Combined Coffeehouse Calendar

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Sometimes dates and performers change on short notice. It’s a good idea to check the venue website before attending shows.

Dec
15
Fri
Dean Stevens and Lorraine & Bennett Hammond @ Tremedal Concerts
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm

Holiday Extravaganza!

Tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door

Dec
16
Sat
Holiday Family Coffeehouse @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dec
17
Sun
Sophie and David Buskin @ Lakeview Houseconcert Series
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dec
21
Thu
Third Thursday Open Mic @ Simple Gifts Coffeehouse
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm

$5 for musicians and attendees.

Doors open at 6:30. Music starts at 7:00. Handicap accessible. Go to simplegiftscoffeehouse.org for more info.

Amazing Things Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Our Amazing Things Folk Open Mic offers a friendly supportive venue for developing singer-songwriters and folks who “just like to play”. It is a great way to get to know the music community, and to share ideas and techniques. All types of music are welcome. Fans come to see fantastic local artists, and never go away disappointed. See and be seen – heck build a fan base! Always a feature, always fun. Our host, singer-songwriter Dan Cloutier takes excellent care of the performers and listeners alike. A beautiful baby grand piano is available too.

Tickets (at door only): $6 for nonmembers; $3 for students (of any age). Meets first and third Thursday of every month.  To check on feature schedule visit amazingthings.org

To sign up for a slot, check website or call the office.

Jan
4
Thu
Amazing Things Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center
Jan 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Our Amazing Things Folk Open Mic offers a friendly supportive venue for developing singer-songwriters and folks who “just like to play”. It is a great way to get to know the music community, and to share ideas and techniques. All types of music are welcome. Fans come to see fantastic local artists, and never go away disappointed. See and be seen – heck build a fan base! Always a feature, always fun. Our host, singer-songwriter Dan Cloutier takes excellent care of the performers and listeners alike. A beautiful baby grand piano is available too.

Tickets (at door only): $6 for nonmembers; $3 for students (of any age). Meets first and third Thursday of every month.  To check on feature schedule visit amazingthings.org

To sign up for a slot, check website or call the office.

Jan
5
Fri
The Saplings @ Second Friday Coffeehouse
Jan 5 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Saplings are an amazing band made up of incredible musicians from the University Of Rochester. This is their first performance in the Greater Boston area and we are SUPER THRILLED to have them! Prior to the performance, several members of the First Church Belmont Youth Group will perform. Tickets $12/adult, $8/students and seniors.

Jan
6
Sat
The Kennedys with Quentin Callawaert opening @ Off the Common Coffeehouse
Jan 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets $15

handicap accessible

Bluegrass with Southern Rail, ($20, under 18 $10) @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse
Jan 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
 One of the area’s most popular Bluegrass band, Southern Rail returns to the Linden Tree Coffeehouse.    Copies of their numerous CDs including their 12th, “Voices in the Wind.” will be available for purchase. 
 
Celebrating over thirty years of performing, their performances are high-energy fun with riveting harmonies, irrepressible humor and sparkling banjo, mandolin, and guitar solo work.  Bluegrass with a touch of gospel makes for a toe-tapping evening. 
 
The entertaining Southern Rail band is Jim Muller on guitar and lead vocals, Sharon Horovitz on acoustic bass, Richard Stillman on banjo, and John Tibert on mandolin. www.southernrail.com
Gretchen Peters @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Jan 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $20

Doors open at 7:30; Shows start at 8:00. Handicap accessible. Go to www.circlefolk.org for more info.

Ian Fitzgerald Concert @ South Shore Music
Jan 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Ian Fitzgerald is a folk singer and songwriter. Based in New England, he has toured throughout the United States. Known for his storytelling and skillful use of language, Ian has independently released five albums of original material, including his newest effort You Won’t Even Know I’m Gone. Performer Magazine called Ian “a polished songsmith who is high atop a field of great artists breaking through to festival and folk concerts throughout the States.”

Ian performed at the 2016 and 2015 Newport Folk Festivals and opened the official kickoff show for the 2014 Newport Folk Festival, dubbed “All Newport’s Eve.” Ian has opened shows for Iris DeMent; Willy Mason; Joan Shelley; Darlingside; Mark Erelli; Tracy Grammer; The Ballroom Thieves; Jonathan Edwards; Tall Tall Trees; Vandaveer; Ark Life; Parsonsfield; and Freedy Johnston, among others, and has shared bills with the likes of Haunt The House; Christopher Paul Stelling; Ron Gallo; and Jonah Tolchin. Additional festival performances include: NXNE; the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase; the Brown University Folk Festival; and the In The Dead of Winter Festival.

Jan
13
Sat
Andy & Judy and Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli (LDFA) @ OCC Coffeehouse
Jan 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Two great folk music groups. Andy and Judy Daigle with their son Greg are the ones who did the very well-received Peter, Paul & Mary tribute last season. As one venue director wrote: “Andy and Judy are gifted musicians. Their beautiful harmonies and smooth presentations of both original and classic folk music is incredible.”

Lori and Fred are very polished and highly musical performers who appeal to a wide range of audiences. “Diamond’s voice is mesmerizing, and her piano work is enhances by the eminently subtle guitar work of Abatelli.”

Cold Chocolate and Cricket Tell the Weather @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse
Jan 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets advance $10; at door $12, seniors $8, juniors $5, families $24

This co-bill features two bands that perform original songs in original ways.  Cold Chocolate is a fresh and exciting Americana band with a unique sound that fuses bluegrass and folk with a dash of funk.  Cricket Tell the Weather is the creative project of Andrea Asprelli, award-winning songwriter and fiddler.

