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Burlap and Bean in Newtown Square is transformed from a cozy cafe into an intimate listening room each weekend.

Listening Room Each Friday and Saturday evening, we are a listening room. Please respect the performers and others in the audience by setting your cell phones on silence mode and keeping conversations to a minimum.

Advance Tickets To reserve tickets for a show in advance, simply follow the "Reserve Ticket(s)" link under the show you desire.  Before purchasing, please review the Advance Ticket Reservation Policy here.

Table Reservations If you plan to attend a music event with a party of 2 or more, a limited number of tables are available to be reserved. More details can be found here.

BYO Policy $5 charge per bottle of wine or 6 pack of beer. More fine print here.

 
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Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm


free event

Join us each Wednesday evening from 7:00 - 10:00

Hosted by Michael Braunfeld

Sign up starts at 6:30 pm and the list fills up fast!

Please review the house rules here.

Check out upcoming features here.

 

 

September 22, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

The End of America with Ethan Pierce

$15 Adv / $20 At the Door

An evening with The End of America.
To listen to samples, visit www.theendofamericamusic.com

The End of America is a band of friends, singers and travelers who blend three-part harmony with rock and Americana. The Philadelphia-based outfit masters a style that resonates with fans of Ryan Adams, CSNY and Dawes.

All frontmen of previous bands, Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard met on tour in 2005. They went on to form a trio that highlights their vocal chemistry and captures the raw honesty of their performances. TEOA recently released their debut LP (self-titled), a follow-up to their previous EPs, Shakey and Steep Bay.

The new album was written in the wake of a series of close calls: one involving a van accident on tour, and the other when drummer Jarrod Pedone was involved in a hit-and-run that left him in a coma for months. Fortunately the band walked away unscathed, and Jarrod made a stunning recovery. The following winter all members relocated to Philadelphia to write and hone their new sound. Joining forces with longtime friend and engineer Dave Downham in the producer’s chair, the band tracked 11 new songs at nearby Gradwell House Recordings in Haddon Heights, NJ.

-- Opening will be special guest Ethan Pierce

 

 

$15 Adv / $20 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

September 23, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Iain Matthews with Ken Yates

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

An evening with Iain Matthews.
To listen to samples, visit www.iainmatthews.nl on soundcloud

Iain first gained attention as a founding member of and vocalist for the innovative Fairport Convention’s first three albums, changing the face of folk music in this country. He moved on to create Matthews’ Southern Comfort, exploring his interest in American music. They had a No 1 hit in the UK with Joni Mitchell’s Woodstock. Never one to stand still for very long Iain moved on during the 1970’s with another group, Plainsong an ensemble that allowed Iain to blossom as a song writer and acoustic guitarist - supported by his ex-Fairport mates Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson both in the studio and in Richard’s case on tour.

Between his own solo recording and various Plainsong line-ups Iain released ten albums to critical acclaim including another well known Top Ten US hit with the single, Shake It. During the early 1980’s Matthews turned towards the business side of music as a rep for Island Records, but was persuaded by Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin to get back to making music. He to the USA for more solo work and Plainsong records. During this period he recorded a wonderful version of Peter Gabriel’s, “Mercy Street”, contributed to a Phil Ochs’s tribute album and recorded plus toured with Nanci Griffith. Next he released another respected record with the somewhat sarcastic title, “Excerpts from Swine Lake”.

In 2000 Matthews settled in The Netherlands and found a busy, happy life in Europe with more touring of the UK and Continent. Yet more well received collaborative recording were issued including a tribute album to Sandy Denny. Since then Matthews has found one of his most sympathetic musical companions the pianist, Egbert Derix. However, Matthews feels he has finally found an almost perfect musical sweet spot, playing solo, in support of his most recent solo album " A Baker's Dozen”. As his 50 years ( can this be true ) in the business prove, things do come around again and again....and Iain Matthews, guitar in hand and songs springing from his muse, is available for bookings.

-- Opening will be special guest Ken Yates

 

 

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

September 29, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Charlie Phillips and John Hagel

$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

An evening with Charlie Phillips. To listen to samples, visit www.charliephillips.com

Fifty years ago it was the “The Summer of Love”. Rock and Roll music took an abrupt turn in 1967. To quote Johnny Rivers – “Everybody just kept on playing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. That landmark album alone could define a year, but there was so much more!

