Except where noted, all performances are in the museum’s Harms Gallery starting at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. with beer and wine for sale. Tickets are $20 online, $25 at the door.
March 22 LOVEJOY GROUP presents A Tribute to Cole Porter. Vocalist and bandleader Karen Lovejoy fronts this talented quartet. These musicians have been thrilling audiences since the late 90s with lively and imaginative renditions of American classics. Jazz came alive in an era of great songwriters. This musical presentation highlights this music that so much of the jazz world hinges on. But, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” and this performance does!
April 12 DOOFUS is indeed a strange name for a band! While the term might mean "village idiot" to some, it's really a token of this group’s affection for each other and the music they make together. Doofus is a lively old time band consisting of two couples: Neal & Coleen Walters, elected to the Autoharp Hall of Fame in 2011, and John & Heidi Cerrigione. Together they sing and play guitar, autoharp, mountain and hammered dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and acoustic bass. And boy, can they harmonize. Good times had by all.
May 17 AL PETTEWAY AND AMY WHITEhave long been a favorite, with their eclectic repertoire that includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to Blues, New Age, and Jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, mountain dulcimer, and some of the finest vocals you'll hear in any genre. Their music has been featured on a number of Ken Burns documentary films, most notably the soundtrack of the Ken Burns EMMY-winning documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.
June 21 JOHN CONOLLY is an internationally-respected singer/songwriter based in the British folk tradition known for his thought-provoking, tuneful, and often outrageously funny songs. He has performed in venues from concert-halls to local pubs throughout Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, and the U.S.A. His best known songs, Fiddlers’ Green and Punch & Judy Man, have been recorded by dozens of artists. Netherlands native ROB van SANTE has lived most of his life in England. He has toured extensively in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Rob’s sensitive guitar accompaniments and vocal harmonies complement John’s tuneful and thought-provoking songs, and together they provide a thoroughly entertaining evening of good music and great humor.