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29th SEASON
Winter 2010 Calendar


Tickets bought at the door for all shows are $15.00 unless otherwise noted.
New: Student (Ages 13-17) Ticket Price: $10.00 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.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and pastries are available for purchase before the show and during intermission.

December 5:
Fuzek-Rossoni Anniversary Concert
Opener: Deb Dovale


Fuzek•Rossoni was formed twenty years ago when John Fuzek and Mary Ann Rossoni simultaneously ran ads in the “musicians wanted” classifieds of a local paper. Their musical chemistry was immediate and they began writing songs, recorded two critically acclaimed recordings. Their first record, “Living with the Fury and the Fire” went on to win many awards in the Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll of 1990. The songs they created dealt with such issues as relationships, politics and the environment. Tight harmonies and nice blends of both rhythm, lead and finger style acoustic guitar are their trademark. After 7 years together they decided to take a break, and musically began to move in different directions. Today these good friends are both accomplished solo performers. They are returning to the Stone Soup stage to treat our audience with a 20th anniversary reunion performance that is sure to be fun and an evening full of wonderful music.

December 12:
An Evening with
Priscilla Herdman
Accompanied by Max Cohen on guitar Tickets: $15 in advance $17 day of show

Priscilla Herdman has established herself as an insightful song-finder and a singer of uncommon range, depth and clarity. In 30 years of performing and recording, Priscilla has won a devoted audience both nationally and abroad. Known for her exceptional voice and admired for her ability to find outstanding songs by contemporary writers, she has a gift for choosing timeless material that touches the heart of both the personal and the political. Her insightful interpretations and compelling stage presence continue to bring rave reviews from audiences and critics alike.  She’ll be featuring songs from her brand new CD, Into The Stars, a collection of star and night-sky themed songs, as well as favorite songs from her earlier recordings.

Have a safe a enjoyable Holiday Season. We will open again on January 9th

January 9:
emma’s revolution (Pat Humphries and Sandy O.)
Stone Soup "HOOT"

Dancing on the edge of folk and pop there's a revolution: emma's revolution. The sound of passion in deftly turned phrases, songs imbued with hope, warmth and the power and drive to turn tears into laughter, cynicism into action. emma's revolution is the duo of award-winning, activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O, who write songs that become traditions. A motivating force in intimate concerts and mass demonstrations, infused with inspiration from the legacy of music for social change, Pat Humphries and Sandy O's dynamic harmonies are multiplied by hundreds of thousands. Emma Goldman stood for everybody's right to beautiful, radiant things. Join the revolution!

This evening opens 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!


January 16:
DOUBLE BILL:
Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers

Michigan native Claudia Schmidt has covered a lot of musical ground since beginning with a stirring rendition of "Tammy" at age four around a neighborhood bonfire. Over 30 years as a touring professional have found Claudia Schmidt traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners.
Sally Rogers is a musician who plays guitar, banjo, and dulcimer and specializes in traditional folk, old-timey and (most recently) children's music. She plays both traditional and original pieces and has been recognized by numerous awards including Best Folk Album of 1982 (Circle of the Sun), Best Children's Recording of 1992 (What Can one Little Person Do?) and again in 1993 (At Quiet O'Clock). Claudia and Sally have each made frequent appearances on Public Radio International's "A Prairie Home Companion". The mutual eclectic tastes of Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers led them to regular appearances together and, luckily, this one at Stone Soup.

January 23:
Blues Night at Stone Soup Coffeehouse featuring
Marjorie Thompson

Marjorie Thompson and other local blues artists -
Chris Monti and Joe Benton - perform an evening of blues at Stone Soup. Marjorie Thompson got her first guitar during the waning years of the “folk threat,” when county, blues, and bluegrass were all the rage at places in New York like Gerde’s Folk City. Though she was too young to go to those now-legendary performances, the influence was inescapable and she was swept up in it. As she learned the music of the blues and country blues masters, she was driven to write her own blues songs. She recorded four studio albums with Michael Falzarano (of Hot Tuna and New Riders of the Purple Sage fame) producing. Of her latest, 2007’s “Right By Me”, the great Chris Smither said, “I’m tempted to say that I taught her everything she knows, but she’s gone so far beyond anything I showed her I’m afraid I might get called on it.” The album was released to universal critical acclaim. Some say that you have to suffer to sing the blues. On the other end of the spectrum it’s a joy and a pleasure to listen to Marjorie perform them.

