November Coffeehouse with Cheshire Moon

Join us on November 8th at 7:30 for the Peoples Church Second Friday Coffeehouse, featuring Cheshire Moon!

Cheshire Moon is the fanciful collaboration of trickster bird Lizzie Crowe and crazed magician Eric Coleman. What began as a simple joining of two talents in song circles, and occasionally during the mad-hatter antics of Eric Coleman on stage, whipped and frothed into the most likely of pairs. Eric’s love of punk, folk and prog rock gives them an eerie, otherworldly sound, while Lizzie brings the voice of that otherworld to life in voice and verse. Together they weave song and story, breathing new life into old myths, new faces onto old gods, and finally telling the princess’s side of the faerie tale.

Find Molly’s Café at the Preston Bradley Center on floor 3 1/2 (take the elevator to the third floor and walk up half a flight). Admission is always free, and coffee and homemade lemon squares are available for purchase. All are welcome!

For more about Cheshire Moon, visit cheshiremoon.net, or find them on Facebook at facebook.com/cheshiremoonmusic

October Coffee House with Karen Salmon

Join us on Friday, October 11th at 7:30pm for the Peoples Church Second Friday Coffeehouse!

Karen Salmon performs originals and covers regularly as a solo artist and with the band Things That Fly. Married and the mother of four, Karen has been called “desperate” and “distracted” in her exploration of what it means to write songs in her 40’s. Since she first picked up a guitar a decade ago, she finds herself writing in the bathroom or minivan in order to have any hope of completing a song. (She is also honing her ability to write in her sleep.) Salmon’s music is alternatively playful and stark—and has clear undertones of overcooked meat and unfolded laundry. Karen wakes up to Led Zeppelin, goes to sleep to Ella Fitzgerald and dreams about Loretta Lynn.

The Coffeehouse takes place at Molly’s Cafe on floor 3 1/2 (take the elevator to the third floor and walk up half a flight). Admission is always free, and coffee and homemade lemon squares are available for purchase. All are welcome!

September Coffeehouse with Lauren Nelson & Victor Sanders

Join us on Friday, September 13th at 7:30pm as the Second Friday Coffeehouse returns to Molly’s Cafe on floor 3 1/2 (take the elevator to the third floor and walk up half a flight). Admission is always free, and coffee and homemade lemon squares are available for purchase. All are welcome!

Lauren Nelson writes songs that tell archetypal stories.  She hopes that they remind you of whatever it is that you most deeply long to find. Victor Sanders is a well-known Chicago-based guitarist.

For more about Lauren, visit riversongs.bandcamp.com

July Coffeehouse with Jim Green

Join us on Friday, July 12th at 7:30pm for the Second Friday Coffeehouse in Molly’s Cafe on floor 3 1/2 (take the elevator to the third floor and walk up half a flight). Admission is always free, and coffee and homemade lemon squares are available for purchase. All are welcome!

Our featured performer this month is Jim Green! Chicago based guitarist Jim Green transcends popular genres by creating ambient and exciting percussive driven solo finger-style acoustic guitar instrumentals in a fresh and compelling way utilizing unusual guitar tunings while incorporating percussive rhythms, harmonics, and finger-tapping with a piano-like approach that is both musically and visually stimulating. He was voted “One of the best independent artists in the Midwest” by Billboard Magazine, he is a 2004 Guitar Idol Champion and has opened for artists such as Ann Wilson (Heart), Poi Dog Pondering, Pat Benatar, Muriel Anderson, Credence Clearwater Revisited, and Dire Straits Legacy to name a few.

Follow Jim on Facebook@jimgreenguitar

June Coffeehouse with Heather Styka!

Join us on Friday, June 14th at 7:30pm for the Second Friday Coffeehouse in Molly’s Cafe on floor 3 1/2 (take the elevator to the third floor and walk up half a flight). Admission is always free, and coffee and homemade lemon squares are available for purchase. All are welcome!

Chicago songwriter Heather Styka cuts to the truth with gutsy vulnerability. With a heartfelt croon that brings to mind Billie Holiday or Patsy Cline, Styka combines the lyrical intricacy of folk with a catchy melodic pop sensibility and the grit of classic country in songs that are smart and disarming.

