Past Featured Performers
Midway through the evening a feature act performs a 30 minute set. Our featured acts showcase some of the finest local acoustic performers and groups in the area.
Past featured performers are listed in alphabetical order with the dates they played at the Jam’n Java Open Mic.
AUNT MIMI February 5, 2016, November 7, 2014, June 7, 2013
Aunt Mimi (Steven Malatesta and Dermot Whittaker) are an audience pleasing duo that combines tight harmonies, varied guitar arrangements, and a wide range of styles in a way that keeps audiences listening and anticipating the next tune.
Their huge repertoire includes American rock ballads, British pop, folk, and country songs from the present day and going back to the 1950’s. They sing favorites as well as lesser known gems by artists as diverse as, Guster, the Everly Brothers, Counting Crows, Gillian Welch, Elvis Costello, Gordon Lightfoot, the Jayhawks, and, the Beatles.
JOHN & CHRIS BOEHMER, December 4, 2015
John and Chris are a husband-wife duo performing original songs and occasional covers in a contemporary folk genre. They create music you can sink into, smooth and rich vocals, evocative imagery, and tasteful harmonies.
Their CD “The Half-Known World” is scheduled for release in January 2016
LIZ BUCHANAN & GORDON MACFARLAND June 6, 2014, December 7, 2012
Liz Buchanan and Gordon MacFarland play a mix of original songs and contemporary acoustic music. They have been playing together for about eight years now and you can feel it in their songwriting, hear it in their close harmonies, and see it in their stage presence. I can’t think of a better act to welcome in summer.
Rich Eilbert, host of the Lincoln Open Mike, had this to say about Liz and Gordon: “This dynamic duo writes and sings about many facets of life, love, kids, and the environment. Their close harmonies and fine guitar work are sure to captivate.”
WOODY CARPINELLA April 1st, 2016, April 4, 2014
After playing all over the country during the 70’s and 80’s, Woody settled down to raise a family. Returning to the music scene, he’s been playing local clubs including Johnny D’s and Ryles and collaborating with a who’s who of local performers.
He has quickly become an in demand performer and supporting musician for many other performers. Rumor has it he has invited several artists who will be making guest appearances accompanying him during his set.
CARRIE CHERON October 3, 2011
Carrie Cheron is a Boston-based performer who has been recognized by audiences nationwide for her beautiful songwriting and lilting voice. She is an art-form all to itself with a sound that is as warm and rich as velvet.
She performs regularly at some of New England’s hottest music venues, including Club Passim, Johnny D’s, Lizard Lounge, and Toad, and has performed at the Mountain Stage New Song Festival, Great Waters Folk Festival, and First Night Boston.
She was recently recognized with an Honorable Mention by both the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and the CT Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, and her song “How I Loved” won an Honorable Mention from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She was selected to compete in the NEMO Music Makers Competition, Midwest Music Summit, and was a semi-finalist in the Great Waters Folk Festival songwriting contest. Carrie’s debut CD is One More Autumn.
Carrie’s website: www.carriecheron.com
Carrie’s CD is available from: www.cdbaby.com/carriecheron
COURAGE AND THE BEAR – January 8, 2016, October 3, 2014
Courage and the Bear is a four-piece Americana group that features outstanding musicianship, rock solid harmonies, and a repertoire that is sure to please. The multi-talented group swaps lead vocals and instruments from song to song.
The group consists of David Ramsay on vocals, guitar, bass, and accordion, Mike Lachance on vocals, bass, guitar, accordion, and harmonica, Meg Dagon on violin, and vocals, and Rob McCarthy on percussion and Ukulele.
They are past winners of the highly esteemed weekly Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge in Cambridge, MA and have been spotlighted on WMRC radio.
WALTER CROCKET February 1, 2013
February’s feature performer, Walter Crocket is an outstanding singer, songwriter, finger-picking style guitarist, and an engaging performer. He has a way of connecting with an audience that makes you feel like you’re in the presence of an old friend.
Walter has been building a loyal following since the 1970’s when he and his wife, Valarie, rocked out in the legendary Crockett Band with Duke Levine on lead guitar, and Dave Jacques (now with John Prine) on bass. In the 80’s they formed the acoustic band, Valerie & Walter Crockett and the Oxymorons performing in New England coffeehouses and clubs until Valerie’s death in 2009. During that time they produced four CDs.
In addition to performing as a solo act, Walter also performs and plays lead acoustic guitar with the Wannabee Wabbits. Walter is currently working on a new CD due out later this year.
