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Red Molly – Sunday Sep 9 The State Theatre

8:00 pm $25. The State Theatre Buy tickets nowBuy tickets through The State Theatre

Red Molly
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Sponsored by The Acoustic Brew Concert Series and Poole Anderson Construction

Pricing: $25 (+$3.50 Ticketing Fee)
Member Sale: Monday, June 4th at noon EST
Public Sale: Friday, June 8th at noon EST
This is a Reserved Seating show. To purchase a ticket, click the button above.
NOTE: Red Molly tickets are not included in the Acoustic Brew’s season ticket package.

Red Molly first graced our stage in September 2006 opening for David Wilcox. We were so wowed we had them back for a full show the following Spring. We are excited to partner with the State Theatre to bring Red Molly back to State College again!

The Americana sweethearts who took a break in 2015 to work on their solo recordings are back for a limited number of shows in 2017-18. These very special shows feature picks from each of their 2017 solo projects, arranged in the signature Red Molly style as well as Red Molly favorites that span their 11-year career. A new lineup includes Eben Pariser (Roosevelt Dime) on electric guitar and drums and Craig Akin (Roosevelt Dime) on upright bass.

Known for their gorgeous harmonies, infectious songwriting, and captivating stage presence, Red Molly (Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Venter) weaves together the threads of American music—from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk—as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature crystalline, three-part harmonies. Their brilliantly wrought a capella tunes are love letters to the art of the vocal blend, and their innovative instrumentation is perfectly suited for foot stomping bluegrass-tinged barnburners and heart-full ballads alike. Red Molly is simply a joy to listen to.

From Day One, Red Molly conjured musical magic. A decade later, they’ve honed their songwriting, their covers, their playing and, above all, their harmonies into something joyful and sublime.” – John Platt, WFUV FM, Sunday Breakfast

CentreGives 2018

Do you like the music that your hear at Acoustic Brew? Please show your support by contributing to our organization during Centre Gives. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from our patrons to bring national-level artists to central Pennsylvania without being tied to the bottom line.

Visit our page at May 8 and 9 to donate to Acoustic Brew and you may be the donor we pick at random to receive two tickets to this weekend’s Victoria Vox concert. While you’re there, please consider contributing to some of the hundreds of other organizations that are doing great work throughout Centre County. Thank you for your support. We hope to see you May 12 for Victoria Vox or at one of our shows this fall.

Victoria Vox – May 12 CWB

Buy tickets nowEvening Concert 7:30 pm $16. Center for Well Being, Lemont. 

Family Concert 1:30-2:15 pm Free (Donation to the artist suggested) State College Presbyterian Church 132 W Beaver Ave

Ukelele Workshop 3:30-5:00 pm $20 Center for Well Being, Lemont Registration required.  RSVP to familyconcert AT acousticbrew DOT org

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Victoria Vox has taken the artful sound of the ukulele into eclectic new directions. Her music ranges from upbeat and clever to honest and moving, while incorporating her signature “mouth trumpet” and occasionally singing in French. Her delightful songwriting uses a unique palette of sounds and beats that delight audiences of all ages.

Soon after graduating from the Berklee College of Music (Songwriting 2001), a friend gave her a ukulele, and the small, four-stringed instrument proved to be the unexpected, but welcomed vehicle to showcase the upbeat, rhythmic drive that is characteristic of her music.

An undercurrent of toughness, a beautiful voice, great melodies and loads of charm make her unique folk/pop music impossible to resist.” – Vintage Guitar Magazine

Brad and Ken Kolodner Trio – Apr 14 CWB

7:30 pm $18. Center for Well-Being, Lemont.  Buy tickets now

Brad and Ken Kolodner Trio
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The dynamic father-son duo Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddles pushing the boundaries of the Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and Old-Time fiddlers in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world. Together, they infuse their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs. They perform tight and musical arrangements of original and traditional old-time music with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.” Bassist Alex Lacquement rounds out the trio and locks everything together with his commanding and tasteful choices.

"This is old time music played in the purest way: at home, with family, with heart, and with a creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation." – Dulcimer Player News April 2011

Ellis – Mar 24 CWB

7:30 pm $16. Center for Well-Being, Lemont.  Buy tickets now

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One of our most dynamic, engaging performers returns! Ellis Delaney is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her songs with uplifting lyrics and infectious spirit and enthusiasm. If you looked up the definition of open-hearted in the dictionary, you just might find her photo there. Ellis’ performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges & opened hearts.

A winner of several awards and honors, Ellis has been recognized both for her songwriting skills as well as her engaging performances. Many folk festivals have “audience choice” awards, and Ellis has claimed those honors at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Moab Folk Festival (3 times!), and Sisters Folk Festival. She also won the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Contest, the midwest region of the Mountain Stage New Song Contest and the award for the Just Plain Folks (International) Best Female Singer Songwriter Album. She has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion 4 times in the last 3 years as well!

