- February 13 ( Saturday): Barn Burner with Girls, Guns and Glory click
- They are back!!! If Chris Isaac, Buddy Holly and Buck Owens started a band, it might sound like these guys! The twangy country rock and roll sounds of this fun band, is fronted by SMAC favorite and crooner Ward Hayden (we love him!) A smooth, authentic honky tonk/early rock & roll vibe with some country-folk
thrown in there too...it is hard to peg these guys....but that's a good thing! An eclectic blend of musical styles that's reminiscent of Johnny Cash one minute, CCR the next, the all-male quintet mixes catchy melodies
with cowboy vocals and creative percussion, hurling grit (sometimes grits) and heart into every tune. Don't miss this whole lotta fun band!!! And bring your dancin shoes, cause everyone dances to this band!
Ya know, I feel like these guys are shooting stars...come see'em before
they make it too big!
Barn Burners are held in our Quisisana Lobby Barn...little more casual, more of a club atmosphere, but as always a great room to hear music. Doors are at 6:00...dinner served till showtime at 8:00.
This barn has a smaller capacity, so get your tickets early!
- February 14 ( early evening Sunday):
- Stone Mountain Valentine's Wine Dinner click
- A Not So Serious Wine Dinner featuring Carol Noonan and friends.
And early evening of five courses of great wine and food as always, layered with music, clips of your favorite love scenes, roses on the table of course and a surprize wine critic!
Yes its back, and for the most special night of the year. Carol and friends will treat you to a wine dinner unlike any you have ever been to. Forget those wine dinners where they just tell you about the wines....this one has live music, film clips, great food, and of course wonderful wines. The fun starts at 4:00 in the Quisisana Barn with apps and your first wine so be prompt. And ask us about a taxi service if you need it or there is a special price for designated drivers. A ticket includes a night's musical and visual entertainmment by Carol Noonan and friends, a five course meal and a 5 wines to try!! And dont forget roses on the table too!!! Membership Passes are not applicable to this event
- February 19 ( Friday): Barn Burner with Jesse Dee click
- Soul singer extraordinaire. We just love this guy. A modern day trailblazer with his own tunes while embracing the old school soul greats before him. Sharing the stage with the likes of Al Green and James Hunter and others, Jess is finding his own voice and style in a most artsrtic soul fashion. He is one of my favorite singers..eveah! He may not be a household word yet, but every time he is here, people wonder why. A huge staff favorite and there is no better reccomendation.
Barn Burners are held in our Quisisana Lobby Barn...little more casual, more of a club atmosphere, but as always a great room to hear music.
Doors are at 6:00...dinner served till showtime
- February 20 (Saturday): Cheryl Wheeler in Concert click
- A Benefit for the Conway Area Humane Society
A gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice on first impression. On second, Cheryl Wheeler has to be seen to be fully appreciated. Nothing you read and nothing you hear from her albums prepares you for how good a performer she is. Her comedy stage bantor is as big a part of her appeal as her music and makes for just some wicked fun when you see a concert with Cheryl at the helm.
Cheryl's songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near.But when Cheryl sings her own songs...that is something special..and so is she. A dear friend to SMAC and for this night some other interesting" creatures."
: >) C'mon up and support the cause and see a great show.
Cheryl and SMAC are big time animal lovers so we are happy to be a part of raising some much needed moolah and awareness for this great local shelter. 20.00 of every ticket goes to the shelter. Lets hope it's a sell out!
The Conway Area Humane Society : Committed to the Human-Animal Bond. Encouraging it through education and animal adoption. Protecting it when threatened by violence, disaster, or medical emergency.
They do great work and if you can't come to the concert they can always use your support.
NOTE: Ticket Tabs or Dinner passes are not applicable for this fund raiser. Please save your pass dollars for another show. Thanks!