In 2015, listeners of WXPN voted 1967 the 2nd Best Year in Rock History. Come join local musicians Charlie Phillips and John Hagel as they perform a selection of songs from that amazing year of music at Burlap and Bean Coffee in Newtown Square.

Raised amidst the musical melting pot that was 1970’s Philadelphia, listeners agree that Charlie Phillips’ songs cannot be categorized into genre. His musical influences – rooted primarily in rock, soul, folk, and blues – have been blended and distilled to create his eclectic style and fresh sound. From the blues-rock and reggae flavored “Preacherman” and “Give It Up”, to the Asbury Park blare of “Natural”, to the campfire folksiness of “Donny T” and “Wealth of Friends”, his heartfelt and melody-driven songs leave the listener singing after the song is over.

Charlie’s charisma and spontaneity are evident in his live shows, alluring audiences by dipping deep into his reservoir of original music and cover tunes. Also a yoga teacher at his own yoga studio in suburban Philadelphia, Charlie adds the compelling ingredient of his positive and hopeful “spiritual realism” into his recordings (evident in songs such as “Little Things” and “What It Is”) as well as his live performances.

 

 

$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

September 30, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Antje Duvekot with Madeleine Anderson

$15 Adv / $20 At the Door

An evening with Antje Duvekot.
To listen to samples, visit www.antjeduvekot.com

Antje Duvekot has solidified her reputation as one of Boston's top singer songwriters with "Big Dream Boulevard" her debut studio release and "the Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer" and "New Siberia" her follow-up albums.

The debut CD was produced by Seamus Egan, founder of the Irish super group, SOLAS and the project was released on songwriter Ellis Paul's label and quickly attracted international attention for Antje. It was voted "#1 Folk Release of 2006" by the Boston Globe and was named to the "Top10 Releases of the Year" by National Public Radio's, Folk Alley.

Her follow up albums "the Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer" and "New Siberia" were produced by Richard Shindell and along side with Richard feature other "folk royalty" such as John Gorka, Lucy Kaplancky and Mark Erelli.

-- Opening will be special guest Madeleine Anderson

 

 

$15 Adv / $20 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

October 6, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Sharon Goldman, Trina Hamlin
and Lara Herscovitch

$20 Cover

An evening with Sharon Goldman, Trina Hamlin and Lara Herscovitch. A special triple feature.

On Friday, October 6, a trio of accomplished, award-winning female singersongwriters and multi-instrumentalists will carry the torch sparked by the groundbreaking 1997-1999 Lilith Fair tour, with STEADY ON: Celebrating Lilith Fair at 20. At this collaborative show, Sharon Goldman, Trina Hamlin and Lara Herscovitch will join forces on tunes penned by Lilith Fair luminaries, such as Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Tracy Chapman and Suzanne Vega.

In addition, they will share original songs inspired by the spirit of those artists. The show title, “Steady On,” was taken from the title of one of Shawn Colvin’s most popular songs. Come hear what others are raving about: "music that deserves careful listeners" (Up Close and Acoustic, of Sharon Goldman); “music smolders sweetly just before it sets the place on fire. Add in that irresistibly twinkling grin and you’ve got the foundation for a wonderful time (WUMB, about Trina Hamlin); and “pure musical poetry… doesn’t write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart and soul” (The Courier and Daily Journal, about former Connecticut State Troubadour Lara Herscovitch).

Across their highly unique and complementary styles, you can expect soulful, unapologetic, witty, sophisticated new-folk with flavors of blues, pop, jazz and more.

 

 

$20 Cover

Doors Open at 7:30pm

October 7, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Darden Smith with Paul Sprawl

$18 Adv / $20 At the Door

An evening with Darden Smith.
To listen to samples, visit www.dardensmith.com

“When I write a song,” says Darden Smith, “the way it ends up is usually not the way I thought it would be when I started.” And that notion of exploration, of following unexpected paths, has been a constant force in his 25-year career as a musician. Smith has long transcended traditional singer songwriter boundaries, and his varied, fascinating musical legacy continues to evolve.

His dozen critically acclaimed albums, recorded from New York to Nashville and London to Los Angeles, weave together rock, pop, country, folk and Americana influences with the musical roots of his home state of Texas. Smith, praised by All Music Guide as “a singer-songwriter blessed with an uncommon degree of intelligence, depth, and compassion,” enjoys broad appeal on both the American and British music scenes. Likened to songwriters such as Nick Drake, John Hiatt, Leonard Cohen and Elvis Costello, Smith is one of contemporary’s music’s most winning and gifted artistic treasures whose consistent creative excellence keeps blossoming.

