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Scheduled Performances for 2018:  
June 22 ( Friday): An Evening with Tom Rush accompanied by Matt Nakoa details
Since Tom Rush's 1962 debut as an unknown folk-blues musician on the Boston/Cambridge music scene, he has established himself as a consummate performer and singer-songwriter. A few years back, a sold out celebration of his five-decade career anniversary at Boston Symphony Hall proves his fan loyalty and endurance. When you think of the importance of the folk scene in the 60's you should think of Tom. But now in 2018 he is just as vital and entertaining. We welcome him back with a big hug!

June 23 (Saturday): Shemekia Copeland click for details
She's back!!! In a span of less than two decades, Shemekia Copeland has evolved from teenage upstart to one of the most prominent voices in the blues. She's currently the most feted woman in the blues world and actually had a coronation where she was crowned and declared Queen of the Blues at the Chicago Blues Festival in 2011. Shemekia earned her crown with a series of high-quality recordings and an unrelenting tour schedule that has taken her to all corners of the globe. She's played all the major festivals and concert dates from Europe to Iraq to a memorable performance at the White House in front of an audience that included the President of the United States, sharing the bill with Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, B.B. King and other greats. SMAC loves Shemeika!!!

June 29 (Friday): Comedian Juston McKinney click for details
Comedian and ex-maine policeman Juston’s path to comedy has been an interesting one!
With multiple performances on The Tonight Show, his own Comedy Central specials and consistently selling out theaters, he’s at the top of his game. But before all that, Juston grew up living on the border of New Hampshire and Maine. he was hired as a deputy Sheriff patrolling the same border in which he grew up. But in 1997 Juston turned in his gun and badge and moved to New York. While living in NYC he worked his way into the weekend line-up at Comic Strip Live, Stand-Up New York, Dangerfield’s, Gotham, Carolines on broadway and the New York Times called him, “Destined for stardom.” Juston would go on to sign sitcom development deals with Warner Brothers, CBS Productions, IFC and Comedy Central.

He has appeared on a half dozen Comedy Central shows including his half hour Comedy Central Presents and his 1-hour special Juston McKinney-A Middle-Class Hole, which was released by Warner Bros. He has appeared numerous times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as the, Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. He was chosen to be part of the Blue Collar Comedy” Next Generation” Tour, with Bill Engval, which aired on TBS and had his own weekly show on Sirius/XM radio, Live From the Woods with Juston McKinney.His TV credits include; The King of Queens, the Sidney Lumet drama 100 Centre Street. His movie credits include The Zoo Keeper and Here Comes the Boom. Juston also wrote, created and starred in the web series Hosed, about a volunteer fire department in the fictitious town of Effingwoods, NH. It caught the eye of Denis Leary and his production company Apostle. Juston then wrote the pilot and it was sold to IFC. Back living in NH, he is just a hop skip and a laugh from us. Dont miss’im!

June 30 (Saturday): Riders In The Sky: 40th Anniversary Tour click for details
40 Years the Cowboy Way!
America’s favorite Cowboys, grammy award winning Riders in the Sky have literally done thousands of shows. These keepers of the cowboy music torch, will celebrate 40 years of playing and respecting true county and western music. Complete with a fake campfire on stage, they have charmed audiences for 4 decades and this night will ne no exception. Ranger Doug has been here with the Time Jumpers but its has been too long since his “Riders” have been back. 40 years ago, Ranger Doug, Too Slim and the late Windy Bill Collins played that first date on the bitter cold evening of November 11th, 1977 at Herr Harry’s Frank N’ Stein Rathskeller in Nashville, and small listening room dates followed. By August of the following year demand was building, and while Windy Bill left, Woody Paul joined, and the true professional beginnings of the band began at the Kentucky State Fair

40 years. It seemed to go by in a blur, pounding the road, seeing the world, raising babies and sending them to college, mowing lawns, romances, marriages, high school drama, endless airports, the nights at the Hollywood Bowl, the night at the Red Barn in Louisville dodging various barroom projectiles, frozen diesel lines, blast furnace desert heat, hours of practice, late nights and early mornings, and lots and lots and lots of laughter.

40 years ago. No laptops, no cellular phones, no Google, no downloads, no Skype, no Tweets, no Apple, no Microsoft, no texting, no electric cars, no Uber. A different world. But there were three young men with drive and wit who wanted to keep a special music alive. They believed in preserving the heritage of Western Music and presenting it to a new generation. They believed in entertaining, and they did so… entertaining themselves as well as the audience! And they believed in creating original Western Music to continue the tradition, not just seal it in amber as a museum piece. What they did not realize at the time was that they would be doing the same thing 40 years later. Watch their video.

July 3 Tuesday): Heather Pierson Trio click for details
This show helps to benefit Mountain Top Music Center
Mount Washington Valley's very own Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio - with Shawn Nadeau on bass and Davy Sturtevant on strings and brass - has been touring the national folk music scene since their debut in 2014. Their latest CD, *Singin’*, debuted on the Folk radio charts at #1. *Singin’* is a document of ten originals and two classics, spanning from them streets of New Orleans to the valleys of Appalachia, and it features Heather’s multi-genre songwriting, their intricate instrumental arrangements, and stirring three-part vocal harmonies. She is a local treasure and a national troubadour. We are so happy she is coming back, in this fitting night that supports out local music program.

About Mountain Top:
Mountain Top Music Center is a community music school located in Conway, New Hampshire. Their mission is to enrich lives and build community by providing inspiring music education for young and old ion out neck of the woods. They use music to build community through group study and performance, shared listening, and mutually respectful, inter-generational, multi-cultural musical communication. And geesh we can all use a little of that!!!

July 6 (Friday): Paula Poundstone click for details
Wooohoooo..she's back again.....our favorite funny girl. An NPR darling, heard on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Paula has been making us laugh almost every year since we have opened. From her comedy specials, to her live shows, she is hysterical, witty, and her improv with the crowd is the highlight of the evening. A quick sell out every time, so get your ticket early! And celebrate the holiday with Paula!

July 12 ( Thursday): Peter Wolf (of J. Geils Band) and the Midnight Travellers details
Pete Wolf and the Band are back! And that band......features the great Duke Levine and Kevin Barry on guitars. Peter has graced our stage many times with his killer side men, and this show is no exception. There will be some cool treatments of some familiar songs from his solo albums and his hits. The thing about Peter Wolf is that he is always evolving, and creating. Unlike some rock icons who rest on the laurels of their chartstoppers, Pete is writing some of the best material of his career. He is always musically excited and exciting and his performances leave the audience asking when he will be back....well here's me tellin' ya....Pete with his stellar band are comin' back. ....what's better!

