The Lead Belly Stage
Location: Choir Room (#333)

Our newest performance space. It's an all-acoustic mini-amphitheater that will get the audience up close and personal with some very talented performers.

Saturday, June 9th, 2012
12:00 Healing Harps
Patrice Haan & Jacqueline Lynaugh Patrice Haan & Jacqueline Lynaugh
1:00 Irish Songs & Ballads
Amelia Hogan Amelia Hogan
2:00 Russian Folk Songs & Beyond
Jonnie Pekelny Jonnie Pekelny
3:00 Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman
Melody Walker has a powerful voice, an engaging stage presence, and an ambitious, imaginative songwriting gift.
4:00 Mark Lemaire and Twilight
Complex, sophisticated song arrangements. His guitar playing his so good, it might distract you from his compelling, engaging melodies and sharp songwriting in the vein of Simon & Garfunkel. But only for a second.
5:00 Morgan "Saw Man" Cowin and the Cut Ups
You may know him for his famed saw workshops or for being president of the International Musical Saw Association. Here you can catch him accompanying a bunch of musical pals on some of his favorite songs.

Sunday, June 10th, 2012
12:00 Shape Note Singing
Peter Ross, Terry Moore & Gary Breitbard Peter Ross, Terry Moore & Gary Breitbard
1:00 Sea Songs & Sea Shanties
Richard Adrianowicz & Peter Kasin Richard Adrianowicz & Peter Kasin
3:00 Don Burnham & The Bolos
Though Don Burnham is best known as the leader of one of foremost modern western swing bands, Lost Weekend, it is with his smaller combo, the Bolos, that showcases Don as wry storyteller and song spinner. He's sure to charm you with his well-crafted songs about mysterious caves, cowboy romances, and outlaws of the Old West and corporate boardrooms.
4:00 Craig Ventresco & Meredith Axelrod
Think of Ventresco and Axelrod as a 2 person rescue crew salvaging ragtime, blues, and pre-jazz gems from old cylinders, dusty 78s, and long-forgotten sheet music. These songs are the obscurest of the obscure, known to only the most avid of collectors. V & A play them with such rhythmic confidence, melodic devotion, and strength of feeling that I don't think it's an overstatement to say each song they play is revealed as the ultimate expression of what it can be. You won't hear them played better. This isn't just good music; it is a remarkable service they are providing. We in the Bay Area are lucky to have them in our midst.
5:00 Vikki Lee & Russ Whitehead
Vikki & Russ have rambled all over lately as lead ins to the legendary Ramblin' Jack Elliott. They bring a smile to your lips, a laugh to your belly, and a tap to your toes.