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29th SEASON
Fall 2009 Calendar


Tickets bought at the door for all shows are $15.00 unless otherwise noted. Doors open 1/2 hour before the concert.
Tickets reserved through PayPal are $1.00 more than the door price and must be purchased by 8:00PM the day before each concert. Tickets prepaid online through PayPal will be available at the door; they will not be mailed. Please bring your confirmation from PayPal with you to each show. In the event a concert is cancelled, the face value of prepaid PayPal tickets will be honored at another show.

All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

PAYPAL TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL SHOWS.


September 12 & 13
Stone Soup Fest at the Pawtucket Arts Festival - Slater Memorial Park
Saturday: Performance begins at 12:30. Lindsay Adler (special children’s show), Superchief Trio; Santa Mamba; Sunday: Performance begins at 1:00. Ellis Paul (special children’s show), Jason Spooner Trio, Ellis Paul (adult performance). The Rhode Island Blood Center Mobile Coach will be at Slater Park on Saturday from 11-2:30 for their annual Stone Soup Fest Blood Drive—Donate while you listen!

Sept. 19
Jim Kweskin with special guest Geoff Muldaur Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 day of show

Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur were two of the original founding members of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band in Cambridge, MA. Geoff Muldaur was already a well-known blues performer at the time he met up with old-time folk enthusiast Jim Kweskin. Sharing the bill at a 1963 concert in Boston, the two shared many musical interests, and when Kweskin was approached by Vanguard Records, he brought Muldaur into his group the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. This association led to many successful albums. During the five years that they were together, the group successfully transformed the sounds of pre-World War II rural music into a springboard for their good-humored performances. Join these true folk legends as they recreate the magic and the music that makes their performances a special treat.

Sept. 26
Cliff Eberhardt CD Release Party
Opener: Lara Herscovitch

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), 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 explain 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, Lucy Kaplansky and the folk superstar band "Cry, Cry, Cry" (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky).
Cliff’s performances are always fun filled, with well written songs accompanied by some of the finest guitar work around. This concert at Stone Soup is even more special - it’s a CD Release Party!

Oct. 3
Closed for church function

October 11 Special Sunday show at 5:00 PM
Holly Near in concert with pianist John Bucchino TIckets: $20 in advance, $22 day of show

Holly Near is a unique combination of entertainer, teacher, and activist. An immense vocal talent, Near’s career as a singer has been defined by an unwillingness to separate her passion for music from her passion for human dignity. She is a skilled performer and an outspoken ambassador for peace who brings to the stage an integration of world consciousness, spiritual discovery, and theatricality. Fiercely independent, Holly Near was one of the first women in the U.S. to go it alone when she founded Redwood Records in 1972. Her vision was to promote and produce music by politically conscious artists from around the world, a mission that Redwood Records fulfilled for nearly 20 years. Often cited as one of the founders of the “women’s music” movement, Holly found herself not only leading the way for women into the music world, but working for world peace, multicultural consciousness, and feminism. The world is her university and social change movements inform her songs. Holly will be accompanied by pianist John Bocchino, celebrating 25 years of playing together!
Come and experience a special performance at a special time at Stone Soup.

October 17
BanjerDan (Dan Mazer) Banjo Extravaganza
Opener: The Bourbon Boys

Dan Mazer, using the stage name "BanjerDan," is a solo acoustic performer who plays musical styles "from bluegrass and beyond" on banjo, guitar, mandolin and dobro. In the 27 years since he first started playing the banjo, Banjer Dan has performed in almost every imaginable situation, from busking to bar gigs; in pit orchestras - including bandleader positions - for theatrical productions, and playing banjo and guitar in "Country Music, USA" at Opryland in Nashville. He has even played banjo with the Owensboro, Kentucky, Symphony Orchestra, in a program of music by Kurt Weill. Along the way, Dan has also written articles for Acoustic Musician, Banjo Newsletter, and Bluegrass Unlimited magazines.
BanjerDan is sure to put on a fun and exciting performance at Stone Soup for young and old alike.

