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June 22, 2022 ( Wednesday): Comedian Bob Marley click for details
I don't know any other person who worked harder to keep us entertained during 2020 and beyond than comedian Bob Marley. His daily videos were a comic relief from the world's challenges, and there have been many. Bob has a gift and a way of finding the hilarity in the obvious and the seemingly common occurrences in our sometimes mundane lives. In fact, he would make fun of me for saying all this!!. I can just hear him mocking me now!

On a personal note, Bob kept my staff from going crazy! We appreciate him for being one of the artists that was willing to do shows in whatever way he could to make venues and people laugh..whether it was a small capacity show or a drive in…he did it all. Nothing can stop the Bob Marley train and we love him for that. And yes, I said artist!!

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. And geesh don't we all need to laugh right now. Always a quick sell out!

June 24, 2022 (Friday): Marc Cohn click for details
The grammy award winning singer songwriter is back finally..it's been way too long!! Best known for his song "Walking in Memphis". Marc Cohn is a beautiful piano player and outstanding singer song writer and performer. His stage banter is equally as entertaining as his songs, and last time lots of people missed him because of the quick sell out...don't be left out ...We LOVE him...comes highly SMAC recommended


June 30, 2022
(Thursday): Big Barn Musical Dinner click for details

featuring Carol, Duke Levine and Kevin Barry


Tonight these three friends come together to give SMAC a boost. It's no secret that Covid was a wallop for SMAC and it's staff, but as always good friends, good customers and a great staff keep us going. This night is all about that.


Enjoy a five course meal in the main hall. After each course these friends will perform a mini set until the next course is served. You will be served 5 courses tonight and after each course you will hear sleigh bells!!! That is your cue to put your forks down and quiet the room to be treated to performance. Something for everyone, and it is a unique way to experience all the SMAC has to offer.

July 1, 2022 (Friday): Heather Masse and Jed Wilson click for details
Heather, one of the sirens from the Wailin' Jennys and a local girl before stardom,as a regular on Prairie Home Companion, where she was one been one of Garrison's favorites. She has such a beautiful voice and spirit, singing many styles from folk to jazz. Accompanied by pianist Jed Wilson, an accomplished performer and composer. Just a joy when these two come home together.


July 2, 2022 (Saturday): Ghost of Paul Revere Special Trio Show click for details
It is fitting that the band does a trio show as they say goodbye to life as they know it as the Ghost of Paul Revere. The trio was how they first hit our stage and it is as the trio for their last show with and their SMAC fans. They will be embarking on new journeys as the amazing musical souls that they are individually, and we wish them lots of love and gratitude.

But if you have been under a rock and not familiar, here is a little back story…
The Boston Globe said the Ghost is like "Mumford & Sons meet the Avett Brothers with a twist of bluegrass. Old Crow Medicine Show with three-part harmonies. The Band for millennials. The Maine-grown, foot-stompin' holler-folk quartet create the type of music for which festivals are made".

Very well said, and we will add that our staff saw these guys in a little bar a years ago when they were just starting out. My crew was at a big arena show that was less than exciting...so they left. Lucky for the SMAC kids, The Ghost of Paul Revere was playing right across the street. Needless to say, their night was salvaged when they got to hear these guys. And we have been booking them ever since, They quickly rose to star power, but we are happy they will still come back to our humble barn on the hill one last time. They will always be a local national success story to us, and you couldn't meet a nicer group of guys!

July 3, 2022
(Sunday): Red White and Blue Sunday Brunch click for details & menu
Times: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday Brunch at SMAC on "Occasion", but always a special occasion. Check for other Sundays for "The Occasional Brunch".

July 8, 2022 (Friday): Cheryl Wheeler and Kenny White click for details
A reschedule from October 23, 2021
We love Cheryl and Kenny together! . They are the bestest of friends and are a completely entertaining duo.We are lucky to have them both with us for one special night.

Cheryl Wheeler: Critic Scott Alarik said it best: " It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the mic. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic" And we love both those Cheryls! She is not afraid to speak her mind about politics, religion any any other issues in the national debate! She is always a delight... even more so when her pal Kenny is with her.....

Kenny White in our neck of the woods, seems like a relative newcomer to the world of the touring singer-songwriter, Kenny began his career in the 1970s touring extensively as the keyboard player for Jonathan Edwards and Livingston Taylor. He then became a fixture in the NY studio scene throughout the 1990s, producing and arranging literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio. Commercials enabled him to work with artists like Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Neville and even the London Symphony Orchestra. He produced Shawn Colvin's Grammy-nominated song, "I Don't Know Why" and performed on Marc Cohn's platinum debut record. He began traveling with and opening shows for many of his friends and colleagues including Cheryl Wheeler, Jonathan Edwards, and Richard Shindell. Kenny often travels with Judy Collins as her opening act throughout North America and Europe and is signed to her label. Kenny is a classic piano man, and if you have not heard him, you have to!!