- February 21 (Sunday): Waltzings for Dreamers FREE Music Series Matinee click
- Presenting Classic SMAC -
Featuring: Pianist Sarah Bob, Soprano Lisa Saffer, and special guests TBD
From Bach to Shubert's Shepard on the Rock your host and musical director Sarah Bob along with regular guest soprano Lisa Saffer, will walk you through an afternoon program of classical music that is comfy, causal, and informative. Lisa Saffer will be featured along with special guests for each show. Sarah and Lisa are two good friends who have met here at SMAC and now will work together to produce a fun concert for everyone to enjoy, from newbies to you classical traditionists.
Doors 11:30/ Lunch 12:00 to 1:30 / Concert at 2:00
* This show is free admission only by reservation.
* In the spirit of providing, we ask that if possible you bring a donation in the form of cat or dog food, bleach, detergent, and "hardwood" pellets for the Harvest Hill Animal Shelter.
* If you wanna come, but don't want to take a free ticket, ticket donations are always welcome and helps support this great series.
- February 26 (Friday): Rustic Overtones click
- Maine calls Rustic their own, but they have had national success as well. Their hard to pigeon hole sound mixed of rock/jazz/funk is fueled by the stong voacals of Dave Gutter and a unique and driving horn section. A cinderalla big label story in the late nineties, and now they have reunited to fuel that fire again. They put on a great show, and are a bunch of great young folks ta'boot! They make me feel old and young at the same time. Come see why!!
February 27 ( Saturday): Barn Burner with Session Americana click
- They are back!!! This folk rock supergroup presents their shared songs literally around a table wired with microphones, a bunch of funky instruments and a camaraderie that makes you feel right at home. These Boston based musician's who's who have been touring all over the americana circuit here and wowing audiences in Europe as well. . Sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American "song bag". Says David Greenberger of NPR : "I'd give them 100 miles. That is to say, if they're playing anywhere within 100 miles of your home, you drive there and are grandly rewarded for your effort." Looks like it's time to fill up the tank and head to Brownfield!
Barn Burners are held in our Quisisana Lobby Barn...little more casual, more of a club atmosphere, but as always a great room to hear music. Doors are at 6:00...dinner served till showtime at 8:00.
This barn has a smaller capacity, so get your tickets early!
- March 3 ( Thursday): Bob Marley click
- 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.
- March 5 ( Saturday): Mallett Brothers click
- Maine alt-country/rock act the Mallett Brothers are quickly making a name for themselves beyond Maine. Sons of the prolific songwriter Dave Mallett, the apple did not fall far from the tree. Slightly more rock than country, theirs is a musical melting pot that's influenced equally by folk and singer/songwriter influences as by harder rock, punk and psychedelic sounds. Led by brothers Luke and Will Mallett, the band is rounded out by Brian Higgins on drums, Nick Leen on bass, and Wally on dobro and electric guitar. It's song-driven music that holds up under the lens of solitary listening, but that's equally apt to crank a room full of rockers into whiskey-fueled high gear. They brought the house down last time they were here. Come see why.
- March 6 ( Sunday): Wynonna & The Big Noise: Stories & Song click
- A five-time Grammy winner, New York Times bestselling author, and member of country music royalty, Wynonna Judd is making her new tour personal. She'll leave stadiums and arenas behind in favor of intimate houses to showcase her one-of-a-kind powerhouse voice, rich stories and trio of Nashville pros, The Big Noise.
Everyone has a story to tell.
For Wynonna Judd, her stories have always been told through music with one of the most influential and important voices of our generation. You'll hear tales from an iconic artist who has met extraordinary people and been blessed with amazing opportunities throughout her unparalleled 32 year career. Come experience incomparable artistry as she and her band take you on a musical journey starting at the beginning with her mom as The Judds to her illustrious solo career to unprecedented new music from Wynonna & The Big Noise.
We are so honored to have this prestigious artist here at our humble spot on the hill.
