Sit Down and Enjoy a “Grooveable Feast”

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010 11:28am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Want to have dinner with some really cool indie musicians and then watch exclusive live performances? That’s what Baristaville’s husband and wife producers Martin and Jude Folkman had in mind when they hatched the idea of the new series of eight ½-hour video episodes called Grooveable Feast.

Folkman and Folkman — who’ve headed up The Independent Music Awards for the past ten years — created this online program to offer viewers a “fly-on-the-wall” perspective, as singer-songwriter host Richard Julian conducts intimate, freewheeling and engaging conversations with Suzanne Vega, Somi, Josh Ritter, Hoots & Hellmouth (pictured above),  Amy Correia, Dirtfoot, Jim Campilongo and Jesse Harris.

According to Martin Folkman, the idea was born over a casual dinner in May 2009, before an Independent Music Awards event at Symphony Space, when several artists chatted about their own personal experiences. After the dinner, the idea was hatched to develop a format that allowed musicians to tell the stories of their careers, influences, trials and tribulations.

“Musicians have to work so hard at marketing themselves, constantly — both on stage and off. They often remain in their public persona, and people don’t really know who they are,” said Folkman. “This series allows viewers to peek through a keyhole, and see the real people behind the music.” He added, as an example, that the band Hoots & Hellmouth didn’t notice the economic downturn because they had been living in one of their own for so long.

As host, Julian chats with each artist or band, and then watches with the viewer as they perform in the same intimate “dinner with a friend” setting, each from a different NY restaurant. A new episode debuts every other Wednesday. They’ve aired Suzanne Vega (at right with Julian), so far. View it here.

Tomorrow, 11/3, the program will meet Hoots & Hellmouth, a Philadelphia-based group whose style blends “the twisted roots of American music in a fierce and fiery alchemy.” Watch it here.

Folkman suggests viewers watch the episodes in full-screen for maximum “hi-fi” enjoyment. The show also streams on Facebook.


  1. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  November 02, 2010 @ 11:59 am

    What’s happening with me? I was ready to start making fun of the Grooveable Feast story but I went in the site and liked it. I did have to endure a lot hipster facial hair and Buddy Holly glasses watching it but I do admit it is interesting concept.

    One of the best concepts was the Pat DiNizio Living Room concerts (Smithereens) where he would come to your home or yard and play an acoustic show.

  2. POSTED BY Right of Center  |  November 02, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

    I watched the first interview with Suzanne Vega. Not one morsel of food passed any lips. I suppose that’s probably a good thing. When I read about this idea i thought, “who want’s to watch other people eat”? Unless you know the people involved or are eating yourself, watching others eat can be fairly gross. But then I thought maybe it’s a terrific idea and breaking bread for real during an interview will open up the interviewee in some way. But they didn’t eat, so who knows?

    The interview was fairly standard though comfortably chatty. She sings two songs as well. They did that currently in-fashion thing of bobbing and weaving the camera to a motion-sickening effect during the songs (which I can’t stand).

    I like Vega and it was nice to hear her sing a different version of Gypsy. But what struck me is that the song is so specific to being 20 something I don’t think it works very well coming out of a 40 something.

  3. POSTED BY jlipton  |  November 03, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

    Wow! Just watched the second episode of Grooveable Feast with Richard Julian and Hoots & Hellmouth.

    Tasty-looking BBQ from Brooklyn Fette Sau (no wonder Zagat’s is a sponsor of the show) and interesting conversation about the American landscape, community supported farming and how the economic downturn has little affect on folks (like artists) that already live below the poverty line.

    Food for thought. Killer performances too. I signed up for VIP access at to get bonus content and to view new episodes before they air. Too cool!!

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