July 13 ( Friday): Peter Wolf (of J. Geils Band) and the Midnight Travellers details
Pete Wolf and the Band are back! And that band......features the great Duke Levine and Kevin Barry on guitars. Peter has graced our stage many times with his killer side men, and this show is no exception. There will be some cool treatments of some familiar songs from his solo albums and his hits. The thing about Peter Wolf is that he is always evolving, and creating. Unlike some rock icons who rest on the laurels of their chartstoppers, Pete is writing some of the best material of his career. He is always musically excited and exciting and his performances leave the audience asking when he will be back....well here's me tellin' ya....Pete with his stellar band are comin' back. ....what's better!

July 19 ( Thursday): Bob Marley click for details
You know'em, you love'm...more than 15 years as a stand-up comic, Maine's own Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought after comedians in the country. He has raised more than $12,000 for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital after setting a new world's record for longest continuous stand-up routine as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late night TV circuit: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. But all those accolades aside, he is just one of us, and we can't get enough of him. Always a sell out.

July 20
( Friday): Bumper Jacksons click for details
Before you read about the, just watch this video. It will be all you need to want to get a ticket fast for this really fun group:

Okay, now that you have watched them here is a little bit more about them besides they are just wicked great! Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America's story from the streets of New Orleans to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78's, the Bumper Jacksons elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, playful style. The group began as a duo, a city-meets-country experiment between songstress Jess Eliot Myhre and banjo player Chris Ousley. They hopped on bicycles, touring the country, instruments on their backs, seeking to reimagine roots music. In five short years, Bumper Jacksons grew to a brassy seven-piece, with horns and pedal steel. They've been honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic's "Artist of the Year" & "Best Traditional Band" at the Washington Area Music Awards. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone's invited.

July 21 (Saturday): Mary Chapin Carpenter click for details
This show helps to benefit the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter and the Conway Area Humane Society

Please Note....Membership Passes are not applicable for this show

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter will return to SMAC once again, singing both timeless hits and her always prolific and growing catalogue of songs. Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like "Passionate Kisses" and "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life's details and the most universal. On a personal note, she is so dear to us..always including us on her tour. Always a sell out..of course!!!

About the Shelters:
We know Ms. Carpenter is a huge animal lover and has rescues of her own. We thank her so much for allowing part of the proceeds of this show to help support the haven these two shelters provide. We have two great shelters that support our animal friends locally, the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter and Conway Area Humane Humane Society

July 22 (Sunday): Mary Chapin Carpenter click for details
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter will return to SMAC once again, singing both timeless hits and her always proliphic and growing catalogue of songs. Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like "Passionate Kisses" and "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life's details and the most universal. On a personal note, she is so dear to us..always including us on her tour. Always a sell out..of course!!!

July 23 (Monday): The Autumn Defense (Wilco's John Stirratt and Pat Sansone) details
Featuring Wilco members John Stirratt and Pat Sansone, The Autumn Defense reminded me immediatelyt of the folk pop and rock radio I listened to in the '60s and ‘70s..…the music that I am always missing and going back to. A music that has great songs, good vocals and harmonies and catchy chord progressions and jangly guitars. This band is all that and more. We are all Wilco fans, but this music would be hot without any of that kind of leg up. It just terrific, and addictive and we are honored to have them here for the first time. Both Stirratt and Sansone have imnpressive resumes as Wilco members and side men to many of the bexst of the alt band scene of the day, but forget all that and just listen. :>) And After that finish up with a little Sentimental Lady. That should hook you!

July 27 (Friday): Freddy and Francine click for details
Wow...ya know when you hear something that just makes you drop everything and listen....I know no one does that anymore...but I did when I heard these two. They have now been here a few times and both shows brought the house down. Pardon my Irish, but they sing their asses off! Catch them before they are the next big thing!

Freddy & Francine is an Americana/Soul duo featuring singer songwriters Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso. No Depression magazine describes Freddy & Francine as "Americana Soul, complete with tight two-part harmonies, engaging songs that will shoot deep into your heart, and a musical chemistry that is second-to-none in the L.A. Americana scene." But if me and the critics aren't good enough for ya..... the proof is in the puddin' .

Here is the video that made me book them. And here is a video that made me glad I did!

July 29 ( Sunday): Aaron Neville Up Close and Personal click for details
An intimate duo show that we are so happy to have back. Aaron Neville is always amazing, but to hear is voice in such a pure format, in our hall will just be stunning. One of the most distinctive voices in music today, Aaron Neville is the master of many styles. During his career, which stretches across more than 50 years, he has been nominated for 12 Grammy's awards. His nominations have come in the soul, gospel, jazz, country/western, R&B, and pop categories; winning four times. His albums of Christian, R&B, jazz and adult contemporary music have also consistently topped the charts. In 1993, Rolling Stone Magazine's Critics' Poll named him the best male singer in the world. Neville was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010. The audience at an Aaron Neville concert can expect to hear do-wop and gospel from his recent albums, as well as blues, jazz, soul, pop, blues, with some country and even reggae thrown into the mix. It's a playlist that reprises and celebrates his remarkable career - one of the great success stories in American music. For this special night you should also expect Aaron to share stories about his family and his musical and life long influences...up close and personal. Your welcome Barbie H. : >)

Note to Tabbers: Occasionally there will be some big name shows where the ticket price cannot cover the cost of bringing the artist here. On those nights we need our full dinner business to help pay for them. Our choice is to do this or not have the artist here at all, and no one wants that. This is one of those shows.Thanks for cooperating so we can bring some bigger names here without losing our shirt!! By the way there are close to 60 shows and more added daily of great artists to “tab” with..make sure you check them out too.