"Ellis has one of most engaging personalities that I’ve ever witnessed on a stage." – Ron Olesko, WDFU
"If ever there was a feel-good folk musician, this is the woman – somebody who really does send you off feeling better about the world." – John Davy, No Depression

Michael Jerling – Mar 10 CWB

7:30 pm $18. Center for Well-Being, Lemont.  Buy tickets now

Michael Jerling
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Michael has been among the winners of the prestigious “New Folk” competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, and his involvement with the seminal Fast Folk Musical Magazine in New York City has led to his song “Long Black Wall” being included on a Smithsonian Folkways CD celebrating twenty years of Fast Folk.

Borrowing from blues, rock, country and R&B, Michael displays his first-rate lyrical sense and impressive musicianship. A keen student of the good and ghastly in American life, Michael weaves themes like a novelist, evoking our shortcomings and dreams without yielding to cynicism or sentimentality. Often praised as a “songwriter’s songwriter” who composes in styles influenced by the wealth of American music, he has been characterized as an artist who performs his “extraordinary songs with the uncommon ability to deliver them to an audience with power and grace”.

"Stronger than new rope… especially recommended to fans of Gorka, Greg Brown, Dave Alvin or any other real smart people who make real good music." – Icon, Iowa City

Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves – Feb 10 CWB

7:30 pm $18. Center for Well-Being, Lemont.  Buy tickets now

Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves
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Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes play old time country music and newly written songs from the Appalachian mountains. Sam and Tyler’s programs feature fiddle and banjo hoedowns, close mountain harmonies, stories of all kinds, Carter Family-inspired autoharp and guitar, country gospel songs, lonesome ballads and flatfoot dancing. Both Sam and Tyler come from southwest Virginia and as a duo they write and perform contemporary songs that tell stories from present-day Appalachia. Sam and Tyler have performed at venues and festivals throughout the United States, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Old Songs Festival, The State Fair of Virginia, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and others. They have appeared on West Virginia Public Radio’s Mountain Stage and Lexington, Kentucky’s Red Barn Radio (broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television). The duo released their first record SAM GLEAVES & TYLER HUGHES in June 2017.

"Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes claim their place in the deep tradition of duet singing, so much a part of their Southwest Virginia home. Tyler’s ‘When We Love’ and Ola Belle Reed’s ‘Tear Down the Fences’ are heart stopping anthems to everything that is the best in Appalachia and in each of us." – John McCutcheon

SONiA – Sep 23 CWB

7:30 pm $18. Center for Well-Being, Lemont.  Buy tickets now

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SONiA disappear fear’s songs that transcend genres and languages. Her canon of 17 albums encompass folk, blues, world music, and everything in between. She’s written in Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, and German.

Her latest double CD “LIVE at MAXiMAL” was in the first round running Grammy for Folk Album of the year and received the nomination for Best Live Album  by the IMA -Independent Music Awards (USA). She has shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Peter, Paul and Mary, Chris Thile, Sheryl Crow, Pete Seeger, and many more.

“There is an exuberance and passion shining from SONiA as she warms the audience with her humanity, charm and a touch of glamour.” – Roger Dietz, Sing Out Magazine

CentreGives 2017

May 9-10

Thank you, live, acoustic music lovers. Through your generosity, we raised $1,300 from 17 donors. The funds will help us continue to bring renown acts to our wonderful venues. We hope to see you May 14 for Molsky’s Mountain Drifters or at one of our shows this fall.

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters – SUNDAY, May 14 CWB

4:00 pm $19. Center for Well-Being, Lemont.  Buy tickets now

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We’ve added a “Special Brew1” to our Spring lineup to introduce Bruce Molsky’s brand new trio with Allison de Groot and Stash Wyslouch – Tradition steeped in possibility.
Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song is delighted to present his new group already on tour in the US. Bruce’s previous collaborations, with Anonymous 4, 1865 – Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War, was released to rave reviews and was on the top 10 Billboard charts for weeks. He is also a special guest on legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler’s latest CD, Tracker and is working on his 3rd album with Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s supergroup Mozaik. You can also hear Bruce on BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions singing with Joan Osborne, Julie Fowlis and fiddling with Scottish legend Aly Bain and America’s great dobroist Jerry Douglas. Bruce is also Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program.
Allison de Groot combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music. With her own bands The Goodbye Girls and Oh My Darling, she has played Trafalgar Square in London, Newport Folk FestivalStockholm Folk Festival the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Tønder Festival in Denmark. Like Bruce, Allison loves collaborating and bringing new ideas to old music, and brings a fresh approach to the trio.
Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen. Stash is a veteran festival performer, having played at Grey Fox Bluegrass FestivalRockygrassMerlefestSavannah Music Festival and others. Coming over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus some superb guitar and vocal chops.


“It is no exaggeration to say that Bruce Molsky is one of the greatest American fiddlers of all time. His playing is mesmerizing and transporting, and best experienced live” – WBUR, Boston Public Radio

1Special Brew: Sometimes we get a call that an artist has a date open and we can add a great show to our season. This show is an addition to our published schedule and is not included in the Season Ticket package.