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Scheduled Performances for 2019:  
November 22 ( Friday): The Suitcase Junket click for details
He was here originally as part of our free music series and blew everyone away and has been a shooting star ever since. One man band, doesn't do this artist justice. Matt Lorenz (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. Happy he is back with us…we just can’t ever get enough of him!

November 23 (Saturday): The Gibson Brother & Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley details
The Gibson Brothers
We just love the Gibsons. You name a bluegrass award and they have won it : Songwriter of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year....and some of these multiple times! These brothers of bluegrass, write really amazing songs, have beautiful voices and are just the real deal. In a climate of new grass and a glut on new string bands, these brothers hold true to the old time bluegrass and country. Last year Bluegrass royalty Leigh and Eric Gibson stepped into what some might at first see as uncharted territory on their country-soul breakout Mockingbird, the new album produced by Grammy Award winners Dan Auerbach and Fergie Ferguson. A great album that expanded their audience to not just bluegrass but anyone who can appreciate their“brotherly” sound Many of you have seen them here at Christmas....they always bring the house down. They have a sound that is so sincere. Its like they grew up in a country band decades ago, when the divisions of country music were not so defined. But they are every bit of here for today's' stages. They have a killer band, and are a personal favorite of mine.

Rob and Trey:
Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley…a unique collaborative effort between two uniquely gifted musicians is bound to be a revelation to traditional music fans on several counts. Rob Ickes is a longtime, well-established instrumental giant, and Trey Hensley is newly arrived in Music City, bursting with talent both as a vocalist and guitarist. It’s gonna to be a great night!!!


NO REPEAT WEEKEND ... We are very excited to present this very special weekend with The Adam Ezra Group featuring a completely different set of songs each night!

The Adam Ezra Group is partnering with our local animal shelter Harvest Hills and asking:
PLEASE if possible, bring a physical donation in kind for our local animal shelter. They always desparately need cat and dog food, and other sundries. Here is their usual wish list:

"PATE" style canned dog food | Canned dog food | Purina One OR Iams Lamb & Rice dog food | Purina Kitten Chow | Purina Indoor Cat Chow | Dry Cat food | Bleach | Dish soap | Paper towels | Toilet paper | Trash bags - kitchen size drawstring | Laundry soap | Harwood pellets | Clay cat litter - non clumping

November 29 ( Friday): Adam Ezra Group click for details
TONIGHT ONLY ... With special guest, Lisa Bouchelle
Blowing audiences away would seem their primary job, and they do it well…their shows here have been no exception. 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 Miraz, 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. A quick sell out.

November 30 ( Saturday): Adam Ezra Group click for details
Blowing audiences away would seem their primary job, and they do it well…their shows here have been no exception. 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 Miraz, 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. A quick sell out.

December 4 ( Wednesday): Taste of Christmas Rooster Luncheon click for details
(This event is Recommended for our Seniors)

Can't get out to see us at night?
Here is a little taste of a night out at SMAC for Christmas in the day time!!!A home cooked meal served with love to be followed by a short Christmas carol concert given by owner Carol Noonan.

Time: Arrive at SMAC by 11:30 ... Luncheon begins at Noon

*Memberships not appropriate for this event., as this is partially a bus tour event

December 6 (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 held at the Little White Church, but you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. 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 cookies and coffee after the show in the lower level of the church.

The Little White Church is located on route 153 in Eaton NH.
SMAC Memberships do not apply for this off site show.

December 7 (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 held at the Little White Church, but you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. 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 cookies and coffee after the show in the lower level of the church.

The Little White Church is located on route 153 in Eaton NH.
SMAC Memberships do not apply for this off site show.

December 8 ( Sunday): Stone Mountain Finest Kind Artisan Craft Fair
Looking for that special gift?

This is the fair to go to. We will have two barns of talented crafters who will be proudly presenting those talents for all of your holiday needs. As always the SMAC girls will be serving up lots holiday cheer and sustenance. Come for breakfast goodies, a mimosa, and or lunch and shop for that unique gift. And yes, we will even have the game on!!

Here is the schedule of Events:
* Time: 9:30AM to 3:30 PM
* Come for breakfast goodies, a mimosa lunch, shopping, and hear some live music.
* LIVE Music will be provided - TBD

Want to be a vendor? Click for Vendor Information.

