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Scheduled Performances for 2016:
July 3 ( Sunday): Aztec Two Step and Jon Pousette-Dart click for details
A Great Double Bill to Benefit the Mountain Top Music Center


I know, I know....how come it took me son long to get JPD here! And paired with our dear favorites Aztec..what a great night! This is like walking through the doors of the Oxen Yoke!! You locals will know what I mean :.)

Jon Pousette-Dart -- Seventies rockers the Pousette-Dart Band were known for their infectious hits like Amnesia and County Line. For their part, Pousette-Dart Band reflected the sounds of the ‘70s, securing their place in the musical firmament by purveying that harmonious soft rock sound also advanced by bands like the Eagles, America and Orleans. Jon P-D is a strong, strong song writer whose music and performances today are just a vital while he keeps the band's hits and sound alive. Jon recently released his latest solo record, "Talk", in 2015 to critical acclaim. Again, my bad, for taking so long to get him here!!

Aztec Two Step --
Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime of making music together as the folk/rock duo, Aztec Two-Step. After taking their name from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and with four plus decades as staples of progressive FM radio, major record deals and non-stop touring, Rex and Neal continue to impress audiences with intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar and soaring two-part harmonies. The story of Aztec Two-Step is intertwined with the history of folk/rock music in America. Originating from a chance meeting at an “open mic night” in a Boston folk club in 1971, Rex & Neal’s first four albums on Elektra & RCA Records helped usher the music of the 60’s into the 1970’s and beyond, leaving an indelible mark on the musical genre.

The Cause -- 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 and by offering performance and listening opportunities throughout our neck of the woods. Carol and the Guys are happy to help this great community music center.

NOTE: Ticket Tabs or Dinner passes are not applicable for this fund raiser. Please save your pass dollars for another show. Thanks!

July 6
(Wednesday): Richard Thompson in Concert (One Show Only) click for details
This Concert is a Funbd Raiser for the 317 Main Community Music Center
(SMAC Passes are not applicable for this fundraiser.)
What can we say about him? He one of the reasons why we built SMAC....just to say, he is in our back yard!! In our humble opinion, there is not a better guitar player, and his songwritng can paint a picture like no other story teller in his genre...not that he really fits into one... he is a genre all of his own. Whether with Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Linda Thompson, or this last decade as a soloist, he continues to forge ahead with new music, sounds, and ideas. But don't worry, his shows are full of what made you a fan in the first place too. Don't miss it..always a quick sell out.

317 Main Community Music Center Yarmouth Maine,
A place where community and music education come together in a welcoming and joyful environment. Based in Yarmouth, Maine, our talented teaching artists provide instruction on a wide range of instruments and musical genres, offering inspiration, camaraderie and collaboration to hundreds of musicians of all ages and abilities. Recent research confirms what many of us already experience every day. Music is fundamental to our lives. It supports personal achievement. It builds confidence. It promotes health and happiness. It fosters connections among community members. Music changes lives.

July 7
( Thursday): Cowboy Junkies click for details
Their bio says, the Cowboy Junkies are a Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band. The group was formed in Toronto in 1985 by three siblings Margo Timmins (vocalist), Michael Timmins (songwriter, guitarist), Peter Timmins (drummer) along with Alan Anton (bassist). Says a lot about a band that they have stayed together so long. It goes in line with their music too....long lasting but still fresh...that's the Junkies. They are especially dear to us here at SMAC, as they are champions of the independent spirit like us :>) They are loyal to their fans and their craft.

