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Performance Calendar
Scheduled Performances for 2014:
September 4 (Thursday): Waltzings for Dreamers FREE Music Series click for details
Featuring Buddy Greene and Jeff Taylor with Jim Prendergast
A "Waltzings for Dreamers" New Music for FREE Series is made possible by Carol Noonan's latest recording "Waltzings for Dreamers" in partnership with the kind sponsorship of Maine Beverage Company.

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Buddy Greene is known for his unique musical hybrid of country, bluegrass, folk, gospel and traditional blues. Hailed as one of Nashville’s finest harmonica stylists, he will be joined by good friend, accordion and piano player Jeff Taylor of the Time Jumpers. Between the two of them they’ve played with Nashville’s finest including Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Harry Connick Jr., Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs. Recording guitarist Jim Prendergast, who has performed as a side man with almost every Grand Ole Opry star and recorded with many legendary Nashvillle musicians will join the duo for a show described as part jam session, church house revival and a journey through musical history. With these many talents and influences it’s a trio not to be missed!

This show is free admission by reservation.
In the spirit of providing, we ask that if possible, you bring a donation in the form of cat or dog food, bleac, detergent, and "hardwood" pellets for the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter.

September 12
( Friday): Asleep at the Wheel click for details
Woohoo Buckaroo...Ray Benson and the hardest workin' band in show biz is back for another night of country western swingin', toe tappin fun. They have won 9 grammy awards and there are no signs of slowing down. Keeping the music of Bob Wills and alike, alive and well in one of the best live shows money can buy. Don't miss it....we never do!!

September 14
(Sunday): 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 he still comes highly SMAC recommended.

September 18
( Thursday): Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn (one show only!) details
The unofficial first family of the banjo. We have had Bela here many times in many forms. His last visit was with his Banjo Summit and included in that elite group of banjo virtuosos was Bela's wife Abigail Washburn. She and Bela playing together was the highlight of the night. Her voice moved us all, and their obvious connection from the heart spills into their musical connection for a "you don't dare move" listening experience. Bela has toiled most of what is available in musical soil ..a 15 time grammy award winner, he has graced our stage and many others with countless other musical giants being a master of producing interesting collaboration. Abigail is one of old time music's fav's with her own unique approach to American of old-time music, pairing venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds to create a music that is both strangely familiar and unlike anything heard before. Together they will do original and traditional tunes in their own special way in this intimate style appearance. Folks, all I can say is this is a rare show that we really begged for...come see why :>)

September 21
( Sunday): Sam Bush click for details
Finally!.....we have tried for 7 years to get him!!! 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: "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.

September 26
( Friday): An Evening with John Hiatt Solo and Acoustic click for details
One of out times' greatest song writers and SMAC's favorite performers!
John Hiatt, who the Los Angeles Times calls “…one of rock’s most astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years,” will release his new album Terms Of My Surrender, inb July via New West Records. Hiatt, a master lyricist and satirical storyteller, weaves hidden plot twists into fictional tales ranging in topics including redemption, relationships, growing older and surrendering, on his terms. The new record is musically rooted in acoustic blues, accentuated by Hiatt’s soulful, gritty voice, which mirrors the gravity of his reflective lyrics. Always a special show when he is here...up close and personal.

October 3
( Friday): Dar Williams click for details
It's been too long since we have had Dar back. She is the cream of the singer songwriter's crop. Rolling Stone wrote of her, "Seasons change, but Williams remains both ambitious and pleasingly plain-spoken... And importantly, she seems more at ease than ever." At the core of Williams’ work is a belief in the innate ability of people to make a better world, the product of countless observations in her travels and conversations with her fans. She writes about it, sings about it and will make you feel good about it. She is a delight on stage and we are delighted to have her back!

