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Next Show Sunday, February 28th @ 8pm


 Sad American Night

Sad American Night is a band that started in Kansas City and ended up in Brooklyn. Led by Gavin Snider, they write love songs and leaving songs, made­up songs and true­story songs, sad songs and hopeful songs. They draw on all sorts of American music ­ from soul to country, folk to indie rock ­ to create something that sounds familiar but is altogether new. Their music is like a hard breakup. Wait awhile, let it sink in, and it doesn’t seem so sad at all.


Leven Rambin

Leven has been a film and tv actress for 12 years and has been singing for fun all her life. Recently she began writing and recording original works with friends and this is her first musical performance!



Tom DiMenna

Tom DiMenna

Tom got his start writing and performing in a series of music videos that screened at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX. The songs were a melodic parody of the famous Godfather films, centering on such iconic characters as “Fredo Corleone,” “Moe Greene,” and “Luca Brasi.” The videos screened at SXSW in 2008 and 2010.As a live performer, Tom recently toured internationally as an opening act for the indie­rock band, Reigning Sound, doing a comedic cabaret act as the ghost of Telly Savalas. The act was a wildly absurd series of songs and stories from an “undead TV cop.” The show played off­broadway for 3 years, including a run at Joe’s Pub (The Public). Having spent most of the past few years in comedy, Tom is now interested in entering the folk/acoustic community as a singer/songwriter. His influences range from U.K. fingerstyle guitarists like Archie Fisher and Bert Jansch, to more contemporary U.S. players like Chris Smither.

Host: Carl Banks

A melodic nomad, often picking up lyrical ideas from adventures found after scratching the rambling itch. With an open-minded ear for good storytelling and without bias for genre, Carl pools his influences from a wide variety of artists. A musical raggedy man of sorts, he is most comfortable with guitar in hand and blues harp in the rack playing for 1 to 1000.


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February 21st, 2016

maraMara Stepe

Raised in Southern California on a steady diet of classic and contemporary soul, R&B, folk, and old show tunes, Mara began studying piano at age six and wrote her first full song at age 10. It was around this time that she began recordings songs from popular radio stations to cassette tapes, playing them back over and over, writing down the lyrics, studying the voices, and teaching herself to sing and play them on the piano. Her study of songs and songwriting continued in this way throughout high school, where she occasionally performed talent shows, recitals, and privately amongst friends. After graduating high school, Mara joined the Riverside City College Jazz Ensemble where she found a greater platform forperformance and study and was first introduced to the world of jazz.

Mara’s newfound love of jazz music pushed her Fiona-Apple-meets-Alicia-Keys sensibility toward Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holliday, and neo-soul singer Erykah Badu, while her writing began to take on stronger jazz elements. Mara moved to New York City in 2005 and joined the Hunter College Jazz Ensemble while earning her degree in comparative literature at CUNY Queens College and earning a living as a children’s piano teacher. She maintained her musical practice and writing throughout these years and, after graduating in 2009 and moving 90 miles north to New Paltz, New York, she began performing as a singing pianist and songwriter. She picked up regular jazz/pop gigs–both as a solo performer and in bands–at local restaurants, weddings, and small performance venues, while sharing her original material for the first time at open mic nights in the Hudson Valley. Two years later, Mara found herself back in New York City booking her first shows as a solo artist. She has resided in Brooklyn ever since and continues to perform her original music regularly throughout the city while developing her material in her home studio. Mara is currently working on recording and producing her first EP, due out in early 2015.

Yawp-sidewalkPete and the Yawptones

The Yawp Chronicles

When four professional musicians got together in Brooklyn, the result was the exciting, genre-transcending sound of Barbaric Yawp. The original compositions combine orchestrated sections reminiscent of big band swing and funk, the looseness and freedom of a jazz quartet, the funky sweet sound of soul, and bebop style unison lines all delivered with barbaric doses of blues and rock. In the words of Relix magazine’s June 2014 issue: “The quartet has developed excellent chemistry over the last two years, and the copious interplay and improvisation between the musicians always keeps the live shows interesting and electrifying.”

Barbaric Yawp began as a trio in the summer of 2011 with Peter Fabrizio on vocals and guitar, Cesare Papetti on drums, and Ray Cetta on bass. In 2014 Dan Cooper replaced Ray on bass, and saxophonist Scott Hoefling joined the group. It was this Barbaric Yawp lineup that went into Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn in early 2015 to record the first Yawp album,Listen. This debut album was released on October 30, 2015 as Barbaric Yawp hosted their first record release party at New York’s oldest rock club: The Bitter End.

