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  • 2016 Concert Series at Forest Park Nature Center

    The woods will ring with music at our monthly concert series featuring some of the best singer-songwriters and folk musicians anywhere! Concert fees for 2016 are: $10/adult, $9/ages 12 and under, $8 for CORE members. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.

    Saturday, May 14: Patchouli

    Nationally touring, award winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel light up the air with sparkling acoustic sounds and their powerful contagious chemistry. Famous for that smiling voice that instantly turns a bad day into a good one, Patchouli’s down-to-earth, hopeful songwriting is “New American Folk,” blending elements of folk, pop, flamenco and jazz with world beat rhythms. www.patchouli.net

     

     

    Saturday, June 11: Tom Kastle

    Tom Kastle is a singer, songwriter, sailor and teller of tales who has performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand. He has one foot in the modern singer/songwriter world and the other planted in the traditional maritime realm where he is a shanty and ballad singer and a tall ship captain. www.tomkastle.com

     

    Saturday, July 9: Small Potatoes

    The Chicago based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso say it has taken them years of careful indecision to develop a repertoire they describe as “celtic to cowboy.” Superb musicianship and showmanship, award-winning songwriting, and a strong sense of tradition has made them, as Dirty Linen Magazine said, “one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit.” www.smallpotatoesmusic.com

     

    Saturday, August 13: Roundstone Buskers

    Roundstone Buskers are Tom Jones, Bruce Burton and Shannan Sullivan. They have become somewhat of an acoustic power trio claiming traditional and contemporary Celtic as part of their sound. They have been called “cheeky,” “punky” and “on point,” and they are fine with that. www.roundstonebuskers.net

     

    Sunday, September 25: Bill Staines

    For more than 40 years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, clubs, and coffeehouses. Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances and one reviewer wrote, “He has a sense of timing to match the best standup comic.” His songs have been recorded by many artists. www.acousticmusic.com/staines/index.htm