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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.
One day multi-instrumentalist and composer Stephen Harms met native Pennsylvanian songwriter and maker of music, Devin Tuel in a tour van that was leaving Brooklyn. The pair immediately connected and made plans to begin creating together. Tuel had released her debut EP, Heavy Soul, in 2013 while Harms was leading and collaborating on projects spanning from avant-garde to americana. Tuel’s southern ancestry and love for traditional folk and Appalachian music are a large part of the musical styles that influence her songwriting and what initially intrigued Harms to play with her. Together the two are working on creating and blending the different music they are most passionate about; writing, singing, touring, and recording together as a duo. Devin’s voice and acoustic guitar, sometimes delicate, sometimes fierce, always true, are accompanied by Stephen’s own singing, upright and electric bass, cello, pedal steel, acoustic, 12-string, and electric guitar, banjo, and mandolin playing. In live performance the two bring a depth of meaning and a range of colors to each other’s songs, their songs together, and occasionally a favorite traditional song.
As childhood friends, Grant Goldsworthy (Harrisburg) and Steve Mondschein (D.C.) quickly discovered they had more in common than just 6th Grade Spanish class. Their mutual passion for music led them to creating a band, writing their own music, and delving into the worlds of SKA, classic rock, alt rock, and blues. Currently, they are working on culling their extensive list of original material for a full length album.
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.