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Performance Calendar
       
Scheduled Performances for 2014:
April 25 (Friday): Ghost of Paul Revere click for details
We often hear that we have the best staff in the world..Well they are, so I listen to them, when they tell me they saw a band that we gotta have here at SMAC. Our gals went to see a big name act, and unimpressed left to end up in a local club with a local band playing. This band. They said it was the best part of their trip to big city of Portland. The Ghost of Paul Revere mix a little old timey folk music and bluegrass with dead-on three part harmonies and a wicked energetic performance. Cause they're from Maine ya know!! Sometimes the best kept secrets are in your own backyard. Come see'em..they won't be a secret for long.
 

April 26
( Saturday): Le Vent du Nord click for details
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.

May 2
( Friday): Song Stage #7 click for details
Musicians in the Round featuring Master fiddler Alasdair Fraser, cellist Natalie Haas, singer songwriter Rose Cousins, and songwriter mandolin player Chris Moore. Hosted by SMAC Owner & Singer Songwriter Carol Noonan

Folks say "Song Stage" is "The best thing they have seen at SMAC!" This is a cool series, bringing together some of out favorite performers .....and I am very excited about this group of folks. Great performers from different walks of music trading their own gifts to a song that speak to them. The collaboration is unpredictable and completely original. All on stage at the same time Bluebird Cafe style.....who knows what could happen? Lots of collaborations, and fun stage banter when a unique blend of musicians get together for one common thread and show celebrating... "the song". This is a nice way to see a different side of these talented folks too. With their guard down and their bows and voices high, they will entertain you in a very special way, SMAC style. This will be a particularly fun one for me...Rose, Chris, Alasdair and Natalie are a dear part of the SMAC family....come see why.

May 3
( Saturday): Junior Brown click for details
What could be better on a Saturday 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.

May 8 ( 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.

May 9 (Friday): Suzy Bogguss click for details
Woohoooo....our favorite country miss!!! It is like one of our own is coming home when Suzy is here. One reviewer said: "Of the long list of Nashville women, only a few stand out for technically pristine voices, and Suzy Bogguss, with her wonderfully clear contralto and pinpoint intonation, is near the top of the list" In a nut shell the CMA, ACM and Grammy Award-winning Suzy Bogguss has just a great, great voice....a creamy, velvety and super sweet sound just like her personality. She is the ultimate fan favorite signing autographs till the last tailight fades into the night. And I am sure you will want to have her new cd signed.."Lucky" is a labor of love covering songs of country legend Merle Haggard. It's gonna be a great show, cause who doesn't love Suzy!!!

May 10
( Saturday): Wailin Jennys click for details
Featuring Fryeburg Academy alumnist Heather Masse, a gal from our own backyard, The Wailin' Jennys are three extraordinary voices, two founding singer-songwriters, one singular vision. Juno Award winners, The Wailin' Jennys continue to evolve into far more than the melodious sum of their individual talents since blowing in on a fresh acoustic breeze from Canada's mid-western heartland. They are the Prairie Home Companion Darlings....a favorite of Garrison Keillor. Forget The Dixie Chicks! The folk and country trio, The Wailin' Jennys, are back again transforming the instruments and the harmonies of folk and country into something wonderfully different.

May 11
(Sunday): Mother of a Craft Fair and Festival click to order tickets
With live Music from Lay-Z-Gait Western Swing Band and Irish Band the Press Gang An all day festival to celebrate Moms with great gift ideas, music, and sustinence!

* Two giant rooms of local crafters and artisans presenting their wares..lots of great gift options. Come shop for Mom, or let her pick out her own gift!!!
* Acoustic music from two great bands will be performing at our Mom's Musical Kiosk - - Lay-Z-Gait Western Swing Band - Irish Band the Press Gang Bands will alternate throughout the day...and will take time to say hello and sell and sign cds!
* The SMAC kitchen will be serving lots of great edibles and the bar will have some special libations for the holiday.

Time:
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Admission price -
$6.00..(kids under 10 for free) - Click to order tickets online.
Vendors: If you are interested in becoming a vendor for this fair, please email Jen Kovach at jenkovachnh@gmail.com for an application. Vendors are chosen by jury and the space fee is $100.00

May 15
(Thursday): Tom Rush click for details
Since Tom Rush's 1962 debut as an unknown folk-blues musician on the Boston/Cambridge music scene, he has established himself as a consummate performer and singer-songwriter. He recently celebrated his five-decade career anniversary at Boston Symphony Hall to a sold out crowd of loyal folks who enjoy his music as much as you will. When you think of the importance of the folk scene in the 60's you should think of Tom. But now in 2013 he is just as vital and entertaining. We welcome him back with a big hug!