Note to Tabbers: Occasionally there will be some big name shows where the ticket price cannot cover the cost of bringing the artist here. On those nights we need our full dinner business to help pay for them. Our choice is to do this or not have the artist here at all, and no one wants that. This is one of those shows. You are welcome to still use your tab to buy tickets, but on this show the free meal option will not be applicable. So we humbly suggest you might save your tab dollars for another show where you can get the full benefit of your membership. Thanks for cooperating so we can bring some bigger names here without losing our shirt!!
- March 8 ( Tuesday): Los Lobos click
- Los Lobos is having a great year...with a brand new album,"Gates Of Gold, the group's first album of new material in five years, is another reminder of why this awesome group is being nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
East L.A. rockers Los Lobos (Spanish for “the wolves”) are responsible for bringing a Latino sensibility to the American rock market. Fusing classic American styles, such as R&B, blues and rock, with cumbia, Tejano and Mexican norteña music, the group had already won a Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American / Tejano Performance by the time they became international pop sensations in the late 80s.
These days, just as creative, just as prolific, and just as awesome!
So happy to have them back again!!
March 11 ( Friday): Duke Levine Band ... Album Release Show click
- with Special Guest Roots Rocker, Dennis Brennan
Duke's Band: Kevin Barry - Guitar & Steel,
Dan Rieser - Drums,
Zev Katz - Bass
Duke Levine is the kind of guitar player that established guitar players watch closely and novices dream of being. A masterful side man playing for the likes of Peter Wolf and J. Geils Band, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Aimee Mann, Shawn Colvin, and countless singer songwriters like John Gorka, Ellis Paul, Slaid Cleaves and Catie Curtis. The list could go on and on and so could my accolades of Duke. But his solo projects are where you really find the genius and soul of this amazing guitarist and artist. We are so excited to have Duke celebrate the release of one of those solo statements..a new album called. The Fade Out. This long awaited new album mines and expands on a similar instrumental vein, played with an array of amazing musicians, including Kevin Barry, Jay Bellerose, Paul Bryan, Kenny White, Sonny Barbato, Marty Ballou, and Tom Arey. Duke's last album garnered these nice quotes:
Guitar Player Magazine - "A master class in understatement and tonal mastery", and
Vintage Guitar Magazine - "An almost encyclopedic guitar experience."
And don't forget, special guest Dennis Brennan's Elvis Costellish soul and country stylings will make the very special night even more special! On a personal note, Duke has played on almost all of my albums, and we have shared the stage many times together. I can tell you first hand, if you get to play with Duke Levine you are one lucky musician. Come see why.
March 18 (Friday): "A Lotta Folk Music" click
- With Christine Lavin, Don White, and Vance Gilbert
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 19 ( Saturday): Rose Cousins and Carol Noonan in Concert click
- Singer-songwriter Rose Cousins is a collaborator at heart. Native of Prince Edward Island, she lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and performs across the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and Australia. Her 2012 album, "We Have made A Spark" took home a Canadian JUNO Award along with many other awards including a spot on NPR’s Top 10 Americana & Folk Albums. In September 2014, she released an EP called "Stray Bird"s – a collection of meaningful covers and 2 original songs. Rose has been here a number of times now....the first time was on a hunch...and it was the best hunch we have ever made here at SMAC.
"I am honored to share the stage and some songs with her. A young and an old folkie! I think we can teach each other a thing or two...or at least have some laughs while we try! Rose is also one of the funniest people I have ever met...it should be loads of fun." - Carol Noonan
April 8 ( Friday): Humming House click
- So this is a band, you may not of heard of but you will...shades of bands like Moumford and Sons, Fun, and of Monsters and Men, but a lot of unique wowness! You know it's risky for us to bring a new act up here to the middle of nowhere in April even, so when we do it, we do it because a band is something special. Humming House is that kinda special. 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 just looks plain fun. Check out their you tubes..one with their big hit Great Divide and the other is a cover version of a Justin Timberlake tune....gotta love them for that! The Huffington Post says, "Put Humming House on your list of Must-See Acts of 2015.”
