by Ramona LaBarre
December and the change of Light brings a time of both reflection on the past, and a forward view to what’s ahead.
2018 brought many more changes in one year to our venue than has been seen in the club’s 43 years in operation. A highly successful campaign to replace our original tables; remodeling to our front counter area, improving both functionality and appearance; a video screen in the lobby generously donated by Phil Forchelli and City Entertainment; replacement of the air-conditioning to a quiet and more energy-saving system; a focus on improvements in our sound room; and last but not least, our new website was launched this week.
Our Board President Dina Hall worked with 3Seed Marketing, Design & Interactive and CITRO Digital for the past 10 months on this project. Dina: “The focus of the new site remains dedicated to our mission and our vision, with easier navigation and a cleaner, responsive design. At the same time, we’ve improved the ticket-buying experience on mobile and desktop devices. Our volunteers will continue to maintain the site, as always.” Our volunteers being, in this instance, Dina along with Mark Gibson. We hope you’ll take note of Dina’s fabulous graphic design work throughout our public communications – continuing to keep Godfrey’s image and message exclusive, current, smart, and inviting, both to our friends who are familiar with the venue, and also to new folks whose attendance is important to the future of the club.
All of these improvements happen thanks to your donations, your membership support, your volunteer hours, and attendance to our concert events.
We’re grateful also to the artists who include Godfrey Daniels on their tour stops and perform on our stage. Luminaries such as Kim Wilson, Tom Paxton & The DonJuans, Catie Curtis, David Bromberg, and Bill Miller; international artists Lynne Miles and Lynne Hanson from Canada, Ireland’s Connla, and Bakithi Kumalo; perennial favorites John Gorka, Chris Smither and Steve Forbert. 2019 brings the return of Lucy Kaplansky, the debut of Erin McKeown, Suzzy Roche with Lucy Wainwright Roche, Tish Hinojosa, Patty Larkin, and more.
Where would we be without the monthly jams every Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, staffed by dedicated volunteers, many of whom have been hosting their event for decades? Labors of love for an iconic venue, to have a space in which to tell stories, share community, and make music – that sweetness which holds the power to heal and to illuminate.
While it is impossible to list every name here, we acknowledge and recall each of those individuals who have contributed their time and energy since March of 1976, and who continue to give, to make Godfrey Daniels the intimate and cherished performance space it is today. The gratitude and love are reciprocal, the door is always open, and the light is always on.
Thank You, each and every one. Happy New Year. May 2019 hold more music and live performance than ever before.