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Performance Calendar
Scheduled Performances for 2017:  
April 1 (Saturday): Stone Mountain April is for us Fools Wine Dinner click for details
A Not So Serious Musical Wine Dinner featuring Carol Noonan, friends, and spoeaking of fools, that lovable wine critic Nigel Hoggsbottom!
An early evening of five courses of great wine and food as always, layered with music, film clips, and a surprize wine critic! Yes its back, and for the most special night of the year. Carol and friends will treat you to a wine dinner unlike any you have ever been to. Forget those wine dinners where they just tell you about the wines....this one has live music, film clips, great food, and of course wonderful wines. The fun starts at 5:00 in the Quisisana Barn with apps and your first wine so be prompt. And ask us about a taxi service if you need it or there is a special price for designated drivers. A ticket includes a night's musical and visual entertainment by Carol Noonan and friends, a five course meal and a 5 wines to try!! Come make some new friends and who knows what kind of April Fool's Shenannaigans there will be!

April 7 (Friday): Dale Watson and Ray Benson present Dale & Ray click for details
Wow….if you need a country fix, this should do it!
Many of you know Ray Benson, the towering iconic lead singer of the iconic western swing band Asleep at the Wheel. Always puts on a great show when he is here! Dale Watson, might be the lesser known to our neck of the woods, but he packs an equally mean punch off rockalbilly, western swing, and true country, something he defends vehemently. An American country/Texas country singer, guitarist, songwriter, and author he champions "Ameripolitan" as a new genre of original music and has positioned himself as a tattooed, stubbornly independent outsider who is interested in recording authentic country music. As a result, he has become a favorite of critics and alt-country fans.He crosses from heady shows like NPR:s Wait Wait Don't Tell Me to touring with with country-fed punkabilly sounds of The Reverend Horton Heat.

But the latest story is that Dale Watson and Ray Benson were meant to sing together. Both hailing from, in and around Bedsore Texas, Dale and Ray have both individually worked their way through the local Honky Tonks and Beer Joints, entertaining the crowds with their own Classic Country and Western styles. But, they have NEVER recorded a record together… UNTIL NOW!

“Dale and Ray,” to be released in January 2017, is sure to be a Classic Country Record for the ages. Channeling from the likes of Willie and Merle, The Louvin Brothers, Buck Owens and Don Rich, Dale and Ray will be showcasing their own NEW original songs like “Bus Breakdown,” “I'm Crying, For Crying Time Again,” “Dale and Ray,” “Feelin' Haggard,” to covers like “Write Your Own Songs” (Willie and Waylon) and “I Wish You Knew” (The Louvin Brothers).Get ready to see and hear Country’s NEWEST DUO from Texas! Since Dale is new to these parts for some, here is a video of him.

You Gotta see these Guys! Come Highly SMAC Recommended!

April 8
(Saturday): An Evening with Tom Rush Accompanied by Matt Nakoa 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. A sold out celebration of his five-decade career anniversary at Boston Symphony Hall proves his fan loayalty and endurance. When you think of the importance of the folk scene in the 60's you should think of Tom. But now in 2016 he is just as vital and entertaining. We welcome him back with a big hug!

April 15 (Saturday): Great Soul Singer Jesse Dee click for details
Dine and "Dee" Option: Buy Dinner and See Jesse's show for FREE!!!
Yes, purchase dinner with us and your ticket for Jesse is free.
The dinner proceeds will go to bringing this great artist to our stage to you for free! If you choose not to dine with us, you can purchase a ticket. We hope this packs the room for Jesse, because everyone should hear this amazing singer.

About Jesse:
Soul singer extraordinaire brings his own brand of R& B to Stone Mountain for his big show. We just love this guy. He has something really special and he is here for a much anticipated headlining show. A modern day trailblazer with his own tunes while embracing the old school soul greats before him. Sharing the stage with the likes of Al Green and James Hunter and others. This is huge SMAC Staff Pick! Dont miss this hot show as we say goodbye to winter!
Tickets are availble for purchase or if you do intend to dine with us, there will be a special reasonably priced menu to order from on concert night. Come support a great artist and a great series!

