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Labyrinth Cafe 2018-19 Season
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 7:30 p.m. $5
Help us kick off our 2018-2019 season with this fun, lively and interactive event! Local performers will host, emcee and lead the evening's festivities, refreshments are available for sale and plenty of free parking is provided. “There is no pressure to sing out really loudly, or to sing incredibly well. The only common bond is that everyone in the group loves to sing. That's it. Sharing songs and creating magical sound is really way too much fun.”
We will be singing from the “Rise Up Singing” songbook (a wonderful guide compiled by SingOut Magazine with lyrics to over 1200 classic songs) as well as from our own memory – selections will include a great mix of folk, gospel, bluegrass, jazz, contemporary, rounds, old-time. If you have a copy of “Rise Up Singing", please bring it. We will also have copies for sale for at the event.
Everyone is welcome. Without you, there is no sound!
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
Cliff Eberhardt (with special guest Louise Mosrie)
Red House recording artist Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. As a child, Cliff taught himself to play guitar, piano, bass and drums. In his teens Eberhardt was fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast), and he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt, receiving an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music. At the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, which explains his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists. A driving force of the Greenwich Village New Folk movement and well known among his peers, Cliff’s songs have been covered by the likes of Richie Havens, Buffy St. Marie, Erasure, and the folk superstar band Cry, Cry, Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky). "Eberhardt is one of the most original songsmiths currently on tour, a highly intelligent and articulate artist whose penetrating and profound lyrics are sometimes overshadowed by his extraordinary guitar playing. Upon close listening, the Philadelphia-born singer's gift for the English language is abundantly clear. The words that tumble from his mouth are framed by a raspy yet deeply elegant voice" ~ Folk Music Society of Huntington New York
"Seeing and hearing Louise Mosrie perform her eclectic mix of folk and English pop is like having a good friend sit down in your living room to play guitar and sing: The beer is cold, the room is lit by candles and there's something ethereal about her sweet voice." ~ Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
Grant Peeples and Nick Annis
“I’m a vegetarian that watches NASCAR, a tree-hugger that keeps a gun under the seat.”– Grant Peeples Dubbed a “guitar-slinging poet” by Music News Nashville. A voice No Depression says “sounds like a ’57 Chevy with glass mufflers…” Songs that Routes & Branches deemed “smart, strong lyrics that mean something, and say it in a way that you haven’t heard before.” This finger-in-your-eye styled songwriter and 7th generation Floridian is a former expatriate. He spent 11 years on a tiny island off the coast of Nicaragua, where he installed the island’s first flushing toilet. He returned in 2006 to a very different homeland. Much of his songwriting is a response to what he found when he returned.
Drilling for oil in the Midwest. Selling ice cream from a truck. Running a bakery. Starting points for just a few stories Nick Annis deftly weaves between and through song and performance banter. One man medicine show? Itinerant philosopher? Nick Annis is an award-winning songwriter, but he is also admired by folk fans for the storytelling talent that makes his performances so memorable. Audiences return to hear him deliver spoken word pieces in the style of brilliant songwriter/storytellers like Gamble Rogers, John McCutcheon and Dave Carter. Drawing on his diverse background and Greek roots, Nick crafts “true” stories and timeless accounts of humanity.
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
75th Birthday Tribute: A Celebration of Joni Mitchell!
with Jennings & Keller and Friends
Joni Mitchell, one of the most beloved as well as talented singer-songwriters of all time, turns 75 on November 7, 2018 and, despite recent health issues, remains omnipresent. A new biography by author David Yaffe earned a fawning review in the New Yorker. In 2017, her 1971 masterpiece Blue topped NPR’s 150 Greatest Albums by Women. Photos of the icon backstage at James Taylor’s recent Hollywood Bowl performance circulated widely on Facebook. All this, despite the fact that Mitchell’s last recording was over 10 years ago and she hasn’t performed in longer.
Mitchell, who suffered a brain aneurysm in early 2015, still ranks as the poet laureate of the 1960s singer-songwriters. Over more than three decades, the multiple Grammy winner molded contemporary folk with elements of rock, jazz and world music into a sophisticated and peerless sound. Her canon of work is more relevant today than ever. Writing for NPR, music critic Ann Powers said that “after nearly fifty years Blue remains the clearest and most animated musical map to the new world that women traced, sometimes invisibly, within their daily lives in the aftermath of the utopian, dream-crushing 1960s.”
Please join us for an unforgettable evening of Joni Mitchell classics, featuring Jennings & Keller and other amazing musicians!
