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Performance Calendar
Scheduled Performances for 2017:  
September 22 (Friday): Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection click for details
Fiddle prodigy Erica was competing at seven, touring at nine and recording at fifteen, when she made her SRT debut with the Old Time Radio Gang. Now her own five piece Bluegrass Band is enjoying great popularity and returns for their annual Bluegrass / Country / Folk hoedown! With Matt Shipman on guitar and vocals, Ken Taylor on bass, Steve Roy on Mandolin and vocals, and Read McNamara on Banjo. Erica was a recipient of a 2006 Maine Arts Commission Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Award and was recognized as a Master Artist by the Maine Arts Commission that same year. Her talent for combining the precision of classical music with the spontaneity of country and bluegrass fiddle makes for a fun-filled performance every time she plays. Performance highlights include opening for Grammy award winning country music superstar Dwight Yoakam, as well as Grammy award winning bluegrass performer Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.

"One of the best fiddlers in Maine...The kind of musician who gives musicians a good name." - Darol Anger. We couldn't agree more!

September 29 (Friday): Chris Smither click for details
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.

October 2
(Monday): Robert Cray Band click for details
Can't wait to hear the best band in the world. If you haven't seen'em you have to..if you already have, you know you miss'em! Blues guitarist and singer songwriter Robert Cray is a five-time Grammy Award winner and a Blues Hall of Famer of course, but all the accolades in the world will not do justice to his live show. You know I talk about those hand full of artists that I always say you gotta see...this is one of them. Few both play guitar and sing so smoothly and heartfelt and that band is killer. And did I say they are the nicest buncha guys you will ever meet? Come see for yerself. A rare up close and personal concert.

October 6
(Friday): Adam Ezra Group click for details
I took this quote from the first paragraph of a No Depression Magazine article. .“The Adam Ezra Group has built its reputation on self-described "sweaty, passionate," and enduring live performances. In fact, the Boston area ensemble's shows have become so notable that its fervent Northeast following has swapped more than 100 live bootleg recordings, which wouldn't be a problem for the band if it wasn't for one thing.” That should tell you that seeing them live is where it’s at. Adam and his band have been compared to Bruce and the E Street Band, ..like The Boss, he is a thoughful singer songwriter fronting a rootsy, and sometimes folky rock band. The Group has been touring non-stop and packing venues across the country and shared the stage with Jason Mraz, Rusted Root, Bela Fleck, John Hiatt, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Ziggy Marley, Little Feat and many others, With their new release underway the Adam Ezra Group will continue their national tour and come to us, with a new album Hurricane Wind and a momentum that is catapulting them towards being one of the country's most talked about bands. Check out this tune live from a bootleg!
 

October 12
( Thursday): Sam Bush click for details
Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush doesn't seem old enough to be a musical legend, but that is just what he is. Considered the originator of the Newgrass style, he is "the" mandolin player of out generation. Bush has helped to expand the horizons of bluegrass music, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk and other styles. He's the co-founder of the genre-bending New Grass Revival and an in-demand musician who has played with everyone from Emmylou Harris and Bela Fleck to Charlie Haden, Lyle Lovett and Garth Brooks. And though Bush is best known for jaw-dropping skills on the mandolin, he is also a three time national junior fiddle champion and Grammy award winning vocalist. In his own words: “I feel fortunate that when it’s time to play, no matter how I feel physically or mentally, once the downbeat starts, my mind goes to a place that’s all music,” says Bush. “The joy of the music comes to me and overtakes me sometimes––I just become part of the music.” That rapt merging of life and art fills Bush’s latest album Storyman, a freewheeling collection that gleefully picks and chooses from jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing, and bluegrass to create a jubilant noise only classifiable as the Sam Bush sound. Many of the songs are stories––several of them true––and the legendary mandolin player co-wrote every one of them with friends including Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Jon Randall Stewart, Jeff Black, and others. “I’m hoping it just kind of flows for people and makes them go, ‘Hey! It’s a Sam record. It sounds like Sam and the band," Bush says. “But for the first time ever, I also find myself thinking, ‘I hope you enjoy the stories.’ It’s my singer-songwriter record.” "As long as I'm alive I hope I have the ability to play," says Bush, a two time cancer treatment survivor. When the ability to play is taken away, it's humbling. It teaches you a lesson: don't take it for granted. Here's to the next 30 years." And here's to you Sam...and we are honored to be part of the next thirty! p.s And always with a killer band! A quick sell out.

