News from the Compound

AMERICA: MDB joins Brother Chris and The DesBerardo Trio, Ridgefield Theater, CT 

The year 2017 marks the 47th Anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America.  Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former band mate Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song “A Horse With No Name.”  America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first #1 single.  Forty plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound. 

America’s journey has found them exploring a wide variety of musical terrain. Their best-known tunes, which also include “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross The River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” and “Sister Golden Hair” were cornerstones of 1970’s Top 40 and FM rock radio. Yet beyond their impressive catalog of hits, listeners would discover there was always much more to America than surface perceptions. The combination of Gerry Beckley’s melodic pop rock and Dewey Bunnell’s use of folk-jazz elements, slinky Latin-leaning rhythms and impressionistic lyric imagery contrasted well with Dan Peek’s more traditional country-rock leanings and highly personal lyrics. 

Kicking off the night is Silvermine, CT’s Chris Berardo & The DesBerardos.  The band has toured much of the country, playing shows with The Doobie Brothers, The Marshal Tucker Band, NRBQ, David Allen Coe, Dickey Betts, Little Feat, Badfinger, Blue Rodeo and many others, as well as countless gigs as headliners across the country. 

The show is Sunday, Nov 12, 2017

Tickets: $90

SHC and MDB Present: Handpicked for the People at NERFA, NOV 2017 

For those who will be at the NERFA Conference the weekend of NOV 9-12 I hope you can stop by this showcase that I am co hosting with my pal Susie Markland. The idea was for me to ask a few songwriter friends who I admire to sit "in the round" with me and sing our made up songs. Mostly it was a scheme for me so that I could hang out with these fine people and feel that "songpower." 

Friday night and Saturday day in the Access Blue Room. 

A word about the whole dang thing: 

Susie Markland is a tireless believer in songwriters, performers and songs in general. Her house concert series is among the best in the country with a loyal audience of dedicated listeners. Ms. Markland is a taste maker who brings the energy of 22 people to every room . Her laugh is infectious and her ear is keen. She does it all for the love of the song. She believes in joy and serious fun. Thank you Susie. 

Sloan Wainwright is a younger sister to Loudon Wainwright III, and aunt to Canadian-American musicians Martha Wainwright and Rufus Wainwright and American musician Lucy Wainwright Roche. This biographical info cribbed from wikipedia is informative but, too me, Sloan exudes warmth and an earthy lovelines. It is a beautiful thing to be around. That is the real story. 

Shawn Taylor walks the hard ground. He can play the loud rooms and the dark bars as well as the folk stages. He is a charecter. He has been down the the long trail (really). He is my kind of guy. 

Paddy Mills from Maine has songs that bring you in. In close. His songs tell stories that you need to hear. His songs win awards. Here is something I wanted to say, but someone else beat me too it: "At the end of the day Paddy Mills brings the mojo, and is clearly a marquee talent"-Muses Muse 

Dan Weber has that Woody Guthrie walk. He has the easy stortelling style of the traveler holding court in the bar. He keeps his eyes and ears open and makes it into song. 

I am sure we met at a Grateful Dead show in Alpine Valley in 1988, but who can really remember those kinds of details? Oh yeah... Dan can.

www.NERFA.org

MDB at The Northeast Folk Alliance, CT 

MDB is making the scene with a few showcases at The Northeast Regional Folk Alliance in Stamford, CT this weekend and I can't wait to see my friends of the road. I am coming with lots of new songs, updated costumes and a team of makeup professionals! For info about the conference:
www.nerfa.org

A benefit for MusicNow Foundation , Sat, May 13, Old Lyme, CT 



MusicNow Foundation and Nightingale's Cafe will once again be hosting an event at the Historic Sheffield Auditorium at the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme on Sat. May 13, 7pm Tickets are $15 at the door... $5 Student (note: for GPS users plug in 4 Ferry Rd. Old Lyme). All net proceeds wil benefit the initiatives of MusicNow Foundation, a 501c3 non profit organization, 

This month's show will feature three of the Northeast Region's top singer songwriters in an in the round format. Opening the show will be our own emerging songwriter, 14 year old Sophie Spaner from Deep River CT 

Kate Callahan, Connecticut’s 16th State Troubadour writes mainly from inspiration, giving her songs social, emotional and spiritual “cred”. “Kate has garnered an appreciative audience with her easy going vibe and mystical lyrics” (Boston Globe). She has shared stages with songwriter legends Judy Collins, Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary), and troubadours Aztec Two Step, John Gorka, and the late, Bill Morrissey. 

Rhode Island based Marc Douglas Berardo's songs have been recognized nationally with awards at the Wildflower Song Contest (TX), Kerrville Folk Festival (TX), Rocky Mountain Folks Fest (CO), Sisters Folk Festival (OR) and the South Florida Folk Festival (FL). No Depression Magazine called his latest CD Whalebone: “sincere, fluid, charming and above all gripping.”  He has shared the stage with masters including Livingston Taylor, The Doobie Brothers, Martin Sexton and many more. Berardo's 2016 interview and performance on Sirius/ XM's The Village was voted one of the best of the year by listeners. 

