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SHAWN JAMES & THE SHAPESHIFTERS

Thursday, Apr 17

Time: 8:00 PM

Description: Born on the south side of Chicago in 1986, singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Shawn James...

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HAPPY HOURS with BRUCE MANDEL

Friday, Jun 28

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

No Cover

Description: The Barnstorming Troubadour 2 Summer Tour Bruce Mandel’s acoustic guitar, keen lyrical ear, and intimate and honest voice have traveled with him across the country and through musical territory both new and familiar. With the release of "Sketches" (June 2012) Mandel adds fresh layers to the ground covered in both of his previous releases, "Between Dreams and Regrets" (2008) and "Follow Your Heart" (1997). Lyrically driven, the diverse sounds of his recordings straddle and expand the Contemporary Folk, Americana, Singer/Songwriter genres reflecting the breadth of Mandel’s experience. Bruce grew up in the suburbs of northern New Jersey, rocking out to the Beatles and playing in bands. Listeners familiar with the great singer-songwriters of the ’60s and ’70s won’t be surprised to learn that at a young age Mandel happily absorbed the rich and varying styles of music played on the FM airwaves of the day. Next came college and the folksy coffeehouse scene followed by Rock and Top 40 bands playing New York City on down to Philadelphia and some of the New Jersey Shore’s hottest spots. After traversing the country Bruce took a break from the road and settled in Atlantic City for a time, taking the chance to work as an entertainment technician for the Entertainment Department at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino. While soaking up the experience of working alongside the likes of America, Ronnie Milsap, Tanya Tucker, Tom Jones, and The Temptations, Mandel stayed true to his calling, writing and producing his own songs. Then after attending a songwriting convention in Durango, Colorado, in 1992, Mandel felt the pull of the area’s open musical community and soon relocated there. The impulse proved a good one as he quickly became a true presence in his new home, opening in concert for nationally and regionally touring songwriters, as well as performing a mix of choice covers along with his growing repertoire of soulful originals in bars and saloons around the four corners. Mandel’s work in Durango culminated with his co-founding of the Annual Durango Songwriter’s Expo in 1996. This popular event that features listening sessions, showcases, seminars, panels, and networking opportunities has attracted new talent and high-profile musicians and industry experts alike, and continues to grow and spread to new locations around the country. Mandel picked up his guitar and returned east in the early part of the new century, where he has settled deep into the artistic community of the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Produced and recorded in his own studio, his second and third albums “Between Dreams and Regrets” and “Sketches” traverse the musical and emotional ground between Colorado and the Berkshires. The lyrically driven songs are both personal and probing, whether Mandel is writing from his own experience or weaving the ballad of another’s, as in “Irene Kibbe,” about a young Polish emigrant during World War II. Throughout these records, the acoustic guitar maintains its constant presence, as does Mandel’s warm voice and distinct style. Bruce has always believed in the power and magic of song, and thoroughly enjoys sharing that magic through his music and thoughtful insights into his creative process through the close up intimacy of house concerts. Please visit www.brucemandel.com to learn more about Bruce and his music and to download the song “Long Beach Dunes”. All proceeds from this download at Bruce’s website are going directly to the Alliance For a Living Ocean for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. “Reminiscent of the singer/songwriters who penned the soundtrack of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Bruce Mandel brews up a coffeehouse sound that’s espresso rich in inspiration and experience.” Singer & Musician Magazine

Website: http://www.brucemandel.com

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