Saturday, October 11 Social Hour at 6:00/Concert at 7:00
Since their debut in 2007, Shannon Wurst and her voice--the one that wraps around you like a sweet, slow slick of molasses--have firmly established themselves at the intersection of everyman folk and Americana rooted in the traditions of Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton.
Based out of Fayetteville Arkansas, Wurst tours extensively. Recent live performances include the Kerrville Folk Festival as a new folk finalist. She is the recipient of the Arkansas Fellowship Award in Folk Composition, was a semi‐finalist in A Prairie Home Companion’s “Talented Twenties Contest,” and has twice been selected as a Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist.
By turns plaintive and playful, Wurst’s songs wade into the deep waters of lost love, winding rivers and small‐town gossip before setting their lyrical sights on lighter fare, including an ambitious ivory‐billed woodpecker masquerading as a black crow in 2010’s critically‐acclaimed What’s More Honest Than a Song? A 2011 review by Jivewired called the album, Wurst’s sophomore solo effort, one of the most quietly beautiful records of the year, describing her sound as that of “backpack‐wearing broken‐heart balladry” with “a bittersweet honesty that reads like a musical diary” cut by a sense of “wide‐eyed optimism infused with a charming levity.”
Her fourth solo album, Lionheart Love, draws inspiration from her travels, a release of wanderlust marked by indulgence in moments of quiet introspection, stops at junk stores, run‐ins with a cult or two, and a concerted effort to learn to conquer love, both past and present, requited and unrequited, on a scale lived large.
Saturday, November 1 Social Hour at 6:00/Concert at 7:00
Upon his return from a 1997 trek throughout war ruined Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jon quit writing songs and performing, claiming, "I'm at least a 1000 books and emotions shy of earning the right to stand behind a microphone." Eight years later - Jon dusted off his Taylor 615 Jumbo.
Though Jon's music is filled with grey and morally ambiguous characters living on the outskirts of approval, his mandate is unequivocal: "I'm not interested in writing 'happy songs' - I've chosen to write healing songs and for that reason, I'm obliged to reveal a wound or two now and then. That said, I'm less interested in writing 'unhappy songs': I want to write hopeful songs, inspiring songs and I expect I owe today's listener some compelling argument as to why we should believe our present world can be improved, or healed. A song's highest aim is to invoke empathy - to offer that rare sight of ourselves in others. In this sense, the songwriter is simply trying to 'politicize love', hence my contention: today's songwriter should be a lobbyist for compassion to be our principle representative in government office."
Jon's new record, DELICATE CAGES (2011) takes its title from the Robert Bly poem, TAKING THE HANDS: Taking the hands of someone you love/You see they are like delicate cages...
Delicate Cages aims to reveal the complicit natures of good and evil, love and fear, and freedom and imprisonment. The DELICATE CAGES we live within are forms of enslavement - and not all 'cages' are necessarily bad. On his latest and most urgent and accessible collection of songs, Jon Brooks promises freedom to all who choose love over fear.
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Suggested Donation: $15
We present a variety of musical styles, including Folk, Roots, Celtic, Bluegrass and Singer-Songwriters. We are a “listening room” during the performance; concerts also include a social hour so you can talk with your friends and meet the performers.
Saturday, September 6 Social Hour at 6:00/Concert at 7:00
Playing traditional Americana and original music, The Whipstitch Sallies -- Allie Burbrink, Sam Roberts, Kat Erickson, and Katie Burk -- explore the territory between folk and bluegrass.
The Whipstitch Sallies layer their vocals over the guitar, banjo, harmonica, upright bass, mandolin, and fiddle. Together, these entertaining young ladies will delight audiences everywhere they play with their interesting arrangements and vocal harmonies.
They quickly developed a fan base in central Indiana and broaden their audience with every show they play. Their 2013 EP Hand ‘Em Over was voted Best New Album in the Brown County Music Awards. NUVO Newsweekly calls The Whipstitch Sallies “bluegrass rockers with panache.”