Free Performance and Reading by David Berkeley
October 10 @ 3pm
Renowned musician and author David Berkeley will be returning to the Midtown Scholar Bookstore to showcase his latest creative project: a compilation of ten short stories accompanied by a ten-song soundtrack. The novella, The Free Brontosaurus, depicts the intersecting lives of ten characters as they all pass through the same stretch of time in one fictional city. Intertwining with the written accounts of each character, David Berkeley has composed ten songs in what is being hailed as his best album to date, Cardboard Boat.
This is a free performance and completely open to the public and audiences of all ages!
For more information, feel free to call the bookstore at 717-236-1680.
See you at the Scholar!
XPN Welcomes John Gorka
September 25, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
New Jersey native John Gorka first entered the folk music scene in the late 1970’s as an MC and sound man for a coffeehouse in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As his talent and acclaim grew, John found himself traveling to New York City to open for powerful voices and influences in the folk and country music worlds. From New York, John began touring folk festivals across the nation, continually winning awards and rising in popularity as he traveled. Now, almost four decades later, Gorka continues to captivate audiences around the globe with his calm yet emotionally poignant storytelling style of folk music. And, for just one evening, John Gorka will be returning to the state that started his career for an unforgettable night of live music and entertainment.
Unlike our regular Main Stage Concerts, the Midtown Scholar will be closed for business during this event, to provide you with an uninterrupted acoustic evening with John Gorka. Tickets are now on sale, and quantities are limited, so we hope you will reserve yours today.
If you are unfamiliar with Gorka’s work, you will find a video of John’s song “Blue Chalk” below that showcases not only his incredible musical talent, but also his approachably calm stage presence.
Carly Clark – 6/12 @ 7:30 pm
Carly Clark is a singer/songwriter from Harrisburg PA. From a young age, Carly had a passion for music but focused primarily on sports. During college, Carly was inspired by one of her friends to learn the guitar. She began to write her own songs and play them for friends and family. While Carly enjoys covering popular songs, some of her best work is found in her original songs.
Recently, Carly has branched out and started playing throughout the greater Harrisburg area, as well as locations near Philadelphia, York and upcoming dates in Washington DC. Some of Carly’s musical inspiration/influence comes from artists such as; Colbie Calliat, John Mayer, Norah Jones and Ed Sheeran.
For more information on Carly, and on her upcoming shows and EP release, visit her website, Carly Clark Music.
Ben Rabb – 5/23 @ 7:30 pm
Ben Rabb is a New York based singer/songwriter, whose soulful lyrics and authentic approach to performance make him a refreshing, unique standout in an industry where realism often takes a backseat to the bells and whistles of pop production. “Pulling from my midwest roots, travels and the place I now call home, New York City, my music is a combination of where I’m from, what I’m going through and the people I’m inspired by. I grew up listening to songwriters like James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Otis Redding, and felt the power of their music and words. They had a voice that inspired me to find my own truth, connect and share with people through music.”
Rabb quickly became a member of the NYC indie folk community. He hit the city’s concert circuit, too, playing regular gigs at venues like The Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall. When it came time to record “Until It’s Gone,” though, he headed north to Plaid Dog Recording in Boston, MA to work with producer Mike Davidson. There, Rabb recorded six songs about life and love, decorating the songs with piano, bass, acoustic guitar and brushed percussion.
Emily Grove – Friday 5/22 @ 7:30 p.m.
Former Berklee College of Music student Emily Grove sings dark and powerful songs with an unforgettable voice. As a solo act from the New Jersey shore, she’s won the Asbury Park Music Awards for “Best Female Acoustic Act” four years in a row, and has won three Jersey Acoustic Music Awards (best female singer[2011 and 2012]/female songwriter ). She has toured the UK, US, and Canada, opening up for and performing with David Ford. She also recently sang backup for David Gray on the Today Show.
Bold Forbes – Friday 5/15 @ 7:30 p.m.
Formed in the Fall of 2012 in New York City, Bold Forbes blends the stories and poetry of the folk-singer tradition with experimental arrangements for the guitar, string bass, and violin that weave between bluegrass, jazz, and classical music. Lyricist and lead singer Nick Bloom, native of Carlisle, PA, writes songs that both yearn for adventure and long for home; that explore the passions of private love and the shouts of public outrage; and that above all urge the listener to feel life deeply. Bassist David Halpern and violinist Reid Jenkins give life and shape to these songs with wildly innovative arrangements for the strings and voice that haunt, soar, surprise, and inspire, creating a sound both challenging to genre and eminently listenable. Bold Forbes has toured the New York City folk music circuit extensively, playing at venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Postcrypt Coffeehouse, and Sidewalk Cafe, and will be playing at a Northeastern city near you in the summer of 2015. They released their first EP, “Hooves to Say,” in 2012, and just released their first live album, “Live at Rockwood Music Hall,” in April of 2015. Their first full-length studio album is due out in the early summer of 2015. You can find all of their music and tour dates at boldforbes.bandcamp.com.
Randy Niles is a regional touring, NYC based, one-man Indie/Soul band that blends rock, pop, and folk into seamless, radio-ready compositions from the ground up. Creating the backdrop to his musical landscape effortlessly through the use of colorful effects and loop stations, Randy evokes sounds and colors which, when executed, resemble that of a four or five member group rather than a solo band. His ability to produce well thought out song structures with equally cohesive songwriting, makes him a truly dynamic and stunning solo performer. He has been relentlessly touring the East Coast with a few West Coast appearances, and has opened for notable acts such as Ry Cuming /RY X (Jive/Sony, Dumont Dumont, Infectious Music UK), Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root (Mercury/Island/Touchy Pegg) and Billboard charted country Singer/Songwriter Craig Bickhardt. With two new EP’s scheduled for release in the spring, and a new full-length album slated for production in the latter half of this year, Randy is well on his way to expanding his already blossoming music career.