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Kalob Griffin Band - May 24

Kalob Griffin Band

The Kalob Griffin Band is loved by their spirited fans (KGBfamily) who sing-along and chant "K-G-B". It's a band of brothers that revel in entertainment improv and excel at creating dynamic live rock n' roll experiences; Second to their infectious rebel rousing and growing community, is their ability to gracefully merge the musical influences of Country, Americana, and Improv Rock n' Roll. Granting lyrical tribute to folk lovin', whiskey fueled, outlaw stories that people can identify with while inspiring us to use our imagination!

Vulcans - May 24



Jake Lewis & the Clergy - May 24

Jake Lewis & the Clergy


Acting Without Boundaries - May 30

Acting Without Boundaries

Acting Without Boundaries (AWB) is a unique year-round theater program providing an open forum for the creative and artistic expression of teenagers and young adults with physical disabilities. The goal of this program is to provide disabled young people the opportunity to pursue their love of acting and performing while building their belief in themselves and their abilities. AWB Actors deal with many different physical disabilities. Some of those disabilities are:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Blindness
  • Spinal Bifida
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Brain Cancer
  • Hearing Impairment

Fiddledelphia - May 30


Fiddledelphia is a student string ensemble led by multi-instrumentalist, teacher and arranger Shelley Weiss. Based in the Philadelphia area, teaching locations are in Bryn Mawr and Lansdale, PA. Message from Shelley: "I created Fiddledelphia to give kids a fun outlet for their playing. Many kids reach a plateau in their musical development and practicing becomes a chore. They also long for a more personal way to express themselves. My goal is to make music so fun that kids practice because they want to, not because they have to. The result is, they progress in leaps and bounds, which makes everyone happy! The ensemble is open to violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin & guitar students. We sing sometimes too, but everyone in the group plays an instrument. If they play an additional instrument (flute, clarinet, etc.) and want to play it in the ensemble, I incorporate it into a song's arrangement. Fiddledelphia is about each individual student & what they bring to the equation. We learn both by written music and by ear, listening to MP3's that I record & create for the group. We perform from memory. Fiddledelphia is not for absolute beginners, nor is it a substitute for private lessons. Minimum age to join the group is 7 or 8; maximum age (for now) is about 14 or 15... although this is somewhat flexible depending on the child."

Julie Gold - May 31

Julie Gold'

Julie Gold is a New York Songwriter best known for Bette Midler’s version of her song FROM A DISTANCE which won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1991.
That song has since received close to 4 million air plays:

  • It has been recited into the Congressional Record (by Senator Barbara Boxer).
  • It has been recorded internationally and translated into many languages.
  • It has been illustrated as a Children’s Book and mass- produced in Music Boxes.
  • It has been quoted in books, calendars and greeting cards.
  • It was used as the wake-up call for astronauts in the Mir Space Station the very first time the Americans hooked up with the Russians in outer space.

A wide range of recording artists have covered it, singers from Jewel to Cliff Richard to The African Children’s Choir to Judy Collins to The Byrds to Donna Summer--just to name a few.

Nanci Griffith, the first to record FROM A DISTANCE, has also covered Gold’s songs HEAVEN, SOUTHBOUND TRAIN, GOOD NIGHT NEW YORK, MOUNTAIN OF SORROW, and LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE. Other artists who have recorded Julie Gold songs include Patti LaBelle, Patti LuPone, Lea Salonga, Andrea Marcovicci, Carol Woods, Sinead O'Connor and Kathie Lee Gifford. Gold’s Emmy Nominated lyric WE’RE 4 NEW YORK was a popular favorite that ran on the local NBC affiliate for years. Her song THANKS TO YOU was featured in the motion picture ANDRE, and her song DREAM LOUD was featured in the motion picture UNFAITHFUL, starring Richard Gere. DREAM LOUD is also a favorite song of The Girl Scouts of America. Gold delights in the fact that she was paid in Girl Scout cookies for that transaction.