Jennings & Keller is Laurie Jennings Oudin and Dana Keller, an acoustic duo based out of Miami, Florida. They bring a wealth of experience to their collaboration, from the Broadway musicals of New York to the honky-tonks of West Texas. Their music is called "Fusion Folk Americana' - a blend of many different elements that comes from their vast and wide-ranging musical backgrounds Laurie Jennings Oudin is well-known as the former proprietress of The Main Street Cafe, which was viewed across the country as the premier acoustic music venue in Florida. A former Shakespearean actress, Laurie has been a singer and songwriter for many years. Since the cafe's close in June 2006, she has been devoting her time to her musical career with Dana Keller, a veteran pedal steel, dobro, and guitar player who has spent years performing on stage or in the studio with such luminaries as Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Stevie Wonder, Larry Graham, Marvin Gaye, Dave Mason, Johnny Rodriguez and The Allen Brothers, to name a few. The synergy created from these two diverse talents is not easy to define, but will leave a lasting impression on all who listen.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
Matthew Sabatella and The Rambling String Band
The Rambling String Band is proud to present their new multimedia stage show! American Heritage Music: From Plymouth Rock to Rock & Roll is a 90-minute multimedia stage show that celebrates the music of America. With vocals, guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass fiddle, and an array of beautiful projected images, Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band take audiences on a journey that connects traditional folk songs, spirituals, fiddle tunes, Appalachian music, ragtime, blues, rhythm & blues, jazz, old-time country, bluegrass, and early rock and roll.
Audiences sing along to familiar favorites and enjoy stories of how the music came to be. Since before the United States declared independence, songs, instruments, and musical styles were brought to the New World by British colonists, African slaves, and immigrants from other parts of the world. New songs and genres emerged from the encounters between these diverse people and the unique American experience itself. As America changed, grew, and pushed its boundaries, so did the music. This is American heritage music. This is your birthright. Own it.
Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band features Matthew on vocals, guitar, banjo, and mountain dulcimer; Jack Stamates on fiddle; Chris DeAngelis on bass fiddle and vocals; Lynn Griffith on banjo, mandolin, and vocals; and Sean Edelson on mandolin, guitar, and vocals.
Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
Tom Neilson and Rod MacDonald
Tom Neilson provides a voice for those who believe in the power of folk music to effect change. His award-winning songs of humor and compassion have been performed in 21 countries on 5 continents. His lyrics are celebrated for their sophistication, political astuteness, and wit. His travels are reflected in his songs, intertwined with farm roots and a fervent commitment to social justice, as he writes about historical and current events. He has been at the for-front in helping communities organize against water privatization, mountain top removal, nuclear energy, incinerators, GMOs, fracking, and toxic waste. He plays at union halls, colleges, conferences, cafes, house concerts, and has performed for countless benefits and causes. His music has been used in documentaries, TV shows, stage and street theater as he tells the stories of people’s struggles against greed and violence, interjecting a good deal of levity along the way. If you ask him, he'll tell you he's just a farm boy with a guitar who loves a good ball game and human rights.
A pivotal force in the 80’s Greenwich Village folk revival, New York’s Village Voice wrote of Rod MacDonald, “politics, passion and a sense of humor”, which accurately describes Rod’s passion for music, and his personal commitment to communicating events that have affected and shaped our world’s societies. Rod seamlessly weaves romantic ballads in between his trademark tongue-in-cheek socio-political commentaries. With lyrics and music that are infectious and inspiring, often humorous, sometimes reckless, frequently evocative, usually thought provoking – and – always compelling, Rod’s songs will stay in your heart and mind long after the music has ended. “An extraordinarily gifted songwriter who does the topical, humorous and touching folk songs equally well – think Phil Ochs, Loudon Wainwright and Bob Dylan all wrapped in one.” (Dans Distractions)
Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
Flagship Romance CD Release Party!
with special guest En Power & Light
The Truth or Consequences, New-Mexico-based ‘Harmonic Alternative Folk’ duo Flagship Romance (married couple Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson), live, work, and annually travel tens of thousands of miles together, deeply in love with each other and the process of bringing their emotionally powerful music to the people. It is an inspiring union of hearts, minds and souls that entrances all who encounter them and their art. Fluent, intense acoustic guitar-playing; lyrics of life’s peaks, troughs, mysteries and wonders; soaring, yearning vocals; tender, though oft-anthemic melodies, and harmonies one could barely separate with a single human hair: this is the Flagship Romance sound. Live, sharing a custom-built dual microphone stand, they deliver their beautiful material with passionate abandon, living each song as if it will be the last they will ever perform.
