Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with Marc Douglas Berardo
Marc Douglas Berardo is the kind of hard working, fast moving, adventure seeking, keen observer who lives for the story and the song. In what amounts to song length works of fiction, Berardo’s sharply drawn portraits cast a net on unusual and beguiling characters and places. With a painter’s eye for detail, and music firmly rooted in the great American sound, Berardo sings about circus retirees, expatriates in Florida rum bars, union iron workers, old poets, aimless New York City debutantes, near death car crashes, hard-nosed fishermen and of course, the changes that experience brings to everyone. Berardo’s first music gig was in a biker bar in St Augustine, Florida in 1988 and since that day he has never stopped singing made up songs, performing an average of 150 nights a year everywhere from bars and coffeehouses to theaters and national festivals. Along the way he has shared the stage with a variety of national acts including The Doobie Brothers, Peter Rowan, NRBQ, Guy Clark, Vassar Clements, Ralph Stanley, Chris Smither, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, Red Molly, Cheryl Wheeler, Livingston Taylor, Catie Curtis, The Pousette-Dart Band, and John Haitt among others. In May of 2014, Berardo won the 2014 Wildflower Art and Music Festival Song Contest in Texas. The following week he performed as a finalist in the legendary Kerrville New Folk Contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
An Evening with The Bumper Jacksons
New Rescheduled Date of
Saturday, January 23, 2016 – 7;30 pm
(previously scheduled for Sunday, January 17th)
The Bumper Jacksons are a big, fat party. Hot and sweet, their early jazz and country repertoire paints America’s story from New Orleans’ brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78’s, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style. Recognized as the region’s “Best Traditional Folk Band” at the 2013 Washington Area Music Awards, the Bumper Jacksons are playfully creative with their originals and re-imagining American roots music with both power and tenderness. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone’s invited and the dance floor never sleeps.
Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with Tom Prasada-Rao
Tom Prasada-Rao is a musician’s musician – an unassuming presence on the folk scene since the early nineties. His voice belies his musicianship and his extraordinary songs. From Rishi’s Garden with it’s homage to Ravi Shankar to the groove of Sleeping Beauty , Tom’s music is melodic, ambitious, and reverent. He’s starting to tour again after being featured on the nationally syndicated TV show Troubadour, Texas.
Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 7:30 pm
The Honey Dewdrops and
Smokey & The Mirror
Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than most couples. As the Honey Dewdrops, they share stages from performance venues to festivals across North America, stretches of rolling, infinite roadway, and a lot of songs; they share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures. With tight harmonies and a musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo, mandolin, and guitars, the effect is to leave listeners with only what matters: the heart of the song and clarity over ornamentation. After spending the better part of 2013 and 2014 living on the road, Laura and Kagey now call Baltimore, MD their home and it’s where they wrote and recorded their fourth full-length album, Tangled Country in May 2015. Smokey & the Mirror is the Fayetteville, Arkansas based husband and wife featuring the powerfully beautiful voice of bass player, Bernice Hembree and the well-written songs of Bryan Hembree, sung with his rustic, true American voice. You can tell when they are performing; they truly treasure what they do. They feed off each other to the point it’s sometimes hard to tell where the guitar stops and the bass starts. After touring for years as 2/3 of the trio 3 Penny Acre, they’ve been writing new songs and touring across the country as a duo and released their new album Thin Black Line in April 2015.
Sunday, April 17, 2016 – 6:00 pm
An Evening with Johnsmith
Johnsmith is one of those artists so often under-recognized – he possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored, or overlooked. For the past thirty-plus years, Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs, and house concerts alike. In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released seven solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville. With his faded jeans, his twinkly blue eyes, and his infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences. You get the sense of a man who loves his life, his family and friends, and who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and stories all across this land.
Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with the Durham County Poets
Durham County Poets grew out of the lively music scene in Ormstown, Quebec, a town that was once called Durham county. They first performed at the Branches and Roots folk festival in 2011, and by July 2012 their first album Where the River Flows was released. The result was a collection of songs that much like the river in its title seemed to flow effortlessly, one into the other. The album takes you on a journey from start to finish, with influences drawing from the Band, James Taylor, to straight up blues, gospel and folk. Fast forward to 2015 with a second album Chikkaboodah Stew, released in mid 2014, they aren’t losing momentum. The Durham County Poets are made up of Lead singer-Kevin Harvey, electric & acoustic guitars-David Whyte, acoustic guitar-Neil Elsmore, double bass-Carl Rufh & percussion- James Preimel.
Saturday, June 25, 2016 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with
Sarah Aili & Mary Bragg
A Northern California native and half-a-decade resident of Brooklyn and NYC, Sarah Aili has found a blissful balance in Nashville, TN, where she currently resides and continues her journey as an artist, songwriter and storyteller in melody. Sarah has studied and played in the musical worlds of pop, jazz, country, rock, blues and theater and draws from each of these groups to create her own sound. Sarah has performed on stages throughout the US from the West Coast to the East. As her voice and writing style lead the way into a genre which some have coined, “Adele – only Country”, Sarah often finds herself likened to music in the vein of Jewel, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Linda Rondstadt, Carol King and Colbie Caillat. Sarah has two EP’s available to the public and is currently working on a few different projects that will be released soon.
Classically trained in voice, Mary Bragg has focused on developing her craft on her own terms. After college, New York became her muse, her trouble, her chaperone. Several years into growing acclaim in Brooklyn’s Americana scene, she attracted overflow crowds for a yearlong residency at New York City’s famed venue The Living Room. She has been honored in such prestigious songwriting contests as Kerrville New Folk, Telluride Troubadour, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Wildflower! Festival, and the International Songwriting Competition. Now having recently been accepted into the world-renowned circle of songwriters at The Bluebird Cafe after a 60-second audition, Bragg finally has been embraced in Nashville. The 2011 release of her album Tattoos & Bruises, met with critical acclaim by USA Today, No Depression magazine and others, didn’t hurt. Her most recent release Edge of This Town was recorded after winning the inaugural BandPage/Zoo Labs Music Residency Contest, which enabled her to create the album at Zoo Labs Studios in Oakland, California in November 2014. Her sophomore release, Sugar (2007), was produced by Darius Jones and recorded in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her debut album, Certain Simple Things (2004), was co-written, engineered and produced in Athens, Georgia, by Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum).
Friday, September 9, 2016 – 8:00 pm
An Evening with
Kipyn Martin & Nancy Beaudette
Kipyn Martin is an emerging Americana singer/songwriter whose roots sink into the banks of the Shenandoah River. According to folk legend John Gorka, Kipyn is “a beauty of a singer.” She currently plays festival stages in Virginia and Maryland and delights audiences at vineyards, coffeehouses, and house concerts throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. This year Kipyn was honored by being named a semi-finalist in the inaugural Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards. In 2014 Kipyn had the privilege of opening for John Gorka, Ellis Paul, John Flynn, The Stray Birds, Ellis, Humming House, and The Kennedys. Other accolades in 2014 include winning Gold, Silver, and 3rd Place Overall in the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest with her song, “Dance Across the Sky”. In 2015 she also played a series of sold out concerts of Joan & Joni: A Tribute to the Music of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, a collaboration with recovering opera singer Allison Shapira. Placing in the NewSong Academy Songwriting Competition inspired Kipyn to pursue a Master of Music degree, which she attained from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2012. A passion for poetry and song fuels her as she writes the songs for her second full-length album. A vitality of voice, both poetic and musical, makes this woman a performing artist not to be missed.
Blending brave and honest songwriting, first-rate musicianship, and a huge helping of native Canadian wit, Nancy Beaudette is an artist of songs and heart. She was raised near Cornwall, Ontario, a place sustained by farming and millwork where French and English languages were friendly neighbors. Her new CD, (Nancy’s eighth release) “South Branch Road”, delves into those roots, weaving a nostalgic past into lush songs of familial history, good-humored folly and poignant observations of life and loss. On-stage and off, this award winning songwriter practices hometown hospitality. Come to one of Nancy’s shows and you will experience first-hand all the warmth and welcome of a Canadian kitchen party!