FRI MAY 19 / 8:00 PM / $25

First and foremost a storyteller, the Vermont-based singer-songwriter Mitchell recorded for Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own Wilderland label in 2012. Among her recorded works are five full-length albums, including 2010’s sensationally-reviewed Hadestown — a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth — and 2012’s Young Man In America, which was described by the UK’s Independent as “an epic tale of American becoming,” and for which she received a BBC Radio Two Folk Award nomination for Best Original Song. Mitchell has headlined worldwide as well as supporting tours for Bon Iver, Ani Difranco, The Low Anthem (all of whom appear as guest singers on Hadestown), Richard Thompson, Josh Ritter, and Punch Brothers. Her 2013 release, Child Ballads, a collaboration with Jefferson Hamer, is a collection of traditional Celtic and British Isles ballads. It won a 2014 BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Traditional Song, as well as finding itself on many “Best Of” lists. If there’s a common thread in Mitchell’s work, it’s that she’s as interested in the world around her as the one inside her. She has a way of tackling big themes with the same emotional intimacy most artists use to describe their inner lives. We love this artist and are thrilled to welcome her back to McCabe’s after a three year absence.


Matinee Kids’ Show with PLAY DATE

SUN MAY 21 / 10:30 AM / $10

Play Date is an award-winning kindie music band that consists of husband-and-wife duo Greg Attonito, lead vocals and founding member of punk rock legends, The Bouncing Souls and singer/songwriter Shanti Wintergate. The duo began by releasing the children’s book I Went for a Walk (Creative Child’s 2014 Preferred Choice Award) and touring the US playing music for kids across the country Inspired by their love of music, creativity and adventure, Greg and Shanti have created top-drawer music for the whole family with their album, Imagination (2014 Parents’ Choice Award & Creative Child’s 2014 Seal of Excellence Award.) They continue to be active and featured performers at family concerts, performing arts centers, schools, libraries and music festivals such as Austin City Limits Festival, Treefort Music Fest, Yo Gabba Gabba Live, Kindiecomm and Lollapalooza.

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SUN MAY 21 / 8:00 PM / $25

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FRI MAY 12 / 8:00 PM / $20 

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Although born in 1989, the young bluesman has earned a reputation for
transporting audiences back to the 1920s and making them wish they
could stay there for good. Paxton sings and plays banjo, guitar,
piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones. He has an
eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country
into the here and now, while simultaneously mesmerizing audiences with
his humor and storytelling. He’s a world class talent and a uniquely
colorful character who’s been featured on the cover of both Living
Blues Magazine and the Village Voice. Like a young Ry Cooder, Jerrod
used to hang out in our shop after school, and like Cooder, would
attract a fair crowd every time he started playing in our front room.
We knew he was a special talent then, and now, having traveled the
country for the past year, and now invited to join Dave Alvin on his
annual Riding The Rails summer tour, Paxton’s star is noticeably on
the rise.

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SAT MAY 13 / 8:00 PM / $16
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We first came across Quiles and Cloud when they opened for Jeffrey
Foucault last year and have been watching them ever since. Their
haunting high lonesome sound reminds us of Gillian Welch and Dave
Rawlings, mixed with Sean and Sara Watkins. Having met while playing
the sidewalks of San Francisco in the fall of 2011, Maria Quiles and
Rory Cloud quickly became musical gypsies, giving up their apartments
and day jobs and spending the next few years crisscrossing the
country, releasing two albums, winning the FreshGrass award for Best
Duo, and enjoying success thanks to their critically acclaimed NPR
Tiny Desk concert performance. Now they’re celebrating the release of
the brand new, Beyond the Rain album, produced in Nashville by Grammy
winner Alison Brown. Joining them tonight will be longtime
collaborator Oscar Westesson on bass. Their musical chemistry is
marvelous, and together they dig deep into love and longing, risking
it all for the perfect moment, the feeling that endures. Sharing this
bill is songbird Allison Pierce who, with The Pierces (with sister
Catherine), made quite a splash in the early part of the decade with a
country tinged folk Americana sound and consequent title song for the
hit television series Pretty Little Liars. Her first solo effort is
the brand new Year Of The Rabbit, produced by Ethan John ( Ray
Lamontagne, Paul McCartney), of which NPR Music calls “a gem — a big,
consistently ingratiating batch of brightly rendered, sweetly hooky
songs about growing up, getting smart and refashioning yourself into
the person you need to be.”
Both of these acts have something special going on. Discover them both
tonight with this tasty double bill.



SUN MAY 14 / 8:00 PM / $22.50 Buy Tix

Boston hotshots The Lonely Heartstring band formed after being hired
to play Beatles songs in a bluegrass style for a friend’s wedding,
George Clements (guitar, vocals) Patrick M’Gonigle (fiddle, vocals)
Matt Witler (mandolin, vocals) Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo) Charles Clements
(bass, vocals) merged their love for Liverpool and Appalachia, and
created a fresh take on the high lonesome sound that would make both
John Lennon and Bill Monroe proud.
Since then LHB have blossomed into a force to be reckoned with, having
won the 2015 IMBA Momentum award, and releasing their debut
full-length album Deep Waters last year on Rounder Records, along with
a sold out show here at McCabe’s. Fiddler (and David Grisman Quartet
founding member) Darol Anger says “These guys are as close to the
Real Deal as it is possible to get. They made my hair stand on end.”
We agree. These guys are flat out great and we can’t wait to have them back



FRI APR 28 / 8:00 PM / $20 Call Us

The singer, songwriter, and musical collaborator has been a McCabe’s
favorite ever since we first heard her with indie super group The
Golden Palominos, and then on her 1989 solo debut Surprise. Her
knockout vocals and onstage charm have made her shows some of the most
unforgettable in our long history. Works with Wilco, Dave Alvin,
Rickie Lee Jones, and Leo Kottke have punctuated an already impressive
solo career for Syd, who brings cool friends to join in the fun on
stage, along with her esteemed canine (and personal manager) Carol
Burnett, whose laid back persona is a welcome foil to the spirited
high jinx of her star client. Fresh from standout performances at the
recent Wild Honey Orchestra shindig honoring the music of The Band,
and guest vocals with Cindy Lee Berryhill’s California tour, Syd is on
a roll and her shows are among the most memorable in our storied
history. We can’t wait for her show this Saturday.
See you here.