April 21
(Friday): Fryeburg Academy Jazz Ensembles click for details
Fryeburg Academy's awarding-winning jazz program returns to SMAC for it's final concert of the year! Wait until you hear what our local high school students are capable of. They play with a maturity and polish far beyond their years. Fryeburg Academy jazz alums and music faculty join FA's Big Band, New Standard Jazz Combo, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble for an excellent evening of jazz. Proceeds from this concert allow local music students to attend summer music workshops and camps. We are happy to support our local stars of tomorrow, and we hope you will too!!

* Please Note: this is a fund raiser for The Fryeburg Academy Music program so SMAC memberships and passes are not applicable.

April 22 (Saturday): Ruthie Foster (Solo Performance) click for details
Dont get me wrong.... I LOVE Ruthie's band, but this is my favorite way to see Ruthie...solo..it was how I first heard her many years ago, and it stopped me dead in my tracks. Ruthie is mostly considered a blues singer, sometimes a folkie, and sometimes known for being a songwriter. But if you have seen her, you know her as one of the most soulful singers out there today no matter what she sings.. Her shows lift you up and her spirit will stay with you long after you have left our barn. A grammy nominated artist with multiple awards to her resume, she is admire by many of her peers in the musical comminuty. "I love Ruthie Foster. That's my little sister. A phenomenal woman, yes indeed. She's great."- Mavis Staples A seal of approval from Miss Mavis, would be enough for me....but if you need more assurance, come see the "phenomenal" Ruthie Foster. Comes Highly SMAC Reccomended.

April 28 (Friday): Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul click for details
Eileen Ivers will change the way you think about the violin. Coined the Jimi Hendrix of the violin, fans got to know her as the electric and electrifying fiddle player in Riverdance. Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, guest starred with over 40 orchestras, original Musical Star of Riverdance, Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Sting, Hall and Oates, The Chieftains, ‘Fiddlers 3’ with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Regina Carter, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola, Steve Gadd, founding member of Cherish the Ladies, movie soundtracks including Gangs of New York, performed for Presidents and Royalty worldwide...WOW! This is a short list of accomplishments, headliners, tours, and affiliations. Eileen has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. And don't expect just Irish music. Eileen and her band cover the globe with their renditions of music from many different genres and geography. On a personal note, we have missed her and her colossal band something wicked!! Just what we need to say goodbye to winter.

April 29 (Saturday): The Mallett Brother's Band click for details
Maine alt-country/rock act the Mallett Brothers have quickly made a name for themselves beyond their home state. 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/songwriters as by harder rockers, 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. They always bring the house when they are here. Some really great guys doing some really great music. Come see what everyone is talking about.

May 5 (Friday): Del McCoury Band click for details
I feel bad saying this because I have so many bluegrass friends who I love and are crazy talented but for me, Del and his band is just about as great as bluegrass gets. And what I For more than fifty years, Del McCoury's music has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans as well as a growing number of fans among those only vaguely familiar with the genre. McCoury is something special, a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honkytonks, schoolhouse shows and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, yet also a commandingly vital presence today, from prime time and late night talk show TV to music festivals where audiences number in the hundreds of thousands. Reaching out to almost unimaginable audiences, Del's music retains its signature characteristics. The fifth decade of that half-century of music making has been filled with new and ongoing triumphs. The Del McCoury Band has shown unprecedented stability, with but a single change in membership in twenty years; nine IBMA Entertainer of the Year trophies, their namesake earned membership in the cast of the legendary Grand Ole Opry in 2003, and the Band earned their first Best Bluegrass Album Grammy award two years later followed by their second Grammy win in 2014 (to go along with double digit nominations); they traveled with the groundbreaking post-O Brother "Down From The Mountain" tour, performed and recorded (on his Grammy-winning These Days) with Gill and with country star Dierks Bentley; they are a regular at the spectacular Bonnaroo Music Festival, and Del's namesake Festival, DelFest has quickly become one of the premier string band events in the country showcasing acts ranging from bluegrass legend Bobby Osborne to Phish's frontman Trey Anastasio. Del might be 76, but he's singing better than ever and showing no signs of slowing down. WE are so happy to he and the boys back..it's been too long!!