October 10
(Friday): Gaelic Storm click for details
They were barely a band when they were spotted by the folks from the blockbuster movie Titantic. Their raucous dance scene catapulted them into a serious global touring schedule and off they went. Today they are one of the most sought after celtic bands in the world. Their high energy show is just about the funniest two hours we present here at SMAC.They could not be more down to earth, and hard working while still maintaining their star status. Just good Irish folk. Their newest album.....With their signature acoustic production, Gaelic Storm blends indie-folk and world grooves with Celtic tradition to bring you twelve tales of plight and plunder, whiskey-drenched pirates, flying cannon balls and the ladies of ill repute. Ready your sea legs; you'll need them for The Boathouse!

October 16
(Thursday): Arlo Guthrie click for details

Yes, the man who put the folk in folk music is coming to our little barn. His legendary heritage included father Woody Guthrie, and like him, Arlo is a treasured contributor to Americana and it's music. His story telling is as captivating as his music. Mr. Guthrie is most famous for the Thanksgiving anthem, Alice's Restaurant... now you don't have to be in a turkey come to hear it!

October 17
(Friday): Heather Masse with Mike and Ruthy click for details
Two great acts. Heather, one of the sirens from the Wailin' Jennys and a local girl before stardom, can be heard regularly on Prairie Home Companion, where she's one of Garrison's favorites. She has a beautiful voice and spirit and sings many styles from folk to jazz. Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar cut their musical teeth as part of the Mammals and are now a terrific duo on their own. Ruthy comes from Americana royalty being the daughter of fiddler Jay Ungar. They have been referred to as carrying the torch for the likes of Woody Guthrie and the Carter family, but their indie roots are completely original.

October 23
Brett Dennen Presents Water Colors, a Special Acoustic Evening click for details
Five years ago, Brett Dennen was a camp counselor who played guitar, wrote songs and performed fireside. With a self-made album, he began playing coffee shops along the West Coast and a devoted following formed. A modest independent record deal led first to his 2006 break-through album, So Much More, then to the attention of music critics, programmers and established artists. Though his once intimate audience has grown substantially, Brett remains the folky, soulful, witty and insightful artist that first captured hearts in California coffee houses. Noting his success, Rolling Stone Magazine named Brett one of the “10 Artists To Watch in 2008.” he's come along way since then. Come "watch him" here at SMAC up close and personal. We are so glad he is coming back up the hill to us!

October 24
(Friday): Legend Dr. Ralph Stanley & Clinch Mountain Boys details

There is a lotta stretching boundaries when it comes to bluegrass these days....and that's okay, but if you want the real true-grass deal.....the original, this is the show to see. Dr. Ralph Stanley is an American icon and cultural treasure. He was among the first generation of bluegrass music and architect of a branch of bluegrass that drew on ancient mountain folk traditions. The "Boys", support him respectfully and musically and just put on a great down home show. Ralph has been here a few times, but I suspect this might be the last time we get to see him tour, as there is talk of him finally retiring. But in Ralph's own words: "God has had his hand on my career for the past 68 years. It's up to him when I will quit. I have no plans of slowing down. I love my fans, and I love performing." Well we love him back. Come see this legend, so you can say ya did!

November 8
(Saturday): Capitol Steps (one show only) click for details
They are back, and just in time for the 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'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 10
(Monday): Ani DiFranco click for details
Since Ani bucked the major label system in the early-'90s, opting to release her music on her own terms, the self-described Little Folksinger has been the subject of all kinds of hyperbole. She's been called "fiercely independent" (Rolling Stone), "inspirational" (All Music Guide), "the ultimate do-it-yourself songwriter" (The New York Times), etc. As the cracks in the music industry get larger and more big-name artists follow Ani's lead - Radiohead, Madonna and Nine Inch Nails among them - maybe people will just start calling her "smart."

We will call us lucky for getting to see her here in our small little hall. Ani represents the rare few who think out of the box when it comes to the music industry, and it is that spirit that infects others to do things like putting up an arts center in the middle of nowhere! We are honored to present this special show. She will be on a small tour, so get your tickets early.

