Jackson Howard to perform on December 7.

We are excited to welcome back singer – songwriter Jackson Howard on Saturday, December 7, starting at 7pm. Admission is free but we encourage and welcome tips for the musician.

Jackson Howard’s neo-folk weaves Paul Simon’s lyrics over Tommy Emmanuel’s fingerpicking. Jackson has toured the US, Canada, Iceland, Germany, Belgium and Netherlands, sharing bills with Nicholas David and Moushimi (The Voice), and Nick Jameson of Foghat among others. His latest release, Just for the Mystery, recorded at Dark Horse Studios, has been played on over 100 radio stations in the US and Europe and has been licensed by MTV, E!, Discovery, and Netflix among other TV networks for use in their programming.
Having earned a PhD and worked in research prior to his music career, many of Jackson’s songs deal with change and our eternal search for self. After juggling a job at Washington University in St. Louis with an ever growing performance schedule, Howard ultimately left academia in 2015 to focus his energies on his music full time. Introspective yet generalizable, his lyrics touch regret, hope, self-deception, and love – both vacuous and real.

To learn more about Jackson, please visit http://jacksonhowardmusic.com/.

Elijah Cross to perform on November 2

The cafe is pleased to welcome Elijah Cross to our space on November 2.

Elijah Cross is a musician, comedian, and magician based in York, Pennsylvania. Originally from California, he is an alumnus of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, where he began playing music and acting in stage productions. While still in high school, he began working as a professional magician, and shortly after graduating, he was booking music and comedy club gigs in New York. His stand-up comedy act has earned him comparisons to Steven Wright, Demetri Martin and Mitch Hedberg.

In 2016, he released his debut album, Here’s the Skinny, which showcases a gifted writer who grew up studying legends like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Carole King, as well as more recent artists like Aimee Mann and Elliott Smith. It’s a set of music that the folk legend Linda Perhacs has called “sterling”. The album blends elements of a variety of genres, from rock, pop and folk to jazz and gospel, but remains a cohesive set, thanks to Cross’s own style appearing on each track.

To learn more about Elijah, visit http://elijahcross.bandcamp.com.

Kevin Niedig performs on May 11

Kevin Neidig‘s approach never fails to present a different perspective – lyrically and musically. With his use of intricate timing, ingenuity with keys and tempos, and a dizzying contortion of chords, it’s easy to understand why other musicians clamor to play his compositions for the thrill and sheer workout of it. He delivers impeccably crafted, hand-hewn tunes – a perfect turn of word here, transforming melodies there – lush, tuneful journeys not to be missed.

From first note, you notice honed, flexible vocals, at once at ease with old-as-the-hills bluegrass as the latest pop number on the radio. There’s authenticity underlying all the flow, and a comfort level with an impressive range – high and soulful to deep and baleful. Clear and powerfully emotive, Kevin’s voice commands you to listen time and again as you marvel at how your soul is stirred with each play.

He has been described as a singer-songwriter and maestro of guitar, banjo, mandolin, influenced by Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Tony Rice. He can get eclectic, too – doing the occasional metal tune, Foo Fighters, Allman Brothers Band, etc.

As part of the band Voxology, Kevin performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City as well as opening for such renowned acts as Doc Watson, Peter Rowan, Tom Paxton and the Alison Brown Quartet.

He is also the owner of Neidig Guitar Studio, established 17 years ago in Mechanicsburg, PA, where he teaches guitar and mandolin to a roster of talented and inspiring students.

For more information on Kevin, please check out http://kevinneidig.com/.

Rob Robison performs on May 4

We are looking forward to the return of Rob Robinson Music on Saturday, May 4. Doors open at 7pm, and Rob begins at 7:30pm. There is no cover charge for this event, but we gladly accept tips, which go to the musician.

Rob Robinson is a singer songwriter, guitarist, drummer, teacher and clinician. He has performed a variety of musical styles over the years including Pop, Rock, Country, Folk and Blues. Rob’s musical roots were largely based on his involvement in drum corps within the well-known DCI movement.

He has also been a featured guest on NPR’s Acoustic Highway. Rob continues to drum for artists such as Suzanne Gorman and Memphis based singer-songwriter Dan Montgomery. He is also an active clinician in the rudimental drum community and in 2007 was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.

To learn more about Rob, please visit http://www.robrobinsonmusic.com/.

Martha Trachtenberg performs on March 30

Martha Trachtenberg

We are excited for the debut of singer – songwriterMartha Trachtenberg this Saturday night, March 30. Doors open at 7pm, and the music starts at 7:30pm, with no cover charge. We do accept tips on behalf of the musician!

Martha Trachtenberg was a founding member of the Buffalo Gals, the first all-woman bluegrass band. Her CD, It’s About Time, won straight As from Newsday and radio airplay both in the States and abroad. These days, she performs with her husband, songwriter/producer Tom Griffith, and with the acoustic trio, the Folk Goddesses. Martha’s songs have been covered by several nationally-known artists, including Little Toby Walker, Tony Trischka and Skyline, Nothin’ Fancy, Missy Raines and Jim Hurst, and Dede Wyland.