May 9
(Tuesday): The Wailin' Jennys click for details
This show helps to Benefit the The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animal in Windham, Maine

Yippee!! They're back!!! Super gal group, The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound. Yes..PERFECT! Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin’ Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts. In 2004, The Wailin’ Jennys released their first full-length album 40 Days to great critical acclaim, netting a 2005 Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Bolstered by their frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s public radio show A Prairie Home Companion, The Jennys exploded onto the roots music scene, performing at packed venues across the Canada, the U.S. and throughout the world. With their varying backgrounds, each of the Jennys is unique in their individual expression. Together they forge a unified folk-pop sound that is stunning, exciting, and heartwarming. We are so lucky to have them back here again on their limited tour.

About the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals Windham, Maine
They are a huge haven for horses in crisis. On a personal note we got our feisty pony Aimy from them many years ago. They work tirelessly for our magestic friends and we are happy to partner with them for this show. .

NOTE:
Since this is a fund raiser Ticket Tabs or Dinner passes are not applicable for this show. So......please save your pass dollars for another show. Thanks!

May 12
(Friday): Susan Werner click for details
Iowa born Susan Werner Dubbed by NPR as the “Empress of the Unexpected,” A singer/songwriter by trade, but far from any category you might need to place her in. Susan is so many voices...from studying opera to diving into the folk scene.She is always creating and re-inventing herself while remaining true to who she is...a farm gal from rural America who tells their tales so eloquently. She is a consummate musician, mastering not just her voice, but piano and guitar as well. With multiple album releases and touring how she found the time to write a musical is another Susan Werner mystery....writing the music and lyrics for a musical based on the film "Bull Durham", which premiered in Atlanta in 2014. One of the best stage performers we have ever had grace our stage. A Critics choice and we could not agree more. Welcome back to SMAC Susan..its been too long.

May 13 & 14 (Saturday & Sunday):
Stone Mountain Mother of a Giant Flea Market Weekend
Join us for a Mother's Day Weekend of Flea Marlet Heaven!!! Live (mid-day) Music Provided by Irish group, the Press Gang We love the Dumpstah Divahs, and the Barn Pickahs! Yes we are celebrating Junk!!!! There will be vendors with lots of stuff and lots of stuff that has been restored and crafted into beautiful and unique pieces. . You don't have to wait until the warm weather to find that hidden treasure.

* Breakfast: The SMAC kitchen will be open for Early Bird Morning Goodies like Breakfast Pizza, donuts, pastries. Come for breakfast!!
*Lunch: lunch time favorites and libation will be available of course too, with soups, wraps, salads and burritos, and pizza, while music will be provided:
* Music: Irish group, the Press Gang plays each day from 11 to 2!
* Treasures: We will have lots of unique nick nacks, furniture, homegoods, clothing, old building materials, furniture, antiques, homemade, quirky, or even items made from restored junk!

Admission: One day pass is $3.00 at the door OR Two day pass for $4.00 and you get a free CD on the way out. Kids under 12 are Free.
Times: Saturday and Sunday - 9:00 to 3:00 (Live Music both days from 11 to 2)

Want to be a vendor?
Vendor fee is 150.00 for your two day space. We are looking for interesting items and semi professional presentation :>) . In other words if you clean out the barn, don't bring the dirt here!! Consider your space is inside and inside our beautiful halls. You are required to have enough inventory for the two days. If you would like to become a vendor, please email us a request for more info to info@stonemountainartscenter.com

May 18 ( 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.

May 19 (Friday): Alejandro Escovedo click for details
We are so happy to have this legendery Texas singer songwriter and roots rocker.back....his last show was jaw dropping. From his days in the now legendary Punk/Alt-Country outfits The Nuns, Rank and File and his own True Believers, to his glowingly received solo gems including 2008's Real Animal, Escovedo has built a cult following among songwriting peers and critics, as only a trully original can. Hailing from the fire of a talented Mexican-American family that includes staples in Santana and the famed Sheila E. From punk to rock/alternative to the musician's songwriter that is the Escovedo of today he tells stories like no other.

I like this review of him from the Miami Times: "Escovedo proves he can do practically anything, and do it as well as anyone, from blazing power-chord assaults that reveal his love of the Stooges and the Stones to teary eyed ballads that could turn George Jones into a sobbing shell of a man."

