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Performance Calendar
Scheduled Performances for 2018:  
March 23 (Friday): Lúnasa with Tim O'Brien click for details
Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien embark on a transatlantic journey exploring the common roots, interplay and mutual influences at the heart of American and Irish music. Lúnasa, described by the Associated Press has as “the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet,” joins forces with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien (“one of my favorite singers” — Mark Knopfler) in a rich and exciting concert of trans-Atlantic collaboration.

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

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

March 30
(Friday): Heather Masse and Jed Wilson click for details
Heather, one of the sirens from the Wailin' Jennys and a local girl before stardom, has been heard regularly on Prairie Home Companion, where has been one of the show’s favorites. She has such a beautiful voice and spirit, singing many styles from folk to jazz. Accompanied by pianist Jed Wilson, an accomplished performer and composer. Just a joy when these two come home together.

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

April 5 (Thursday): Fryeburg Academy Jazz Ensembles click for details
Sometimes the biggest talent is right in yer own backyard...or at least your local high school! You will see a terrific performance by our communities' talented youth while raising some great dough for their future trips and expenses. It's a wine, win! Under the thoughtful watch of director Mike Sakash, these amazing kids keep racking up numerous awards every year. They are the stars of tomorrow and for this night they will grace our stage like the big acts, and shine just as brightly. Come join them, support them and remember them when they make it big someday!! : >)

April 6 (Friday): Carol Noonan Band click for details
Featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry on guitars with Richard Gates on bass, Sonny Barbato on keys and more.
As some of you know or don't know before SMAC, owner Carol Noonan was an acclaimed singer songwriter, touring musician. and NPR constant. Her early cult fanned folk rock band Knots and Crosses made a splash in the nineties signing briefly to the major label Island Records. As many band have fallen victim to, the deal ended before it got started; and Noonan regrouped and signed with the Rounder Records label and followed up with three albums as the Carol Noonan Band when she began her long musical relationship with Duke Levine and Kevin Barry. Since then they have done countless show and albums together and for this rare night they will be performing from Carol's catalogue of original tunes and stage show. She doesn't get to do a show of her own very often, so we her staff, hope you will come out and support her.

If you haven't heard her, here is how critics have described her:
* Carol Noonan respects all the right traditions of English and Irish folk music with her soulful quaver, reminiscent of Sandy Denny..........her beautiful voice offers the consolation music is supposed to provide. Playboy Magazine

* Brilliant modern folk singer, Dave Marsh ( founder of Creem and Rolling Stone contributor)

* Carol Noonan's voice is scintillating... it illuminates songs and words from a bygone era that are, unfortunately, as timely today as ever." Ned Wharton Producer/Director NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday

* "It is a testament to Carol's writing ability that the originals on 'Somebody's Darling' mesh seamlessly with the traditionals. This is songwriting for the long haul. These songs are sad, yes. But delivered in Carol's voice, they stir and inspire the soul." Rob Reinhart/Acoustic Cafe

* No one hypnotizes quite the way that Carol Noonan does. She's a deeply honest, soul-piercing singer whose latest album is an exalted trip into a minefield of emotions.'' - Steve Morse/Arts Editor Boston Globe

Watch this video of A song about Richard

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

April 13
(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 "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.

April 14 (Saturday): Jake Shimabukuro (Uke Virtuoso) click for details
"The Jimmy Hendrix of the ukelele", Jake Shimabukuro has done for the uke what Bela Fleck has done for the banjo. Whether you need your spirits picked up or you are wanting to celebrate, nothing like a happy ukelele to fit that bill. And Jake has got to be seen to be believed. His show with us last year was completely joyous! He says the uke is the instrument of peace just what we need right now. Check out this nice version of Hallelujah.

A ukulele virtuoso and composer known for his fast and complex finger work. Made famous by his millions of hits video of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" , his music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco. Jake comes from that same process of mixing both island and outside influences, both modern and historical. He's combined the qualities of a long line of virtuoso ukulele players with modern rock musicians to create a sound that's uniquely his own but still firmly grounded in Hawaiian tradition. Growing up in Hawaii, Jake's influences include legendary ukulele players like Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. He has topped Billboard's World Music Chart numerous times, been declared a musical "hero" by Rolling Stone Magazine, which also stated: "one of the hottest axemen of the past few years doesn't actually play guitar." He has also won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder who states: "Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can't see anybody else catching up with;" My favorite Jake moment? He does a uke version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. So if that doesn't get you to think outta the box, nothin will!! Come see this amazing young ukelele legend. The ukelele is considered the happiest instrument in the don't worry, be happy!! And yeah I think he does that tune too.

