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Scheduled Performances for 2020:  
September 19 ( Saturday): Don Campbell Band click for details
A reschedule from April 4, 2020
A Socially Distanced Show for 50 People
Always great to have Don and the band here. Country Crooner Don Campbell is widely known in Nashville and the roots of country music, but his early roots are in Maine, and we are proud to call him him our own. He is a great song writer and puts on an equally great show...we just love his voice, and you will too.,.and by the way, ya could not meet a nicer guy! He makes an inspired tribute to Dan Folgelberg for part of this special show along with all your country Don Campbell favorites.
The purpose of these concerts is to take baby steps in presenting music, and give our staff some work. Plain and simple, they will not be profitable, except in spirit…soo... Because of the very limited capacity, Memberships that remain as originally ordered cannot be applicable. Newly negotiated memberships are applicable. We hate to restrict memberships in any way, but our choice is to do this or not have a concerts at all at this time. Special times take special decisions….thanks for working with us.

dot September 26 (Saturday): Gibson Brothers arrow click for details
A Socially Distanced Show for 50 People
Oh, I love these these bluegrass greats!!! 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. They were featured on Prairie Home Companion last year and of course 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 are a personal favorite of mine....Come highly SMAC recommended.
The purpose of these concerts is to take baby steps in presenting music, and give our staff some work. Plain and simple, they will not be profitable, except in spirit…soo... Because of the very limited capacity, Memberships that remain as originally ordered cannot be applicable. Newly negotiated memberships are applicable. We hate to restrict memberships in any way, but our choice is to do this or not have a concerts at all at this time. Special times take special decisions….thanks for working with us.

October 1 ( Thursday): Bob Marley (comedian) -

All tickets will be automatically moved to the rescheduled date as ordered.

October 2 ( Friday): Junco click for details
A Socially Distanced Show for 50 People
The local boys of Junco are returning to SMAC for a third time! 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.
The purpose of these concerts is to take baby steps in presenting music, and give our staff some work. Plain and simple, they will not be profitable, except in spirit…soo... Because of the very limited capacity, Memberships that remain as originally ordered cannot be applicable. Newly negotiated memberships are applicable. We hate to restrict memberships in any way, but our choice is to do this or not have a concerts at all at this time. Special times take special decisions….thanks for working with us.

October 9 ( Friday): Jason Anick and Celia Woodsmith click for details
A Socially Distanced Show for 50 People
Singer-songwriter Celia Woodsmith (of Della Mae) and violin virtuoso Jason Anick, (of the John Jorgenson Quartet, front this newly minted supergroup with bassist Charles Clements.
These globe-trotting musicians have crossed paths at festivals all over the world with their respective projects (Della Mae, Lonely Heartstring Band, Rhythm Future Quartet) and are excited to share the stage for this special collaboration. They will perform an array of roots inspired originals, country classics, western swing, and bluegrass music.

Celia Woodsmith is a GRAMMY Nominated performer as part of the al gal group, Della Mae. A super vocalist, and songwriter, she is the daughter of the Vermont based poet Sybil Smith she is influenced by artists such as John Prine, Janis Joplin and Mahalia Jackson. Over time, and without any formal training Celia molded her own vocal style and has been hailed by the Boston Globe as "Unvarnished and intimate (...) but then sounds like she's about to part the Dead Sea"

Jason Anick One of the youngest violin professors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Anick is considered “a rising star in the world of jazz violin and mandolin” (Downbeat Magazine). In addition to leading various groups under his own name and performing with the Rhythm Future Quartet, Anick has been touring and recording with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson since 2008 when he was recruited while still a senior at the Hartt Conservatory. With performances all over the world from China, Europe, and Japan and renowned venues like the Montreal Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, Scullers Jazz Club, Yoshi’s, Iridium, TD Garden, Regattabar, NPR, and The Late Night Show, Jason has proven himself to be a leader in the ever-growing contemporary string world.
The purpose of these concerts is to take baby steps in presenting music, and give our staff some work. Plain and simple, they will not be profitable, except in spirit…soo... Because of the very limited capacity, Memberships that remain as originally ordered cannot be applicable. Newly negotiated memberships are applicable. We hate to restrict memberships in any way, but our choice is to do this or not have a concerts at all at this time. Special times take special decisions….thanks for working with us.