December 11 ( Wednesday): Bob Marley (comedian) click for details
We just can't book enough shows to satisfy Bob’s ever growing audience. And for good reason. Bob is not just our Maine comedian, he is one of the funniest people in the current world of comedy. His viral videos have thrust him into further popularity as one of the hottest and most sought after comedians in the country. But we are lucky he will still come to us! You know'em, you love'm...more than 15 years as a stand-up comic, Maine's own Bob Marley 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. Expect yet another sell out.

December 17 (Tuesday): Bob Marley (comedian) click for details
We just can't book enough shows to satisfy Bob’s ever growing audience. And for good reason. Bob is not just our Maine comedian, he is one of the funniest people in the current world of comedy. His viral videos have thrust him into further popularity as one of the hottest and most sought after comedians in the country. But we are lucky he will still come to us! You know'em, you love'm...more than 15 years as a stand-up comic, Maine's own Bob Marley 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. Expect yet another sell out.

December 20 (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

There is simply no better place to celebrate the holidays than at Stone Mountain Arts Center! With the lights all strung and garlands galore, Stone Mountain LIVE at Christmas is the whole "Experience"....it takes all the best aspects of this special place on the hill and packs it into one fun festive night! Stone Mountain's owner, Carol Noonan, who hosts this unique revue style show with her house band the Stone Mountain Boys...featuring guitarists Duke Levine and Kevin Barry.

December 21 (Saturday): Stone Mountain LIVE for Christmas click for details
This show supports our Winter Break and Improvement Projects.

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


There is simply no better place to celebrate the holidays than at Stone Mountain Arts Center! With the lights all strung and garlands galore, Stone Mountain LIVE at Christmas is the whole "Experience"....it takes all the best aspects of this special place on the hill and packs it into one fun festive night! Stone Mountain's owner, Carol Noonan, who hosts this unique revue style show with her house band the Stone Mountain Boys...featuring guitarists Duke Levine and Kevin Barry.

NOTE: Sorry, no SMAC passes applicable for this show.

December 27 ( Friday): Peter Wolf (of J. Geils Band) and the Midnight Travellers detail
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!

December 28
( Saturday): Peter Wolf (of J. Geils Band) and the Midnight Travellers
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!
 


NEW YEAR'S EVE!
December 31
(Tuesday): Jonathan Edwards click for details.
This show supports our local NH Starting Point
A perfect show for NYE, and you will get home in time for your own countdown. Barefoot and tanned, Jonathan Edwards has never looked and sounded better. Of course he is known for his big hits, like "Sunshine" and "Shanty", but his music is as fresh now as when those tunes made him famous. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.

Starting Point:
Jonathan and Stone Mountain are happy to be able to support Starting Point….a non-profit organization dedicated to Services for Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence. And what a great New Years resolution it is to support such a great cause.

NOTE:
* No Memberships allowed for this show
* Gold passes are permitted,but we have to limit tickets to 6
   
Scheduled Performances for 2020:  
January 17 (Friday): Susan Werner click for details
I don't know why Susan always seems to come see us in January after our break…but what a great way to start up again. The always awaited return of Susan, and we could be happier! Iowa born Susan Werner Dubbed by NPR as the "Empress of the Unexpected," A singer/songwriter by trade, but far from any category you might need to place her in. Susan is so many voices...from studying opera to diving into the folk scene.She is always creating and re-inventing herself while remaining true to who she is...a farm gal from rural America who tells their tales so eloquently. She is a consummate musician, mastering not just her voice, but piano and guitar as well. With multiple album releases and touring how she found the time to write a musical is another Susan Werner mystery....writing the music and lyrics for a musical based on the film "Bull Durham", which premiered in Atlanta in 2014. One of the best stage performers we have ever had grace our stage. A Critics choice and we could not agree more. Welcome back to SMAC Susan. A great start to 2020.