I would have to agree : >)
- April 10 (Sunday): NH Fiddle Ensemble in Concert - MATINEE SHOW click
- Partial Proceeds will go to 317 Main Street Community Music School, Yarmouth, ME
The NH Fiddle Ensemble is a group of acoustic musicians including guitars,
mandolins, banjos, and basses. Around 60 professional and amateur musicians, ages
6 to 85, who love all styles of acoustic music produce a high quality show.
Picture moms and daughters, grandparents and grandkids, brother and sister.
Singing, playing and having fun! The ensemble is much more than a community
orchestra – it’s a show with kids playing fiddles behind their backs and
hula-hooping while they play, a 75 year old woman stepping up to rip up a bluegrass
fiddle tune solo, a 60-year old tea-totaler who can belt out a great Irish drinking
song, a middle-aged woman singing the blues, a stone mason who steps up to play
an upright bass solo on a swing song, and so much more. It’s a fun, entertaining,
feel good show.
Doors 11:30/ Lunch 12:00 to 1:30 / Concert at 2:00
You can check out these videos for an idea of what we do:
WMUR Channel TV
Chronicle and their Wagon Wheel Video
NOTE: Ticket Tabs are not applicable to this benefit show.
- April 22 (Friday): Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band click
- Texas Blues Guitarist is an American blues rock Jimmy Vaghan will bring a powerhouse of a show to Stone Mountain! Before going solo, he was the showstopping guitarist for the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Older brother of the late Texas legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, he embraces a long list of traditional blues players. A show not to be missed and a quick sell out.
- April 23 (Saturday): Time Jumpers click for details
- Featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears and Ranger Doug Green
The "Jumpers" have been creating Western Swing music for nearly ten years with a current roster that encompasses a collection of Nashville’s A-list musicians. Nominated for two Grammy Awards for their irresistible swinging rhythm, soulful singers and of course brilliant soloists. Performing every Monday night at the legendary Station Inn in Nashville, The Time Jumpers draw audiences from all over the world including a diverse array of big stars who will sit in any chance they can get to play with this cream of the crop band. We are very honored to have this special show.
April 30 (Saturday): Kathy Mattea Acoustic Living Room Songs & Stories details
- Featuring Guitarist Bill Cooley
Grammy and CMA multiple award winner Kathy Mattea is one of country music's finest female treasures and our favorites. This special intimate show will give you a down home taste of having Kathy right in your living room. If you didn't know it, besides a great performer, she is a really warm, witty and funny gal. It will be so fun to get to know her on this special night. Bill will be a terrific addition as usual too. We welcome Kathy back to the Mountain, and remind her that the snow should be gone by then. (ask her about the night she spent in the bus, on a hill in Brownfield after a snowstorm : >) She is one of us!
- May 5 (Thursday): Quebe Sisters Band click
- Music's best kept secret....If Bob Wills married one of the Anders sisters, and they had thee girls this would be the result. I have
literally been trying to get them since we opened., We are very happy they could make a stop here on their not often enough northeast tour. The Quebe Sisters Band mix beautiful three part harmonies with equally beautiful three part fiddle playing, in that classic western swing style. Though they are young for this scene, they play like they lived it and
are backed by a great core of players to keep that vintage country and swing beat going strong. In my opinion, they are the "next big thing", and as you can see on the video below, Marty Stuart already knows that, as we do. Do not miss this show....I am going out on a limb here to say, I believe it is one of the best shows we will present here. I think Marty says it best: "It's an honor to live on the same planet as the Quebe Sisters Band. They represent everything that I love about pure American music and I'm probably their biggest fan."
Ahem, sorry Marty, we maybe challenging that title!!! Take a minute to watch their video.
