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Performance Calendar
       
Scheduled Performances for 2015:
March 5 ( Thursday): Bob Marley click for details
You know'em, you love'm...more than 15 years as a stand-up comic, Maine's own Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought after comedians in the country. He has raised more than $12,000 for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital after setting a new world's record for longest continuous stand-up routine as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late night TV circuit: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. But all those accolades aside, he is just one of us, and we can't get enough of him. Always a sell out.

March 6 (Friday): Barn Burner with MonkeyJunk click for details
From Canada, this swamp boogie band mixes soul, bedroom funk, and blues a little down and dirty, They were here last year and brouight the house down. They have received a JUNO AWARD for Best Blues Album (Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards) and if you come see them you will know why. Hot band to wind down the winter "blues"!

Barn Burners are held in the 200 year old Quisisana Barn....
casual style show, bar stays open....less formal, but a listening environment. This series will showcase acts that might not be household names...yet! A small comfort food menu will be served on these nights, from 6:00 till showtime. Capacity is limited in the Quisisana Barn, so order your tickets ahead. Showtime is at 8:00.

March 7 (Saturday): Asleep at the Wheel with the Quebe Sisters ...One Great Show details
Woohoo Buckaroo...a one two punch for the you Texas swing fans!!
Yes, Ray Benson and the hardest workin' band in show biz is back for another night of country western swingin', toe tappin fun. They have won 6 grammy awards and there are no signs of slowing down. Keeping the music of Bob Wills and alike, alive and well in one of the best live shows money can buy. Don't miss it....we never do!!

And those Quebes.... rarely touring where we get to see them,they are Music's best kept secret.
If Bob Wills married one of the Andrew sisters, and they had three girls this would be the result. We are very happy they could make a stop here on their not often enough northeast tour. The Quebe Sisters Band mix beautiful three part harmonies with equally beautiful three part fiddle playing, in that classic western swing style. Though they are young for this scene, they play like they lived it and are backed by a great core of players to keep that vintage country and swing beat going strong.

Do not miss this show....I am going out on a limb here to say, I believe this will be one of the best shows we will present here.

March 10
(Tuesday): Jimmie Vaughan click for details
Texas Blues Guitarist is an American blues rock Jimmy Vaughan will bring a powerhouse of a show to Stone Mountain! Before going solo, he was the show stopping guitarist for the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Older brother of the late Texas legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, he embraces a long list of traditional blues players. A show not to be missed!

March 13 (Friday): Red Baraat click for details
Lotsa drums, lotsa horns, and lotsa energy...This Brooklyn band's eight members draw on North Indian rhythms, hip-hop, funk and New Orleans jazz to create undeniably singular party music. One of the best party bands around, Red Baarat plays rollicking funk music steeped in Northern India's wedding celebrations, with a dash of D.C. go-go beats and hip-hop and even rap. A different show for SMAC....how great is that!!??? Here they are at NPR's Tiny Desk. Can you imgine them unleashed on stage!!?? A STAFF PICK!!!

March 14 ( Saturday): Howie Day and Ellis Paul click for details
What a great double bill!! We have wanted to get Howie here for awhile and Ellis is a already a SMAC favorite. Both singer songwriters haling from Maine with national success . Different styles, but kindred spirits....will be a great show.

March 21 (Saturday): Song Stage click for details
Featuring Robbie Fulks, Erin McKeown, and Jenny Scheinman
Hosted by Carol Noonan and accompanied by guitarists Duke Levine.
Song Stage is a great night of song swapping and collaboration. Artists are on stage together all night like a songwriter round up Bluebird Cafe style. Lots of great music and banter, and a unique glimpse into these artists through the music of their fellow guests.
Speaking of the guests..here they are:

