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Performance Calendar
Scheduled Performances for 2017:  
December 15 (Friday): Stone Mountain LIVE for Christmas click for details
Hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry with very special guest Jonathan Edwards!!

Great holiday music, beautiful halls all decked out, and lots of holiday fun all come together in one great night that is fast becoming one of Maine's treasured traditions. This evening is the musical baby of Stone Mountain's owner, Carol Noonan, who hosts this unique revue style show with her house band the Stone Mountain Boys.

Special Guest Jonathan Edwards….so happy to have this iconic singer songwriter here and we have to say, we just think he is a folkie rock star extraordinaire! He will sing his own brand of holiday music of course but we hope there will be some on the spot collaboration with all these great musicans on hand.

Only two shows this year, so don't wait too long!

December 16
(Saturday): Stone Mountain LIVE for Christmas click for details

Hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry with very special guest Jonathan Edwards!!


Great holiday music, beautiful halls all decked out, and lots of holiday fun all come together in one great night that is fast becoming one of Maine's treasured traditions. This evening is the musical baby of Stone Mountain's owner, Carol Noonan, who hosts this unique revue style show with her house band the Stone Mountain Boys.

Special Guest Jonathan Edwards….so happy to have this iconic singer songwriter here and we have to say, we just think he is a folkie rock star extraordinaire! He will sing his own brand of holiday music of course but we hope there will be some on the spot collaboration with all these great musicans on hand.

About Brownfield Historical Society
Brownfield is a special town. We have been blessed to land here. 85% of the town was destroyed in the great fire of 1947 and there is a rich history about the town before the fire, during the fire, and how it has survived. The Historical Society is doing great work to try to archive this rich and sometime forgotten history of a town we are immensely proud to call our home. We always say, SMAC could not ever have worked in any other town!! We are a town of unlikely doing the unlikely. Amazing!!

December 31 (Sunday): Le Vent du Nord click for details
I LOVE this band, and its a perfect way to celebrate the new year happily! Performing traditional Québécois music that is heavily influenced by Celtic music, these guys are better every time I see them. Le Vent du Nord is one of the premier folk bands coming out of Canada today winning multiple awards and accolades from our friends up north. They have a huge and exciting sound using traditional instruments and foot stomping rhythms.....and they even play the hurdi gurdi!! They have a new member too this year, new member fiddler Andre Brunet (of De Temps Antan and Celtic Fiddle Fest). They will all put on a whale of a show and you will leave here smiling and wanting more, like we always do. Showtime is as usual, so you will still have time to get home for your own midnight countdown!!
   
Scheduled Performances for 2018:  
January 20 (Saturday): Spencer Albee click for details
Portland based and nationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer. Since 1995, he has toured internationally, signed multiple record deals and worked with artists ranging from David Bowie to De La Soul with his bands AS FAST AS, Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, Space versus Speed and Rustic Overtones. Today he can be found playing in support of his 20th studio album “Relentlessly yours,” and curating events like his annual “Beatles Night” at the State Theatre in Portland. Rolling Stone Magazine calls Spencer both “the king of Portland, Maine’s secretly vibrant music scene” and "a 21st century master in the lost art of Beatlesesque hooks.” and he remains the highest selling Maine artist of all time at Bull Moose Music. His six piece live band (that occasionally sounds like 12) includes bassist McCrae Hathaway, drummer/percussionist Andrew Hodgkins, guitarist/keyboardist Scott Mohler and vocalists Renee´Coolbrith and Blythe Armitage. The band is prepping a show special for attendees of SMAC that will be akin to a combination of The Band’s The Last Waltz and Talking Head’s Stop Making Sense, that will range from solo acoustic performance, to a full band dancing in your seats party. WE are happy to welcome Spencer for the first time to our stage. Visit spenceralbee.com for more artist information.