If you have been living under a rock that does not roll, here is a little history on them:

The Junkies first performed publicly at the Beverley Tavern and other clubs in Toronto’s Queen Street West, including The Rivoli. Their 1986 debut album, produced by Canadian producer Peter Moore, was the blues-inspired Whites Off Earth Now!!, recorded using an ambisonic microphone in the family garage. The group’s fame spread with their second album, The Trinity Session, recorded in 1987 at Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity. Their sound, again using the ambisonic microphone, and their mix of blues, country, folk, rock and jazz earned them both critical attention and a cult following. The Los Angeles Times named the recording as one of the ten best albums of 1988. The band was nominated for Group of the Year at the Juno Awards in 1990 and 1991. In the early 1990s Margo Timmins was named “one of the fifty most beautiful people in the world” by People Magazine. The group has continued to tour North America, Europe, Japan and Australia with extensive North American and European tours following album releases in 2002 and 2004. In 2008, they released Trinity Revisited in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the original recording of The Trinity Session. I still remember where I was when I first heard that album. It was a memorable moment in my musical history as they continue to be. It is very fitting that they are here for our tenth anniversary season.
 

July 8
( Friday): Cowboy Junkies click for details
Their bio says, the Cowboy Junkies are a Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band. The group was formed in Toronto in 1985 by three siblings Margo Timmins (vocalist), Michael Timmins (songwriter, guitarist), Peter Timmins (drummer) along with Alan Anton (bassist). Says a lot about a band that they have stayed together so long. It goes in line with their music too....long lasting but still fresh...that's the Junkies. They are especially dear to us here at SMAC, as they are champions of the independent spirit like us :>) They are loyal to their fans and their craft.

If you have been living under a rock that does not roll, here is a little history on them:

The Junkies first performed publicly at the Beverley Tavern and other clubs in Toronto’s Queen Street West, including The Rivoli. Their 1986 debut album, produced by Canadian producer Peter Moore, was the blues-inspired Whites Off Earth Now!!, recorded using an ambisonic microphone in the family garage. The group’s fame spread with their second album, The Trinity Session, recorded in 1987 at Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity. Their sound, again using the ambisonic microphone, and their mix of blues, country, folk, rock and jazz earned them both critical attention and a cult following. The Los Angeles Times named the recording as one of the ten best albums of 1988. The band was nominated for Group of the Year at the Juno Awards in 1990 and 1991. In the early 1990s Margo Timmins was named “one of the fifty most beautiful people in the world” by People Magazine. The group has continued to tour North America, Europe, Japan and Australia with extensive North American and European tours following album releases in 2002 and 2004. In 2008, they released Trinity Revisited in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the original recording of The Trinity Session. I still remember where I was when I first heard that album. It was a memorable moment in my musical history as they continue to be. It is very fitting that they are here for our tenth anniversary season.


July 9
(Saturday): The Stone Mountain Twilight Music Hour click for details
A Free Admission Music Series with special guest Cajun Fiddler David Greely
Hosted by owner and singer songwriter Carol Noonan, the Twilight Hour is a night to showcase some new talent, and/or some old that you should know about but don't! The idea is for you to take risk and come see a new act without the burden of a ticket price... YOUR WELCOME!!!

It's a great way to try out Stone Mountain for the first time...the music is always good! The evening is also graced by the Stone Mountain Twilight Players who will chip in their brand of old and new standards that even includes even and occasional dance invite if the spirit moves you. Yes, grab your partner and hold them close and listen to the sounds of Carol and the Twilight players with always some very special guests. And ya never know else who might sit in!!

About David Greely

David Greely, founding fiddler of the Mamou Playboys, has for years been assembling a repertoire of uncommon Cajun music. He uses old and rare tunes, new companion pieces to the old ones, and striking new melodies that meld Cajun roots with fiddle sounds he’s heard in his travels worldwide, and arranges them with novel instrumentation and rich harmonies. He is a terrific fiddler of course, but also a historian of this precious music. So happy he will join us

* Admission is Free or pay what you can.
We want to provide a concert for everyone ....and in the spirit of providing....

* The Twilight Series is happy to provide support to the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter with your help!
Please if possible, bring a physical in kind donation. They always need cat and dog food, bleach, paper towel, and other sundries. Check out their website for their "Wish List".