Sounds right to me...

May 26 ( Friday): A Five Dollah Hollah with Duo, Rough and Tumble click for details
One of those new acts that I stumbled or shpuld I say "tumbled" upon!
Really great..a small price for a big buncha talent In 2015 when 5 year members Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler quit their day jobs, sold everything they owned, and gave their thirty day notice on their rental house to trade in for a life permanently on the road. With their sixteen foot camper and their 97 pound dog, Butter, they have been touring nationwide. Don't let their vagabond tendencies fool you-- this americana-folk duo are a compact team of close harmonies, versatile instrumentation, and deliberate songwriting all presented with a nudge of the elbow and a tongue in the cheek. Haunting, quirky, solemn, and spritely, The Rough & Tumble are for the faint of heart and the strong of will.

May 27 ( Saturday): An Evening of Jazz with the Tom Snow Quartet click for details
Jazz Fans Take Notice!!! Thomas Snow, piano Ken Peplowski, saxophone and clarinet Marshall Wood, bass Les Harris, Jr., drums

Maine’s own pianist Tom Snow returns to SMAC as a leader, and this time he’s bringing a few of his friends from the world of Jazz. Our SMAC audiences have heard Tom many times as Jonathan Edwards’ pianist, and you may have also attended SMAC’s sold-out 2013 CD release concert of his fourth CD, “Friends.” On this night, Tom is sharing the stage with jazz giant and NYC-based virtuoso clarinetist, Ken Peplowski, acclaimed bassist, Marshall Wood (bassist for Tony Bennett), and stalwart favorite and Boston “A-lister”, Les Harris, Jr. (drums). If you’ve ever heard Tom perform, you’ll know that he is a musical chameleon and often cross-weaves styles of folk, bluegrass, rock and jazz. Accompanied by this stellar lineup of world-renowned musicians, the sweet sounds of jazz will fill the air at Stone Mountain. We hope you’ll join Tom as he pours his artistry, love, sincerity, and musical communication into this fantastic setting.

THIS WILL BE A GREAT SHOW!

May 28
(Sunday): Chris Thomas King click for details
Louisianna born Multi-talented Grammy Award-winning blues artist, producer, composer and actor Chris Thomas King was thrust into the spotlight as the young blues singer from "O Brother Where Art Thou", but Chris is so much more. He has stretched the boundaries of all his favored genres from Jazz to Hip Hop. New Orleans born, his roots are in the delta blues, but he is considered a contemporary blues man, who not only preserves the tradition of the blues and its African American roots, but also the originality of its influence on the music of today. Here is a more recent version of that song that we all loved from O Brother... click to watch the video.

June 2 (Friday): Lonely Heartstring Band click for details
Wow..never have I seen a band soar so qucik....and for good reason. We love these guys. Nourished by deep roots in the expansive canon of traditional American music, The Lonely Heartstring Band embodies the modern American condition—an understanding and reverence for the past that informs a push into the future. This multi-talented group of musicians is a Bluegrass quintet insofar as they’re far greater than the sum of its parts, but unlike a traditional Bluegrass band, their music stretches far beyond any genre-specific title. Combining soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies, their growing repertoire of original songs and compositions showcases not only their considerable talents, but a dedication to meaningful roots-conscious music .Since their beginnings in 2012, The Lonely Heartstring Band has been on the rise and shows no sign of slowing down. With their 2015 IBMA Momentum Award and the imminent release of their debut full-length album on the legendary Rounder Records label, there is every reason to believe that they are at the front edge of a significant career. Already they have generated a devoted following of music-lovers across North America, performing and headlining at major music festivals and historic venues from Western Canada to California, from Kentucky to New Hampshire. Whether it’s a festival stage, theatre, or intimate listening room, The Lonely Heartstring Band always delivers a dynamic, diverse, and heartfelt performance. Over the last three years of touring, the band has crafted shows that generate a genuine connection and bring crowds to their feet. We will be no exception.