Robbie Fulks... Before I describe Robbie, I just want to say that he is one of my absolute favorites. It was thrilling to hear him recently on Prairie Home Companion and I hope it will make more people know what there is to love about Robbie Fulks. Here is his bio from Bloodshot Records: Robbie plays by nobody's rules--except the ones he hears in his head. He is prodigiously talented, with the soul of a country singer and the mind of a vaudevillian. Besides, his scorn for the music industry makes ours look positively prosaic. But don't let that make you lose sight of THE SONGS. Widely regarded by those who monitor such things as one of the most gifted songwriters to ever ply the trade. It is a damning condemnation of our world's musical taste that he has not been elevated to the ranks of the multi-faceted giants of songwriting like Nick Lowe, Dave Alvin and Harlan Howard. He damn well should be. songwriter scene and other ill-advised pursuits. Radio loves him too: there's been multiple appearances on WSM’s “Grand Ole Opry”; PRI’s Prairie Home Companion”, “Whadd’ya Know”; NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “Mountain Stage,” and “World Cafe”; and the syndicated “Acoustic Cafe” and “Laura Ingraham Show.” TV: PBS’s Austin City Limits; NBC’s Today, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and 30 Rock. TV/?lm use of his music includes True Blood, My Name Is Earl, Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, Very Bad Things, and Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, and he has voiced or sung campaigns for Budweiser, McDonalds, Nickelodeon, and Applebees.
Erin McKeown ... McKeown's music is difficult to categorize in terms of genre; it has touched upon pop, swing, rock, folk, and electronic music, as well as many other genres. The Philadelphia Weekly recently described McKeown's music, saying: "More singer-songwriters should follow the lead of Erin McKeown, the kooky songbird who's proved both playful and daring throughout her career. With a lilting delivery and chameleonic instrumentation, she even slipped into French for "Coucou," a gem off her unlikely standards album Sing You Sinners. But with McKeown, is anything really unlikely?" We have heard great things about her and happy to finally get here here... looking forward to her special brand of song writing and style
Jenny Scheinman has graced our stage a few times, most rcently with Ani DiFRanco. A violinist, singer, and writer of songs with and without words. She has toured and recorded with Bill Frisell, Bruce Cockburn, Ani Difranco, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Nels Cline, Rodney Crowell, Robbie Fulks, and Mark Ribot, and has also garnered numerous high-profile arranging credits with Lucinda Williams, Bono, Lou Reed, Metallica and Sean Lennon. She has made eight albums of original music her latest The Littlest Prisoner. Her unique gifts will be a great addtion to our song stage!

March 27
(Friday): The Mallett Brothers & North of Nashville click for details
Maine alt-country/rock act the Mallett Brothers are quickly making a name for themselves beyond Maine. Sons of the prolific songwriter Dave Mallett, the apple did not fall far from the tree. Slightly more rock than country, theirs is a musical melting pot that's influenced equally by folk and singer/songwriter influences as by harder rock, punk and psychedelic sounds. Led by brothers Luke and Will Mallett, the band is rounded out by Brian Higgins on drums, Nick Leen on bass, and Wally on dobro and electric guitar. It's song-driven music that holds up under the lens of solitary listening, but that's equally apt to crank a room full of rockers into whiskey-fueled high gear. In 2013, the Portland Press Herald named them a 'Band to Watch' and they were nominated for a 2014 New England Music Award as 'Live Band of the Year'.

North of Nashville bandmates Jay Basiner and Andrew Martelle duetting their passion for honky-tonk and the Highwaymen. In 2013, the Portland Press Herald named them a 'Band to Watch' and they were nominated for a 2014 New England Music Award as 'Live Band of the Year'. Gonna be a great night of Maine Americana.

April 4
(Saturday): Gibson Brothers click for details
Oh, I love these guys!!! These young brothers of bluegrass, two time IBMA Entertainers of the Year have been nominated for two 2014 IBMA awards: Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year. Come and see why. They write really amazing songs, have beautiful voices and are great on stage. When they joined us for our Christmas shows they brought the house down. They have an ole timey feel that you can't fake...they are the real deal....its like they grew up in a country band decades ago, when the divisions of country music were not so defined. But they are every bit of here now. A personal favorite of mine....Come highly SMAC recommended.

April 8
(Wednesday): A Very Special SOLO Evening with Joan Armatrading details
What can I say about this artist...a huge influence on so many female musicians. She really was ahead of her time.Three times Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, and accomplished guitar player and her songs had a huge impact on pop music. We are very honored to have this big star here.