* The Twilight Series will host tours by reservation each night, so make a reservation if you want to get a quick spin around the Arts Center and hear the story of the how we came to be.

July 14 ( Thursday):Brett Dennen (full band show!) click for details
Not that long ago...Brett Dennen was a camp counselor who played guitar, wrote songs and performed fireside. With a self-made album, he began playing coffee shops along the West Coast and a devoted following formed. A modest independent record deal led first to his 2006 break-through album, So Much More, then to the attention of music critics, programmers and established artists. Though his once intimate audience has grown substantially, Brett remains the folky, soulful, witty and insightful artist that first captured hearts in California coffee houses. Noting his success, Rolling Stone Magazine named Brett one of the “10 Artists To Watch in 2008.” That was then this is now......with a new album out in May..read about it in his own words:

A NOTE FROM BRETT  
Here is "Por Favor", an album that came from a time of vulnerability for me. During it's creation, I regularly felt as though I was on the verge of breaking down, but writing these songs and recording them has helped me gain confidence and now I'm proud to share it all with you. Over the last couple of years, I've traveled to many far away places, had some ups and downs, and learned a great deal about myself, most of which is documented in the music. I hope it makes you feel good. B.D.

He makes us feel good already!…up close and personal, with his heart on his sleeve..so happy he is back! A quick sell out...

July 15
(Friday): An Evening with Tom Rush with Matt Nakoa click for details
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 17 (Sunday): Shawn Mullins click for details
We just love this guy!! We have been trying to get him back since his show stopper of a performance some years back. Grammy-nominated Show Mullins' critical breakthrough came when his song "Lullaby", from the album Soul's Core, became a radio and video hit. Another familiar hit, "All in My Head", was featured on the hit television sitcom "Scrubs". That was then this is now: "My Stupid Heart" ..a great new song and a great new album, showcasing his rich and deep voice and songwriting. Check out this great title track on his website. Again, just love him….you will too.

July 22 ( Friday): The Gibson Brothers click for details
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.

July 23
( Saturday): Joe Ely click for details
Texas honky tonk member of the Flatlanders. His live performances are legendary. He has had a genre- crossing career and writing and performing music with everyone from the Clash and Bruce Springsteen, to Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt. Joe Ely I always say, is a true Renaissance man. Cooler than cool, he is a passionate singer songwriter with with a workin man's sensibility. Don't miss this rare solo appearance up close and personal. A personal favorite!

July 28
( 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.

August 5
(Friday): Support SMAC! Stone Mountain LIVE Anniversary Show click for details
Our Annual Event to benefit the one and only Stone Mountain Arts Center!
Dinner, Show and Auction!

Hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys. with Special guest, Guitar Great Bill Kirchen. and other surprize guests. :>)

Your Ticket includes your dinner on us!!!

A "dinner" is a small starter salad, an entree and dessert. (beverage ,and gratuity are not included)

If you love us, this is a way to show it!!! It''s no secret that SMAC needs a little help now and then. It's not easy to bring music up here all year long. Some shows will sell and some won't, so you need a safety net for that. Consequently we have to do a few shows a year that provide that safety net. For this night the music will be amazing....with the three guitar Gods!! Bill, Duke, and Kevin. It will be a special night, and lots of special items will be auctioned off too....like season passes, tickets, cool items donated by local businesses...and more...so bring your checkbook and support SMAC. We support many great causes all year long...we hope that love comes around to us too.

Please note: Passes such as Ticket Tabs are not applicable in anyway for this show. Thanks!!

August 12 ( 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!

