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DEAR JOHN: Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman

Perform the songs of JOHN HARTFORD

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 7:30 pm

Hartley/Vey Theatres at Manship Theatre 344-0334


Harry Belafonte tells crowd at likely last public appearance: 'We shall overcome'

Harry Belafonte appeared dazed, struggling to stand with a cane as an aide guided him slowly to his place on stage. Having caught his breath, the 90-year-old singer and civil rights activist warned the crowd at Carnegie Music Hall on Friday night that this was likely his last public appearance.
Martin Luther King: Harry Belafonte remembers 'I Have a Dream'

It lasted nearly two hours. Despite appearing disoriented – a stroke a few years ago took away his inner-ear balance – and taking long breaks to gathers his thoughts, Belafonte brought the crowd to rising cheers and chants....



HENRY GRAY, every Tuesday night 6 - 8 pm

Time Out Lounge (smokefree) on Bennington



most Wednesday nights, Sullivan's



The Manship Theatre Thurs 1 February 2018 7:30 pm


Charlie King wins 2017 Phil Ochs Award

Charlie King, the musical storyteller and political satirist, won the 2017 Phil Ochs Award given to singer songwriters whose music and activism embody the spirit and commitment of legendary folk singer Phil Ochs.  Charlie has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century.  He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.

His songs have been sung by Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small, to name a few. Pete Seeger called Charlie “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.”  Among Charlie's best known songs are "Buy, Buy This American Car", That's the Way I Made My Millions", "Two Good Arms" and "Send in the Drones".

Charlie was presented with a plaque commemorating the award and a cash stipend of $2000 at a concert presented by the Schenectady County Historical Society at Mabee Farms Dutch Barn in Rotterdam Junction, NY on Sunday October 8, 2017.  The award was presented by Phil Ochs' sister Sonny Ochs and by Ron and Kathy Cooke and Chad Phillips  representing A Still Small Voice 4U that sponsors the award.  Additional funding was generously contributed by Michael Sussman, a civil rights and environmental lawyer, from Orange County, NY.

The Phil Ochs Award is presented annually by A Still Small Voice 4U Inc. (ASSV) a 501(c)3 not for profit devoted to encouraging and supporting arts, music, literature, culture and community.  The award is determined by a national panel of judges.  ASSV directly supports individuals and organizations that share its mission and commitment and sponsors concerts, exhibits, performances, readings and community activities.  More information is available at

Charlie King may be reached through his web site:



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Webb Wilder Rescheduled...

As the day wore on, we only reached 36 degrees and the forecasts changed to a hard freeze in the mid twenties. I got with Webb and we decided to cancel and reschedule. We have a tentative reschedule date for Sat, Feb 17. I would appreciate it if a bunch of Dragon folks would make extra effort to attend. Webb really got slammed on this one ($$). We kinda did, too. I'll let y'all know when it is official and will set up a new Brown Paper Tickets link.


Monday at 7pm....IAN MOORE!

OK, we get back in the game in just two days. Famed guitarist IAN MOORE stops by for a solo / acoustic show this coming Monday, Dec 11 at 7pm. I love this guy's music. Great voice, wonderful songs.......and (of course) some of the most stellar guitar playing you will ever see. We will do the show a bit early on Monday so you can still get up for work the next morning. Reg seats are $20, VIPs are $30, RYAN HARRIS opens and the direct ticket link is


3 shows left this year!!

You already know about the IAN MOORE show this Monday. After that, we have three more before this year is in the history book. Sure hope a bunch of y'all can make em. Let's finish this year with a bang!

Sat, Dec 16   SONNY LANDRETH TRIO (Manship Theatre)   $39.95 - $59.95   STEVE CONN BAND opens

This is the BIG show on the horizon. Sonny comes to town on the heals of a GRAMMY NOMINATION for his new album. I put 24 seats on the front two rows back up for sale earlier this week. 18 of em are still available. With just one week until the show you can actually get front row seats! Get em before they are gone. This is a show you just don't want to miss!