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

April 26 (Thursday): Alan Doyle (of Great Big Sea) click for details
Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle has not slowed down since the retirement of this 2 decade touring cult band from Newfoundland. A book, two solo albums and his energetic band tours with a third one we are happy to get a leg on. Alan's excitement for his fans and audience is as contagious as his celtic beats and melodies. Lots of old favorites merged with new to be favorites from a killer band that can play it all. Expect to be wowed. As Alan says on this tour, "So Come on Come on Come out With Me" Happy to have him back here on th hill. Check him out 1,2,3,4!!!

April 27 ( Friday): Jesse Dee click for details
When soul singer Jesse Dee is here, all the staff comes put to see him whether they are working or not...he is soooo good. He is another one of this artists that should be a household name....but not yet. Well, he is in our household...come see why! Jesse is here with his big band for some big fun...

This soul singer extraordinaire is bringing his own brand of R& B to Stone Mountain for his own show. 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. This is huge SMAC Staff Pick! Don't miss this hot show for our spring thaw! And yes, we will have a dance floor. We will set up the main hall club style so there is plenty of seating and room for dancing!

May 12 (Saturday): Secret Sisters click for details
Wow..if you missed this show last August, you need to add one to your bucket list. To say they wowed us was an understatement!! Lydia and Laura Rogers are recognizable as sisters the minute they open their mouths. They float, twist and trade harmonies in ways only siblings can. Hailing from small-town Alabama, the pair started practicing parts as girls in church, and two decades later, their music can be hymn-like: plain but powerful, heartsick and hopeful. They also throw back to secular songs: those of the Everly Brothers, bluegrass creator Bill Monroe and country godfather Hank Williams. In fact, all but two songs on The Secret Sisters' first (self-titled) album were covers of traditionals or traditional country songs. Later albums would show their own songwriting talents, a little darker but still as sweet. Their latest project will be a new record, produced by Brandi Carlile and the Twins. if that is not a seal of approval, I don't know what is! Very happy to have them back. And by the way, gotta love a group that wrote a song called. “Tennessee Me". …that's some straight up ole country right there Check them out for yerself on YouTube.

May 13
(Sunday): Stone Mountain Mother's Day Marketplace
Stone Mountain Mother's Day Market and Fair - 9:30 to 3:30
Our First Holiday event of the year!: a litte, fair, a little festival, a little market,kind of atmosphere to celebrate Mother’s Day! There wil be somenthing for everyone. Our Halls will be decked out with all kinds of booths full of shopping ideas from crafts to flea market finds repurposed, to Mom themed gifts. And Food!!! Come for breakfast goodies, a mimosa, lunch, afternoon snax, shopping, and some live music. As always the SMAC girls will be serving up lots holiday cheer and sustenance. And dont forget LIVE Music with bluegrass favs, Tricky Britches!

Come for breakfast, lunch or afternoon snax, and shop and hear some live music.
* 10:30 - 2:30 - LIVE Music for your dining pleasure provided by Tricky Britches (old time country and bluegrass)

Wanna be a Vendor?
We are interested in interesting booths…high end and affordable crafts, art, affordable repurposed products, produced food items, holiday themed items, and more. Things that new Moms and “seasoned" Moms would like!! :.) Click here for vendor info, booth fees, and how to apply to this fair and other fairs through out the year.

May 14 (Monday): Indigo Girls Up One Show Only click for details
with special guest Michelle Malone
The Indigo Girls (Emily Saliers and Amy Ray) are coming back for one great show. Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over 14 million records, they are still going strong. Amy & Emily are the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in the '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s. The Boston Herald said, “Along with Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers rank at the very top of all-time great duos…..”WE could not agree more. We are so happy and honored to have them back again for an up close and personal show from these most talented and gracious women.

May 17
( 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 18 (Friday): Séan McCann (of the Great Big Sea) click for details
Everyone loved him when he was here in June on our Song Stage. Its not easy to leave a sure thing...but Séan McCann has started a new journey after his departure from the popular Canadian band Great Big Sea. Someone referred to him as a "shantyman", but I think he is a true folkie in every sense of that category. Thoroughly entertaining and audience engaging….Great songs, and a great voice is the new "great" in his future, and we are happy to be on this trip with him. Check this nice song out.