- May 6 (Friday): Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas click
- 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 13 (Friday): Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ... 50th Anniversary Tour (One Show Only details
- The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, is often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music. They are and will be Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, and John McEuen. The band's successes include a cover version of Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles". Albums include 1972's Will the Circle Be Unbroken, featuring such traditional country artists Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, and Jimmy Martin. A follow-up album based on the same concept, Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two was released in 1989, was certified gold and won two Grammy Awards and was named Album of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards. These albums made a big statement in the 70's and we will have to get our's signed when they come up the hill to play up close and personal! A quick sell out
- May 16 ( Monday): Keb Mo and Band (One Show Only) click
- Hailed by NPR as the modern ambassador for the blues he embarks on a new chapter in his career with the April 22, 2014 release of his first new album in three years, BLUESAmericana , and most extensive tour in nearly as long. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Keb Mo and Casey Wasner BLUESAmericana features some of the three-time Grammy winner's most poignant and joyful songs. Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy premiered the first single. The Old Me Better which gets its Crescent City sound from guest artists the California Feetwarmers. The song finds Keb at his finest ....candid, funny and honest. Keb explains: This song is a humorous way of looking at the fact that maybe it wasn't better than it is now, but it sure seems like it was at certain times.
We have had him here a few times, and from where we stand we think he certainly does just get better. A rare show with his band...dont miss it.
- May 2o ( Friday): John Jorgenson Quintet click
- Music virtuoso John Jorgenson, known for his blistering guitar licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, has earned a reputation as a world-class musician and guitarist who has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan. Guitarists (and folks who read liner notes) will be well-acquainted with John Jorgenson as his career has already spanned more than three decades and diverse musical styles. First coming to national attention in the mid ‘80s as co-founder of successful country-rock act The Desert Rose Band, an eclectic array of artists from Bob Seger to Barbara Streisand were drawn to add Jorgenson’s artistry to their own recordings. Currently touring as the John Jorgenson Quintet, Jorgenson creates a unique musical experience that equally enthralls the most discerning and the casual music fan. The group’s style has been called “gypsy jazz” after the dynamic string-driven swing created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in 1930s Paris, but Jorgenson’s compositions draw in elements from Latin, Romanian, Classical, Rock and Greek music. He just puts on a an amazing show whether you are a guitar fan or not, you should not miss this special artist.
May 21 ( Saturday): Lonely Heartstring Band click
- These guys are on a very fast track. Deservedly signing to the prestigious bluegrass heavy label, Rounder Records, this band has come along way from playing Beatles covers at a local wedding...yes, that is how they began. But even those Beatles tunes had a whole new life to them with this band. Nourished by deep roots in the tradition of American music, The Lonely Heartstring Band embodies the modern American condition, but their original tunes are what always makes me stop and listen. This multi-talented group of musicians is a classic Bluegrass quintet combining soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies.
With their 2015 IBMA Momentum Award, momentum is right! We are happy to have these great guys back again.
- May 27 (Friday): Jonathan Edwards click
- Barefoot and tanned, Jonathan Edwards has never looked and sounded better. Of course he is known for his big hits, like "Sunshine" and "Shanty", but his music is as fresh now as when those tunes made him famous. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age. Always a sellout.
May 29 (Sunday): Le Vent du Nord click
- I LOVE this band...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 put on a whale of a show and you will leave here smiling and wanting more, like we always do.
- June 10 (Friday): Ellis Paul click
- Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting. He was a principle leader in the wave of singer/songwriters that emerged from the Boston folk scene, creating a movement that revitalized the national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, folk pop style that helped renew interest in the genre in the 1990's. Paul remains the most mainstream-friendly folk songwriter to emerge from Boston since Tom Rush. Between 1993 and 2004, he won an unprecedented 13 Boston Music Awards, and his songs were heard on hit TV shows Ed and MTV's Real World; and in the soundtracks of several Farrelly Brothers films, including "Me, Myself, & Irene," and "Shallow Hal," Director Peter Farrelly has called Paul "a national treasure."..a very cool stamp of approval.
