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Sun., Sept. 13 - 5 p.m.

suggested donation
$15 advance, $20 at the door

Kim & Reggie Harris inspire a sense of joy and exhilaration that lifts the soul ... makes you want to sing and celebrate your neighbor! Music that makes you come alive!”  —Philadelphia Daily News

Consummate musicians and storytellers, Kim & Reggie Harris are a mini festival of diversity. Combining traditional African-American spirituals and freedom songs with original folk, they sing of life, love, the quest for freedom, and community. Their latest CD, “Resurrection Day,” binds these themes into a profoundly moving personal odyssey of inspiration and hope, adding Reggie’s experience as an organ donor recipient to the social justice palette. For over two decades, Kim & Reggie have been affiliated with the John F Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program, offering multimedia educational performances for students and community, “Music & The Underground Railroad” and “Dream Alive.”


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Sun., Oct. 11 - 7 p.m. - $20/$25

Two of the funniest entertainers on today's
scene.
 - The Boston Globe
ON THE FUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET:
A Night of Brighter Laughter 

Leave your worries at the doorstep and join Christine Lavin and Don White as they present a night of comedy unlike any other, The Funny Side of the Street: A Night of Brighter Laughter. 

A product of the rich Boston Arts Scene of the 90s Don developed his songwriter/performer chops in the same Club Passim/ Olde Vienna scene that produced Dar Williams, Martin Sexton, Lori McKenna and Vance Gilbert. He was also a regular comedian at the legendary Catch a Rising Star in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass honing his comedic skills alongside Jimmy Tingle, David Cross, Wendy Leibman and a host of other cutting edge comics of the time. These experiences along with his immersion in the Boston spoken word scene that produced the National Poetry Slam Championship Team in 1992 all combined to make him one of the few performers who brings a comic's wit, and a poet's heart to his songs and stories.

“It doesn’t sound like a folk concert, it sounds like a comedy concert,” says White of his laughter-inducing co-bills with Lavin. “We rehearse and we rehearse and then inevitably, she’ll throw something at me that I have no idea about, with a mischievous grin that lets me know she’s been thinking about it all afternoon. Just to see what will happen. And she’s taught me to do the same.”

Audiences are looking for something fun, fresh, smart, as well as thoughtful:  On the Funny Side of the Street does just that.


Since 2008 these two veteran performers have brought their unique brand of clean and hilarious musical comedy to audiences across the US proving night after night that comedy can be smart, friendly, and breathtakingly funny without being vulgar or pejorative. This is a show for anyone who wants to laugh, whether it’s a group of friends or a family and feel good on their way out of the venue. 

Since emerging from the NYC singer/songwriter scene in the late 1980s, (along with  Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, John Gorka, etc), Lavin quickly established an entertaining tour de force.  Quick on her feet, witty, insightful, engaging, she remains one of the most popular and respected performers in the genre.

Christine has also been at the forefront of finding and promoting extraordinary new talent.  She founded a songwriter's retreat on Martha's Vineyard, the On a Winter's (and Summer's) Night tours), The Four Bitchin' Babes, Laugh tracks among many other projects, in the process releasing more than 10 compilations CDs, as well as more than 20 of her own.

Her co-conspirator, Don White, is the latest artist that Christine has championed.  “He’s such an original; I call him sometimes a ‘blue collar intellectual,’” Lavin says. “Don has extremely high standards when it comes to what he does onstage. And he hits a grand slam every time. The first time we worked together he opened for me and it’s the only time in my entire career that I opened with a ballad because he was so funny, the audience was so laughed out.”

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"Honor Finnegan's clever songs, powerful voice, and endearing stage presence have made her standout on the fertile NYC folk scene. Don't miss her!"
- John Platt, "Sunday Breakfast," WFUV, New York

Sun., Nov. 8 - 3 p.m.

suggested donation
$15 , $20 at the door


Kerrville New Folk Winner 2013
 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist 2012
 Formal Showcase Artist  2012
 Formal Showcase Artist 2012 
#9 on the Folk DJ Charts (February 2012)

"I am honored to be compared to Honor Finnegan! 
I LOVE her!
- Christine Lavin

A "tiny lady" sings catchy songs about modern life.
Finnegan is a "modern day" songwriter and, with the exception of the cover of Sam Cooke's " "Wonderful World", she wrote all the songs on the disc. The title track, which leads off the 37-minute album, is catchy with Finnegan and her uke talking about "size". In this track, and much of the album, she sounds a lot to me like fellow singer/songwriter Christine Lavin. (If you like Chris, you'll probably like Honor.) And, Like Lavin many of her songs are about "modern day life" things. "Internet Junkie" and "Life is Short" (the latter revealing that "40 is the new 20") plus the closer "Waiting" (about all the lost time waiting for a subway train) are truly 21st century songs. There are a few slower, and more serious, tracks ("Pictures of Snow", "Little Bird") in the middle of the mix. Finnegan is one of the new breed of female singer/songwriters who use the uke for backing on fun upbeat songs. The one I like most here is the title track, but you can choose your own.