May 19 (Saturday): John Gorka click for details
Since his 1987 Red House release, I Know, introduced renowned artist John Gorka to the public, the Minnesota-via-New Jersey guitarist and songwriter’s wit and honesty has made him one of the most respected, beloved songwriters currently carrying on the folk tradition. Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His new song “Where No Monuments Stand” is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).On a personal note… He is just wicked funny and I am always sad when his show is over. Come see one of the most honest and endearing performers I know.

Here is a beautiful song of his that I love.

May 23 (Wednesday): Keb'Mo' Band (One Show Only) click for details
He was hailed by NPR as the modern ambassador for the blues. Since the release of his self-titled debut in 1994, blues guitarist Keb' Mo' (born Kevin Moore) has been one of the most successful musicians in the genre. Earning multiple grammys and nominations, Guitarist/vocalist Keb' Mo' draws heavily on the old-fashioned country blues style of Robert Johnson, while keeping his sound contemporary with touches of soul and folksy storytelling. A skilled frontman as well as an accomplished sideman, he writes much of his own material and has applied his acoustic, electric, and slide guitar skills to jazz- and rock-oriented bands. We have had him here a number of times now, and from where we stand we every show is better than the last. A rare show with his band...don't miss it.

NOTE: Passes are not applicable for this show.

--- A FREE Admission Show! ---
May 25
(Friday): DuoDuo Quartet click for details
Natalie Haas & Yann Falquet and Maeve Gilchrist & Nic Gareiss
Michigan-born percussive dancer Nic Gareiss and Edinburgh harpist Maeve Gilchrist toured together as part of Darol Anger's band, 'The Furies', finally making their duo debut at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland. Natalie Haas is one of the most sought-after cellists in Celtic music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for 18 years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. Her husband, Montrealer Yann Falquet is one of the most creative acoustic guitarists in today's Québécois music scene. Over the last fifteen years, he has recorded five albums and toured the world with French Canadian power trio Genticorum. In the last few years, this husband and wife team have been performing together as a duo, performing a mix of Québécois traditional songs and new takes on folk music from throughout Western Europe. The DuoDuo Quartet presents an unforgettable night of music, song, and dance, spanning from the intimacy of each duo to a collaboration featuring all four of these innovators and masters of their respective traditions and instruments.

*Ticket admission is free but you have to make a reservation with a creidt card to claim your seat.( No shows will be charged 10.00 ) We also ask that if possible you bring a “goods” donation for the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter.

May 26 ( Saturday): Harry Manx click for details
We have been begging and pleading…..finally!!!
What can I say about Harry. We have had him here many times....for a reason. Canadian artist (artist in every sense of the word) Harry Manx known as the "Mysticssippi" blues man has been called an "essential link" between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. I mean, who else would play a banjo, guitar and sitar, and keep the beat with his feet....Oh, and great songs too....there is no one like him. He has created a unique sound that is hard to forget and deliciously addictive to listen to. We are obviously hooked on Harry too. He has not graced our stage for happy he is back! A Must See!!!

May 27 (Sunday): Rodney Crowell click for details
The Texas-born songwriter has collaborated with everyone from Emmylou Harris to Waylon Jennings and Rosanne Cash, all while maintaining a solo career that's garnished with two Grammys and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. And his solo career has never been more vital. With the 2017 release of his album "Close Ties”, its obvious he has lots more to say. As a keeper of the American genre, he is one of the most respected songwriters in his field, and we are happy to have him here once again grace our stage. A heartfelt and earnest performer and story teller, it's a show you should not miss.

June 1 ( Friday): Lonely Heartstring Band click for details
Boy did this band rise fast! And they sure deserve it! ! We are so glad we have been here to get to see their success unfold. Nourished by deep roots in the expansive canon of traditional American music, The Lonely Heartstring Band embodies the modern American condition.This multi-talented group of musicians is a Bluegrass quintet insofar as they’re far greater than the sum of its parts, but unlike a traditional Bluegrass band, their music stretches far beyond any genre-specific title. Combining soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies, their growing repertoire of original songs and compositions showcases not only their considerable talents, but a dedication to meaningful roots-conscious music. Since their beginnings in 2012, The Lonely Heartstring Band has been on the rise and shows no sign of slowing down. With their 2015 IBMA Momentum Award and their 2016 release of their debut full-length album on the legendary Rounder Records label, there is every reason to hope that they are at the front edge of a significant career. But the heck with hope…I think they are already there!