July 9, 2022 (Saturday): Ferro Gaita click for details
Wow...we have been trying to get this Cape Verdean Band back for ages!!! They are so great and fun!!! Maybe summer doesn't have to be over! Read about their interesting history: The name "Ferro Gaita" comes from the combination of two instruments, the ferro (piece of iron played with a knife) and the gaita (kind of accordion), used to play the Funaná, style of traditional music more played by this band. This style started in the 19th century with the arrival of the accordion in Cape Verde, by the Portuguese priests, for the churches, but this instrument was taken over by the black and mulato slaves, that used him to sing their soul and their problems, motives that led it to be forbidden in public places until the independence in 1975.

*In July 1996, three young musicians started the band that with the Ferro, Gaita, Drums and Bass, causing a revolution on the Cape Verdean musical scene, reviving the traditional music from santiago island.
*In June 1997, the band recorded in Rotterdam - Holland, the first CD called "Fundu Baxu", with traditional music such as Funaná and Batuko, that was the most sold CD in Cape Verde in that year, recording two years later in 1999 the second CD called "Rei di tabanka" that had the addition of Tabanka to the other styles and was also a big success.
*In 2001, the Band presented a compilation to the European market called "Rei di Funaná" and toured all over Europe in shows alone and under the wing of great Cape Verdean artists such as Cesária Evora, Luis Morais and Ildo Lobo.
*In 2002, the band was nominated to the Kora Awards (biggest prize in African music) as best traditional band.
*In December 2003, the Band launched the third CD called "bandera Liberdadi", that has been a big success in Cape Verde and abroad, adding the Ladainha and tabanka Reza to the other musical styles previously recorded
* In 2006, the Band recorded a Live CD and DVD, in front of more than 20.000 people, in celebration of its 10th anniversary that came out in december 2006.
*In 2007, the band was given a cultural medal by the government and was honored by the minister of culture of cape verde for cultural services. After a busy agenda of shows in 2007 and 2008, the band launched in December 22nd 2008, it´s 4th cd of originals called "Cidade Velha".In 2010 the band was honored by the president of cape verde and in 2011, 2012 and 2016 won the CVMA as best live band.

They are the best live band in our book too. And a big thanks to John Mooney for helping to make this happen!! Check out this video and watch them play. This show is always a party….a dance floor is in order, but if you are not up for twirling come just listen to this rich music from our friends from Cape Verde.

July 14, 2022 ( Thurssday): Keb' Mo' click for details
A reschedule from February 4, 2022
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.

July 15, 2022 ( Friday): Jonathan Edwards click for details
JE 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 with no end in sight 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 voice of his. We can't wait to welcome him back again.


July 16, 2022
(Saturday): Big Barn Musical Dinner click for details

Enjoy a five course meal in the main hall. After each course these talented artists will perform and enlighten you until the next course is served. How this works ... You will be served 5 courses tonight and after each course you will hear sleigh bells!!! That is your cue to put your forks down and quiet the room to be treated to performance. Something for everyone, and it is a unique way to experience all the SMAC has to offer.

About Rough and Tumble…with many indie awards under their built this teeny tiny traveling folk band, has lived 10 years as a band and 6 years full time on the road with their two dogs in a 16’ camper."True Troubadors” In 2015 Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler quit their day jobs, sold everything they owned, and gave their thirty day notice on their rental house to trade in for a life permanently on the road. Don't let their vagabond tendencies fool you-- this americana-folk duo are a compact team of close harmonies, versatile instrumentation, and deliberate songwriting all presented with a nudge of the elbow and a tongue in the cheek. Haunting, quirky, solemn, and spritely, The Rough & Tumble are for the faint of heart and the strong of will. We just love them..iot’s been too long :>)

July 20, 2022 ( Wednesday): Béla Fleck: My Bluegrass Heart click for details
Featuring Michael Cleveland, Jacob Jolliff, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz, Bryan Sutton
Over the last four decades, Béla Fleck has made a point of going where no banjo player has gone before, a musical journey that has earned him 15 Grammys in nine different fields, including country, pop, jazz, instrumental, classical and world music. But his roots are in bluegrass, and that’s where he returns with his first bluegrass tour in 24 years, My Bluegrass Heart. My Bluegrass Heart spotlights a multi-generational gamut of the best of bluegrass players, all sporting a myriad of Grammy Awards and nominations, as well as IBMA awards for their instruments: fiddler Michael Cleveland,, multi-instrumentalist Justin Moses, bassist/multi-instrumentalist Mark Schatz and Bryan Sutton on guitar. “As you can imagine, I’m very excited to play with these guys. We’ve all been locked up for so long and we’re dying to get out there and play some music.” Fleck says. Its been so long for us too!! Don't miss this amazing show!