dot October 16 (Friday): The Clements Brothers (of Lonely Heart String Band) arrow details
A Socially Distanced Show for 50 People
We are lucky enough to have George and Charles living in our neck of the woods. Drawing from the deep roots in the expansive canon of traditional American and bluegrass music that the The Lonely Heartstring Band is known for, George and Charles will do a unique duo show with a talented bond only brothers could create. Soaring vocals and beautiful acoustic playing is just the musical comfort we need right now.
The purpose of these concerts is to take baby steps in presenting music, and give our staff some work. Plain and simple, they will not be profitable, except in spirit…soo... Because of the very limited capacity, Memberships that remain as originally ordered cannot be applicable. Newly negotiated memberships are applicable. We hate to restrict memberships in any way, but our choice is to do this or not have a concerts at all at this time. Special times take special decisions….thanks for working with us.

dot October 24 (Saturday): Jason Spooner Band arrow click for details
A Socially Distanced Show for 50 People
Jason is a multi-award winning New England-based songwriter discovered his father's collection of eight-track tapes as a child and never looked back. His writing style continues to emerge as a crucial strength that sets this Portland, Maine-based artist apart from the fray of young songwriters populating the New England music scene. A constant on Satellite Radio, he's shared stages with artists from BB King to Ray Lamontage. See why the Portland Phoenix said he is "an amalgamation of John Prine and John Mayer.” ALways a pleasure to have him.
The purpose of these concerts is to take baby steps in presenting music, and give our staff some work. Plain and simple, they will not be profitable, except in spirit…soo... Because of the very limited capacity, Memberships that remain as originally ordered cannot be applicable. Newly negotiated memberships are applicable. We hate to restrict memberships in any way, but our choice is to do this or not have a concerts at all at this time. Special times take special decisions….thanks for working with us.

dot October 30 (Friday): Golden Oak arrow click for details
A Socially Distanced Show for 50 People
The best kept secret in Maine!!! This homespun, family-oriented indie folk group from Portland provides evidence that the dense woods of the Pine Tree State might just be a better muse than the slick streets of New York and LA.

Golden Oak is driven by the songwriting and harmonies of the brother-sister duo Zak and Lena Kendall. In many ways, the themes of GoldenOak's music are driven by their home base. "Maine is such an interesting place to be an artist," Zak says. "It's so remote in a lot of ways. And the landscape and the woods are so inspiring. People are often spread out, but there's also this amazing artistic community, not only in Portland but also in the towns all over Maine." "Being in a place like Maine, we're not surrounded by buildings. I think the art is very reflective of the landscape, the nature of Maine. As you walk through the woods, you never see the same thing twice. And I think that represents the Maine music scene in a perfect way." That music scene has thrown its arms around GoldenOak, and, in return, the band is helping to draw more attention to it with some excellent new songs. ( River and Poet and the Painter) "The Portland music scene is so friendly and welcoming," Zak says. "I think, unfortunately, a lot of music scenes get competitive by nature. But that's something you just don't find in Portland. There's just a lot of fantastic people involved in it that kind of have that 'Mainer' attitude to help each other out and support each other." We couldn’t agree more!
The purpose of these concerts is to take baby steps in presenting music, and give our staff some work. Plain and simple, they will not be profitable, except in spirit…soo... Because of the very limited capacity, Memberships that remain as originally ordered cannot be applicable. Newly negotiated memberships are applicable. We hate to restrict memberships in any way, but our choice is to do this or not have a concerts at all at this time. Special times take special decisions….thanks for working with us.

November 5 ( Thursday): Bob Marley (comedian) -

All tickets will be automatically moved to the rescheduled date as ordered.

 
November 13 (Friday): Le Vent due Nord click for details
If this band doesn't make you happy well you need happy therapy!!! Simply joyous is how I would describe an evening with this band. Heavily influenced by Celtic music, these guys are better every time we see them. Le Vent du Nord is one of the premier folk bands coming out of Canada today winning multiple awards and accolades from our friends up north. They have a huge and exciting sound using traditional instruments and foot stomping rhythms.....and they even play the hurdi gurdi!! They put on a whale of a show and you will leave here smiling and wanting more, like we always do. See them in action.

November 19, 2020 (Thursday): Jake Shimabukuro click for details
A reschedule from June 25, 2020
This is one show you have to see to believe. Jake's last show with us was completely joyous! He says the uke is the instrument of peace. Just what we need.

"The Jimmy Hendrix of the ukelele", Jake Shimabukuro has done for the uke what Bela Fleck has done for the banjo. Whether you need your spirits picked up or you are wanting to celebrate, nothing like a happy ukelele to fit that bill. And Jake has got to be seen to be believed. His show with us last year was completely joyous!

