May is Music Month for State Rep Jay Kaufman's 'Open House' Series

Acclaimed folk musicians David Roth and Hugh Moffatt to appear in successive weeks.


The following was provided on behalf of state Rep. Jay Kaufman, D-Lexington.

State Rep. Jay Kaufman's award-winning public policy forum, "Open House", provides a special treat this month, with back to back folk concerts on Tuesday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 14, both to be held 7 p.m. at the historic Depot in Lexington Center.

Joining Kaufman for the first Open House, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, will be singer/songwriter David Roth.

Kaufman met Roth at WUMB radio's "Summer Acoustic Music Week" last August, took his songwriting class, enjoyed his music, appreciated his spontaneity, sense of humor and politics, and is thrilled to host him for an evening of song and celebration. Roth’s songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books, the Kennedy Center, NASA’s Space Shuttle “Atlantis,” Peter, Paul, & Mary concerts, the Kingston Trio’s new CD, and two songbooks and twelve CDs of his own. He is poignant to improbable, holistic to hilarious, and anything can happen. He might describe this as a "Town Meeting with a soundtrack."

The following week, on Tuesday, May 14, Kaufman will host singer/songwriter Hugh Moffatt for the second concert and conversation of the month. 

The list of artists who have recorded Moffatt’s songs includes Jerry Lee Lewis, Ronnie Milsap, Alabama, Dolly Parton, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Johnny Cash, plus many others from all styles of music. He has released nine CDs and toured extensively around the world, although May 14 marks one of his rare New England appearances. He puts words and music together to create works of beauty and genuine emotional impact in styles ranging from folk music to opera. Kaufman has been known to quote lines from Moffatt’s songs in his public life and in his teaching. 

Both concerts and conversations will be held at the Depot in Lexington Center, beginning at 7 p.m., and both are free. They continue a tradition of occasional music evenings to complement the usual policy and political discussions that have marked the 18 years of the forum series.


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