January 25 (Thursday): Mavis Staples! click for details
How do I begin to tell you why this is an artist you should run, not walk to see. And how do I begin to say how overjoyed we are to have our Mavis come back to SMAC. Yes, we say “our Mavis” because she makes us feel like family. Soul and Gospel legend, Mavis Staples is history, plain and simple. As a member of the equally legendary Staple singers she is part of a rich past of socially conscience music and spirit. The Lifetime Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was honored as one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of all time. She has traveled in the indie circles these days, with the likes of Jeff Tweedy and Billy Bragg, garnishing a whole new generation of fans. Her latest album, "If All I Was Was Black" represents Mavis' third collaboration with Tweedy and has a more than timely message. She has blessed us by being here a number of times and each time when she and this amazing band of her visit they feel more and more like part of our family too. When she is here, it 's like church....the "Church of Mavis". Her spirit of humanity and kindness is just what we all need a dose of right now. I am a better person for experiencing Mavis. Come join the congregation :>)

January 26 (Friday): Tricky Britches click for details
Raised in Maine, cured on street corners and next to woodstoves, string-band Tricky Britches is a unique culmination of country, old timey, bluegrass, and rock. They've played festivals and concerts across the US, Europe, and Hawaii, always being shaped by those places, and using those experiences to shape their original music. The Portland Phoenix said it best, "In an age of auto-tune and manufactured music, Tricky Britches isn't just a throwback - they're a look forward " I could not agree more, and they just keep getting better. A great buncha guys..with a great buncha music.
 

January 27
(Saturday): Paula Cole click for details
Simply one of the best female singers I have ever heard. Songs like "Where have all the Cowboys Gone" and "I Don't Want to Wait" put her on the list of chart busters. But the first time I heard her she was singing back up for Peter Gabriel. When he featured her, it was clear by the hush and then roar of the crowd that she was headed for bigger and better things. Of course her star rose quickly and now we are lucky to be able to present her in our humble hall. Just what we need to warm a January evening. 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.

February 2 ( Friday): Soule Monde click for details
(Russ Lowton and Ray Paczkowski of Phish’s Trey Ananstasia Band)
From jam to jazz these two musicians speak to each other in their own unique language. Soule Monde is a musical partnership between percussionist Russ Lawton and keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, that blossomed notably from their decade plus of touring and recording with Phish's front man Trey Anastasio and his Band. The pair has been compared to The Benevento/Russo Duo or a two man Medeski, Martin + Wood, but Soule Monde stake out their own turf. Staples of the Burlington, Vermont music scene, both Lawton and Paczkowski kept busy with their various individual projects while playing live improv shows as a duo for months prior to formalizing their original pieces and path for Soul Monde. This premier avant funk duo, erupted from the syncopated minds of the power drummer Lawton and B3 wizard Paczkowski. An ideal union of swagger and raw talent, the duo is cemented into an indestructible pocket, where bold improvisational leaps by either player are met by a near-telepathic response from the other. This is fluid funk, crafted for the dance floor but supported by an extensive grasp of jazz improvisation Members of Soule Monde have appeared at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, on Saturday Night Live, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon, and have shared the stage with Carlos Santana, Rolling Stones, Trey Anastasio, Dave Matthews, Victor Wooten, Mike Gordon, Viperhouse + Strangefolk. A cool show for a cool winter’s night.Dont miss this special show. Check out this video and this one from the Kennedy Center …but you gotta see them live.

February 3 (Saturday): Peter Wolf (of J. Geils Band) and the Midnight Travellers
Will Also Benefit SMAC's Improvement Campaign

Pete Wolf and the Band are back! And that band......features 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. 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!

Note: Sorry, SMAC Memberships will not be applicable for this show.

February 9 ( Friday): The Ghost of Paul Revere click for details
The Boston Globe said the Ghost is like "Mumford & Sons meet the Avett Brothers with a twist of bluegrass. Old Crow Medicine Show with three-part harmonies. The Band for millennials… The Maine-grown, foot-stompin’ holler-folk quartet create the type of music for which festivals are made” Very well said, and we will add that our staff saw these guys in a little bar a few years ago when they were just starting out. My crew was at a left a big arena show that was less than exciting…so they left. Lucky for the SMAC kids, The Ghost of Paul Revere was playing right across the street. Needless to say, their night was salvaged when they got to hear these guys. And we have been booking them ever since, They quickly rose to star power, but we are happy they will still come back to our humble barn on the hill. A local to national success story and always a quick sell out..don’t miss’em! Oh, and you could meet a nicer group of guys!