July 22, 2022 (Friday): An Evening with Noel Paul Stookey click for details
He is the legendery middleman of Peter Paul and Mary “The warm, clowning humor and humanistic sensitivity which characterized the efforts of Paul Stookey in Peter, Paul & Mary remain in joyful abundance in his solo career as Noel Paul Stookey…” I think that says it all. WE are honored to have this artist back to our humble hall.

July 29, 2022 ( Friday): Peter Mulvey and Mark Erelli click for details
Peter Mulvey is a veteran singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, as a busker, and from there moved on to performing in the subways and streets of Boston,Massachusetts. This led to his first record deal and a leap to full-time national and international touring, beginning in the early Nineties. Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana. A long-standing gig at the National Youth Science Camp led to a spoken word piece, "Vlad the Astrophysicist", which became a TEDx talk, and then an illustrated book. Famous for his summer bicycle tours, pedaling across the country from gig to gig, I like to call him a True “Troubadour” :>))

Mark Erelli you will know mark from gracing the stage often here with Lori McKenna, but he is a critic choice of songwriters in his own right. After his debut was released on Signature Sounds in 1999. He has won several prestigious awards, including the Kerrville New Folk contest and the International Song Contest, For the past 18 years, he has maintained a rigorous touring schedule, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages (Newport, Philadelphia) to Fenway Park, where he once sang the national anthem before a Red Sox game. In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman and producer, accompanying GRAMMY-winning artists such as Lori McKenna, Paula Cole and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry to London's Royal Albert Hall. In addition to producing two records for McKenna, Erelli's own diverse discography includes collections of western swing, lullabies, bluegrass (with his band Barnstar!) His twelfth solo album BLINDSIDED is out now on Soundly Music.

July 30, 2022
(Saturday): Big Barn Musical Dinner click for details

Enjoy a five course meal in the main hall. After each course Ward and the Outliers will perform and enlighten you until the next course is served. How this works ... You will be served 5 courses tonight and after each course you will hear sleigh bells!!! That is your cue to put your forks down and quiet the room to be treated to a performance. Something for everyone, and it is a unique way to experience all the SMAC has to offer.

About About Ward Hayden and the Outliers ...
We love that you can get two sides of this great band…one is rockin' and one is just pure roots. 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. A bit unplugged and every bit uninhibited for this unique dinner and performance.

 
August 5, 2022 (Friday): Tom Rush with Matt Nakoa click for 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!

August 6, 2022 (Saturday): The Bacon Brothers click for details
The Bacon Brothers is brothers Michael Bacon and Kevin Bacon. Michael & Kevin Bacon — A.K.A. The Bacon Brothers — offer an ideal example of what can result when two talented individuals who share the same gene pool expand their horizons, combine their talents and create an inspired sound that stands apart and wholly on its own. With ten albums to their credit, spawned over the course of 23 years, it’s clear their band isn’t simply a sideline that supplements their day jobs. Rather, it’s an ongoing effort that’s been accompanied by commitment and creativity. Granted, Kevin’s an award-winning actor with a lengthy film, stage and television resume, and Michael is an Emmy-winning composer, who honed his craft as a songwriter in Nashville in the 70’s, but when the two pool their talents as The Bacon Brothers, the music rings with a resilience all its own. With a mix of folk, rock, soul, and country it’s just gonna be wicked fun to have them on our humble stage.

 
August 9, 2022 (Tuesday): Mary Chapin Carpenter click for details
If I have to describe this artist to you, well you have been way too musically deprived!! Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter will return to SMAC once again. She has been so sorely missed.

This show helps to benefit the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter Harvest Hills, Fryeburg Maine is our local shelter who no one wants and keeps them forever. We have had many pets from them over the years. Great folks, who always need support.

August 10, 2022 (Wednesday): Mary Chapin Carpenter click for details
If I have to describe this artist to you, well you have been way too musically deprived!! Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter will return to SMAC once again. She has been so sorely missed. This show helps to benefit the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter Harvest Hills, Fryeburg Maine is our local shelter who no one wants and keeps them forever. We have had many pets from them over the years. Great folks, who always need support.

