Paul Mecurio -- Saturday, August 6th @ 8:00 PM
In 1996, Paul was invited to be on the original writing and performing team for a new Comedy Central show called “The Daily Show.” In 2001, as a writer for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Paul won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Writing In A Variety, Music or Comedy Program. For his work on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2000,” Paul was honored with a Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting (think The Pulitzer Prize for Broadcasting). In 2002, Paul received his second Emmy nomination for his work on “The Daily Show.”... read more
Lipbone Redding and The LipBone Orchestra -- Saturday, September 3rd @ 8:00 PM
The music of which was heralded by the New York Times as "Remarkable!" With a vocal-trombone and nuances of exotic Eastern influence, Lipbone Redding maintains a musical act that is markedly different from other singer/songwriters. To many Lipbone Redding has become a mainstay in the global nexus of New York's East Village where he performs nightly at Jazz and Blues venues. "I support music, and music supports me," states Lipbone who has yet to get a straight job. Armed with an armada of vocal powered sounds which range from percussion and synthesizers to an amazingly true-to-life mouth trombone, "THE LIPBONE ORCHESTRA" (with drummer Rich Zukor and upright bassist Jeff Eyrich) finds the ability to cross over from one audience to another extremely easy because as one LIPBONE REDDING fan states, "Everybody likes good music!"
Jonathan Byrd & Anthony da Costa -- Sunday, August 7th @ 8:00 PM
"Jonathan Byrd is one of the Top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years." - Rich Warren of WFTM in the Chicago Tribune. Others in the Top 50 include Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Leonard Cohen, John Prine, Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell and Townes Van Zandt.
A native North Carolinian, Jonathan Byrd grew up singing in the Southern Baptist church, where his father preached and his mother played piano. After four years in the Navy, he returned to home to play in rock bands. It was at an old-time fiddle festival in the mountains of southwest Virginia where his writing began to change. Assimilating the sounds of southern traditional music, Byrd wrote new songs in an ancient style.
One of those first songs was "Velma," a murder ballad based on the true story of Velma Barfield, the last woman to be executed in North Carolina, and the murderer of Jonathan's own grandfather. The song so moved folk music legend Tom Paxton that he wrote: "What a treat to hear someone so deeply rooted in tradition, yet growing in his own beautiful way."