November 11 (Tuesday): Ani DiFranco click for details
Since Ani bucked the major label system in the early-'90s, opting to release her music on her own terms, the self-described Little Folksinger has been the subject of all kinds of hyperbole. She's been called "fiercely independent" (Rolling Stone), "inspirational" (All Music Guide), "the ultimate do-it-yourself songwriter" (The New York Times), etc. As the cracks in the music industry get larger and more big-name artists follow Ani's lead - Radiohead, Madonna and Nine Inch Nails among them - maybe people will just start calling her "smart."

We will call us lucky for getting to see her here in our small little hall. Ani represents the rare few who think out of the box when it comes to the music industry, and it is that spirit that infects others to do things like putting up an arts center in the middle of nowhere! We are honored to present this special show. She will be on a small tour, so get your tickets early.

November 14
(Friday): "Ladies Tri Folkta" click for details
    with Kris Delmhorst, Rose Cousins and Laura Cortese
(sorry could not resist the title :>)This is a just a great night of folk music from three amazing ladies on one special stage. All strong song writers and singers...all multi should be a great night of collaboration. And not to play favorites but these three are ours : >) Come see why. Highly SMAC Recommended!

November 21
( Friday): SMACFest - Three Bands One Night click for details
Darlingside, The Ballroom Thieves and The Ghost of Paul Revere
These are three young bands that we thoink are terrific. it will be a really fun night of high energy music while these bands mix their own styles with some old timey ones. A lotta hollah for yer dollah!
Darlingside: folky, stringy, singy, stompy, happy clappy goodness.
The Ballroom Thieves: New England based High engery folk rock trio, lush vocals
The Ghost of Paul Revere: mix a litle old timey folk music and bluegrass with dead-on three part harmonies and a wicked energetic performance. Cause they're from Maine ya know!!

November 22
(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 up the start of winter. 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.

November 29
(Saturday): Chris Smither & Band click for details
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. His latest album Hundred Dollar Valentine is a studio record of all Smither-penned songs — a first for him. With longtime producer David “Goody” Goodrich at the helm, this newest collection sports the unmistakable sound Smither has made his trademark: fingerpicked acoustic guitar and evocative sonic textures meshed with spare, brilliant songs, delivered in a bone-wise, hard-won voice. 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.

December 6
(Saturday): Carol Noonan and Dana Cunningham click to Order
Annual Christmas Concert at the Little White Church in Eaton, NH
with Special Guests 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 an after show reception at the Inn at Crystal Lake Inn right across the street ...just a holly jolly hop, skip, and a jump from the church. There will be complimentery cookies and coffee 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...for directions go to the Inn at Crystal Lake's web site.

December 12
(Friday): Stone Mountain LIVE Local Christmas Talent Search click for details
This will be what you would expect from Carol and the Stone Mountain Boys for this annual Chrismas show but for this Friday we will change it up and showcase some of our local talent along with music from Carol and her band. Its gonna be a lotta fun! And yes, if the "voice Gods" are on her side, Carol will sing Oh Holy Night : >)

*Local Christmas Talent Search....we will choose up to 6 local acts to perform on our Friday December 12 Christmas show. Those chosen will receive a video and recording of their own performance and get to say they performed at SMAC!!! Your act should be able to be performed with your own production and or accompaniment like recorded music. (In other words the Stone Mountain Boys will most likely not be able to back you up) To apply, please send a link to a YouTube video of your act, or a description of it, with your name, address, phone number , and email. A video can be from a phone or any device that is visible. Don't go to any trouble to make a fancy video!!! We are looking for quirky, any and all ages, Christmas related, talented, fun, or funny kinds of acts. Chosen acts will be notified by November 1st. Since this is a local search, it is limited to folks from Maine and NH. :>) Okay...have fun!!!