August 11, 2022 ( Thursday): Comedian Bob Marley click for details
I don't know any other person who worked harder to keep us entertained during 2020 and beyond than comedian Bob Marley. His daily videos were a comic relief from the world's challenges, and there have been many. Bob has a gift and a way of finding the hilarity in the obvious and the seemingly common occurrences in our sometimes mundane lives. In fact, he would make fun of me for saying all this!!. I can just hear him mocking me now!

On a personal note, Bob kept my staff from going crazy! We appreciate him for being one of the artists that was willing to do shows in whatever way he could to make venues and people laugh..whether it was a small capacity show or a drive in…he did it all. Nothing can stop the Bob Marley train and we love him for that. And yes, I said artist!!

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. And geesh don't we all need to laugh right now. Always a quick sell out!

August 12, 2022 (Friday): An Evening with Maine Authors VI click for details
Featuring Pulitzer Prize Winner Richard Russo
All proceeds to benefit Camp Susan Curtis’ great work to create a safe, happy summer camp experience for Maine kids facing economic hardship.
For event information and tickets only go to: maineauthors6.eventbrite.com.
(SMAC does not handle tickets or info)

August 13, 2022 (Saturday): Susan Werner click for details
What can we say about Susan, but when I think of her I think of thoroughly talented, smart and entertaining. She would hate me for saying this, but I think she is the Mary Poppins of us singer song writers. Her songwriting is poignant and her message is heartfelt…but always getting her point across with a little sugar on top. Couldn't we all have a little of that lately. But back to her impressive career...Over the course of her twenty five year touring career, Susan Werner has built a reputation as one of the country’s most compelling live performers. With formidable chops on guitar (she began playing at age 5) and piano (she was a guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz) along with a graduate degree in voice performance, her shows are a one-woman master class in musicianship. Her songs are noted for their poetry and sharp wit, and also for their astonishing stylistic range. She’s written songs in the style of Gershwin and Cole Porter (I Can’t Be New, 2004), gospel music (The Gospel Truth, 2007), traditional Cuban “son” (An American In Havana, 2016), and New Orleans junk piano (NOLA, 2019). In 2014 she composed the music and lyrics to the musical theater score Bull Durham, The Musical (MGM). Her latest recording of original songs, The Birds of Florida, takes flight January 2022.

August 19, 2022 (Friday): Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection click for details
New Album Release Celebration!
Erica and her five piece band features some of the finest musicians in New England. The band features award winning fiddler and singer Erica Brown of course and her dear husband Matt Shipman on mandolin, and more...along with Lincoln Meyers on guitar, Eli Gilbert on banjo and Kris Day on bass. They are energetic, fun and diverse as they incorporate music from the traditional Bluegrass, Folk and Country repertoire as well as French Canadian fiddle music and original songs. We just love Erica and Matt and adding these great players will be a super night of music. Celebrating a new album…woohooooo!

August 20, 2022 (Saturday): Alejandro Escovedo click for details
“Musically, Alejandro Escovedo is in his own genre.” – David Fricke, Rolling Stone.
That’s an understatement. WE LOVE Alejandro. We are so happy to have this legendery Texas singer songwriter and roots rocker back.

From his days in the now legendary Punk/Alt-Country outfits The Nuns, Rank and File and his own True Believers, to his glowingly received solo gems including 2008's Real Animal, Escovedo has built a cult following among songwriting peers and critics, as only a truly original can. Hailing from the fire of a talented Mexican-American family that includes staples in Santana and the famed Sheila E. From punk to rock/alternative to the musician's songwriter that is the Escovedo of today he tells stories like no other. I like this review of him from the Miami Times: "Escovedo proves he can do practically anything, and do it as well as anyone, from blazing power-chord assaults that reveal his love of the Stooges and the Stones to teary eyed ballads that could turn George Jones into a sobbing shell of a man.” Can’t wait to see him!

August 24, (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 25, (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!

August 26, 2022 (Friday): Gibson Brothers click for details
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 have a killer band, and are a personal favorite of mine....Come highly SMAC recommended.

August 27, 2022 (Saturday): Mo Pitney click for details
We are so excited about this show. Mo is a true but modern country artist. Not as slick as some of the top forty country of today and not as formulaic as some of the classics. But close your eyes and you would swear you were listing to a country crooner when country bands were void of light shows and big screen montages. I would dare say, he feels a little folky to me and has a gentle and honest down home sensibility. His albums have hit the country charts many times, but hearing him live is what we are most looking forward to., Touring with his twin talented siblings, this trio will be a SMAC night not to forget. Don’t know the name? Watch this you tube because there is something sincerely familiar about him. He of course has some nicely produced “official” videos, but the ones where he lets some of country’s elder respected side men accompany him, will give you a glimpse of the artist I'm talking about. Like this one.