June 9 ( Friday): Cheryl Wheeler & Kenny White click for details
Cheryl Wheeler Critic Scott Alarik said it best: " It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the mic. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic" And we love both those Cheryls! She is not afraid to speak her mind about politics, religion any any other issues in the national debate! She is always a delight... even more so when her pal Kenny is with her.....

Kenny White
is a relative newcomer to the world of the touring singer-songwriter Kenny began his career in the 1970s touring extensively as the keyboard player for Jonathan Edwards and Livingston Taylor. He then became a fixture in the NY studio scene throughout the 1990s, producing and arranging literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio. Commercials enabled him to work with artists like Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Neville and even the London Symphony Orchestra. He produced Shawn Colvin’s Grammy-nominated song, “I Don’t Know Why” and performed on Marc Cohn’s platinum debut record. He began traveling with and opening shows for many of his friends and colleagues including Cheryl Wheeler, Jonathan Edwards, and Richard Shindell. Kenny often travels with Judy Collins as her opening act throughout North America and Europe and is signed to her label. Kenny is a classic piano man, and if you have not heard him, you have to!!

June 10 (Saturday): David Bromberg Quintet click for details
For Americana godfather David Bromberg, he can do it all...jazz, blues, folk, fusion...and icon of it all!! His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon. In producing John Hartford’s hugely influential Aereo-Plain LP, Bromberg even co-invented a genre: Newgrass. Now, with The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues, his first release for Red House Records, Bromberg and multi-Grammy-winning producer/accompanist Larry Campbell (Dylan, Levon Helm, Paul Simon) focus on the music David discovered in high school, his evident love for the blues. Although he remains the proprietor of the beloved David Bromberg Fine Violins in Wilmington, Delaware – “I love my shop,” he says – Bromberg makes time to tour with his quintet. We are lucky to catch them on our musical net!!

June 16 (Friday): Suitcase Junket click for details
He was here as p[art of out free music series and blew everyone away. We promised he would be back with his own show....here ya go! One man band, doesn't do this artist justice....Suitcase is an Artist, tinkerer, tunesmith, swamp Yankee, Matt Lorenz is a one-man salvage specialist singing into the hollow of a Dumpster guitar, slipping a broken bottleneck onto the slide finger, railing on a box of twisted forks and bones, rocking till every sound is ragged at its edges, till the house is singing back. Then, unplugging all the amps and letting one mountain ballad soar over the raw strings on that guitar. Every night is a hard-driving, blues-grinding, throat-singing search-and-rescue junket. Sooner or later everything rusts, busts, and gets tossed into the junk heap: iron, bones, leather, hot rods, muskrats, the night, the heart. The goal is to recover it. To waste nothing. To create new ways from old.

This is The Suitcase Junket. Watch his YouTube video.
Happy he is back with us .

June 18 (Sunday): 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 has also been seen regularly by TV viewers on RFD-TV's The Marty Stuart Show. 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!

June 20 (Tuesday): Richard Thompson Solo Acoustic (One Show Only!) click for details
This show helps to benefit the Brownfield Public Library
Please note....Membership Passes ar not applicable for this show

What can we say about him? He is literally one of the reasons why we built SMAC....just to say, he is in our back yard!! In our humble opinion, there is not a better guitar player, and his songwriting can paint a picture like no other story teller in his genre...not that he really fits into one... he is a genre all of his own. Whether with Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Linda Thompson, or this last decade as a soloist, he continues to forge ahead with new music, sounds, and ideas. But don't worry, his shows are full of what made you a fan in the first place too. Don't miss it..always a quick sell out.

Brownfield Public Library: The wonderful little Brownfield Public Library is available to all the residents of our town. We are presently open for 20 hours per week with a qualified staff and volunteers to help with any library need. But we do depend on the generosity of our patrons, our supporters and our town. We work hard to raise funds to keep our library open and an event such as this goes a long way to help us. Please come out to see this wonderful concert and to support the BPL as well.

We thank Richard Thompson so much for allowing part of the proceeds of this show to help support our Brownfield Public Library.