Stone Mountain LIVE for Christmas
December 13, 19, and 20    select your date below to click for details
Hosted by Carol Noonan and her great house band featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry and the Stone Mountain Boys. With Special Guests Soul Singer Jesse Dee and rockabilly truckin' song singer Roy Sludge.
Its gonna be a rockin, and frolickin' Christmas revue with lots of great music..and yes, if the "voice Gods" are on her side, Carol will sing Oh Holy Night : >) 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" takes all the best aspects of this special place on the hill and packs it into one fun festive show! It's a great way to enjoy the holidays with your friends, family and co-workers. Make a dinner reservation and make a night of it!!!

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Scheduled Performances for 2015:
January 16 (Friday): Junior Brown click for details
What could be better to warm up a winter night...then the rockabilly and guitar "steeling" sounds of Junior Brown. He is completely original..a little retro country a little rock and roll and a lotta wow! His unique voice, more unique songwriting craft, and even more unique double necked "Guit-Steel", there has absolutely never been anyone like Junior Brown. This signature guitar of his own creating is not the only thing that makes him an "American Original" as his website says. Just watch this video and you will be hooked.

February 26
(Thursday): Greg Brown click for details
One of the best singer songwriters of our time. His haunting images of his midwest upbringing couples with his Leonard Cohen type growl, is infectious. Grammy nominated, Greg is a musician's musician and his tribute album attracted heavy hitters like Mary Chapin Carpenter and Lucinda Williams to record his songs. Always a stirring night and a sell out.

February 28
(Saturday): Eric Bibb with Michael Jerome Browne click for details
One Great Night of Blues!!!
Eric Bibb: Already enjoying success in Europe, Grammy nominee Eric Bibb is becoming a familiar face – and voice – in the U.S. Nominated for nine W.C. Handy Blues Music Awards and winner of the Best Newcomer title in the British Blues Awards, Bibb has been appropriately described as “discreetly awesome” and “a total original.” As his popularity escalates, earlier comparisons to legendary greats Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal are being replaced by quotes that speak to Bibb’s ability to “use standard blues ingredients to cook up something all his own.”
Michael Jerome Browne: The blues is a common thread that runs through virtually all of the music derived from the early American South, and nobody “gets” this connection better than internationally acclaimed singer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Jerome Browne. Browne performs everything from old Appalachian music to Chicago blues with such captivating authenticity that he’s earned three Juno nominations in two distinct categories.

April 4
(Saturday): Gibson Brothers click for details
Oh, I love these guys!!! These young brothers of bluegrass, two time IBMA Entertainers of the Year have been nominated for two 2014 IBMA awards: Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year. Come and see why. They write really amazing songs, have beautiful voices and are great on stage. When they joined us for our Christmas shows they brought the house down. They have an ole timey feel that you can't fake...they are the real deal....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 now. A personal favorite of mine....Come highly SMAC recommended.

May 7
(Thursday): John Gorka and Cheryl Wheeler click for details
This is one terrific folk double bill...two of our faves!!!
*CHERYL WHEELER I am always blown away by Cheryl's emotional roller coaster of a show. She can really make you cry with a song, and then really make you laugh with the next one. She wears her politics on her sleeve, with a brutal honesty and has a uniquely Cheryl way of looking at the world..... its a world you will love to live in. Come see why she is always a sell out. A SMAC fave! *JOHN GORKA is an honored icon of folk tradition. Energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life, is his trademark. John's rich baritone voice and unique songcraft weave a magical spell that can only be described as 'Gorka.' "Gorka is widely heralded for the sophisticated intelligence and provocative originality of his songs." - Boston Globe

May 8
Friday): Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas click for details
We cannot get enough of this master Scottish fiddler and his beautuful cellist sidekick. They sell out everytime....the show is fun, beautiful and Alasdair is a presence who just makes you feel great. A toe tapping night of fiddle music and Scottish story telling. This is SMAC at its best when these two are here.

May 15 (Friday): Jonathan Edwards click for details
Barefoot and tanned, Jonathan Edwards has never looked and sounded better. Of course he is known for his big hits, like "Sunshhine" and "Shanty", but his music is as fresh now as when those tunes made him famous. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.
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