The Shops at Springton Pointe
204 South Newtown Street Rd
Newtown Square, PA 19073
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Burlap and Bean 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.

Live Broadcast Select performances will be streamed live over the internet. To view, click 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.



January 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Joe Kenney Trio

$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

An evening with the Joe Kenney Trio.
To listen to samples, visit

Born in 1989 and raised in Philadelphia, Joe Kenney studied jazz and classical piano from age six, eventually taking pre-college masterclasses at Curtis Institute of Music and receiving a BM in Piano Performance from West Chester University of PA.

Kenney’s debut album, Afflictions and Remedies (July 2015), is comprised of eight original songs and is reflective of his extensive classical training and representative of a fusion of jazz, blues, R&B, and classical styles. The critical acclaim in response to the debut release resulted in radio features on an impressive array of radio stations and varying forms. Music from the album was aired on WRTI-FM (Temple University ‘s Classical & Jazz Station) and on XPN, during “Sleepy Hollow” with Chuck Elliott.

In the fall of 2015, Kenney’s versatility was highlighted as he started working on his second studio album. “1.5”, a nine-track album that features piano covers of alt rock and top 40 selections, was released in February 2016. Before it was released, Kenney created a cover video of “Stressed Out” by the Twenty One Pilots. His arrangement was featured on Philadelphia’s alternative-rock station, radio 104.5. DJ Wendy Rollins praised Kenney for “completely re-imagining” the hit song with his classical and jazz influenced version.



$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

January 21, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Ethan Pierce and Kirsten Maxwell

$15 Cover$15 Cover

An evening with Ethan Pierce and Kirsten Maxwell.
A special double feature.

Ethan's approach towards his craft starts with being honest with himself, processing experience, life lessons, and observation of his surroundings packed into songs that cause one to pause, reflect, and relate. He says "My songs only belong to me until they are shared, they are gifts, once offered, it is up to the recipient to decide for themselves what it all means. I have my meaning, my purpose, my process, but the overall goal is to share that in hopes that it benefits someone else." As a songwriter and Live performer you can expect nothing short of his best effort every time. Ethan's music can be found on Spotify, Itunes, as well as his facebook page "Ethan Pierce Music." To listen to samples, visit

Based on Long Island, Kirsten Maxwell has made great strides since diving head first into her career. She first stepped onto the stage at age 5 at a small opera house in NYC. Kirsten would perform there up until High School where her focus shifted to musical theater. Simultaneously, she started learning guitar and writing her own songs. Kirsten graduated from College in 2014 with a degree in Creative Writing and a new love — folk music. Today, Kirsten is often compared to Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell. To listen to samples, visit



$15 Cover

Doors Open at 7:30pm

January 27, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Gaelynn Lea and Sarah Blacker

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

An evening with Gaelynn Lea and Sarah Blacker.
A special double feature.

Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her experimental and ambient takes on fiddle music, an approach that incorporates her love of traditional tunes, songwriting, poetry and sonic exploration. Her work most recently won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country. Gaelynn Lea has been playing violin for over twenty years, developing an improvisational style all her own. She has performed alongside many notable Minnesota musicians over the years, including Alan Sparhawk, Charlie Parr, and Billy McLaughlin. On March 3, 2016, Gaelynn Lea was named the winner of NPR Music’s second-ever Tiny Desk Contest. To listen to samples, visit

Boston-based 2013 Boston Music Award nominee for Singer/Songwriter of the year, Sarah Blacker, was also a nominee for Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year for 2013′s single, ‘Shiver,’ in the New England Music Awards, 2014. She is a prolific singer/songwriter currently in the studio recording her 3rd full-length album, (Blacker has penned 2 full-lengths and 2 EPs in just 4 years) her previous currently receiving airtime on local NPR station, WUMB, and Emerson’s WERS as well as many other AAA and college stations worldwide. To listen to samples, visit



$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

January 28, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Alfred James Band with Jessy Tomsko

$15 Cover

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

Alfred is the only cellist in the world playing a 5-string carbon fiber cello -- standing up! He started playing the cello as a young boy after his father (a surgeon and amateur cellist) suffered a stroke that ended both his surgical and musical careers. Alfred picked up his dad's cello where he left off and the rest as they say is history.

