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Friday nights at Coffee Amici are Open Mic Nights. Every Saturday features local and regional talent, and is usually free. Friday open mic and Saturday shows start at 8pm.

Upcoming Concerts

Fri, Jul 25, 2014 - Open Mic Quiet

Sat, Jul 26, 2014 - Rj Cowdery Quiet



Local Columbus singer/songwriter Rj Cowdery has been singing and writing songs since she was a teenager. This labor of love — from playing open mics to opening for Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival many years later — paid off when Rj won the coveted Mountain Stage NewSong Contest in September, 2007.   

The Mountain Stage NewSong Contest showcased 12 musicians who were finalists in an intensive summer-long competition made up of live regional rounds held across North America. Hundreds of aspiring singer-songwriters submitted and performed their original songs. Columbus Ohio’s Rj Cowdery was one of five co-winners selected at the River to River Festival in New York City. To see the rest of the winners and hear their talent, visit www.newsongfestival.com

Rj Cowdery has been influenced by some of the great musical story tellers of our time; from Nancy Griffith, Carol King, The Carpenters and John Denver to Jackson Browne, Jim Croce and Neil Young…to name a few. In 1995, Cowdery wrote and recorded "Bernie's Daughter" and developed a strong regional fan base.  She also contributed a cut to the “ripe!” compilation made up of singer/songwriters from the Columbus, Ohio area. Cowdery's latest effort, "One More Door" was released in February, 2008."One More Door" was recorded live in Parkersburg, West Virginia with Michael Lipton and Ammed Solomon from National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage Band and Don Dixon, legendary producer of REM and Marshall Crenshaw.  West Virginia singer-songwriter icon Todd Burge produced the album. 



Columbus Singer/Songwriter Wins Kerrville Folk Festival Competition

May 28, 2008- Columbus, Ohio - Columbus based singer-songwriter Rj Cowdery was selected as one of six winners of the prestigious 2008 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition.  The other winners include Devon Sproule (Charlottesville,  VA), CJ Watson (Nashville, TN), Hans York (Seattle, WA), Robby Hecht (Nashville, TN) and BettySoo (Austin,TX).

The winners competed against more than 800 applicants nationwide and internationally for prizes and national recognition.  Cowdery submitted two of her original songs from the recent independent CD release entitled “One More Door” and was one of just 32 applicants that made in into the final round.  As a winner, she will perform both songs in Kerrville, Texas in front of 30,000 festival attendees on Sunday, June 1.  To hear the songs she submitted, “One More Door” and “Now and Then,” go to

www.rjcowdery.com.

 

Sat, Aug 2, 2014 - No Scheduled performer/Car Tunes/Riboff Quiet

Sat, Aug 9, 2014 - Aaron Peterson/Elizabeth Lavender Quiet

Aaron Peterson is an acoustic “finger-style” guitar player that hails from the upper peninsula of Michigan (da U.P.). You may have heard rumors of the U.P.; tales of log cabins and lumberjacks, life without internet, and Perch so large they could easily be mistaken for Muskie. Well let me tell you, they are all true. Aaron grew up in the wilderness with a family of bears. During the summer months he enjoyed hiking the vast forests and working on his hunting and gathering skills. During the frozen tundra winters, however, he was confined to the shelter of the den where he had to use the body heat emanating from his hibernating family to stay warm. In order to stay occupied during these dull days he independently invented a new musical instrument which he called the “plang-twang”. Coincidentally, he later found that his instrument is nearly identical to the acoustic guitar! He wove the strings from spider webs, created the neck from a split tree branch, and used a combination of grass, leaves, tree bark, and bear slobber to fashion the body. His excellent tone is a result of practicing with only the finest spider webs, and his perfect rhythm and volume control developed from trying not to disturb his grumpy, slumbering roommates.


Sat, Aug 16, 2014 - Dave Phillips Quiet

Bluesman and member of the LLL (Local Living Legend) Club joined by uber-guitaristo Terry McClanahan, and Rusty Campbell.


