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  • JULY 10 2015 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • For more than four decades, Texas singer-songwriter Shake Russell has been entertaining audiences throughout the region with his unique, Americana style of folk-rock. A prolific songwriter, Shake has written or co-written hundreds of melodies. Shake’s songs and albums have frequented the Billboard charts, with many being recorded by such distinguished artists as Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Ricky Skaggs, Clint Black, Jerry Jeff Walker and Gary P Nunn. Shake is a two-time recipient of the BMI “Million Air” award for Clint Black’s recordings of “Put Yourself in My Shoes” and “One More Payment,” both of which he co-wrote with Clint, and a four-time recipient of the BMI Writer’s Award.
  • How do you say "Acoustic Southwestern Americana Musical Guitar Genius" in just two words? Michael Hearne, that's how. Since the 1970s, this native Dallas Texan has strolled down a musical path inspired by the great folk and country singer-songwriters who typify and have characterized the Americana "roots" scene. Even minus the undeniable influence of the musical giants he admires and respects to this day, Michael simply had no choice when it came to deciding to be who he is. Michael continues to leave an indelible mark on his audiences not only with his signature guitar sound, but also with songs and stories that are rich in lyrical prose, imagery and humor.
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  • JULY 17 2015 FRI 8:00PM $18/$22
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  • Jimmy LaFave was born in Wills Point, Texas, a small town 30 miles east of Dallas. He began school down the road in Mesquite and by Junior High was making music perched behind his Sears & Roebuck drum kit. It wasn’t long before his mother traded a drawer full of green stamps for his first guitar and the switch to singer–songwriter was in progress. His family later moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he finished high school. Although he has lived in Austin for over 20 years, many people think of him as being from Oklahoma, because of his strong musical ties to the state and what he often refers to as its “red dirt music.” It was in this landscape that he began to define his sound and soak up a combination of his experiences among authentic songwriters from the tradition of Woody Guthrie.
  • Garrett Owen is a singer/songwriter based out of Dallas Texas by way of East Africa, and Ecuador. Garrett was one of our encore performers in our first New Discovery Showcase on May 1.
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  • JULY 24 2015 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • George Ensle (pronounced Enslee) is a veteran Texas singer/songwriter who began his career in Houston in the 60’s sharing stages with legends Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Billy Joe Shaver. He pens his own brand of Texas Country Folk story songs, powerfully crafted and presented with his unique finger-picking style on his 42 year old Martin D-35. He has been called a "songpainter," capturing "lifescapes", with portraits of "real people making it in the real world."
  • Tom Faulkner, New Orleans-born singer/songwriter, knew by age 5 that music would be the fascination of his life. He graduated from Dallas' Highland Park High School and, after earning a degree in philosophy from Washington & Lee University, settled in Dallas and put together a band, The Coconuts, and achieved rapid regional success. His unique blend of Texas rock, blues, Cajun and Tejano music is a heartfelt abandonment of musical trends and a passionate embrace of the rich ethnic heritage of what he calls "Texico."
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  • JULY 31 2015 FRI 8:00PM $10
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  • Hosted by Andrew Delaney.
  • Each quarter we feature six artists, each new to Calvin's, each performing two original songs. The Calvin's booking committee picks two of the six to return in the 2nd half for two additional songs. All will also be considered for future bookings.
  • Chet O’Keefe is an American singer/songwriter who has forged new frontiers in the realm of Americana music, creating an electrifying amalgam of insightful lyrics, profound storytelling, sultry, smoky vocals and razor-sharp guitar playing that brings his songs to life with nostalgic effervescence. Now, living in Austen, Texas, O’Keefe says his songwriting is taking him to new places. This is his Calvin's debut.
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  • AUGUST 07 2015 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Bill has 3 albums currently available, containing mostly original songs and a few cover tunes from some of his favorite songwriters. His songs range from love songs to heartbreak songs, from true stories to completely imaginative fabrications, from protest songs to environmental songs, and he even wrote a tribute song for Uncle Calvin's, where he has been a volunteer almost every Friday night since 1993.