Walter’s Website: http://vwcrockett.com
CUNNIFF & MAGEAU May 4, 2012
Susan Cunniff and Paul Mageau have been performing together since 2000. Susan has a sweet, rich tone and an emotive vocal style. Her influences include Eva Cassidy, Diana Krall, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, and Barbara Streisand. Paul is equally comfortable playing rock, funk, pop, jazz and blues. His versatile style, influenced by Tommy Emmanuel, James Taylor, Pierre Bensusan, and Tuck Andress, ranges from rhythmic to melodic. His original compositions and his arrangements of acoustic jazz, contemporary folk, and blues ballads blend beautifully with Susan’s warm, silky voice. Together, they may remind you of Tuck and Patti, or Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass.
Visit their website: www.reverbnation.com/cunniffandmageau
PATTI DeROSA March 7, 2011
Looking for contemporary acoustic music peppered with rhythm and spice? Patti DeRosa revels in diversity, both personally and musically. Her repertoire includes an eclectic mix of strong originals and unique covers including soft finger-picking ballads, jazzy grooves, island rhythms, edgy rockers, political commentary and humor.
Her music is a treat that is delivered with a stage presence that draws the audience in and warms the heart. She is a powerful presence, equally, fun, funky, and sizzling. You never know what you’re going to get and DeRosa likes it that way.
Patti has shared the bill with artists such as Antje Duvekot, Emma’s Revolution, Vance Gilbert, Vicki Genfan, Terence Martin, Lisa Moscatiello, Kevin So, and even the Four Tops, and performs as a duo with Italian musician Livio Guardi. Touring locally, nationally, and internationally, she has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, El Salvador, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Her latest CD, Secrets and Stories, is bursting with the flavors of jazz, R&B, rock, and funk, all grounded in a folk sensibility. It was nominated for Best Local CD by Motif Music Magazine (Providence, RI), which also nominated her for 2010 Best Female Vocalist.
Patti’s website: http://www.pattiderosa.com
RICH EILBERT December 5, 2114
Rich Eilbert is a prolific singer/songwriter and guitarist from the metro-Boston area. His songs vary from touching to catchy to outrageous, with a toe-tapping beat. He has performed at festivals, coffeehouses and various other venues in New England and beyond.
Word is spreading, and his YouTube channel (Rich on YouTube) is approaching 50,000 unsolicited views. His first CD, “Back From the War”, has received tremendous praise. A second CD is currently in production. Rich runs the well-appreciated open mike, LOMA, now in its fifth year. His work has been likened to Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, John Prine and Bruce Cockburn.
Rich’s Website: www.richeilbert.com
JANE FALLON March 2, 2012
Singer-songwriter, Jane Fallon, is a veteran performer whose smooth, rich voice and well-written songs get noticed. As described in reviews, her vocals are “angelic” and “mesmerizing”, and her original songs: “combine humor, intelligence, and deep musicality with an artfulness that is unusual”. She has released five CDs and has received considerable airplay around the globe. Her songs have been heard on over 100 radio stations in the US and abroad including NPR, The Midnight Special, and WUMB Boston.
Listen to Music by Jane Fallon
Jane’s website: http://www.janefallon.com/
Janes CDs are available from: www.cdbaby.com/cd/fallon3
THE FRETBOX TRIO – Friday October 7, 2016
The Fretbox Trio performs original songs and classics drawing on a wide range of blues, folk, and rock styles. The multi-generation group consists of Gary Goldsmith, Adam Kaufman, and Jarrett Clayman playing guitar, bass, and Cajon (beatbox).
I various configurations you may have heard members of The Fretbox Trio at The Middle East, Café Tango, or many other venues and events in the Boston area. They are always a crowd pleaser.
LOUISE GRASMERE – Friday, November 4, 2016
Louise Grasmere is a powerhouse. Her singing and playing combine all the grace and elegance of the classic jazz singers with the ringing power and authority of the great blues shouters.
She is a vocalist with extraordinary emotional depth and an ability to embody the soul of each song she sings. Accompanying herself on a variety of instruments, she has a voice and stage presence that will lift you out of your seat.
Performing in and around Boston for over two decades, she has built a huge and devoted grassroots following.
MEL GREEN April 5, 2013
Veteran South African singer-songwriter Mel Green has been making quality music since the mid-1960s. In those early days he was very much a part of the folk boom, and over the years he has refined his skills developing as a talented finger-pickin’ guitarist and thoughtful and sensitive songwriter possessing a light, heartfelt tenor voice.