April 10 (Friday): SMACFest 2 - Three Great Bands, One Great Night click for details
Another SMACFest where you get a lotta music for your holler dollar!

Honey Dewdrops --- Hailing from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the sweet voices of this honest duo were a big hit last visit. The sparseness and beauty of the Dewdrops’ playing is matched by the integrity of their songwriting.
Low Lily --- A band definitely on the up. Sweet harmonies... tight arrangements. Low Lily is an American 'roots and branches' string-band which draws from tradition and today to create their own brand of new acoustic folk music. The members of Low Lily – Liz Simmons, Flynn Cohen, and Lissa Schneckenburger – are all masterful players and have long histories with traditional music. Their first time to SMAC!
The Deadly Gentlemen --- The most energetic and unique out of the night's performers. The "Gents" are a string band with a decidedly modern 21st century pop, punk, and rock approach to acoustic music, Boston's the Deadly Gentlemen, led by songwriter and banjoist Greg Liszt (of Crooked Still) and also featuring mandolin player Dominick Leslie, fiddler Mike Barnett, guitarist Stash Wyslouch, and upright bassist Samson Grisman. At first glance a bluegraas band, by second listen, an acoustic pop band with sharp melodies, intelligent lyrics, and a subtle and song-supportive sound. Their second visit to us...A great way to end the night...a wicked SMACFest!

April 16 (Thursday): Marc Cohn click for details
The grammy award winning singer songwriter is back! Best known for his song "Walking in Memphis". Marc Cohn is a beautiful piano player and outstanding singer song writer and performer. His stage banter is equally as entertaining as his songs, and last time lots of people missed him because of the quick sell out...don't be left out ...We LOVE him...comes highly SMAC recommended.

April 18 (Saturday): Stone Mountain LIVE click for details
Hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys..with special guest Canadian fiddler, stepper, and singer April Verch.
Carol and her stellar band host a musical variety show with lots of great music and guests. April will be featured with her own brand of Ottawa Valley meets old-time Appalachia with crack fiddling, electric stepdancing, and sweet singing“. Stone Mountain LIVE is a great way to experience SMAC. A variety of great music and you get a rare glimpse of owner Carol Noonan doing what she does best.....singing! (when she's not in the kitchen that is!)

April 19 (Sunday): Rhiannon Giddens click for details
Founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops
The first time I saw this gal perform, I knew I was watching one of those artists who will make a huge mark on this generation of music. Rhiannon Giddens is touring with her own band to support her solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, a collaboration with T Bone Burnett that deftly incorporates folk, jazz, gospel, and the blues. WE are very lucky to get this show. Giddens is an American original—an artist with an unforgettable voice who culls the music of our collective past to point the way to the future, one in which her name will surely be well-known from the moment she steps on a stage. Rhiannon is a show-stopper — not only for her glorious voice but also for her incredible versatility. She ranges across many styles and genres, and is equally at ease singing opera, blues, hip hop, gospel and Gaelic. And don't forget her dancing talents!!

Besides her own album, she recently was part of a star studded album produced by T Bone Burnett, generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes.Lost On The River was written and performed in creative collaboration by Elvis Costello, Rhiannon. Taylor Goldsmith ,Jim James and Marcus Mumford. The artists and Burnett gathered in Capitol Studios in March 2014 to write and create music for a treasure trove of recently discovered lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967.

April 25 (Saturday): The Acoustic Living Room Songs & Stories with Kathy Mattea details
Featuring Bill Cooley
Grammy and CMA multiple award winner Kathy Mattea is one of country music's finest female treasures and our favorites. This special imtimate show will give you a down home taste of having Kathy right in your living room. If you didn't know it, besides a great performer, she is a really warm, witty and funny gal. It will be so fun to get to know her on this special night. Bill will be a terrific addtion as usual too. We welcome Kathy back to the Mountain, and remind her that the snow should be gone by then. (ask her about the night she spent in the bus, on a hill in Brownfield after a snowstorm : >) She is one of us!

May 1
(Friday): Lori McKenna click for details
Singer/songwriter Lori McKenna has won the attention of Mary Gauthier and Faith Hill with her songwriting abilities. Both have recorded her songs to great acclaim. But nobody sings Lori McKenna's songs better than Lori McKenna! Around here she is family and her sweet voice is like nothing else. It's always a treat to have her here!