August 18 ( Thursday):The Wood Brothers click for details
So happy to get these guys back!!! Chris Wood had a scrap of a song — seemed like a chorus — scribbled in a notebook. He played it for his older brother, Oliver, who’d had a verse lying around he didn’t know what to do with. The two pieces, composed months apart, one in urban Atlanta and the other deep in the Catskills, dovetailed musically and lyrically: the verse about a man regretting chasing unattainable women, the high-lonesome, harmony-driven refrain of “When I die, I wanna be sent back to try, try again.” 'Paradise' follows the band's acclaimed 2013 release 'The Muse,' which was recorded almost entirely live around a tree of microphones in Zac Brown's Southern Groundstudio. But when it came time to record 'Paradise,' their fifth studio album, the band knew the music called for a different approach."For this album, we wanted to have a more up-close and dry sound," explains Chris. "The decision to record in Nashville was no coincidence either, as this marks the first album written with the entire band living in Music City. "Oliver and I spent a lot of hours just in a room together writing songs," says Chris."That's really never happened before. All the music in the past was written long distance or over the course of touring. It's definitely the most collaborative album we've ever made. Chris Wood already had legions of devoted fans for his incomparable work as one-third of Medeski Martin & Wood, while his brother Oliver toured with Tinsley Ellis before releasing a half-dozen albums with his band King Johnson. But this new album shows that the devotion to their Wood Brothers project is their passion now. "Touring all over the country and blowing away audiences at festivals and in clubs in their wake. We were blown away....you will be too.

August 19 ( Friday): Lori McKenna Wreck You Tour click for details
Special Guest Mark Erelli
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" recorded by Little Big Town, 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 accolades, Lori is still just that girl next door with her husband and five kids and the thick Boston accent. She's is just a joy. Here with her band and a trunk of great stories. Don't miss her.
Mark Erelli  You have seen is talents supporting many of our favorite artists, most consistantly Lori, but this The Boston-­‐based artist is not just a side man...a strong singer/songwriter who has just released a long awaited new album "For A Song" A real treat to have Mark start the night for this great show. 

August 21 ( Sunday): Peter Wolf!! (of J. Geils) click for details
He's back! One show only with Pete Wolf and the Band And that band......featuring the great Duke Levine and Kevin Barry on guitars! Peter has graced our stage many times with his killer side men, and this show is no exception. 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 the best material of his career. With a new album out, " A Cure fpor Loneliness" Pete is one of the freshest artists we see come through here. He is always musically excited and exciting and his performances leave the audience asking when he will be back....well here's me tellin' ya....Pete with his stellar band are comin' back. ....what's better! A quick sell out as always.

August 22 ( Monday): Peter Wolf!! (of J. Geils) click for details
He's back! One show only with Pete Wolf and the Band And that band......featuring the great Duke Levine and Kevin Barry on guitars! Peter has graced our stage many times with his killer side men, and this show is no exception. 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 the best material of his career. With a new album out, " A Cure fpor Loneliness" Pete is one of the freshest artists we see come through here. He is always musically excited and exciting and his performances leave the audience asking when he will be back....well here's me tellin' ya....Pete with his stellar band are comin' back. ....what's better! A quick sell out as always.

August 25
(Thursday): The Mallett Brothers Band details
Maine alt-country/rock act the Mallett Brothers have quickly made a name for themselves beyond their home state. 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/songwriters as by harder rockers, 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 bring the house down last time they were here. Some really great guys doing some really great music. Come see what everyone is talking about.

August 26 (Friday): Humming House (Encore Performance) details
This band brought the house down for their debut visit to SMAC. So we brought them right back!! if you were not there, this is a band, you may not of heard of but you will...shades of bands like Mumford and Sons, Fun, and Of Monsters and Men, but a lot of unique wowness! You know it's risky for us to bring 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 big hit Great Divide.

August 30
( Tuesday): Ani DiFranco Up Close and Personal click for details
One Show Only with Chastity Brown
Since Ani bucked the major label system in the early-‘90s, opting to release her music on her own terms, the self-described Little Folksinger has been the subject of all kinds of hyperbole. She’s been called “fiercely independent” (Rolling Stone), “inspirational” (All Music Guide), “the ultimate do-it-yourself songwriter” (The New York Times), etc. As the cracks in the music industry get larger and more big-name artists follow Ani’s lead – Radiohead, Madonna and Nine Inch Nails among them – maybe people will just start calling her “smart.” We will call us lucky for getting to see her here in our small little hall.

