Antje Duvekot – Show Canceled! @ The Vanilla Bean Café
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This show has been canceled and will be rescheduled in 2018.

Antje Duvekot

Antje Duvekot has solidified her reputation as one of Boston’s top singer songwriters with “Big Dream Boulevard” her debut studio release and “the Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer” and “New Siberia” her follow-up albums. The debut CD was produced by Seamus Egan, founder of the Irish super group, SOLAS and the project was released on songwriter Ellis Paul’s label and quickly attracted international attention for Antje. It was voted “#1 Folk Release of 2006” by the Boston Globe and was named to the “Top10 Releases of the Year” by National Public Radio’s, Folk Alley. Her follow up albums “the Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer” and “New Siberia” were produced by Richard Shindell and along side with Richard feature other “folk royalty” such as John Gorka, Lucy Kaplancky and Mark Erelli.

Atwater~Donnelly @ The Vanilla Bean Cafe
Dec 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Every performance is surprisingly different and always entertaining, exciting and educational with the award-winning duo Atwater~Donnelly, who provide a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry. The highly praised husband-wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with an astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet and more. Their performance is appealing to all ages with humor, audience participation, and a relaxed stage presence.

Foreign Trees @ The Vanilla Bean Café
Jan 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Foreign Trees

Foreign Trees is an alternative rock band from Harlem, NY. Each member brings to the band a diverse musical background, which produces a distinct combination of rock, pop, blues, and indie. Their live show captures the attention of fans of any genre of music. The band’s debut EP ‘Wanting More’ was released in August 2016, and the band has been in the studio to record additional tracks. The Stocks from Woodstock, Connecticut will open the show.

Cosy Sheridan @ The Vanilla Bean Café
Jan 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Cosy Sheridan

Cosy Sheridan first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won the songwriting contests at both The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival. When she released her critically acclaimed CD Quietly Led on Waterbug Records, The Boston Globe wrote “She is now being called one of the best new singer/songwriters.” She has been on the road ever since playing clubs, concert halls and coffeehouses from Seattle to Berkeley and across I-80 to Omaha, Chicago and then to Boston where she now makes her home. She has played house concerts in Iowa and to a full house at Carnegie Hall. On her new CD she writes of these years on the road in the song Woody Guthrie Watch Over Me.

Sing: Quiet Corner Song Swap @ The Vanilla Bean Cafe
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

After the death of Pete Seeger in 2014, a small group of his admirers joined together to celebrate his life with a sing-along concert at the Hampton Grange. The event was a huge success and gave birth to SING:The Quiet Corner Song Swap. There is no charge and lyrics are available for most songs. They frequently use the folk “hymnal”, Rise Up Singing  and its sequel, Rise Again for song lyrics. Participants are encouraged to lead their favorite songs or suggest them to the song leaders of the evening. Bring your voices, your instruments and your ears. This is specifically a night for singing, so please, no fiddle tunes or songs without a place to join in.

Wade-Elliott Band @ The Vanilla Bean Café
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Wade-Elliot Band

The Vanilla Bean Cafe is happy to present the return of hometown Pomfret based musicians The Wade Elliott Band. With their diverse mix of original music ranging from folk, rock, blues and a little country along with a few familiar covers, they are always a crowd pleaser. Their song’s lyrics are substantive and homespun, reflecting years of life’s experiences. The band brings together creative melodies and chorus hooks and has a great live sound with searing guitar licks, rock-solid drum techniques and tasteful keyboard. Their first album entitled, “Ride This Town”, was a part time project and a labor of love for the entire band. The Band has just completed their second album of entirely original songs entitled “New Tricks.” CDs are available for purchase at the show.

Howie Bursen & Friends Food Bank Benefit @ The Vanilla Bean Café
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Howie Bursen & Friends – Food Bank Benefit

An annual event since the early 1990’s. Howie Bursen will be joined by fiddler Jeff Davis, singer and guitarist John Bailey, and Martin Grosswendt, who plays anything with strings. Bursen is a virtuoso instrumentalist, respected songwriter and an acclaimed true master of the frailed banjo. On top of that, he can sing! Don’t miss this great night of entertainment for a great cause!! All proceeds will benefit the Northeast Connecticut Food Bank.

Shawn Taylor – Open Mic Feature @ The Vanilla Bean Café
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Shawn Taylor – Open Mic Feature

Hosts – Faith Montaperto & Peter Lehndorff – Feature – Shawn Taylor – Shawn Taylor has devoted the past decade to his ‘wandering roots’ music, as a traveling troubadour, songwriter and CT based bandleader. His 4th independent release, “Balance” (June, 2017) embodies his ‘wandering roots’ genre and philosophy; meandering from Appalachia to Reggae, folk to rock, time twisting finger-style compositions.

Vance Gilbert @ The Vanilla Bean Café
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Vance Gilbert

Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90’s when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking ‘em dead at open mics. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about Gilbert’s stage-owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her Fat City Tour. Noted not only for being the ever consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 12 albums, including 4 for Philo/Rounder Records and a duo album with friend Ellis Paul. Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, and Anita Baker, 2006 and 2007 found Gilbert opening 140+ shows for comedian George Carlin.

Kerri Powers @ The Vanilla Bean Café
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Kerri Powers

From extravagance to simple elegance we went, as Kerri Powers took the stage with nothing but a chair, an acoustic guitar and a tapping tambourine strapped to the toe of her boot. Kerri Powers has been a staple of the New England music scene for the last decade or so, and yet it’s been something of a struggle to attain the wider acceptance that’s so clearly her due. Powers’ supple vocals give these songs a cool caress, creating a quiet aura of authority and conviction only the most accomplished artists have the ability to attain. Powers’ own compositions are excellent as always, but the gentle touch she instills in such songs such as Janis Ian’s “Jesse” and the oft-covered “To Love Somebody” by the Bee Gees finds these songs sounding like they’re being heard for the very first time. Powers is a soulful singer, an extraordinary interpreter and an artist with a decided folk finesse.