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The Vanilla Bean Cafe

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450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States

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April 2018

Brian Peters & Jeff Davis @ The Vanilla Bean Café

April 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$20.00

Jeff Davis is one of America’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. He has traveled far to visit “source singers”-farmers and miners who remember the old songs and tune-and closer at hand to libraries and archives, always looking for the best music that was once common in towns and villages. An event with Jeff might include New England ballads sea songs, African-American banjo tunes, cowboy ditties, rare Yankee fiddle tunes and more. Brian Peters is a true all-rounder,…

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May 2018

Open Mic – Feature – Ro Colgrove @ The Vanilla Bean Café

May 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$5.00

Host – Faith Montaperto & Peter Lehndorff Feature – Ro Colgrove’s voice is subtle and nuanced in the most powerful of ways, his songs have this night time quality to them, like they are being whispered into your ear while you’re sleeping. He is a fantastic storyteller.”

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Lara Herscovitch @ The Vanilla Bean Café

May 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$12.00

Lara Herscovitch is a gem of a modern American troubadour. A singer-songwriter-poet, performer and advocate, her highly original contemporary folk is spiced with blues, pop and jazz influences. She writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, and delivers performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain diverse audiences. Lara is from the Northeast U.S. and lives in Connecticut. She served as Connecticut State Troubadour (2009-2011), and has played and studied music with the late greats Joe Beck (Miles…

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Kate Callahan @ The Vanilla Bean Café

May 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$12.00

American singer-songwriter Kate Callahan, a native of Hartford Connecticut, was nominated for a CT Music Award in 2012. Callahan’s lyrics have been called “zen-like” by folk legend Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul, and Mary). WNPR Host Colin McEnroe says “…she swings out and away from influences, where startling music is made –Kate deserves to be called an artist these days.” She has traveled the U.S performing and opened shows for legends Judy Collins, John Gorka, the late Bill Morrissey, and…

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Sing: Quiet Corner Song Swap @ The Vanilla Bean Cafe

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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After the death of Pete Seeger in 2014, a small group of his admirers joined together to celebrate his life with a sing-along concert at the Hampton Grange. The event was a huge success and gave birth to SING:The Quiet Corner Song Swap. There is no charge and lyrics are available for most songs. They frequently use the folk “hymnal”, Rise Up Singing  and its sequel, Rise Again for song lyrics. Participants are encouraged to lead their favorite songs or…

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Joel Cage

May 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$15.00

Joel Cage is an award winning veteran singer/songwriter from Boston. Once a member of the internationally acclaimed rock & roll group Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Joel has been performing regionally and nationally as a soloist for the past 2 decades. He has performed at some of the most prestigious folk & acoustic venues & festivals in the country, including the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas where he was awarded top prize in the Kerrville New Folk Competition. A…

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Atwater~Donnelly @ The Vanilla Bean Café

May 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$15.00

Every performance is surprisingly different and always entertaining, exciting and educational with the award-winning duo Atwater~Donnelly, who provide a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry. The highly praised husband-wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with an astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet and more. “Atwater~Donnelly are marvelous musicians. Their voices blend beautifully, their instrumental work is sparkling,…

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June 2018

Open Mic – Feature – Nate Taylor @ The Vanilla Bean Café

June 1 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$5.00

Host – Faith Montaperto & Peter Lehndorff Feature – Nate Taylor Wanderer, wonderer, journeyman, folksinger – Nate Taylor fuses story and experience on a quest for connection, through music, to people, to nature, to truth. Read more  

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The BeeKeepers @ The Vanilla Bean Café

June 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$15.00

Winners of the May 2017 Akademia Music Awards for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter EP, Amanda “Mandy” Sullivan, Sylvie Abate and Phred Mileski “display dense and diverse instrumental ability”“ on guitar, classical guitar, bass, u-bass, merlin, banjo, accordion, piano, hand-percussion, ukulele – everything in the kitchen sink! Each woman is a songwriter, arranger and producer in her own right and together The BeeKeepers write, record, produce and perform original music influenced by Americana, Acoustic-Rock, Folk and Blues. In addition to their original songs,…

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Peter Lehndorff

June 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$10.00

Peter Lehndorff writes folk and jazz songs about everyday life. Some are humorous observations about everyday life, life in a small town and life in Massachusetts. In addition to his slice of life songs, Peter is now mixing the funny with the serious; the romantic with the eccentric. Some new songs reflect his experiences as a caregiver for his late wife. He has appeared at coffee houses and venues throughout New England. In the 90s he was a finalist in…

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Sing: Quiet Corner Song Swap @ The Vanilla Bean Cafe

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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After the death of Pete Seeger in 2014, a small group of his admirers joined together to celebrate his life with a sing-along concert at the Hampton Grange. The event was a huge success and gave birth to SING:The Quiet Corner Song Swap. There is no charge and lyrics are available for most songs. They frequently use the folk “hymnal”, Rise Up Singing  and its sequel, Rise Again for song lyrics. Participants are encouraged to lead their favorite songs or…

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Instant Treeline

June 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$10.00

Instant Treeline is an NYC-based folk/rock band founded by musician Will Leet and lyricist Christopher Burns. The pair has spent the last six years crafting songs inspired by their shared passion for the woods and traveling across the country. In 2016, they formed a band with Dane Scozzari on drums, Andrew Whitbeck on bass, and Tyler Campbell on keys/acoustic guitar. In the last year, they performed at notable NYC venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, the Bitter End and Mercury…

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Nine6teen

June 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$15.00

Nine6teen is a Pomfret-based band featuring music that ranges from bluegrass to Badfinger and Van Morrison to James Taylor, plus original works. Led by keyboardist/vocalist Donna Bessette and drummer/vocalist Andre Bessette, the band also features David Carter on lead guitar, flute and vocals, Putnam native Greg Nichols on rhythm guitar and vocals, Brian Bastow on bass, and Patrick McCarthy on lead and backing vocals. The band blends solid musicianship with tight vocal harmonies. Benefit Concert for Deary Memorial Cancer Fund.…

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The Wade Elliott Band

June 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$10.00

The Vanilla Bean Cafe is happy to present hometown Pomfret based musicians The Wade Elliott Band. With their diverse mix of original music ranging from folk, rock, blues and a little country along with a few familiar covers, they are always a crowd pleaser. Their lyrics are substantive and homespun, reflecting years of life experiences. The band has a great live sound with searing guitar licks, rock-solid drum techniques and tasteful keyboard. Their first album entitled, “Ride This Town”, was…

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