« Week of April 14, 2013 »
Start: 04/14/2013 8:00 pm

Tracy Newman & the ReinforcementsTracy Newman & the Reinforcements play upbeat folk and pop originals with catchy melodies, pleasing harmonies, and clever, insightful lyrics. “I’m embarrassed to say / this relationship works / because we never talk,” she sings in “Fire Up the Weed,” which won first place in the Great American Song Contest in 2011.

Start: 04/15/2013 8:00 pm

LithaThey met at a folk music festival in England in June 2006 at the time of the summer solstice. Claire Mann and Aaron Jones came from Scotland. Gudrun Walther and Juergen Treyz came from Germany.

Start: 04/16/2013 8:00 pm

Freight Open MicThis is your chance to play at the Freight. Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly – and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.


Signups – on a first-come, first-served basis – begin when the door opens at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 8:00 p.m.

Start: 04/17/2013 8:00 pm

April Verch BandCanada’s April Verch grew up in the Ottawa Valley, where she started step dancing at age three, fiddling at six, and doing both simultaneously at eight. She steeped herself in Canadian roots music, then extended her interest to encompass the music of her neighbor to the south.

Start: 04/18/2013 8:00 pm

Bruce MolskyFiddle guru Darol Anger calls Bruce Molsky “the Rembrandt of the Appalachian fiddle.” Matt Glaser, director of the American Roots program at the Berklee College of Music, calls him “America’s reigning old time fiddler.” Bruce is a master fiddler who also excels on banjo and guitar. Oh, and he sings, too. “Bruce has that ability to track deep emotion in his voice, without any unnecessary adornment,” says Linda Rondstadt, who knows a bit about singing herself.

Start: 04/19/2013 8:00 pm

Steve ForbertWhen Steve Forbert left his home in Meridian, Mississippi in June of 1976 to play his brand of soulful folk rock in New York City, performers like Patti Smith and the Ramones were holding center stage, but Steve started busking in the subway and at Grand Central Station, and performing at open mics, and it wasn’t long before he was playing CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, and getting his name favorably mentioned in the New York Times.

Start: 04/20/2013 8:00 pm

Bruce Robison & Kelly WillisBruce Robison is the writer of such No. 1 country hits as “Wrapped” for George Strait, “Angry All the Time” for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and “Travelin’ Solider” for the Dixie Chicks. Kelly Willis is a sensational singer with ten albums to her credit, the first few in the classic country style of Nashville, and the later ones in the alt-country style of Austin.