May 25
( Sunday): Jonathan Edwards click for details
Now listen! He always sells out...and this is Memorial Day Weekend, so get your tickets early!! 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.

May 30
( Friday): Recession Session with The Ragbirds click for details
Small ticket price but big on talent!!! The ragbirds stirred with a Celtic fiddler's bow, this exciting band from Ann Arbor, MI are a melting pot of folk rock and pop hooks over danceable world rhythms. They describe their own music as "infectious global groove". They are going to be a whole lotta fun, and I think you should plan on getting outta yer seat for this one!

June 6
(Friday): Marcia Ball click for details
"Rollicking, playful, good time blues and intimate, reflective balladry..her songs ring with emotional depth." - Rolling Stone.
Singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. Over the course of her three-decade career, Ball has earned a huge and intensely loyal following all over the world. Her exquisite piano playing and passionate, playful vocals fuse New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin's deep songwriting tradition into a sound that has garnished her multiple blues awards and grammy nominations.

June 12
(Thursday): Waltzings for Dreamers FREE Music Series click for details
Featuring Brother Sun with Folkies Pat Wictor, Joe Jencks, and Greg Greenway
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. National Touring Artists Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter's round.&nb sp; The trio's harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions. Just a great night of folk music Admission is provided for FREE, however tickets must be reserved to hold your seat.

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.

June 13
( Friday): Rustic Overtones click for details
Maine calls Rustic their own, but they have had national success as well. A cinderella big label story in the late nineties, and now they have reunited to fuel that fire again. Their big band musical arrangements are one of their trademarks, complete with horns and string section. Add Dave's Gutter's strong and emotional voice to that equation, and you have one 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!!

June 14 ( Saturday): The Best of Boston Big Barn Burner click for details
Roy Sludge, Tim Gearan, Dennis Brennan, Duke Levine and more.... There are a ton of "seasoned" bands in Boston that maybe some of us Mainers have not heard of...but they are all the buzz in B-Town these days....lines around the block to see all these guys. Well get your tickets early, to see a night of the best of the best doing their own brand of rockbilly, soul and blues.
Roy Sludge with his low voice and Buddy Holly look and Jim Haggerty on stand up bass, will whip you into a frenzy with their western swing, telecaster truck driven rockabilly..Oh, and Duke Levine just happens to be on that telecaster. Joining the bill, roots rocker Dennis Brennan heads up his authentic soul and blues project the "White Owls" featuring Boston area mainstay guitarist and singer songwriter Tim Gearan, bassist Jim Haggerty (The Roy Sludge Trio, Wanda Jackson), drummer Andy Plaisted (The Giant Kings, Eddie Kirkland), and lap steel player Steve Sadler (The Fools, The Swinging Steaks). A bunch of my favorite Boston musicans doing some of my favorite music...its gonna be wicked big barn burner!!!

Barn Burners are held in our lobby Barn..the Quisisana Barn. Doors at 6:00 and show time 8:00. Dinner served from 6:00 to 8:00 by reservation. Seating can be limited, so come early!!

June 19
(Thursday): Paula Poundstone click for details
Wooohoooo..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. She is hysterical, witty, and her improv with the audience is the highlight of the evening. A quick sell out every time, so get your ticket early!

June 20
(Friday): Paula Poundstone click for details
10.00 of every Ticket to this show will benefit our local animal shelter Harvest Hills http://harvesthills.org/ Wooohoooo..Paula'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. She is hysterical, witty, and her improv with the audience is the highlight of the evening. A quick sell out every time, so get your ticket early!

July 10
(Thursday): An Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter click for details
Featuring Duke Levine on guitar
Mary Chapin Carpenter will perform at Stone Mountain Arts Center for two very special acoustic shows on July 10 and 11. Joining her is longtime bandmate and Stone Mountain veteran, celebrated guitarist Duke Levine. These two intimate shows mark the first time Ms. Carpenter and Mr. Levine have performed together as a duo outside of the full band setting.

Over the course of her career, Mary Chapin Carpenter has recorded 13 albums and sold over 13 million records, won five Grammy Awards, was named the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1992 and 1993, has won two Academy of Country Music awards, one Emmy award, and, in 2012, was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. She has developed a remarkably loyal and devoted international fan base, as her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal.

Her latest album, Songs From The Movie, with its compelling orchestral reinventions of ten classic Mary Chapin Carpenter songs, is no exception. Composed, arranged, and co-produced by six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza, the album is an artistic landmark for the beloved singer-songwriter. Recorded at London’s legendary AIR Studios with a 63-piece orchestra and a 15-voice choir, the record harkens to Carpenter’s love of classic film and symphonic music.