Gold has served on The Board of Governors for NARAS and is a guest artist for Lincoln Center's prestigious Meet The Artist Series. She has 4 CDs documenting her work over the years: Dream Loud, Try Love, The Girl I Found and Love is Love is Love. Currently she is writing songs for the Oxford University Press for a series that teaches English to elementary school children all over the world. As the daughter of an immigrant, she sees this as her most meaningful endeavor to date. She performs and gives motivational speeches around the country.

Beats Walkin' - May 31

Beats Walkin'

Ever since 1994, Beats Walkin' has been carrying on the great tradition of Texas-styled western swing music in the Philadephia area. With fiddle and steel guitar, a tight rhythm section, dynamic vocal harmonies, and a repertoire that spans everything from Bob Wills to Cole Porter, Beats Walkin's infectious brand of 'bop-a-billy swing' music will have you two-steppin' and smilin' all the way from Austin to Boston.

The cast of characters includes:
Wendi Bourne, vocals & guitar; Jim Cohen, pedal steel guitar & electric guitar; Lindsay Gilmour, vocals; Dan Gold, bass guitar & vocals; Chuck Lindsey, drums & vocals; Michael Salsburg, fiddle

Cabin Dogs - June 7

Cabin Dogs

What started with two brothers (Rich and Rob Kwait) and two dogs on a mountain retreat has become a road tested working band - playing festivals, joints, coffeehouses and other odd venues for the last 10 years. Highlights include the Newport Folk Festival (twice), Appel Farm Festival in New Jersey and Full Circle Fair in Maine... playing with acts that include Wilco, Drive By Truckers, Richard Thompson, The Radiators and Donna The Buffalo.

CABIN DOGS play an original blend of American country roots wrapped in a subtle 70's grooviness which has been compared to classic works of The Band, Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan... with shades of Gillian Welch and Wilco. The band has released two well received full length records as CABIN DOGS and also two prior full length records as the Kwait Brothers Band.

Holly Near - June 14

Holly Near

As Holly Near celebrates her first album in three years, Peace Becomes You, she’s building on 40 creative years and 30 recordings. Respected around the world for her music and activism, her joy and passion inspire people to join in her celebration of the human spirit. Equally compelling at her shows or through your speakers, her music fully engages listeners in the world around them. Holly has made a career speaking to anyone in the world who believes in peace, justice, and feminism, a wonderful spectrum of humanity.

Born in Ukiah, CA in 1949, Holly began singing in high school, including work with a local folk group. She built on her performing career with acting parts on Mod Squad and appeared in a number of guest roles in seminal 70s TV shows like Room 222 and The Partridge Family. In 1970, she was a cast member of the Broadway musical Hair. Following the Kent State shootings in May of that year, the entire cast staged a silent vigil in protest. The song, "It Could Have Been Me" (which was released on A Live Album, 1974), was her heartfelt response to the shootings. In 1971, she joined the Free The Army Tour, an anti-Vietnam War road show of music, comedy, and plays organized by antiwar activist Fred Gardner and actors Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland.

In 1972, Holly was one of the first women to create an independent record company, paving the way for women like Ani DiFranco and others. Her goal was to promote and produce music by politically conscious artists from around the world, a mission that Redwood Records fulfilled for nearly 20 years. Often cited as one of the founders of the Women's Music movement, she not only led the way for outspoken women in the music world, but also worked for peace and multicultural consciousness. Throughout her long career Holly has worked with a wide array of musicians, including Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie, Mercedes Sosa, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Harry Belafonte, and many others.

Holly finds herself in a role that her amazing journey has uniquely prepared her to fill as the significance of her work over time has crystalized her iconic status. At once flattered, amazed, and centered, she graciously assumes this honoring that comes with time, proud to represent – through her voice and her music – the movements that are so fundamental to her spirit.

Susan Werner - July 12

Susan Werner

Farm girl Susan Werner was raised in rural Iowa but began her professional music career in Philadelphia, after studying classical voice at Temple University. Inspired by a Nanci Griffith concert, Werner left behind her opera training and began performing as a singer-songwriter at coffeehouses throughout the northeast. She self-released her first album "Midwestern Saturday Night" in 1992 and then went on to put out "Live at Tin Angel" the following year.

