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Doors openat 7:00 for all shows- no advance ticket sales.
Open mic at 7:30 followed by featured performers
Saturday November 2nd Brooks Williams
Ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops. Walking the line between blues and Americana, Williams has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales. With nearly 20 CDs to his name – and more on the way – this Statesboro Georgia native is, according to americanaUK, “impossible not to like."
Saturday December 7th The Modern Grass Quintet
Saturday January 4th 2014
Photo by Natalie Stultz
It's been a long time since the Starline Rhythm Boys have been with us.We welcome them back!
"The music comes at you with passion and warm bourbon breath, like a white-knuckled freight driver on an all-night stretch to see his baby. The Boys can even make some smoky Burlington bar feel like...the front seat of a '53 Caddy in, say Galveston, with the radio on real loud."
- Seven Days
"These boys remind me of the good old days, with a sound that's between Memphis and Nashville. It's good, clean and from the heart - and nowadays that's fresher."
- Vassar Clements
Saturday February 1st
"one of the more interesting bands to come into my periphery in a while. They're a little bit country, a little bit rock'n'roll, a little bit old-timey and a whole lotta weird. but in a good way. [(rusty belle) mashes genres as if they were tasty little sonic potatoes." -dan bolles, seven days
"rusty belle has a curious, compelling habit of coaxing very different, even huge, sounds out of a relatively small stable of acoustic instruments. Some tunes offer harmonies reminiscent of '60s folk, others country blues, and still others a plaintive swinging melancholy. the common thread is the brother/sister vocalizing of matt and kate lorenz, a unified presence even when things get cacophonous. influences abound, but there's not really anything else exactly like rusty belle." -james heflin, the valley advocate
Saturday March 1st
The Doug Perkins Trio with Doug Perkins, Jamie Masefield and Tyler Bolles
photo by Corey Hendrickson
Doug Perkins of Washington, Vermont has developed a distinctive, versatile style on acoustic guitar, enabling him to appear with many of the musical juggernauts of the Green Mountain State, irregardless of their preferred genre. He is perhaps most well know regionally for his collaboration with mandolinist Jamie Masefield. Having performed together for 15 years in the Northeast, this Vermont based duo performs in an original, intuitive manner that sets itself apart from Nashville and West Coast styles. Perkins is best known for his experience touring nationally with the band, Smokin' Grass, which made a name for itself at bluegrass festivals throughout the country in the late 90's. The acoustic trio performs a wide variety of well known bluegrass tunes, jazz tunes and originals where a normal concert might include pieces by Bill Monroe, Django Reinhardt, Miles Davis and Antonio Jobim. Doug will perform with Jamie Masefield on mandolin and Tyler Bolles on bass.
Saturday April 5th
Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry. “We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be,” says Beauchamp. “It informs how we write our original songs. There’s a real energy exchange between the old and the new.”We want to show references of the traditional forms that have inspired us in our new writing.”
"Catch this act before T-Bone Burnett discovers them"
- The Ann Arbor Observer
Saturday May 3rd
“Her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking… Maloney’s expansive range can handle Ella Fitzgerald-style jazz scat and adapt to Beatlesque pop or Joni Mitchell folk…” No Depression
“But her not-so-secret weapon is that voice — pretty but not precious, fully able to launch into aural backflips but perhaps more affecting when intimately expressive.” Boston Globe
Saturday June 7th
Greg Klyma is the Rust Belt vagabond, a home-cooked meal and a Vaudeville show in a fast food, karaoke world. He crafts a set with the same skill that he crafts his songs. The stories blend seamlessly into songs, evoking a flavor of Mark Twain, Woody Guthrie and David Sedaris. A prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer, Klyma brings to every stage a deep catalog of material that assumes audiences are both smart and able to laugh.
His birthdate puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Greg Klyma is an old-school troubadour. His enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals make him one of those rare young artists who is carrying the torch of Woody and Ramblin' Jack. He rolls in off the road, pulls out a guitar, and proceeds to take us back to the basics: family, love, gratitude, laughter. It's thetimeless art of the true troubadour, keeping alive the American folk tradition.
Saturday July 5th
Based in the greater NYC area, Cricket Tell the Weather is a five-piece indie string band featuring bluegrass-inspired original music. Winners of the 2013 FreshGrass Award, Cricket is strongly influenced by American traditional music, and also includes rock, pop, and jazz elements, contributing to the growing genre of progressive bluegrass. Award-winning songwriters Andrea Asprelli (fiddle) and Jason Borisoff (guitar) received a blue ribbon in 2011 at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival Songwriting Competition for their co-written song “Remington”. They are joined by Manhattan-based Doug Goldstein on the banjo, Dan Tressler on mandolin from Easton, CT, and Oregon native Jeff Picker on bass. The quintet’s voice carries a new spirit that explores a century of influences, owing as much to the traditions that inspired bluegrass to the journey that follows. The band has been featured at Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Del Fest, Ossipee Valley Music Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Brandywine Folk Festival, and FreshGrass Festival, all in their first year. Cricket is set to release their independent debut album in early 2014.
Saturday October 4th
"Quite a few folks have done this 'set-Woody's-lyrics-to-music thing' over the past couple decades. I'm not sure anyone's ever done it better than this." - Peter Blackstock (co-founder of No Depression)
“Extraordinary . . . some of the most exquisitely expressive vocals you will hear in the roots music field . . . Anyone hearing this e.p will wish it had been a full album, such is the quality and diversity.” - AmericanRootsUK.com
“Mike + Ruthy have become a force to be reckoned with in the acoustic music world, and [The NYC EP] proves their mettle . . . Bold banjos rule, fiery fiddles run wild, and an expansive sound that threatens to raise the rafters prevails.” – The Daily Freeman”