October 24
The Atwater-Donnelly Band featuring Cathy-Clasper Torch and Kevin Doyle

Aubrey and Elwood met as volunteers at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse in Providence in early 1987. Within just a few months these self-taught musicians from Rhode Island formed a duo. Married since 1989, Aubrey and Elwood perform throughout the United States and, on occasion, abroad. Their ten recordings receive international airplay. Highlights include airplay on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," Fiona Ritchie's "Thistle and Shamrock," and the nationally syndicated "Midnight Special" out of Chicago. Winners of the 2007 Motif Magazine "Best Folk Act" award, the Atwater-Donnelly Band includes Aubrey, Elwood, Cathy Clasper-Torch (fiddle, cello, and vocals) and Kevin Doyle (percussion, Irish step and tap dance). Those who have followed Atwater-Donnelly over their 22-year career know that Aubrey and Elwood are constantly exploring the archives of American folk music and dance, and putting their own stamp on the tradition.
Always a Southern New England and Stone Soup favorite, the Atwater Donnelly Band is sure to put a smile on your face and will get your toes tapping.

October 31
Closed: Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

November 7
Dean Friedman
Stone Soup Hoot

The songs of Dean Friedman have been covered by several contemporary bands, including The Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, Ariel Pink, The Tone Rangers, and The Blenders. In the summer of 1977, Dean Friedman marked his entry into pop consciousness with the enormous success of his infectious hit single Ariel, which reached # 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed in the chart for five months. Friedman has written, performed and produced the theme music to several TV series including Boon (for which he did all of the music apart from the theme song which was performed by Jim Diamond), starring Michael Elphick. Other TV credits include Nick Arcade (Nickelodeon) and Eerie, Indiana (NBC). His Stone Soup performance will be one of his first US appearances following over three months of touring in the British Isles. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see and hear Dean Friedman, an amazing talent and gifted songsmith.
This Stone Soup show begins with a HOOT (otherwise known as an Open Mike.) Four performers take the stage for one song each. Sign-ups are on the day of the show and begin during ticket sales. Come early to sign up!

November 14
An Evening with
Bob Franke

Bob Franke is at the peak of his considerable craft; brimming with the wise and spiritually generous songs for which he is best known, along with poignant topical songs and songs that are sugared with the hilarious. His are the kind of songs that really do have the power to change the world by being taken into the lives of people. Bob's songs are considered classics, fueled by his deep faith and the real-life lessons taught him by his 30-odd years of playing everywhere from concert halls to street corners. Bob has appeared in concert at coffeehouses, colleges, festivals, bars, streets, homes and churches in 33 states, four Canadian provinces and England. His concerts have appeared in lists of the top five musical events of the year chosen by critics in the Boston and San Francisco Bay areas. In 1990, he was nominated as an Outstanding Folk Act by the Boston Music Awards. Spend an evening with Bob Franke and his music. You’ll be glad that you did.

November 21
Lucy Kaplansky TIckets: $18 in advance, $20 day of show
Opener: Patrick Fitzsimmons

Lucy Kaplansky’s road to musical fame was an unlikely one. She started out singing in Chicago bars and then, barely out of high school, Lucy took off for New York City. There she found a fertile community of songwriters and performers—Suzanne Vega, John Gorka, Bill Morrissey, Cliff Eberhardt, and others—where she fit right in. The New York Times said it was “easy to predict stardom for her”, but Lucy temporarily left the musical fast track to pursue a doctorate in Psychology and open her own private practice. Lucy was often pulled back into the studio by her friends (who now had contracts with record labels), wanting her to sing on their albums. Before long her popularity grew and she gave up her psychology career to return to full time writing, recording and touring. Lucy’s shows are always spontaneous, interactive and fun.
Come and enjoy an evening with Lucy Kaplansky at Stone Soup.

Tickets for Lucy Kaplansky can be bought at the door.

November 28
Thanksgiving Holiday, closed

The Winter Calendar begins with the December concerts. See you on December 5 for the Fuzek-Rossoni 20th Anniversary Reunion Concert!