In 1995 came her breakout album, BMG/Private Music's "Last of the Good Straight Girls," but a corporate reshuffle left her and her folk-pop masterpiece behind. Werner went on, recording two albums even better than her previous work, adding some country and soul sounds to her signature vocal stylings with the help of Nashville multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Darrell Scott, who produced "Time Between Trains" and Colin Linden (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings), who produced her 2001 "New Non-Fiction."

Deb Callahan - July 12

Deb Callahan

Philadelphia's blues and soul drenched vocalist and songwriter Deb Callahan grew up in the Boston area but has been a mainstay on the mid-Atlantic music scene since the late 90's. During this time she has gained a reputation for writing creative blues, soul and roots influenced original music and using her powerful, expressive voice and engaging stage presence to deliver an exciting live show. Her 2002 debut CD "If the Blues Had Wings" was featured as the hot debut in the October/November 2004 issue of Blues Revue Magazine. Blues Revue referred to her as the next Bonnie Raitt and raved "Philly's Deb Callahan has the pipes, the songs and the raw talent to graduate to the next level". Her fourth and most recent CD, entitled "Tell It Like It Is" was released in October 2010 which debuted at #19 on the Living Blues Radio Chart and received regular airplay on the XM/Sirius Bluesville radio channel as well as blues and Triple A radio stations around the country.

The songs are blues based with gospel, soul, rock and jazz influences and deal with a range of topics and issues such as experiencing love and joy, finding spirituality, giving voice to the experience of homeless children without family support and how hard it can be to make life changes. Doing social work in the heart of Philadelphia would be a good place to learn about life's hard knocks and this urban school ground taught singer/songwriter Deb Callahan well. Her rich, honest and soulful tunes resonate with listeners and run the gamut from soulful ballads, to upbeat, dance oriented grooves. Her road tested band includes Allen James, Garry Lee and Tom Walling. Deb is working on her 5th CD which she is hoping to release sometime in 2014.

Christine Havrilla - July 19

Christine Havrilla

Portland based, Philadelphia native, Christine Havrilla, brings her "well-built, catchy, smart tunes" (Upstage Magazine) back to Bryn Mawr's Twilight Concert Series! Touring nationally in support of her new project, GYPSY FUZZ, Christine utilizes the soft gritty texture of her vocals to express warmth and honesty audiences quickly embrace. Named "One of the Top Ten Indie Artists" by The Advocate Magazine, The Washington Post writes, "(Havrilla's) songs are intelligent and moving, the arrangements are incisive and colorful, and, best of all, Havrilla consistently comes across as a confident and seasoned performer." Gypsy Fuzz's premier album titled "Searching. Finding. Living." was listed on Advocate Magazine's "Best Overlooked Albums of 2011!" (Advocate -November 2011) and She Wired's Top Ten Albums of the Year! Nominated for 2012's Reader's Choice Awards, WXPN calls her music "a terrific big sound" & Philadelphia Magazine says, "She rocks!".

SheWho - July 19


SheWho is a feminist, women's (mostly a capella) vocal ensemble dedicated to the beauty, power, and importance of women's voices. Founded in 2000, SheWho has performed at national choral and women's music festivals as well as many local venues and events in the Philadelphia area. In their words: "we sing to celebrate women, to express our diverse experiences of spirit, and to promote social change and justice."

Steven Forbert - July 20

Steven Forbert

Nearly 28 years since breaking into pop consciousness with his second album Jackrabbit Slim and its infectious Top Ten single "Romeo's Tune," Steve Forbert remains a master of songs offering clear-eyed insight and plain-spoken, heartfelt eloquence. On his 429 Records/SLG debut, the well-traveled Nashville-based troubadour, who maintains a busy touring schedule of over 100 dates a year " explores his ongoing fascination for Strange Names & New Sensations with characteristic wit, a sense of social consciousness and the ever-present romantic optimism that has endeared him to two generations of folk/rock fans.