- June 17 (Friday): Dar Williams click
- 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
- July 15 (Friday): An Evening with Tom Rush with Matt Nakoa click
- Its funny this show confirmed today....as yesterday, I literally pulled over to listen to Tom's version on Joni Mitchel''s tune Urge for Goin' on our local radio station. I'm ashamed to say I was not sure it was him..The rich sound of his voice should have sealed the deal, but the heartfelt delivery of the lyrics was the closer. And that is a good way to begin to describe a folk legend. His career spanning over fifty years and counting, influenced Rolling Stone to proclaim that he ushered in the singer/songwriter era. I would whole heartedly agree. Tom gives his all on stage...muscially and personally. Always witty and funny and poignant. He deserves our utmost respect as part of our musical history, but when you see him, he will deserve your applause, applause, applause. :>)
Always a sell out.
p.s. thanks WMWV for being a place where we can hear someone like Tom.
- July 22 ( Friday): The Gibson Brothers click
- 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 2016. They have a killer band, and are a personal favorite of mine....Come highly SMAC recommended.
- August 12 ( Friday): Paula Poundstone click
- Wooohoooo..she's back again.....our favorite funny girl. An NPR darling, heard on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Paula has been making us laugh almost every year since we have opened. From her comedy specials, to her live shows, she is hysterical, witty, and her improv with the crowd is the highlight of the evening. A quick sell out every time, so get your ticket early!
- August 19 ( Friday): Lori McKenna click
- Lori McKenna has become one of Nashville’s most in-demand country songwriters. Her
songs have been cut by artists such as Alison Krauss, Reba, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw
and Keith Urban. Most recently her song Girl Crush" recored byu Little Big Towen, is Nominated for Three GRAMMY Awards
Her credits have landed her five Boston Music Awards, BMI awards and featured performances at the Sundance Film
Festival and the Newport Folk Festival. Along with her successes as a songwriter, McKenna has released eight critically acclaimed studio albums: Paper Wings and Halo, Pieces of Me, The Kitchen Tapes, Bittertown, Unglamourous, Lorraine and Massachusetts. Her latest album, Numbered Doors was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 40 Best Country Albums of 2014. But with all those accodaldes, Lori is still just that girl next door with her husband and five kids and the thcik Boston accent. She's is just a joy. Here with her band and a trunk of great stories. Don't miss her.
- September 9 (Friday): Chris Smither click
- Reviewers and fans from around the world agree that Chris is a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist and, as he puts it, a 'one man band to the bone!' Chris melds the guitar styles of his two major influences, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, into his own signature sound. His music continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers. We just love him, and after his performances, we always say "What's better than that!?"......ah, Nuttin' Honey!
- September 30 (Friday): Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar click
- 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
Cindy Cashdollar'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.
You're welcome Jackie! : >)
- October 27 (Thursday): Greg Brown click
- 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.
- November 4 (Friday): John Gorka click
- 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 song craft 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." Some great quotes describing John. But I have to add the
most important thing that sets John apart from the pack..sincerity. He is one of the most sincere performers I know. Always a pleasure.
- November 11 ( Friday): Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band click
- Jay/Molly and Mike/Ruthy
Mike and Ruthy have been here most recently with their quirky folk and Ruth's haunting voice. Well she had to get it from somewhere!!
Her parents Jay and Molly have been playing their prestigious band of folk, traditional and fiddle and dance tunes for many years on many stages. Both strong duos, but something magical happens when they all perform together. There will be no shortage of fiddles and guitars, and we hope Molly will grace our piano at least a few times. And don't worry you will be sure to hear "Ashokan Farewell" before the night is over.....and your gonna wish it wasn't over : >)
November 12 (Saturday): Capitol Steps click
- What? Capitol Steps here on a Saturday Night after the Election??!! Well you will either be crying in your beers or cheering for the president elect, but rest assured the "Steps" will have lots to say about this election. The Capitol Steps are a political satire group for sure, with that musical theater flare. This Washington-based troupe of Congressional staffers turned songwriters have been putting the MOCK in Democracy since 1981. Always a special visit on an election year.....get your tickets early for a sure sell out by election week.