, and Europe with friends and fellow musicians Jack Rose, Sharron Kraus, Alexander Tucker, Christina Carter, Marcia Bassett, and Spires That in the Sunset Rise, to name a few. For her live performances she uses mostly looped vocals, flutes, and percussion, a Casio keyboard, guitar, and mandolin, in an attempt to transport her audience into the ethereal realms. Tara has recently been collaborating with several other musicians. She is in Anahita (with Espers member Helena Espvall), Tau Emerald (with Sharron Kraus), and Sepviva Bells (with Grant Acker). In September of 2006 Fursaxa was part of “The Valerie Project”, which is a live soundtrack for the 1970 Czech film “Valerie and Her Week of Wonders”. Currently, Fursaxa is playing and recording her music in the rural hills of Pennsylvania. – Last FM

Lori Goldston (Seattle):

Classically trained and rigorously de-trained, possessor of a restless, semi-feral spirit, Lori Goldston is a cellist, composer, improvisor, producer, writer and teacher from Seattle. Her voice as a cellist, amplified or acoustic, is full, textured, committed and original. A relentless inquirer, she wanders recklessly across borders that separate genre, discipline, time and geography, performing in clubs, cafes, galleries, arenas, concert halls, sheds, ceremonies, barbecues, and stadiums.

Current and former collaborators and/or bosses include Earth, Nirvana, Mirah, Jessika Kenney, Ilan Volkov, Eyvind Kang, Stuart Dempster, David Byrne, Terry Riley, Jherek Bischoff, Malcom Goldstein, Matana Roberts, Dana Reason, Lonnie Holley, Cat Power, Ellen Fullman, Mike Gamble, Mik Quantius, Embryo, Secret Chiefs 3, Marisa Anderson, Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto, Tara Jane O’Neil, Natacha Atlas, Broken Water, Ed Pias, Byron Au Young, Christian Rizzo, Threnody Ensemble, Cynthia Hopkins, 33 Fainting Spells, Vanessa Renwick, Mark Mitchell and Lynn Shelton.

Her work has been commissioned by and/or performed at the Kennedy Center, Frye Art Museum, Portland’s Time Based Art Festival (TBA), WNYC, The New Foundation, Northwest Film Forum, On the Boards, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Jewish Film Festival, Bumbershoot, Crossing Border Festival, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Stone, Wayward Music Series, Oregon State University, Northwest Folklife, University of Chicago Film Studies Center, One Reel Film Festival and throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has received awards from Meet the Composer, Artist Trust, 4 Culture and Seattle Arts Commission, and has taught at the University of Washington, EMP, Idyllwild Arts Academy, the Vera Project and the Bush School.

Sir Readmoore Bookes (Philadelphia):

Electric 12 string guitar, music box, baritone voice, miserable ballads yodeling against the apocalypse.


‘Diggin Deep: A Plant Medicine  Workshop Series at RTR

‘Diggin Deep is a Plant Medicine Workshop Summer Series located (most of the time) in the backyard oasis of The Random Tea Room and Curiosity Shop.

June 7 – Spring Tonics, Wild Foods and Adaptogens

Healing medicine is all around us! Learn how to identify common wild edible and medicinal plants as we walk through Liberty Lands and the surrounding neighborhood outside the Random Tea Room. We’ll be discussing common edible plants like dandelion, burdock, cleavers, chickweed, and nettles, share recipes and samples, and discuss herbal preparations to support wellness throughout the spring and summer seasons – including support for common seasonal ills like allergies, sluggish digestion, stress, and exhaustion.

June 21 – Plant Spirit Meditation
Through exploratory, hands-on games and guided meditations with live plants, teas and flower essences, we’ll explore how to cultivate our sensory capacity to receive insight from the plants. A unique day of delving deep into the esoteric and experiential, this workshop will have you questioning just how communicative plants really are! Quiet your mind, re-ignite your intuition, and open yourself up to receive teachings from the plant world! (Participants will take home a plant to work with from City Planter).
July 5 – Herbal First Aid
Burns, sprains, fevers, aches, upset stomachs – learn how to use herbs to remedy simple first aid complaints. We’ll be discussing plants that every herbal first aid kit should have on hand and discuss how to build a useful kit.
July 19 – Food as Medicine – Preparing Healing Cuisine
Learn to support your body, spirit, and mind by harmonizing your diet with the seasons. Based on the principles and energetics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, we’ll explore which foods and herbs to rely upon and share recipes for creating healing and delicious dishes and explore the medicinal properties of many commonly found kitchen herbs and spices already at your stove-side!
August 9 – Natural Bodycare
What we put on our body is just as important as what we put in it! Learn how to make natural body care products that uplift the senses with natural scents and are devoid of harsh chemicals and dyes. We’ll explore recipes for making tooth powder, natural deodorant, herbal massage oils, and salves.
August 23 – Plant Energetics
A nuts-and-bolts type of class, this workshop will ground our understanding of herbs in the language of traditional Western herbalism, energetics (hot – cold – damp – dry), and tissue states, giving us a scientific and intuitive framework for working with new and familiar plants. We’ll learn how to classify an herb’s actions in the body, learn various physical conditions, and create a continuum of comparison for working with plants – i.e. what’s hotter ginger or cayenne – and how is this important? A great class for those looking to blend the scientific and the intuitive aspects of learning.
The herbalists of yore based their knowledge of healing upon a joint understanding of the planets and the plants, often making elaborate tables of correspondences that associated each planet with a mineral, stone, color, herb, etc. In this class, we’ll learn the archetypes of each planet and astrological sign and how this can illuminate our understanding of plant energetics and how to work with them on the emotional and spiritual realm. We’ll taste tinctures of plants under the sign of their rulership and enjoy time for reflection, meditation, and sharing.