June 23 (Friday): Richie and Rosie click for details
Boy are we excited about this Show!! I love these two. I imagine they must be incredibly valuable band members when they contribute to the various bands that are lucky enough to have then, but these two together are something very special. This might be a weird comparison, but they somehow remind me of how I feel when I hear Alasadair Fraser and Natalie Haas....only in an old timey way and with vocals! They kind of take me away, and in a time when lots of musicians are picking up the ole timey instruments and calling it the latest trend, these guys are paying true homage to it. Okay, that is my two cents. Here is their real bio: Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton are a dynamic duo performing music rooted in the Americana tradition. Over the past four years they have collaborated in various projects and formed the duo after hours of jamming in Stearns' kitchen, experimenting with traditional and original songs. Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton take the fiddle, banjo combination to new levels as they continue to expand the boundaries of this tradition. Richie Stearns is a legendary banjo player and singer, and has led bands including The Horse Flies, and Donna the Buffalo. He has also played with countless others, and tours with Natalie Merchant. He is steeped in the traditions of American old-time music, Appalachian folk, blues, African, rock, and country music. Rosie Newton is a talented fiddler and singer. She has toured with The Duhks, Louisiana legend Preston Frank, Red Dog Run, The Evil City Stringband, Home Remedy, The Pearly Snaps and occasionally celtic all-star band Ferintosh.

Their fist time at SMAC, and sure it wont be their last. Check them out and make sure you listen to an instrumetnal AND a song with a vocals!! Just great!

June 25 (Sunday): Dave & Phil Alvin & The Guilty Ones click for details
The Alvin brothers founded seminal early LA punk roots band The Blasters in 1979, and after Dave left the group in 1986, they did not record an album together again until ‘Common Ground.If their GRAMMY-nominated 2014 album ‘Common Ground’ was the sound of a partnership rekindled, ‘Lost Time’ is a four-alarm fire. Dave’s guitar work slithers and stings as never before, and Phil’s feral howl cuts to the core. Over ‘Lost Time’s’ twelve tracks, Dave and Phil pay homage to a number of artists and songs that had an early, formative influence, in Dave’s words “the masters of the Blues, the most transcendental form of American music. ON a personal note, the Blasters has been the soundtrack of our dressing room since we opened. If there was some partying to do the Blaster:s record came out, so although they have moved on from those LA days, we still lobe to here somme "Shakin"when its called for.

Check out a video of them then and here is Dave now with his band, the Guilty Ones. Speaking of "guilty", this show will be our guilty pleasure...come join us!! We can,t wait!!

June 30 (Friday): Ellis Paul click for details
Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting. He was a principle leader in the wave of singer/songwriters that emerged from the Boston folk scene, creating a movement that revitalized the national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, folk pop style that helped renew interest in the genre in the 1990's. Paul remains the most mainstream-friendly folk songwriter to emerge from Boston since Tom Rush. Between 1993 and 2004, he won an unprecedented 13 Boston Music Awards, and his songs were heard on hit TV shows Ed and MTV's Real World; and in the soundtracks of several Farrelly Brothers films, including "Me, Myself, & Irene," and "Shallow Hal," Director Peter Farrelly has called Paul "a national treasure."..a very cool stamp of approval.

July 2 (Sunday): 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 almostevery 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 3 (Monday): Jonathan Edwards to Benefit Mountain Top Music Center click for details

Barefoot and tanned, Jonathan Edwards has never looked and sounded better. Of course he is known for his big hits, like "Sunshine" 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. Always a sellout and you'll never know who he might bring with him!!

Mountain Top Music Center has always been program artsits are happy to support. REad theiur muissin statement: Mountain Top Music Center has been offering high quality music education programs and a variety of concerts in the greater Mount Washington Valley since 1996. We continually strive to link musician and listener through innovative programming and comprehensive, multi-generational educational opportunities to achieve our mission of “enriching lives and building community through music. Read about the good folks who take care of our future stars. I think their home page with all those smiling faces, says it all!

NOTE: Since this is a fuind raiser Ticket Tabs or Dinner passes are not applicable for this fund raiser. So......please save your pass dollars for another show. Thanks!

