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DuoDuo – May 18 WPSU

7:30 pm $22. WPSU Studios, Innovation Park Buy tickets now

This show will be one 75 minute set. For those of you who play an instrument, bring it along for an aftershow jam.

DuoDuo
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The DuoDuo Quartet presents an unforgettable night of music, song, and dance, spanning from the intimacy of each duo to a collaboration featuring all four of these innovators and masters of their respective traditions and instruments.

Michigan-born percussive dancer Nic Gareiss and Edinburgh harpist Maeve Gilchrist met while teaching at the Shasta Fiddle Summit in Northern California. They continued their musical relationship with spontaneous collaborations at festivals and chance meetings and later toured together as part of Darol Anger’s band, ‘The Furies’, finally making their duo debut at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland. Sharing a deep respect for traditional music and culture while drawing on contemporary elements of music, movement, rhythm and improvisation, Nic and Maeve have emerged from the vibrant new acoustic scene as innovators in their fields. The percussion and drive of Nic’s footwork combined with Maeve’s melodic and improvisational sensibilities make for an explosive duet sure to delight both the ears and the eyes.

Natalie Haas is one of the most sought-after cellists in Celtic music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for 18 years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. She has appeared on over 50 albums, including those of Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster, Irish greats Altan, Solas, and Liz Carroll, and Americana icon Dirk Powell. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Natalie is currently based in Boston, where she is an associate professor of cello at Berklee College of Music.

Montrealer Yann Falquet is one of the most creative acoustic guitarists in today’s Québécois music scene. Over the last fifteen years, he has recorded five albums and toured the world with French Canadian power trio Genticorum. Over the years, he has developed a unique personal guitar style for Québécois folk music, rhythmically powerful yet subtly complex. In the last few years, this husband and wife team have been performing together as a duo, performing a mix of Québécois traditional songs and new takes on folk music from throughout Western Europe.

“It’s an unusual blend of instruments; cello, harp, guitar and feet, but they’ve played together as friends for so long… the results [are] simply magic.” – CTNOW Hartford Courant

Karyn Oliver – May 4 CWB

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

Mike Block
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Karyn Oliver is part Joan Osborne, a touch of Janis Joplin and a bit of Emmylou Harris – effortlessly oscillating from bluesy to country and back. Her musical inspirations come primarily from the eclectic mix of music to which she was exposed while growing up in the musically diverse culture of Washington, D.C.

In 2009, Karyn moved to a town called Boring, MD with a broken heart and a cheap guitar. It was from this place that she created her first solo album, Red Dress, that earned her Kerrville New Folk Finalist and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist in 2011, as well as 2010 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest winner. In 2011, Oliver moved to New York City, with a renewed heart and a better guitar. It is from this place that she created her latest solo album, Magdalene, and became a Kerrville New Folk Finalist for a second time in 2016.

2017 brought Oliver to North Carolina, where she is steeping herself in the great writers of the South, and recording a new album, “A List Of Names”.

“The soulful and seductive voice of Karyn Oliver mesmerizes the listener with an intimate assembly of songs that celebrate the touches of saints and sinners that exist in all of us and examine the rewards that come from taking risks.” – Ron Olesko, WFDU

Hank Cramer – Apr 6 CWB

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

Hank Cramer
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Hank Cramer is one of the best-loved folksingers in the American West. He is widely known for his booming bass voice, smooth picking on a vintage flat-top guitar, and his wry sense of humor. He has a repertoire of over a thousand modern and traditional songs, spanning the genres of celtic, appalachian, maritime, cowboy, and plain old folk music. He is more than simply a performer, however. He is a historian and educator who weaves music and history into presentations which bring to life the rich story of America’s westward movement, and give his audiences insight into the “folk process” by which traditional songs evolve and change to describe new events.

“Cramer turns his multi-hued baritone to wonder-filled folk ballads, lilting Celtic airs, Canadian fishing songs, and brawling-voiced a capella sea chanteys. The seafaring tunes harken to a by-gone era. Cramer is one of the leading lights of the Northwest folk scene.” – Gene Armstrong, The Arizona Daily Star

Missy Raines Trio – Mar 23 CWB

7:30 pm $22. Center for Well-Being, Lemont.  Buy tickets now

Missy Raines Trio
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From her tenure playing with The Claire Lynch Band, to her 7 International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year awards, Missy Raines has proven herself without doubt as an iconic bluegrass instrumentalist. In 1998, Raines became the first woman to win IBMA’s Bass Player of the Year award and she went on to win the title more than any other bass player in the history of the organization, male or female. With nods to many of the varied and challenging chapters of her life, Raines songs speak volumes of her tenacity and musicianship, and her ability to rise to bluegrass fame despite the various confinements of the times. Her new CD, Royal Traveller was released in October of this year to wide acclaim.

"Missy Raines’ reputation as both a bassist and one of bluegrass’ most preferred partisans is well known of course, but such is her skill that her abilities as a singer and songwriter are sadly underrated. Royal Traveller offers opportunity to remedy that situation while providing Raines a chance to break out of the box and give full reign to her prowess and proficiency." – Bluegrass Today

Beppe Gambetta – Feb 9 CWB

7:30 pm $22. Center for Well-Being, Lemont.  Buy tickets now

  

Beppe Gambetta
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From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Beppe has travelled the world and even crossed the “Iron Curtain” to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar.

With America in his heart and his roots in the sun and the olive trees of the Mediterranean sea, he naturally and seamlessly bridges the shores of the two continents, creating in spite of the interposed ocean a musical "koiné " (fusion) where American root music and Ligurian tradition, emigration songs and folk ballads, steel string guitars and vintage harp guitars not only co-exist but interact, weaving a deep dialog unaware of any rigid classification.

“Beppe Gambetta is an Artist. He inhabits a vantage point and possesses a world view that sets him apart from the crowded phalanx of merely great pickers. But just as importantly, he has the skills with a flatpick to articulate and bring to us the thoughts and feelings of his soul” – Kevin Stevenson, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine

Mike Block – Jan 26 CWB

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

Cello Workshop 1:30pm $20 Center for Well Being, Lemont Registration required.  RSVP to familyconcert AT acousticbrew DOT org

Family Concert 4:00 pm Free (Donation to the artist suggested) Center for Well Being

Mike Block
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Mike Block is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st-Century." Passionate about cross-cultural collaboration through music, Mike is committed to inspiring individuals and connecting communities. At home in a wide range of musical styles, through a multi-genre approach to composition, performance and education, he seeks to inspire audiences and empower musicians to find joy in the full world of music.

Acclaimed by the NY Times for his "vital rich-hued solo playing," Block’s solo performances offer a rich mixture of core classical repertoire with original compositions. He has collaborated in performance and recordings with a variety of diverse musicians, including Will.i.am, Edgar Meyer, Stevie Wonder, The New York Philharmonic, Bon Iver, Zakir Hussain, Rachel Barton Pine, Allison Krauss, Mark O’Connor, Rhiannon Giddens, Bobby McFerrin, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, and Julian Lage.

“Not only is he an enormously talented cellist and a great musician, but he writes music, he improvises, and he’s fearless. Mike is wide open to all kinds of influences, and he incorporates everything he learns into his sound, making it uniquely his own.” – Yo-Yo Ma

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 centregives.org 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

Ellis
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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