Posted by Juan Cajigas Jimenez July 23, 2013 10:00 AM
Every September there’s a new blast of musical energy and excitement on Mugford Street in Marblehead. The me & thee coffeehouse which has offered the best in national and international acoustic music since 1970 begins yet another spectacular season on September 6.
”There’s something for everyone,” says booking and publicity coordinator, Kathy Sands-Boehmer. “We always try to give our audiences a little bit of the tried and true and some brand new opportunities to catch rising stars on the way up their career ladder. You can’t go wrong with any show you choose to go to as far as we are concerned!” There is a true mix of all kinds of music at the me&thee very Friday evening during the season. “We’ve got solo singer-songwriters, we’ve got folk, we’ve got standards, we’ve got Americana, we’ve got old-timey traditional and we’ve even got some favorite local performers to add a sense of real community to the season! Plus, we are especially pleased to announce that we have a new lighting system that will brighten our stage considerably. All the volunteers are excited about a terrific season ahead.”
The month of September includes a mixed bag. Slaid Cleaves, hailed as Stephen King’s favorite singer-songwriter, opens the season on September 6. This is Slaid’s second trip to our stage and after he wowed us a few years ago, we just had to have him back. Originally from Maine, but now living in Texas, Slaid is hot off the release of a new CD, Still Fighting the War, which has been getting rave reviews. Unbelievably, Loudon Wainwright III is making his me&thee debut on September 13. He is a Grammy-award winning songwriter, humorist, and actor. Perhaps best known for the classic “Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road,” but that song is not typical Wainwright fare. He’s known for his insightful truth laden songs that resonate the world over. Another new act to our stage is the Americana band, Yarn. They are known as one of the hardest working bands on the road these days. The band is as loyal to their fans as their fans are to them and we hope that new fans will come on out to their show on September 20. Rounding out the month is Patty Larkin on the 27th. This is a rescheduled show from last winter (due to a major snowstorm). Patty’s guitar prowess is legendary. Seeing her up close and personal at the me&thee is a special event.
October opens with a return visit by Melissa Ferrick. She is back in a big way with her first self-produced record since 2004, The Truth Is.. Ferrick is a professor at Berklee School of Music and a local North Shore resident and is looking forward to showing off her new rootsy style on October 4. Two beloved singer-songwriters, Claudia Schmidt and Bob Franke, will be bringing their own special uniqueness to our stage on October 11. Bob used to run the Saturday night in Marblehead series for many years and he’s especially known for his contemplative, heartfelt songs and Schmidt is a powerhouse of a jazz-inflected singer whose guitar and mountain dulcimer playing have riveted music fans for four decades. It’s been a few years since Americana trio, Red Molly, has been to Marblehead. They have traveled the world since their last visit and we’re looking forward to their fantastic harmonies on October 18. A real treat for me&thee fans! October 26 brings a couple of well-known Marbleheaders to our stage: Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl. Their repertoire includes a gorgeous song written about our town, “Marblehead Morning.” They are comfortable singing ballads, contemporary folk as well as jazzy songs. Marblehead Rachel Taylor opens the show.
November promises to be an interesting month of music. It starts off with the Heather Maloney Band, newly signed to prestigious Signature Sounds. Heather has made the climb from opener on our stage to headliner and come and see why on November 1. Special guests, Darlingside, will be playing as well. November 8 brings Nashville-based Griffin House to the me&thee. He’s been rapidly making his name in music circles because of his obvious inspiration of Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, and Wilco. A nifty co-bill featuring local favorites, Analivia, a Celtic-twinged trio and a return visit by husband-wife duo from the Blue Ridge mountains, The Honey Dewdrops, is slated for November 15. Both of these musical units share a love of traditional music and play their stringed instruments to perfection. Rounding out the month of November is the acclaimed Canadian duo, Dala, who will be making their Marblehead debut on November 22. They are the winners of a Juno award as Vocal Group of the Year and have even had a PBS documentary called Girls of the North Country¸ produced about them.
One show in December promises to be a real potpourri of local talent hailing from the Gloucester area. We are calling the show, Cape Ann Invades Marblehead and it features Chelsea Berry, T Max, Willie Alexander and Andy Pratt. It takes place on December 13.
Tickets to all these shows are available by phone at 781-631-8987 or at www.meandthee.org.. Tickets are also available in Marblehead at both the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore and Arnould Gallery and at the door. As at all me & thee coffeehouse events, refreshments are available, including homemade pastries, coffee, and teas, The me & thee has a handicapped-accessible entrance and a handicap-accessible restroom, is a smoke-free environment, and is easily reached by MBTA bus.
The me & thee coffeehouse is one of the oldest continually running acoustic music coffeehouse in New England. For its entire history, the me & thee has been and will always be a volunteer, non-profit organization sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. For information and directions, call 781-631-8987.
Season opener– September 6, 2013: Texas singer-songwriter, Slaid Cleaves opens our season. Putnam Smith opens the show. Tickets are available at www.meandthee.org