July 21 (Friday): The Press Gang click for details
The irish powerhouse of a band the Press Gang, performs songs and dance music of Ireland with great skill and enthusiasm. The quartet features the unique voice and flute playing of Hanz Araki (called “an Irish music phenomenon in America” by Irish Music Magazine), along with accordion and concertina player Christian “Junior” Stevens, Alden Robinson on fiddle, and Owen Marshall on guitar and bouzouki. Based in Portland, Maine, they tour regularly throughout the U.S. and are staples of the music community in their home state. The joy that these musicians pour into playing music together is unmistakable and infectious. Irish Guitarist John Doyle says, “One of those rare bands that are ingenious, driving, thoughtful and yet have great respect for the tradition.”We could not agree more. Check out this Maine Irish treasure of a band.

July 22 ( Saturday): The Mammals featuring Mike and Ruthy click for details
THE MAMMALS ARE BACK
Mike + Ruthy, touring American folk act and founders of The Mammals are bringing back the band name that energized crowds in the 00's and gave them their start. "We've always been Mammals at heart," laughs Ruth Ungar, the band's soulful singer and fiddler. "The music we're making has the same old-time and Americana roots, and our lyrics have gotten more political again." It's true, The Mammals' were known for their rabble-rousing musical statements which sometimes caused a stir with politically divided audiences from Louisiana to Michigan. This time around their goals remain two-fold: raise positive social awareness & have a good party! Back in 2001, The Mammals originated as a partnership between Ungar, Merenda and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger (Pete's grandson) and later grew to include other players. The 2017 lineup will include some former Mammal members including Jacob Silver and Ken Maiuri when they are not touring with Lee Fields and the B-52's respectively. "It's a blessing to have a connection to the past and such great new players too," says Mike. "The alchemy of fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and drums is magic… and when keys, pedal steel, and horns are in the mix we leap to the next level.

It will be great to hear this group again.

July 27 ( 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.

July 29 ( Saturday): 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.

August 1
(Tuesday): Rhiannon Giddens - The Freedom Highway Tour click for details
These days out SMAC favorite seems to be getting the attention she deserves. "Introducing Rhiannon Giddens as an up-and-coming singer" ...well we new she was coming a long time ago!! Giddens is like a musical explosion onstage. Folks took notice of her limitless talents as one of Carolina Chocolate Drops. Fast forward and T-Bone Burnett, the legendary record producer, is asking Giddens whether he could produce her first solo album, the Grammy nominated "Tomorrow Is My Turn,". Oh and did we tell you she is on the hot show Nashville!!??? There is so much to say and yet nothing to say that describes this woman's talent. A talent I believe will be in the history books when they write about our musical decade.

So just see and hear for yourself with this YouTube video. By the way our dear friend and her band mates could go anywhere now.....we are some happy that they still think of us as a worthy stop for their grace.

August 5 (Saturday): Mary Chapin Carpenter click for details
This show will helps to benefit the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter and the Conway Area Humane Society

Please Note....Membership Passes are not applicable for this show

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter will return to SMAC once again, singing both timeless hits and her always proliphic and growing catelogue of songs. Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal. On a personal note, she is so dear to us..always including us on her tour. Always a sell out..of course!!!

About the Shelters:
We know Ms Carpenter is a huge animal lover and has rescues of her own. We thank her so much for allowing part of the proceeds of this show to help support the haven these two shelters provide We have two great shelters that support our animal friends locally. The Harvest Hills Animal Shelter and Conway Area Humane Humane Society.


August 6 (Sunday): Mary Chapin Carpenter click for details
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter will return to SMAC once again, singing both timeless hits and her always proliphic and growing catalogue of songs. Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal. On a personal note, she is so dear to us..always including us on her tour. Always a sell out..of course!!!

August 24 (Thursday): Secret Sisters click for details
Lydia and Laura Rogers are recognizable as sisters the minute they open their mouths. They float, twist and trade harmonies in ways only siblings can. Hailing from small-town Alabama, the pair started practicing parts as girls in church, and two decades later, their music can be hymn-like: plain but powerful, heartsick and hopeful. They also throw back to secular songs: those of the Everly Brothers, bluegrass creator Bill Monroe and country godfather Hank Williams. In fact, all but two songs on The Secret Sisters' first (self-titled) album were covers of traditionals or traditional country songs. Later albums would show their own songwriting talents, a little darker but still as sweet. Their latest project will be a new record, produced by Brandi Carlile and the Twins. if that is not a seal of approval, I don't know what is! Very happy to finally get them here: Check them out for yerself!

