A Folk Alliance Member Organization

Acoustic Renaissance Concerts
11 West Maple Street
Hinsdale, Illinois 60521

Schedule - 2017/2018 Season

All shows begins at 8:00 pm. Doors open 45 minutes before performance time.

Saturday, January 13, 2018 — Sons of the Never Wrong Tickets: $20 adults/$18 student/senior

CD Release and 25th Anniversary

SONS are as good as it gets when it comes to skewing the notion of 3-part harmony within original, whimsical songs that spring from both a folk tradition and some other melodic planet you might never have visited. A trio made up of Sue Demel, Deborah Lader and Bruce Roper, these three kind of mixed-up adults of perfect parentage are just crazy enough to think life in the fast lane comes with a banjo (wait, doesn't it?) For 25 years, Sons has been wowing their fans with their music, humor, and outrageously fun live shows. Toss in a superb new CD and we're in for a real treat.

Saturday, February 3, 2018 — Kitty Donohoe and C. Daniel Boling .

Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior Based in Ann Arbor, Emmy recipient Kitty Donohoe draws from her Irish heritage as well as her American and Canadian roots in her music, which is rich, earthy and compelling, making good use of her gifts for storytelling, her love of language, and her ear for melody.

"Kitty Donohoe is a true treasure - a rare songwriter with tremendous range, a beautiful voice, and an ability to write haunting, melodic and literate songs..."-All Music Guide. Rich Warren of WFMT Chicago has included Kitty on his list of the "50 most significant songwriters in the last 50 years." Plus Kitty just released a superb new CD in 2017.

Boling once earned a living as a forester in the Mesa Verde National Park. Later he worked as an investigator for the US Bureau of Land Management. On his fiftieth birthday he started touring. "These Houses", produced by Jono Manson, is his seventh album. As a singer he fits well in our series with real storytellers like Tom Paxton. Don't miss Daniel's ARC debut.

Saturday, March 3, 2018 — Bill Staines with special guest Putnam Smith .

Tickets: $20 adults/$18 student/senior Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat. For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. Bill quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was "simply Boston's best performer", Bill has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.

Putnam Smith, who hails from Portland, Maine, could be an old-world troubadour fresh from the 19th Century. After all, he lives in a log cabin, plays his Grandfather's banjo, and prints up the jackets to his CDs on an antique letterpress. This rootsy multi-instrumentalist songwriter, steeped as he is in Appalachian traditions, is very much a story-teller for the modern age.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 — Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio .

Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior Heather Pierson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and performer. From New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives, Heather's live performances, both solo and with her acoustic trio (Davy Sturtevant on strings/cornet and Shawn Nadeau on bass) move seamlessly and effortlessly from one style to the next, and a growing catalog of wildly divergent CD releases reflects her boundless creativity. The trio's full length debut, "Singin'", released on June 30, 2017, has garnered extensive airplay on folk radio for good's great!

Saturday, May 5, 2018 — Kenny White .

Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior Hailed by reviewers from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle for his "thrilling" and "unique" piano playing, Kenny White is a talented singer/songwriter and a successful NYC-based record producer. He has written, performed, and produced music for hundreds of TV and radio commercials as well as film soundtracks, and has worked with stars like Mick Jagger, Merle Haggard, and Keith Richards. Although he is an accomplished and sought-after pianist, White has become known for his clever lyrics - compared to songwriters as diverse as Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen. His original songs range from humorous to heart-breaking, with Kenny accompanying himself on piano and guitar. He frequently tours with Judy Collins as her opening act and opens for and performs with Cheryl Wheeler.

Saturday September 23 2017, 8pm - Chicago Songwriters Showcase: Small Potatoes, Jenny Bienemann, Sue Fink, Robinlee Garber, Emily White, $18/$16

Saturday October 14 2017, 8pm - Archie Fisher, $20/$18

Saturday November 4 2017, 8pm - Anne Hills, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, $18/$16

Saturday January 13 2018, 8pm - Sons of the Never Wrong, $20/$18

Saturday February 3 2018, 8pm - Kitty Donohoe AND C. Daniel Boling, $18/$16

Saturday March 3 2018, 8pm - Bill Staines with special guest Putnam Smith, $20/$18

Saturday April 7 2018, 8pm - Heather Pearson Acoustic Trio, $18/$16

Saturday May 5 2018, 8pm - Kenny White, $18/$16

Season tickets at $132/$118 (seniors)

Dinner before the show? Vistro Restaurant .
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112 S. Washington Street
Hinsdale, IL

Mention Acoustic Renaissance Concerts (or ARC) for a 10% discount on your meal!

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