A Folk Alliance Member Organization

Acoustic Renaissance Concerts
11 West Maple Street
Hinsdale, Illinois 60521

Schedule - 2018/2019 Season

All shows begin at 8:00 pm. Doors open 45 minutes before performance time.

Saturday, January 12, 2019 — Triple Bill: Joe Jencks/Mark Dvorak/Heather Styka
Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior

Joe Jencks is an 18-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant "Lady of The Harbor", Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun. From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audiences with his approachable style. Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.

Mark Dvorak
Mark Dvorak -"Chicago's official troubadour" -WFMT 98.7 fm Fine Arts Radio
"Masterful"-Chicago Tribune
"Dvorak shines!"-SING OUT!
A master musician, storyteller & songwriter-WKMS, Murray KY
"Dvorak's song book ranges across the American heartland"-Blue Bear Music School, San Francisco CA
"Funny, passionate, intimate and unforgettable" -Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago IL

Heather Styka dances where others fear to tread, gleefully cutting to the truth with gutsy vulnerability. She combines the lyrical intricacy of folk with a catchy melodic pop sensibility and the grit of classic country in songs that are smart and disarming. Call it folk, call it Americana, call it alt-country, but Styka's heartfelt croon draws as much inspiration from classic warblers such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald as it does from Shawn Colvin and Eva Cassidy.
After growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Styka moved to the city to study creative writing, meanwhile honing her song craft among Chicago, Styka moved to the city to study creative writing, meanwhile honing her song craft among Chicago's long-standing folk community. Her 2011 release Lifeboats for Atlantis brought her to national attention, hitting #3 on the FOLK-DJ charts. Styka's honest, image-heavy songs have garnered her a number of awards, including being a New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival (2015, 2017) and official showcases at Folk Alliance International, NERFA, SWRFA, and FARM.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 — Diamonds In The Rust .

Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior

It was inevitable, perhaps - creative musical friends find other creative musical friends and can't resist creating music together. Out of the heart of the Midwest, two veteran Michigan duos join forces in a new quartet/quintet: Diamonds in the Rust. In what began simply as an idea to tour together, Annie & Rod Capps and Jan Krist & Jim Bizer (along with percussionist/composer Alan Finkbeiner) have formed a new band.

Each already well-known for their performing prowess, the new group promises to be that much more. Everyone sings, everyone plays multiple instruments, and the band boasts a trio of respected, award-winning songwriters. The repertoire also includes a few choice selections from the rich musical history of the place where they grew and learned their craft. Perhaps best of all is the palpable joy and camaraderie that happens between good musicians who are also good friends. Diamonds in the Rust exists to share this with their audiences - the connection that happens when everyone is caught up in the music.

Saturday, March 2, 2019 — Joe Crookston with special guest Charlie Mosbrook .

Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior
Joe Crookston: Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence and signed to Tamulevich Artist Management along with John Gorka and Peter Yarrow. He's played with Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, David Francey, John McCutcheon, Judy Collins and 100 more. His songs are cinematic and are being made into award winning films, such as "Brooklyn in July". He'll surprise you and awaken the cynics. He's plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.

Crookston believes in stories! Mystical, and humorous roads, twisting through vivid cinematography. Visual, artful and human. "Brooklyn in July", Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, Galway heather, meter maids and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you'll leave inspired. "The Long Note" is a phrase in Irish culture. "The Long Note" is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite.

About guest opener Charlie Mosbrook: "There's a familiar comfortable feeling that comes over you when you listen to the music of Charlie Mosbrook. The guy has a rich, worldly voice that sounds like it was broken in slowly, like a well-loved instrument."-No Depression and 2018 Woodyfest Songwriting Contest 2nd Place Winner for the song "Remember Who We Are"

Saturday, April 6, 2019 — The Malvinas .

Tickets: $20 adults/$18 student/senior

The Malvinas are Lisa Markley, Beth Cahill, and Gina Forsyth, and they are from Upstate New York, Quebec, and Louisiana!

With roots all over North America the Malvinas are a feminist folk trio with a seriously original sound created by three of the most temperamental, romantic, down-to-earth, tolerant, funky, maternal, independent, impassioned, politically opinionated, completely-unlike-one-another, singer-songwriter-instrumentalists you've ever had the good fortune to know. They are Lisa Markley, Gina Forsyth and Beth Cahill on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, killer harmonies, and a veritable smorgasbord of contemporary and traditional compositions that will have you coming back for more.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 — Co-bill of Kat Eggleston and Rupert Wates .

Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior
Kat Eggleston is an artist of great range who has elated and inspired audiences all over the world with her strong, clear voice, her masterful fingerstyle guitar technique, her research and interpretation of traditional music, and her powerful original songs. She has collaborated onstage and in recordings with a variety of musicians over the years, including David Bromberg, Tom Dundee, Irish music supergroups Bohola and the David Munnelly band, and long-time music partner Kate MacLeod, to name a few.

Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. His contract required him to write material in all kinds of styles and genres, for all kinds of artists including jazz vocalist Liz Fletcher. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado.

Rupert Wates averages 120 live shows every year, in front of audiences totaling more than 3,500, in acoustic venues in every state in America, in Canada and in Europe. He performs sometimes alone, sometimes with his trio or his quartet. He prefers smaller listening rooms where the audience is up close and the emphasis is on the music. He was voted an Artist Of The Year in both 2013 and 2016 by the international house concert network Concerts In Your Home ( He is the only artist on the entire CIYH database to have been honored with this title twice. In 2018, Wates was a Finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Song Contest, and an Emerging Artist at Falconridge Folk Festival.

2018 2019 Season at a Glance:

September 22 2018: Roy Zimmerman
Tickets $18/$16 senior/student

October 13 2018: Vance Gilbert, special guest Hope Dunbar
Tickets $20/$18

November 03 2018: Tim Grimm Family Band, special guest Last Acre
Tickets $18/$16

January 12 2019: co-bill of Joe Jencks, Mark Dvorak, Heather Styka
Tickets $18/$16

February 02 2019: Diamonds in the Rust
Tickets $18/$16

March 02 2019: Joe Crookston, special guest Charlie Mosbrook
Tickets $18/$16

April 06 2019: The Malvinas
Tickets $20/$18

May 04 2019: co-bill of Rupert Wates and Kat Eggleston
Tickets $18/$16

Season tickets at $130/$116 (seniors, 62 and over)

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