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  • JULY 31 2015 FRI 8:00PM $10
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  • New Discovery Showcase
    Our second of a quarterly series introducing brand new talented artists to the Uncle Calvin's audience. Hosted by local singer/songwriter Andrew Delaney.
  • Chet O’Keefe is an American singer/songwriter who has forged new frontiers in the realm of Americana music, creating an electrifying amalgam of insightful lyrics, profound storytelling, sultry, smoky vocals and razor-sharp guitar playing that brings his songs to life with nostalgic effervescence. Now, living in Austen, Texas, O’Keefe says his songwriting is taking him to new places. This is his Calvin's debut.
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  • AUGUST 07 2015 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Bill has 3 albums currently available, containing mostly original songs and a few cover tunes from some of his favorite songwriters. His songs range from love songs to heartbreak songs, from true stories to completely imaginative fabrications, from protest songs to environmental songs, and he even wrote a tribute song for Uncle Calvin's, where he has been a volunteer almost every Friday night since 1993.
  • Her engaging, uplifting concerts show us the depth and breadth of original folk music. A winner of Kerrville’s New Folk Competition, Emilie’s modern folk songs have flavors of blues, bluegrass and rock. But be warned: her wicked puns find their way into her humorous tunes! There’s also a lot of compassion and insight to be found in Emilie’s original songs, which she performs in a clear and confident voice accompanied by deft guitar playing.
  • Wayne Greene brings over 30+ years of performing to the stage with a mixed bag of folk, pop, blues, and ragtime songs. Originally from Louisiana where he played in rock bands in the '60s, Wayne has been based in Dallas, Texas playing acoustically in coffeehouses, clubs, colleges, and festivals since the early '70s. Besides his solo career, Wayne spent eight years playing guitar with singer/songwriter Emilie Aronson, releasing the album Only A Dream.
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  • AUGUST 14 2015 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Jed Marum is a performer of American Roots and Celtic music. Bringing a mix of traditional and original songs to audiences throughout the US, he is known as a refined singer and a gifted songwriter. Since 1999 he has published over a dozen albums, licensed music to film and TV projects and works over 150 shows each year - with his band and as a solo. You can hear in his music, the blending of American, Scottish and Irish cultures. In his songs you will relive the stories passed on from generation to generation.
  • Frank Martin Gilligan grew up in NYC, but when he was 19 years old, Texas happened. Frank moved to Beaumont, Texas, in the late 70's, he immediately formed MASON DIXON, a Texas vocal group that enjoyed a pretty good run on the charts and on the road in the 1980's and 90's. After the group disbanded in 1993, Frank put music aside for some time. A bout with cancer in 2009 ruined the nerves in his hands and feet and left him unable to play guitar. When he got his hands back, a lot of good songs came with it.
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  • AUGUST 21 2015 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Jazz night part one!
  • Julie Bonk is one of those rare musicians who expresses from deep within her soul, giving unique life and color to everything she plays. She is the 2014 winner of the Sammons Center for the Arts Jazz Musician of the Year . She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy where she developed her love for Jazz and Blues. Her studies continued at UNT where she received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Performance. Julie has performed with such notables as Bob Hope, Bugs Henderson, The Supremes, The Drifters, and The Platters.
  • Sarah and Robert have been playing together over 30 years ago now, but have been playing venues in Dallas regularly only over the last two years. Robert is a veteran of the Dallas jazz scene and has worked separately with his trio at The Dallas Museum of Art and the Sammons Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to jazz standards, both Robert and Sarah are active composers. Most often they play as a duo, but love to expand to a quartet with bass and drums whenever possible!
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  • AUGUST 28 2015 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Jazz night part two!
  • Though Lisa Markley's career as a songwriter blends folk and jazz influences, her recent projects have brought her home, focusing her finely tuned vocal talents on the jazz genre. Lisa's solo albums "The Sky is Blue and Sometimes Cries" as well as "One Word" feature standards along with compositions by North Texas songwriters whom she wants to share with new audiences, and a few jazz-based original songs. Lisa is signed with the Soona Songs record label, where she has been given the freedom to explore more intimate forms of jazz song, and allowed to step outside of the genre box, as well as record new song along side the jazz "standards".
  • Poetry with Alan.
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  • SEPTEMBER 11 2015 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Baltimore–born singer- songwriter Amy Speace started her creative career out in the theater. She studied classical acting in NYC after graduating with high honors from Amherst College. After a breakup, she bought a cheap guitar and started putting her poetry to music and began appearing at local folk clubs like The Sidewalk Cafe, The Bitter End and The Living Room. She was discovered by Judy Collins in 2005, releasing her debut in 2006 on Collins’ Wildflower Records, “Songs For Bright Street” to rave reviews. “The Killer In Me” was released in 2009 with NPR comparing her to a young Lucinda Williams. She moved to Nashville from NYC in 2009.
  • Matt Haeck comes by his layers honestly -- his is a life and a music that feed off of each other. His latest project, “Late Bloomer”, features songs written both before and in the midst of an almost four-year struggle with addiction. After years of moving from place to place, he now calls Nashville home.
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  • SEPTEMBER 18 2015 FRI 8:00PM $18/$22
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  • Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. The name, taken from a Richard Brautigan novel, seems almost as incongruous as a picture of this musical duo: Ezra (guitar) stands six feet eight inches and Keith (bass), five feet five and one half inches. Ezra is more playful and extroverted while Keith is more serious and reserved. Each of them bring out the best in the other and the joy that comes from this musical interaction is contagious and impossible to deny. Their infectious mix of folk/pop and family music is enriched by the diverse influences of reggae, Latin, blues, jazz and classical music.
  • Dana Louise, daughter of TFIA's Ezra Idlet, formed the Glorious Birds with Adams Collins on vibraphone and banjo, plus TFIA's Ezra and Keith on guitar and bass. Drawing from jazz and bluegrass, carrying a contemporary beat, the sound is roots-rooted flung-into-the-future folk.
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Brian Chartrand
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TBA
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Ian Dickson
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David Wilcox
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Billy Crockett
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Kevin Welch | Dustin Welch*
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Kerrville New Folk Winners Tour*
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Hans Theesink
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Melanie
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Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run live music venue, presenting concerts nearly every Friday night in the fellowship hall of Northpark Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX. Our goal is to bring you the best possible environment for listening to music, with clear, pristine sound, free of smoke, alcohol, and conversation. In addition to the music, we offer fine coffees, teas, juices, desserts, and salty snacks. Find out more about us here.

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"The intimate setting of Calvin's makes it easy to see and hear musicians....the gold standard of Dallas area coffeehouses, and for that matter, the nation...." --Michael Granberry, DMN

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