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Unless noted below, doors open for all weekend shows @ 6:30PM & music begins @ 7:30PM

Online reservations for all concerts are performed by an email sent to Paul Barker.

If you click the link and find the email window does not appear, please send an email to Paul
and indicate the show that you are reserving tickets for and the quantity of tickets you would like to reserve.

- March -

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Danny Schmidt
Min. suggested donation of $20

Named to the Chicago Tribune's list of the "50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years," Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has amassed a cult following for his poetic, poignant lyrics. With a craftsmanship and emotional depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt, and with fantastical narratives reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Salman Rushdie, Schmidt is considered a preeminent writer. Sing Out Magazine proclaimed that: "Schmidt is a force of nature: a blue moon, a hundred-year flood, an avalanche of a singer-songwriter. His songs are a flood of poetry, mythology, folk wisdom, and surprise. He is perhaps the best new songwriter we've heard in the last 15 years."

Performing solo most often, armed with just his voice, his acoustic guitar, and his acute insight and commentary, Schmidt’s an authentic timeless troubadour, one man sharing his truth in the form of songs, in unadorned and intimate fashion. The understated effect can be powerful. As songwriter Jeffrey Foucault put it: “Everything about the man is gentle, except for his capacity for insight, which is crushing.”

If you would like to attend this show, please email at
"Paul 'at' BarkerHouseConcerts.com"
Please indicate the artist name & date, your name, phone number
and number of seats you would like to reserve.


Thursday, March 19th

Showcase of Six Acoustic Singer/Songwriters
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You are invited to a showcase of six acoustic singer/songwriters that my co-hosts Tom and Gail Chapmond of Sycamore Creek House Concerts and I will be presenting on Thursday night, March 19th, at El Mercado’s Backroom on South Lamar.

The music begins at 7:00 and we hope to have you out of there by a little after 11:00. El Mercado has a large parking lot in addition to parking behind the restaurant. After that, there is street parking up Gibson Street and a short walk.

There is NO cover charge for the event, but we hope you will be generous with your tips and purchase of CD’s to make the evening worthwhile for the artists as well. Nate the General Manage usually has some drink and food specials for the listening room during these events so just ask your waiter!!! Here’s the line-up and the play times:

Checkback as lineup of artists to be announced.

El Mercado’s Backroom on South Lamar


Friday, March 27, 2020

The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
Min. suggested donation of $20

Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and performer whose inspiring live performances and growing catalog of releases delve into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz, vocal chants, instrumental piano, and poignant folk. She is best known for her virtuosity at the piano and her bell-tone vocals, and her songs and musicianship embody joy, honesty, and a desire to share from the heart. In twenty years on her own record label, Vessel Recordings, she has released eleven CDs of original music, and a new full-length recording, Lines and Spaces, is currently in the works and planned for a late 2019 release.

Heather finally burst upon the national scene in 2015 with her acoustic trio, teaming up with two musicians that she met in the early days of 2010 when her life was starting over. The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio features Shawn Nadeau on upright bass and Davy Sturtevant on, as Heather often puts it from stage, "everything else" - guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, cornet. Davy Sturtevant is a sideman extraordinaire and an accomplished singer/songwriter of his own, wielding both an arsenal of stringed and brass instruments and a gorgeous tenor voice. With wit and flair, Davy performs in a way that moves listeners to tap their toes, nod their heads, and raise knowing eyebrows. Shawn Nadeau is a self-taught phenom who brings an unassuming rock-solid foundation and a keen awareness to every moment of every song, informed by over two decades of wildly varying musical performances, from punk rock to reggae to jazz. In their able hands, these three veteran musicians have catapulted Heather's live performances of her deep well of original music with intricate instrumental arrangements and stirring three-part vocal harmonies. The trio’s debut EP, Still She Will Fly, was released in May 2015, and its title track was the #2 single on the Folk radio charts for the year in 2015, and three other songs were also in the Top 100 singles on Folk radio in 2015. The trio’s full-length debut, Singin’, was released in June 2017, and debuted at #1 on the Folk radio charts.

Heather's twelfth CD release, Lines and Spaces, will be released on November 1, 2019, and it promises to be her most ambitious and most personal release to date. It will feature the familiar and impeccable sounds of the acoustic trio, joined by some incredible performances by Craig Bryan on drums, Mike Sakash on clarinet and tenor sax, George Wiese on trombone, as well as a full choir of Norway Community Sing friends on back-up vocals.

Throughout her colorful career, her eclectic skill set continues to propel her onto concert hall stages and into barrooms, coffeehouses, resort hotels, living rooms, and churches. Her nearly non-stop performance schedule (with over 200 shows a year) speaks of her tireless work ethic and endless devotion to her crafts. Defying genre and classification and yet fully embracing all musical styles, Heather is an artist who speaks the language of music in as many dialects as her abilities will allow. Her life’s work, she says, is to share her love of music and her gratitude for life with others – one song, one heart, and one mind at a time.

If you would like to attend this show, please email at
"Paul 'at' BarkerHouseConcerts.com"
Please indicate the artist name & date, your name, phone number
and number of seats you would like to reserve.

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