January 24th, 2016


Yurby is a Dominican American Singer song writer. “Growing up in The Bronx I found many different Musical influences and my music is a melting pot of all that goodness” In her music you can hear influences from Folk rock /blues/ alternative rock and R&B. She is also the founder of BronxNoise, a non­profit Music festival that raises money for Music and Movement programs in New York city. Yurby is currently working on her debut album called “Mama Juana” set to be released this year.


putnams-pub-acoustic-sunset-wolfWolf Critton:

Endorsed by Luna, Shure & D’Addrio. featured on Magisto with over 20K views and counting, featured on Steve Harvey in the morning radio, Playing for the mayor of his city and Connecticut Style News. Singer, songwriter Wolf Critton is the artistic musician to be heard! With various collaborations and interviews with all forms of media, this street raised Iraq war veteran is reaching the ears of thousands, with his soulful sound of rock & blues.


red alert 2016 jan 24Red Alert

Red Alert is the result of two experienced musicians, Alex G – Vocals/Bass and Nelson Navarrete – Guitars, wanting to play good music.



January 17th, 2016

putnams-pub-acoustic-sunset-Liz-KellyLiz Kelly

Liz Kelly is a songwriter and multi-­instrumentalist who grew up on a fruit and vegetable farm in Massachusetts. At 11 years old she started playing the drums and by the time she was 18 already knew how to play the guitar, bass, and piano. When Liz was nineteen she went on her first nationwide tour as a drummer and backup vocalist with Bitch from Righteousbabe/Kill Rock Stars records. She has opened for acts such as Gavin Degraw, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors, and performed with musicians such as Melissa Ferrick, Jill Sobule, Travis Morrison of The Dismemberment Plan, Chris Pureka, Joan as Police Woman, and many others. In addition to performing, Liz also sang for the National TV commercial jingles for Fisher Price’s “Play, Laugh, Grow” campaign as well as Campbell’s Tomato Soup.

putnams-pub-acoustic-sunset-Brett-SaxonBrett Saxon

Brett Saxon is a Brooklyn­based songwriter. Wielding an acoustic guitar and a tight backing band, Brett sings his way through tales of longing, loneliness, and social politics. His is a particularly moody take on the folk and country traditions, pulled into the modern day bars of Brooklyn.


putnams-pub-acoustic-sunset-Jessica-FramptonJessica Frampton

Jessica Frampton is a designer, illustrator, and musician based in Brooklyn, NY. She comprises half of the band Yellow Bells as a lead vocalist and guitarist. Her sound has been described as gritty yet hopeful acoustic folk. Jessica regards artists such as The Milk Carton Kids, The Avett Brothers, Camera Obscura, and Regina Spektor as musical influences.

January 10th, 2016

putnams-pub-acoustic-sunset-the-dry-statesThe Dry States

The Dry States are a LIVE Blues Rock Trio. Soulful and honest songs about work, people & life. Original music with danceable grooves. Performing an acoustic set. 



Putnams-Unplugged-Lily-VirginiaLily Virginia:

Lily Virginia’s delicately powerful voice and carefully crafted lyrics hold a strength in their raw vulnerability. With artistic influences from all over the map (Daughter, St. Vincent, Bon Iver etc.) she plays her own brand of alternative folk-pop, bringing together americana, rock, pop, and subtle world accents, to sing her confessions and create a transcendent live experience.


Dec 27th, 2015

putnams unplugged Dec 27

Bhrigu Sahni

Bhrigu Sahni is an Indian Guitarist and Composer based out of Brooklyn, New York. A graduate from the Berklee College of Music, Bhrigu Sahni has had the honor of playing with acclaimed artists such as Angelique Kidjo, Meshell Ndegeocello, Arif Lohar, Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) and Karsh Kale.

He firmly believes in music as a catalyst for social change and works with Dharavi Rocks and Make A Difference, by teaching music to underprivileged and highly talented slum kids in Mumbai

(Dharavi) and Pune. He is currently working as composer and guitar player with various artistes (Karsh Kale, Arooj Aftab, Ayumi Ueda, Archan Nair) in addition to being a highly coveted recording artist and composer for independent and commercial cinema.