June 2 (Saturday): Alejandro Escovedo click for details
We are so happy to have this legendary Texas singer songwriter and roots rocker.back....his last show was jaw dropping. From his days in the now legendary Punk/Alt-Country outfits The Nuns, Rank and File and his own True Believers, to his glowingly received solo gems including 2008's Real Animal, Escovedo has built a cult following among songwriting peers and critics, as only a truly original can. Hailing from the fire of a talented Mexican-American family that includes staples in Santana and the famed Sheila E. From punk to rock/alternative to the musician's songwriter that is the Escovedo of today he tells stories like no other.

I like this review of him from the Miami Times:

"Escovedo proves he can do practically anything, and do it as well as anyone, from blazing power-chord assaults that reveal his love of the Stooges and the Stones to teary eyed ballads that could turn George Jones into a sobbing shell of a man." Sounds right to me....

June 8 (Friday): Rose Cousins and Mark Erelli click for details
One night, two of our favs!!!

Rose Cousins,
this Canadian folkie has and still is, one of my favorite AHA moments at SMAC. We booked her on a whim many years ago, and she blew us away. Her moving voice and stellar songwriting has garnished her a JUNO award and the respect and chatter of many singer songwriters from across the border. Opening for acts like Mary Chapin Carpenter, she continues to gain fans every time she plays. Come see why.

Mark Erelli After his debut was released on Signature Sounds in 1999. He has won several prestigious awards, including the Kerrville New Folk contest and the International Song Contest, For the past 18 years, he has maintained a rigorous touring schedule, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages (Newport, Philadelphia) to Fenway Park, where he once sang the national anthem before a Red Sox game. In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman and producer, accompanying GRAMMY-winning artists such as Lori McKenna, Paula Cole and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry to London's Royal Albert Hall. In addition to producing two records for McKenna, Erelli's own diverse discography includes collections of western swing, lullabies, bluegrass (with his band Barnstar!) For his 11th studio album, Mark Erelli has decided to move forward by looking back. “Mixtape,” which was released early this year, consists entirely of cover songs – it’s a joint declaration of appreciation, for both his favorite music and his audience. For Mixtape, Erelli draws inspiration from the past 50 years of popular music, covering artists he considers to be fundamental influences (The Band, The Grateful Dead, Richard Thompson) alongside newer favorites like Neko Case and Arcade Fire. it will great to really “hear” from Mark on this special night!

June 15 (Friday): Arlen Roth & Cindy Cashdollar Slide Guitar Summit (wow!) details
A “Slide" Show not to miss!! Arlen Roth is one of the world’s most beloved and powerful guitarists. He was voted among the Top 50 All-time Acoustic Guitarists by; and Vintage Guitar Magazine has him in the Top 100 Most Influential guitarists of all-time. Known as the ‘Master of the Telecaster,” he has toured and recorded with the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Phoebe Snow, Steve Wariner, Steve Cropper, Eric Andersen, Tony Bird, Danny Gatton, Ry Cooder, Don Mclean, Janis Ian, The Bee Gees, Duane Eddy, Albert Lee, Brian Setzer and countless more.

His music appears in many films and TV shows, and he was the man behind the legendary film “Crossroads” with Ralph Macchio. Tom Wheeler of Guitar Player Magazine said that Arlen’s version of “When a Man Loves a Woman” is “perhaps the most intense workout ever recorded on a Telecaster!”

Cindy Cashdollar is America’s most versatile steel guitar player. She has toured and recorded with a veritable “Who’s Who” of greats such as Asleep at the Wheel, Bob Dylan, Albert Lee, Sonny Landreth, Ryan Adams and many more. Her intertwining with Arlen Roth is seamless, as if they have “one voice” together. Truly one of America’s great musicians! Here is a nice tune of Arlen’s with Cindy.

June 16 ( Saturday): The Black Lillies click for details
I love this band from Knoxville. They have a fresh approach with all kinds of influences. They remind me sometimes of the Dead Reckoning artists like Kevin Welch and the like, pulling dark and old timey melodies into an original tune. They can be brooding and joyous, country and Laurel Canyon folkie. Rolling Stone Magazine, calls them one of the most buzzworthy new acts in country and Americana music. They have graced the stages from Bonnaroo and SXSW to CMA Fan Fair and Stagecoach, won two Independent Music Awards, and played the Grand Ole Opry more than any other independent band. Here is a YouTube of them acoustically shining of their harmonies and the roots of their soulful style. Its a melllow tune..another side of them, that really shows that beautiful voice of lead singer Cruz Contreras.