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

October 20 (Friday): Kris Delmhorst & Jeffrey Foucault click for details
with a great Band including Billy Conway (of Morphine) on Drums
Husband and wife singer/songwriters Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault rarely perform together as a duo.Bit if its rare SMAC is the best place to find it!

Kris Delmhorst a prolific writer and constant collaborator, grew up in Brooklyn NY. Her musical home is in Boston MA 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 smokey voice and when she sings she is lost in the song more deeply than most. Burt what might get missed about her obvious talents is just want a great musician she is.
Jeffrey Foucault grew up in Wisconsin and started playing guitar at 17. One of those songwriters who when you discover him, you feel feel deprived of the time you could have spent listening. Compared to the likes of Greg Brown and John Prine, like Kris, a strong Jeffrey has taken, in his own words, ‘the small roads;’ building a brick and mortar independent international touring career of ten studio albums, countless miles and critical accolades with his warm and gritty voice and troubadour style.

Together,
Delmhorst and Foucault live in a small town in western Massachusetts with their daughter who we are sure to hear about on this sweet night of love and music.

A Here Ya Go FREE Show!!!
October 25
(Wednesday): Stone Mountain Song Stage click for details
Hosted by Carol Noonan with special guests Peter Mulvey and Zak Trojano

Song Stage is a great night of song swapping and collaboration. Artists are on stage together all night like a songwriter round up Bluebird Cafe style. Lots of great music and banter, and a unique glimpse into these artists through the music of their fellow guests. This is SMAC at its best.

About Peter Mulvey...when i think of Peter I immediately smile. He is a deep, smart, and joyous songwriter and performer. No Depression called him “The Reluctant Folk Hero” I like that title for him too. He is a true folkie in the sense of being true to the story teling tradition. But its that wicked warm voice of his that gets me every time. Here are my two favooirute Peter Mulvey songs. I am sure there are more favorites in his future :.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Eoa9rhaK0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evvBQBObp5I

About Zak Trojano ... Ya know those moments, when you hear something,and you stop to ask "who is that"? I had one of these moments when a visiting engineer was playing Zak over our sound system before a big show. Zak Trojano is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, a finger-style guitar player, a fly-fisherman, and a beer drinker. He watches more than he talks, the guy at the end of the bar nursing a drink while the afternoon light angles in, letting the conversation pile up around him like snowfall.He is a warm baritone paired with an old Martin guitar. Chris Smither says, "My old pal Zak Trojano reveals himself a pensive soul indeed with Yesterday's Sun.(Zak's latest album) Lines like "...Life's too short but it's longer than it seems" light up the darkness and give it definition." Hey, if he's good enough four Chris, he's good enough for us!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7-8TsV3Tt0

"Here Ya Go Free Shows" are shows where we charge no admission, and we donate our dinner business this night to cover the cost of our staff and of course the musicians. So come for dinner and support the series! Admssion is Free, but you still have to reserve a seat with a credit card. (There is a 10.00 charge for not using your reservation...You will only be charged if you dont show up! ) Like to Support our free shows? Pay any amount, and we thank you!

NOTE: Sorry, SMAC passes are not applicable to FREE shows.

October 27
(Friday): Freddy and Francine click for details
Wow...ya know when you hear something that just makes you drop everything and listen....I know no one does that anymore..but I did when I heard these two. They were here in June and brought the house down. Pardon my Irish, but they sing their asses off! Catch them before they are the next big thing! Freddy & Francine is an Americana/Soul duo featuring singer songwriters Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso. No Depression magazine describes Freddy & Francine as “Americana Soul, complete with tight two-part harmonies, engaging songs that will shoot deep into your heart, and a musical chemistry that is second-to-none in the L.A. Americana scene.” But if me and the critics aren't good enough for ya..... the proof is in the puddin' ... check out this video.