September 2
(Friday): End of Summer Bash with Tricky Britches and Mistah SMAC 2016
To Benefit our LIttle Brownfield Library! Includes a pre-show Silent Auction.
This night has something for everyone. A Silent Auction, a performance by Tricky Britches and finally the competition and crowning of Mistah SMAC!

Yes, bluegrass greats Tricky Britches will help us say good bye to summer with their brand of high energy and new/old country along with being the house band for the end of night while we crown a new Mistah SMAC! The night includes a fun silent auction too! Yes, you read right. Some of SMAC's finest patrons and crew will be competing for the crown and the title of "Mistah SMAC 2016". In 2008 and 2010 we did this and Mister Peter Blue remains the reigning king. Come see our area's finest men challenge him for his crown. We have hand picked the contestants and they will not disappoint you, as they show you their talents, their strengths, their intellect, and well, their stuff! (sorry...no nudity). Come see them in their native garb of tool belts, carharts, overalls....and it's all for a great cause. The guys who are willing to do this, are most likely your neighbors and friends. They will really need your support and of course so does our library!!!!! There's even a runway ( built by Owner Jeff Flagg ) From an audience perspective the ladies will love it, and you men will be glad you're not in it!! Funny man Mike Miclon will host along with owner Carol Noonan. So please come out and support our little library and the select few men who are willing to embarrass themselves for a good cause.

Come early to check out the silent auction too..doors open at 4;30 for the auction.
Tricky Britches kicks of the show with a set and then let the competition begin!

NOTE: Ticket Tabs or Dinner passes are not applicable for this fund raiser. Please save your pass dollars for another show. Thanks!

September 3
(Saturday): Steep Canyon Rangers click for details
Rising to the top since 2009 the Steep Canyon Rangers have received widespread acclaim as Steve Martin's backing band. In 2012 the music community really tipped its hat to the quintet by presenting them with the Grammy® for Best Bluegrass Album, and thrust them into the "band to watch" race of up and coming bluegrass bands. But they are not just any bluegrass band. The Steep Canyon Rangers of coursed have a myriad of talents: instrumental agility, tight harmony vocals,integration of percussion, and one of the best stage shows we have seen. But it is their songwriting that really sets them apart from the pack. A great way to say Goodbye to summer with this exciting band!

September 9 (Friday): Chris Smither click for details
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 10
(Saturday): Parsonsfield (formerly Poor Old Shine) click for details
These guys aren't from their namesake, but they sure liked that nearby little town enough to name their band after it. Parsonsfield is a five-piece alt/folk band from Northampton, MA that infuses a rowdy, rock-'n'-roll spirit into its bluegrass and folk influences, blowing away any preconception of what you think banjos and mandolins should sound like.They weren't always called Parsonsfield (the band started out as Poor Old Shine, but changed in July 2014). The new name was born of the inspired experiences recording two albums at a local recording farmhouse studio in beautiful, rural Parsonsfield, Maine. David Vescey, of the The New York Times says, "They harmonize; they play saws, mandolins and pump organs; they back their songs with crickets and squeaking screen doors; they are boisterously youthful yet deftly sentimental...I fully expect to hear more from this band as the years go on." I couldn't agree more.....catch'em before they they are too big for us! SMAC Highly Recommended : >) Take a minute to watch their video.

September 11
(Sunday): Iris DeMent details
Born the youngest of 14 children in Arkansas and raised in southern California that early life is what makes Iris, Iris, but that stark pairing of piano and voice forms the heart and soul of Iris' music. Not really folk, not really country, but somewhere in between that is completely unique. Her voice is unlike any mother, and use is a rare an moving performer. Beginning with her 1992 debut, 'Infamous Angel,' which was hailed as "an essential album of the 1990's" by Rolling Stone, DeMent released a series of stellar records that established her as "one of the finest singer-songwriters in America" according to The Guardian.