For some years he has been based in America becoming a skilled performer on the Boston acoustic music scene. Mel’s recent CD, “I’m Taking My Time” is something of a minor gem, full of songs that reverberate long after the CD has finished spinning. It has had national airplay on radio stations in the US, Europe, and Australia.
Mel’s Website: http://www.melgreensings.com
THE HARMONATORS – March 4 , 2016, March 6, 2015, March 7, 2014
I guess you could say that the Harmonators are our house band! The three members of the group are also co-hosts of the Jam’n Java Open Mic at Kickstand Café. Joe, De, and Glen entertain with great harmonies, fine guitar work and hand percussion instruments. Their repertoire combines original material as well as their own take on contemporary and traditional favorites.
The groups name came from joking around at one of their rehearsals when one of them said, “Hey, we’re harmonating!” If you enjoy good music, tight harmonies, and solid musicianship they are an act not to be missed.
OEN KENNEDY May 3, 2013, September 6, 2011
Oen Kennedy is an award winning singer-songwriter who has been writing songs since he was 10 years old. A prolific songwriter and sought after performer, he has released five CDs of original songs plus a childrens CD with Carrie Rowan.
According to Marilyn Rea Beyer of WUMB, “He’s musical, he’s subtle, he’s irresistible, and he has the innate sense of the innocent soul in every one of us. …his songs embrace the natural world with a gentle intelligence that is altogether unique.”
In addition to his career as a performing artist, Oen is a practicing music therapist and an avid bird watcher.
Oen’s website: www.oenkennedy.com
TERRY KITCHEN February 6, 2015, January 4, 2013
Terry is an award-winning and prolific contemporary singer, songwriter, and performer (and now novelist!) For the past twenty years, Terry has performed on the national coffeehouse and folk festival circuits.His well-crafted songs are bursting with compassion, honesty and humor. He has released a whopping ten CDs of original music since the 1990s.
Along the way he has picked up a host of awards from prestigious songwriting competitions including Grand Prize in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, First Prize in the USA Songwriting Competition, and Runner Up in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. He has also been a finalist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival songwriting competition
“One of New England’s finest songwriters”-The Boston Globe
GREG KLYMA August 7, 2015
His birth date puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Greg is an old-school troubadour. His enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals make him one of those rare young artists who is carrying the torch of Woody and Ramblin’ Jack.
He rolls in off the road, pulls out a guitar, and proceeds to take us back to the basics: family, love, gratitude, and laughter. It’s the timeless art of the true troubadour, keeping alive the American folk tradition.
Greg’s music is available at : http://shop.villageproduce.com/greg-klyma
RANDALL KROMM June 5, 2015, January 3, 2014, April 6 2012
Why is Randall Kromm attracting so much attention? Randall creates music that touches people. With his unique personal outlook, he plays beautifully crafted songs about ordinary life, capturing experiences and feelings that we all share. He has a sense of humor, too, enabling us to laugh about life’s challenges and difficulties.
A lifelong musician, Randall, plays at coffeehouses, open mics, and clubs in the greater Boston area and has received a multitude of accolades from the music community.
JAN LUBY Friday May 2, 2014
Jan Luby is known for her engaging, often riveting stage-presence and a voice full of passion and power. Her songs are evocative, lyrical and infectious stories ranging from socially relevant to irreverent, heartbreaking to humorous.She was voted Female Vocalist of 2011 by the readers of Rhode Island’s Motif Magazine, nominated twice for Singer/Songwriter, and was a finalist in the Boston Acoustic Underground competition.
“Jan Luby is one of the cutting edge, shining lights…A completely natural performer with a voice of anger, humor, warmth and beauty.”
– Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)
Jan’s website: http://www.janluby.com/
JOANNE LURGIO March 1, 2013
Joanne Lurgio is a talented Rhode Island based singer/songwriter, with a gifted voice and pleasing guitar style. She writes songs of life, love and simply being that are bound to make you ask: “Is she talking about me?” Joanne has a distinct Americana feel with New England charm. She moves from country to bluegrass, folk and r&b to gospel, all with a bluesy undertone.”
Her 2010 CD release Nothing Remains the Same was named 2010Album of the Year, and she was named 2012 Female Vocalist of the Year by Motif Magazine and her CD, Nothing Remains the Same, was named Album of the Year at the 2010 Motif Music Awards.
Listen to Joanne Lurgio
Joanne’s Website: http://www.joannelurgio.com
BOB McCARTHY – Friday July 1, 2016, September 6, 2013, June 1, 2012, June 6, 2011
Get ready for some guitar finger-picking fireworks. Bob McCarthy, is a songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist, and vocalist who draws on many styles from folk to jazz.