August 3 (Friday): Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band click for details
This is a great time to be Jeff Daniels, and an even greater time for those of us who love his work. Fresh off the big SMAC favorite series of the year, “Godless” on Netflix, our “Newsroom” void was finally filled. And in February Hulu launches”The Looming Tower" It is a wonderment and our good fortune that he has time for his music. His love for songwriting and guitar playing has made him a formidable contribution to the troubadour scene…. Not just an actor who is a musician, but more like a musician who is one hell of an actor. Here is a nice tune he wrote for his son Ben, who plays with him. We are honored he is coming back to our humble stage. (a quick sell out)

August 5 (Sunday): Patty Griffin click for details
with special guest Rose Cousins

This Show Benefits Own Brownfield Public Library

A Grammy-Award winning artist, Patty is a singer's songwriter. Emmylou Harris, The Dixie Chicks, Joan Baez, Bette Midler and more have thought so. But when Patty sings her own songs, you feel them so much more. You ache..you shiver....you feel more alive. Her first two albums, Living With Ghosts and Flaming Red are considered seminal albums in the singer-songwriter genre She won the Grammy for Downtown Church, her 2010 gospel album. This Maine native, over nine albums, has proven herself a writer of uncommon perception, with a genius for character-driven storytelling. On a personal note I heard Patty, during her early career and got to shared stages with her... most nights it felt like there was an angel present and I was not worthy as they say. It will be so amazing for her to be here on out hopefully worthy enough stage. Accompanying her, the great guitarist guitarist,David Pulkingham.

Here is a video of her that I love.

*Ticket Tab Passes Memberships are not applicable for this show

About The Brownfield Public Library
It says something about a town when it has a library. And ours may not be mighty in size, but we mightily need it for our community. Its a place where folks can check out the latest and the classic books o...yes, people still read, and libraries help to encourage that.

August 10 (Friday): Ladysmith Black Mambazo click for details
Its been way too long since we have had this amazing group here. South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo was founded in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, then a teenage farm boy living on the lands just outside the small town of Ladysmith, in the province of kwaZulu Natal, half way between Johannesburg and Durban. Joseph used his hometown’s name to honor his family’s history. In early 1969, with four brothers and three cousins, Joseph had the voices he long dreamed of his group having. At that point Ladysmith Black Mambazo began their true musical journey.

A radio broadcast in 1970 opened the door to their first record contract, the beginning of an ambitious recording career that currently includes more than seventy albums, earning nineteen GRAMMY Award nominations and five GRAMMY Award wins. Singing For Peace Around The World. Not just a CD title but a statement of the group’s career mission. It was Nelson Mandela who designated Ladysmith Black Mambazo “South Africa’s Cultural Ambassadors to the world.” It is a moniker the group members hold close to their hearts.

During the 1970’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo established themselves as the most successful singing group in South Africa. In the mid-1980s, American singer/songwriter Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated the group’s rich harmonies into the famous Graceland album (1986) – a landmark recording that was considered seminal in introducing world music to mainstream audiences.

In addition to their work with Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge, and many others. They have provided music for many movies, have appeared on Broadway where they were nominated for a Tony Award and even had a documentary film, titled On Tip Toe: Gentle Steps to Freedom, the Story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, nominated for an Academy Award.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo carries a message of Peace, Love and Harmony as they travel the world year after year. They bring this message, in song and dance, to every theater they perform in. We hope you will join them as they sing their message. Watch this video and be reminded of how voices can move you. A quick sell out!

August 11 (Saturday): Tim Gearan click for details
Why Tim is not famous is always a question I ask myself when he is here. A soulful blues man who writes amazing songs. His tunes are smitten with infectious grooves , and his voice is just one of my favorites. With guitar in hand he a little Keb Mo and little Chris Smither. His latest album really channels Smither. Here is a clip from "Mostly Love". Here with his trio, comes highly SMAC Recommended

August 16 (Thursday): Stone Mountain LIVE Anniversary Show... Support SMAC!
In Concert Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys Featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry With Special guest singer songwriter Robbie Fulks

Our Annual Event to benefit the one and only Stone Mountain Arts Center!

Concert and Auction!

If you love us, this is a way to show it!!! Its no secret that SMAC needs a little help now and then. Its not easy to bring music up here all year long. Some shows will sell and some some won't, so you need a safety net for that. Consequently we do a few shows a year that provide that safety net. Not to mention all the improvements we can make with your support. We did so much last year with your help! The music will be amazing…. Adding award winning and grammy nominated Robbie Fulks and our "Boys" including guitar Gods, Duke Levine and Kevin Barry are just not to be missed. It will be a special night, and lots of special items will be auctioned off too and a live auction hosted by "Nigel Hoggsbottem", aka Mike Miclon. Items like season passes, autographed items, tickets, cool items donated by local businesses...and more...so bring your checkbook and support SMAC. We are here for you and we support many great causes all year long too...we hope that love comes around to us as well. We hope to see all our regulars!!

About Robbie: What do you get when you send a Chicago boy to Nashville? He gets back on the bus..that's what! Thankfully this twice grammy nominated artist has found a home at SMAC at least annually. He is the epitome of an alt country song writer and if you're angry that country music ain't what it used to be, then you will love Robbie, because while he forges ahead with is own style, no one embraces the traditions of county and bluegrass like Robbie. With that beautiful high tenor voice, he plays that part perfectly. The New York Times said, "Fulks is a gifted guitarist, a soulful singer with an expressive honky-tonk tenor, and a natural performer. But what really sets him apart is his songwriting, which is one part artful country, one part artful sendup of country and one part a little of everything else... It's sort of country meets David Lynch." I think that sums him up pretty good. He is a cult favorite among musicians and one of our favs! Hey, all you Buddy Miller, Flatlanders, Jim Lauderdale, Bill Kirchen type fans....this guy's for you!

Tabs? Please note: Because of the fund raising nature of this show, the use of Membership Passes is discouraged but are certainly applicable. You guys already support us a lot, so we will leave it up to you to use your tab for this one or not :> )

August 17 ( Friday): Cheryl Wheeler & Kenny White click for details
We always love Cheryl of course but we really lov'er when Kenny joins her. They are the bestest of friends and are a completely entertaining duo. We are lucky to have them both with us for one special night.
About Cheryl Wheeler: Critic Scott Alarik said it best: " It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the mic. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic" And we love both those Cheryls! She is not afraid to speak her mind about politics, religion any any other issues in the national debate! She is always a delight... even more so when her pal Kenny is with her.....
About Kenny White in our neck of the woods, seems like a relative newcomer to the world of the touring singer-songwriter, Kenny began his career in the 1970s touring extensively as the keyboard player for Jonathan Edwards and Livingston Taylor. He then became a fixture in the NY studio scene throughout the 1990s, producing and arranging literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio. Commercials enabled him to work with artists like Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Neville and even the London Symphony Orchestra. He produced Shawn Colvin's Grammy-nominated song, "I Don't Know Why" and performed on Marc Cohn's platinum debut record. He began traveling with and opening shows for many of his friends and colleagues including Cheryl Wheeler, Jonathan Edwards, and Richard Shindell. Kenny often travels with Judy Collins as her opening act throughout North America and Europe and is signed to her label. Kenny is a classic piano man, and if you have not heard him, you have to!!