May 6
(Wednesday): Bruce Cockburn - One Show Only! click for details
He's back...we are so happy!!! Canadian Singer-songwriter and musician Bruce Cockburn. Cockburn's albums have sold over 7 million copies worldwide. He is revered by fans and fellow musicians alike as one of the most important songwriters of his generation. As a long time activist, Cockburn has spoken out on a range of issues from human rights atrocities to ecological devastation and in between. His recent box set and memoir is a map of a musical life that is still making history today. Dont miss it...only one show.

May 7
(Thursday): John Gorka and Cheryl Wheeler click for details
This is one terrific folk double bill...two of our faves!!!
*CHERYL WHEELER I am always blown away by Cheryl's emotional roller coaster of a show. She can really make you cry with a song, and then really make you laugh with the next one. She wears her politics on her sleeve, with a brutal honesty and has a uniquely Cheryl way of looking at the world..... its a world you will love to live in. Come see why she is always a sell out. A SMAC fave! *JOHN GORKA is an honored icon of folk tradition. Energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life, is his trademark. John's rich baritone voice and unique songcraft weave a magical spell that can only be described as 'Gorka.' "Gorka is widely heralded for the sophisticated intelligence and provocative originality of his songs." - Boston Globe

May 8
(Friday): Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas click for details
We cannot get enough of this master Scottish fiddler and his beautuful cellist sidekick. They sell out everytime....the show is fun, beautiful and Alasdair is a presence who just makes you feel great. A toe tapping night of fiddle music and Scottish story telling. This is SMAC at its best when these two are here.

May 15 (Friday): Jonathan Edwards click for details

Barefoot and tanned, Jonathan Edwards has never looked and sounded better. Of course he is known for his big hits, like "Sunshhine" and "Shanty", but his music is as fresh now as when those tunes made him famous. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.

May 29
(Friday): Barn Burner with the Sweetback Sisters click for details
The Sweetback Sisters, Emily Miller and Zara Bode, are a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk using precise harmonies that will make you swoon. Voted by the SMAC staff as a top pick of the year, these gals are a true favorite! Come see why!

Barn Burners are held in the 200 year old Quisisana Barn....casual style show, bar stays open....less formal, but a listening environment. This series will showcase acts that might not be household names...yet! A small comfort food menu will be served on these nights, from 6:00 till showtime. Capacity is limited in the Quisisana Barn, so order your tickets ahead. Showtime is at 8:00.

June 23 (Tuesday): Keb' Mo' click for details
Hailed by NPR as the modern ambassador for the blues he embarks on a new chapter in his career with the April 22, 2014 release of his first new album in three years, BLUESAmericana, and most extensive tour in nearly as long. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Keb' Mo' and Casey Wasner, BLUESAmericana features some of the three-time Grammy winner's most poignant and joyful songs. Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy premiered the first single. The Old Me Better which gets its Crescent City sound from guest artists the California Feetwarmers. The song finds Keb at his finest ....candid, funny and honest. Keb explains: This song is a humorous way of looking at the fact that maybe it wasn't better than it is now, but it sure seems like it was at certain times. " Click to watch the video. We have had him here a few times, and from where we stand we think he certainly does just get better. A rare show with his band...don't miss it.

June 26 (Friday): Lee Ann Womack click for details
Country Royalty if you ask me!!! Wow! Grammy and CMA AWard winning singer and songwriter, who is best known for her own brand of old fashioned-styled country music songs. Her 2000 single, "I Hope You Dance" was a major crossover music hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart and the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her signature song. But what I love about her, is how she embraces the old country. A rare tour out with a brand new album The Way I'm Livin' is already nominated for a Grammy. Don't miss this special artist.

July 24 (Friday): Paula Poundstone click for details
Wooohoooo..she's back again.....our favorite funny girl. An NPR darling, heard on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Paula has been making us laugh almost every year since we have opened. From her comedy specials, to her live shows, she is hysterical, witty, and her improv with the crowd is the highlight of the evening. A quick sell out every time, so get your ticket early!