September 22 (Friday): Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection click for details
Fiddle prodigy Erica was competing at seven, touring at nine and recording at fifteen, when she made her SRT debut with the Old Time Radio Gang. Now her own five piece Bluegrass Band is enjoying great popularity and returns for their annual Bluegrass / Country / Folk hoedown! With Matt Shipman on guitar and vocals, Ken Taylor on bass, Steve Roy on Mandolin and vocals, and Read McNamara on Banjo. Erica was a recipient of a 2006 Maine Arts Commission Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Award and was recognized as a Master Artist by the Maine Arts Commission that same year. Her talent for combining the precision of classical music with the spontaneity of country and bluegrass fiddle makes for a fun-filled performance every time she plays. Performance highlights include opening for Grammy award winning country music superstar Dwight Yoakam, as well as Grammy award winning bluegrass performer Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.

"One of the best fiddlers in Maine...The kind of musician who gives musicians a good name." - Darol Anger. We couldn't agree more!

September 29 (Friday): Chris Smither click for details
Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for over 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for over 40 years, Chris Smither is one of the best to ever hit our stage. With profound songs, dazzling guitar skills and his distinct gravelly voice he casts a spell over the audience one song at a time. Says the Chicago Sun Times - "Chris Smither has traveled countless miles with his careworn blend of folk and acoustic blues. His hallmarks include the fingers of an effortless musician, a voice as craggy and deep as the earth, the soul of a philosopher and master poet, and the foot-tapping percussion of a restless wanderer…" Couldn't have said it better myself.

October 19 ( 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.

October 20 (Friday): Freddy and Francine click for details
Wow...ya know when you hear something that just makes you drop everything and listen....I know no one does that anymore..but I did when I heard these two. They were here in June and brought the house down. Pardon my Irish, but they sing their asses off! Catch them before they are the next big thing! Freddy & Francine is an Americana/Soul duo featuring singer songwriters Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso. No Depression magazine describes Freddy & Francine as “Americana Soul, complete with tight two-part harmonies, engaging songs that will shoot deep into your heart, and a musical chemistry that is second-to-none in the L.A. Americana scene.” But if me and the critics aren't good enough for ya..... the proof is in the puddin' ... check out this video.

October 27 (Friday): Kris Delmhorst & Jeffrey Foucault click for details
with a great Band including Billy Conway (of Morphine) on Drums
Husband and wife singer/songwriters Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault rarely perform together as a duo.Bit if its rare SMAC is the best place to find it!

Kris Delmhorst a prolific writer and constant collaborator, grew up in Brooklyn NY. Her musical home is in Boston MA where she cut her teeth on open mics, bar gigs, and subway busking before embarking on her life as an internationally touring songwriter. She has a smokey voice and when she sings she is lost in the song more deeply than most. Burt what might get missed about her obvious talents is just want a great musician she is.
Jeffrey Foucault grew up in Wisconsin and started playing guitar at 17. One of those songwriters who when you discover him, you feel feel deprived of the time you could have spent listening. Compared to the likes of Greg Brown and John Prine, like Kris, a strong Jeffrey has taken, in his own words, ‘the small roads;’ building a brick and mortar independent international touring career of ten studio albums, countless miles and critical accolades with his warm and gritty voice and troubadour style.

Together,
Delmhorst and Foucault live in a small town in western Massachusetts with their daughter who we are sure to hear about on this sweet night of love and music.

November 10 ( Friday): Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas click for details
We cannot get enough of this master Scottish fiddler and his beautuful cellist sidekick. These two together are one of the most moving musical collaborations you will ever see on our stage. The show is fun, the music is stunning and Alasdair is a presence who just makes you feel great to be alive. Natalie is a silent wonder, speaking poetry though her expression and her instrument. A toe tapping night of celtic fiddle music and Scottish story telling. This is SMAC at its best when these two are here.

November 11 (Saturday): Capitol Steps click for details
These folks will have lots of material for election week 2017 after a year with the new regime? They are back, and just in time for more 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 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 almostevery 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!
October 19 ( Thursday): Bob Marley click for details
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