Special Showing September and October
"Art on the Walls" 
Fine Arts Photographer Megan Mumford
 

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Megan Mumford's black and white portrait photography showcases the work she has done with world leaders, actors, community activists, business professionals, artists, musicians, local families and friends.  Megan's expertise is bringing out the beautiful nature of people.  She believes that love and beauty are in connections and when we are enjoying ourselves and being genuine, we are always the most beautiful! She currently has availability for autumn family portraits, headshots for executives, artists and musicians, senior portraits, engagements, and weddings.  More of her work can be viewed at her website: www.meganmumford.com and appointments can be booked at 518.588.3707

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Saturday Brunch in Ballston Spa
Matt Durfee

Raised in the Schoharie Valley, Durfee's songs reflect his rural upbringing.  Leaving pretense and posturing behind, Durfee performs with an aching honesty, pushing his picking capabilities to the limit.  Story songs, breath-taking instrumentals, and truly original works dominate Durfee's playing, with suprising covers and moments of lightness and laughter keeping listeners engaged.

He won the Lark Tavern songwriting contest this spring, and we have to agree with the judges—Matt Durfee's enchanting, reflective songs are drawn around complex, finger-picked acoustic-guitar lines, like a cross between American Beauty (Grateful Dead) and Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left. Too interesting to be lumped into the pop category, too smart for the freak-folk boom, Durfee is in a category all his own

When:
Saturday March 29th. 11am-1pm

Saturday Brunch in Ballston Spa
Come Back Home

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This acoustic duo takes their own spin on music from the past and present; Scott Cunningham (High Bridge North) supports the pair with his unique ability to charm beautiful sounds from his guitar. He takes lead on a vocal from time to time and weaves beautiful harmonies at others. Carla Metz is the one to Come Back Home, after a long break from making music throughout the New England area she is happily singing again right here in New York. This pair met recently while working in an originals rock band, neither could resist the mellower side of this project.

When:
Saturday March  15th 11am - 1pm

First Friday's in Ballston Spa
Low 'n Lonesome

Rob Adkins and Phil Drum are two fine Fingerstyle /Acoustic Blues guitar players and songwriters from Saratoga Springs, NY. As Low ‘N Lonesome, they join forces and blend their talents to produce some of the finest old time Blues & Ragtime to be heard anywhere. They perform top-notch originals, as well as Blues-based versions of tunes from old school jazz, rock, folk, and country music, covering great artists from from Robert Johnson and Louis Armstrong to Hank Williams and Bob Dylan.

Rob Adkins hails from Louisiana, and plays a mix of  blues, roots and originals based on a lifelong interest in and pursuit of several genres. He has recorded, wrote, and performed extensively in North Carolina, Florida, and New York. He actually got his first stage experience at an amateur night at Cafe Lena's after having auditioned for Lena Spencer herself, a memory he treasures to this day. 

Phil Drum is an eclectic musician whose attention always comes back to the Blues. As co-founder and leader of the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society, Phil has organized and performed in several shows featuring Acoustic Blues music, as well as concerts featuring such notable performers as Paul Geremia (2009). Phil has performed at venues throughout the Capital District, most notably Caffe Lena and the Dance Flurry, as well as shows featuring his Blues-Rock band, The Resonators. He in 2010 produced Old Blues, a highly praised CD of originals and old school Acoustic Blues, the title tune of which was featured in the online Nashville Review.

When:
Friday May 2nd. 6pm-9pm

First Friday's in Ballston Spa
Carla and Larry

Carla returns to Coffee Planet with great pleasure.  The last few months brought about musical change, and this trip back to Coffee Planet you meet guitarist Larry Acunto.  He may be camera shy, but he sure can play!  The duo has had a lot of fun pulling together tunes from their different musical backgrounds:  The Beatles to Alannah Myles, Blind Faith to Lulu and yes, the lady who sent her camel to bed, Maria Muldaur!  That's just a little taste of this musical journey, come enjoy it with a cup (or two) of amazing coffee!

When:
Friday June 6th. 6pm-9pm

First Fridays in Ballston Spa
L.B. Walker

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It's exceedingly rare these days to see an old-fashioned one man band in the style of say, Jessie "Lone Cat" Fuller, but Mr. L.B. Walker is the real thing. He straps on a guitar, throws a harp in the rack and sticks a tambourine beneath his foot, counts four and the blues begin. It's charming, anachronistic and totally cool, all at the same time.

When:

Friday  August 1st.  6pm-9pm

First Fridays in Ballston Spa
Memphis Moon Duo

Memphis Moon Duo is Juan Becarra on Guitar & Sonny Speed on Piano.

Hailing from New York's capital region, Memphis Moon will put a spell on you with their infectious southern flavored sound. The music is passionate, Bluesy, sophisticated and always soulful. Be prepared for a night of smoky single-malt sounds and top shelf grooves that always goes down smooth and easy. Music you just won’t hear anywhere else.

When:
Friday September  5th 6pm -9pm

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Sunday Brunch in Ballston Spa
Davey O

2013 Kerrville Folk Finalist Davey O. and his songs are his hometown of Buffalo, NY.  They are your hometown.  Songs born from a work ethic instilled by a factory working father; steeped in time, then written like a conversation with your next door neighbor and as comfortable as a well-worn pair of shoes.  These are the stories of American life.  Songs of labor, love, laughter, sorrow, life and death, baptized in waters drawn from a deep and timeless well.

His is a journey dedicated to the craft of drawing the line that connects our common humanity.  With a journalist’s eye for detail and poet’s ear for the well-turned observation, Davey O. finds the universal in the particular, turning day-to-day minutiae into dusty paeans to the indomitability of the human spirit.  With each tale another slice of life examined.

* 2013 Kerrville New Folk Finalist

 

* 2013 Best New Artist - Radio Crystal Blue, Philadelphia, PA

 

* Official Showcase Selection - 2011 International Folk Alliance Conference

 

* "Testing For Rust" -Top 25 CD - Roots Music Reports, Top 20 - Folk DJ Chart (August, 2012)

 

* Best of 2012 - WHRW (Binghamton, NY), 90FM (Stevens Point, WI), WVPE (Elkhart, IN), WMSC (Montclair, NJ)

When:
Sunday September  14th 11am -1pm

First Fridays in Ballston Spa
Stories Told

Stories Told is the acoustic singer/songwriter duo of Gary Moon and Alice Hausmann, and originated in the Saratoga Springs arts scene in upstate New York.

Alice answered her musical calling in the Saratoga music scene performing with a wide range of area musicians, and accompanying herself on guitar and ukelele.

Gary has performed at venues in the Lake George region covering the songs of popular artists of the singer-songwriter genre all the while sharpening his own songwriting skills and drawing on these influences to craft his own original compositional style.

While their vocal styles are unique as solo artists, their harmonies blend perfectly whether they are performing original songs, contemporary folk-pop hits, or classic folk standards.

When:

Friday October 3rd.  6pm-9pm.