-- Opening will be special guest Paul Sprawl

 

 

$18 Adv / $20 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

October 13, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Eliot Bronson and Caleb Caudle

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

An evening with Eliot Bronson and Caleb Caudle.
A special double feature.

Picture a street in working-class Baltimore some 30 years ago. Kids play in the shadows of the row houses that line the sidewalks. Their parents sit on the stoops leading up to front doors. It all seems normal at first glance. But zoom in on one of these homes — that old duplex built back when this part of town was still mainly open fields. Inside is a completely different community, where fundamentalism, hippie values and volatile, unpredictable emotions coexist and collide. Escape is difficult: the only way out is to pass through the bedrooms of people you might be trying to get away from. This is where Eliot Bronson grew up. Yeah, he often wanted to slip away from there, but the first thing he saw once he exited was the Pentecostal Church across the street where his father and grandfather had preached and where congregants spoke in tongues. So Eliot looked inward instead. To listen to samples, visit www.eliotbronson.com

Caleb Caudle is a singer-songwriter based in Winston-Salem, NC with seven albums to his credit over more than a decade playing music. He's toured the country many times over, playing clubs, theaters, festivals and corner bars while sharing the stage with friends including Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Dawes, Robert Ellis, Patterson Hood, Justin Townes Earle, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and John Moreland, among many others. His last album, 2016's Carolina Ghost, drew widespread critical acclaim from the likes of NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, Paste, Bitter Southerner, and American Songwriter. Crushed Coins, his new album out in late 2017, was recorded in both Los Angeles and Nashville and produced by Caudle in collaboration with long-time engineer Jon Ashley (Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Hiss Golden Messenger, War on Drugs). To listen to samples, visit www.calebcaudle.com

 

 

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

October 14, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Alfred James with Scott Danger Bravo

$15 Cover

An evening with the Alfred James Band.
To listen to samples, visit www.alfredjamesband.com

Hailing from the Philadelphia area the Alfred James Band weaves classical themes with soulful charm into a cello driven acoustic rock sound that is both original and musically masterful. Rich vocal harmonies, intertwine with the ethereal sounds of Alfred's cello to create a musical texture that is entirely unique. Accompanied by a band that features fiery, virtuosic performances on guitar, bass, violin as well as the driving rhythmic reinforcement of drums and percussion, the Alfred James Band is a musically intelligent and dazzling force to be reckoned with in a world inundated with mass unoriginality. Performing with his custom made Luis and Clark 5-string carbon fiber cello, there are no musical bounds Alfred will not cross. He is an extraordinary, yet relatable crossover artist in the truest sense. Alfred started playing the cello as a young boy after his father (a surgeon and amateur cellist) suffered a stroke that ended his surgical career. Alfred picked up his dad's cello where he left off and the rest as they say is history...

With past venues that include the White House, NBC's The Today Show and ABC's Good Morning America, Carnegie Hall, The United Nations, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and The Academy of Music, the Alfred James Band is making waves with their cello-driven acoustic rock sound. Inspired by a variety of musicians including Yo Yo Ma, Sting, and Dave Matthews, Alfred James reminds audiences that the cello isn't just for classical music anymore! In November of 2016 AJB released their second studio album produced by Grammy Award winning producer Ian Cross (Usher, Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani). NPR featured their song, Better Days, on their online music show, All Songs Considered where it received the highest rating of any artist on the program. The band had their first international tour of Greece and Turkey accompanying The Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale and will be touring Cuba in the summer of 2017. AJB has performed for two Grammy showcases and has opened for: Rufus Wainwright, Bruce Hornsby, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Marc Cohn, They Might Be Giants, and Suzanne Vega. Alfred was recently featured in Main Line Today Magazine as one of the Main Line's Artists to Watch. Their first album Lucky If Easy was nominated for two Underground Grammy's for Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

-- Opening will be special guest Scott Danger Bravo

 

 

$15 Cover

Doors Open at 7:30pm

October 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Katherine Rondeau with Chikabiddy

$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

An evening with Katherine Rondeau.
To listen to samples, visit www.katherinerondeau.com

Hear that strong, lyrical wail calling down from the Appalachian mountains, and the ring of banjo strings? Hear the upright bass thump and warm, soulful harmonies floating up from a swaying back porch? That's the unforgettable sound of Katherine Rondeau & The Show.

