~Poetry, Spoken Word, Short Prose & Art~
This Open mic is open to all who experience or have used services for Mental/ Behavioral Health, Addiction, Substance Use or Substance Abuse. As always providers, loved ones and the general public are welcome to come and listen. A note on performing: Please be mindful that Vanilla Bean Café is a family-friendly venue. Each piece should last no longer than 5 minutes, if time permits you are welcome to offer more than one selection. This event was organized by Ripple. 6:30 pm Show Time
$5.00 Donation Suggested
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.
is a Boston area based folk duo consisting of Penni Hart and Tony Trites. They have been performing together since 2011 at various venues throughout New England, such as the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. Their thoughtful lyrics and flowing melodies draw listeners in as they are taken on a journey of life and love.
Since permanently leaving his corporate environmental engineering career in 1996, award-winning folk/Americana artist Andrew McKnight’s musical journey has traced nearly a million miles of blue highways, and earned him a wealth of critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans for his captivating performances and seven recordings. Andrew’s powerful and entertaining show is like one man theatre, delivered with warmth and down-home comfort. His finely crafted songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, while the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and even a little fancy flatpicking on a Carter Family tune. While his skillful guitar work provides a tasteful foundation, the touches of native American cedar flute, resonator guitar, djembe (African hand drum) and even mandolin add delightful and mesmerizing embellishments to the show.
There are two things the audience attending a Catie Curtis concert seem to learn: (1) Catie is an incredible storyteller whose powerful and uplifting lyrics can likely seduce a smile out of anyone; and (2) there was a little magic in the air that night. Catie Curtis, an award-winning singer/songwriter, wife, mom, philanthropist and female “folk-rock goddess”, has an uncanny ability to radiate a positive and authentic glow felt by everyone in her presence. While she’s been to Bend a handful of times throughout the past decade, her credits include performing at the White House, and sharing the stage with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dar Williams, Patty Griffin and Melissa Ferrick, among others. “Have you ever been to a show where you feel an invisible wall between you and the performer? Catie Curtis pulls the walls down.”
– Mary Chapin Carpenter. – 7:00 pm Show Time
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.
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.
Joel Cage is an award winning veteran singer/songwriter from Boston. Once a member of the internationally acclaimed rock & roll group Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Joel has been performing regionally and nationally as a soloist for the past 2 decades. He has performed at some of the most prestigious folk & acoustic venues & festivals in the country, including the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas where he was awarded top prize in the Kerrville New Folk Competition. A virtuoso guitarist and an impassioned vocalist, Joel Cage’s music is both evocative and raucous. He spans the gamut from sounding like a full rock band to ‘hear your own heartbeat’ intimacy.
Mark Erelli finished up a graduate degree in evolutionary biology shortly after his eponymous debut was released on Signature Sounds in 1999. He has won several prestigious awards, including the Kerrville New Folk contest and the International Song Contest, where a song he co-wrote with Catie Curtis (“People Look Around”) bested 15,000 entries to win the grand prize. For the past 17 years, he has maintained a rigorous touring schedule, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages (Newport, Philadelphia) to Fenway Park, where he once sang the national anthem before a Red Sox game. In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman and producer, accompanying GRAMMY-winning artists such as Lori McKenna, Paula Cole and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry to London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Somewhere between the classic country tradition of Johnny Cash, and the modern breed of singer-songwriters like Josh Ritter, lies Greg Hall & The Barnhouse Band. Their latest release, Mountain Glow, shows off the bands ability to write upbeat country tunes as well as thoughtful folk tunes. The Barnhouse Band was formed in the recording sessions for what was then going to be a solo album of band leader Greg Hall. As other musicians started to add pieces to the record it started to become clear that this music was meant for a full band. Since the release of Mountain Glow, Greg has been traveling around New England as either a solo or duo act.