Learn more at heather.styka.com or follow Heather on Facebook: Heather Styka Music

May Coffeehouse with Brian Carmona

Join us on Friday, May 10th at 7:30pm for the Second Friday Coffeehouse in Molly’s Cafe on floor 3 1/2 (take the elevator to the third floor and walk up half a flight). Admission is always free, and coffee and homemade lemon squares are available for purchase. All are welcome!

A first-generation American whose mother hails from Colombia and the product of a musical family, Carmona’s a soulful vocalist. He picked up the six-string at age 11 and developed his own distinctive style, influenced most by the three Kings — B.B., Freddie and Albert, Carlos Santana, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix while also playing drums, bongos and other percussion instruments along the way. Carmona is rooted in the past and it’s clear he learned his moves from musicians some three generations ago. Brian emphasizes how the American roots of music is grounded with the ‘60s notion of blues and soul, all filtered through the prism of ‘70s classic rock. Which isn’t to say Carmona ignores the straight stuff: much of his original music is modern- His roots are just that- roots, not anchors, allowing the group to grow, often in unexpected and quietly thrilling ways.

Check out briancarmona.com 

 

 

THIRD Friday March Coffeehouse with Amanda Suckow

For this month only, the Coffeehouse will be on the third Friday, March 15th. In April we’re back to second Fridays!

Amanda Suckow is best described as a classical musician with a love for folk music. She likes to say she “folked up big time”. Seeking beauty in nature, humanity and life, Amanda articulates her experiences through song. Get a taste of her beautiful, unique music here: https://soundcloud.com/amandasuckow.

As always, the concert is free and lemon squares and coffee will be available for purchase.

The Coffeehouse begins at 7:30pm in Molly’s Cafe on floor 3 1/2.

An Evening with Glennon Doyle

On March 8th, join us for an evening with Glennon Doyle. Glennon is an activist, author, speaker, and blogger, and founder of Together Rising, a non-profit focused on the needs of vulnerable women and children. Enjoy an inspiring evening of real talk and truth-telling conversation about life, love, family, justice, and community.

7:00-8:30pm, doors open at 6:00. This is a ticketed event – click here for tickets and more information.

February Coffeehouse with February Sky

The next Coffeehouse is on February 8th at 7:30pm! As is our tradition, the musicians for the Coffeehouse will be February Sky, Susan Urban and Phil Cooper. Admission is always free, and coffee and lemon squares are available for purchase. The concert is in Molly’s Cafe on floor 3 1/2 of the Preston Bradley Center. Take the elevator to the third floor and walk up half a flight.

About the artists:
February Sky is traditional singer and Celtic guitarist Phil Cooper with songwriter and singer Susan Urban. Phil sings and plays his own arrangements of traditional songs and tunes on six string guitar and cittern, and he also interprets a number of carefully chosen songs from the best of modern Folk song writers, as well as backing Susan up on her songs. Susan Urban is a writer of story songs and humorous “slice of life” songs. She accompanies her songs, plus Phil’s songs and tunes, on six and 12-string guitar, six string banjo, mountain dulcimer, hand percussion instruments and Native American Style flute. Phil and Susan present a combination of old and new songs addressing the widest possible range of experience, complete with vocal harmony, intricate instrumentation and thoughtful stagecraft. They believe that Folk Music is a continuum – whether the songs are self-penned or have a history thousands of years old, as long as they speak to the human condition and the human heart, they carry on the Folk Music tradition.

December Coffeehouse with the Marc Mayer Band

Join us for the December Coffeehouse, featuring the Marc Mayer Band, on Friday, December 14th, at 7:30pm. Admission is always free, and coffee and Ludie’s lemon squares are available for purchase.

Come join Marc Mayer at The Peoples Church on December 14th for a fun filled evening of original, subversive left wing music that will make you laugh – instead of the usual crying – at the current state of our politics. Marc is an ex -hippie from the 1960’s who brings his sense of humor and music to life in his songs.

In addition to his original political and love songs, he’ll be playing some classic rock and roll music from the 50’s and 60’s along with some fun Christmas and Chanukah tunes. Join us for a fun filled, sing along night with Marc. We start at 7:30.