Clay on Main’s Half Moon Cafe an­nounces fall con­cert se­ries

The Boyertown Area Times - - ENTERTAINMENT - From Liz Wheeler Clay on Main

Clay on Main, Oley’s com­mu­nity arts cen­ter, has a ter­rific lineup of folk-in­spired mu­si­cians planned for the fall of 2018’s sea­son of their Half Moon Café.

“We called it a café be­cause we wanted to cap­ture the feel of an in­ti­mate cof­feeshop, where the au­di­ence is re­ally right there with the mu­si­cians, and the at­mos­phere is re­laxed and friendly. We’re all about creat­ing com­mu­nity, and there’s noth­ing bet­ter than mu­sic for that!” ex­plains Bon­nie Wren, a Clay on Main founder and board mem­ber.

The shows, all on Fri­day evenings, be­gin at 7:15 with open­ing acts in the Din­ing Room, then the Half Moon con­cert be­gins at 8. The first per­for­mance is on Oc­to­ber 5, when Mike and Paula of Mead­owood Mu­sic will play Scot­tish and Ir­ish bal­lads, as well as early Amer­i­can tunes, pre­ceded by Emme Drago’s fid­dle play­ing in the Din­ing Room.

“It’s fit­ting for Mike and Paula to kick off the sea­son, be­cause they’re ac­tu­ally book­ing all the Half Moon acts,” says Wren. “We’re re­ally lucky to have such great com­mu­nity part­ners.” Clay on Main asks for just a $10 do­na­tion at the door to cover their costs.

The Half Moon shows are about twice a month; the sec­ond act in Oc­to­ber is Maggie Spike on Oc­to­ber 19. Maggie Spike is a hus­band-and-wife singer-song­writer duo who per­form a “mixed bag” of folk orig­i­nals. The mu­si­cians play­ing in the Din­ing Room, be­fore Maggie Spike, are Judy Terwilliger and Matt Wlas­niewski.

Next up is Mike and Linda Hert­zog on Novem­ber 3, play­ing gospel and blue­grass, with Bill Jester play­ing in the Din­ing Room. On Novem­ber 16, Rhythm Road will be at the Half Moon. This group of five com­bines their tal­ents in rich, re­ward­ing per­for­mances of an eclec­tic mix of gen­res. Au­drey Mader and friends will be in the Din­ing Room that night.

The fi­nal show of the fall sea­son will be Tom and Betty Druck­en­miller with Norm Wil­liams on Novem­ber 30. Tom and Betty will trans­port lis­ten­ers to a time when life had a slower pace with their vo­cals, fid­dle, gui­tar and banjo, with Norm Wil­liams of­fer­ing up some more con­tem­po­rary fare. They’ll be pre­ceded by Laura Lein­bach’s vo­cals and gui­tar.

Clay on Main’s mis­sion is to give artists a place to cre­ate, and that ap­plies to mu­sic as well as visual art. In ad­di­tion to twice-monthly


Bill Jester

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