The music earned her multiple Grammy nominations, as well as the respect of peers like John Prine, Steve Earle, and Emmylou Harris, who all invited her to collaborate. Merle Haggard dubbed her "the best singer I've ever heard" and asked her to join his touring band, and David Byrne and Natalie Merchant famously covered her "Let The Mystery Be" as a duet on MTV Unplugged. DeMent returned in 2012 with her most recent album, 'Sing The Delta,' which prompted NPR to call her "one of the great voices in contemporary popular music" and The Boston Globe to hail the collection as "a work of rare, unvarnished grace and power."

The music on her latest, "Trackless Woods", is firmly rooted in the American South and twenty-three years after her debut, she's creating some of the most poignant music of her career, bridging two seemingly disparate worlds with every note. Come se a special show from a very special artist

September 14
(Wednesday): Robert Cray Band - One Show Only click for details
Can't wait to hear the best band in the world. If you haven't seen'em you have to..if you already have, you know you miss'em! Blues guitarist and singer songwriter Robert Cray is a five-time Grammy Award winner and a Blues Hall of Famer of course, but all the accolades in the world will not do justice to his live show. You know I talk about those hand full of artists that I always say you gotta see...this is one of them. Few both play guitar and sing so smoothly and heartfelt and that band is killer. And did I say they are the nicest buncha guys you will ever meet? Come see for yerself. A rare up close and personal concert.

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!!

September 16
(Friday): Dana Cunningham in Concert click for details
A Home Town Celebration of her Latest Recording "Above the Field"
With Special Guest Max Dyer on Cello and Mike Sakash on Saxaphone.

We are so lucky to have this unique pianist/ composer in our own neck of the woods. With much national success fans of Dana are now world wide, but for this night she will bring her thoughtful and beautiful music back to Stone Mountain. Celebrating her latest album "Above the Field", she will be playing selections from this amazing collection of hymns along with some gems from her previous albums, like Color of Light and Dancing at the Gate. But don't be surprised if you hear some debut pieces...Dana is always writing and creating, and as I like to say, "she calls'em as she's sees'em. Yes, we are unlikely buddies, but a dear friend she is, and she give my place a little touch of elegance for this night. We can only hope some will rub off on me! Come to really listen.


September 22
(Thursday): The Stone Mountain Twilight Music Hour click for details
A Free Admission Music Series with special guest Ken Yates
Hosted by owner and singer songwriter Carol Noonan, the Twilight Hour is a night to showcase some new talent, and/or some old that you should know about but don't! The idea is for you to take risk and come see a new act without the burden of a ticket price... YOUR WELCOME!!!

It's a great way to try out Stone Mountain for the first time...the music is always good! The evening is also graced by the Stone Mountain Twilight Players who will chip in their brand of old and new standards that even includes even and occasional dance invite if the spirit moves you. Yes, grab your partner and hold them close and listen to the sounds of Carol and the Twilight players with always some very special guests. And ya never know else who might sit in!!

About Ken Yates

Born and Raised in London, Ontario, Ken Yates moved to Boston to study songwriting at Berklee College of Music. It was there that he developed his skills as a songwriter, releasing his first album, “The Backseat EP”. Yates’ songwriting ability started getting notice right away, including attention from John Mayer, who posted a full page blog about Yates’ ability as a writer stating, “Ken Yates wrote a song called ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love’… this song moved me when I first heard it and still does today”. He has songs in heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s The Coffee House where he was nominated for The Coffee House Songwriter Discovery of the Year, and now its time for you to discover him! Take a minute to watch his video.

* Admission is Free or pay what you can.
We want to provide a concert for everyone ....and in the spirit of providing....