January 30:
The Nields
Opener:
We’re About Nine

Nerissa and Katryna Nields have been the darlings of the coffeehouse/festival scene since 1991, with tunes ranging from off-the-hook idiosyncratic to kicking to heartbreaking. The quirky, emotive songs of Nerissa and Katryna Nields have always challenged the mind, even as they touched the heart. At the heart of any Nields collaboration is the sublime vocal chemistry of two sisters who have been singing together almost from the cradle. Katryna's volcanic, mercurial soprano seems almost to need the tawny, rich tones of Nerissa's tethering harmonies to keep it here on earth. And Nerissa's cerebral songwriting surges to life in the expressive, vital, engaging vocals of Katryna.

February 6:
Greg Greenway
Opener: Garry Foisy

Beneath the radar of the corporate music world there are gems to be found. Greg Greenway is a multi-faceted one. A rare combination of instrumental expertise, a soulful and moving singer, powerful poet, and sparkling entertainer, Greenway is one of those difficult-to-categorize performers who have found a home in the modern acoustic genre. Originally from Richmond, VA, he moved to Boston for its rich Folk Music tradition and has become one of its most unique and superlative emissaries. Put simply, he is one of the finest entertainers you'll ever see. Musically, he draws inspiration from all over the map--gospel, rock, blues, Jazz, and world music. But his center is in the singer/songwriter tradition that traces it roots all the way back to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie. His central appeal is that it all comes through the singular lens of Greenway's humanity and his easy affinity for the audience.

February 13:
Mark Erelli
Opener:
Hannah Devine Tickets:$15 in advance, $17 day of show

Ever since he released his self-titled debut at 24, Mark Erelli has exhibited an uncommon musical maturity. From twangy roots rock through finger picked folk, rollicking blues, western swing, rockabilly, nineteenth century ballads, lullabies and songs of social and political commentary, Mark has produced an assured and varied catalog over the last decade. Now 34, with well over 1000 concerts under his belt, multiple awards and growing notoriety as an accompanist, he has one of the most impressive and varied reputations in modern roots music. Erelli’s music ranges from roots rock, folk, blues and western swing to rockabilly, 19th-century ballads, lullabies and songs of social and political commentary. In addition to being one of the decade’s most popular and prolific modern roots musicians Mark Erelli is in demand as a sideman and multi-instrumentalist, and toured as part of Lori McKenna’s band when she opened for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's 2007 Soul2Soul tour.

February 20:
Richard Julian
Opener:
Mark Cutler

When asked for a reference point for his songwriting style, Richard Julian mentions filmmaker Alexander Payne (Sideways, Election) before mentioning other musicians. Julian’s screenplay-worthy craftsmanship is a skill that’s earned him entrance to a mutual admiration society that includes artists like Randy Newman, Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt. Recording with Norah Jones and bouncing ideas off Bonnie Raitt is a long way from playing Vegas cocktail lounges, which was how Julian began his musical career. But after four records and logging thousands of road miles, this mild-mannered and disarmingly charming, bespectacled artist can stop loitering in the corner of the public's eye and takes his rightful spot front and center.

February 27:
Katzberg and Katzberg (fragrance-free evening)

The first time Kate Katzberg sang in public was in 1973 - the night of her sister Joyce's gig at the Mouthpiece Coffeehouse in downtown Providence; back when candles stuck in Mateus Rose bottles was De rigueur. Bob Gulla of the Providence Phoenix describes Joyce's repertoire as a "witty melange of topical, traditional, historical and hysterical songs." Joyce was nominated "best female vocalist" by the Providence Phoenix in 2001 and the Rhode Island arts magazine "Motif" in 2005. The sisters are teaming up for this rare double bill concert and will be joined by Bob Asprinio and Otis Read. Thank you for helping to make this a fragrance free event.

Tickets for the Katzberg and Katzberg concert can be bought at the door.