Folk singer-songwriter Katherine Rondeau's newest musical adventure combines her knockout voice and driving rhythm guitar in this rootsy folk trio. Joined by Smilin' Ed's alternately screaming and delicate mandolin and banjo, and Donna Bostock locking in the beat on upright bass and harmonies, the group's sound will take you up to the mountaintop and down by the riverside in one turn. Performers at 2017's MusikFest and Philadelphia Folk Festival, Katherine Rondeau & The Show is thrilled to make its debut headliner performance at Burlap and Bean!

-- Opening will be special guest Chikabiddy

 

 

$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

October 21, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

JD Malone

$15 Cover

An evening with JD Malone.
To listen to samples, visit www.jdmalone.com

Dad, husband, son, brother, friend, singer/songwriter, recovering philosopher. J.D Malone writes and sings songs about love and hate, angels and demons and the universal struggle to feel safe under the stars.

J.D Malone and The Experts will be showcasing songs from the 2016 release Town and Country as well as favorites from Avalon ( 2011 ) and Astor’s Pet Horse ( 2014 ).

 J.D Malone writes songs that grab you right away and then resonate deeply. - Nick Cristiano (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Coming in at a scant 30 minutes Town and Country is a powerhouse of sound in a small package, and this month’s most unexpected delight. - Rapid River Magazine

Trust me, though, Town and Country is as good or better than the older albums. It rocks. And it is tasty! It is not the same rehashed crap you get from most mainstream bands these days. This is fresh! -Frank Gutch Jr. ( No Depression )

 

 

$15 Cover

Doors Open at 7:30pm

October 25, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Vilebred

$8 Cover + $2 BYOB

VILEWEEN - Wear your best costume!!!
To listen to samples, visit www.vilebred.com

Vilebred is a Philly-based experimental rock band, constantly churning out rich melodies, epic anthems and enough snark to make everyone a little uncomfortable.

Following the footsteps of his brother Kurt Vile, Sam Vile is the musical architect that leads this circus.

Vilebred's releases include: Lusty Dusty Kamikaze (LP, May 2009)
EEEP! (EP, December 2011)

 

 

 

$8 Cover + $2 BYOB

Doors Open at 7:30pm

October 26, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Natalia Zukerman and Brian Dunne

$20 Cover$15 Cover

An evening with Natalia Zukerman and Brian Dunne.
A special double feature.

Musician, painter and educator Natalia Zukerman grew up in New York City, studied art at Oberlin, started her mural business Off The Wall in San Francisco, began her songwriting career in Boston, and now resides, writes, plays, teaches and paints in Brooklyn, NY. Having released seven independent albums on Weasel Records and her own label Talisman Records, Zukerman has toured internationally as a solo performer since 2005. She has also accompanied and opened for some of acoustic music’s greats such as Janis Ian, Willy Porter, Susan Werner, Erin McKeown, Shawn Colvin, Ani DiFranco, Richard Thompson, Tom Paxton and many others. Alongside her touring career, Zukerman continues to paint private and public murals as well as illustrate children’s books, design and paint sets for plays in New York City and paint private portrait commissions. Natalia teaches private songwriting lessons and has taught at Sisters Song School, Red Rocks Womens Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Interlochen Summer Music Program and other festivals and locations throughout the US and in Canada. In February, 2017, Natalia became a Cultural Diplomat for the US Department of State, playing concerts and conducting workshops with her group The Northern Lights throughout Africa. To listen to samples, visit www.nataliazukerman.com

Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements began as a joke, between drinks number 6 and 7 (7 and 8? Numbers unconfirmed) at a bar down the street from my apartment in Brooklyn, NY. Upon further research (Google), I could not believe there was not an album or book that bore this title so, I set out to write one. 300 songs, 2 years, and 1 near nervous breakdown later, here it lies. In 2015 I released "Songs From The Hive," a love letter to the music of The Band and Bob Dylan, a tip of the cap (wide brimmed, brown, with a feather) to my folky heroes. To listen to samples, visit www.briandunnemusic.net

 

 

$15 Cover

Doors Open at 7:30pm

October 27, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Alex DiMattia with Kala Farnham

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

An evening with Alex DiMattia.
To listen to samples, visit www.alexdimattia.com

Few Singer Songwriters have as diverse a background as Alex DiMattia. To quote from his own lyrics, Alex is the “Son of Italian Traditions and American Dreams”. The oldest son of an Auto Mechanic and one of four siblings, Alex has never been afraid of rolling up his sleeves. A multi-sport athlete, he competed in the Pennsylvania State Olympics and won a gold medal in the USA Hockey National Olympics at age 14.

