Past Events
Claude Bourbon Medieval & Spanish blues
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Claude looks us through a broad journey of musical styles and kept the audience on the edge of their seats with his guitar work.
Natalie Cressman and Ian Faquini
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Natalie and Ian were charming, creative, and captivatingly talented. They performed an impressive range of music from jazz standards, brazilian choro, and original music. And bitterns out that the trombone works pretty nicely in the COTC space!
Melanie O'Reilly with Frank Martin, piano
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Melanie and Frank took us through a journey of traditional Celtic music, jazz standards, and wonderfully original Celtic Jazz fusion. Who knew Joyce's Ulysses could inspire so many ballads? 
Abbie Gardner and Jon Paul
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Abbie and JP were simply wonderful. Warm people with amazing talent and a easy, engaging ability to share it. The guitar/dobro duo was captivating, as were their harmonies. And we even got a sing alone! 
Saturday, October 21, 2017Dan and Laurel brought the harmony and virtuosity to our little stage and carried the evening with originals and covers that showed their full range of talents, including Dan's uncanny impersonations.
Lee Waterman Jazz Caliente 
Saturday, March 11, 2017 7:30 PM
Once again, Lee and crew treated us to an evening of wonderful evening of jazz standards and a few not so standard gems, with a little choro thrown in for some added spice.
Astra Kelly 
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Astra treated us to a very special Wednesday night. Her original music was poignant and beautiful, lyrically and musically. Her covers were original and lively. And her song choice was perfect -- what better to close the show out than Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth"?
Sandy Cressman's Homenagem Brasileira 
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Homenagem Brasileira provided a wonderful survey of Brasilian music. The trio of Sandy Cressman on vocals, Jasman Daya Singh on piano, and Zack Pitt-Smith on saxophone and flute spun through standards and original tunes, taking creative solos and collaborating well. They were a perfect group to re-boot our series!
Hiroya Tsukamoto
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Hiroya-san delighted the audience with his virtuosity and humility. Playing a range of Japanese folks songs and original tunes, he showed a full range of talents, and even involved an audience member in an ad lib rendering of a poem with guitar backing.
Goodnight Moonshine
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Molly Venter and Eben Pariser were simply fantastic.
Jim Hurst
Friday, September 26, 2014

Jim charmed us with his stories and amazed us with his finger work. With a crowd full of freinds and acquaintances, Jim played filled the evening with a combination of originals and covers including a beautiful rendition of Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now. While not all of us knew him before the concert, we all left friends and fans!
New West Guitar Group
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Jeff Stein, John Storie and Perry Smith brought their virtuosity and creativity to our little stage. Their inventive covers of unexpected pop songs combined with original compositions showed the versatility of a guitar trio, particularly when combined with uncommon instruments such as the baritone guitar. The only down side to the evening was that it wasn't a sell-out, because the show merited a full house!
Lee Waterman and the Caliente Trio
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Lee Waterman and the Caliente Trio simply rocked it! Navigating through jazz standards, Brazilian choro and originals. Lee's guitar work impressive through out and was held down by the solid rhythm of Dan Foltz and Loren Linnard. Loren's keyboard work, taking both bass line and accompaniment, constantly amazed both the audience and the band!
Real Vocal String Quartet    
Saturday, March 22, 2014
RVSQ was the first group we heard in a house concert venue and we left with two resolutions: first, that we had to do a series of our own, and second, that it needed to be good enough to host RVSQ. The concert Saturday was everything that we expected from them: diverse, captivating, and thoroughly enjoyable. The show was the public debut of their newest addition to the group, violist Matt???, and they did not miss a beat in the transition. The combination of traditional string quartet and tight vocal harmonies is a unique gift to audiences. We were treated to a host of amazing original compositions, complete improvisation, and creative arrangements of a range of traditional music, all presented with amazing artistry and originality.
Clarence Bucaro
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Clarence provided the perfect way to ease back into our series and kick-off the 2014 season. He lived up to his “honey-voiced” descriptions and serenaded a small but captive audience with originals and covers. It was a relaxed and laid-back evening enjoyed by all.
The Onlies
Thursday, August 22, 2013
If there was ever any concern about the future of Americana music, an evening with The Onlies quickly dispels it. This vibrant quartet provided a lively and fun evening of original and standards and the entire audience left smiling. Their chemistry as a group and their individual creativity, versatility and virtuosity bodes well for the future of Americana as well as their future in music. They will be a fun to watch and we hope to have the opportunity to host them again in the future!
Octopretzel, a special event for kids!
Sunday, August 11, 2013
When we first started our series we quickly had the thought to host an event that was targeted at "the youth market" :)  A couple of conversations with local parents led us to Octopretzel and are we glad they did. 

Octopretzel performed a wonderful show of captivating original music and compelling renditions of the classics. Their use of puppets and other props kept their audience fully engaged and their rocking version of Itsy Bitsy Spider had the whole house grooving!
Bill Evans presents The Banjo in America
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Who knew that banjo was a Victorian woman's method of choice to signal her affections? Anyone fortunate enough to attend this show, that's who!

Bill Evans demonstrated his mastery of the banjo as well as his encyclopedic knowledge of its evolution and uses in a show that featured original music a interpretations and covers of a wide variety of musical era's and styles. Part history lesson, part listening party, and part jam session, Bill treated us all to tremendous concert. Highlights included the Beatles sing-along (with a level of enthusiasm that surprised us all) as well as touching homage to the late Earl Scruggs. Everyone left tapping their feet and a little better in mind and spirit!
NUVO Chamber Trio
Saturday, March 16, 2013
The rousing ovation at the end of the first set said everything that needs to be said about the NUVO Chamber Trio performance at Concerts Off the Circle. Once again Michael Smolens has surrounded himself with virtuosity and his original composition and adept piano/keyboard work shown brightly throughout. Brian Rice turned a couple of symbols and a box into a full kit for the jazz and blues numbers and augmented his performance with the usual assortment of expertly executed percussive oddities.  Sam Bass filled the space with so many sounds that it was sometimes astonishing that they all came from his cello (with a little help from the looping of course). Together NUVO Chamber Trio was outstanding and if this inaugural performance is any indication, will continue as a force in the local music scene.
 Pollyanna Bush and Mokai 
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Pollyanna moved us all with beautiful piano, and powerful, soul-searching lyrics. We were treated not only to her original solo music, but an impromptu appearance of her glee group on back-ups and remarkable duets with partner Raz Kennedy.

Mokai kept the crowd swinging with innovative guitar licks and knowing lyrics. His original music and arrangements of classics were a pleasure to listen to.
Bal du Kor 
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Bal du Kor created a powerful musical experience with their individual virtuosity and dynamic interplay. Their music moved seamlessly from transfixing to rocking. Brian's pandeiro solo literally took the audience's breath away as we edged closer to our seats longing to hear what else would emerge from a single hand-held drum. Each musician in turn, Michael on the balafon, Daniel on the kora introduced us to instruments, rhythms and music that will be long cherished by all who attended.