August 23 (Thursday): An Evening with Shawn Colvin click for details
With multiple Grammy’s to her credit, Shawn Colvin is one of the most important singer songwriters of our time. Always reinventing herself and taking new musical journey, her music is as vital and poignant as the years when "Suuny Came Home” could be heard all over crossover radio. Her latest album, The Starlighterfinds the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist once again reaching back to her childhood for this album of lullabies and children's songs inspired by the Lullabies and Night Songs, a book of songs for children, including many traditional tunes, arranged for piano by Alex Wilder and distinctively illustrated by Maurice Sendak that she remembers as a young piano student in South Dakota.

The selections that Colvin chose for The Starlighter run the gamut from traditional fare like "Hush Little Baby" and "Raisins and Almonds" to "Minnie and Winnie" with words by 19th century poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and "Cradle Song," with lyrics by celebrated English poet William Blake. Colvin and producer Doug Petty remain true to Wilder's original arrangements while also embellishing them with gentle orchestration, horns, accordion, piano and Colvin's signature acoustic guitar. The result is an album that captures the magic and mystery of children's lullabies while also offering a moving and timeless musical experience. She is a true artist and when you see this video capturing the feel of this new album, you will be movingly reminded of that artistry. She is just cool as all get out.

August 24 ( Friday): Chris Thomas King click for details
Louisiana born Multi-talented Grammy Award-winning blues artist, producer, composer and actor Chris Thomas King was thrust into the spotlight as the young blues singer from "O Brother Where Art Thou", but Chris is so much more. He has stretched the boundaries of all his favored genres from Jazz to Hip Hop. New Orleans born, his roots are in the delta blues, but he is considered a contemporary blues man, who not only preserves the tradition of the blues and its African American roots, but also the originality of its influence on the music of today. His first visit to SMAC we promised would not be his last….he was great, and you don't want to miss him this time around. would be Here is a more recent version of that song that we all loved from O Brother... click to watch the video.

August 30 (Thursday): Taj Mahal Trio click for details
Sorry, this is a non tab show.
If you look up Taj on the Internet, words like “international treasure” and "legend ” come up with his name. We couldn't agree more., A unique blues man and song writer, celebrating decades of recording and touring. He has single handedly reshaped the definition and scope of the blues via the infusion of exotic sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and South Pacific, and this the two-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist is as vital today as he was in his early career with bands like the Elektras and the Rising Sons. WE are so happy to have him back…its been too long. A great intimate way to see a big talent who is lately deservedly only been on big stages. This is a great video, and this song always makes us smile.

August 31
( Friday): Oliver the Crow click for details
Ya know, we get a lotta folks sending us music to be considered for a performance here at SMAC. I wish I could get to them all, but its really hard to get the time to thoughtfully listen. And it’s a challenge to bring acts here that might be unknown to our neck of the woods. But once in a while something makes me open an email or a YouTube. It was snowing, I had. cup of tea, and I clicked on this band’s youtube….so glad I did. They are a little Civil Wars a little Gillian and David, a little Natalie and Alasdair, a little Jay and Molly, but a lot unique and terrific. What is so cool about them is how they so simply and beautifully, use their cello and fiddle only..no other instruments but their soulful voices. Here are two YouTubes you should check out : I just love this first old tune, and this is what hooked me in. Kaitlyn sings on her own here, but listen to the second you tube too, so you can hear them together.

*Six Feet of Earth | * Bury Beneath the Willow

Another great act to try that you may not know….they should be a household word..start the movement!

September 7 (Friday): The Tom Snow Quartet featuring Ralph Norris details
Hooray! We are welcoming back our friend, pianist Tom Snow, to once again bring the sweet sounds of jazz to SMAC. For over thirty years, Tom has played piano with countless magnificent musicians. He’s one of “those guys” who can comfortably carouse in the circles of jazz, folk, classical, and rock. Last year, we had Tom lead TWO amazing jazz shows for capacity audiences! Of course many you also know him as a constant sidekick and accompanist for Jonathan Edwards. On this night, Tom is bringing top shelf drummer, Les Harris, Jr., and the extraordinary talents of bassist, Marty Ballou. As an extra special treat, the trio is joined by long time friend and veteran saxophonist, Ralph Norris. Ralph’s sublime tone and gorgeous phrasing are the envy of many! All of the folks in this quartet are well known and beloved by fans of the New England jazz scene. This concert is sure to be packed, so we hope you’ll grab your tickets early.

September 8 (Saturday): Girls, Guns and Glory click for details
Girls, Guns and Glory: If Chris Isaac, Buddy Holly and Buck Owens started a band, it might sound like these guys! The twangy country rock and roll sounds of this fun band, is fronted by SMAC favorite and crooner Ward Hayden (we love him!) A smooth, authentic honky tonk/early rock & roll vibe with some country-folk thrown in there too...it is hard to peg these guys....but that's a good thing! An eclectic blend of musical styles that's reminiscent of Johnny Cash one minute, CCR the next, the all-male quintet mixes catchy melodies with cowboy vocals and creative percussion, hurling grit (sometimes grits) and heart into every tune. Don't miss this whole lotta fun night.

September 11 ( Tuesday): Robert Cray Band click for details
Can't wait to hear the best band in the world. If you haven't seen'em you have to..if you already have, you know you miss'em! Blues guitarist and singer songwriter Robert Cray is a five-time Grammy Award winner and a Blues Hall of Famer of course, but all the accolades in the world will not do justice to his live show. You know I talk about those hand full of artists that I always say you gotta see...this is one of them. Few both play guitar and sing so smoothly and heartfelt and that band is killer. And did I say they are the nicest buncha guys you will ever meet? Come see for yerself. A rare up close and personal concert. A SMAC FAV!

September 14 (Friday): The Suitcase Junket click for details
The first time Suitcase was here some lucky folks saw him as part of our free music series. That was the first time he blew everyone away. Last year he was back performing to a packed house and did the same. I just love this guy. Totally original and totally a giver when it some to his audience. You feel like part of his journey.