November 3
(Friday): Humming House click for details
This band has brought the house down every time they come to SMAC. So they are back again! If you were not there, this is a band, you may not of heard of but you will...shades of bands like Mumford and Sons, Fun, and Of Monsters and Men, but a lot of unique wowness! You know it's risky for us to bring new acts up here to the middle of nowhere so when we do it, we do it because a band is something special. Humming House is that kinda special and this is one of those show success stories. Woven together from diverse backgrounds (Americana, classical composition, bluegrass, soul, and traditional Irish music), their playground of musical exploration has something for everyone. Their debut record brought a whirlwind of press including features on NPR's Live in Studio C and All Things Considered, Nashville's Lightning 100 local spotlight, reviews in American Songwriter Magazine, and a Daytrotter session, and rotations on CMT Pure and Zuus Country, plus placements on FX's "Justified" and The CW's "Hart of Dixie". Just to name a few accolades, but their live show is just wicked fun. Check out their big hit Great Divide.

November 10 ( Friday): Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas click for details
We cannot get enough of this master Scottish fiddler and his beautuful cellist sidekick. These two together are one of the most moving musical collaborations you will ever see on our stage. The show is fun, the music is stunning and Alasdair is a presence who just makes you feel great to be alive. Natalie is a silent wonder, speaking poetry though her expression and her instrument. A toe tapping night of celtic fiddle music and Scottish story telling. This is SMAC at its best when these two are here.

November 11 (Saturday): Capitol Steps click for details
These folks will have lots of material for election week 2017 after a year with the new regime? They are back, and just in time for more election results! They Put the MOCK in Democracy. Music and political satire by The Capitol Steps, the Washington-based troupe of Congressional staffers turned songwriters. This was one of the first acts I booked when we first opened..it's like having good friends visiting when they are here. And don't we all need a good laugh when it comes to politics these days?

November 16 (Thursday): Emily Saliers (of Indigo Girls) click for details
Murmuartion Nation Tour

Thirty years into one of the most storied careers in popular music, Emily Saliers,best known as one half of the iconic duo Indigo Girls, decided to record her debut album.

On Murmuration Nation Saliers’ fearless voice and insightful perspective feel more vital and relevant than ever before. The songs also reveal a new side of Saliers’ artistry, one that even her most ardent fans might not expect to hear.

Known for their outspoken political activism in addition to their brilliant songwriting, Indigo Girls became a household name and a fixture of American pop culture, but Saliers has never been one to rest on her laurels.

The result is a record that defies easy categorization, with Saliers effortlessly mixing disparate musical traditions underneath poetic lyrics that take their cues from the natural world around us.

Though the musical setting may be different, Indigo Girls fans who have grown up with Saliers will recognize her trademark passion and perception, while younger listeners unfamiliar with her illustrious back catalog will discover in this record a voice of great clarity and understanding that speaks to these unique and troubling times. By drawing on her love of so many cultures and her insatiable appetite for great songwriting, regardless of genre or era, Saliers has crafted an album that is at once classic and modern, timeless and daring.

In the end, it all comes down to balance: artistically, emotionally, spiritually. The album showcases a side of Saliers that few knew she carried within her, but one that burns as bright today as it did when she was just a youngster discovering the wide world of music around her. Thirty years is a long wait for a debut, but with Murmuration Nation, it feels like Emily Saliers is right on time.

November 17
(Friday): An Evening of Jazz with the Tom Snow Quartet click for details
Jazz Fans Take Notice!!! Thomas Snow, piano Ken Peplowski, saxophone and clarinet Marty Ballou Bass, Les Harris Jr. drums. Encore performace of one of the top ten smac shows evah!!!

If you didn't see this show in May, don't miss your chance again. Maine’s own pianist Tom Snow returns to SMAC as a leader, and this time he’s bringing a few of his friends from the world of Jazz. Our SMAC audiences have heard Tom many times as Jonathan Edwards’ pianist, and you may have also attended SMAC’s sold-out 2013 CD release concert of his fourth CD, “Friends.” On this night, Tom is sharing the stage with jazz giant and NYC-based virtuoso clarinetist, Ken Peplowski, acclaimed Boston bassist, Marty Ballou, and stalwart favorite and Boston “A-lister”, Les Harris, Jr. (drums). If you’ve ever heard Tom perform, you’ll know that he is a musical chameleon and often cross-weaves styles of folk, bluegrass, rock and jazz. Accompanied by this stellar lineup of world-renowned musicians, the sweet sounds of jazz will fill the air at Stone Mountain. We hope you’ll join Tom as he pours his artistry, love, sincerity, and musical communication into this fantastic setting. THIS WILL BE A GREAT SHOW...AGAIN!

