"Berardo has a magical way of bringing you into the story. You don't want the song to end."
-Jane Falvey Host, Kingston Coffeehouse, WRIU-FM.

A Note On the Current Condition. 7.16.14 

Reports of my current  ailment are only half true. While my trusted house boy Kiko can type this and I have the strength to dictate, I want to let you know that I can't play tonight in Norwalk, CT with Brother Chris in our music duo because my large team of doctors believe that I was stalked and then bit by the vicious, rude and poisonous Brown Recluse Spider, the sneaky punk of the spider kingdom. This happened while convalescing in my private bunk room on Block Island, 13 miles off the South Coast of Rhode Island in the Atlantic Ocean at coordinates 41°10′11″N 71°34′48″W. It was a sucker punch for sure.

As to my condition at the time of this dictation, its full days of mind clearing pain, chills, fever and the like.  Also, it is a mighty struggle to walk. In addition, I have been diagnosed with general confusion and something called “speculation melancholy”.  The last 96 hours has been a series of loosely hung experiences: bright hospital hallways, Formica, wall chart, nurse, blood pressure, prodding, cold hands, conferring, waiting, waiting….

Also, they are also treating me for the debilitating Lyme disease because that is just good medical thinking. I have retreated heavily into the meds and pain killers now and I plan to sleep until I am due in Vermont on Saturday at Solar Fest. Not to worry, I am surely on the mend and will be back up and rolling soon. The island is wild and sometimes the bear eats you. At least that is what Brother Chris is always saying. Except I don’t think there are any bears on Block Island, although I did have a Mojito with Chicago football great Dick Butkus at Dead Eyes Dick’s in the New Harbor once. Onward without fear.

Westerly, RI 


Marc Douglas Berardo is a Finalist in the 2014 Solar Fest Songwriter Showcase 

This list of songwriters contains a bunch of my friends with some of the best songs I know.
I am very proud to be a 2014 Solarfest Song Showcase Finalist in Tinmouth,VT. The show takes place on Saturday July 19, 2014.

About the festival: 
Twenty years ago, SolarFest started with an innovative idea: Hold a festival that showcases the power and possibilities of solar energy. Today, SolarFest, Inc. continues to produce the Northeast’s premier renewable energy and arts festival—a three-day, family-friendly festival that combines world-class entertainment with not-to-be-missed workshops in renewable energy, sustainability and community engagement.
2014 SOLARFEST Showcase Finalist

MDB wins the Wildflower Arts and Music Festival Song Contest, TX 

I am happy as a schoolkid on summer vacation to report that I was a winner of the prestigious Wildflower Art and Music Song Contest in Richardson, TX. As well as being named a winner I also was awarded the "People's Choice,": named after the great Michael Terry. I am more than humbled and  very honored.
From Trespass Music:
Marc Douglas Berardo has won the Michael Terry People’s Choice Award at the Wildflower Arts and Music Festival Songwriter Competition. Kendra Terry, an avid volunteer and widow of Michael Terry says “The award is named for my late husband who was a longtime manager of Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse in Dallas. Michael was also involved with Wildflower as the Songwriter Stage Volunteer Manager.” Kendra took on the Songwriter Stage Volunteer Manager position in 2011 when her husband passed away from cancer. 

2014 Kerrville New Folk Finalist 


I am very honored and happy as a cat by a fire to be a 2014 Kerrville New Folk Finalist. Past finalist have included such greats as Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchum, John Gorka, Nanci Grifith, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Ellis Paul and a holy host of others. So.....very fancy. I will perform my songs on Saturday, May 24 at The Threadgill Theater sometime after 1pm. Details and Tix: http://www.kerrville-music.com/

Wildflower Arts and Music Festival, Richardson, TX May 16-18. 

I am jubiliant and mirthful (as well as "primed" and "stoked") to be a finalist in the 2014 Wildflower Art and Music Festival in Richardson, TX, May 16-18.
When you make up songs, this kind of recognition gives you the fuel to carry on. I was at Wildflower in 2006.
Glad to be asked again. It might even feel like a comeback. (This is my first use of the words "primed" and "stoked.")

Lucy Kaplansky with special guests Marc Douglas Berardo 

Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the new Towne Crier in Beacon, NY. 
Lucy Kaplansk
y is a rare vocal talent—"a truly gifted performer...full of enchanting songs" (New York Times). Blending country, folk and pop styles, Lucy's iconic voice has been featured in film and on television. She has topped the folk and americana radio charts and has been featured on shows throughout the world from NPR's Weekend and Morning Editions to BBC Radio to CBS Sunday Morning.
$25 advance/ $30 at door .
web site/ tix:


About Lucy Kaplansky: http://lucykaplansky.com/

Rams Head, Annapolis, MD this Friday with Bob Sima!! 2013 Rammie Winners! 

Bob and Marc share the stage once again, one year after their performance that won them a Rammie Award for "Show of the Year" at Rams Head On Stage. Since the votes were cast loudly and received proudly, there had to be a LIVE CD of the show! Get your copy of the LIVE recording from the 2013 show, enjoy a few of your old favorites, and hear some new songs from their most recent individual album releases. 
Friday, Jan 31, 2014, Annapolis, MD

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