February 10 ( Saturday): The Gibson Brothers click for details
Simply the best of what the bluegrass genre can provide. Oh, I love these these guys, 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.

February 14 ( Wednesday): Martin Sexton click for details
For Valentines Day!
A perfect performer for such a warm holiday. Plain and simple....he is one of the best singers I have heard in my lifetime. I was lucky enough to have him sing on one of my albums when he was kicking around Boston, many, many years ago. Little did I know how big a star he would become, and we most humbly welcome him for another visit to Stone Mountain.
"His outstanding taste in songwriting as well as a soul marinated voice that can easily be compared to the likes of a young Steve Winwood or Van Morrison."- Rolling Stone
"The best live performer I've ever seen."- John Mayer
Could not agree more….

February 15
( 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.

February 17 (Saturday): Shemekia Copeland click for details
She's back!!! In a span of less than two decades, Shemekia Copeland has evolved from teenage upstart to one of the most prominent voices in the blues. She's currently the most feted woman in the blues world and actually had a coronation where she was crowned and declared Queen of the Blues at the Chicago Blues Festival in 2011. Shemekia earned her crown with a series of high-quality recordings and an unrelenting tour schedule that has taken her to all corners of the globe. She's played all the major festivals and concert dates from Europe to Iraq to a memorable performance at the White House in front of an audience that included the President of the United States, sharing the bill with Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, B.B. King and other greats. SMAC loves Shemeika!!!

February 18 ( Sunday): Gaelic Storm click for details
And a storm they are!! I always say they are the hardest workin’ Irish band I know…just great! Remember the music that was playing during the steerage party in Titanic? That was Gaelic Storm, who on their self-titled debut album way back when, presented an engaging mix of traditional music, dance music, and songs, all performed with energy and enthusiasm. Well, that was many albums ago, and they are now one of the most popular Celtic acts around. Their stage show is high energy and at time even rockin'- Irish style! They are a terrific bunch of folks who we are happy to have back. Don't miss it!

February 23 ( Friday): Junco click for details
Hailing from the hills of western Maine, Junco performs an original, award-winning blend of rock, folk, and jazz. The band is made up of bassist Anthony Branca, guitarist Jeremy Holden, drummer Alex Ouellette, singer/guitarist Bobby Sheehan, and oboist Dan Stackhouse. Since their inception Junco has released an EP, "Waking the Sleeping Giant" in May 2015 and a full-length album, "The Night the Lake Stood Still" in March 2017. They are one-time winners and two-time finalists of the 93.5 WMWV Local Song of the Year Contest and have been featured repeat guests on the Cold River Radio Show and WCSH6's 207. While channeling the sounds of the Dave Matthews Band, the Grateful Dead, and Paul Simon, Junco's lively stage presence, improvisational approach, and upbeat themes all add up to a show not to be missed.

February 24
( Saturday): Session Americana click for details
Session Americana is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented who’s who of Boston musicians craft a musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that's not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American "song bag”. Rolling Stone says, ""It's right there in the name for this ultra-gifted, rotating collective of singers and multi-instrumentalists. And sprawl is a good word when it comes to the Boston-based group's raucous live shows, which were initially built around the community concept of traditional Irish seisiúns. The group, expertly blends vintage American roots music styles — from country to jazz to rock — in a rowdy but deft fashion.” These guys are always a pleasure….