November 18 (Saturday): Rosanne Cash click for details
Whether Rosanne had a famous Dad or not, we are sure she would have become the critically acclaimed singer songwriter she is today. Her music weaves easily from country to folk to pop, and her lyrics cut to the core of your heart. One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned four GRAMMY Awards and nominations for 11 more, as well as 21 top-40 hits, including 11 No. 1 singles. She is also an author whose four books include the best-selling memoir Composed, which the Chicago Tribune called “one of the best accounts of an American life you’ll likely ever read. Cash’s landmark 2009 album, “The List,” won the Americana Music Album of the Year award. In her latest release,“The River and the Thread,” a collaboration with husband/co-writer/producer and arranger John Leventhal, Cash evokes a kaleidoscopic examination of the geographic, emotional, musical and historic landscape of the American South. The album has received impressive worldwide acclaim and attained the highest debut in the Billboard charts of any of her previous albums. It received 3 Grammy Awards in 2015. On October 11, 2015 she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. She is a big time favorite of ours.....come see why it is such an honor to have her grace our stage.

November 24 (Friday): Paula Poundstone click for details
Wooohoooo..she's back again.....our favorite funny girl. An NPR darling, heard on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Paula has been making us laugh almostevery 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 25 (Saturday): Stone Mountain Holiday Market 11:00 - 8:00
A day and night event of that fair festival, and evan FOOTBALL kind of atmosphere to “ kick" off the holidays.
Our Halls will be decked out all right We will have all kinds of booths full of shopping ideas from crafts to repurposed items, to food , to christmas themed wares…evan a wine and beer tasting booth! As always the SMAC girls will be serving up lots holiday cheer and sustenance. And dont forget…A wine and beer tasting booth! PLus LIVE Music and Football!!

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Here is the schedule of Events:

* Time: 11:00 to 8:00 PM Come for lunch or dinner and shop and hear some live music.
* For You Football Fans, Join Jeff in the Rooster Lounge for your favorite Game!
* LIVE Music for your dining pleasure provided by:
- 11:00 to 2:00 -- The Press Gang (great Irish band)
- 6:00 to 8:00 -- Bradley Street Jazz Collective...
The “collective" is: Mike Sakash (saxaphone) Jed Wilson (piano), Al Hospers (bass), and Craig Bryan (drums).

November 26 (Sunday): Stone Mountain Holiday Market 10:00 - 3:00
A daytime event of that fair festival, and evan FOOTBALL kind of atmsphere to “ kick" off the holidays.
Our Halls will be decked out all right We will have all kinds of booths full of shopping ideas from crafts to repurposed items, to food , to christmas themed wares…evan a wine and beer tasting booth! As always the SMAC girls will be serving up lots holiday cheer and sustenance. And don't forget…A wine and beer tasting booth! PLus LIVE Music and Football!!

Want to be a vendor? Click for Vendor Information.

Here is the schedule of Events:

* Time: 10:00 to 3:00 Come for breakfast goodies, a mimosa lunch, shopping, and hear some live music.
* For You Football Fans: Join Jeff in the Rooster Lounge and watch the Patriots
* LIVE Music for your dining pleasure provided by:
The Press Gang (great Irish Band) from 11:00 to 2:00

November 29 ( Wednesday): Stone Mountain Taste of Christmas Rooster Luncheon details
(This event is Recommended for our Seniors)
Can't get out to see us at night? Here is a little taste of a night out at SMAC for Christmas in the day time!!!A home cooked meal served with love to be followed by a short Christmas carol concert given by owner Carol Noonan.
Time: Arrive at SMAC by 11:30 Luncheon begins at Noon

December 1
( Friday): Lori McKenna click for details
Wow..what hasn't happened to Miss Lori this year??? before the new year, she became one of only five solo women to win the CMA award for "Song of the Year" and the first woman to win two years in a row. In 2017, she became the first woman in the 52 year history of the ACM Awards to win "Songwriter of the Year". In 2017 she again won Best Country Song at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards for "Humble and Kind" performed by Tim McGraw (a great way to describer her by the way !) Lori will perform with him in arenas this summer, but for this night she will come to our humble hall once again... the sweetest singer songwriter you are ever gonna meet! She is critically acclaimed for her work as a song writer, and heavy hitters like country star Faith Hill have recorded a pile of her songs. Faith is great, but no one sings Lori's songs like Lori. Always has some top players with her, ...come see why we love her!