September 3, 2022 (Saturday): Le Vent du Nord click for details
Simply one of the best bands that comes to SMAC and 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. Take a minute to watch this video.

 
September 16, 2022 (Friday): Cowboy Junkies click for details
Their bio says, the Cowboy Junkies are a Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band. The group was formed in Toronto in 1985 by three siblings Margo Timmins (vocalist), Michael Timmins (songwriter, guitarist), Peter Timmins (drummer) along with Alan Anton (bassist). Says a lot about a band that they have stayed together so long. It goes in line with their music too....long lasting but still fresh...that's the Junkies. They are especially dear to us here at SMAC, as they are champions of the independent spirit like us :>) They are loyal to their fans and their craft.

If you have been living under a rock that does not roll, here is a little history on them: The Junkies first performed publicly at the Beverley Tavern and other clubs in Toronto's Queen Street West, including The Rivoli. Their 1986 debut album, produced by Canadian producer Peter Moore, was the blues-inspired Whites Off Earth Now!!, recorded using an ambisonic microphone in the family garage. The group's fame spread with their second album, The Trinity Session,recorded in 1987 at Toronto's Church of the Holy Trinity. Their sound, again using the ambisonic microphone, and their mix of blues, country, folk, rock and jazz earned them both critical attention and a cult following. The Los Angeles Times named the recording as one of the ten best albums of 1988. The band was nominated for Group of the Year at the Juno Awards in 1990 and 1991. In the early 1990s Margo Timmins was named "one of the fifty most beautiful people in the world" by People Magazine. The group has continued to tour North America, Europe, Japan and Australia with extensive North American and European tours following album releases in 2002 and 2004. In 2008, they released Trinity Revisited in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the original recording of The Trinity Session. I still remember where I was when I first heard that album. It was a memorable moment in my musical history as they continue to be.

We are so happy to have them back…its been too long!

September 17, 2022 (Saturday): Cowboy Junkies click for details
Their bio says, the Cowboy Junkies are a Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band. The group was formed in Toronto in 1985 by three siblings Margo Timmins (vocalist), Michael Timmins (songwriter, guitarist), Peter Timmins (drummer) along with Alan Anton (bassist). Says a lot about a band that they have stayed together so long. It goes in line with their music too....long lasting but still fresh...that's the Junkies. They are especially dear to us here at SMAC, as they are champions of the independent spirit like us :>) They are loyal to their fans and their craft.

If you have been living under a rock that does not roll, here is a little history on them: The Junkies first performed publicly at the Beverley Tavern and other clubs in Toronto's Queen Street West, including The Rivoli. Their 1986 debut album, produced by Canadian producer Peter Moore, was the blues-inspired Whites Off Earth Now!!, recorded using an ambisonic microphone in the family garage. The group's fame spread with their second album, The Trinity Session,recorded in 1987 at Toronto's Church of the Holy Trinity. Their sound, again using the ambisonic microphone, and their mix of blues, country, folk, rock and jazz earned them both critical attention and a cult following. The Los Angeles Times named the recording as one of the ten best albums of 1988. The band was nominated for Group of the Year at the Juno Awards in 1990 and 1991. In the early 1990s Margo Timmins was named "one of the fifty most beautiful people in the world" by People Magazine. The group has continued to tour North America, Europe, Japan and Australia with extensive North American and European tours following album releases in 2002 and 2004. In 2008, they released Trinity Revisited in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the original recording of The Trinity Session. I still remember where I was when I first heard that album. It was a memorable moment in my musical history as they continue to be.

We are so happy to have them back…its been too long!

September 23, ( Friday): BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Farewell Tour details
“The best Cajun band in the world” Garrison Keillor, Prairie Home Companion - Oh Garrison, you are so right. Founded in 1975, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet released its first album in 1977 and became one of the most well-known bands performing traditional and original music rooted in the folk tunes of the Cajuns and Creoles of Louisiana. They quickly became a Global sensation and have many Grammy nods later they have racked up countless awards and prestige overt their 45 years of traditional musical service. They have a distinctive sound distilled from the spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues, rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass. From Carnegie Hall to HBO’s Tremé to being the first-ever Cajun band to win a Grammy, don’t miss this unforgettable experience of their farewell tour.

September 24, 2022 ( Saturday): Steve "n" Seagulls click for details
Okay..just the name sold me..and honestly i don't know whether to be scared or excited for these guys..Yes I do know..I'm wicked excited. This Finnish hard rockin' metal head of a bluegrass band is not for the faint of heart music lover. Playing bluegrass versions of classic rock and metal songs while embracing their farming and rural roots, the band became known in the summer of 2014 with the publication of videos on YouTube. Especially popular was the band's version of "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC which received almost over 144 million views .