July 31 (Friday):Tom Rush click for details
Since Tom Rush's 1962 debut as an unknown folk-blues musician on the Boston/Cambridge music scene, he has established himself as a consummate performer and singer-songwriter. He recently celebrated his five-decade career anniversary at Boston Symphony Hall to a sold out crowd of loyal folks who enjoy his music as much as you will. When you think of the importance of the folk scene in the 60's you should think of Tom. But now in 2015 he is just as vital and entertaining. We welcome him back with a big hug.

August 21 (Friday): Slaid Cleaves click for details
Hailing from Maine originally, this now Austin songwriter might as well have been born in the lone star state. He's got the Austin style songwriting reminiscent of Joe Ely or Townes Van Zandt, but a style and sound all his own. He is simply one of my favorite songwriters, and why he is not a household word is beyond me. Great songs, great voice, great stories and handsome as all get out. If you are a fan from Maine, you will remember his old band the Moxie Men.....many towns and years later he still comes highly SMAC recommended.

September 4 (Friday): Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives click for details
Yipeeeeee. The only disappointment in having Marty and the boys back is that we only get them for one show!!! I always say, when they come its like the wedding we never had! Marty is the consumate peformer...mixing a blend of bluegrass, old time country, and his own brand of traditional style originals. The band is crazy good. Kenny Vaughan, Harry Stinson on drums, and Paul Martin on bass. There playing is of course top notch, but their live vocals steal the show. That live thrill on stage, and on records is also seen regularly by TV viewers these days, on RFD-TV's The Marty Stuart Show, which adds a new chapter each week to the tradition of simple, electrifying country TV with varied live sounds, and top level guests. Marty has played with everyone from Johnny Cash, Travis Tritt, and Dolly Parton to Bela Fleck...he is a musicians' musician, but for this night we call him our own. He often graces us with two shows, but this summer we can only get him for one night...so grab these tickets soon!

September 11 (Friday): Shemekia Copeland click for details
She's back!!! In a span of less than two decades, Shemekia Copeland has evolved from teenage upstart to one of the most prominent voices in the blues. She's currently the most feted woman in the blues world and actually had a coronation where she was crowned and declared Queen of the Blues at the Chicago Blues Festival in 2011. Shemekia earned her crown with a series of high-quality recordings and an unrelenting tour schedule that has taken her to all corners of the globe. She's played all the major festivals and concert dates from Europe to Iraq to a memorable performance at the White House in front of an audience that included the President of the United States, sharing the bill with Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, B.B. King and other greats. Her new album is all the blues buzz....don't miss'er! SMAC loves Shemekia!!!

November 5 (Thursday): Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond: A Celtic Family Celebration
with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy click for details
Don't wait till next year to get these tix...only one show! This is one of the top "feel good" shows you'll ever see. It's a family affair filled with amazing musicianship, a frenzy of step dancing, and a talented family sharing the stage. Comes highly SMAC recommended. This will be a quick sellout so get your tickets early!

November 7 (Saturday): Capitol Steps - One Show Only! click for details
They are back, and just in time for the election results! They Put the MOCK in Democracy. Music and political satire by The Capitol Steps, the Washington-based troupe of Congressional staffers turned songwriters. This was one of the first acts I booked when we first opened..it's like having good friends visiting when they are here. And don't we all need a good laugh when it comes to politics these days?

November 21 (Saturday):Jubilee Riots (formerly Enter the Haggis) click for details
This Canadian Indie/Folk Rock world-fusion band based in Toronto, may have a new name, but their sound and show will be the same Haggis you know and love, and always full of surprizes !!! The guys have renamed themselves in recognition of the variety in their music, which contains Celtic elements but extends far beyond them. It's high-speed collision of Celtic music, rock, bluegrass, funk, and world music. Jubilee Riots describes their sound as Northern Roots Rock. "We feel that that speaks to our Canadian spin on American roots music and our use of traditional instruments with a rock edge. Folk music focuses on the power of meaningful lyrics, which continues to be a focus in our writing," they say. Riot is a good word to have their name now, as the room feels like its on the verge of a musical riot when they are here....always a sell out and always a great show.
       
 
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