His influences range from Pablo Casals, Ralph Kirshbaum, Yo Yo Ma, Sting, Dave Matthews, etc. etc. etc. Welcome to the high energy sounds of the Alfred James Band and remember, the cello isn't just for classical music anymore.

We have been featured on NPR's All Songs Considered, opened at the Kimmel Center for Bruce Hornsby, and have performed on NBC's morning show 4 times. Alfred recently played cello for the AMC trailer for Tom Cruise's The Last Samurai.

-- Opening will be special guest Jessy Tomsko



$15 Cover

Doors Open at 7:30pm

February 3, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

John Statz and Kate Klim

$10 Adv / $12 At the Door$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

An evening with John Statz and Kate Klim.
A special double feature.

“We had to keep the stove burning the whole day, and then the electricity went out for ten minutes. Luckily, we were just rehearsing.” For John Statz, born and raised in Wisconsin, hard work and good luck both seem to come naturally. On his new record, TULSA – recorded with an allstar band in the middle of a Vermont ice storm with echoes of The Jayhakws and Whiskeytown – both pay off in spades. To listen to samples, visit

A Downingtown native, Kate Klim was a longtime resident of the Boston and Nashville music scenes, where she was no stranger to the stages of Club Passim and the Bluebird Cafe. An emotive pianist/ singer, Kate has been recognized by some of the country's premier songwriting contests – she won the 2010 Kerrville New Folk competition, and has been a finalist in the Mountain Stage Newsong Contest, Telluride Troubadour Competition, and Falcon Ridge Folk fest. To listen to samples, visit



$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

February 4, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Laura Shay

$18 Adv / $20 At the Door

An evening with Laura Shay.
To listen to samples, visit

“I write songs because I need to. It’s the only way I’ve ever known to process everything I feel.” Laura never imagined that the songs she had written for herself would end up all over the globe.

Passionate and introspective in her craft, Laura is known for her intense stage presence, awkward innocence, authentic humility, and confessional songwriting. Laura remains focused on the musical conversation she is sharing with the audience.





$18 Adv / $20 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

February 10, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Pete Lanctot and the Stray Dogs
with Cassidy and the Music

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

An evening with Pete Lanctot and the Stray Dogs. To listen to samples, visit

Pete Lanctot and the Stray Dogs embraces the marriage of the new and the old, beauty and dissonance and the telling of expansive stories told through small details that are unique to the American musical tradition. Hailed as “Personify[ing] pretty much everything good about New York’s most happening Music Scene” by New York Music Daily, Pete Lanctot’s narrative songwriting, firmly rooted in in blues, folk, country, and experimental music, offers pinhole views into the lives of characters that range from the real to the mythological carrying on these musical traditions while avoiding replication and derivation.

Utilizing a rotating cast of musicians from the most talented blues, jazz, country, cajun and experimental musicians in the New York, Nashville and Memphis scenes. The Stray Dogs operates as a collective rather than a traditional backing ensemble, ranging from acoustic trio to full electric band. With this ever-changing lineup, each Stray Dogs performance, becomes a singular, vibrant event where musicians interact and contribute uniquely to the sound as the band seamlessly swings from tender and affectionate to feral and aggressive on a dime.

-- Opening will be special guest Cassidy and the Music



$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

February 11, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Craig Bickhardt

$20 Adv / $25 At the Door

An evening with Craig Bickhardt.
To listen to samples, visit

Craig is a singer/songwriter of the old school – you can hear echoes of such ‘60s folk revival artists as Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot and Eric Andersen in his work.

Added to this is the melodic sophistication of a Jimmy Webb or a Paul Simon, as well as a spare but telling lyric approach. “I admire songwriters like Woody Guthrie and poets like Robert Frost because they created functional art,” he says. “Too much music today is just for the singer, not for Everyman.

Craig's daughter, Aislinn, will be joining him on vocals. Aislinn is featured on Craig's The More I Wonder CD and on three tracks of the new Carrying a Dream CD recorded live at Burlap and Bean.




