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Doss Barn Concerts, Evansville IN

April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Doss Barn Concerts,
Available with Reservation
Evansville , IN 47720 United States
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Paul & Heidi Doss have been putting on a lovely concert series in their beautifully refurbished barn for years. They provide a babysitting area for families with young kids, so they don't have to pay a sitter. Rural hospitality is their style. This will be my first visit to Evansville. I'm looking forward to it. Please alert your friends in the area.

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Sunday Afternoon-Pittsburgh House Concert

April 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Home of Carol & Ian James,
N. Euclid Avenue
Pittsurgh, PA 15206 United States
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I'm deeply pleased to be reconnecting with Carol and Ian James for a house concert in Pittsburgh PA on Sunday, April 30th at 4:00. Please save the date and join us for an unamplified late afternoon concert of fine acoustic blues and original songs. To reserve your place, please contact Carol at: carol.stewart.james@gmail.com

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Overlook Center, Charlton MA

May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Overlook Center,
88 Masonic Home Road
Charlton, MA 01507 United States
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I'll be entertaining residents and their guests at this Masonic Home for active seniors. I look forward to working with their activity director, Joanne Brackett, again. A little history, a few instruments, songs and their stories!

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Old Songs Festival: Scott Ainslie & Reggie Harris

June 23 - June 25
Old Songs Festival,
100 Main St.
Altamont, NY 12009 United States
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I'm happy to be returning to this fine festival with a new stage partner for the weekend, Reggie Harris. Reggie and I have been admiring each other's work for years and are finally looking for ways to perform together as a way of amplifying the work that we each do solo. This is going to be fun. Join us for the festival.

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Elizabethtown Social Center, Elizabethtown NY

July 18 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Elizabethtown Social Center,
7626 Us rt. 9
Elizabethtown, NY 12932 United States
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I'm delighted to be coming back to this rural community to spend an evening playing music at the Elizabethtown Social Center on Tuesday evening, July 18, 2017. Established with the mission of enriching the lives of members of the community, these good people are doing just that every day. It's an honor to join them in their efforts. There will be a half hour Children's concert at 5:30 followed by a family-friendly concert at 6:30.

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Reggie Harris & Scott Ainslie, Long Grove IL

August 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fountain Sq.-Sunset Foods Pavilion,
Old McHenry Road
Long Grove, IL 60047 United States
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For many years, this little village has put on a summer Sunday late afternoon music series. On August 27th at Fountain Square in the Sunset Foods Pavilion, my friend Reggie Harris and I will play a couple sets starting at 4:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and an umbrella for either the sun or the rain and join your neighbors and the good people of Long Grover as Reggie and I make music and tell stories about…

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Peace Plaza Stage, Rochester MN

August 31 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Peace Plaza Stage,
2nd Ave. SW & 1st Street, SW
Rochester, MN 55902 United States
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  I've been invited back to this downtown concert series with a performance from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 31st, 2017. This was a lot of fun last year and I'm looking forward to being back in Rochester again.

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Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival, Geneva IL

September 3 - September 4
Fox Valley Folk Festival,
Island Park on Rt. 38 at Rt. 25
Geneva, IL 60506 United States
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This fine, long-running festival has broken with tradition by inviting me back for a second year so soon, something I'm very grateful to note. Marked by small workshop stages, plenty of shade in a park by the river and friendly crowds and artists, this is a great scene. I'm happy to be coming back so soon.

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$15 - $20.00

The Focal Point, St. Louis

September 15 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Focal Point,
2720 Sutton
St. Louis, United States
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I'm happy to be returning to this volunteer run venue in Maplewood, one of the neighborhoods that make up St. Louis, MO. I met old and made new friends last time there and look forward to doing it again.  

