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UNCOMMON JAM

The Newbury Music Festival

Come one, come all to the inaugural UnCommon Jam held on the historic Newbury Village Common, just across the river in Vermont. The lively, toe-tapping tunes of Mountain Money will be kicking off the jams starting at 2pm followed by the honky-tonk, swamp funk, old blues, Texas swing sounds of The Cold Stone Roosters at 3:15pm. Session American, a band described as a "live experience like no other," will be bringing their unique brand of original songs and tunes from the Americana songbook to the stage at 5:15pm. Interspersed throughout sets will be fiddlers from across the region.

BYO Chair | No Alcohol Please! | 12 and Under Free | Refreshments available on-site

Sponsored by WELLS RIVER SAVINGS BANK

SUNDAY, SEP 14 | 2PM - 7PM

Tickets: $17 PRE-SALE | $20 AT THE DOOR
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THE GRAND SLAMBOVIANS

“Songs imbued with mystical stirrings and idealism… THEY TAKE THE STAGE BY STORM!” - The NY Times

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams pioneered the alt-folk/americanaAmericana genre, staying on the fringes of the music industry and under the radar while producing several critically acclaimed studio albums.  ‘A Box of Everything’, the band’s most recent release this past April, is a compilation of the ‘Greatest Hits’ you’ve never heard from this reclusive band.  If you like Dylan, Bowie, or The Decemberists, you’ll find a lot to love about this band which features an otherworldly slide mandolin, accordion, cello and styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems.  Headlining major music festivals and venues across the US, Canada and UK, they built their career from the ground up with a loyal fan base supporting them all the way.

Sponsored by BLISS TAVERN MUSIC

SATURDAY, SEP 27 | 7:30PM | Cafe Open for Dinner & Drinks Starting at 6:30PM

Tickets: $20
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VANCE GILBERT

“…He is that rare performer for whom people lean forward in their seats as eagerly between songs as they do during them." - The Boston Globe

Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90's when the buzz spread through the folk clubs of the Northeast about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking them dead at open mics. Word got out about this Philadelphia-area born and raised performer, and Shawn Colvin invited Gilbert to be a special guest on her 1992 Fat City tour. Gilbert took audiences across North America by storm. "With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener" wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in its review of a show from that tour.

Sponsored by BLISS TAVERN MUSIC

SATURDAY, OCT 18 | 7:30PM | Cafe Open for Dinner & Drinks Starting at 6:30PM

Tickets: $20
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NATIONAL MARIONETTE THEATRE

Beauty and the Beast

Award-winning National Marionette Theatre has been amazing audiences around the world with their imaginative productions for over forty years. The retelling of this classic tale shows that when Beauty looks beyond the Beast’s external appearance she learns to love him for who he truly is on the inside. Using meticulously crafted marionettes, beautifully painted scenery, and a classical music score, it’s theatre at its finest!

This produciton is appropriate for family audience aged four years and up.

Sponsored by WELLS RIVER SAVINGS BANK

FRIDAY, OCT 24 | 6:30PM | Cafe Open for Dinner & Treats Starting at 5:30PM

Tickets: $4 kids, $8 adults
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JUSTON MCKINNEY

An Evening of Laughs

Juston McKinney grew up on the border of Maine and New Hampshire. After earning an associates degree from the very prestigious Southern Maine Community College, he was hired as a York County sheriff’s deputy patrolling the same border in which he grew up. But in 1997 Juston turned in his gun and badge and left the dangerous streets of rural Maine and moved to New York. While living in NYC he worked his way into the weekend line-up at Comic Strip Live, Stand-up New York, Dangerfield’s, Gotham, and Caroline’s on Broadway. McKinney has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and has two Comedy Central specials and was chosen to be part of the Blue Collar Comedy Next Generation Tour. In 2000 the New York Times called him “destined for stardom”.

FRIDAY, NOV 14 | 7:30PM | Cafe Open for Dinner & Drinks Starting at 6:30PM

Tickets: $20
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LONG TIME COURTING

“Enchanting vocals, top-rank musicianship, and well-conceived, intelligent arrangements.” -Boston Irish Reporter

Boston-based band Long Time Courting is an all-women supergroup featuring Shannon Heaton (flute, accordion, vocals), Liz Simmons (guitar, vocals), Valerie Thompson (cello, vocals), and Katie McNally (fiddle, vocals). Together these four talented women offer an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music that showcases each musician’s versatility, creativity, and mastery. Exquisite vocal harmonies combine with formidable instrumental prowess to create music that is both playful and richly satisfying. The members of the group are all seasoned performers, having toured with such notable acts as The John Whelan Band, Childsplay, and Aoife Clancy.

Sponsored by BLISS TAVERN MUSIC

SATURDAY, NOV 22 | 7:30PM | Cafe Open for Dinner & Drinks Starting at 6:30PM

Tickets: $20
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HOT FLANNEL

“ ACCOMPLISHED, INNOVATIVE, IMAGINATIVE, and supremely musical, Ross captured the adrenaline of a thousand hearts. As the last note spiraled into the stratosphere and evaporated, the crowd sprang to its feet and roared for more.” - Stephen Pedersen, The Halifax Gazette

Flannel. Hot. Put those two words together, and you’ve got the jarring juxtaposition of an adjective designed to scintillate, and a material so homespun it’s downright humble. Hot Flannel, a head-turning foursome of handsome country-boys-turned-men making newgrass music like there’s no tomorrow, embodies that same unexpected twist of grounded and ground-breaking, cozy and cathartic. Led by fiddler Patrick Ross, a new resident to Newbury, VT. The first ten people arriving wearing flannel get a free CD. More info at PatrickRossMusic.com

A co-produciton with ROCK FARMER RECORDS

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, DEC 5 & 6 | 7:30PM | Cafe Open for Dinner & Drinks Starting at 6:30PM

Tickets: $20
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LUCY KAPLANSKY

"rare style and intelligence" - Time Out London

Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, “a truly gifted performer...full of enchanting songs” (New York Times). Blending country, folk and pop styles, she has the unique ability to make every song sound fresh, whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons or singing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe. Lucy’s iconic voice has been featured in film and on television, including commercials like Chevrolet’s iconic “Heartbeat of America” jingle. Billboard-charting singer and one of the top-selling artists on Red House Records, she has topped the folk and Americana radio charts and has been featured on shows throughout the world from NPR’s Weekend and Morning Editions to BBC Radio to CBS Sunday Morning. One of the most in demand harmony singers, Lucy has sung on countless records, performing with Suzanne Vega, Bryan Ferry, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin.

Sponsored by BLISS TAVERN MUSIC

SATURDAY, DEC 13 | 7:30PM | Cafe Open for Dinner & Drinks Starting at 6:30PM

Tickets: $20
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