Six months before his 15th birthday Alex began dancing ballet, with no prior dance training, and at age 18 he joined Houston Ballet’s apprentice company, Houston Ballet II, in Texas. At age 19 Alex left Houston and enrolled at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU). While at WCU Alex danced for Brandywine Ballet Company, and joined Pi Kappa Phi National Fraternity, which introduced him to charity work with their national philanthropy, PUSH America. Alex graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Accounting, and that same year began working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) Taxation practice. At PwC Alex continued his passion for charity work, participating in the annual MS City to Shore Bike Ride, and Ride Ataxia and the following year he became the PwC cycling team captain.

Alex picked up the guitar as a new hobby his last year of college, and began writing poetry as he commuted back and forth to work on the train to Philadelphia. In 2011 Alex left PwC to continue dancing and build his music career. In December 2012 he released his first record “Starting Again” and began performing regionally. In early 2013 he released the single “Your Sunshine” and toured several cities down the East Coast including Nashville, Atlanta and Charleston. In the fall of 2013 Alex released a holiday single “Snowflakes Start to Fall” which went into rotation at WXPN in Philadelphia. Alex is now living in New York City and performing through out the Northeast.

-- Opening will be special guest Kala Farnham

 

 

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

October 28, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Aaron Nathans and Michael Ronstadt
with Aislinn Bickhardt

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

An evening with Aaron Nathans and Michael Ronstadt.
To listen to samples, visit www.reverbnation.com/aaronnathansmichaelgronstadt3

With their much-anticipated second album, “Hang On for the Ride,” the dynamic cello- guitar duo of Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt push the boundaries of folk music with a creative, adventurous, and wildly enjoyable new work. Their previous album, “Crooked Fiddle,” was a surprise favorite among folk music fans.

The album fused nostalgia, emotion and musical virtuosity, alongside songs that got stuck in your head in the best way. Most importantly, the music was authentic -- sparse, brilliant and honest. But for two artists who believe in challenging themselves, making the same album twice was out of the question.

For a follow-up project, they would channel the immediacy of their live shows, which are always exciting events. They would push themselves musically, with complex orchestral arrangements that sound deceptively simple. And in keeping with their commitment to honesty, the music would reflect the challenging times during which it was made.

The recording of this project paused last summer when Michael’s father and namesake, the great Michael J. Ronstadt, died. The resulting album is a portrait of contrasts, darkness and light: young love, ghostly photographs of old friends long gone, and the urge to run away to find peace and safety.

-- Opening will be special guest Aislinn Bickhardt

 

 

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

 

*Advance Ticket Reservation Policy

Am I guaranteed a seat? Any show, unless otherwise indicated, in which a cover charge is collected will follow a general admission protocol.  This means that seating is consumed on a first come, first serve basis.  In the situation all seating is occupied, standing room only will ensue.
* If you are interested in reserving a table for a particular show, please call for availability.
* Smaller 2-top Table Reservations require a minimum purchase of 2 advance tickets and a $15 fee will be charged.
* Larger 4-top Table Reservations require a minimum purchase of 4 advance tickets and a $25 fee will be charged.
* Tables are limited. Additional stools at $5 each.

How will I get my ticket(s)? All tickets sold in advance will be waiting here for you at the time of the scheduled performance, similar to a "Will Call" procedure.  Please bring a form of ID that matches the information used at time of purchase. (A nominal handling fee will be charged to cover our electronic processing expense)

What if the show is cancelled? In the unlikely event a show is cancelled, either due to inclement weather, loss of power, technical malfunction, or in the case the performer fails to or can not attend - a full refund will be administered to any guest in attendance during the scheduled performance.  A ticket receipt, ticket stub, or proof of identity will be required if a refund is requested. In all other circumstances, tickets are NOT refundable.

 

 
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