Dave Phillips Website: http://linux-sound.org/ardour-music.html

Sat, Aug 23, 2014 - Emily Keener Quiet

At 15 years old, Emily Keener is a young girl with an old soul, and her moving music seems to come from a place of beauty and pure emotion.



She plays her dad’s old-six string acoustic guitar with a folksy, nostalgic groove, and she can fill a room with her unique style. Her shows include her original songs and covers on both the guitar and piano, and every song is lovingly filtered through a passionate voice.



A Book of New Beginnings is Emily’s first full-length album, and it has been in the works since February of 2013. Featuring The Womack Family Band, this all original album captures her lovely, youthful style with every word. Filled with new songs and new sounds, the record is beautiful down to the last second.



Emily started playing the guitar when she was 11 years old and began writing songs when she was almost 12. After writing for almost two years, she has over 60 original songs and has released two EPs in addition to her new LP. 


Sat, Aug 30, 2014 - No Show this night/Labor Day Weekend Quiet

Sat, Sep 6, 2014 - Natalee Patrick Quiet

Sat, Sep 13, 2014 - Two Years Later MediumMedium

“Why did I start singing? Because someone told me I’d never make it.”

From an early age, Jamie was the type of girl who loved a challenge. But making music for her is less about fighting the world and more about connecting to other people. Her percussive and moving songs are born from a belief that music can change people. A soul that feels troubled can be soothed by the sweet rhythms and melodies of her original compositions. A person who feels restless and overwhelmed can be offered the sentiment that they are not alone by her compelling lyrics. And someone who feels content and free can join in the exhilarating arrangements of exciting originals and her creative take on recognizable covers. She is a unique but accessible artist who wants nothing more than to put a soundtrack to the lives of everyone. Her show is sure to be remembered and not one to be missed.


Sat, Sep 20, 2014 - Rj Cowdery Quiet



Local Columbus singer/songwriter Rj Cowdery has been singing and writing songs since she was a teenager. This labor of love — from playing open mics to opening for Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival many years later — paid off when Rj won the coveted Mountain Stage NewSong Contest in September, 2007.   

The Mountain Stage NewSong Contest showcased 12 musicians who were finalists in an intensive summer-long competition made up of live regional rounds held across North America. Hundreds of aspiring singer-songwriters submitted and performed their original songs. Columbus Ohio’s Rj Cowdery was one of five co-winners selected at the River to River Festival in New York City. To see the rest of the winners and hear their talent, visit www.newsongfestival.com

Rj Cowdery has been influenced by some of the great musical story tellers of our time; from Nancy Griffith, Carol King, The Carpenters and John Denver to Jackson Browne, Jim Croce and Neil Young…to name a few. In 1995, Cowdery wrote and recorded "Bernie's Daughter" and developed a strong regional fan base.  She also contributed a cut to the “ripe!” compilation made up of singer/songwriters from the Columbus, Ohio area. Cowdery's latest effort, "One More Door" was released in February, 2008."One More Door" was recorded live in Parkersburg, West Virginia with Michael Lipton and Ammed Solomon from National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage Band and Don Dixon, legendary producer of REM and Marshall Crenshaw.  West Virginia singer-songwriter icon Todd Burge produced the album. 



Columbus Singer/Songwriter Wins Kerrville Folk Festival Competition

May 28, 2008- Columbus, Ohio - Columbus based singer-songwriter Rj Cowdery was selected as one of six winners of the prestigious 2008 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition.  The other winners include Devon Sproule (Charlottesville,  VA), CJ Watson (Nashville, TN), Hans York (Seattle, WA), Robby Hecht (Nashville, TN) and BettySoo (Austin,TX).

The winners competed against more than 800 applicants nationwide and internationally for prizes and national recognition.  Cowdery submitted two of her original songs from the recent independent CD release entitled “One More Door” and was one of just 32 applicants that made in into the final round.  As a winner, she will perform both songs in Kerrville, Texas in front of 30,000 festival attendees on Sunday, June 1.  To hear the songs she submitted, “One More Door” and “Now and Then,” go to

www.rjcowdery.com.