December 3 (Sunday): Stone Mountain Finest Kind Artisan Craft Fair 10:00 - 2:00
Looking for that special gift? This is the fair to go to. We will have two barns of talented crafters who will be proudly presenting those talents for all of your holiday needs. As always the SMAC girls will be serving up lots holiday cheer and sustenance. Come for breakfast goodies, a mimosa, and or lunch and shop for that unique gift. And yes, we will even have the game on!!

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Here is the schedule of Events:

* Time: 10:00 to 2:00
*LIVE Music for your dining pleasure provided from 10:00 to 2:00 by Tricky Britches (great old time country and bluegrass
*And For You Football Fans Join Jeff in the Rooster Lounge and watch the Patriots

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

Please note....This show is held at the Little White Church, but you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office.

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

Speaking of tickets....again, you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. But again, the show is at the Little White Church. Seating is general admission (pew seating) only. There will be a champagne and cookies after show reception at the Inn at Crystal Lake right across the street ...just a holly jolly hop, skip, and a jump from the church. and the bar will be open if you want to purchase something stronger.

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

December 9 (Saturday): Carol Noonan and Dana Cunningham click for details
Annual Christmas Concert at the Little White Church in Eaton, NH
with Special Guest Max Dyer on cello and Kevin Barry on guitar

Please note....This show is held at the Little White Church, but you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office.

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

Speaking of tickets....again, you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. But again, the show is at the Little White Church. Seating is general admission (pew seating) only. There will be a champagne and cookies after show reception at the Inn at Crystal Lake right across the street ...just a holly jolly hop, skip, and a jump from the church. and the bar will be open if you want to purchase something stronger.

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

December 15 (Friday): Stone Mountain LIVE for Christmas click for details
Hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry with very special guest Jonathan Edwards!!

Great holiday music, beautiful halls all decked out, and lots of holiday fun all come together in one great night that is fast becoming one of Maine's treasured traditions. This evening is the musical baby of Stone Mountain's owner, Carol Noonan, who hosts this unique revue style show with her house band the Stone Mountain Boys.

Special Guest Jonathan Edwards….so happy to have this iconic singer songwriter here and we have to say, we just think he is a folkie rock star extraordinaire! He will sing his own brand of holiday music of course but we hope there will be some on the spot collaboration with all these great musicans on hand.

Only two shows this year, so don't wait too long!

December 16
(Saturday): Stone Mountain LIVE for Christmas click for details

Hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry with very special guest Jonathan Edwards!!


Great holiday music, beautiful halls all decked out, and lots of holiday fun all come together in one great night that is fast becoming one of Maine's treasured traditions. This evening is the musical baby of Stone Mountain's owner, Carol Noonan, who hosts this unique revue style show with her house band the Stone Mountain Boys.

Special Guest Jonathan Edwards….so happy to have this iconic singer songwriter here and we have to say, we just think he is a folkie rock star extraordinaire! He will sing his own brand of holiday music of course but we hope there will be some on the spot collaboration with all these great musicans on hand.

About Brownfield Historical Society
Brownfield is a special town. We have been blessed to land here. 85% of the town was destroyed in the great fire of 1947 and there is a rich history about the town before the fire, during the fire, and how it has survived. The Historical Society is doing great work to try to archive this rich and sometime forgotten history of a town we are immensely proud to call our home. We always say, SMAC could not ever have worked in any other town!! We are a town of unlikely doing the unlikely. Amazing!!

December 31 (Sunday): Le Vent du Nord click for details
I LOVE this band, and its a perfect way to celebrate the new year happily! Performing traditional Québécois music that is heavily influenced by Celtic music, these guys are better every time I 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 have a new member too this year, new member fiddler Andre Brunet (of De Temps Antan and Celtic Fiddle Fest). They will all put on a whale of a show and you will leave here smiling and wanting more, like we always do. Showtime is as usual, so you will still have time to get home for your own midnight countdown!!
   