But don't let their campy approach to these cover songs fool you., as they are a group of super inventive and virtuosic musicians. There are so many good videos that they have made that I didn't know where to begin..so go to their web page and kill an hour with them, Video page. And here is my fav….”you shook me all night long”. I think they will shake our barn all night long..and by the way, they are quite comfy in a barn!!! We are so lucky to get them here on their US visit. Don't miss this Staff Pick!

September 30, 2022 (Friday): Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar click for details
One great night is made up of Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar making a rare duo appearance. Louisiana's slide guitar wizard will deliver his bottle-neck style slide chops while Austin's sweetheart of the steel guitar will showcase the renowned talent that earned her a spot in the Texas Music Hall of Fame.

Sonny Landreth: Revered for his unique slide guitar technique, Sonny Landreth has collaborated with many legendary performers including John Hiatt, Jimmy Buffett, Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton. Summer of 2013, Sonny was part of the Peter Frampton led Guitar Circus tour, often closing the night playing with Frampton on an extended "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

Cindy Cashdollar: Cindy's expertise is in great demand on both steel guitar and dobro. She has worked with many leading artists in various genres including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart and Ryan Adams. With the iconic western swing group Asleep At The Wheel, she garnered 5 Grammy awards and was the first woman to be inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2011. Performing a mix of original songs with contemporary and traditional blues and roots music, the show is electric, virtuosic, and tastefully delivered by these two great instrumental masters.

October 7, 2022 (Friday): Joe Henry click for details
(A SMAC MUST SEE!!!)
I am ashamed to say, that I am a new fan to Joe Henry. How I could have missed such an important songwriting career is just a mystery..chalk it up to me watching too many F-Troop reruns, and I have paid the price! Anyway, to say Joe is an artist, a poet, and a musician is just scratching the surface. His music has inspired us hugely during a time of little inspiration.

A strange journey to fame and back is the only way to put it, and you should take some time and go to his site and read about this extraordinary and gifted performer. If you go there you will see a who’s who of song writing stars who claim him for their own. A producer and three time grammy award winner his credits are to long to mention (from Madonna to Rhiannon Giddens) ..again go read about him. https://www.joehenrylovesyoumadly.com/thegospel

But in the meantime, watch this video…it is what hooked me.

October 9, 2022 ( Sunday): Ruthie Foster click for details
Don't get me wrong.... We LOVE Ruthie any way we can get her, but this is my favorite way to see Ruthie...solo..it was how I first heard her many years ago, and it stopped me dead in my tracks. Ruthie is mostly considered a blues singer, sometimes a folkie, and sometimes known for being a songwriter. But if you have seen her, you know her as one of the most soulful singers out there today no matter what she sings. Her shows lift you up and her spirit will stay with you long after you have left our barn. A Grammy nominated artist with multiple awards to her resume, she is admired by many of her peers in the musical community. "I love Ruthie Foster. That's my little sister. A phenomenal woman, yes indeed. She's great."- Mavis Staples. A seal of approval from Miss Mavis, would be enough for me....but if you need more assurance, come see the "phenomenal" Ruthie Foster.

 
October 14, (Friday): Tim O'Brien with Jan Fabricius and Chris Smither 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!

October 21, 2022 ( Friday): Slaid Cleaves click for details
Hailing from Maine originally, this now Austin songwriter might as well have been born in the lone star state. He's got the Austin style songwriting reminiscent of Joe Ely or Townes Van Zandt, but a style and sound all his own. He is simply one of my favorite songwriters, and why he is not a household word is beyond me. Great songs, great voice, great stories and handsome as all get out. If you are a fan from Maine, you will remember his old band the Moxie Men.....many towns and years later we still call him our owen…Comes highly SMAC recommended.

October 26, 2022 (Wednesday): Comedian Bob Marley click for details
I don't know any other person who worked harder to keep us entertained during 2020 and beyond than comedian Bob Marley. His daily videos were a comic relief from the world's challenges, and there have been many. Bob has a gift and a way of finding the hilarity in the obvious and the seemingly common occurrences in our sometimes mundane lives. In fact, he would make fun of me for saying all this!!. I can just hear him mocking me now!

On a personal note, Bob kept my staff from going crazy! We appreciate him for being one of the artists that was willing to do shows in whatever way he could to make venues and people laugh..whether it was a small capacity show or a drive in…he did it all. Nothing can stop the Bob Marley train and we love him for that. And yes, I said artist!!

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. And geesh don't we all need to laugh right now. Always a quick sell out!