January 18 ( Saturday): 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 1 (Saturday): Richard Thompson Solo Acoustic details
What can we say about him? He is literally one of the reasons why we built SMAC....just to say, he is in our back yard!! In our humble opinion, there is not a better guitar player, and his songwriting can paint a picture like no other story teller in his genre...not that he really fits into one... he is a genre all of his own. Whether with Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Linda Thompson, or this last decade as a soloist, he continues to forge ahead with new music, sounds, and ideas. His latest, 13 Rivers represents another high watermark. In his own words: “The songs are a surprise in a good way,” he leaves off. “They came to me as a surprise in a dark time. They reflected my emotions in an oblique manner that I’ll never truly understand. It’s as if they’d been channeled from somewhere else. You find deeper meaning in the best records as time goes on. The reward comes later.” And what a reward for us !! Don't miss this solo night with new music and don't worry... his shows are full of what made you a fan in the first place too.

Feburary 7
( Friday): True Blues with Corey Harris and Cedric Watson details
This show supports Maine's local community radio station WMPG

A really unique Blues duo show...explore the extraordinary living culture of the blues with two very different artists grounded in both tradition and contemporary experimentation. Cajun Creole meets blues, reggae, soul, rock and West African music.

Corey Harris is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and bandleader who has carved out his own niche in blues. A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, he has appeared at venues throughout the North America, Europe, Brazil, The Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He began his career as a New Orleans street singer, traveling throughout the southern U.S. In his early twenties he lived in Cameroon, West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work. He has recorded many old songs of the blues tradition, while also creating an original vision of the blues by adding influences from reggae, soul, rock and West African music. His 1995 recording, Between Midnight and Day, is a tribute to the tradition of acoustic blues. Subsequent recordings, such as Greens From the Garden (1999), Mississippi to Mali (2003), and Daily Bread (2005) show Harris' maturation from interpreter to songwriter. Some of his imaginative compositions are marked by a deliberate eclecticism; other works stay true to the traditional blues formula of compelling vocals and down-home guitar. With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, Harris is a truly unique voice in contemporary music.

Cedric Watson One of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade, Cedric Watson is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist & songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential With an apparently bottomless repertoire of songs at his fingertips, Cedric plays everything from forgotten Creole melodies and obscure Dennis McGee reels to more modern Cajun and Zydeco songs, even occasionally throwing in a bluegrass fiddle tune or an old string band number. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he is also a prolific songwriter, writing almost all of his songs on his double row Hohner accordion. Cedric's songs channel his diverse ancestry (African, French, Native American and Spanish) to create his own brand of sounds. Here them both.

WMPG
...a terrific local community radio station that has been around a long time...The station features diverse programming ranging from rock to jazz to foreign to local or global issues, and more. This is a perfect show to help support the cultural variety of programming of WMPG..yes we still listen to the radio!!!!

NOTE: Sorry, no SMAC passes applicable for this show.
 

February 21
( Friday): JigJam click for details
JigJam are a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with Bluegrass and Americana in a new genre which has been branded as 'I-Grass' (Irish influenced Bluegrass), their onstage energy along with their virtuosic musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world. "Here's an Irish band that's going to impact the world as hard as Clancy Brothers or U2 if they get only half a chance." MIDWEST RECORDS Jamie McKeogh, Cathal Guinan and Daithi Melia all hail from Tullamore, Co. Offaly with Co. Tipperary born Gavin Strappe completing the quartet. All four members grew up immersed in Irish traditional music and culture which is reflected by the band collectively achieving over twenty All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann competitions. They have now developed their own unique style of music influenced by American Folk music whilst staying true to their Irish roots. Described as 'The best Irish group so far in bluegrass' this sharply dressed outfit deliver an energy-fueled, foot-stomping live performance. All multi-instrumentalists, JigJam interchange between banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and double bass onstage which creates an experience which is pleasing to both the eye and the ear. A nice song and video about a familiar move trip from Ireland to Boston.

February 29 ( Saturday): Alana MacDonald (of Devonsquare) click for details
Alana MacDonald singer, songwriter and violinist of the super folk trio Devonsquare will be here at SMAC for a exciting night showcasing Alana’s talents and charm. Alana is celebrating her 50th year with Devonsquare by performing new songs and old favorites with her bandmates Robbie Coffin, Teg Glendon, and pianist Mike McGinnis. The band released five records between 1983 and 1996, two on Atlantic Records. They toured with Peter Frampton and Melanie, opening for many artists such as Bonnie Raiit, Kris Kristofferson and Roy Orbison. After the death of band member, Herb Ludwig ,in 2005 ,Tom and Alana joined Rex Fowler from Aztec Two Step in "The John Lennon Project: from 2010 to 2014. Tom Dean retired in 2018 and after saying goodbye to Devonsquare, Alana, after much soul searching, decided to move forward solo. Don’t miss this rare night with the multi talented and striking Alana.

