Acoustic Brew 20th Anniversary Season
 SPRING 2012 
January February March April May
14 Jeffery Foucault 25 Simple Gifts 31 The Stray Birds 28 Steve James 12 Tish Hinojosa

Jan 14 Jeffery Foucault at the WPSU 7:30 p.m. $16

The New York Times calls Jeffrey Foucault a "young man with an old soul… contemporary and timeless." The Wisconsin native blends rock, country, and folk in a sound honed from years on the road but still true to his Midwestern roots.

In a decade on the road, Jeffrey Foucault <–> a Wisconsin native now living in western Massachusetts – has produced a string of critically acclaimed albums and garnered accolades across the United States and overseas for his tersely elegant brand of songwriting. His 2011 release "Horse Latitudes" is a cross-country collision of rock, folk, and country that alights with equal graces on full-band ragers and whispered solo pieces. The result is a collection of songs that inhabit the borderlands of heartbreak and memory with Foucault’s weathered voice backed an all-star ensemble of musicians.

"Foucaultís strong, sandy voice and gently melodic tunes seem perfectly suited for nuanced material balancing poetic cultural cues with songs about love… a mix of upbeat and pensive country-folk and blues." – The Denver Post

Feb 25 Simple Gifts at the WPSU Studios Times to be Announced F R E E*

In honor of our 20th anniversary, Acoustic Brew is proud to host a free afternoon and evening of great local music. The afternoon will begin with a showcase of artists including Andy Tolins, Pure Cane Sugar, Chicken Tractor, Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, and many others. Stay tuned for more information and the final lineup.

Combining tradition with innovation, encompassing genres from Klezmer to Appalachian, Simple Gifts creates some of the finest arrangements in folk music today: swing fiddle creeps into a Romanian dance, spoons show up in an Irish reel, and the concertina ventures far beyond styles considered traditional for that instrument. Linda Littleton, Rachel Hall, and Karen Hirshon (this show will feature the duo of Karen and Linda) switch with ease among two violins, concertina, mandolin, banjolin, recorders, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, baritone fiddle, guitar, piano, and percussion.

* - Ticket required for evening concert. All daytime concerts are open admission. Tickets can be ordered at no cost through the "Buy" button.

Mar 31 The Stray Birds at the CWB 7:30 p.m. $16

The Stray Birds – Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven, and Charles Joseph – are all classically trained and rising stars in their own right. Craven has performed with The Steel Wheels and other groups across the country, de Vitry recently took fourth place in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Troubadour Contest, and Joseph uses his classical roots to bring an unshakable groove to the band.

The group released its first EP, "Borderland" in 2011 and recently had a showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA). They plan to release a full album in spring 2012.

Apr 28 Steve James at the CWB 7:30 p.m. $16

Steve James is a well known name among devotees of contemporary acoustic folk and blues; this notoriety based on numerous critically acclaimed recordings, a tireless international tour schedule and a sheaf of published work including articles, instructional books and videos. His instrumental versatility on guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, and other instruments, also makes him a favorite at music camps and workshop programs.

He has recorded with a diverse crew including Maria Muldaur, James McMurtry, Jesse "Babyface" Thomas, and Kevin Russell of the Gourds. He's played live with blues/roots luminaries including John Hammond, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, and Howard Armstrong. His original songs have been covered by artists from folk phenom Ana Egge to folk/blues godfather Dave Van Ronk.

May 12 Tish Hinojosa at the CWB 7:30 p.m. $16

As the youngest of thirteen children born to Mexican immigrant parents in San Antonio, Texas, Tish grew up listening to the traditional Mexican songs on her parents’ radio as well as to the pop and folk stations of the 60’s. Inspired by these diverse influences, she began playing and singing, first for her family and then later in local clubs and coffee houses.

In 1988, she was signed by A&M Records and finally achieved a national debut release. Since then, a continuous stream of recordings and numerous American and European tours have brought Tish’s music to the attention of an ever-growing audience. To date, she has released 15 albums, all of which beautifully display her ability to distill her diverse musical influences and colorful life experiences into a sound which is distinctively her own.