$20 Adv / $25 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

February 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Butter Queen Sister

$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

An evening with Butter Queen Sister.
To listen to samples, visit

Butter Queen Sister is a trio whose folk-rich sound is infused with country, bluegrass and a bit of the blues. Lead singer and songwriter Rebecca Lang Fiorentino delivers melodies that are as memorable as they are beautiful in her distinctive, sweet and clear voice. When not anchoring songs with her guitar, Rebecca picks up her violin and provides another emotional voice to the arrangement. Though playing in a folk style, her classical training shines through. These original songs feature simple and heartfelt lyrics on life and love, which at times capture a classic folk sensibility.

Harry Gambrill, a versatile musician, accompanies Rebecca on dobro, banjo, mandolin and harmony vocals. Harry’s tasty picking is just what the doctor ordered, adding texture and rhythm with a bluegrass & country vibe. Harry brings a couple of his amazing, original bluegrass tunes to the set which allows BQS great opportunities to jam. New to Butter Queen Sister is the talented Mike McLane, who adds superb bass and occasional harmony on various tunes!

From ballads to Americana folk-rockers to bluegrass foot-stompers, Butter Queen Sister’s consistently catchy songs appeal to a range of musical tastes. A serving of BQS helps to stir the soul!!



$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

February 18, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

John Flynn

$18 Adv / $20 At the Door

An evening with John Flynn.
To listen to samples, visit

John Flynn is an American singer songwriter and activist known for his powerful music and tireless efforts on behalf of “the lost and the lonely, the shackled and scarred”. His career has embodied an authentic troubadour odyssey that moved legendary folk DJ Gene Shay to call Flynn "the most quintessential folk singer in my life", and Andrew L. Braunfeld of the Philadelphia Folk Festival to say, "It has been disappointing that the world of folk music has not, during the last half century, been creating many new heroes. John Flynn is a notable exception, and is worthy of our respect as he follows the paths of Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs and Kris Kristofferson."

"John Flynn is the real deal. His work follows in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, and other social justice troubadours as he speaks the truth and gives a voice to society’s disenfranchised. His work fills your heart and opens your eyes as he continues to walk the walk of a true advocate for equality, justice, and peace."



$18 Adv / $20 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

February 24, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Sons of Pitches

$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

An evening with Sons of Pitches.
To listen to samples, visit

Always challenging their collective internal status quo with fresh ideas and new perspectives, Sons of Pitches bring their own brand of improvisation to the stage for a thrilling live event. Their instrumental country jazz originals, and unique arrangements of standards affectionately called “Cowboy Jazz,” provide a musical landscape for staking their claim and pushing on to new frontiers. They swing, they rip, they dip, they dive, they fly…they melt hearts & faces.

It was backstage after New Year’s Eve 2015 performances at the legendary Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, VA when (The Hello Strangers) band-mates, guitarist/songwriter Spencer Pheil and bassist Tommy Hoy, met Dave Hadley, pedal steel extraordinaire (The Seldom Scene). That night, with a mutual yearning for a musical milieu where the sky was the limit and the emphasis was improvisation, the idea took shape to make a bold statement musically. Drummer Jim Aguzzi, who had performed in many ensembles with Pheil & Hoy, was the last piece of the puzzle, bringing a wealth of musical taste, chops, and clever puns.

Sons of Pitches hail from the Mason Dixon line on the Pennsylvania/Maryland border where Pheil owns a recording studio. The band is slated to release its first self-titled album in November 2016. Collectively, Sons of Pitches has thousands of shows under its belt. Although still in its nascent stages, the band has already received high praise for its live shows, varied set lists, and inspiring musicianship. Their goal is to create music for ordinary folks. Their brand of improvisation is meant to be visceral and tactile: music for the people. Sons of Pitches will be touring and recording extensively in 2017 and look forward to continuing their quest to unearth new musical ideas.



$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

February 25, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Hot Club Philly

$20 Cover

An evening with Hot Club Philly.
To listen to samples, visit

The Hot Club of Philadelphia was started in 2001 by guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig.

They are an acoustic ensemble, dedicated to playing ‘Gypsy Jazz.’ That’s the term used to describe the music pioneered by the legendary original ‘Hot Club of France Quintet,’ which was led by guitarist Django Reinhardt and Violinist Stephane Grappelli.

Django and Grappelli were attempting to do their own version of American ‘Hot Jazz,’ as played by artists like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. They used acoustic guitars, bass and violin, rather than horns and drums. Grappelli and Django added some French and Gypsy flavor and created a blend of music that is quite popular and accessible.



$20 Cover

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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