A ukulele virtuoso and composer known for his fast and complex finger work. Made famous by his millions of hits video of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" , his music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco. Jake comes from that same process of mixing both island and outside influences, both modern and historical. He's combined the qualities of a long line of virtuoso ukulele players with modern rock musicians to create a sound that's uniquely his own but still firmly grounded in Hawaiian tradition. Growing up in Hawaii, Jake's influences include legendary ukulele players like Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. He has topped Billboard's World Music Chart numerous times, been declared a musical "hero" by Rolling Stone Magazine, which also stated: "one of the hottest axemen of the past few years doesn't actually play guitar." He has also won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder who states: "Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can't see anybody else catching up with;" My favorite Jake moment? He does a uke version of Queen's Bohemiam Rhapsody. So if that doesn't get you to think outta the box, nothin will!! Come see this amazing young ukelele legend. The ukelele is considered the happiest instrument in the world...so don't worry, be happy!! And yeah I think he does that tune too. Check out his nice version of Hallelujah.

November 20 ( Friday): Glen Phillps and Chris Barron click for details
A reschedule from March 13, 2020
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.

November 27 (Friday): Adam Ezra Group click for details
A reschedule from June 4, 2020
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.

NOTE: There is an 8 ticket limit when ordering for this show.

November 28 (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.

NOTE: There is an 8 ticket limit when ordering for this show.

December 5 ( Saturday): Carol Noonan & Dana Cunningham - One Show Only 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. The Little White Church is located on route 153 in Eaton NH.

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

December 18 ( Friday): Stone Mountain LIVE Christmas click for details
Hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys
featuring Duke Levine, Kevin Barry and 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. Featuring special guest, the one and only Bill Kirchen…famed of his Commander Cody days and his version of Hot Rod Lincoln, well if we could have a a favorite Uncle for SMAC, it would be him!!

December 19 ( Saturday): Stone Mountain LIVE Christmas click for details
Hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys
featuring Duke Levine, Kevin Barry and 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. Featuring special guest, the one and only Bill Kirchen…famed of his Commander Cody days and his version of Hot Rod Lincoln, well if we could have a a favorite Uncle for SMAC, it would be him!!
   
Scheduled Performances for 2021:  
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January 14,
(Thursday): Matt Nakoa click for details
A reschedule from May 21, 2020

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.

* We also ask that if possible you bring a "goods" donation for the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter.

* 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 )

* Membership Passes or Packages are not applicable.

January 15, ( 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!

January 16, ( Saturday): Juston McKinney click for details
A reschedule from May 2, 2020
Juston is really taking off, and for good reason. His New England humor hits home with we who live here and those who love to hear about our unique way of life. 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. Juston grew up living on the border of New Hampshire and Maine. After earning an associates degree from the very prestigious Southern Maine Community College, 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 left the dangerous streets of rural Maine and moved to the quiet community of Queens, 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. His new one-hour special, "Parentally Challenged" is available on Amazon Prime."

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. A fun night to cure Cabin Fever..here is a video I love of his.

January 21, ( Thursday): We Banjo 3 click for details
A reschedule from July 14 and 15, 2020
Okay, anyone who hasn't seen this band is DEPRIVED!!!! To say it is the highlight of our year when this band is here, 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!

February 5, ( Friday): Los Lobos click for details
A reschedule from September 13, 2020
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!!

February 6, ( Saturday): An Evening with Maine Cabin Masters click for details
A reschedule from June 5, 2020
Maine's Own TV Stars from the DIY Network Join us for a special and engaging panel event with the stars of the hit-TV show who will share details about their current camp renovations and what surprises to expect for the upcoming season on the DIY Network! Guests will be invited to ask the crew questions about their projects, past episodes, partnerships with local Maine businesses and more!. A meet and greet reception will follow the panel in the old lobby barn. Stay and tip'em back with Chase, Ryan, Ashley, Jedi and Dixie...for autographs, live music (TBD) photos and Maine Cabin Masters merch! Oh, and maybe they will have some ideas for our old house..and yours!!! We are all wicked excited to have them here....Geesh real Maine tv stars!!! This is an encore visit…their last date with us was a blast!!!! Check them out here and watch a recent episode.

 
February 19, ( Friday): Paula Poundstone click for details
A reschedule from July 11, 2020
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!

February 26, ( Friday): Jesse Dee click for details
A reschedule from July 3, 2020
When soul singer Jesse Dee is here, all the staff comes out to see him whether they are working or not...he is soooo good. He is another one of those artists that should be a household name....but not yet. Well, he is in our household...come see why! Jesse is here with his big band for some big fun.