"One thing is certain: those who see and hear her encounter a powerful voice combined with a refreshing, offbeat sense of humor...Combined with her prodigious vocal instrument, her recorded and live repertoire packs a unique one-two punch"  ~Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live

Honor Finnegan Music
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So very excited to have these boys back next December... would have loved to have them sooner, but alas, they continue to grow both as Brother Sun and in the solo careers,
but we will take them when we can get them!


Sat., Dec. 5 - 7:30 p.m.

suggested donation
$20 advance, $25 at the door



National Touring Artists Joe Jencks, Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter's round.

The trio's harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions. 

From three major points on the map - New York, Boston, and Chicago - Joe, Greg, and Pat have truly blended themselves into Brother Sun, a unique celebration of the amazing power of singing together. As they will tell you, Brother Sun is not resident in any one of them - it exists between them and audiences feel this intimacy immediately. Their combined musical skills make for an unforgettable experience - three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, bouzouki and piano

The response to the trio’s music has been tremendous! From main stage performances with standing ovations at Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, Philadelphia, Old Songs, Connecticut and other Folk Festivals; to sold out concerts throughout the U.S.A, Brother Sun has earned the respect of fans, colleagues, and presenters alike. And, their music and message appeals to fans of both contemporary and traditional music. 

The Trio’s second CD - Some Part of The Truth (2013) - debuted at #1 on the The North American Folk Music Chart, where it remained for 2 months, and was named 2013 Album of the Year. The CD also rose to #2 on Sirius XM’s Americana Chart. The record has quickly become a favorite of DJs, as well as fans. In addition, the #1 track from the CD “Lady of the Harbor”, which also debuted at #1 and was named 2013 Song of the Year, was featured on Lufthansa Airlines In-flight Program in January and February 2014. Brother Sun’s self-titled first release (2011), debuted at #2 on the North American Folk Music Chart, and was also named the #8 album of 2011.

Brother Sun Music

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2016 confirmed

Sunday, March 6
Phil Ochs Song Night
Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor,
Kim & Reggie Harris & 

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Sat., March 13
March 15th, was Washington Area Music Association’s annual big night of WAMMIE awards.
 Honoring Washington Area’s music, and songwriters. 
FS&DK was awarded 8 of the 9 WAMMIES they were nominated for.
“What an incredible honor it is for us to be recognized in such a large way. Many thanks to all the voters and supportive music enthusiasts in the mid region!”
Artist of the year – FS&DK
Album of the year – Cold Spell
Song of the year – “Cold Spell”
Musician of the year – Frank Solivan
Songwriter of the year – Frank Solivan
Bluegrass Vocalist of the Year – Frank Solivan
Bluegrass Recording of the Year – “Cold Spell”
Bluegrass Duo/Group of the Year – FS&DK
We are honored beyond articulation to be awarded by the International Bluegrass Music Association as Instrumental Group of the Year
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Saturday, April 9
Jann Klose (with band)
(and my 60th Birthday Celebration...let's party!!!)
German-born singer/songwriter Jann Klose makes melodic, soulful, singer/songwriter pop/rock. Born in Mannheim, Germany, Klose actually grew up in South Africa. He spent his teen years moving between his home in Hamburg and Cleveland, Ohio where he traveled as an exchange student with the American Field Service. It was during this time that he began singing and playing piano and guitar. After high school, Klose studied voice and performed with various choirs in the United States, even appearing in several productions with the Cleveland Opera Chorus. A move to New York in 2000 found Klose work in several musicals including a production of the Who's Tommy, a touring Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde, and a European tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. It was also after moving to New York that Klose began recording and releasing his own albums including Enough Said (1997), The Strangest Thing (1999), The Black Box EP (2003),Reverie (2007), and the Sacrifice EP (2010). In 2012, Klose appeared on the soundtrack to the film Greetings from Tim Buckley singing Buckley's songs. In 2013, he released the album Mosaic, which featured a cover of the Tim Buckley composition "Song to the Siren." ~ Matt Collar, Rovi







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