March 2 (Friday): Lotta Folk Music with Christine Lavin, Don White & Vance Gilbert details
Back for an encore performance of this show that everyone LOVED!!! Three great folks singers one great night...all on stage, good friends, and joyful voices.
Christine Lavin: New York's own singer-songwriter and founding member of Four Bitchin' Babes. She is known for her sense of humor, which is expressed in both her music and her onstage performances. Many of her songs alternate between emotional reflections on romance and outright comedy. Her book COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA is another way Christine expresses herself. Just a knock-out performer.
Don White: If you laugh and cry within the same ten minutes, you either need a vacation or you are sitting in the audience at a Don White show. This working class family man from Lynn, Massachusetts has emerged as the thoughtful songwriter of the decade whose relevance to our lives is evidenced by the powerful reaction he evokes at every concert. Radio audiences, too, are not safe from the Don White experience. Valerie Adams of WNCS Radio, Vermont said, "I've never seen anything like it. Every time I play I Know What Love Is the phones light up like a Christmas tree. Stereo Review Magazine called it "...A candidate for song of the year." First time here at Stone Mountain.
Vance Gilbert: burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90's when the buzz spread through the folk clubs of the Northeast about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking them dead at open mics. Word got out about this Philadelphia-area born and raised performer, and Shawn Colvin invited Gilbert to be a special guest on her 1992 Fat City tour. Gilbert took audiences across North America by storm. One review reads: "With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener" Speaking of his live shows, artists as varied as Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker, and the late George Carlin have in recent years requested Vance to be added to their evenings. Come see why. What a voice,what a nut, what a treat :>)

March 3 (Satuday): We Banjo 3 (super new band from Ireland) click for details
Don't let the name fool ya….these handsome Irish boys are not all about the banjo!
We love them!!
“It’s as if the Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and the Chieftains all got together for a battle of the bands but decided to pool their resources instead. The future of World Music has arrived.” – Elmore Magazine One of the best live acts to come out of Ireland in recent years is the multi-awarded winning We Banjo 3. With a 7 time all Ireland banjo champ, a 4 time banjo champ, and another member who is an all Ireland champ on both fiddle and Bodhran, and with a passionate lead vocalist like a young Springsteen adopted by the Chieftans, the result is truly unforgettable. On both sides of the Atlantic the word is out about this group. WB3 has performed for President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and has headlined virtually every major US Celtic fest for several years in a row. Now the band is rapidly gaining favor in the Bluegrass and Americana world as evidenced by their invites to Merlefest, ROMP Fest, Sisters Folk Fest, Old Settlers Fest, Four Corners Fest and others. They are Rising Stars!! Be part of their early journey! Be sure to watch their video.

March 7 (Wednesday): An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin click for details

Wow. We have been fortunate enough to have both these artists (and I do mean artists ) grace our stage on their own. But for this special night they will trade songs, stories and of course wits for what I expect will be one for the SMAC history books.

Lyle Lovett a singer-songwriter, actor, photographer, and just all around Renaissance man, has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album all the while topping the Country and Billboard charts with his numerous albums.

Shawn Colvin’s bio is a keen match for Lyle’s. In the decades since the release of her debut album, Colvin has won three Grammy Awards, released eleven albums, written a critically acclaimed memoir, and maintained a non-stop national and international touring schedule. In 2016 she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award where Bonnie Raitt presented and quoted, “She’s simply one of the best singers I’ve ever heard— and a truly gifted and deep songwriter and guitarist… She was groundbreaking when she emerged and continues to inspire me and the legions of fans and other singer/songwriters coming up in her wake.”

These two, both talented singer song writers, and will make a really special moment in all our musical lives. And by the way, they are both so funny. We can only imagine the banter. Wait, we don't have to imagine it…they’ll be right here in Brownfield!

Note: Passes are not applicable for this show.

March 10 ( Saturday): Téada with Irish Piper, Michael Cooney 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. And just to sweeten this concert pot, joining them is the honorable Irish piper, Michael Cooney. There are many Irish bands out there, but none that give the full and true Irish experience like these six musicians. 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 singers I have ever heard and the band is just joyous. Come to stomp your feet and close your eyes and be transcended by Téada. Take a minute to watch their video.

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 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 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 world...so 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!!!

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 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 awhile.....so 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 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 Gibson.com; 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.

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 26
( 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 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.

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 year..wow 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!!!
   
   
 
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