Clay on Main’s Half Moon Cafe announces fall concert series
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 concerts, the Half Moon also serves as an incubator for emerging musicians and
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