October 27, 2022 (Thursday): Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn click for details
Béla has been here many times and with many collaborations, but none is like the harmony between these two two musical virtuosos who just happened to be husband and wife. Béla, an icon and innovator of jazz, classical and world, with more multi-category GRAMMY wins than any other artist (15 total), and Abigail, a formidable talent with triumphs in songwriting, theater, performance, and even Chinese diplomacy by way of banjo, turn out to be quite a fortuitous pairing with a deep, distinct and satisfying outcome. The culmination is connection like no other. Their astounding chemistry as collaborators, as the two seamlessly stitch together singular banjo sounds in service to the stories that their songs tell\. Demonstrating seemingly unlimited rhythmic, tonal and melodic capabilities, Fleck and Washburn confirm the banjo's versatility as the perfect backdrop to the rich lyrical component that Fleck and Washburn offer, 'Sometimes when you add other instruments, you take away from the banjo's being able to show all its colors, which are actually quite beautiful.' And it really is..we are so honored to have them back. A quick sell out!

October 28, (Friday): Janis Ian: Celebrating Our Years Together details
In 1967 the Red Sox squeaked into the pennant and I heard Janis Ian’s “Society's Child" for the first time on the Smother’s Brother’s Show. That was one great year. To think now so many years later she will be gracing our stage where Jeff once built fishing nets…..life is strangely beautiful :>) And grace there will be. Singer song writer Janis Ian spans more than half a century of art and politics. Bursting upon the scene with the Grammy Hall of Fame song "Society's Child" during the turbulent sixties, and then continuing through her re-emergence with the Grammy-winning record of "At Seventeen” Songs Like ‘Jesse" and "Stars” and others have been recorded by multiple artists. But yes, maybe her song Seventeen is how she will always be defined. I hope with that definition comes a pride… a pride that she gave a voice to those of us who were not misfits, but unique...not ugly, but soulful…. and not ignored, but full of possibility….us beautiful late bloomers. Records, songs, and and guitars helped many of us to find our way..while Miss Ian lead the way. This may be a final tour but not a final song :.) We are honored to have her up our hill. Watch Janis on the Smothers Brothers.

November 4, 2022 (Friday): Paula Cole click for details
Simply one of the best female singers I have ever heard. Songs like "Where have all the Cowboys Gone" and "I Don't Want to Wait" put her on the list of chart busters. But the first time I heard her she was singing back up for Peter Gabriel. When he featured her, it was clear by the hush and then roar of the crowd that she was headed for bigger and better things. Of course her star rose quickly and now we are lucky to be able to present her in our humble hall. Her emotionally charged voice singing her own songs of life, love and a philosophy and intense artistic presence is not to be missed.As creative and powerful as ever…that is Paula Cole.

November 11, 2022 (Friday): Fiddler Alasdair Fraser & Cellist Natalie Haas details
This Celtic duo is a musical partnership between Alasdair, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas. A toe tapping night of fiddle music and Scottish stories ... SMAC at its best when they are here.

November 12, 2022 ( Saturday): 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 18, 2022 (Friday): Paula Poundstone click for details
Wooohoooo..she's back again and she has never been funnier.....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!

November 19, 2022 (Saturday): Jake Shimabukuro click for details
His second visit to us…finally!!!, And I have to say his first time here was one of the most joyous nights at SMAC I can remember. "The Jimmy Hendrix of the ukelele", Jake Shimabukuro has done for the uke what Bela Fleck has done for the banjo. A ukulele virtuoso and composer known for his fast and complex finger work. His music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco. 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;" Here is my favorite Jake moment: A little Bohemiam Rhapsody. So if that doesn't get you to think outta the box, nothin will!!

Come see this amazing new 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.
 

December 3, 2022 (Saturday): Kat Edmonson Holiday Show click for details
What can we say about Kat that lets you know what a special artist she is…and now, for Christmas!! Kat Edmonson will draw from her Christmas album of Yule-tide favorites . An album described by Jazziz as “impeccably hip” and included in the New York Times “13 Albums That Revisist (and Redefine!) Holiday Classics”. an award-winning songwriter and singer “with an equal foothold in jazz, cabaret and vintage cosmopolitanism pop” (The New York Times). She has been featured on Austin City Limits,Tiny Desk Concerts, A Prairie Home Companion, and The Late Show with David Letterman. The New York Times describes her music as “Fresh as a spring bouquet” while NPR says, “Hearing Edmonson makes it virtually impossible to do anything but stop and listen.”

Seems like everyone in the critical world knows about her.....now its your turn. An incredibly honest artist that you wont can’t get enough of. I saw this gal on CBS Saturday Morning and then Lyle Lovett told me to get here here!! I always listen to Lyle! She is known most as a jazz singer, but she calls her music vintage pop. Whatever you call it, it is completely pure. Comes Very Very Highly SMAC Recommended!. We love her!!! Take a minute to watch this YouTube video.