One man band, doesn't do this artist justice....Suitcase is an Artist, tinkerer, tunesmith, swamp Yankee. Matt Lorenz is a one-man salvage specialist singing into the hollow of a Dumpster guitar, slipping a broken bottleneck onto the slide finger, railing on a box of twisted forks and bones, rocking till every sound is ragged at its edges, till the house is singing back. Then, unplugging all the amps and letting one mountain ballad soar over the raw strings on that guitar. Every night is a hard-driving, blues-grinding, throat-singing search-and-rescue junket. Sooner or later everything rusts, busts, and gets tossed into the junk heap: iron, bones, leather, hot rods, muskrats, the night, the heart. The goal is to recover it. To waste nothing. To create new ways from old. This is The Suitcase Junket. Watch his YouTube video of him….I Love this song.

September 21
(Friday): David Bromberg Quintet click for details
For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’ s musician, Bromberg’ s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon. Back with his quintet, we are so happy to host this important musician.


September 27 ( Thursday): Birds of Chicago click for details
WOW..before you read about them, just watch this YouTube video and its all you will need to know you need to come see this band.

And if you need more than that: Birds of Chicago began in 2012 when Nero started writing for his vocal star-muse, Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. A cross border band was born. Birds of Chicago’s music is an offering of healing, communion and celebration of life in a dark and troubled time. I love this band. The admission is free, but you should make an investment in this band for the long run.

* Ticket admission is free but you have to make a reservation with a credit card to claim your seat.( No shows will be charged 10.00 ) We also ask that if possible you bring a “goods” donation for the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter.

September 28 ( Friday): Vance Gilbert and Ellis Paul click for details
Two of my favorite folkies!!! Its been more than a decade since these two artists collaborated on their duo album, “Side of the Road” but they continue to share stages on occasion…and what an occasion for us it will be! Vance and Ellis have been the best of friends since they were both emerging on the Boston folk scene in the late 1980s. Since then, each has become recognized as one of the finest singer/songwriters in the country. While they couldn't be more different in their musical influences, they share a love of great songwriting and the belief in the power of music to affect people's lives. THis show brings together two of contemporary folk music's most unique voices - Ellis Paul & Vance Gilbert.You know’em, you love’em..dont miss’em : :>) Love this song

September 29 ( Saturday): Adam Ezra Group click for details
I took this quote from the first paragraph of a No Depression Magazine article. ."The Adam Ezra Group has built its reputation on self-described "sweaty, passionate," and enduring live performances. In fact, the Boston area ensemble's shows have become so notable that its fervent Northeast following has swapped more than 100 live bootleg recordings, which wouldn't be a problem for the band if it wasn't for one thing." That should tell you that seeing them live is where it's at. Adam and his band have been compared to Bruce and the E Street Band, ..like The Boss, he is a thoughtful singer songwriter fronting a rootsy, and sometimes folky rock band. The Group has been touring non-stop and packing venues across the country and shared the stage with Jason Mraz, Rusted Root, Bela Fleck, John Hiatt, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Ziggy Marley, Little Feat and many others, With their new release underway the Adam Ezra Group will continue their national tour and come to us, with a new album Hurricane Wind and a momentum that is catapulting them towards being one of the country's most talked about bands.WE are so happy to have them back.

October 4 (Thursday): Slaid Cleaves click for details
Hailing from Maine originally, this now Austin songwriter might as well have been born in the lone star state. He's got the Austin style songwriting reminiscent of Joe Ely or Townes Van Zandt, but a style and sound all his own. He is simply one of my favorite songwriters, and why he is not a household word is beyond me. Great songs, great voice, great stories and handsome as all get out. If you are a fan from Maine, you will remember his old band the Moxie Men.....many towns and years later he still comes highly SMAC recommended.

October 7 (Saturday): Josh Ritter click for details
A musician and song writer, a singer and an author, Josh Ritter does it all.

With his strong voice, a keen wit, and an evocative way with words, he has built a loyal following as one of the leading lights on the contemporary folk scene. Born in Idaho, Ritter bought his first guitar after hearing the Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash classic "The Girl from the North Country." While attending college in Oberlin, Ohio, Ritter got his first taste of the music of Leonard Cohen and Gillian Welch; he instantly fell in love with their songs and dropped his neuroscience major in favor of the pursuit of music. As home to classic folk venues like Club Passim, Boston was the place Ritter chose to follow his dream. Soon signed by Signature Sounds Recordings their reissue "The Golden Age of Radio";gave it exposure on a national level, and the four- and five-star reviews started rolling in. The HBO series Six Feet Under grabbed a track from the album for their end credits and soon his single "Me & Jiggs" was in the Irish Top 40, a headlining tour of the country was sold out, and a tribute band named Cork was playing nothing but Ritter material in numerous Irish pubs. Back home, Ritter's following was growing with sold-out shows in New York City and Boston, while an invitation to the Sundance Film Festival helped begin 2003 on a high note.

Fast forward to today, he is a sought after headlining songwriter and creating new music for new fans all the time His latest album, “Gathering” reviews like:
"Josh Ritter remains at the top of his game two decades into a highlight-strewn career. He’d be forgiven for loosening his grip, but his hand has never felt surer." - NPR
"Midway between the country, gospel and soul camps, with thickly stacked harmonies that evoke the Dead’s own folk-rock classic American Beauty." - Rolling Stone

Don't miss this intimate show.

October 18 ( Thursday): Tia Brazda click for details
Another hidden gem from Canada..but not for long. Tia Brazda's sassy jazz-pop gems and vintage style have established her as a sparkling presence on the jazz scene at home and abroad, paying homage to the golden era while adding a modern twist. Having honed her cutting-edge sound in the clubs of Toronto, she burst onto the scene in 2012, hitting #1 on the iTunes Canada Jazz Chart as well as receiving play on BBC Radio 6, CBC Radio, Jazz FM 91.1 in Toronto and college radio stations across Canada. This debut brought her to Paris and Amsterdam as well as cities around the UK in support, in addition to performing at major festivals at home across Canada. She is just so great, with great songs and a great band, and now its time the US knew about her……and I'm glad we get to get a crack at her before she fills the big halls. I didn't know which video to pick…so here are my two favorites...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_cLj2FKz6A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ9G76XhkH8


October 19 ( Friday): Eileen Ivers and Universal Roots click for details
Eileen Ivers will change the way you think about the violin. Coined the Jimi Hendrix of the violin, fans got to know her as the electric and electrifying fiddle player in Riverdance. Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, guest starred with over 40 orchestras, original Musical Star of Riverdance, Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Sting, Hall and Oates, The Chieftains, 'Fiddlers 3' with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Regina Carter, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola, Steve Gadd, founding member of Cherish the Ladies, movie soundtracks including Gangs of New York, performed for Presidents and Royalty worldwide...WOW! This is a short list of accomplishments, headliners, tours, and affiliations. Eileen has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. And don't expect just Irish music. Eileen and her band cover the globe with their renditions of music from many different genres and geography. On a personal note, we have missed her and her colossal band something wicked!!