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Robert Johnson Techniques Workshop, St. Louis MO

September 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
KDHX Folk School,
3524 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103 United States
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KDHX, a powerhouse local radio station programming lots of great music realized some time back that this wasn't just music to listen to, but to make! And they started up their Folks School programming. On Saturday, Sept. 16th, following my gig the night before at the Focal Point in the Maplewood section of St. Louis, I'll be presenting a guitar workshop entitled "Robert Johnson: Solo Acoustic Blues Techniques" which will explore over the course of a couple of hours the…

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Lewis University, Romeoville IL

September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Ctr.,
Lewis University, Airport Rd.
Romeonville, IL 60446 United States
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At 7:30, this Tuesday evening, I'll be presenting a teaching concert on the roots and branches of the Blues – examining work and slave songs, African retentions, and the remarkable collage of cultures expressed in Delta, Ragtime Blues and slide guitar. Open to ticketed members of the community and campus guests, this wil be a 75 minute teaching concert with no intermission. We'll all be talking together afterwards and on our ways home by a little before 9:00.

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Ten Pound Fiddle Coffeehouse, East Lansing MI

September 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
MSU Community Muisc School,
4930 S. Hagadorn Road
East Lansing, MI 48826 United States
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Ten Pound Fiddle Coffeehouse is where I'll be spending my 65th birthday, playing for the community of listeners and celebrating a half century of guitar playing and live performing. Acoustic Blues, traditional and original songs, selected stories and historical anecdotes to bring old tunes into the present will all be on display. Bring yourselves: no other gifts required.

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Elderly Instruments Workshop, Lansing MI

September 23 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Elderly Instruments,
1100 N. Washington
Lansing, MI 48906 United States
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These folks understand the this music is not just to be admired, but made. On Saturday, September 23rd, I'll be offering a two hour workshop entitled "Robert Johnson: Solo Acoustic Blues Techniques" that will examine the chord forms, guitar reasoning, and stylistic details that allowed Johnson to make his landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937. Dead by the of 27, Johnson paved the way to rock and roll with a solid solo guitar style that incorporated blues piano conventions and…

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Mansion Concerts, Harrisburg PA

October 7 @ 2:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mansion Concerts,
Harrisburg, PA 17101 United States
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I'm truly delighted at the prospect of coming to Harrisburg to teach an afternoon guitar workshop and offer an evening concert. Attendance is by invitation/reservation only. To request a reservation for this Fall, 2017 performance use the 'contact us' form at http://www.mansionconcert.com.

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Wardsboro Town Hall, Wardsboro VT

October 13 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wardsboro Town Hall,
(1) Main Street
Wardsboro, VT 05355 United States
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I'll be presenting a teaching concert for pre-K-6th grade students from Wardsboro Elementary School in the afternoon and a community concert that evening for this lovely little Vermont community. The height of leaf season! Come on up.

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Batesville Memorial Library, Batesville IN

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Batesville Memorial Public Library,
131 N. Walnut Street
Batesville, IN 47006 United States
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I'll be presenting an evening of acoustic blues, songs and stories as part of their monthly music series at the library on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Please pass the word to your friends in the region and join me if you can. I'll have a bunch of instruments with me!  

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Tri-Pod Festival, Hattiesburg MS

November 3 @ 8:00 pm - November 4 @ 5:00 pm
Back Door Coffeehouse/University Baptist Church,
3200 Arlington Loop
Hattiesburg, MS 39401 United States
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I'm so delighted to be returning to Hattiesburg so soon for their annual festival. I'll be sharing the evening concert with the august songwriter and my dear friend Kate Campbell, and we'll each be teaching workshops, morning and afternoon on the following day, Saturday November 4th. Join us. The concert will be memorable. The workshops valuable. Songwriters, blues lovers, admirers of fine stories and singing unite!

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Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse, Perkasie PA

November 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Perkasie Mennonite Church,
320 W. Chestnut St.
Perkasie, PA 18969 United States
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This family-friendly coffeehouse is a part of the ministry of the Perkasie Mennonite Church and provides a welcoming place where people can enjoy fellowship and fine acoustic music in an intimate setting. The venue is handicapped accessible and a portion of the proceeds of their concerts support a different community service agency each month.

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