 

Sat, Sep 27, 2014 - Kennedy Richards Quiet

At the age of sixteen Kennedy Richards, along with her guitar, began her journey into the realm of stale beer, coffee grounds, vinyl records and the soul that tied them all together. Rejecting the shallow, over-processed approach so common in female musicians of her age, Kennedy pushes herself away from the mainstream while pulling her influences from their black-and-white photographs and into modern-times. Following in the footsteps of Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan, Kennedy uses her opportunity as a songwriter to analyze her surroundings and bring to light what is often swept under the rug. Her influences vary from the Greenwich Village folk singers and the Mississippi Delta Blues players to the Detroit garage-rockers and Seattle punks. A listener of Kennedy Richards can expect to hear songs about the romanticism of death, feminism, the emptiness of mainstream radio, individuality, self-accountability and vagabond gypsies. With two years as a musician and two CDs under her belt, Kennedy is looking to make her passion grow into more than herself, hoping to inspire the people of her time the way those she respects and admires did for her.


Sat, Oct 4, 2014 - Greg Mahan Quiet

Mahan’s bread-and-butter is elegant, graceful and often poetic Americana music, with songs built around his sturdy acoustic playing nd imagery-laden lyrics. On Daydream, there are some of Mahan’s best ever songs in that style (the minimal title track and the slow-burner, “Fireflies”), but the rest of the album shows that he is not limited to any one specific “genre” when writing. Calypso rhythms imbue “Mento” with a sassy strut, sounding like a weird mesh of Graceland-era Paul Simon and neo-Eastern European revivalists like DeVotchKa, while “Wink ’n’ a Smile” closes the album on a playful, sunny Pop note. Producer Brian Lovely helps achieve a crisp sound that allows the songs to breath and the musicians that flesh out the arrangements (with everything from strings to drums) perform flawlessly. Thirty-Five-Cent Daydream sounds as good as any “Roots” album you’ll hear this year, local or otherwise. Here’s a prediction for ya — local NPR affiliate WNKU is going to play the shit out of this one. Other programmers would be smart to follow suit. -Mike Breen, Cincinnati CityBeat

Greg Mahan Website: http://www.myspace.com/gregmahan

Sat, Oct 11, 2014 - The Halamays Quiet

OHIO INDIE POP



The married duo, currently based out of Columbus, Ohio, is Katie and Patrick. Embracing the DIY aesthetic, the pair record pop songs in their home studio. With a new addition to The Halamays family, the duo is now juggling parenthood on top of writing and recording music together. The Halamays are the marriage of the resolute and the irrefutably cute.


The Halamays Website: http://thehalamays.com/

Sat, Oct 18, 2014 - The Jack Schilb Trio Quiet

I will be joined Saturday night by two accomplished musicians. Don Beyer on bass, and Chuck Mauk on drums, who (I think) are one of the best rhythm sections you're likely to hear. We're working on a CD of original tunes which we'll perform, along with a variety of familiar songs. Looking forward to a fun filled evening, hope to see you all there.


A former member of the bluegrass band the “Diamonds in the Rough,” I’ve been playing music in different genres for many years. Beginning with a rock and roll band during high school days, and moving to acoustic folk rock and an emphasis on songwriting throughout the college years. After a middle age hiatus, the past fifteen years have been busy with several musical endeavers.Am currently playing in an acoustic duo with blues harmonica player Dan “Mudfoot” Hubbs, playing occasionally with a group of fellow songwriters from Bowling Green called the “Long Lost Brothers,” working on a jazz / swing trio with an upright bassist and a trumpet player, and of course playing solo gigs.I enjoy trying to cover those songs that are familiar, but not heard that often. The goal being to hear people say, “That’s a great song, I haven’t heard that forever.” Songwriting, however, will always be my first love. and to that end have been writing many things the past few years.


 


The Jack Schilb Trio Website: http://www.myspace.com/jackschilb

Sat, Oct 25, 2014 - Bob Baratta and Desra Dabney Quiet



Bob Baratta (guitarist) has been playing the classical guitar for 35 years.  He studied with Dave Phillips in Findlay, Dr. Nelson Ams in Ann Arbor and Carlos Barbosa Lima. He has taught at the University of Findlay, Bowling Green Creative Arts Program and Ashland University as well as private lessons. Bob has performed in Northwest Ohio at concerts, restaurants and recitals. He completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Religion in 1991 and is presently completing a Master’s of Theology Degree at Seminary. 