This soul singer extraordinaire is bringing his own brand of R& B to Stone Mountain for his own show. We just love this guy!! A modern day trailblazer with his own tunes while embracing the old school soul greats before him. Sharing the stage with the likes of Al Green and James Hunter and others. This is huge SMAC Staff Pick! Don't miss this hot show for our spring thaw! And yes, we will have a dance floor. We will set up the main hall club style so there is plenty of seating and listening or if you are so moved, and room for dancing!

March 13, ( 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 beautiful 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 stories...smac at its best when they are here.

March 17, ( Wednesday): St. Paddy's Dimming of the Day Dinner click for details
A reschedule from March 14, 2020

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 25. ( Thursday): Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy click for details
A reschedule from July 24, 2020
The entertainment world is filled with extraordinary stories. But few match the beguiling true-life tale of Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music, whose dazzling career achievements underpin an incomparable off-stage life. Indeed, when two of the planet’s very best fiddle players married in 2002, the proverbial mantelpiece was instantly crammed with JUNO and East Coast Music Awards. Though MacMaster and Leahy followed different trajectories – she a Cape Breton native who could step-dance before she could walk; he the oldest brother of acclaimed family group Leahy – both had assuredly crested the traditional music peak. Their first recorded collaboration, 2015’s Bob Ezrin-produced album One, which was followed by 2016’s A Celtic Family Christmas (and which cemented the couple’s status as powerhouses on the seasonal circuit) confirmed MacMaster and Leahy are as dynamic working together as they were working apart. Performing thousands of shows and collaborating with a multitude of world renowned artists Natalie’s and Donnell’s family and work-life have been intertwined. Their values are equally as important in their life as music. They believe incorporating family into the performances and their music is the perfect way to maintain a healthy work-life balance. MacMaster and Leahy now have five beautiful children, and Natalie and Donnell devotion to them is job number one. On a personal note, I cannot describe the elation and emotion when this family performs together...love is not a big enough word.

March 26, ( Friday): Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy click for details
A reschedule from July 25, 2020

This Show Supports Our Local Food Bank

The entertainment world is filled with extraordinary stories. But few match the beguiling true-life tale of Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music, whose dazzling career achievements underpin an incomparable off-stage life. Indeed, when two of the planet’s very best fiddle players married in 2002, the proverbial mantelpiece was instantly crammed with JUNO and East Coast Music Awards. Though MacMaster and Leahy followed different trajectories – she a Cape Breton native who could step-dance before she could walk; he the oldest brother of acclaimed family group Leahy – both had assuredly crested the traditional music peak. Their first recorded collaboration, 2015’s Bob Ezrin-produced album One, which was followed by 2016’s A Celtic Family Christmas (and which cemented the couple’s status as powerhouses on the seasonal circuit) confirmed MacMaster and Leahy are as dynamic working together as they were working apart. Performing thousands of shows and collaborating with a multitude of world renowned artists Natalie’s and Donnell’s family and work-life have been intertwined. Their values are equally as important in their life as music. They believe incorporating family into the performances and their music is the perfect way to maintain a healthy work-life balance. MacMaster and Leahy now have five beautiful children, and Natalie and Donnell devotion to them is job number one. On a personal note, I cannot describe the elation and emotion when this family performs together...love is not a big enough word.

About our Food Pantry:
The South Western Oxford County Nutrition supporting over 100 families.

March 27, ( Saturday): Tim O'Brien and Chris Smither click for details
What a great pairing!!!
Chris Smither...Simply one of those artists that cause you to 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!!!

Tim O’Brien and Jan Fabricius….If I had a nickel for every time someone covered a Tim O'Brien song on our stage, well I would have a pile'o' nickels! A grammy winner, singer, a songwriter, and a multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki and mandocello), who has released more than ten studio albums. Tim is probably best known in the bluegrass world, racking up multiple IBMA's honors over the years, but his sound is truly Americana....a little country a little folk, a little bluegrass with a lotta story. And those song stories are what audiences and performers can't get enough of. We are so happy to have him back. Tim’s partner Jan Fabricius adds a nice vocal and harmonious compliment to their mix…a welcome addition!

March 31,
(Wednesday): The Wailin' Jennys click for details
Yippee!! They're back!!! Super gal group, The Wailin' Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound. Yes..PERFECT! Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin' Jennys have grown over the years into one of today's most beloved international folk acts. In 2004, The Wailin' Jennys released their first full-length album 40 Days to great critical acclaim, netting a 2005 Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Bolstered by their frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor's public radio show A Prairie Home Companion, The Jennys exploded onto the roots music scene, performing at packed venues across the Canada, the U.S. and throughout the world. With their varying backgrounds, each of the Jennys is unique in their individual expression. Together they forge a unified folk-pop sound that is stunning, exciting, and heartwarming. We are so lucky to have them back here again on their limited tour.