En Power & Light consists of three individuals whose mission is to encourage, excite, and open space for people to be themselves. Gifting a soundtrack that is free of judgement and honest enough to realize we are all human. Their sound is a mixed bag, including folk/blues/soul steeped in rich three part harmony. While playing together as a trio for only 4 years, their performing together has some history. Scott and Paul are brothers, who have played together for 10 years. Paul and Lezlee were married in 2010, and not until recently had ever sang together. The three together create a "hypnotizing" harmonic blend that is truly something special.
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
Amy Carol Webb
Amy Carol Webb is passionate and poignant, the girl next door and no ordinary woman. Born into an eclectic musical family in Oklahoma, Amy made her way down the winding highways of the traveling troubadour through 48 states, Canada, Mexico and Japan, took time out to birth two sons, then returned to performing full-force in 1995. From raucous rhythms to mellifluous melodies, her music makes brave new territory feel like your own back yard, a transforming celebration of the never-quit pioneering spirit of her Native American great-grandmothers and the soul searching ministrations of her father and grandfather before her. Amy also serves as Minister to the River of Grass Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Davie, Florida. Amy Carol Webb is a gift of voice, vision, grace and grit. She sings the things you've always wanted to say but haven't quite known how. As one fan put it, "I'm doing my best to teach my daughters to live what Amy sings about."
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
Friction Farm and We're About 9 Duo
Modern-folk duo Friction Farm is a husband and wife team of traveling troubadours. Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems each song is filled with harmony and hope. Friction Farm's lyrically rich, harmony-driven songs have earned them spots as Kerrville New Folk Finalists and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists. They are winners of the South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competition and have performed as official showcase artists at the Southeast, Southwest, and Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conferences. Performing internationally and throughout the US, Friction Farm feels at home on the road and on stage. Audiences lean into their stories, laugh at their humor, are inspired to do a little good in the world, and sing along once in a while. Friction Farm's latest CD, “So Many Stars” was inspired by their travels across the country witnessing the collision of strong political polarity with personal kindness, the intersection of fragility and breathtaking beauty.
The story of We're About 9 begins at the Java House in historic Ellicott City, MD. Katie and Brian’s weekly open mic captured the attention of the Sheriff's Department with attendance regularly flooding both floors of the café and spilling out into the street. It was in this auspicious location that Katie Graybeal, Brian Gundersdorf, and We’re About 9 trio member, Pat Klink, first started singing harmony together. Fast forward four years to 2004, and The We're About 9 Trio will have played the main stage of Falcon Ridge Folk Fest, Philadelphia Folk Fest, Clearwater Revival, Bele Chere, Green River Festival, Four Corners Folk Fest, Mountain Stage New Song Fest and many more--at the same time touring the east coast folk club, coffeehouse, house concert, and college venues. In 2008 We're About 9 released “Paperdust :: Stardust,” the first album featuring the duo of Brian (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Katie (vocals, electric bass). The We're About 9 Duo maintains their signature striking vocal harmonies, but draws more of a focus on their completely unique style of songwriting. Every duo show is a new adventure in audience interaction with one-off segments like “30 Second Movie Synopsis” (Katie and Brian sing the synopsis, the audience guesses the movie), “Stalk Your Fans” (details of this one are confidential), and impromptu songs about the venue or town or opening act.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Sam Pacetti and Nick Annis
Drilling for oil in the Midwest. Selling ice cream from a truck. Running a bakery. Starting points for just a few stories Nick Annis deftly weaves between and through song and performance banter. One man medicine show? Itinerant philosopher? Come to a show and find yourself on an unexpected and welcome journey. Nick Annis is an award-winning songwriter, but he is also admired by folk fans for the storytelling talent that makes his performances so memorable. Audiences return to hear him deliver spoken word pieces in the style of brilliant songwriter / storytellers like Gamble Rogers, John McCutcheon, and Dave Carter. Drawing on his diverse background and Greek roots, Nick crafts “true” stories and timeless accounts of humanity.
Sam Pacetti is one who brings it all together. A fingerstyle guitar wizard. A deft songwriter, capable of haunting depth and wry humor in the space of one song. A impassioned and ecstatic vocalist, as well as a mesmerizing live performer, seamlessly melding head-spinning guitar pyrotechnics and raw emotion into one breathtaking package. Tradition and innovation neatly balance in Sam Pacetti's music, the whole infused by a relentless intelligence intent on musical and philosophical synthesis. Martin Simpson, Richard Thompson, Joni Mitchell, and Merle Travis are touchstones to Pacetti, and while there are strong elements of the American primitive school of guitar wizardry throughout his work, there is a powerful raw emotionality evident as well - an earthy sensuality more reminiscent of a Greg Brown or a red-dirt blues master than of a musical academician.