October 25 ( Thursday): Bob Marley click for details
You know'em, you love'm...more than 15 years as a stand-up comic, Maine's own Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought after comedians in the country. He has raised more than $12,000 for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital after setting a new world's record for longest continuous stand-up routine as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late night TV circuit: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. But all those accolades aside, he is just one of us, and we can't get enough of him. Always a sell out.

October 26 ( Friday): Lone Bellow TRIIIO Tour (one show only) click for details
The Lone Bellow is just WOW.. They have a rabid fan base filling big halls all over the country, but we are lucky enough to have them grace our humble barn for one show only! The Lone Bellow burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut in 2013. The Brooklyn-based band quickly became known for their transcendent harmonies, serious musicianship and raucous live performance — a reputation that earned them their rabid fan base. It's been three years since the band's victorious Then Came The Morning was released. Produced by The National's Aaron Dessner, the album was nominated for an Americana Music Award. The band appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Late Show With David Letterman," "Conan O'Brien," "CBS This Morning," "Later...with Jools Holland," and "The Late Late Show With James Corden" in support of the album. In the years since the release, the band left their beloved adopted home of Brooklyn and moved to Nashville. Now, The Lone Bellow released Walk Into A Storm, in 2017. Produced by legendary music producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, and more) and features their lead single "Time's Always Leaving." The trio, featuring Zach Williams (guitar/vocals), Kanene Donehey Pipkin (multi-instrumentalist), and Brian Elmquist (guitar), recorded this album in only seven days. I love this song and video of their hit from that album, "Times Always Leaving".

November 2 ( Friday): The Rough and Tumble click for details
One of those new acts that I stumbled or should I say "tumbled” upon and brought them to SMAC last year..wow were we glad we did! Everyone fell in love with them. In 2015 when 5 year members Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler quit their day jobs, sold everything they owned, and gave their thirty day notice on their rental house to trade in for a life permanently on the road. With their sixteen foot camper and their dog, Puddle, they have been touring nationwide. Yes, you get to meet Puddle!!! She will steal the show!! Don't let their vagabond tendencies fool you-- this americana-folk duo are a compact team of close harmonies, versatile instrumentation, and deliberate songwriting all presented with a nudge of the elbow and a tongue in the cheek. Haunting, quirky, solemn, and spritely, The Rough & Tumble are for the faint of heart and the strong of will.

November 3 ( Saturday): Chris Smither click for details
Simply one of those shows that you walk away , blown away after the show. Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for over 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for over 40 years, Chris Smither is one of the best to ever hit our stage. With profound songs, dazzling guitar skills and his distinct gravelly voice he casts a spell over the audience one song at a time. Says the Chicago Sun Times - "Chris Smither has traveled countless miles with his careworn blend of folk and acoustic blues. His hallmarks include the fingers of an effortless musician, a voice as craggy and deep as the earth, the soul of a philosopher and master poet, and the foot-tapping percussion of a restless wanderer..." Couldn't have said it better myself. I hope he never retires!!!

November 9 ( Friday): Capitol Steps (One Show Only!) click for details
These folks will have lots of material for election week 2018 after another year with the new regime? They are back, and just in time for more election results! They Put the MOCK in Democracy. Music and political satire by The Capitol Steps, the Washington-based troupe of Congressional staffers turned songwriters. This was one of the first acts I booked when we first opened..it's like having good friends visiting when they are here. And don't we all need a good laugh when it comes to politics these days? Only one show, and last years show sold out by summertime! So don't wait!

November 11 ( Sunday): Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys click for details
Big Sandy was only here at SMAC once, as a touring guest with Los Straitjackets. The night ended with him stepping on to the big Floor speaker to sing among the dancing crowd. He is an amazing singer and entertainer, and ever since then I have been trying to get him with his Swing/Rockabilly band The Fly-Rite Boys….and well Finally!! We are sooo excited for this show!

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys is a western swing/country boogie musical band from California. The band is composed of Robert Williams, alias Big Sandy, Ashley Kingman, Ricky McCann and Kevin Stewart. They began as rockabilly revivalists in the late 1980s, and has since been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Twenty Five Years later they have a new album out and in Sandy's own words, it is a labor of love for a career and band well worn: "Twenty-five years, fourteen albums & hundreds of thousands of miles. What a dream it's been! When I first got together for a garage rehearsal with a group of musician friends in the spring of 1988 in Anaheim, California, I never imagined that I would someday be celebrating the silver anniversary of the rocking little band that formed that afternoon.

Putting together the new all-acoustic record for Cow Island Music has brought back a flood of memories; we went through our entire catalogue of LP's, picked out some of our favorite original numbers, and gave them fresh new arrangements, rhythms, and instrumentation. In many ways , it was our way of looking back at everything that has led us to where we are now, while looking forward towards new musical horizons. Happy 25th Anniversary, Fly-Rite Boys! Here's to 25 more!” Yes, we agree Big Sandy…25 more it is! Come listen or bring your dancin’ shoes! See Him on Late Night With Conan.

November 15 ( Thursday): Shawn Mullins click for details
We just love this guy!! We are always trying to get him back since his show stopper of a performance some years back. Grammy nominated Show Mullins' critical breakthrough came when his song "Lullaby", from the album Soul's Core, became a radio and video hit. Another familiar hit, "All in My Head", was featured on the hit television sitcom "Scrubs”. But since then, he continues to write amazing songs and do amazing shows. THis is one of those shows people thank us for bringing to SMAC after it’s over. Don't miss him!

November 17 ( Saturday): Paula Cole click for details
Simply one of the best female singers I have ever heard. Songs like "Where have all the Cowboys Gone" and "I Don't Want to Wait" put her on the list of chart busters. But the first time I heard her she was singing back up for Peter Gabriel. When he featured her, it was clear by the hush and then roar of the crowd that she was headed for bigger and better things. Of course her star rose quickly and now we are lucky to be able to present her in our humble hall. Just what we need to warm a November evening. The only cool, will be the styling of her emotionally charged voice singing her own songs of life, love and a philosophy that is all her own. Don't miss it.

