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Most concerts are Saturdays at 7 p.m. Most tickets are $15 in advance (or for members) or $18 at the door.


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Saturday, May 2, 2015: Joan & Joni Tribute Featuring Allison Shapira & Kipyn Martin, plus Adrianna Naomi

7 p.m.; $15 / $18

Allison and Kipyn         

This concert, co-produced with the Institute of Musical Traditions, is a follow-up to the Joan and Joni premiere of January 2015.

Joan & Joni is a tribute to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell performed by DC-area singer-songwriters Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin. In Joan & Joni, Allison and Kipyn bring to the stage many of Joan Baez’s and Joni Mitchell’s well-known originals and folk songs, as well as a few hidden gems. They also highlight the impact these legendary women have had on their own songwriting and performance.

Allison and Kipyn are classically trained singers who met in November 2013. The recovering opera singer from Boston (Allison) and award-winning Americana singer-songwriter from West Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley soon realized their musical styles and influences were similarly shaped by the folk revival music of the 1960s. Before long, Joan & Joni was born.

Adrianna Naomi         

Adrianna Naomi is a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter and lifestyle blogger. Her music style is influenced by Maroon 5, Rihanna, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Her first single addresses domestic violence and women’s rights.

Saturday, June 13, 2015: Brother Sun, plus Jerry Bresee

7 p.m.; $15 / $18

Brother Sun         

National touring artists Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter’s round. The trio’s harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.

From three major points on the map Boston, New York, and Chicago - Greg, Pat, and Joe have blended themselves into Brother Sun: a unique celebration of the amazing power of singing together. As they will tell you, the music of Brother Sun is not resident in any one of them – but rather it exists in the space between them. Audiences feel this sincerity immediately. Their combined musical skills make for an unforgettable experience - three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, piano, ukulele, and bouzouki.

Jerry Bresee         

Jerry Bresee is known for his musical versatility. Solo singer-songwriter. Country and rockabilly. Jazz ensembles and big bands. If it can benefit from tasteful guitar parts, Jerry delivers. In addition to recording two solo CDs of songs about real-life situations and connections, Jerry has played with the Buzz McCafferty Quartet, Loudoun Jazz Ensemble, Sue Trainor, Stephanie Corby, Michael Bowers and Siobhan Quinn.

Saturday, August 22, 2015: Kitty Donohoe, plus Kristin Rebecca

7 p.m.; $15 / $18

Kitty Donohoe         

Ann Arbor-based songwriter and Michigan Emmy recipient Kitty Donohoe is not an Irish or Celtic singer, but she clearly draws from that part of her heritage, as well as her American roots, as an artist.

WFMT-Chicago folk DJ Rich Warren calls Kitty “far above and beyond most singer-songwriters.” She writes music that has been called “earthy, luminous and compelling” (The Weekender) and she’s been praised in the press equally for her voice, her musicality, and her songwriting. Sing Out!, one of the oldest and most respected folk music magazines in the industry, says that Kitty is “ one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mesmerizing fabric.”

Kitty has opened for a variety of artists, including Doc Watson, David Bromberg, Tom Paxton, Steve Goodman, Bruce Cockburn and Cheryl Wheeler, and in 2008 she and sideman David Mosher took the stage at an Obama rally just before Bruce Springsteen. Already known for years for her songwriting, Kitty’s visibility escalated when she wrote a song called “There Are No Words” on September 11, 2001. The song was featured in a documentary and she sang it live at the Dedication of the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial in 2008.

Kristin Rebecca         

Kristin Rebecca is a captivating performer who combines her angelic voice, unique guitar rhythms and rare harp ability into a show unlike any other. No two of her songs sound alike; they cover life and all its emotions, from flirtation on the dance floor to standing up for what you believe to striving for dreams. Kristin doesn’t use the harp as a gimmick; she showcases this unique instrument.

Kristin has performed extensively in her home state of Maryland as well as in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.