NOTE: There is a 6 ticket limit for this show.

April 17, ( Saturday): Darrell Scott click for details
A reschedule from May 8, 2020

Hey all you song writer lovers ….
this guy in my opinion is 100% exactly what singer songewriter should be…

Scott has collaborated with Steve Earle, Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, John Cowan, Verlon Thompson, Guy Clark, Tim O'Brien, Kate Rusby, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Mary Gauthier, Dan Tyminski, and Brad Paisely recorded his song "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive” on the finale of Justified ( a favorIte SMAC show by the way!) Here his version of this great song with some talented friends.

Gaining new fame by touring with Robert Plant and the Zac Brown Band (2 years with each), and producing albums for Malcolm Holcomb and Guy Clark and being named “songwriter of the year” for both ASCAP and NSAI, Darrell Scott has been one buys song writer. A multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who mines and cultivates the everyday moment, taking the rote, menial, mundane, and allowing it to be surreal, ever poignant, and candidly honest, lilting, blooming, and resonating. The words he fosters allow us to make sense of the world, what is at stake here, and our place in it. And ultimately, Darrell knows the sole truth of life is that love is all that matters, that we don’t always get it right, but that’s the instinctive and requisite circuitous allure of things, why we forever chase it, and why it is held sacred.

These days find him roaming his Tennessee wilderness acreage hiking along the small river, creating delicious meals with food raised on his property and playing music. He often leads songwriting workshops to help people tell their own truths with their stories, and is as busy as always writing, producing, performing, and just plain fully immersing himself in life. For this night he will immerse himself up a country road . Happy to have him here for the first time.

April 22, (Thursday): Altan click for details
With a career in Irish music for 35 years, Altan has achieved legendary status in a genre that has been equally shaped by the band’s influence and genius. Audiences from Ireland to Japan to Australia to Europe have embraced their heartwarming, dynamic live performances and their exquisitely produced, award-winning recordings. Over a dozen releases to date, ranging from the most touching old Irish songs to hard-hitting reels and jigs. Chicago Weekly, said, “Thought by many to be the finest traditional Irish combo working today, Altan seamlessly blend dazzling instrumental prowess and the gorgeously delicate vocals of Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh” I would whole heartedly agree. They have not been here for many years and we have missed them. The real deal of Irish bands…don't miss their welcome return.

April 23, ( Friday): Ward Hayden & the Outliers click for details
(formerly Girls, Guns and Glory)
A reschedule from March 28, 2020
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 for mud season!

April 24, (Saturday): An Evening with Tom Rush Accompanied by Matt Nakoa
A reschedule from July 10, 2020
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!

May 15,
( Saturday): Judith Owen click for details
A reschedule from April 25, 2020
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 21, (Thursday): Rodney Crowell click for details
The Texas-born songwriter has collaborated with everyone from Emmylou Harris to Waylon Jennings and Rosanne Cash, all while maintaining a solo career that's garnished with two Grammys and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. And his solo career has never been more vital. With the 2017 release of his album "Close Ties", its obvious he has lots more to say. As a keeper of the American genre, he is one of the most respected songwriters in his field, and we are happy to have him here once again grace our stage. A heartfelt and earnest performer and story teller, it's a show you should not miss.

May 22, ( Saturday): DuoDuo Quartet click for details
A reschedule from May 16, 2020
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.

June 1, (Tuesday): Keb' Mo' click for details
A reschedule from May 26, 2020
He was hailed by NPR as the modern ambassador for the blues. Since the release of his self-titled debut in 1994, blues guitarist Keb' Mo' (born Kevin Moore) has been one of the most successful musicians in the genre. Earning multiple grammys and nominations, Guitarist/vocalist Keb' Mo' draws heavily on the old-fashioned country blues style of Robert Johnson, while keeping his sound contemporary with touches of soul and folksy storytelling. A skilled frontman as well as an accomplished sideman, he writes much of his own material and has applied his acoustic, electric, and slide guitar skills to jazz- and rock-oriented bands. We have had him here a number of times now, and from where we stand we every show is better than the last. An intimate show up here on the hill.....don't miss it.

NOTE: There is an 8 ticket limit for this show.
Memberships are not applicable for this high ticketed show.

June 4, ( Friday): Judy Collins click for details
A reschedule from May 29, 2020
We are honored once again to present this beautiful icon of folk music to our humble hall on the hill. Judy's songs are historic and her rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" on her classic 1967 album, Wildflowers. "Both Sides Now" has since been entered into the Grammy's Hall of Fame. Winning "Song of the Year" at the 1975 Grammy's Awards show was Judy's version of "Send in the Clowns," a song that no one has been able to touch since. An Evening with Judy Collins...how special. Oh, and p. s... she tells the best stories!!!!