Beyond launching an exciting relationship with a new label, the vibrant collection finds Forbert in the midst of a true career renaissance at the wonderful age of 52"a time in his life he reflects upon wistfully on the sly narrative of the up-tempo, horn driven tune "Middle Age."

Denise Moser- July 20

Denise Moser

Denise Moser is an engaging, heartfelt singer/songwriter, and a writer of flash fiction. She has the unique gift of being both achingly insightful and poignantly clever. Her songs have been compared with the early work of Joni Mitchell, Kate Wolf and Dar Williams.

Here Right Now, Denise's second CD, was released last year, and songs from it have been heard on various traditional and internet radio stations, including WXPN in Philadelphia. In response to Here Right Now, No Depression's reviewer called her "the Norman Rockwell songwriter."

"Denise's songs shine a mindful light on the everyday things of our lives, reflecting on their deeper meanings. Her voice is direct, honest, lovely and she leaves you feeling like you've found a new friend." (Anne Hills, singer/songwriter)

Dar Williams - July 27

Dar Williams

Dorothy "Dar" Williams was born in April, 1967, in Mount Kisco, NY. She began playing guitar at age nine, and wrote her first song by the time she turned 11.

After studying theatre and religion at Wesleyan University, Dar moved to Boston in 1990 to try out a career in theatre. She quickly got a job as a stage manager, and began writing songs and taking singing lessons on the side. Her voice teacher encouraged her to perform in coffeehouses in the thriving Boston Folk music scene.

Three years later, Dar moved to Northampton, MA, and began performing in coffeehouses. After she opened for Joan Baez, Joan helped to further Dar's career by performing covers of Dar's witty, insightful songs about life's idiosyncrasies.

Her first record, which she made independently, was quickly picked up by Razor & Tie, who re-released it in 1995.

Since then, she has release six more solo CDs on the Razor & Tie label, including 2005's My Better Self. She also did a brief stint with the all-star trio she co-created, Cry Cry Cry (1998-2000), which included fellow singer/songwriters Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell. Her music has received praise from media and fans alike, and she has become known for her lyrical phrasing and intuitive observations.

Mike Balitsaris - July 27

Mike Balitsaris


David Wilcox - August 2

David Wilcox

Cleveland-born David Wilcox was inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music. He released an independent album in 1987, was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1988, and by 1989 he had signed with A&M Records. His first release on the label, 'How Did You Find Me Here', sold over 100,000 copies the first year largely by word of mouth. Now, 17 albums into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans, David continues to find and deliver joy, inspiration, and invention.

Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter', his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.

Reflecting on well over 20 years of record-making and touring extensively around the US and world, Wilcox says, "Music still stretches out before me like the head-lights of a car into the night. It’s way beyond where I am, but it shows where I’m going. I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I’m grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me."

Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin - August 2

Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin


Richard Shindell - August 9

Richard Shindell

An expatriate New Yorker now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Richard Shindell is a meticulous craftsman of song whose eight studio albums and 2 live recordings have been revered by critics and fans alike. Innovative, original and occasionally spiritual, Shindell's songs weave tales that interchangeably champion the downtrodden, exalt the disaffected or wax empathetic to those lost to society's fringes. From his first record, Sparrow's Point (1992) to the newest album Not Far Now (2009), Shindell has demonstrated a penchant for songwriting at once passionate and profound. His songs are often slowly and painstakingly crafted until honed to perfection. Conversely, he is also capable of writing tunes that are simply clever and amusing.

Shindell's songwriting is truly eclectic, ranging from lighthearted ballads and adulterous love songs, to dirges and diatribes that skillfully skewer politics, prejudice, war and religion. He has a unique ability to morph into the soul of the many and varied personalities he casts as narrators in certain songs--songs that are veritable novellas framed in haunting acoustic melodies, sometimes including cryptic, revelations through the eyes of a woman.

Jonathan Doh - August 9

Jonathan Doh