 

The Pine Hill Boys and The Lied To’s @ Simple Gifts Coffeehouse
Jan 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Simple Gifts has long respected the playing and performances of local musician Bob Pope. With regards to this, they chose to give Bob’s trio a feature spot for others to enjoy the experience. Bob plays lead guitar and sings lead for Monadnock Bluegrass Band, a Bluegrass Band that tours New England. Peter Cram, the groups Bass Player, is a member of The Concord Chorale, and slums with the group between Chorale gigs. The third member of the group, George Kelly, sings lead, plays hot licks, and harmonizes with the likes of Neil Young, Dolly Parton, and Ricky Skaggs–in his basement. Fun, uplifting, tap your toes music!
The Lied To’s are Doug Kwartler and Susan Levine, two Massachusetts-based singer-songwriters with countless individual awards, performances, tours, song placements, and writing accolades between them. They joined musical forces in 2014, released their debut cd in February 2015, and have been playing together ever since.
Taking their name from the revered Everly Brothers song, “When Will I Be Loved,” The Lied To’s (Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler) collaborate to put the challenges of romantic relationships squarely under their musical microscope. The duo creates a formidable blend of folk, rock and country-tinged music with subject matter keenly focused on the negotiation of these relationships in the wake of difficult times and burdensome pasts.
“Susan Levine has a voice somewhere between Dolly Parton and Maria Muldaur it carries an edgy passion with a wailing want my man quality. – The Noise

“Doug Kwartler has one of those John Mellencamp-ish, longing, honky-tonk voices that make women weak in the knees.” – The Noise

Guests attending Simple Gifts Coffee House performances are invited to bring their own beer or wine to enjoy at the concerts. Coffee, tea, and a variety of baked goods are available at each show.

Jan
18
Thu
Third Thursday Open Mic @ Simple Gifts Coffeehouse
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm

$5 for musicians and attendees.

Doors open at 6:30. Music starts at 7:00. Handicap accessible. Go to simplegiftscoffeehouse.org for more info.

Amazing Things Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Our Amazing Things Folk Open Mic offers a friendly supportive venue for developing singer-songwriters and folks who “just like to play”. It is a great way to get to know the music community, and to share ideas and techniques. All types of music are welcome. Fans come to see fantastic local artists, and never go away disappointed. See and be seen – heck build a fan base! Always a feature, always fun. Our host, singer-songwriter Dan Cloutier takes excellent care of the performers and listeners alike. A beautiful baby grand piano is available too.

Tickets (at door only): $6 for nonmembers; $3 for students (of any age). Meets first and third Thursday of every month.  To check on feature schedule visit amazingthings.org

To sign up for a slot, check website or call the office.

Jan
20
Sat
Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Blackstone Valley Bluegrass @ John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse
Jan 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Rachel Kilgour + Liz Frame & The Kickers @ Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse
Jan 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

RACHEL KILGOUR is a Minnesota-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and 2017 winner of the Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. “…a heartfelt slice of master crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others.” – Chris Payne, Billboard Magazine

LIZ FRAME AND THE KICKERS have found their way into the choicest venues as they’ve worked their way from New England to the mid Atlantic, attracting rave notices along the way. Some critics have compared her singing to Patsy Cline and Linda Ronstadt, while others have noted similarities in her songwriting to the work of Dolly Parton and Lucinda Williams. “Liz Frame is one of the most compelling, interesting and emotive voices I’ve hard in a long, long time…” –Marian Leighton-Levy/Rounder Records

Lorraine and Bennett Hammond, Bennett and Perkins open @ New Moon Coffeehouse
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Jan
27
Sat
Susan Cattaneo @ New Revival Coffeehouse
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Susan Cattaneo is one of Bostons most respected songwriters. A powerful singer and sophisticated writer, Susan combines vivid storytelling with a modern songwriter’s spin. Respectful of tradition, but not bound by it, Susan blends rock, folk and blues with a healthy dose of country. Call it New England Americana with a twang.

Susan’s latest album, Haunted Heart was released in January 2014 to national acclaim. It was voted one of Alternate Roots Top 100 Albums of the Year, and won Album of the Year at the Limelight Music Awards.

In addition to being a solo performing artist, Susan has been teaching songwriting at the Berklee College of Music for over 10 years, and has recently joined the Western Mass trio The Boxcar Lilies.

“Ultimately it’s rare to find an artist so willing to invest her psyche so fully into her songs, but the return on Cattaneo’s commitment also makes for a compelling set of songs.” American Songwriter

“She’s able to blend gritty semi-confessional bluesy sounds with poetic conversational lyrics.” Austin Daze

“Her voice is somewhere between national treasure and weapon of mass destruction.” Daily Vault

Doors open at 7:00 and showtime is 7:30. Tickets are $18 at the door, or $15 in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com. See susancattaneo.com for more information.

Winter Potpourri with Jim Trick and others, $5 @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Abbie Gardner @ Rose Garden Coffeehouse
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. The doors open at 7:30.

Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile, has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past 11 years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin and our stage a couple of times, the band took an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie has struck out on her own. We’re excited to welcome her back!

Seth Glier @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $20

Doors open at 7:30; Shows start at 8:00. Handicap accessible. Go to www.circlefolk.org for more info.

Feb
1
Thu
Amazing Things Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Our Amazing Things Folk Open Mic offers a friendly supportive venue for developing singer-songwriters and folks who “just like to play”. It is a great way to get to know the music community, and to share ideas and techniques. All types of music are welcome. Fans come to see fantastic local artists, and never go away disappointed. See and be seen – heck build a fan base! Always a feature, always fun. Our host, singer-songwriter Dan Cloutier takes excellent care of the performers and listeners alike. A beautiful baby grand piano is available too.

Tickets (at door only): $6 for nonmembers; $3 for students (of any age). Meets first and third Thursday of every month.  To check on feature schedule visit amazingthings.org

To sign up for a slot, check website or call the office.