June 5, ( Saturday): Judy Collins click for details
A reschedule from May 30, 2020
This is a Benefit Show for MSSPA (Maine's Horse Rescue)

We are honored once again to present this beautiful icon of folk music to our humble hall on the hill. Judy's songs are historic and her rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" on her classic 1967 album, Wildflowers. "Both Sides Now" has since been entered into the Grammy's Hall of Fame. Winning "Song of the Year" at the 1975 Grammy's Awards show was Judy's version of "Send in the Clowns," a song that no one has been able to touch since. An Evening with Judy Collins...how special. Oh, and p. s... she tells the best stories!!!!

About the MSSPA:
In Nearby Windham, they do such great work. On a personal note, we had many years with a MSSPA pony and we are happy to help support their relentless work in providing refuge, rehabilitation, and placement for abused and neglected horses in Maine.

June 11,
(Friday): Kathy Mattea click for details
Songs and Stories featuring Fred Carpenter
A reschedule from May 1, 2020
If you have recently seen the country music doc by Ken Burns you will be reminded of Kathy ’s talents, wealth of knowledge and contribution to country music. In fact she has been charting once again since its airing, and for good reason. Grammy and CMA multiple award winner Kathy Mattea is one of country music's finest female treasures and our favorites. This special intimate show will give you a down home taste of having Kathy right in your living room. If you didn't know it, besides a great performer, she is a really warm, witty and funny gal. It will be so fun to get to know her on this special night. Fred will be a terrific addition as usual too. We welcome Kathy back to the Mountain, and remind her that the snow should be gone by then. (ask her about the night she spent in the bus, on a hill in Brownfield after a snowstorm : >) She is one of us!

June 18, (Friday): Gaelic Storm click for details
And a storm they are!! I always say they are the hardest workin' Irish band I know...just great! Remember the music that was playing during the steerage party in Titanic? That was Gaelic Storm, who on their self-titled debut album way back when, presented an engaging mix of traditional music, dance music, and songs, all performed with energy and enthusiasm. Well, that was many albums ago, and these days they are now one of the most popular Celtic acts around. Their stage show is high energy and at time even rockin'- Irish style with charismatic story teller and front man Patrick Murphy, whipping up the crowd more with every tune. They are a terrific bunch of folks who we are happy to have back. Don't miss it…come celebrate one great band!

June 19, (Saturday): Jonathan Edwards click for details
A reschedule from October 30, 2020
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. Each visit from Jonathan is a gift :.)

June 25, ( Friday): Seldom Scene click for details
A reschedule from June 26, 2020
The Seldom Scene is an American bluegrass band formed in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland. The Scene has been instrumental in starting the progressive bluegrass movement as their shows include bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even pop. What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For The Seldom Scene, it's taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun. On Guitar Dudley Connell, Mandolin and Guitar Lou Reid, Banjo, Fiddle Ron Stewart, Dobro Fred Travers, Bass / Ronnie Simpkins. Here is their version of this great Harry Nilsson tune.

June 26, (Saturday): Nick Lowe with Los Straitjackets click for details
A reschedule from June 21, 2020
Four men who wear Mexican wrestling masks onstage have reacquainted singer Nick Lowe with his rock ‘n’ roll roots. Two years ago, Nick Lowe had almost convinced himself that his days of making records were over. As detailed in a lengthy retrospective feature in Rolling Stone this past December, Lowe had ridden into 2018 astride a storied forty-plus year career as an artist, producer and one of the most-revered songwriters of his generation. But suddenly, the affable rocker-next-door felt he had to step back to take stock of his situation.‘

