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The Vanilla Bean Cafe

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450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States

September 2019

Open Mic

September 6 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$5.00

Hosts - Faith Montaperto & Peter Lehndorff - Feature - Gracie Day released her first EP in November of 2017 and quickly won attention for her songwriting, singing and performances, achieving “Best New Act” in 2017 and “Best in State for CT” in 2018 at the New England Music Awards. Open Mic starts at 7:30 and Gracie will take the stage at 8:00 pm. Gracie Day released her first EP in November of 2017 and quickly won attention for her…

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Delta Generators

September 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$15.00

Split between Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, Delta Generators blend the fine line between rhythm and blues and Americana in a way that makes them anything but average. In 2017, the band recorded the audio for their sold out show at The Spire Center in Plymouth, MA, which they then used to release their first live album, “Delta Generators Live At The Spire.” This release followed in the footsteps of their four studio albums, “Devil In The Rhythm” (2008), “Hard…

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Atwater~Donnelly

September 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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. Their performance is appealing to all ages with humor, audience participation, and a…

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Sing: Quiet Corner Song Swap

September 20 @ 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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Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt

September 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$20.00

Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers have been weaving their voices, dulcimers, and guitars together for decades, creating an atmosphere of joy and musical lushness that audiences find so irresistible, they frequently join right in. Starting with their soaring harmonies – “blood harmony” was how one fan described it – fascinating double dulcimer work, the mix of 6 and 12 string guitars, then brought together with a wide choice of material encompassing their originals, traditional, and choice compositions of contemporary songwriters,…

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Liz Reed

September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$15.00

Liz Reed is a singer/songwriter and music teacher based in Hartford, CT. She has been performing onstage since age 7 and writing songs since age 10. A graduate of UCONN, Liz is a whimsical, soulful singer/songwriter whose songs explore the depth of the human experience and poke fun at the annoyances of everyday life. Many longtime fans of the Vanilla Bean music scene may remember Liz as the long-time host of our Open Mic in the early years. She was…

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October 2019

Open Mic – Feature – ch’Chunk

October 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$5.00

Open Mic starts at 7:30 and Ch’Chunk will take the stage at 8:00 pm. ch’Chunk is a band located in Western Massachusetts that is a modern take on classic swing. They perform classics as well as originals. The name ch’CHUNK! was derived from the sound and type of strumming associated with various types of swing music. They are happy to have found that their shows are enjoyed by an audience of many generations.

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Roy Book Binder

October 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$15.00

Roy has the goods: the original, the bare-knuckle, the low-down . . . blues. Who can say they were friends with the Rev. Gary Davis, Pink Anderson and Robert Lockwood? And toured with Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Hot Tuna, JJ Cale & Bonnie Raitt ?  Roy can. He has the stories, the licks, and the mystery of timeless music in his fingers. He’s been featured on a PBS special and interviewed by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.”  He’s also a regular…

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Don White

October 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$15.00

There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He has survived and thrived for more than twenty years, bringing his audiences to laughter and tears in his live performances, studio recordings, and on the printed page. He is a storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter. He is a walking challenge to the phrase “file under.” Best to just sort him under “Don White.” Don’s approach to music is a weird, unique blend. If he just played folk music, it would be a…

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Sing: Quiet Corner Song Swap

October 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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