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450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States

February 2020

Blackstone Valley Bluegrass @ The Vanilla Bean Cafe

February 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$15.00

Blackstone Valley Bluegrass is Dave Dick on banjo and guitar, Ken Taylor on bass and guitar, Tim St Jean on mandolin and fiddle, and Bob Dick on guitar, resophonic guitar and bass. All four members sing lead and harmony vocals. We’ve been performing as a band since 1998. Over the years, this group has built a solid and ever-expanding repertoire to go along with an engaging stage performance; they can really entertain an audience. They’re all multi-instrumentalists and play a…

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Artists in the Round @ The Vanilla Bean Cafe

February 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$20.00

Tracy Grammar, Jim Henry, Maria Sangiolo & Peter Lehndorff Four songwriters who are all current or former Signature Sounds Recording artists, who will be swapping songs and sharing the stories behind them. Jim Henry is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, podcast host, book author, and recording producer. Jim delivers his finely crafted original songs with a smooth, rich baritone voice and engaging storytelling and humor. Tracy Grammer is among contemporary folk music’s most beloved artists. A gifted songwriter and storyteller, Grammer has recorded and performed…

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Straight Up Jazz Trio

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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donations appreciated

Listen to Straight Up Jazz Trio live on a few special Sunday’s this Fall. Come and hear a traditional Jazz piano trio featuring Dr. Anthony Cornicello on the Piano, accompanied by Venlo Odom on Drums and Rick O’Neal on Bass. Each event there will also be special guest artists sitting in with this trio. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Vance Gilbert

February 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$15.00

Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90’s when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking ‘em dead at open mics. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about Gilbert’s stage-owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be special…

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Sing: Quiet Corner Song Swap @ The Vanilla Bean Cafe

February 21 @ 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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Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters

February 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$15.00

Amy Gallatin and her band Stillwaters have taken the stage at some of the most prestigious venues in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, UK, and Europe. Their recent tour of The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Denmark – the band’s fifth – drew extremely enthusiastic crowds at house concerts, music clubs, theaters, country & bluegrass festivals. They have twice had the honor of representing the United States as the featured performers at the European World of Bluegrass convention in The…

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Nine6teen @ The Vanilla Bean Cafe

February 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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March 2020

Open Mic – Feature – Steve Dedman @ The Vanilla Bean Cafe

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

Steve Dedman is the pianist and songwriter behind the Americana band Plywood Cowboy, Steve Dedman’s songs earned a spot on the 2018 Grammy ballot. Read more  

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Redwood Hill Bluegrass

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

Redwood Hill is a group of friends who have banded together to pay tribute to Bluegrass music’s legendary Country Gentlemen, a group highly acclaimed as one of the most important progressive Bluegrass bands for their unique blend of folk and Bluegrass music. This group of veteran pickers playing bluegrass includes: Keith Edwards (guitar) who has an extensive background in Bluegrass music. Called “simply the best Bluegrass bass fiddle player in New England” by the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association, Lillian Fraker…

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Straight Up Jazz Trio

March 8 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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donations appreciated

Listen to Straight Up Jazz Trio live on a few special Sunday’s this Fall. Come and hear a traditional Jazz piano trio featuring Dr. Anthony Cornicello on the Piano, accompanied by Venlo Odom on Drums and Rick O’Neal on Bass. Each event there will also be special guest artists sitting in with this trio. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Cashel Rock

March 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$15.00

The Irish band, Cashel Rock, features veteran New England artists Peter Lange and Ed Clement, on guitar and vocals, Rachel DiMartino and Carol Sansoucy on vocals, Tim St. Jean, vocals and mandolin, Vikki Baker, vocals, flute and tin whistle, Cathy Day, fiddle and vocals, and, Ned Lange, bodhran. According to Victor Infante of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, “If you want straight-ahead traditional music with a vibrant feel, then it’s hard to do better than Cashel Rock. There’s a great…

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Sing: Quiet Corner Song Swap @ The Vanilla Bean Cafe

March 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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Pamela Means – plays Abbey Road

March 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$15.00

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles Abbey Road, and honoring its influence across generations, Pamela Means performs the iconic album, in its entirety, in order, solo acoustic! Her introduction to the Beatles record remains “a vivid memory from age 14,” and one of the reasons she chose to delve into learning the whole album was that “the medley seemed so incredibly difficult to learn. It just sounded ‘badass’ to do it. A multi-talented performer, singer, songwriter, composer and producer,…

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Peter Mulvey

March 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Road
Pomfret, CT United States
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$20.00

Peter Mulvey is a veteran singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, as a busker, and from there moved on to performing in the subways and streets of Boston. This led to his first record deal and a leap to full-time national and international touring, beginning in the early Nineties. Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made 18 records, spanning rock and roll, folk,…

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