Scheduled Performances for 2018:  
January 20 (Saturday): Spencer Albee click for details
Portland based and nationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer. Since 1995, he has toured internationally, signed multiple record deals and worked with artists ranging from David Bowie to De La Soul with his bands AS FAST AS, Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, Space versus Speed and Rustic Overtones. Today he can be found playing in support of his 20th studio album “Relentlessly yours,” and curating events like his annual “Beatles Night” at the State Theatre in Portland. Rolling Stone Magazine calls Spencer both “the king of Portland, Maine’s secretly vibrant music scene” and "a 21st century master in the lost art of Beatlesesque hooks.” and he remains the highest selling Maine artist of all time at Bull Moose Music. His six piece live band (that occasionally sounds like 12) includes bassist McCrae Hathaway, drummer/percussionist Andrew Hodgkins, guitarist/keyboardist Scott Mohler and vocalists Renee´Coolbrith and Blythe Armitage. The band is prepping a show special for attendees of SMAC that will be akin to a combination of The Band’s The Last Waltz and Talking Head’s Stop Making Sense, that will range from solo acoustic performance, to a full band dancing in your seats party. WE are happy to welcome Spencer for the first time to our stage. Visit spenceralbee.com for more artist information.

January 26 (Friday): Tricky Britches click for details
Raised in Maine, cured on street corners and next to woodstoves, string-band Tricky Britches is a unique culmination of country, old timey, bluegrass, and rock. They've played festivals and concerts across the US, Europe, and Hawaii, always being shaped by those places, and using those experiences to shape their original music. The Portland Phoenix said it best, "In an age of auto-tune and manufactured music, Tricky Britches isn't just a throwback - they're a look forward " I could not agree more, and they just keep getting better. A great buncha guys..with a great buncha music.

January 27
(Saturday): Paula Cole click for details
Simply one of the best female singers I have ever heard. Songs like "Where have all the Cowboys Gone" and "I Don't Want to Wait" put her on the list of chart busters. But the first time I heard her she was singing back up for Peter Gabriel. When he featured her, it was clear by the hush and then roar of the crowd that she was headed for bigger and better things. Of course her star rose quickly and now we are lucky to be able to present her in our humble hall. Just what we need to warm a January evening. The only cool, will be the styling of her emotionally charged voice singing her own songs of life, love and a philosophy that is all her own. Don't miss it.

February 10 ( Saturday): The Gibson Brothers click for details
Simply the best of what the bluegrass genre can provide. Oh, I love these these guys, 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 2016. They have a killer band, and are a personal favorite of mine....Come highly SMAC recommended.

February 14 ( Wednesday): Martin Sexton click for details
For Valentines Day!
A perfect performer for such a warm holiday. Plain and simple....he is one of the best singers I have heard in my lifetime. I was lucky enough to have him sing on one of my albums when he was kicking around Boston, many, many years ago. Little did I know how big a star he would become, and we most humbly welcome him for another visit to Stone Mountain.
"His outstanding taste in songwriting as well as a soul marinated voice that can easily be compared to the likes of a young Steve Winwood or Van Morrison."- Rolling Stone
"The best live performer I've ever seen."- John Mayer
Could not agree more….

March 2 (Friday): Lotta Folk Music with Christine Lavin, Don White & Vance Gilbert details
Back for an encore performance of this show that everyone LOVED!!! Three great folks singers one great night...all on stage, good friends, and joyful voices.
Christine Lavin: New York's own singer-songwriter and founding member of Four Bitchin' Babes. She is known for her sense of humor, which is expressed in both her music and her onstage performances. Many of her songs alternate between emotional reflections on romance and outright comedy. Her book COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA is another way Christine expresses herself. Just a knock-out performer.
Don White: If you laugh and cry within the same ten minutes, you either need a vacation or you are sitting in the audience at a Don White show. This working class family man from Lynn, Massachusetts has emerged as the thoughtful songwriter of the decade whose relevance to our lives is evidenced by the powerful reaction he evokes at every concert. Radio audiences, too, are not safe from the Don White experience. Valerie Adams of WNCS Radio, Vermont said, "I've never seen anything like it. Every time I play I Know What Love Is the phones light up like a Christmas tree. Stereo Review Magazine called it "...A candidate for song of the year." First time here at Stone Mountain.
Vance Gilbert: burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90's when the buzz spread through the folk clubs of the Northeast about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking them dead at open mics. Word got out about this Philadelphia-area born and raised performer, and Shawn Colvin invited Gilbert to be a special guest on her 1992 Fat City tour. Gilbert took audiences across North America by storm. One review reads: "With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener" Speaking of his live shows, artists as varied as Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker, and the late George Carlin have in recent years requested Vance to be added to their evenings. Come see why. What a voice,what a nut, what a treat :>)

March 3 (Satuday): We Banjo 3 (super new band from Ireland) click for details
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! Be sure to watch their video.

