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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.
David Cohen is a multi-instrumentalist, composer of music for the classical & flamenco guitar, recording artist and educator who performs on the classical & flamenco guitar, Chinese pipa and Highland bagpipes.
Roots raspy vocals paired with an indie folk groove have earned The Speedbumps an IMA Award and showcases across the globe. Their eclectic mix of hollow bodied instruments paired with honest songwriting has brought praise from some of the industry’s top tastemakers at Relix Magazine, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Americana-UK, American Songwriter, CMT Edge, and many others.. Because their approachable, Midwest style easily fits the soundtrack of people’s every day lives, the band’s music has been selected for various TV and film projects including PBS’s Road Trip Nation and the feature film Molly’s Girl. In addition, the Bumps have shared the stage with Andrew Bird, G-Love and Special Sauce, Amos Lee, Matt Nathanson, OKGO, Tim Easton, Crosby Stills & Nash, and Chrissie Hynde among others In 2012, The Speedbumps were invited to collaborate with The Canton Symphony Orchestra resulting in a joint performance of songs from their first two albums at the historical Canton Palace Theatre. The band’s bassist, Kevin Martinez, (who has a master’s degree in Music Composition) spent 9 months developing and writing parts for all the orchestra members to perform alongside the group. The next highly-anticipated performance collaboration is scheduled for February 2015, which will also feature songs off the band’s third album, The Harbors We Seek (released November 2013).
Guitarist David Pedrick has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for his work in a wide variety of styles. His performance credits run the gamut from jazz clubs to concert halls and he has been invited to perform for guitar societies, concert series, musical theater productions and music festivals throughout the U.S. Recent highlights include performances at The Strand-Capitol Arts Center, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Fulton Opera House, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Philadelphia Fringe Festival and the Wilmington Grand Opera House. As a recording artist, David’s three albums with guitarist Jeremy Hutson have received international acclaim and have been featured on more than 200 radio programs in the U.S., including All Songs Considered, Celtic Connections, Celtic Heartbeat, Classical 24, Crossover, Desert Island Discs, The Green Island, and The Intimate Guitar. In addition to original compositions, arrangements and transcriptions for theatrical productions, recitals, chamber concert premieres and jazz performances, David’s music has been featured on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the British Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and in the documentary JFK: Case for Conspiracy. A highly respected music educator and clinician, David has been invited to give master classes, lectures, clinics and workshops for professional and community music organizations, colleges, universities and school districts throughout the mid-Atlantic region. David earned a B.S. in Music Education (summa cum laude) and a M.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from West Chester University and has served as a contributing author for the Guitar Foundation of America and The National Association for Music Education.
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.
Carly Simone is a singer/song writer who is originally from Lancaster County PA. A recent college graduate she has decided to play music on the side of her current career. Growing up Carly always had a love for music and enjoyed writing songs. During college she taught herself how to play the guitar. By her junior year she was playing at the Underground cafe on campus. Since then Carly has started playing at local coffee shops in the area. Some of Cary’s musical inspiration comes from artists such as; Colbie Calliat, John Mayer, Jack Johnson and Sara Bareilles. Carly loves connecting with the audience and inspiring others with her music. Carly not only has a love for music but also for people. She enjoys serving others in the community and loves to help those in need. She hopes that people will relate to the positive messages in her music and to inspire others to pursue their dreams in life.
Bright Hawk offers the healing vibrations of the hang instrument in Harrisburg, PA. This instrument creates a music called PanArt that is often recorded in meditation and relaxation productions. As with most music rarely does the recorded music live up to the live performance. Bright Hawk is looking to spread the healing vibrations to long term care facilites and hospices. At Midtown she reaches out to the community and brings her PanArt vibrations with hopes for healing and support.
Ian Fitzgerald is a writer and performer of American folk songs. Since 2004, he has performed extensively throughout New England; toured up and down the east coast; and independently released four albums of original material. Ian’s compelling lyrics and indelible melodies have won him first place in the Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest (for the song “Lillian”) and a spot in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. In their review of Ian’s latest album, No Time To Be Tender , Performer Magazine called Ian “a polished song-smith who is high atop a field of great artists breaking through to festival and folk concerts throughout the States.”
Music Mike is “Making Music for Good” in support small business, non-profits, community supported agriculture, and the promotion of love and fellowship between all living beings. Mike has spent the last 15 years covering artists from Cash to Zappa and has now turned his attention to finding his own voice and developing his original music. Highly rythmic, somehow familiar, with a uniquely soulful voice. Mike’s refined honest style entertains for hours.
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.