  • Her engaging, uplifting concerts show us the depth and breadth of original folk music. A winner of Kerrville’s New Folk Competition, Emilie’s modern folk songs have flavors of blues, bluegrass and rock. But be warned: her wicked puns find their way into her humorous tunes! There’s also a lot of compassion and insight to be found in Emilie’s original songs, which she performs in a clear and confident voice accompanied by deft guitar playing.
  • Wayne Greene brings over 30+ years of performing to the stage with a mixed bag of folk, pop, blues, and ragtime songs. Originally from Louisiana where he played in rock bands in the '60s, Wayne has been based in Dallas, Texas playing acoustically in coffeehouses, clubs, colleges, and festivals since the early '70s. Besides his solo career, Wayne spent eight years playing guitar with singer/songwriter Emilie Aronson, releasing the album Only A Dream.
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  • AUGUST 14 2015 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Jed Marum is a performer of American Roots and Celtic music. Bringing a mix of traditional and original songs to audiences throughout the US, he is known as a refined singer and a gifted songwriter. Since 1999 he has published over a dozen albums, licensed music to film and TV projects and works over 150 shows each year - with his band and as a solo. You can hear in his music, the blending of American, Scottish and Irish cultures. In his songs you will relive the stories passed on from generation to generation.
  • Frank Martin Gilligan grew up in NYC, but when he was 19 years old, Texas happened. Frank moved to Beaumont, Texas, in the late 70's, he immediately formed MASON DIXON, a Texas vocal group that enjoyed a pretty good run on the charts and on the road in the 1980's and 90's. After the group disbanded in 1993, Frank put music aside for some time. A bout with cancer in 2009 ruined the nerves in his hands and feet and left him unable to play guitar. When he got his hands back, a lot of good songs came with it.
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  • AUGUST 21 2015 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Jazz night part one!
  • Julie Bonk is one of those rare musicians who expresses from deep within her soul, giving unique life and color to everything she plays. She is the 2014 winner of the Sammons Center for the Arts Jazz Musician of the Year . She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy where she developed her love for Jazz and Blues. Her studies continued at UNT where she received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Performance. Julie has performed with such notables as Bob Hope, Bugs Henderson, The Supremes, The Drifters, and The Platters.
  • Sarah and Robert have been playing together over 30 years ago now, but have been playing venues in Dallas regularly only over the last two years. Robert is a veteran of the Dallas jazz scene and has worked separately with his trio at The Dallas Museum of Art and the Sammons Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to jazz standards, both Robert and Sarah are active composers. Most often they play as a duo, but love to expand to a quartet with bass and drums whenever possible!
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  • AUGUST 28 2015 FRI 8:00PM $15/$18
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  • Jazz night part two!
  • Though Lisa Markley's career as a songwriter blends folk and jazz influences, her recent projects have brought her home, focusing her finely tuned vocal talents on the jazz genre. Lisa's solo albums "The Sky is Blue and Sometimes Cries" as well as "One Word" feature standards along with compositions by North Texas songwriters whom she wants to share with new audiences, and a few jazz-based original songs. Lisa is signed with the Soona Songs record label, where she has been given the freedom to explore more intimate forms of jazz song, and allowed to step outside of the genre box, as well as record new song along side the jazz "standards".
  • Poetry with Alan.
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Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run live music venue, presenting concerts nearly every Friday night in the fellowship hall of Northpark Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX. Our goal is to bring you the best possible environment for listening to music, with clear, pristine sound, free of smoke, alcohol, and conversation. In addition to the music, we offer fine coffees, teas, juices, desserts, and salty snacks. Find out more about us here.

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"The intimate setting of Calvin's makes it easy to see and hear musicians....the gold standard of Dallas area coffeehouses, and for that matter, the nation...." --Michael Granberry, DMN

"I'd call Uncle Calvin's the cosmic center of the folk universe in Texas...." --Chuck Pyle

"...a warm spirited place where everybody's kinfolk, and where good music and good company are the ties that bind." --Lynn Adler

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