December 14, 2022 ( Wednesday): Comedian Bob Marley click for details
I don't know any other person who worked harder to keep us entertained during 2020 and beyond than comedian Bob Marley. His daily videos were a comic relief from the world's challenges, and there have been many. Bob has a gift and a way of finding the hilarity in the obvious and the seemingly common occurrences in our sometimes mundane lives. In fact, he would make fun of me for saying all this!!. I can just hear him mocking me now!

On a personal note, Bob kept my staff from going crazy! We appreciate him for being one of the artists that was willing to do shows in whatever way he could to make venues and people laugh..whether it was a small capacity show or a drive in…he did it all. Nothing can stop the Bob Marley train and we love him for that. And yes, I said artist!!

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. And geesh don't we all need to laugh right now. Always a quick sell out!

December 16, 2022 (Friday): Stone Mountain LIVE for 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 17, 2022 (Saturday): Stone Mountain LIVE for 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 31, 2022 (Saturday): Shemekia Copeland for NYE click for details
Once again, we will feel the need to ring in the new year on a happy note after this year, and Shemekia sure has those notes!!! Shemekia is like family to us here at SMAC. But don't let that familiar characterization undermine her stardom. Rolling Stone says, "Copeland is a powerhouse, a superstar...she can do no wrong". That is so true!!! Shemekia Copeland never holds back. Her instantly recognizable voice-capable of being sultry, assertive and roaring-delivers every song with unparalleled honesty and passion. Her wide-open vision of contemporary Americana roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with an up-to-the-minute Copeland is a powerhouse, musical and lyrical approach. With her new Alligator Records album, America's Child, Copeland confidently announces an electrifying new chapter in her constantly evolving story. Produced by Americana Instrumentalist Of The Year winner Will Kimbrough (who also plays guitar on the album) and recorded in Nashville, America's Child is a courageous and fiery statement of purpose, a major step forward for the singer whose musical consciousness continues to expand as her star continues to rise. With guests including John Prine, Rhiannon Giddens, Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, Steve Cropper, J.D. Wilkes, Al Perkins and members of the Time Jumpers, America's Child bursts with Copeland's bravado and embraces with her tenderness. With countless blues awards, Grammys, and the prestigious honors it is clear she is the reigning queen of the blues. We are so happy when she is here. Join the church of Shemekia!!

Times for this show are as usual...Come see Shemekia and be home in time for your own countdown. A quick sell out….
   
Scheduled Performances for 2023:  
January 28, 2023 (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 .

February 4, 2023 (Saturday): Kris Delmhorst click for details
Singer/songwriters Kris Delmhorst is one of my absolute favs. A prolific writer and constant collaborator, she grew up in Brooklyn NY. Her musical home is in Boston where she cut her teeth on open mics, bar gigs, and subway busking, before embarking on her life as an internationally touring songwriter. She has a most rich, beautiful, and smokey voice and when she sings she is lost in the song more deeply than most. But what might get missed about her obvious talents, is just want a great musician she is. She is a musician's musician, and those of us who are, feel unanimous about giving her that title.

February 14, 2023 ( Tuesday): On a Winter's Night click for details
Featuring John Gorka, Patty Larkin, Lucy Kaplansky, and Cliff Eberhardt
Presenting the Reunion Tour of “On A Winter’s Night” from veteran singer-songwriters that remain among the brightest stars of the singer/songwriter movement for the past three decades. In 1994 musicians gathered together, to showcase music of the Winter Season on the now-classic On A Winter’s Night CD, followed by several years of touring collaborations. As soloists, these artists have released dozens of recordings and toured steadily through the decades, with fond memories of their touring days together. The winter season is again celebrated by these unique and popular performers, back together by popular demand. AND FOR VALENTINES!!! Grab someone you love and come on out for a Winter’s Eve of voice and song.

February 16, 2023 (Thursday): Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy click for details
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.
 

February 17, 2023
(Friday): Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy click for details
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 25, 2023 (Saturday): Ye Vagabonds click for details
It is rare lately with all the crazines of this year still to sort through,that I can slow down and listen and even think ahead to the music we could have. But when this Irish duo came across my desk it literally brought me to tears and reminded me of why we are here. The beauty of their earnest singing tugged on my Irish Heart strings of course, but you dont have to be Irish to love the honest and pure approach these two brothers take. I booked them with a renewed musical inspiration. So before you read on, I want you take that moment like I did and watch this video. Fill your heart with warmth and music like I did. Then order your ticket:.).

The Dublin-based brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn are Ye Vagabonds and we can’t wait to have them here for the first time.
 
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