The 15th Annual Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference will be held in Austin, Texas, at the Holiday Inn, Austin-Midtown, on Sept 25 – 28, 2014! Marc Douglas Berardo will be showcasing all weekend. More info:http://www.swfolkalliance.org/
The 2014 Connecticut Folk Festival Saturday, September 6th 11:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m. Edgerton Park New Haven, ConnecticutIt's getting on time for the 2014 CT Folk Festival. I am very happy to be part of the lineup for this year's festival. I will be joining some of the region's best including: Pamela Means, Cosy Sheridan, Red Molly, Jesse Terry, Kristen Graves, Pesky J. Nixon, Jessica Smucker, The Meadow Brothers, Sloan Wainwright and many more. I am onstage at about 4pm.
From the Ct Folk Website:| The CT Folk Festival and Green Expo is a full-day celebration held each year in New Haven’s beautiful Edgerton Park on the Saturday following Labor Day. This year’s event will take place on September 6th — with music from across the region, delicious food and unique vendors, as well as fun and interesting experiences for kids in the Green Kids area. The CT Folk Festival and Green Expo is dedicated to creating an unforgettable festival experience with an emphasis on sustainability and earth-friendly practices — including a zero waste plan and water fill stations.We take great pride in producing the highest quality musical experiences and presenting innovative environmental resources, as well as sharing one of the most beautiful places in the city, Edgerton Park. for info: http://ctfolk.com/events/festival/
I am looking forward to closing the season with the final Plymouth Lawn Concert at The Plymouth Library, Plymouth, MA. Wed, August 21, 2014. 1pm to 2pm
From Library Director Jennifer Harris: This final Thursday afternoon concert will be held on the expansive front lawn of the Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street. This free program begins at 1 p.m., lasts one hour and is open to all ages. Rain or shine, there will be music; rain location is the Otto Fehlow Meeting Room. Concert goers are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnics and especially sun protection! These music programs are sponsored by the Plymouth Public Library. The Summer Library program entitled Reading on the High Seas as well as the One Book, One Community: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick read was a wonderful success. We are already thinking about next year’s fun! The library is fully accessible; please let us know if you need special accommodations to attend. For further information, contact Jennifer Harris at 508-830-4250//TTY 508-747-5882 or visit our website at www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org for a calendar of our events.
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.
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. INFO: 2014 SOLARFEST Showcase Finalist
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.
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/
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.")