March 3 ( 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!

NOTE: Sorry, no Tabs applicable.

March 7 ( Saturday): Los Lobos click for details
One of the most acclaimed American bands of the 1980s and '90s, Los Lobos were seasoned musical veterans with nearly 15 years of experience under their belts when they scored their first hit in 1987 with a cover of Richie Valens' "La Bamba." Though their time as pop stars was short, the group -- who enjoyed calling themselves "just another band from East L.A." -- won over critics and a legion of loyal fans with their bracing mixture of rock, blues, Tex-Mex, country, R&B, and Mexican folk sounds, with the band's sound ranging from gentle acoustic ballads to the outer limits of experimental rock. While often cited as one of the great bands of Latino Rock, Los Lobos' eclectic sound in fact defined them as a vital example of America's cultural melting pot. In 2015, Los Lobos released the bold and eclectic album Gates of Gold; the album's arrival coincided with the publication of Los Lobos: Dream in Blue, a group biography written by veteran Los Angeles music journalist Chris Morris. And as far as SMAC goes, we bleepin' love this band!!

March 13 (Friday): Glen Phillips and Chris Barron click for details
We are never usually this cool. Two great songwriters, one great night and its an honor to have these artists here together.

Glen Phillips singer and songwriter of the alt rock group Toad the Wet Sprocket. Many solo albums and collaborations later, he constantly reinventing and creating.

Chris Barron (of the Spin Doctors) The zeitgeist is a moving target, and Chris Barron has always been a crack shot. The New York songwriter is no longer the debutant who set out on the circuit’s sharp end in 1988 with $100, a battered acoustic and a headful of the alt-rock anthems that would elevate Spin Doctors to global stardom. He’s a veteran approaching 50, living in a world changed beyond recognition, compelled to write the music that chronicles the here-and-now.

March 14
( Saturday): St. Paddy's Dimming of the Day Dinner click for details
Featuring The Carol Noonan Trio and Erica Brown and Josepehine County

A celebration of the greenest of holidays. Come join us for a night of Irish music and a festive Irish feast. Carol Noonan, with her guitarists Duke Levine and Kevin Barry peforming along with that lovely fiddler Erica Brown and her Irish group Josephine County. And don't worry if you don't like Corned Beef, there will be plenty of other options. But for those of you who do like that "corney" dish, Carol's version like her Danny Boy, is the best that this blarney neck of the woods has to offer.!!!

Here is a little sample of the evening's music:


Carol doing Danny Boy
and Erica and Josephine County an old Trad tune:

Doors open at the dimming of the day at 4:30pm
Fun starts at 5:00 pm with apps and a welcome drink in Quisi Barn
Seating will begin at 5:30 pm in the Main Hall so please be prompt so we can start the first set once everyone is seated.

DINNER: Apps, a welcome drink, salad, dinner, dessert and coffee are included. Tickets include dinner and music! Gratuity and beverages other than arrival welcome drink NOT included.

March 21 ( Saturday): Kat Edmonson click for details
Back again….because everyone was blown away by Kat!!!!!

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 of one of the 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. Don’t be the one that misses her this time!!!

FREE ADMISSION SHOW .............
March 26
( 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

April 18 ( Saturday): Mike Farris click for details
I read a review that said that ..."there aren't many current male singers who use their voices to soar, float and deliver material with the spiritual commitment of Mike Farris." I couldn't agree more. Grammy award winning MIke Farris s a truly soulful singer. If you are as tired as I am of the wimpy pop singers they are pumping out these days, than Mike Farris is the cure. I little renegade, a little Gospel, a little Sam Cooke , and a lot uniquely his own. Mike is here with his band, and we are wicked excited! Just what we need for a winter warm up! Check him out.