“And then along came the Straitjackets.”
That’s Los Straitjackets, America’s beloved masked men of surf-and-spy guitar instrumentals. Propelled by last year’s well-received Tokyo Bay / Crying Inside EP (Conan O’Brien personally chose them to perform “Tokyo Bay” on the show’s final week of music bookings, before changing to its new 30-minute format), Lowe returns this spring with three crackling new originals “Love Starvation,” “Blue on Blue” and “Trombone,” plus a cover of an obscure Phil Spector-produced gem, “Raincoat in the River.” The match that helped Lowe recapture his groove started casually in 2012 when he and the Straitjackets jammed at a party for their shared label, Yep Roc. “Apart from being a fantastic rock ‘n’ roll band,” Lowe says, “they know how to play tons of different styles really well. They can knock you out a version of Bacharach & David’s “The Look of Love” with no trouble at all. Plus, we get on with each other really well. And that makes the music work.” Between 2014-18, the group accompanied Lowe on four well-received tours (two in support of his holiday disc Quality Street, one of Rolling Stone’s 40 Essential Christmas Albums). “This is a collaboration,” Lowe stresses. “They’re in no way my backing band. It also opened the door for new recordings. This time out, tracks were cut over a few days in Woodstock, then mixed in London by Neil Brockbank’s young protegé Tuck Nelson. “Sessions these days are sort of on the hoof,” Lowe says. “They get tacked on to our tours, when we have a day off. We’ll go into a studio wherever we are and knock out a song or two. And very good fun it is too, to work like that. The songs are road-tested and ready to go.”

Lowe says, “The Sraitjackets definitely influenced these new songs. ‘Love Starvation’ was written very specifically with them in mind. It has a kind of Ritchie Valens feel to it that I thought might suit them. It’s funny, that song could’ve been a Rockpile song. But in a way, I don’t think I was good enough to write a song like that back then. It’s a very pro little number. It all flows and works. It sounds like old stuff, but I’m just better at doing it now. ” On a larger scale, his collaboration with Los Straitjackets speaks to the required fortitude and flexibility when you have a calling as deep as Nick Lowe’s for making pop music. “Even though I had those thoughts of not recording again, the truth is, you have to keep it coming,” he says. “It’s a tap that won’t turn off, really. Even if you don’t much feel like it. But now with the Straitjackets, there’s a new chapter. In the same way that I am totally used to them putting masks on before they go onstage, I’m used to what we’re becoming musically, as well. When we get together, I feel part of the group.”

A long winded way to say …wow….we are honored!!! My two favorites together on one stage... what could be bettah!!???

July 9,
(Friday): Paula Poundstone click for details
A reschedule from August 14, 2020
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 16, ( Friday): The Quebe Sisters click for details
A reschedule from July 17, 2020
When these gals were in their teens I used to say they were "Music's best kept secret....If Bob Wills married one of the Andrew sisters, and they had thee girls this would be the result" I had literally been trying to get them since we opened., Now they all grown up and touring the country with that Quebe Sisters' mix of beautiful three part harmonies with equally beautiful three part fiddle playing, in that classic western swing style. Though they are still young for this old time music scene, they play like they lived it and are backed by a great core of players to keep that vintage country and swing beat going strong. I believe it is one of the best shows we will present here. I think Marty says it best: "It's an honor to live on the same planet as the Quebe Sisters Band. They represent everything that I love about pure American music and I'm probably their biggest fan." Ahem, sorry Marty, we maybe challenging that title!!! Take a minute to watch this video of their performance on Marty's show in 2015 .

July 23, (Friday): Capitol Steps click for details
A reschedule from October 11, 2020
These folks will have lots of material after 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? Last years show sold out months in advance. So don't wait!

July 24, (Saturday): Capitol Steps click for details
These folks will have lots of material after 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? Last years show sold out months in advance. So don't wait!

July 30, ( Friday): David Bromberg click for details
A reschedule from July 31, 2020
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 20, (Friday): Paula Cole click for details
A reschedule from June 27, 2020
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. Her emotionally charged voice singing her own songs of life, love and a philosophy and intense artistic presence is not to be missed. And check out her website for the latest: https://paulacole.com

August 21, (Saturday): John Gorka click for details
Since his 1987 Red House release, I Know, introduced renowned artist John Gorka to the public, the Minnesota-via-New Jersey guitarist and songwriter's wit and honesty has made him one of the most respected, beloved songwriters currently carrying on the folk tradition. Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O'Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His song "Where No Monuments Stand" is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).

On a personal note... He is just wicked funny and I am always sad when his show is over. Come see one of the most honest and endearing performers I know. Here is a song of his that I love. It's sad and beautiful. But that's John...makes you feel when you should.

August 25, (Wednesday): Ladysmith Black Mambazo click for details
A reschedule from August 19, 2020
We are so excited to have this amazing group here and their message is more than welcome. 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 26, (Thursday): Ladysmith Black Mambazo click for details
A reschedule from August 20, 2020
This Show Supports Our Own Brownfield Public Library
We are so excited to have this amazing group here and their message is more than welcome. 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!

September 18, (Saturday): John Hiatt and the Jerry Douglas Band details
A reschedule from September 18, 2020
OH MY GOSH..WHAT A BILL!! These two together will leave us speechless!

