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The Midtown Scholar hosts prominent singer-songwriters, classical musicians, and a unique acoustic venue. Performers are calling us “one of the best folk clubs in the country!” We are always interested in hearing from new musicians. All of our booking now takes place through an online booking system located at: http://midtownscholar.partnershipplanners.org Simply go to this link, (please note that we are currently only booking SOLO Singer/Songwriters with solo instrumentation. You will also have to create an account so you can monitor your request) and submit the “Musical Performance Booking” form. Please note that we book concerts only on Friday and Saturday nights.
Ars Arvole is the music of composer-pianist Krystal J. Grant. She performs keyboard improvisations and arrangements influenced by Bach, jazz, and Latin music. Her career has broadened from giving lecture-recitals in elementary schools of her hometown, Birmingham, Alabama to presenting multimedia installations in New York City. With her B.M. in piano from Vanderbilt University and her Ph.D. in composition from Stony Brook University, she teaches in Lancaster, Pennsylvania while sharing life with others through making music.
Using his Harford County, Maryland home as a launching point, Chris Monaghan has tallied more than 200 solo acoustic shows, written and recorded songs for a seven-song debut project, started writing for a second album, pounded the pavement and caught influential ears along Nashville’s Music Row; All of this while attending high school and juggling a typical teenager’s life.
Chris’s musical influences range from John Mayer, to Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), to Tim McGraw. His vocal styling and natural musicianship have helped him develop a following of avid listeners who also appreciate artists such as Jason Mraz and Ed Sheeran.
Brandon Parsons is a singer/songwriter from Harrisburg PA. He has been playing piano and singing since he was 12 years old. His songs are inspirational and moving. He captivates his audience with an array of piano ballads and eclectic melodies. He has won singing competitions across the US. He has released a debut album in 2011 and has made a name on YouTube for doing his own version of top 40 songs. The passion in his songs and his unique take on covers creates an atmosphere that will draw you into the performance.
Two-time Independent Music Awards winner, guitarist Tom Yoder has recorded five CDs. They range from solo, acoustic, instrumental guitar to a full blown symphonic/orchestral project featuring the music of Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn and Paganini, with all the parts arranged for and played on electric guitar and bass guitar. His latest CD is a seasonal one, “Pieces Of Christmas: A Pause For The Clause”. It is a guitar extravaganza. He will be playing solo, instrumental, acoustic guitar. His set list includes original tunes as well material from guitar masters Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke and Don Ross. Learn more about Tom at http://www.tomyoder.com.
Raised in the small upstate New York town of Monroe, folk rock singer/songwriter Brian Dunne’s music has won the attention and praise of many. With his sharp lyrical prowess and country-influenced vocals, Brian has played in the U.S. folk scene far and wide. Citing influences such as Bob Dylan, The Band, and Bruce Springsteen, one can hear his roots winding through the sound and style of his songwriting and performing. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 2011, Brian moved to New York City where he currently resides, and has spent much of the last year supporting his newest release, The Brooklyn Bridge EP, which charted on the US iTunes singer/songwriter charts and received praise from artists such as John Mayer amongst many others. When asked about his goals pertaining to his music, he says, “I would like nothing more than to spend my time sharing this music with people. Above all else.”