April 23 (Thursday): Junco CD Release Concert click for details
The local boys of Junco are returning to SMAC for a third time—this time to celebrate the release of their new CD! Friends since their high school years at Fryeburg Academy, Junco has been performing their original alternative and folk-infused rock music across northern New England for close to seven years. Since their inception, Junco has released an EP, “Waking the Sleeping Giant” (2015) and an LP, “The Night the Lake Stood Still” (2017)—both available on all music streaming services. The band’s high-energy performances, upbeat themes, and improvisational approach all add up to a feel-good, stimulating, and ever-evolving style of music. Learn more at www.juncoband.com.

April 25
( Saturday): Judith Owen click for details
The first time we saw Welch born Judith Owen, she was with Richard Thompson’s 1000 year tour that we were lucky enough to get, and she blew us away with her musicianship and artistic stage presence. Soon after she came for a solo show that was a joyful night of Judith’s brand of music…beautiful, thoughtful and sometimes silly. She is a one woman show for sure sharing her love of musical variety and melding it into a great stylistic gumbo all her own. Married to comedian actor, Harry Shearer, you can imagine her sense of humor as well was a bond for the two. She is very funny :>) on stage and off. A light side and a poignant side makes her a true artist as you will see below with these videos. I love this song, and found her doing her unique version of “In the Summertime".plus it looks so warm there!!! And here is her heart provoking song “Somebody’s Child”. Whichever side you see of Judith you will be enthralled as we have been….happy to have her back.

May 16
(Saturday): DuoDuo Quartet click for details
Natalie Haas & Yann Falquet and Maeve Gilchrist & Nic Gareiss

Michigan-born percussive dancer Nic Gareiss and Edinburgh harpist Maeve Gilchrist toured together as part of Darol Anger's band, 'The Furies', finally making their duo debut at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland. Natalie Haas is one of the most sought-after cellists in Celtic music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for 18 years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. Her husband, Montrealer Yann Falquet is one of the most creative acoustic guitarists in today's Québécois music scene. Over the last fifteen years, he has recorded five albums and toured the world with French Canadian power trio Genticorum. In the last few years, this husband and wife team have been performing together as a duo, performing a mix of Québécois traditional songs and new takes on folk music from throughout Western Europe.

The DuoDuo Quartet presents an unforgettable night of music, song, and dance, spanning from the intimacy of each duo to a collaboration featuring all four of these innovators and masters of their respective traditions and instruments.


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May 21
(Thursday): Matt Nakoa click for details
YOU HAVE SEEN HIM WITH TOM RUSH..NOW SEE HIM SOLO!

Singer song writer and pianist MATT NAKOA grew up on a small goat farm in Smyrna, NY and began composing music as a teenager. Following a formative stint as a classical pianist, Matt won scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spaulding among others. After college, Matt toured with his band, The Fens, and eventually landed in New York City's vibrant piano bar scene. Matt quickly became a star performer at Manhattan's Brandy's Piano Bar, with lines outside the door each Saturday night. Matt's first solo album, Light In The Dark (2012), is an eclectic pop opus. In contrast, A Dozen Other Loves (2014), explores a simple acoustic palette. This intimate collection has earned many songwriting awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festival's prestigious New Folk Competition. Additionally, Matt's piano music has received favorable reviews in publications including The New York Times, and his film scoring has been featured by Disney. Matt now tours internationally, recently performing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush.

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May 22 ( Friday): The Mammals click for details
THE MAMMALS ARE BACK
The Mammals is a five-piece Americana band from Woodstock, NY. "A string band at the core, The Mammals augment their sound with drums and electric guitar to create a collectively harmonized howl as thrilling and rocking as any band currently subverting folk traditions" - No Depression The band features stand-out songwriters Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar (sometimes known as Mike + Ruthy) lifted by a thrilling rhythm section of bass, drums and pedal steel. "The Mammals don't suffer from multiple genre syndrome, they celebrate it as if gleefully aware that the sound barriers separating old-timey music, vintage pop and contemporary folk are as permeable as cotton." - Washington Post You can watch them here in this fun video .

July 10 (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. These days he is just as vital and entertaining. We welcome him back with a big hug!

July 11 ( Saturday): 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!

July 31
( Friday): David Bromberg 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.

August 14 (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!

October 11 ( Sunday): Election 2020 with Capitol Steps click for details
These folks will have lots of material just before the big the election of 2020 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!

   
 
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