* John Hiatt "You know how writing goes for me," John Hiatt says, offering a glimpse into his creative process. "I get a couple of lines going, and then I just tag along as the songs start to reveal themselves. You've just gotta jump inside and take the ride." Hiatt has been on that ride-as have we all, tagging along right beside him-for more than four decades now. One of our greatest song writers and SMAC's favorite performers! John Hiatt, who the Los Angeles Times calls "...one of rock's most astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years,” is a master lyricist and satirical storyteller, weaving hidden plot twists into fictional tales ranging in topics including redemption, relationships, growing older and surrendering, on his terms.His music is rooted in acoustic blues, accentuated by Hiatt's soulful, gritty voice, which mirrors the gravity of his reflective lyrics. Always a special show when he is here...up close and personal and are so happy to have him back to our humble stage

* Jerry Douglas Dobro master and 14-time GRAMMY winner Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar, elevating, transforming, and reinventing the instrument in countless ways. Additionally, Douglas is a freewheeling, forward-thinking recording and touring artist whose output incorporates elements of country, bluegrass, rock, jazz, blues, and Celtic into his distinctive musical vision.

Called “Dobro’s matchless contemporary master” by The New York Times, three-time CMA Musician of the Year award recipient Jerry Douglas is one of the most innovative recording artists in music as a solo artist, band leader for The Jerry Douglas Band and his GRAMMY winning bluegrass band The Earls of Leicester, as well as a member of groundbreaking ensembles including Alison Krauss & Union Station, J.D. Crowe & the New South, The Country Gentlemen, Boone Creek, and Strength In Numbers. Douglas shines and soars. His distinctive sound graces more than 1500 albums with artists from Garth Brooks, and Allison Krauss to James Taylor and Emmylou Harris among many others.

As Jerry Douglas continues his incalculable influence on country, Americana, bluegrass and their many related genres, he forges ahead as a true pioneer in American music. Oh and did we say that we just love this guy!!???

Note: This is an 6 ticket limit

October 1, ( Friday): Dar Williams click for details
A reschedule from October 2, 2020
It's always too long between visits with Dar. She is the cream of the singer songwriter's crop. Rolling Stone wrote of her, "Seasons change, but Williams remains both ambitious and pleasingly plain-spoken... And importantly, she seems more at ease than ever." At the core of Williams' work is a belief in the innate ability of people to make a better world, the product of countless observations in her travels and conversations with her fans. She writes about it, sings about it and will make you feel good about it. Adding to her resume these days, she has been on the lecture circuit, speaking about anything from music to politics and most importantly, the towns we live in. Drawing from her most recent book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities-One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time, she will always have something brilliant to say and to sing. She is a delight on stage and we are delighted to have her back! Always reflective, a perfect artist for a perfect fall.

November 5, ( Friday): WÖR click for details
A reschedule from November 6, 2020
WÖR is Wow! This is one of those acts that comes across the desk that I had to book! Even though I know most of you would not have heard of them, hat shouldn't stop you. WE are very excited to have this band here.

Back to the 1780's! If it sounded good back then, why not today? With their finely textured arrangements WÖR injects new energy into 18th-century tunes from the Flanders region of Belgium. Their music shines an inventive spotlight, with a modern twist, on tunes from the manuscripts of De Gruijtters (Antwerp, 1746), Van Belle (Van Belle, 1743), De Prins (Leuven, 1781) and many more. Their album, Back to the 1780’s, was produced by Ian Stephenson and released on the Appel Rekords label. They toured both in Europe (including at the Shetland Folk Festival, Dranouter Festival, Parkfest,..) and in the USA. We are Wow for WÖR …check them out

November 11, ( Friday): Keller Williams click for details
On his web site instead of the usual header "tour dates", it says,. "Keller in Action" And that sure sums him up. Known as a one man jam band, Keller Williams combines elements of bluegrass, folk, alternative rock, reggae,electronica/dance, jazz, funk, along with other assorted musical styles. He is a frequent sighting with bands like Yonder Mountain String Band and The String Cheese Incident and jam band festivals nationally.

Since he first appeared on the scene in the early '90s, Keller Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his 16 recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. Williams' solo live shows-and his ability to improvise to his determinedly quirky tunes despite the absence of an actual band-quickly became the stuff of legend, and his audience grew exponentially when word spread about this exciting, unpredictable performer. He is a singer, songwriter and musician, always on a quest for the new. Keller Williams has never followed the prescribed path laid out by the conventional music business but rather one of his own making. It's a path that has served him well. And of course we don't take those typical paths either so we welcome that spirit here and his encore visit to us up on the hill.
   
 
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