March 23 (Friday): Lúnasa with Tim O'Brien click for details
Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien embark on a transatlantic journey exploring the common roots, interplay and mutual influences at the heart of American and Irish music. Lúnasa, described by the Associated Press has as “the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet,” joins forces with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien (“one of my favorite singers” — Mark Knopfler) in a rich and exciting concert of trans-Atlantic collaboration.

Lúnasa features all-Ireland champions like fiddler Sean Smyth and other world-class players, including veterans of The Waterboys and Donal Lunny’s Coolfin. O’Brien’s songs have been recorded by the likes of Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks, and other Nashville heavyweights.

Together they explore the rich and exciting connection between Appalachian music and its updated Irish ancestry.

March 30
(Friday): Heather Masse and Jed Wilson click for details
Heather, one of the sirens from the Wailin' Jennys and a local girl before stardom, has been heard regularly on Prairie Home Companion, where has been one of the show’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.

March 31
(Saturday): Red Molly - One Show Only ! click for details
"It’s been 18 months since we charted a course and set sail for a hiatus from Red Molly. We love making music, separately AND together, and are bursting with excitement to share the news: We are working on FOUR (count them, FOUR) new projects! Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly is known for their gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music-from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk-as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature soaring, crystalline three-part harmonies. Gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, Red Molly is renowned for their live shows. Four-time featured artist at MerleFest,the "Mollies" bring audiences to their feet, whether it's on a grand festival stage or in an intimate concert hall.

April 12 (Thursday): Texas Troubadours click for details
The Texas Troubadours tour celebrates the great songwriting tradition of The Lone Star State, and features Ruthie Foster, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Carrie Rodriguez – three Texas-based artists who are known around the globe for their excellent songs and their distinctive voices. Each one is a great, critically acclaimed performer in their own right, and Texas Troubadours showcases all of them together on stage for the first time, swapping songs and collaborating on each other’s material. This world-premiere presentation will be a rare treat for fans of all three singers, for fans of Texas music, and for fans of great songwriting. Ruthie’s last three albums have been Grammy-nominated, and she has won numerous Austin Music Awards (including for Best Female Vocalist), and Blues Music Awards. Ruthie comes from the tiny town of Gause (population 400), did a tour of duty in the US Navy, and currently lives in Austin. Jimmie Dale is a native of the Texas Panhandle and, along with Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, founded legendary band The Flatlanders back in 1972. He has also been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, and Rolling Stone magazine has twice named him Country Artist of the year. As an actor, he appeared in the hit film The Big Lebowski, portraying a bowler named Smokey. Carrie, the daughter of Texan singer-songwriter David Rodriguez released her critically acclaimed album Lola in February. Named for one of NPR’s top 30 releases of 2016, the album is inspired by the 1940s-era recording of Carrie’s great aunt. Chicana singing sensation Eva Garza. SMAC IS HUGELY HAPPY TO GET THIS SHOW!!!!

April 20
(Friday): Suzy Bogguss click for details
Suzy of course is a big country star, but to us she is like family. Her countless hits and platinum records would assume a big attitude as well. But with Suzy, the only big you get is in the heart department. She is as down home as you can get and her sweet and sultry voice will make you wish the night would never end. Accompanied by always stellar side men, her show is not to be missed. Welcome back Suzy and welcome home!!!

May 18 (Friday): Séan McCann (of the Great Big Sea) click for details
Everyone loved him when he was here in June on our Song Stage. Its not easy to leave a sure thing...but Séan McCann has started a new journey after his departure from the popular Canadian band Great Big Sea. Someone referred to him as a "shantyman", but I think he is a true folkie in every sense of that category. Thoroughly entertaining and audience engaging….Great songs, and a great voice is the new "great" in his future, and we are happy to be on this trip with him. Check this nice song out.
   
   
 
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