* The Twilight Series is happy to provide support to the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter with your help!
Please if possible, bring a physical in kind donation. They always need cat and dog food, bleach, paper towel, and other sundries. Check out their website for their "Wish List".

* The Twilight Series will host tours by reservation each night, so make a reservation if you want to get a quick spin around the Arts Center and hear the story of the how we came to be.


September 23 (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 admired 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.

September 30 (Friday): Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar click for details
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 Gently Weeps."

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 7
(Friday): Aaron Neville Up Close and Personal click for details
An intimate duo show that I have wanted to present here for a long time. 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. 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!!


October 20
(Thursday): The Stone Mountain Twilight Music Hour click for details
A Free Admission Music Series with special guest Suitcase Junket
Hosted by owner and singer songwriter Carol Noonan, the Twilight Hour is a night to showcase some new talent, and/or some old that you should know about but don't! The idea is for you to take risk and come see a new act without the burden of a ticket price... YOUR WELCOME!!!

It's a great way to try out Stone Mountain for the first time...the music is always good! The evening is also graced by the Stone Mountain Twilight Players who will chip in their brand of old and new standards that even includes even and occasional dance invite if the spirit moves you. Yes, grab your partner and hold them close and listen to the sounds of Carol and the Twilight players with always some very special guests. And ya never know else who might sit in!!

About Suitcase Junket

One man band, doesn't' do this artist justice....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.

* Admission is Free or pay what you can.
We want to provide a concert for everyone ....and in the spirit of providing....

* The Twilight Series is happy to provide support to the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter with your help!
Please if possible, bring a physical in kind donation. They always need cat and dog food, bleach, paper towel, and other sundries. Check out their website for their "Wish List".

* The Twilight Series will host tours by reservation each night, so make a reservation if you want to get a quick spin around the Arts Center and hear the story of the how we came to be.

October 27 (Thursday): Greg Brown click for details
One of the best singer songwriters of our time. His haunting images of his midwest upbringing couples with his Leonard Cohen type growl, is infectious. Grammy nominated, Greg is a musician's musician and his tribute album attracted heavy hitters like Mary Chapin Carpenter and Lucinda Williams to record his songs. Always a stirring night and a sell out.

November 4 (Friday): John Gorka click for details
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 10
(Thursday): Jake Shimabukuro click for details
"The Jimmy Hendrix of the ukelele", Jake Shimabukuro has done for the uke what Bela Fleck has done for the banjo. 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;” Here is my favorite Jake moment: A little Bohemiam Rhapsody. So if that doesn't get you to think outta the box, nothin will!! Come see this amazing now ukelele legend. The ukelele is considered the happiest instrument in the world…so don't worry, be happy!! And yeah I think he does that tune too!

November 11 ( Friday): Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band click for details
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 for details
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.

November 25 ( Friday): Enter the Haggis click for details
After I saw these guys, is thought if the celtic super group Altan and rock legend Rush were to have a baby band, it would be Enter the Haggis !!! They are a high energy collision of celtic, rock and world styles. A Canadian world celtic rock band based in Toronto, ETH as their know to their fans, could lay claim to possibly 18 different genres of music. With fiddle, bagpipes, electric guitar, bass and drums, these guys have made their band success one fan, one town, one region at a time, and SMAC is yet another stop for this fun group. Back with their old name but an ever evolving show...the Haggis you know and love, and always full of surprizes !!! Always a sell out and always a great show.
Two Great shows to choose from ... our come to both!

December 31
(Saturday): Early Evening Show with Jonathan Edwards (7:00) details
What an awesome way to ring in the New Year. 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 and you'll never know who he might bring with him!! Oh and it includes a champagne toast at the encore!
Doors: 4:30 Dinner seating begins at 5:00 Showtime: 7:00

December 31
(Saturday): Late Night Rockin' Barn Burner with Girls, Guns and Glory
The band will play two great sets and the second set with include the countdown to midnight. What a perfect band for a rockin' New Years Eve!! 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 the Quisisana Barn..more casual, bar stays open, and usually there's some dancin' going' on! But as always an emphasis on listening to some great music!