This show is sponsored by DR. WILL RUSSELL

Fri, Dec 22   DASH RIP ROCK   $30reg/$40VIP   WILL WESLEY opens

The ultimate party band hits the Dragon stage. Prepare for some serious fun and some (semi) loud rock n roll. This is gonna be a good it!!!

Fri, Dec 29   DAVID BORNE'   $20reg/$30VIP   KREE HARRISON opens

Our buddy DAVID BORNE' is coming in from Nashville for a few local shows. I know he is one of the songwriters in the Manship show "Home For the Holidays" on Dec 27. I hear he will be doing a New Years gig as well. But our show will be different. One you can sit down for. One you can enjoy David's original songs. One with a special guest. KREE HARRISON was runner up on "American Idol" recently! This will be a nice send off for 2017. Hope you can make it!

Jan 5   ERIC BRACE / PETER COOPER / THOM JUTZ   $30/$40   opener TBA

Jan 13   JOHN GORKA   $30/$40   GINA FORSYTH opens

Jan 19   CODY CANADA & MIKE MCCLURE   $35/$45   CLAY PARKER opens

Jan 20   DALE WATSON (band)   $30/$40   opener TBA

Jan 25   CHRIS KNIGHT   $50/$60   opener TBA

More Sellout Alerts.....

For those who are missing out on some of our sellout shows, here are a few that you might want to get your seats for soon:

Sat, Dec 16     SONNY LANDRETH BAND (at Manship)  $39.95-$59.95   STEVE CONN opens
We had a good number of seats available the other day. Then Sonny scored a GRAMMY NOMINATION. I am hoping that will drive sales and fill the Manship up. Join us!!

Fri, Jan 19   CODY CANADA & MIKE MCCLURE   $35reg/$45VIP   CLAY PARKER opens
VIP seats are sold out. Still have some Reg seats. Time is running out.

Wed, March 7   J.D. SOUTHER   $100 reg/VIPs sold out   STEVE JUDICE opens
We have a handful of regular seats remaining. I will declare this show as SOLD OUT shortly. Last chance......

Mon, April 16    BRUCE COCKBURN   $60reg/VIPs sold out
We have about a dozen regular seats remaining before this one is totally sold out. 

Thanks, Y'all....... Chris Maxwell


Dyson House 

Listening Room
Address: 7575 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Dyson House Listening Room
7575 Jefferson Hwy Baton Rouge, LA 70806

BLUEGRASS NEWS:  Bluegrass & Olde Tyme acoustic string music on the Rivers,Bayous and Roadside Ditches of Louisiana.


.Jam most Sundays at "GEORGE's Southside" on Highland Road at Staring Lane (Essen)  2:30 - 5:00
Reminder:  4th Sat. Jam at Main Street Market at 11:00 am,
Sunday Jam at George's Southside 2:45 pm - 5:00 +
2017 regular jams
Mon "HI HO Lounge" - St. Claude Ave - New Orleans 8- 10 pm 
Mon "Cite des Arts Theatre" - downtown Lafayette 7- 9 pm  (canc'd on Mar 21)
Tues "Counter Culture" coffe shop - Slidell 5:45 pm
"GEORGE's Southside" - Baton Rouge (corner Highland/Essen) 2:30 pm - 5 pm (early birds encouraged to patronize the restaurant)
1st Sun "Tom's Fiddle & Bow" Arnaudville, 1-4 pm
1st Sun "Hootenancy" at Birdman Cafe, St Fran 5 pm (pot luck)
2nd & 4th Sat - "Main Street Market" 5th & Main in BR - 11 am 'til 1 pm

Mon nite -
Lagniappe Dulcimer Soc'y - 6 pm, Comm'y Bible Church, 8354 Jeffersn Hwy - in BR
2nd Sat (only) Cajun Dulcimer Soc'y - 10 am - Acad'n Cultrl Cntr - in Laf.

Check the
for major bluegrass events in 2016 within easy driving range.

Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor)
P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
Tel. (225) 387-1600; Text 225.252.2708
Home of BlueGrass on the Bayou
Louisiana Bluegrass & Olde Tyme Music
HARRIS Law Firm - main financial supporter, preparing estate plans and last will and trust documents for the serious bluegrass fan concerned about his family and estate, and the perpetual care of his banjos, mandolins, violins and Martin guitars. Proceeds go to concerts and jams.

Gerard Furniture in BR - generous financial supporter, contributing to bringing in guest performers for Jams. Show support by visiting the store and mentioning "bluegrass."

Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor)
P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
Tel. (225) 387-1600




Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 12964 airplays from 128 different DJs
1. The Early Mays
2. Glen Campbell
3. Dave Rawlings
3. John Reischman And The Jaybirds
5. The Jerry Douglas Band
6. Susan Cattaneo
7. Tom Russell
8. Joe Jencks
9. Heather Pierson
10. Chris Ronald
11. Matthew Byrne
12. Bruce Cockburn
13. Old Salt Union
13. Pete Seeger
15. Bob Dylan
16. Ben Hunter, Phil Wiggins, Joe Seamons
17. George Thorogood
17. The Jeremiahs
19. John McCutcheon
20. Slaid Cleaves
21. Amber Cross
22. Eilen Jewell
23. Rhiannon Giddens
23. Sherman Holmes
25. Kat Goldman
25. Joe Mullins And The Radio Ramblers
27. Dale Ann Bradley
27. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
27. John Prine
27. Paul Kelly
31. Joan Baez
32. Friction Farm
32. Jillette Johnson
32. Jolie Holland And Samantha Parton
32. Shawna Caspi
36. Harpeth Rising
36. Lukas Nelson And Promise Of The Real
36. Pete's Posse
36. Tim O'Brien
40. Johnny Cash
40. O'Connor Band
40. Rhonda Vincent
40. Sarah Jane Scouten


WXPN Radio posted the stream (and free download) of a new tribute
song tolegendary folk dj Gene Shay performed by 25 Philly based
artists.  You can read and hear (and download) the song here:



Les Kerr has a new blog about the musical connection between Nashville and New Orleans. From Louis Armstrong’s collaboration with Jimmie Rodgers to Del McCoury playing with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the connection continues at:


"Though it's impossible to pinpoint a particular moment when immigrants began inventing American music, a dramatic turning point surely occurred in 1804, the year a young nation made the Louisiana Purchase. President Thomas Jefferson sought to buy from the French just the city of New Orleans, because of its crucial value as a port. But a cash-strapped Napoleon sold the entire, still-uncharted Louisiana Territory for $15 million — roughly 4 cents an acre.  In a single stroke, America became a thrilling, noisy eruption of sound.",0,6735268.column



My name is Rebecca Sharky. I am the GM of Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge, LA.   I'd like for Cafe Des Amis to be considered as an alternative non-smoking venue to your folk friends. If you have any suggestions, please email me.

Thank you!

Cafe Des Amis <


"I have been affected by secondhand smoke.  I remember one night I was playing in a club and I went to hit a high note and I almost blacked out on stage.  I had to hold the microphone to keep from falling down. There was so much smoke in the place that it had a negative impact on my singing."
--Deacon John

Music selections from  audio collections at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's  Southern Folklife Collection are now being streamed online. Visitors can  tune in to channels that feature music in five genres: old-time music;  country and bluegrass; folk revival; rhythm, blues, and boogie; and the  eclectic “SFC Mix.” The purpose of our radio stream is to make our holdings  available for educational use.

To listen  visit:






When the song of the angel is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
   To find the lost,
   To heal the broken,
   To feed the hungry,
   To release the prisoner,
   To rebuild the nations,
   To bring peace among brothers,
   To make music in the heart.



This website is updated Saturdays, before the Hootenanny Power radio show at 9 pm on WRKF.  Please don't wait until Monday or Tuesday after the radio show to send me info on a performance that coming Friday.  It definitely won't make the show, and probably won't make the website.  tlcaffery at yahoo dot com


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