November 23 (Friday): Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Family Band click for details
Featuring Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda.
The Family that plays together..stay together!
Well, even if they don’t all live under the same roof, this family makes terrific music and has a rip-roarin’ good time while they’re at it. The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band features Jay, Molly, Jay’s daughter Ruth Ungar, and her husband Mike Merenda.

Jay and Molly showcase Cajun, and Celtic fi ddle tunes, and favorites from the golden age of country and swing—along with their own songs, fiddle tunes, and orchestral compositions. Jay and Molly have reached a wide audience through their appearances on Great Performances, A Prairie Home Companion, their own public radio specials, and through their work on film soundtracks such as Brother’s Keeper, Legends of the Fall, and a host of Ken Burns’ PBS documentaries. The two torch carriers of American music, have achieved international acclaim when their performance of Jay’s Ashokan Farewell, which became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns’ The Civil War on PBS …..winning a Grammy and Ashokan Farewell was nominated for an Emmy.

Mike and Ruthie Finding fame through their folk rock band, the Mammals, this songwrtong duo are “musicians’ musicians” who have found fans and friends in the Americana world and beyond. As word of their well-loved records spread, the band quickly found themselves sharing bills with industry luminaries as diverse as The Avett Brothers, Milk Carton Kids, Elephant Revival, Ani DiFranco and The B-52s to name a “few” On a personal note I hate to pick favorites, but I think Ruthie’s voice is one of the most moving and beautiful voices of her genre and generation…a heartbreaking alto soulfully backed by Mike’s thoughtful playing, and singing. Great songs, a great family….a great show! They have it all!! Take a moment to watch their video.

November 30 ( Friday): Devonsquare Farewell Concert & Celebration click for details
And a celebration it will be.
We are honored to have this last swan song of a show for this amazing group. On the 30th anniversary of the Atlantic Records release of "Walking On Ice" the Folk-n-Roll band Devonsquare has decided this will be their last year of live performances. This final show with special guest Peter Gallway their longtime producer and performing artist will be the highlight of this final year for the band and fans alike. Tom Dean & Alana MacDonald, the 2 remaining original members of the group, will be joined by the original recording lineup of Teg Glendon (bass guitar) Bob Thompson (electric guitar) Michael McInnis (keyboards) Ron Boufard (drums) plus guitarist Robbie Coffin. There will also be some surprise guests! Don't miss this very special night for the band and all of us who have loved the music of Devonsquare.

December 1 ( Saturday): Devonsquare Farewell Concert & Celebration click for details
And a celebration it will be.
We are honored to have this last swan song of a show for this amazing group. On the 30th anniversary of the Atlantic Records release of "Walking On Ice" the Folk-n-Roll band Devonsquare has decided this will be their last year of live performances. This final show with special guest Peter Gallway their longtime producer and performing artist will be the highlight of this final year for the band and fans alike. Tom Dean & Alana MacDonald, the 2 remaining original members of the group, will be joined by the original recording lineup of Teg Glendon (bass guitar) Bob Thompson (electric guitar) Michael McInnis (keyboards) Ron Boufard (drums) plus guitarist Robbie Coffin. There will also be some surprise guests! Don't miss this very special night for the band and all of us who have loved the music of Devonsquare.

December 7 ( Friday): Carol Noonan and Dana Cunningham click for details
Annual Christmas Concert at the Little White Church in Eaton, NH
with Special Guest Max Dyer on cello


*Please note....This show is e held at the Little White Church, but you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. SMAC passes or Gift Certificates are not applicable for this off site show.

Dana the composer and pianist, and Carol the singer songwriter together form a really beautiful and fun Christmas show that they play annually at this special place on Crystal Lake in the quaint village of Eaton NH...just over the border from the Stone Mountain Arts Center. This is a wee church, so seating is limited...a quick sell out. Advance tickets only.

*Speaking of tickets....again, you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. But again, the show is at the Little White Church. Seating is general admission (pew seating) only.

*There will be a coffee and cookies for an after show reception in the Liittle White Church downstairs gathering area. The Little White Church is located on route 153 in Eaton NH.

*SMAC Memberships do not apply for this off site show.

December 8 (Saturday): Carol Noonan and Dana Cunningham click for details
Annual Christmas Concert at the Little White Church in Eaton, NH
with Special Guest Max Dyer on cello


*Please note....This show is e held at the Little White Church, but you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. SMAC passes or Gift Certificates are not applicable for this off site show.

Dana the composer and pianist, and Carol the singer songwriter together form a really beautiful and fun Christmas show that they play annually at this special place on Crystal Lake in the quaint village of Eaton NH...just over the border from the Stone Mountain Arts Center. This is a wee church, so seating is limited...a quick sell out. Advance tickets only.

*Speaking of tickets....again, you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. But again, the show is at the Little White Church. Seating is general admission (pew seating) only.

*There will be a coffee and cookies for an after show reception in the Liittle White Church downstairs gathering area. The Little White Church is located on route 153 in Eaton NH.

*SMAC Memberships do not apply for this off site show.

December 14 ( Friday): Stone Mountain LIVE for Christmas click for details
Hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry with very special guest Guitar God Bill Kirchen

Great holiday music, beautiful halls all decked out, and lots of holiday fun all come together in one great night that has become a Maine treasured tradition.

About our Special Guest Bill Kirchen

Bill Kirchen is like SMAC's favorite Uncle. You hard core Commander Cody fans will know him as the the guy who made Hot Rod Lincoln famous. Kirchen is reported to be one of the musicians that pioneered the Americana radio format and is a founding father of the "twang core movement" which includes Dave Alvin, Wilco and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Kirchen's signature sound has been dubbed "dieselbilly" and incorporates elements of country music, blues, rockabilly, Western swing and boogie-woogie, laced with themes of American truck driving music. These days his songwriting could not be more vital. And I should put a youtube here with one of his more recent songs from his so latest and greatest.. But geez, I gotta remind you of who this amazing tall drink of water is. So here he is, earnin' his paycheck above and beyond.

December 15 ( Saturday): Stone Mountain LIVE for Christmas click for details

Hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry with very special guest Guitar God Bill Kirchen


Great holiday music, beautiful halls all decked out, and lots of holiday fun all come together in one great night that has become a Maine treasured tradition.