June 22 ( Friday): An Evening with Tom Rush accompanied by Matt Nakoa 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. A few years back, a sold out celebration of his five-decade career anniversary at Boston Symphony Hall proves his fan loyalty and endurance. When you think of the importance of the folk scene in the 60's you should think of Tom. But now in 2018 he is just as vital and entertaining. We welcome him back with a big hug!

June 30 (Saturday): Riders In The Sky: 40th Anniversary Tour click for details
40 Years the Cowboy Way!
America’s favorite Cowboys, grammy award winning Riders in the Sky have literally done thousands of shows. These keepers of the cowboy music torch, will celebrate 40 years of playing and respecting true county and western music. Complete with a fake campfire on stage, they have charmed audiences for 4 decades and this night will ne no exception. Ranger Doug has been here with the Time Jumpers but its has been too long since his “Riders” have been back. 40 years ago, Ranger Doug, Too Slim and the late Windy Bill Collins played that first date on the bitter cold evening of November 11th, 1977 at Herr Harry’s Frank N’ Stein Rathskeller in Nashville, and small listening room dates followed. By August of the following year demand was building, and while Windy Bill left, Woody Paul joined, and the true professional beginnings of the band began at the Kentucky State Fair

40 years. It seemed to go by in a blur, pounding the road, seeing the world, raising babies and sending them to college, mowing lawns, romances, marriages, high school drama, endless airports, the nights at the Hollywood Bowl, the night at the Red Barn in Louisville dodging various barroom projectiles, frozen diesel lines, blast furnace desert heat, hours of practice, late nights and early mornings, and lots and lots and lots of laughter.

40 years ago. No laptops, no cellular phones, no Google, no downloads, no Skype, no Tweets, no Apple, no Microsoft, no texting, no electric cars, no Uber. A different world. But there were three young men with drive and wit who wanted to keep a special music alive. They believed in preserving the heritage of Western Music and presenting it to a new generation. They believed in entertaining, and they did so… entertaining themselves as well as the audience! And they believed in creating original Western Music to continue the tradition, not just seal it in amber as a museum piece. What they did not realize at the time was that they would be doing the same thing 40 years later. Watch their video.

July 3 Tuesday): Heather Pierson Trio click for details
Mount Washington Valley's very own Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio - with Shawn Nadeau on bass and Davy Sturtevant on strings and brass - has been touring the national folk music scene since their debut in 2014. Their latest CD, *Singin’*, debuted on the Folk radio charts at #1. *Singin’* is a document of ten originals and two classics, spanning from them streets of New Orleans to the valleys of Appalachia, and it features Heather’s multi-genre songwriting, their intricate instrumental arrangements, and stirring three-part vocal harmonies. She is a local treasure and a national troubadour. We are so happy she is coming back, in this fitting night that supports out local music program.

About Mountain Top:
Mountain Top Music Center is a community music school located in Conway, New Hampshire. Their mission is to enrich lives and build community by providing inspiring music education for young and old ion out neck of the woods. They use music to build community through group study and performance, shared listening, and mutually respectful, inter-generational, multi-cultural musical communication. And geesh we can all use a little of that!!!

July 6 (Friday): Paula Poundstone click for details
Wooohoooo..she's back again.....our favorite funny girl. An NPR darling, heard on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Paula has been making us laugh 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! And celebrate the holiday with Paula!

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

July 20
( Friday): Bumper Jacksons click for details
Before you read about the, just watch this video. It will be all you need to want to get a ticket fast for this really fun group:

Okay, now that you have watched them here is a little bit more about them besides they are just wicked great! Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America's story from the streets of New Orleans to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78's, the Bumper Jacksons elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, playful style. The group began as a duo, a city-meets-country experiment between songstress Jess Eliot Myhre and banjo player Chris Ousley. They hopped on bicycles, touring the country, instruments on their backs, seeking to reimagine roots music. In five short years, Bumper Jacksons grew to a brassy seven-piece, with horns and pedal steel. They've been honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic's "Artist of the Year" & "Best Traditional Band" at the Washington Area Music Awards. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone's invited.

July 21 (Saturday): Mary Chapin Carpenter click for details
This show helps to benefit the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter and the Conway Area Humane Society

Please Note....Membership Passes are not applicable for this show

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter will return to SMAC once again, singing both timeless hits and her always prolific and growing catalogue of songs. Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like "Passionate Kisses" and "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life's details and the most universal. On a personal note, she is so dear to us..always including us on her tour. Always a sell out..of course!!!

