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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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Cafe Carpe, Ft. Atkinson WI

September 1 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cafe Carpe,
18 South Water Street West
Ft. Atkinson, WI 53538 United States
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Roughly midway between Madison and Milwaukee, a few miles south of I-94 on the Rock River, Ft. Atkinson's lovely Cafe Carpe sits in the middle of town and quietly hosts 70-80 people who come out to hear acoustic music. The club is owned and operated by Bill Camplin and Kitty Welch, who began it in 1985. They have a well-established series. My friend Reggie Harris will be there August 26th, and I'll be there Friday, September 1st. Call to reserve…

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CANCELLED-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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CANCELLED: Sadly, this summer's flooding has rendered the festival site unusable. We will be presenting and recording a Folkstage program with Rich Warren at the WFMT studios in Chicago on Saturday, September 2nd. Details at http://www.midnightspecial.org/fsschedule.htm   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,…

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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 Blvd.
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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The Center at Palos Park

September 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Center at Palos Park,
12700 Southwest Highway
Palos Park, IL 60464 United States
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Blues In Stories (and Six Strings) is a program of stories and music that welcomes any audience into the Blues and Spirituals - this rich American music - and exposes some of its African roots. This midday, hour long program will take place at the Center at Palos Park, IL between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.  

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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.
Romeoville, 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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Scott Ainslie-Ten Pound Fiddle, East Lansing MI

September 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
MSU Community Music 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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Lebanon Valley College: Blues Recital

October 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lebanon Valley College/Zimmerman Recital Hall,
Church St. & White Oak St.
Annville, PA 17003 United States
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On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, I will be performing an teaching concert program of blues, exposing their African roots, at Zimmerman Recital Hall at the corner of Church and White Oak Streets in Annville, PA. The hall is in the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, a converted church perfect for acoustic and chamber music. It is #8 on the campus map.  

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Viet Nam Traveling Wall, State College PA

October 5 @ 8:00 pm - October 7 @ 12:00 pm
227 Outreach Bldg.
University Park, PA United States
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I'm honored to be invited to work with the good people and producers at WPSU as they gather material, musicians, vets, and civilians, to look at the history of conflict and the healing of the wounds caused by war, and particularly the war in Viet Nam. My song "Rice Grows Again In Vietnam" has drawn us together. I'll be singing and talking about it, new songs for the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, and listening to the conversations.   We'll…

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Mansion Concerts, Harrisburg PA

October 7 @ 2:00 pm - 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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Empire State RR Museum, Phoenicia NY

October 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Empire State RR Museum,
70 Lower High St.
Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
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I'm happy to be returning to join a cadre of volunteers who have been putting on concerts in this historic railway station for years. The last time I was there I had a ball! The Empire State Railway Museum is a non-profit railroad museum located in the historic Ulster & Delaware Phoenicia Railroad Station, Phoenicia, New York. The station was built in 1899 by the U&D, and is one of the few surviving examples left along the line. As a…

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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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Reggie Harris & Scott Ainslie, Great Barrington MA

December 19 @ 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monument Mountain Regional High School,
600 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230 United States
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W.E.B. DuBois' centennial events are being held all around his home town of Great Barrington, MA. Reggie and I are proud to be included in these celebrations. We'll be presenting at an Arts & Ideas Forum with students in the afternoon, followed by a performance of our concert program, "Long Time Comin'." A colleague and sometimes rival of the older Booker T. Washington, DuBois felt that economic self-sufficiency was a necessary part of black advancement, but unlike Washington, saw no…

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$20 - $25

Reggie Harris & Scott Ainslie, Villanova PA

February 10, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Musical Liars,
Villanova, PA United States
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Reggie and I are going to be presenting a spirited house concert for the Musical Liars series, just outside of Philadelphia on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. To make reservations to join us, please use the contact form available at: http://MusicalLiars.org Our host will confirm all reservations and provide directions at that time.

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$15 - $17.00

Concerts for a Cause, Auburn ME

March 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
First Universalist Church,
169 Pleasant Street
Auburn, ME United States
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Dave Rowe hosts and promotes this new monthly coffee house series in Auburn ME. One third of the proceeds from each concert goes to a local charity of our choosing. Good music, good causes, good people. You should join us.

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Magellan Charter School, Raleigh NC

March 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Magellan Charter School,
9324 Baileywick Road
Raleigh, NC 27615 United States
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As a right of passage for the eight graders, Dr. Phil Bailey and his colleagues have welcomed me into their school each year. This is an honor and a meeting of minds and talents that deserves singling out. I am always grateful to be invited again. Friday, March 16th, I'll join them for an hour of music and history focusing on the African roots of American music and the diversity of the blues across the country.

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