He has shared the stage with a long list of performers including, Bonnie Raitt, The Everly Brothers, Neil Young, Taj Mahal, Steve Goodman, Leo Kottke, Pentangle, Tim Hardin, Livingston Taylor, Youngbloods, and Jim Kweskin.
As a free-lance guitarist and mandolinist, he has performed on stage with Nanci Griffith, Larry Coryell, Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary, Buddy Miles, Irish legend, Tommy Makem, and Grammy award winner, Eugene Friesen of the Paul Winter Consort, among others. In addition to performing at coffeehouses, concerts, and festivals, Bob has also written music for and performed in many commercials.
Bob’s website: http://www.bobmccarthy.net
Bobs Music is available from http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BobMcCarthy
BILL MORRIS September 5, 2014
Get ready to be amazed and entertained by this extraordinary guitar player. Bill is equally comfortable playing jazz, bluegrass, rock, classical and just about any other style you can think of. His music epitomizes great taste and technique.
In addition to performing with his band, the Wicked Pickers, he especially loves solo guitar and incorporating a variety of styles into his arrangements of original and standard compositions.
MUSE STEW August 3, 2012, May 2, 2011
Muse Stew, led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Scott Samenfeld, has been performing jazz in the Boston area since 1990. The group started out playing at events at the old Bookcellar Cafe in Porter Square and has evolved through many iterations.
The current line-up consists of Scott Samenfeld – guitar, Jim Austin – piano, Karen Gruber – violin and percussion, and Eduardo Berenstein – saxes and flute. The group will be playing Scott’s compositions which blend elements of traditional jazz with spices from Brazilian and Latin music to create a broad pallet of interesting colors and flavors. Muse Stew has released two CDs – Crossings and Live at the Zeitgeist Gallery.
Muse Stew website: http://www.musestew.com
Muse Stew’s music is available anywhere CDs or digital downloads are sold including Amazon, CD-Now, and iTunes.
CHRIS NAUMAN – August 5, 2016, September 4, 2015 August 1, 2014, August 2, 2013, Jan 6, 2012
Chris Nauman is an award winning singer/songwriter who pumps passion into his performance with his dynamic guitar work and expressive vocals. He commands the stage with a keen sense of honesty and freshness.
Drawing inspiration from Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger, among many others, Nauman channels his mid-Western sensibilities into a spirited blend of folk-rock. Sometimes caressing, sometimes kinetic, his music is always sure to please.
THE RAFTERS Friday, February 7, 2014, Sept 7, 2012
The Rafters, Dave Fitzgibbons and Miki Bryan, are a husband and wife acoustic-pop-folk duo. Their music blends strong melodies and harmonies with well crafted lyrics. They have been performing around the New England area for the past six years at venues ranging from coffeehouses to festival stages.
They have opened for Lori McKenna and performed at the Lowell Folk Festival and Wachusett Valley Folk Festival sharing the stage with well known performers including Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Joan Osborne, and John Gorka. The Rafters have released three CD’s and are currently in the studio working on their forth recording.
The Rafters have released three CD’s and are currently in the studio with acclaimed producer Crit Harmon working on their 4th recording.
The Rafters website: http://www.theraftersband.com
MARK SANDMAN, November 6, 2015, December 6, 2013, November 2, 2012, November 11, 2011
Mark Sandman has been a part of the Boston and Cambridge folk music and coffeehouse scene since the 1970′s when he attended college here. His music is an eclectic mix of original songs and instrumentals, Chicago influenced blues, and rock & roll classics with just a touch of jazz influence thrown in for good measure.
In addition to his own material, you just might hear a gem from the Drifters, Sam Cooke, Eddie Cochran, or Muddy Waters to name a few of his influences. In addition to performing as a solo artist and as a back-up guitarist, he has also founded two coffeehouses in the Boston Area and is currently co-host of the Jam’n Java Open Mic.
THE KENNY SELCER BAND May 1, 2015 KENNY SELCER ( Solo) February 3, 2012
The Kenny Selcer Band brings together seasoned performers from different musical genres to create a sizzling blend of Americana, folk, rock, roots, reggae, and everything in between They are generating buzz around Massachusetts playing places including Sculler’s, local coffeehouses, cafes, and private events. The group’s intimate vocals, three-part harmonies, and stunning musicianship keep audiences asking for more.