About the Shelters:
We know Ms. Carpenter is a huge animal lover and has rescues of her own. We thank her so much for allowing part of the proceeds of this show to help support the haven these two shelters provide. We have two great shelters that support our animal friends locally, the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter and Conway Area Humane Humane Society

July 22 (Sunday): Mary Chapin Carpenter click for details
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter will return to SMAC once again, singing both timeless hits and her always proliphic and growing catalogue of songs. Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like "Passionate Kisses" and "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life's details and the most universal. On a personal note, she is so dear to us..always including us on her tour. Always a sell out..of course!!!

July 23 (Monday): The Autumn Defense (Wilco's John Stirratt and Pat Sansone) details
Featuring Wilco members John Stirratt and Pat Sansone, The Autumn Defense reminded me immediatelyt of the folk pop and rock radio I listened to in the '60s and ‘70s..…the music that I am always missing and going back to. A music that has great songs, good vocals and harmonies and catchy chord progressions and jangly guitars. This band is all that and more. We are all Wilco fans, but this music would be hot without any of that kind of leg up. It just terrific, and addictive and we are honored to have them here for the first time. Both Stirratt and Sansone have imnpressive resumes as Wilco members and side men to many of the bexst of the alt band scene of the day, but forget all that and just listen. :>) And After that finish up with a little Sentimental Lady. That should hook you!

July 27 (Friday): Freddy and Francine click for details
Wow...ya know when you hear something that just makes you drop everything and listen....I know no one does that anymore...but I did when I heard these two. They have now been here a few times and both shows brought the house down. Pardon my Irish, but they sing their asses off! Catch them before they are the next big thing!

Freddy & Francine is an Americana/Soul duo featuring singer songwriters Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso. No Depression magazine describes Freddy & Francine as "Americana Soul, complete with tight two-part harmonies, engaging songs that will shoot deep into your heart, and a musical chemistry that is second-to-none in the L.A. Americana scene." But if me and the critics aren't good enough for ya..... the proof is in the puddin' .

Here is the video that made me book them. And here is a video that made me glad I did!

July 29 ( Sunday): Aaron Neville Up Close and Personal click for details
An intimate duo show that we are so happy to have back. Aaron Neville is always amazing, but to hear is voice in such a pure format, in our hall will just be stunning. One of the most distinctive voices in music today, Aaron Neville is the master of many styles. During his career, which stretches across more than 50 years, he has been nominated for 12 Grammy's awards. His nominations have come in the soul, gospel, jazz, country/western, R&B, and pop categories; winning four times. His albums of Christian, R&B, jazz and adult contemporary music have also consistently topped the charts. In 1993, Rolling Stone Magazine's Critics' Poll named him the best male singer in the world. Neville was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010. The audience at an Aaron Neville concert can expect to hear do-wop and gospel from his recent albums, as well as blues, jazz, soul, pop, blues, with some country and even reggae thrown into the mix. It's a playlist that reprises and celebrates his remarkable career - one of the great success stories in American music. For this special night you should also expect Aaron to share stories about his family and his musical and life long influences...up close and personal. Your welcome Barbie H. : >)

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.Thanks for cooperating so we can bring some bigger names here without losing our shirt!! By the way there are close to 60 shows and more added daily of great artists to “tab” with..make sure you check them out too.

August 3 (Friday): Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band click for details
This is a great time to be Jeff Daniels, and an even greater time for those of us who love his work. Fresh off the big SMAC favorite series of the year, “Godless” on Netflix, our “Newsroom” void was finally filled. And in February Hulu launches”The Looming Tower" It is a wonderment and our good fortune that he has time for his music. His love for songwriting and guitar playing has made him a formidable contribution to the troubadour scene…. Not just an actor who is a musician, but more like a musician who is one hell of an actor. Here is a nice tune he wrote for his son Ben, who plays with him. We are honored he is coming back to our humble stage. (a quick sell out)

August 10 (Friday): Ladysmith Black Mambazo click for details
Its been way too long since we have had this amazing group here. South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo was founded in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, then a teenage farm boy living on the lands just outside the small town of Ladysmith, in the province of kwaZulu Natal, half way between Johannesburg and Durban. Joseph used his hometown’s name to honor his family’s history. In early 1969, with four brothers and three cousins, Joseph had the voices he long dreamed of his group having. At that point Ladysmith Black Mambazo began their true musical journey.