A Massachusetts native, Levine has performed live with Ms. Carpenter, Peter Wolf, Aimiee Mann, and Jonatha Brooke, among countless others. His work has been recognized by the Boston Music Awards, which named him Unsung Hero in 2006 and Outstanding Instrumentalist in 2005.

July 11
(Friday): An Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter click for details
Featuring Duke Levine on guitar
Mary Chapin Carpenter will perform at Stone Mountain Arts Center for two very special acoustic shows on July 10 and 11. Joining her is longtime bandmate and Stone Mountain veteran, celebrated guitarist Duke Levine. These two intimate shows mark the first time Ms. Carpenter and Mr. Levine have performed together as a duo outside of the full band setting.

Over the course of her career, Mary Chapin Carpenter has recorded 13 albums and sold over 13 million records, won five Grammy Awards, was named the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1992 and 1993, has won two Academy of Country Music awards, one Emmy award, and, in 2012, was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. She has developed a remarkably loyal and devoted international fan base, as her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal.

Her latest album, Songs From The Movie, with its compelling orchestral reinventions of ten classic Mary Chapin Carpenter songs, is no exception. Composed, arranged, and co-produced by six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza, the album is an artistic landmark for the beloved singer-songwriter. Recorded at London’s legendary AIR Studios with a 63-piece orchestra and a 15-voice choir, the record harkens to Carpenter’s love of classic film and symphonic music.

A Massachusetts native, Levine has performed live with Ms. Carpenter, Peter Wolf, Aimiee Mann, and Jonatha Brooke, among countless others. His work has been recognized by the Boston Music Awards, which named him Unsung Hero in 2006 and Outstanding Instrumentalist in 2005.

July 17
(Thursday): Waltzings for Dreamers FREE Music Series click for details
Featuring Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche
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
In a mother/daughter duo, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche have been celebrating their first album, Fairytale and Myth, and were recently featured on NPRs Mountain Stage. Suzzy Roche of course is a founding member of female folkies, The Roches, the much beloved trio of three sisters. Lucy Wainwright Roche has had a critically acclaimed solo career with her quirky and insightful songwriting, carrying on a family legacy of talented musicians. We have had them both here, but not like this...a very special night of family collaboration. We can't wait!! Admission is provided for FREE, however tickets must be reserved to hold your seat. *

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.

July 25
(Friday): Paul Stookey click for details
We all know him well, as one of the famous three and the the vocie behind the "Wedding Song" but he is also an independent musician who passionately believes in bringing the spiritual into the practice of daily life. Singer/songwriter Noel Paul Stookey has been altering both the musical and ethical landscape of this country and the world for decades. Funny, irreverently reverent, thoughtful, compassionate—passionate—Stookey’s vocal sound is known all across this land: from the “Wedding Song” to “In These Times.”

His most recent recorded collection, ONE AND MANY (released in August, 2012), once again reveals Noel's gift for connecting diverse contemporary concerns to inspired musical performances. A video rendering of “Jean Claude”, his moving story song of two close friends separated by the holocaust, is being shown in synagogues across the country as part of the Yom Hashoah (remembrance of the holocaust). Equally, one of the two new verses Stookey created for “America, the Beautiful” specfically created to recognize the contributions of “...the immigrant and of the native son”, points to the country's desire for compassion, respect and understanding between cultures and communities.

July 31
(Thursday):Iris DeMent click for details
One of the most celebrated country-folk performers of her day, singer/songwriter Iris Dement has a voice that exists beyond time. The closing credit song in the remake movie "Tue Grit" gaine her new and well deserved fans, but also reminded old ones how emotional her voice is. It was the most moving part of the film, and it is her haunting style that takes you away to a time and a place when songs were sung without any extras...raw like the country they were born from. Iris will take you there.

August 1
( Friday): Stone Mountain LIVE Anniversary Show click for details
with Special Guests Irish band Teada and country singer Lori McKenna
Hosted by owner Carol Noonan and her house band the Stone Mountain Boys...featuring guitarists Duke Levine and Kevin Barry.

And if you love SMAC, come support us this night by attending our wow....8th year anniversary show! Lots of great music and fun, but this ticket also helps us get ready for winter!!! We will have a live auction before the show with lots of cool smac related items and talents. Come support and celebrate with us.