Doors open at 9:30.
Show includes the countdown to Midnight with a champagne toast!
SMAC kitchen will be open at intermission for the late night munchies.
SMAC Memberships are not applicable for this barn burner show since no full dinner is served.
       
Scheduled Performances for 2017:  
February 10 (Friday): Paula Cole click for details
Simply one of the best female singers I have ever heard. Songs like "Where have all the Cowboys Gone" and "I Don't Want to Wait" put her on the list of chart busters. But the first time I heard her she was singing back up for Peter Gabriel. When he featured her, it was clear by the hush and then roar of the crowd that she was headed for bigger and better things. Of course her star rose quickly and now we are lucky to be able to present her in our humble hall. Just what we need to warm up the start of winter. The only cool, will be the styling of her emotionally charged voice singing her own songs of life, love and a philosophy that is all her own. Don't miss it.

March 4
(Saturday): Teada click for details
We just love this Irish trad band........they are good friends and we have been honored to continue to bring them here to us when they cross the ocean.. There are many Irish bands out there, but none that give the full and true Irish expereince like these six muscians. When they play you feel like you are in a Doolin Village pub on a Sunday afternoon, but at the same time you could be hearing them on a global stage somewhere around the world representing their country's music.The Irish Times lauded the band for "keeping the traditional flag flying at full mast," and Scotland's Edinburgh Evening News wrote, "If there is a better new band on the Emerald Isle, they must be very, very good." Continuing to grow in vision and popularity, Téada welcomed a sixth member to the line-up in legendary West Kerry singer and accordionist Séamus Begley, winner of 2013 TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year. He is ne of the most moving Irish soingers I have ever heard and the band is just joyous. Come to stomp your feet and close your eyes and be transcended by Teada. Take a minute to watch their video.

March 9
( Thursday): Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy click for details
Vision from Cape Breton and Beyond: A Celtic Family Celebration
Award winning Cape Breton musician, Natalie MacMaster, began her fiddling career at 16 releasing her debut album Four on the Floor. Her musical venture now spans over three decades, completing 11 albums, performing thousands of shows and collaborating with a multitude of world renowned artists Natalie’s family and work-life have been intertwined since marrying fellow fiddler Donnell Leahy in 2002. Her values are equally as important in her life as music. She believes incorporating family into her performances and music is the perfect way to maintain a healthy work-life balance. MacMaster and Leahy now have five beautiful children, the newest addition being born August of 2012. She maintains her devotion to family by having their children join her and her husband on tour. Natalie admits that becoming a mother has reinvigorated her love for the stage by giving her a chance to transform from Natalie The Mom into Natalie MacMaster The Entertainer. On a personal note, I cannot describe the elation and emotion when this family performs together...love is not a big enough word.

March 10 ( Friday): Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy click for details
Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond: A Celtic Family Celebration
Award winning Cape Breton musician, Natalie MacMaster, began her fiddling career at 16 releasing her debut album Four on the Floor. Her musical venture now spans over three decades, completing 11 albums, performing thousands of shows and collaborating with a multitude of world renowned artists Natalie’s family and work-life have been intertwined since marrying fellow fiddler Donnell Leahy in 2002. Her values are equally as important in her life as music. She believes incorporating family into her performances and music is the perfect way to maintain a healthy work-life balance. MacMaster and Leahy now have five beautiful children, the newest addition being born August of 2012. She maintains her devotion to family by having their children join her and her husband on tour. Natalie admits that becoming a mother has reinvigorated her love for the stage by giving her a chance to transform from Natalie The Mom into Natalie MacMaster The Entertainer. On a personal note, I cannot describe the elation and emotion when this family performs together...love is not a big enough word.
   
 
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