A radio broadcast in 1970 opened the door to their first record contract, the beginning of an ambitious recording career that currently includes more than seventy albums, earning nineteen GRAMMY Award nominations and five GRAMMY Award wins. Singing For Peace Around The World. Not just a CD title but a statement of the group’s career mission. It was Nelson Mandela who designated Ladysmith Black Mambazo “South Africa’s Cultural Ambassadors to the world.” It is a moniker the group members hold close to their hearts.

During the 1970’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo established themselves as the most successful singing group in South Africa. In the mid-1980s, American singer/songwriter Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated the group’s rich harmonies into the famous Graceland album (1986) – a landmark recording that was considered seminal in introducing world music to mainstream audiences.

In addition to their work with Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge, and many others. They have provided music for many movies, have appeared on Broadway where they were nominated for a Tony Award and even had a documentary film, titled On Tip Toe: Gentle Steps to Freedom, the Story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, nominated for an Academy Award.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo carries a message of Peace, Love and Harmony as they travel the world year after year. They bring this message, in song and dance, to every theater they perform in. We hope you will join them as they sing their message. Watch this video and be reminded of how voices can move you. A quick sell out!

August 17 ( Friday): Cheryl Wheeler & Kenny White click for details
We always love Cheryl of course but we really lov'er when Kenny joins her. They are the bestest of friends and are a completely entertaining duo. We are lucky to have them both with us for one special night.
About Cheryl Wheeler: Critic Scott Alarik said it best: " It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the mic. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic" And we love both those Cheryls! She is not afraid to speak her mind about politics, religion any any other issues in the national debate! She is always a delight... even more so when her pal Kenny is with her.....
About Kenny White in our neck of the woods, seems like a relative newcomer to the world of the touring singer-songwriter, Kenny began his career in the 1970s touring extensively as the keyboard player for Jonathan Edwards and Livingston Taylor. He then became a fixture in the NY studio scene throughout the 1990s, producing and arranging literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio. Commercials enabled him to work with artists like Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Neville and even the London Symphony Orchestra. He produced Shawn Colvin's Grammy-nominated song, "I Don't Know Why" and performed on Marc Cohn's platinum debut record. He began traveling with and opening shows for many of his friends and colleagues including Cheryl Wheeler, Jonathan Edwards, and Richard Shindell. Kenny often travels with Judy Collins as her opening act throughout North America and Europe and is signed to her label. Kenny is a classic piano man, and if you have not heard him, you have to!!

August 23 (Thursday): An Evening with Shawn Colvin click for details
With multiple Grammy’s to her credit, Shawn Colvin is one of the most important singer songwriters of our time. Always reinventing herself and taking new musical journey, her music is as vital and poignant as the years when "Suuny Came Home” could be heard all over crossover radio. Her latest album, The Starlighterfinds the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist once again reaching back to her childhood for this album of lullabies and children's songs inspired by the Lullabies and Night Songs, a book of songs for children, including many traditional tunes, arranged for piano by Alex Wilder and distinctively illustrated by Maurice Sendak that she remembers as a young piano student in South Dakota.

The selections that Colvin chose for The Starlighter run the gamut from traditional fare like "Hush Little Baby" and "Raisins and Almonds" to "Minnie and Winnie" with words by 19th century poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and "Cradle Song," with lyrics by celebrated English poet William Blake. Colvin and producer Doug Petty remain true to Wilder's original arrangements while also embellishing them with gentle orchestration, horns, accordion, piano and Colvin's signature acoustic guitar. The result is an album that captures the magic and mystery of children's lullabies while also offering a moving and timeless musical experience. She is a true artist and when you see this video capturing the feel of this new album, you will be movingly reminded of that artistry. She is just cool as all get out.

August 24 ( Friday): Chris Thomas King click for details
Louisiana born Multi-talented Grammy Award-winning blues artist, producer, composer and actor Chris Thomas King was thrust into the spotlight as the young blues singer from "O Brother Where Art Thou", but Chris is so much more. He has stretched the boundaries of all his favored genres from Jazz to Hip Hop. New Orleans born, his roots are in the delta blues, but he is considered a contemporary blues man, who not only preserves the tradition of the blues and its African American roots, but also the originality of its influence on the music of today. His first visit to SMAC we promised would not be his last….he was great, and you don't want to miss him this time around. would be Here is a more recent version of that song that we all loved from O Brother... click to watch the video.