About our Special Guest Bill Kirchen

Bill Kirchen is like SMAC's favorite Uncle. You hard core Commander Cody fans will know him as the the guy who made Hot Rod Lincoln famous. Kirchen is reported to be one of the musicians that pioneered the Americana radio format and is a founding father of the "twang core movement" which includes Dave Alvin, Wilco and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Kirchen's signature sound has been dubbed "dieselbilly" and incorporates elements of country music, blues, rockabilly, Western swing and boogie-woogie, laced with themes of American truck driving music. These days his songwriting could not be more vital. And I should put a youtube here with one of his more recent songs from his so latest and greatest.. But geez, I gotta remind you of who this amazing tall drink of water is. So here he is, earnin' his paycheck above and beyond.

NOTE: This is a benefit show. Passes not applicable.
   
Scheduled Performances for 2019:  
January 25 (Friday): Roomful of Blues click for details
Though this band is the pride of New England they are known as one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world. Currently an eight-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon, the band has never sounded fresher or stronger. In 2010, singer Phil Pemberton took over the vocal duties, bringing his sweet and soulful vocals and adding another bright new dimension to the jazzy, jump-blues musical roots. Their winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card, as does their ability to fill the dance floor. Along with newer members, bassist John Turner, trumpeter Carl Gerhard, drummer Chris Anzalone, and keyboardist Rusty Scott, and longtime members baritone and tenor saxophonist Mark Earley, tenor and alto saxophonist Rich Lataille , Roomful keeps on rockin’ and will rock out barn on a winter’s eve. Bring your dancin' shoes for the dance gallery or come to listen. Shake off the winter blues with Roomful of BLues! Check them out….and see how much fun you could have!

February 8
(Friday): We Banjo 3 (encore visit!) click for details
Okay, anyone who didn't see this show last time was COMPLETELY OUTTA LUCK.!!!! To say it was a highlight of our year is an understatement. Don't let the name fool ya….these handsome Irish boys are not all about the banjo!

We love them!! “It’s as if the Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and the Chieftains all got together for a battle of the bands but decided to pool their resources instead. The future of World Music has arrived.” – Elmore Magazine

One of the best live acts to come out of Ireland in recent years is the multi-awarded winning We Banjo 3. With a 7 time all Ireland banjo champ, a 4 time banjo champ, and another member who is an all Ireland champ on both fiddle and Bodhran, and with a passionate lead vocalist like a young Springsteen adopted by the Chieftans, the result is truly unforgettable. On both sides of the Atlantic the word is out about this group.

WB3 has performed for President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and has headlined virtually every major US Celtic fest for several years in a row. Now the band is rapidly gaining favor in the Bluegrass and Americana world as evidenced by their invites to Merlefest, ROMP Fest, Sisters Folk Fest, Old Settlers Fest, Four Corners Fest and others. They are Rising Stars!! Be part of their early journey!

March 15 (Friday): Kat Edmonson click for details
I saw this gal on CBS Saturday morning (“Saturday Sessions” is a great program that showcases rising stars…..highly recommend it). She is known most as a jazz singer, but she calls her music vintage pop. Whatever you call it, it is completely pure. She has shared stages with the likes of Lyle Lovett, Asleep at the Wheel, and Chris Isaac with appearances on Prairie Home Companion and E Town. When I heard her, there was something about her that reminded me of hearing Joni Mitchell when I was a kid.. She doesn't sound like her, or the music isn't the similar, but the command of her craft and her band reminds me of Joni. A terrific song writer with the sounds of a jazz singer, but the feel of an old folk singer.

Speaking of jazz, check out this video shows one of many sides of her. But this is the sweet song that stopped me in my tracks when I heard it:

And these are just samples of her live…take some time and get lost in some of her videos on YouTube. Like her songs, they are like mini vintage movies harkening back to a time when ceramic dogs and typewriters were the norm. (for some of us,it still is :>) There are so many great videos of her….too many to pick, so again, spend a few minutes and discover this amazing talent. Seems like everyone in the critical world knows about her…..now its your turn. Comes Very Very Highly SMAC Recommended

March 22 (Friday): Dom Flemons (formerly of Carolina Chocolate Drops) details
In 2005, Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops who have won a GRAMMY for Best Traditional Folk in 2010. He left the group to pursue his solo career in 2014.

His latest project, his first solo album titled “Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys” the Smithsonian Folkways label. This recording is part of the African American Legacy Recordings series, co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Dom is known as “The American Songster” ..a story teller at heart and his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist. He is considered an expert player on the Banjo, Fife, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Quills, and Rhythm Bones. Happy to have him return to the SMAC stage!

April 6
(Saturday): Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas click for details
This Celtic duo is a musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas .We cannot get enough of this master Scottish fiddler and his beautuful cellist sidekick. They sell out everytime....the show is fun, beautiful and Alasdair is a presence who just makes you feel great. A toe tapping night of fiddle music and Scottish s

April 9 (Tuesday): Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn click for details
Béla has been here many time and with my collaborations, but none is like the harmony between these two two musical virtuosos who just happened to be husband and wife. Béla, an icon and innovator of jazz, classical and world, with more multi-category GRAMMY wins than any other artist (15 total), and Abigail, a formidable talent with triumphs in songwriting, theater, performance, and even Chinese diplomacy by way of banjo, turn out to be quite a fortuitous pairing with a deep, distinct and satisfying outcome. The culmination is connection like no other. Their astounding chemistry as collaborators, as the two seamlessly stitch together singular banjo sounds in service to the stories that their songs tell. Demonstrating seemingly unlimited rhythmic, tonal and melodic capabilities, Fleck and Washburn confirm the banjo's versatility as the perfect backdrop to the rich lyrical component that Fleck and Washburn offer, 'Sometimes when you add other instruments, you take away from the banjo's being able to show all its colors, which are actually quite beautiful.’ And it really is..we are so honored to have them back. A quick sell out!

May 17 (Friday): Ruth Moody Band (of the Wailin' Jennys) click for details.
Singer songwriter Ruth Moody is one of the three lovely sirens of the Wailin' Jennys. But for this show she will showcase what we already know about her....beautiful singing and great songs...but just more of it! And with a great band, they have been making news sharing stages and recording with the likes of Mark Knopfler and Bruce Hornsby. A star that just keeps rising...
 
   
 
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