Frank Critelli writes songs. He dabbles in haiku and other short poetry. Sometimes he writes other stuff too. Like postcards. 
Frank often performs live. Sometimes he performs solo, and sometimes he is accompanied by one or more musical co-conspirators. Over the years he's played in streets and subways, clubs and coffeehouses, barrooms and classrooms, colleges, festivals, theaters, and (most recently) in his kitchen. Frank enjoys the local music and local beer, and co-hosts The Local Bands Show on 99.1fm WPLR-New Haven, and The Beer Show onCygnusRadio.com

Abbie Gardner/ Marc Douglas Berardo 2 shows in April! 

Abbie Gardner/ Marc Douglas Berardo live at The Sherman Showcase/ Sherman Theater, 524 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 
with opener TC Carpenter 

Friday, April 14, 2017 
Show: 8:00 PM 
Doors Open: 7:00 Pm 
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Tix: $15 in advance/$18 at the Door 

http://www.shermantheater.com/ 


 

Abbie Gardner/ Marc Douglas Berardo at The Mansion On O Street, Washington, DC 
with a special appearance by Bob Sima! 

The O Street Museum Foundation promotes and embraces life, from every culture, resulting in a wide-ranging collection of paintings, photographs, sculpture, books, artifacts, and music, from all over the globe. 

The only museum of its kind, the O Street Museum has always been dedicated to exploring the creative process. The collection rotates and changes daily. From the art, to the music, to the surroundings, no visit is ever the same. From artist's letters, to animation stills, to written manuscripts, to one of the largest "raw and exposed" music collections, our galleries are not limited to one genre. 
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About Abbie Gardner: 
Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is striking out on her own! 
Abbie has been recognized as an award-winning songwriter, with such accolades as; 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase (2nd place), 2008 Lennon Award Winner (folk) for "The Mind of a Soldier" and 2008 American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize Lyric Winner for "I'd Rather Be." "The Mind of a Soldier" was also featured on Lufthansa Airlines in 2010. Abbie has had the honor of being part of the songwriting faculty at the 2010 and 2011 Swannanoa Gatherings and assisting at Reso Summit, Nashville's Resonator Conference, for the past several years. She wrote and released a song per week for a year as part of the 2013 Real Women Real Songs project and is excited to tour as a solo act in 2016.. 
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http://www.abbiegardner.com/index/ 
http://www.abbiegardner.com/listen/ 
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About Marc Douglas Berardo 
Rhode Island based Marc Douglas Berardo is a hardworking, fast moving, adventure seeking, keen observer who lives for the story and the song. He has been nationally recognized for his music and performances (Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Song contest, Telluride Troubadour Contest, Sisters Folk Festival, South Florida Folk Fest, 2013 Rams Head Onstage Rammie for Show of the Year.) No Depression Magazine called his latest CD Whalebone: “a highly polished personal collection with songs that are on the delicate trapeze of poignancy.” In May of 2014, Berardo won the 2014 Wildflower Art and Music Festival Song Contest in Texas. The following week he performed as a finalist in the legendary Kerrville New Folk Contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival. In early 2015, Berardo's interview and live performance feature on Sirius/ XM Satellite Radio's The Village was voted one of the best of the year by listeners. Marc Douglas Berardo has shared the stage with heavyweights such as The New Riders of The Purple Sage, The Doobie Brothers, Jimmy LaFave, Martin Sexton, Terri Hendrix, Kevin Welch,Red Molly, The Pousette Dart Band, John Haitt, and Livingston Taylor. 
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web sites: 
http://marcdouglas.com/ 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Douglas_Berardo 
https://www.facebook.com/MDBMusicpage/ 
http://www.pandora.com/station/play/1841991029694784322 
https://marcdouglasberardo.bandcamp.com/

Rockwood Music Hall, NYC! March 26, 2017 

Marc Douglas Berardo Springtime Sunday in NYC! 
MDB at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1 at 4pm! 

Rockwood Music hall
196 Allen Street, New York City, NY
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Rockwood Music Hall is a music venue in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City. The venue features three stages and a record label of the same name. Artists who have performed at Rockwood include Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Mumford & Sons, and Billie Joe Armstrong.

Rhode Island based Marc Douglas Berardo is a hardworking, fast moving, adventure seeking, keen observer who lives for the story and the song. He has been nationally recognized for his music and performances (Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Song contest, Telluride Troubadour Contest, Sisters Folk Festival, South Florida Folk Fest, 2013 Rams Head Onstage Rammie for Show of the Year.) No Depression Magazine called his latest CD Whalebone: “a highly polished personal collection with songs that are on the delicate trapeze of poignancy.” In May of 2014, Berardo won the 2014 Wildflower Art and Music Festival Song Contest in Texas. The following week he performed as a finalist in the legendary Kerrville New Folk Contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival. In early 2015, Berardo's interview and live performance feature on Sirius/ XM Satellite Radio's The Village was voted one of the best of the year by listeners. Marc Douglas Berardo has shared the stage with heavyweights such as 
The New Riders of The Purple Sage, The Doobie Brothers, Jimmy LaFave, Martin Sexton, Terri Hendrix, Kevin Welch,Red Molly, The Pousette Dart Band, John Haitt, and Livingston Taylor. 
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Rockwood Music Hall Info