September 14 (Friday): The Suitcase Junket click for details
The first time Suitcase was here some lucky folks saw him as part of our free music series. That was the first time he blew everyone away. Last year he was back performing to a packed house and did the same. I just love this guy. Totally original and totally a giver when it some to his audience. You feel like part of his journey.

One man band, doesn't do this artist justice....Suitcase is an Artist, tinkerer, tunesmith, swamp Yankee. Matt Lorenz is a one-man salvage specialist singing into the hollow of a Dumpster guitar, slipping a broken bottleneck onto the slide finger, railing on a box of twisted forks and bones, rocking till every sound is ragged at its edges, till the house is singing back. Then, unplugging all the amps and letting one mountain ballad soar over the raw strings on that guitar. Every night is a hard-driving, blues-grinding, throat-singing search-and-rescue junket. Sooner or later everything rusts, busts, and gets tossed into the junk heap: iron, bones, leather, hot rods, muskrats, the night, the heart. The goal is to recover it. To waste nothing. To create new ways from old. This is The Suitcase Junket. Watch his YouTube video of him….I Love this song.

October 25 ( 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.

November 2 ( Friday): Rough and Tumble click for details
One of those new acts that I stumbled or should I say "tumbled” upon and broight them to SMAC last wwere we glad we did! Everyone fell in love with them. In 2015 when 5 year members Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler quit their day jobs, sold everything they owned, and gave their thirty day notice on their rental house to trade in for a life permanently on the road. With their sixteen foot camper and their 97 pound dog, Butter, they have been touring nationwide. Yes, you get to meet Butter!!! He was the star of the show!! Don't let their vagabond tendencies fool you-- this americana-folk duo are a compact team of close harmonies, versatile instrumentation, and deliberate songwriting all presented with a nudge of the elbow and a tongue in the cheek. Haunting, quirky, solemn, and spritely, The Rough & Tumble are for the faint of heart and the strong of will.

November 3 ( Saturday): Chris Smither click for details
Simply one of those shows that you walk away , blown away after the show. Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for over 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for over 40 years, Chris Smither is one of the best to ever hit our stage. With profound songs, dazzling guitar skills and his distinct gravelly voice he casts a spell over the audience one song at a time. Says the Chicago Sun Times - "Chris Smither has traveled countless miles with his careworn blend of folk and acoustic blues. His hallmarks include the fingers of an effortless musician, a voice as craggy and deep as the earth, the soul of a philosopher and master poet, and the foot-tapping percussion of a restless wanderer..." Couldn't have said it better myself. I hope he never retires!!!

November 9 ( Friday): Capitol Steps (One Show Only!) click for details
These folks will have lots of material for election week 2018 after another year with the new regime? They are back, and just in time for more election results! They Put the MOCK in Democracy. Music and political satire by The Capitol Steps, the Washington-based troupe of Congressional staffers turned songwriters. This was one of the first acts I booked when we first'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? Only one show, and last years show sold out by summertime! So don't wait!

November 23 (Friday): Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Family Band click for details
Featuring Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda.
The Family that plays together..stay together!
Well, even if they don’t all live under the same roof, this family makes terrific music and has a rip-roarin’ good time while they’re at it. The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band features Jay, Molly, Jay’s daughter Ruth Ungar, and her husband Mike Merenda.

Jay and Molly showcase Cajun, and Celtic fi ddle tunes, and favorites from the golden age of country and swing—along with their own songs, fiddle tunes, and orchestral compositions. Jay and Molly have reached a wide audience through their appearances on Great Performances, A Prairie Home Companion, their own public radio specials, and through their work on film soundtracks such as Brother’s Keeper, Legends of the Fall, and a host of Ken Burns’ PBS documentaries. The two torch carriers of American music, have achieved international acclaim when their performance of Jay’s Ashokan Farewell, which became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns’ The Civil War on PBS …..winning a Grammy and Ashokan Farewell was nominated for an Emmy.

Mike and Ruthie Finding fame through their folk rock band, the Mammals, this songwrtong duo are “musicians’ musicians” who have found fans and friends in the Americana world and beyond. As word of their well-loved records spread, the band quickly found themselves sharing bills with industry luminaries as diverse as The Avett Brothers, Milk Carton Kids, Elephant Revival, Ani DiFranco and The B-52s to name a “few” On a personal note I hate to pick favorites, but I think Ruthie’s voice is one of the most moving and beautiful voices of her genre and generation…a heartbreaking alto soulfully backed by Mike’s thoughtful playing, and singing. GReat songs, a sgreat family….a great shiow! They have it all!! Take a moment to watch their video.
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