If you have been to our open mic in the past, you have probably heard Kenny play. In addition to his band, he is highly sought-after back-up guitarist who has played behind many local performers.
Kenny’s website: www.kenselcer.com
COSY SHERIDAN – Friday June 3, 2016
Cosy Sheridan, is a nationally renowned performer, Cosy has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters.” She is a past winner of both the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest.
She has released ten CDs, teaches songwriting at workshops and camps across the country, and has written a one-woman-show. She is one of the most respected touring musicians on the folk circuit performing across the country from coffeehouses to Carnegie Hall.
KENNY SOLOMON Feb 7, 2011
He began his career in the late 1960s and soon became a fixture in the now defunct Idler Coffeehouse in Harvard Square, Cambridge, where he performed regularly for over eight years. The Idler was a stomping ground for such luminaries as Geoff Bartley, Paul Rishell, Spider John Koerner, and Ric Ocasek.
He has also played in many of the Boston/Cambridge venues such as the Turk’s Head, Brandy’s, the Rusty Nail, the Club Casablanca, and the Catacombs and e has shared bills with many performers such as Chris Smither, Carolyn Hester, Bonnie Raitt, and Spider John.
He will be performing with members of his folk/country band, Solomon. The Lenny Solomon Band has three CDs available: Not Life Threatening, Armando’s Pie, and Maybe Today.
SOMEBODY”S MOTHER October 2, 2015
Somebody’s Mother sings contemporary folk and country songs from the pens of writers such as Nanci Griffith, Gillian Welch, and the Dixie Chicks, in three part harmony with guitar, bass, and mandolin.
Meg Candilore, Anne Goodwin, and Annette Sawyer never fail to please with their great song choices, tight vocals, entertaining style, and solid instrumental work.
TWO FOR THE SHOW July 6, 2012
Two for the Show have been performing together and entertaining audiences for 23 years. Ellen Schmidt and Jake Kensinger sing and play material arranged for guitar, bass, and vocals including swing and standards, traditional and contemporary folk songs, instrumentals, classic hits, blues, country music, and original compositions.
They perform frequently at coffeehouses, festivals, and in hospitals and nursing homes, and produce a variety of charitable musical events each year. Jake and Ellen have also performed on radio and TV and have hosted open mikes for over two decades. They have been mentors to many Boston area performers and have recorded several CDs both as individuals and as a group.
The Boston Globe says: “Their harmony called to mind 50’s duo Les Paul & Mary Ford”
The Minuteman Chronicle said: “A dynamic duo!”
Metronome says: “Jake and Ellen are a little bit folk, a little bit country, and every bit true to their design. They are consummate musicians and their years of devotion to their craft has paid off… they are an exceptional sounding duo.”
Visit their website: http://www.ellenschmidt.com/24tshow.html
HOWIE NEWMAN April 4, 2011
His amusing compositions are up-tempo and catchy, and he keeps things lively with funny between-songs banter and short comedy bits (there is also a smattering of serious songs).
Newman has opened for Tom Paxton, Vance Gilbert, Bill Staines, Lui Collins, Don White, Modern Man and many others. His songs have received national airplay on the Dr. Demento Show, National Public Radio and Midnight Special as well as dozens of other outlets across North America.
Howie’s website: www.howienewman.com
Howies Music is available from: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/HowieNewman
EVA WALSH – September 2, 2016
Eva Walsh is a vibrant folk-pop singer, fiddler, and songwriter who delivers a heartfelt performance of charming original songs and smiles. Equally influenced by a catchy pop song, a jazz standard and an old-time string band breakdown, her music and her sweet sincerity make her a delightful performer you don’t want to miss.
A classically trained violinist, Eva plays guitar, ukulele and fiddle. In addition to performing as a solo artist, her voice and fiddle can be heard supporting a growing number of respected artists across New England.
Eva’s Website: http://www.evawalsh.com/
THE WICKED PICKERS, May 6, 2016, October 5, 2012
The Wicked Pickers have wowed the audience every time they have featured at the Jam’n Java Open Mic. A Boston-based quintet, they play an eclectic mix of original compositions, folk, jazz, swing, country, pop and bluegrass. Audiences have been captivated by the individual musicianship of each member, their tight arrangements, and the expressive interplay of instruments.
The group consists of Bill Morris (guitar), Paul Green (fretless electric bass, vocal), Gordon Hill (violin), George O’Connor (mandolin, vocal) and Sarah Friedman (lead vocalist). The band has released three CDs: Irises, Far From Home, and the new Ballad of Quarter Inch Jack.