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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

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

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


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

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Sat, Oct 11, 2014 - The Halamays Quiet


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.

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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.


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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 15, 2014 - Tommy Christian & Cory Boomer Quiet

Tommy Christian is a groove-leaning songwriter who draws in listeners with his percussive guitar work and rhythmic vocal phrasing. Cory Boomer is a reincarnate Hindu boy. Together, they make unique music with roots 2,000 years deep.

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Sat, Nov 22, 2014 - Dave Phillips Quiet

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

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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.

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Sat, Dec 6, 2014 - Annie and Rod Capps Quiet

"Watch out for Annie Capps. Her latest recording and recent live shows are proof that yet another major talent is developing here in Michigan." Matt Watroba, WDET "Folks Like Us"

"Singer/Songwriter, Annie Capps is heir to the long history of folk music as a medium for social commentary. At the same time, she is clearly a folksinger for the 21st century, using her art to explore the psychology of the individual to engage in a little fret therapy." (Stephanie Kadel-Taras, Ann Arbor Observer)

With her sweet, wry, perspective on things, Annie puts herself and a host of other subjects on a laboratory slide, peers in close, and makes discoveries that ring satisfyingly true. Drawing on three decades of wide ranging influences, Annie offers a little bit of something for everyone. Complimented always by the artful musicianship of her husband, Rod Capps, they create contemporary folk music that is as sophisticated as it is disarming. With instrumentation that includes acoustic guitars, tenor banjo, mandolin, and fiddle, they continue to defy classification, incorporating hints of country, a dusting of old time bluegrass and a pinch of jazz, offering thoughtful, exuberant songs that have at their core a warm, funky groove and a soulful glow. As a trio, they are joined by drummer/percussionist Christine Schinker who kicks things up with her easy rhythm and warm harmony vocals.

Annie Capps wrote her first song at age 11; shes been involved in music ever since, fronting a variety of Detroit-area bands, most of which included Rod on either bass or guitar. Their inexorable move toward a more stripped-down, introspective and masterfully musical take on the singer/songwriter genre has earned them a host of Detroit Music Award nominations and enchanted audiences in coffeehouses and festivals throughout Michigan and beyond.

Some of their career highlights include:

* Opened for: Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart, Tracy Grammar and Jim Henry, David Bromberg
* Shared the stage with Mustard's Retreat, Jan Krist, Kitty Donohoe, Jim Bizer, David Barrett, Matt Watroba, Whit Hill, Tangerine Trousers, The Milroys, Ralston Bowles, Jo Serrapere, and Wanderin' Wheel to name just a few.
* Festival appearances include: The Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Wheatland Music Festival, Noreast'r Festival, Thumbfest, Arts, Beats and Eats, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, and the Muskegon Summer Celebration.
* Appeared at venues such as, The Ark, Trinity House Theater, Mama's Coffee House, Off-the-Wall Coffee House, and Uncommon Ground in Chicago.
* Radio stations playing their music: WCSX's Over Easy program with Pam Rossi (94.7 FM Detroit) and the Folks Like Us program with Matt Watroba on WDET, Old Front Porch (WXOU), Valley Folk (WFCR 88.5 fm), WJPF (Akron, OH), WQKL (107.1 Ann Arbor), WCBN (88.3 Ann Arbor).

Annie is a member of the Yellow Room Gang, a group of renowned singer/songwriters who meet monthly to share food and new works in progress and perform together in various incarnations and venues.

She is also very involved in the local music community, organizing events, hosting songwriter showcases and coordinating local networking meetings.

Their fourth album, One Big Show, is their first release on Yellow Room Records and features 12 new original songs (and one surprising but perfect cover). With this brand new recording in tow, the duo promises to challenge and captivate you with their ever evolving musical path, while always staying true to their own unique style.

For more information contact Annie or Rod at 734-330-5226 or email

Sat, Dec 13, 2014 - Aaron Peterson/Pash 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, Dec 20, 2014 - *Hurricane Jayne and The House Rockers Christmas Show* LoudLoudLoud

Hurricane Jayne and The House Rockers will jingle the night away with familiar Christmas tunes you'll want to sing along. Come for a night of funny and not so funny jokes, familiar songs, and a great group that will appriciate your attendance. We will be accepting monetary donations for the Local Disaster Fund for the Red Cross of Hancock County. There will also be some giveaways too.

See you there!

Come early!!!!!


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