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Upcoming Shows


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

March | May | October

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.
"Paul 'at' BarkerHouseConcerts.com

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Danny Schmidt
dannyschmidt.com
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
www.elmercadorestaurant.com

 

Friday, March 27, 2020

The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
heatherpierson.com
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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Friday, May 8th

Suzanne Buirgy
suzannebuirgy.com
Min. suggested donation of $20

Suzanne Buirgy

Suzanne Buirgy has an impressive history as a performer. At 16 years of age, she performed in the long-running hit musical revue, “A 5-6-7-8.”

She then auditioned for and was accepted into the prestigious Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Musical Theater Workshop, and then went on to play the principal role of Edith in the first national touring company of The New York Shakespeare Festival’s The Pirates of Penzance alongside Pam Dawber, Andy Gibb, and Jim Belushi. Buirgy also wrote and performed in an original musical called The Story Goes, which played at the Tamarind Theater in Hollywood, CA.

Buirgy started writing songs at the tender age of 10. She performed extensively in Los Angeles clubs including The Troubadour, The Whiskey, At My Place, and Café Largo, first as a solo artist, then as a member of the all-girl band The Riveters, and finally as part of the duo, All She Wrote. Her career really took off after winning the prestigious “New Folk” award at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. From there she went on to play well-known venues and festivals all across the United States. Buirgy has written, performed, and co-produced three albums as a solo artist. Most recently, she was thrilled to have a song placed in an episode of the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Given her roots in musical theater and the wealth of experience she gathered as a touring singer-songwriter, it made sense that Buirgy would eventually bring her creative skills to filmmaking. For a number of years, she has juggled her music career with her role as a Producer at Dreamworks Animation. During her tenure there she has been an Associate Producer on How to Train Your Dragon, the Co-Producer on Kung Fu Panda 2, Producer on HOME, with Rihanna, Jim Parsons, and Steve Martin, and most recently, Producer of the movie Abominable, with Chloe Bennet, Eddie Izzard, and Sarah Paulson, which was released in September 2019. She is a member of the Producers Guild and was accepted into the Motion Picture Academy in 2019.

Looking ahead, Buirgy is very excited to have time to focus on her musical, Evidence, along with several other creative projects she has in the works. She is also really looking forward to playing her songs for audiences again.

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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Friday, Oct 23rd

Steve Seskin
www.steveseskin.com
Min. suggested donation of $20

Steve Seskin is a successful songwriter who has written seven number one songs, including Grammy-nominated “Grown Men Don’t Cry,” recorded by Tim McGraw, and “Don’t Laugh at Me,” winner of NSAI Song of the Year and Music Row Magazine Song of the Year in 1999 as recorded by Mark Wills. His other #1 hits are “No Doubt About It” and “For a Change,” both recorded by Neal McCoy, “No Man’s Land” and “If You’ve Got Love,” both recorded by John Michael Montgomery, and “Daddy’s Money,” recorded by Ricochet.

Other chart toppers include “I Think About You,” recorded by Collin Raye, and “All I Need To Know,” recorded by Kenny Chesney. The video for Raye’s “I Think About You” single was named the Academy of Country Music’s Video of the Year in 1997, and the song and video were also given an award by the Tennessee Task Force Against Domestic Violence.

In 2014, Steve was nominated to the NSAI Hall of Fame. Recent recordings of his songs include “Pictures,” by John Michael Montgomery, “We Shook Hands,” by Tebey, and “I’ll Always Be There For You,” by Brian McComas, “This Too Shall Pass,” by Sinclair and “Standing Still”, “Proof”, “Lift You Up” and “Electricity” by Seth Glier.

While Steve is best known for writing hits, he is also a successful performer and recording artist. His 20th album, Some Sunsets, released in 2014, is filled with inspiring, hopeful songs, and features Steve and the talented Julia Sinclair. “Don’t Laugh at Me” was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary and became the impetus for the Operation Respect/Don’t Laugh at Me project, a curriculum designed to teach tolerance in schools. This program has already been implemented in more than 20,000 schools across the country. Steve now enjoys performing at school assemblies in support of this program. The song is now available as a children’s book, Don’t Laugh At Me, which was featured on PBS’s Reading Rainbow in September 2002.

Steve is also an active keynote speaker and songwriting teacher for the West Coast Songwriters Association, the Nashville Songwriters Association International, the Swannanoa Gathering, and the Song School at Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, and several NETN events. He has also been the director of the Kerrville Songwriter’s School since 2012.

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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