Monster Furniture

Monster Furniture is the solo project of Gabe Smoller (Trash Gendar, Black and

White Movies). Gabe writes quiet, intimate songs that explore the tricky relationship between the

fantastical and the mundane—like making dinner with a space alien, or sweeping the floor so it’s more

comfortable for that horrifying thing that lives under your bed. He has most recently finished a collection

of songs inspired by his experiences building pieces of IKEA furniture. OR 


Sisterwives is the one-man recording/performing project of NC ­native Taylor Rogers. It’s taken many forms

over the years, from blown out rock n’ roll, to low­key acoustic introspection, to lush bed­room psychedelia. But

despite the rotating cast of collaborators and restless stylistic shifts, one thing remains a constant: Taylor’s

unique voice as a songwriter.­etc­etc­so­on­and­so­forth

December 20th, 2015

putnams unplugged Dec 20

Just a quick clip of the fantastic music at last Sunday’s Unplugged. Join us again this Sunday Nov. 8th at 8pm.

Posted by Putnam’s Pub & Cooker on Thursday, November 5, 2015

Nov 15th,  2015

The-TootheThe Toothe

The Toothe are a psychedelic-apocalyptic folk sensation from NYC. They sound very pretty, but don’t get suckered in; despite their tuneful melodies and intricate harmonies, these songs pack a weighty punch. Alternately hilarious, dark, and moving, their well-crafted tunes are instantly memorable. Known for their captivating, high-energy live performances, The Toothe have travelled up and down the Eastern Seaboard with their music, capturing the hearts and eardrums of everyone they encounter. What the future holds for this band is uncertain, but there is no doubt that they will continue to expand into uncharted musical territory, paving their own way.

The TillsThe Tills

Concerning their live shows, an astute critic once wrote: “The Tills play every song like rock ‘n’ roll was just discovered, and their veins run with undiluted caffeine.” True words indeed. Chaotic, unpredictable, but above all FUN, The Tills on-stage chemistry and 60’s garage-rock stylings have made them North Carolina legends. But it’s not just the blaring electric guitars and live theatrics that make them special, these guys write SONGS. I mean absolute pop classics. And when they are stripped down to the acoustic roots, their true beauty becomes readily apparent.


Sisterwives is the one-man recording/performing project of NC-native Taylor Rogers. It’s taken many forms over the years, from blown out rock n’ roll, to low-key acoustic introspection, to lush bed-room psychedelia. But despite the rotating cast of collaborators and restless stylistic shifts, one thing remains a constant: Taylor’s unique voice as a songwriter.

November 8th, 2015


Shlomo Franklin:

Shlomo Franklin grew up on a farm milking cows in Bethel, New York. He soon developed his own style of music inspired by the neighboring grounds of Woodstock. His musical influence includes Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Nirvana and Johnny Cash. Shlomo Franklin is favorably recognized by his smile, kindness and warmth he sheds onto every person he meets.



Pete Ayers (solo)

The Pete Ayres Band specializes in pop/soul and R&B, playing electric live shows at the Bowery Ballroom, the Mercury Lounge and Rockwood Music Hall. The band will release their second album, Til I See You, in June 2015. Their 2012 debut album entitled Ordinary Friend is available on iTunes.

The group, naturally led by frontman Peter Ayres hails from a cross-section of New York City and their native St. Louis yet creates music that is at once appealing to a large swath of society. The band was founded in 2011 by Ayres, and was originally formed in St. Louis, MO. After graduating from Webster University in 2011 with a degree in Jazz Vocal Performance, Ayres moved to New York City where he resides today.

Adam-YehudaAdam Yehuda

Adam is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Queens, New York. After spending his younger years between homes in Queens and Manhattan, Adam began exploring and cultivating his talents; working with a number of underground artists and independent producers to define his artistic identity.

Currently, Adam has his sights set on performing at some of the city’s most reputable and deep-rooted venues. Adam’s soulful music is reminiscent of the energy and style exhibited by Jeff Buckley, Chris Isaak and Amy Winehouse.

November 1st, 2015

Putnams-Unplugged-Lily-VirginiaLily Virginia:

Lily Virginia’s delicately powerful voice and carefully crafted lyrics hold a strength in their raw vulnerability. With artistic influences from all over the map (Daughter, St. Vincent, Bon Iver etc.) she plays her own brand of alternative folk-pop, bringing together americana, rock, pop, and subtle world accents, to sing her confessions and create a transcendent live experience.


Putnams-Unplugged-obviously-offbeatObviously offbeat’s Kevin Koehler:

“Obviously Offbeat has a rock and roll core, though a wide variety of influences permeate the mantle and crust.”




Putnams-Unplugged-Sim-RossSim Ross:

Coming together over a common desire to play earnest, heartfelt music, Sim Ross and the Redemption incorporate a roots rock, Americana inspired sound with rugged, yet poignant vocals.