A WEEKEND WITH WOLF!!!
Two great nights with legendary rocker, Peter Wolf
 
August 15 ( Friday): A Rockin Acoustic Evening with Peter Wolf (of J. Geils) details
Featuring Pete's stellar acoustic band featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry on guitars and Marty Ballou on bass.
This show maybe drum-less but not fun-less (sorry....for my lame prose). Peter has graced our stage many times with his killer band, and he is always rockin' and this show will be no exception. We have had his full band as well as the acoustic show. What's my favorite? I have to go with the acoustic show. What I love about this stripped down evening is that you can really hear just what a great singer Peter Wolf is. He is also a great story teller...stories of a competely fascinating life. There will be some cool treatments of some familiar songs from his solo albums and his hits. The thing about Peter Wolf is that he is always evolving, and creating. Unlike some rock icons who rest on the laurels of their chartstoppers, Pete is writing some of his best material of his career and performing shows that leave the audience asking when he will be back....well here's me tellin' ya....Pete with his stellar band, is just the summer show we need, and you will love :>) A quick sell out as always.
 
August 16 (Saturday):A Rockin Acoustic Evening with Peter Wolf (of J. Geils) details
Featuring Pete's stellar acoustic band featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry on guitars and Marty Ballou on bass.
This show maybe drum-less but not fun-less (sorry....for my lame prose). Peter has graced our stage many times with his killer band, and he is always rockin' and this show will be no exception. We have had his full band as well as the acoustic show. What's my favorite? I have to go with the acoustic show. What I love about this stripped down evening is that you can really hear just what a great singer Peter Wolf is. He is also a great story teller...stories of a competely fascinating life. There will be some cool treatments of some familiar songs from his solo albums and his hits. The thing about Peter Wolf is that he is always evolving, and creating. Unlike some rock icons who rest on the laurels of their chartstoppers, Pete is writing some of his best material of his career and performing shows that leave the audience asking when he will be back....well here's me tellin' ya....Pete with his stellar band, is just the summer show we need, and you will love :>) A quick sell out as always.

August 21
(Thursday): Waltzings for Dreamers FREE Music Series click for details
Featuring Sorcha & The Clearing
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.

Sorcha's voice captures the blues, jazz, rock and soul influences of her five piece band. Backed by an infectious rhythm section, inventive instrumentalists and powerful harmonies, Sorcha stretches out beyond wails and whispers. Don't let her 2012 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist distinction fool you; this creative collaboration draws on various traditions to fuel the ultimate groove. Admission is provided for FREE, however tickets must be reserved to hold your seat.

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.

August 22
(Friday): Ruthie Foster click for details
Ruthie is mostly considered a blues singer, sometimes a folkie, and sometimes known for being a songwriter. But if you have seen her, you know her as one of the most soulful singers out there today no matter what she sings.. Her shows lift you up and her spirit will stay with you long after you have left our barn. A Grammy nominated artist with multiple awards to her resume, she is admire by many of her peers in the musical community. "I love Ruthie Foster. That's my little sister. A phenomenal woman, yes indeed. She's great."- Mavis Staples A seal of approval from Miss Mavis, would be enough for me....but if you need more assurance, come see the "phenomenal" Ruthie Foster. Comes Highly SMAC Recommended.

August 24
(Sunday): Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ... one show only! click for 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 .

August 28
(Thursday): A Bluegrass Evening with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with special guests, The Gibson Brothers click for details
Legendary Ricky Skaggs and the bluegrass Entertainers of the Year the Gibson Brothers in one night!!! This is a bluegrass show not to miss.
Ricky Skaggs.....A life full of music. That's the story of mandolin wiz Ricky Skaggs. By age 21, he was already considered a "recognized master" of one of America's most demanding art forms, but his career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music. 2012 marked the 53rd year since Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin, and this fourteen–time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. With 12 consecutive Grammy–nominated classics behind him "This group of guys meets my approval every night," Ricky says. "Each and every one of the pickers in Kentucky Thunder totally amazes me in every show." The all–star lineup of Kentucky Thunder makes this show a bluegrass experience unlike any other. Come see this legend up close and personal
Gibson Brothers . IBMA multiple award winner..."entertainers of the year, song of the year, Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Songwriter of the Year ...and on and on....Oh, I love these guys!!! These young brothers of bluegrass, write really amazing songs, have beautiful voices and are great on stage. They are here as our friends and guests at Christmas time and always bring 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 and bluegrass music were not so defined. A personal favorite of mine....Come highly SMAC recommended.

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 :>)

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, she can be heard regularly on Prairie Home Companion...one of Garrison's favorites. Just a beautiful voice and spirit, singing many styles from folk to jazz. Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar, cutting their musical teeth as part of the Mammals, now are a terrific duo on their own. Ruthie comes from Americana royalty being the daughter of fiddler Jay Ungar, They have been referred to as carrying the torch for the likes of Woodie Guthrie and the Carter family, but their indie roots is completely original.

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 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 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.
       
 
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