 



Desra Dabney (flutist) is a private flute instructor in Findlay, Ohio, and teaches choir at Glenwood Middle School in Findlay City Schools.  She has performed with the Ashland Symphony, Findlay Light Opera, and orchestra pits for musicals in Ashland, Bowling Green, Galion, and Findlay.  As a free-lance artist she also plays for various concerts at the University of Findlay, church services, and weddings.  Desra graduated from Ashland University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education, and Bowling Green State University with a Master of Music degree.  She has studied flute with Deb Barkhust, Beth Cumbie, Amy Likar, George Pope, and Judith Bentley.    



Bob and Desra are playing pieces ranging from several different times periods by a variety of composers including  Bach, Faure, Bizet, Ibert, Debussy, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, and Hand.



Sat, Nov 1, 2014 - Keith Sansalone, Jeremy Schlarb & Friends MediumMedium

Keith Sansalone

Keith is a drummer who plays guitar. He feeds his family by working his day job, though. He grew up with Creedence Clearwater Revival and Three Dog Night as his "bands to be like." He started playing drums in the eighth grade and picked up some chords on the guitar a year later. Basement bands were a part of his high school curriculum.

His main responsibility was usually vocals, however. In this role, he played with club bands in the southern New Jersey and Philadelphia markets during college. This helped him pay for school, but didn't do great things for his study time ...

He continued singing with bands for a few years after college, then gave it up completely for twenty years or so. It wasn't until he moved to Findlay that he began to kick the rust off his vocal cords and re-learn his way around the drums. Refreshing on the guitar, however, was not quite as easy, as he'd really never learned to play beyond a basic level. So there was the challenge: how to be the next Joe Bonamassa during what remains of his lifetime. Well, it looks like ol' Joe doesn't have to worry, but hey, ya gotta aim high, right? As they say: "try to be a little better today than you were yesterday ..."

Keith has played at Coffee Amici for nearly a decade as a solo act; teamed with his daughter, Mara; as part of the band, Script; but mostly as half of a duo with Jeremy Schlarb on open mic nights. He is happy for that partnership and for Amici, which he has watched become a Findlay landmark. He’s recently joined the Findlay Evangelical Free Church worship team, an assignment for which he is grateful.

Jeremy Schlarb



Jeremy grew up in the small town of Sebring in Northeastern Ohio.  The first instrument he learned to play was the piano starting at the age of 8.  After moving to Findlay, he started playing acoustic guitar and soon after got involved playing piano in the contemporary band at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in town.  He has since moved on to playing mostly electric guitar and some occasional piano on Sunday mornings in the contemporary band.



He has been coming down to Coffee Amici for over 10 years with Keith for open mic nights.  His musical interests include a wide range of genres from classic rock of the 70’s to country to contemporary Christian, with his all-time favorite artist being Dave Matthews.


Sat, Nov 8, 2014 - Emma Gallmeyer Quiet

Ever since she got her first guitar at age 13, Emma Gallmeyer’s passion for playing music has been intensifying. She began posting covers of some of her favorite songs on YouTube, gaining a small following through her videos. Soon after she began breaking out of her shell, playing at several open mic nights in her hometown of Tiffin, Ohio. Almost entirely self-taught, Emma continues to cultivate her vocal and instrumental skills.



Now at 17, she is happy to bring her talents to the great venue at Coffee Amici. Her set list encompasses many different artists and genres, from indie rock to classic 80’s to electronic pop – all performed in her own unique acoustic style. She appreciates all the support she’s received and hopes to see you there!


Sat, Nov 29, 2014 - Kerry Patrick Clark Quiet


If we haven’t met yet, hello!  I am Kerry Patrick Clark.  Singer, songwriter, storyteller. Hang out, check out my music and lyrics, upcoming performances or sign up for my e-mail friends list.


Kerry Patrick Clark Website: http://www.kerrypatrickclark.com/web/Welcome.html

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