Half Moon Café an­nounce fall lineup

Clay on Main part­ners with Mead­owood Mu­sic to host events

The Southern Berks News - - ENTERTAINMENT - Clay on Main

The Half Moon Café, at Clay on Main in Oley, has hosted a mul­ti­tude of lo­cal and regional mu­si­cians over the years, and Paula Taylor from Mead­owood Mu­sic adds her ex­per­tise to the pro­duc­tion team this year.

“The Mead­owood folks are good friends who will carry on the tra­di­tion and keep it mov­ing for­ward, said Half Moon’s founder Mike Pe­trauskas. They will keep it fresh.”

Pe­trauskas was Half Moon’s main co­or­di­na­tor, but stresses that it was a group ef­fort.

“Lots of peo­ple worked hard to grow the Half Moon. Niki [Miller] and Bill [Oswald] worked at al­most ev­ery show since 2006. Peo­ple do­nated pieces of the sound sys­tem, and fix­tures. A lot of tal­ented mu­si­cians played at the Half Moon and helped pro­mote it.”

The fall lineup in­cludes Mike & Paula from Mead­owood, a duo who have honed their col­lab­o­ra­tive style over more than 20 years of play­ing Scot­tish and Ir­ish bal­lads, early Amer­i­can tunes, and more. On Oct. 20, they’ll be joined by their friend Rich Dod­son.

The next show, on Nov. 3, brings Dave Fry, a co­founder of God­frey Daniels and spe­cial­ist in chil­dren’s mu­sic. His wry lyrics, spon­ta­neous stage pat­ter, and au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion en­ter­tains peo­ple of all ages. Rhythm Road takes the stage on Nov. 17, bringing their en­thu­si­as­tic de­liv­ery of jazz stan­dards and art­fully crafted orig­i­nals. On Dec. 1, Crow Hill’s high en­ergy, en­gag­ing blue­grass mu­sic will be com­ple­mented by tight vo­cal har­monies. The De­cem­ber 1st show also marks the be­gin­ning of a new fea­ture, Din­ing Room, where a guest mu­si­cian en­ter­tains visitors dur­ing the lead-up to the main stage per­former. Betsy Man­ning, on ukulele and vo­cals, is the first on the Din­ing Room lineup. Plan to ar­rive ear­lier when the Din­ing Room is hap­pen­ing; doors will open at 7 p.m. to al­low guests to en­joy the fea­ture from 7:15 – 7:45 p.m.

In ad­di­tion to host­ing es­tab­lished lo­cal mu­si­cians, the Half Moon serves as an in­cu­ba­tor for emerg­ing mu­si­cians and a home for am­a­teurs who love to play to­gether. Their Open Mics are on the first Mon­days of each month, from 7-9 p.m., and are a great place for bud­ding artists to get some stage time. This fall, stop by on Nov. 6 and Dec. 4; there will not be an Open Mic on Jan. 1. Con­tact Vinny Rose with ques­tions <vin­cen­tjrose@hot­mail.com>.

Ukelele Jams take place on the last Saturday of each month from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (there is no Uke Jam in De­cem­ber 2017). In ad­di­tion to ukes, percussion in­stru­ments, har­mon­i­cas, gui­tars, man­dolins and ban­jos are also welcome, as well as the most por­ta­ble of in­stru­ments – voices. A sug­gested do­na­tion of $5 will be ac­cepted at the door. Con­tact Besy Man­ning with ques­tions, or to be added to a Uke Jam mail­ing list < bet­sy­bird27@hot­mail.com >. To RSVP for the uke jam (re­quested but not re­quired), visit Meetup. com and look up “main­line ukelele group”.

Clay on Main is a non­profit artists’ co­op­er­a­tive, lo­cated at 313 Main St. in the his­toric village of Oley. Clay on Main is open to the pub­lic on Tues­days from 10-2 p.m., Wed­nes­days from 12-9 p.m., and Fri­days and Satur­days from 10-2 p.m. Gallery ex­hibits are also open on Sun­days from 1-4 p.m., and ad­di­tional view­ing of the gallery can be ar­ranged by ap­point­ment.

Dave Fry

Rhythm Road

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