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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.

 

 

October 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Katherine Rondeau and The Show
with Chikabiddy

$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

An evening with Katherine Rondeau and The Show.
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 with Cliff Hillis

$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 )

-- Opening will be special guest Cliff Hillis

 

 

$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

November 3, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Callaghan and Jesse Terry

$15 Adv / $18 At the Door$15 Adv / $18 At the Door

This special evening offers you two great voices in one show as critically acclaimed singer- songwriters Callaghan and Jesse Terry share their songs and stories.

"Nothing short of stunning" is how No Depression described Callaghan's recent live show in Nashville. Originally from the UK Callaghan moved to Atlanta in summer 2010 to tour and record with Grammy nominee Shawn Mullins after they connected via Myspace. Since then she's released two studio albums and toured from coast-to-coast building her fanbase all across the USA. Playing piano and guitar she delivers a vocal which earns frequent comparisons with artists like Sarah McLachlan and Emmy Lou Harris. Her songwriting chronicles the stories, experiences and emotions which are part of everyone's lives. In the UK the BBC have playlisted three singles from her latest album A History of Now and in the US Sirius XM's My Favourite Coffee House have featured her live in session. BBC Radio London's Gaby Roslin describes hearing Callaghan live as "Breathtaking...absolutely incredible". Summer 2017 sees the release of Callaghan’s latest 4 track EP ‘The Other Side. To listen to samples, visit www.callaghansongs.com

The Buzz about Jesse continues to grow with tours taking him to Europe and New Zealand and his music featuring in major TV series. Person-by-person, state-bystate, country-by- country, his fans, supporters, and colleagues have grown exponentially in the past few years. No wonder John Platt from WFUV/New York calls Terry “a force to be reckoned with”. Stargazer, the fourth LP from the renowned New England-based singer/songwriter, was forged in the crucible of his engagement with a chaotic, often confusing world. Drawing inspiration from a diverse pool of influences — from vintage Jeff Lynne-produced pop to the Roy Orbison of “In Dreams” to The Man Who-era Travis — Stargazer is an album commensurate with its moment, imbued with an unconquerably sunny perspective for these dark and turbulent times. To listen to samples, visit www.jesseterrymusic.com

 

 

$15 Adv / $18 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

November 4, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Beth Wood and Heather Mae

$15 Cover$15 Cover

An evening with Beth Wood and Heather Mae.
A special double feature.

Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for eighteen years. Beth’s music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy. Picture a home-body with an ever-present wanderlust, an introvert with a passion for performing, a creative free-spirit with enough discipline to rework her dream year after year, calloused little hands and a big pile of curly hair…and you’ve got Beth Wood. To listen to samples, visit www.bethwoodmusic.com

Heather Mae was once just a folk songwriter with a ukulele but after recovering from vocal nodules – which left her unable to sing for two years – she is stretching the limits of her music and her voice. Her newest EP, titled “I AM ENOUGH”, is a collection of five anthemic songs that encourage the listener to search for the best version of themselves while also shaking their hips to a new wave of pop – think Tegan & Sara, meets Sara Bareilles, with the vocal tenacity of Etta James. Each song is lyrically anthemic and features Heather Mae's brassy voice a la Etta James. Noted as an “empowering artist” by FLURT Magazine and “charming” by The Washington Post, Heather Mae is using her music to shed light on issues that are close to her heart such as body positivity, mental health, LGBTQ rights, and redefining what it means to be “good enough”. To listen to samples, visit www.heathermae.net

 

 

$15 Cover

Doors Open at 7:30pm

November 10, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Dala

$20 Adv / $25 At the Door

An evening with Dala.
To listen to samples, visit www.dalagirls.com

On their fifth studio record, Best Day, Dala’s central message is as simple as it is compelling; if you’re unwilling to celebrate the impermanence of life as well as its constants in equal measure, you’re cheating yourself.

It’s a sentiment the Toronto-based duo of Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine express concisely on the album’s title track, Best Day, and a reflection of the way they look at both their individual lives and their musical partnership.

“Life is short,” Walther says. “You don’t know how long you have with the people you love, so you need to live every moment to the fullest, which isn’t a bad thing to be reminded of frequently.”

 

 

 

$20 Adv / $25 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

November 11, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Ben Arnold Band

$15 Adv / $18 At the Door

An evening with Ben Arnold.
To listen to samples, visit www.benarnold.com

Ben Arnold has toured throughout the United States and Europe with various line-ups both solo and with his rollicking live band. He has shared a stage with everyone from Ryan Adams, David Gray, Ben Folds and Lucinda Williams to Ron Sexsmith, Randy Newman, Martin Sexton, David Johanson, Jackson Browne, Amos Lee and even a strangely mysterious week in Holland with Townes Van Zandt in the last year of his life. His lyrics remind you of John Hiatt and he's been told he sings a bit like Randy Newman, but writes hooks like Springsteen used to do in the '80s. His songs explore strong emotions while his music draws on rock, folk, R&B and all genres in between. Ben is also a member of US Rails, which tours regularly in Europe and has released 5 of their own records to date.

After releasing an independent cd in the early 90's Ben was quickly signed to Ruffhouse/Columbia Records where he released "Almost Speechless" a slacker songwriter disc which opened him up to wider international audiences. He has since released several independent records as well as "Calico" on The String Cheese Incidents' label, SciFidelity Records, Nevermind My Blues on Ropeadope and "Simplify" on Blue Rose.

His latest solo release "Lost Keys" is already drawing very positive reviews nationally and is in rotation quite regularly on Philadelphia's WXPN Radio. Featuring the songs "Stupid Love", "Nobody Hurtin' Like Me" and "When Love Fades Away", It is a collection of material drawn from the music of Motown, Stax, The Sound of Philadelphia and street corner Doo-Wop. WXPN Radio says "Lost Keys" is "A sleek and soulful work from a refined tunesmith. The brass arrangements paired with his husky baritone recall The Afghan Whigs’ New Orleans-rooted LP 1965; his self-described “sad guy drinking alone at the bar” ballads .(“Nobody Hurtin’ Like Me”) have a bit of Closing Time-era Tom Waits in them; and his pop nuggets are impossibly poppy, like the Randy Newman-esque bounce of “Stupid Love” that, I guarantee you, will be stuck in your head in the best possible way!"

 

 

$15 Adv / $18 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

November 16, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Kevin Gordon with Katie Buxton

$15 Cover

An evening with Kevin Gordon.
To listen to samples, visit www.kg.kevingordon.net

Kevin Gordon, Louisiana-born songwriter who’s earned raves from media, musicals peers, and fans in equal measure, released his latest, ‘Long Gone Time’ to critical praise from American Songwriter, Pop Matters, Offbeat, & others. Hitting #26 on the Americana Radio Chart, the album also attracted the attention of NPR’s World Cafe and Folk Alley; Gordon performed live as a featured guest on both programs. Praised by NPR, The NY Times, & USA Today, Kevin Gordon’s songs have been covered by everyone from Keith Richards and Levon Helm to Irma Thomas and Todd Snider.

In his illustrious two-and-a-half decade career, Gordon has shared stages with Snider, John Prine, Leon Russell, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and the Blind Boys of Alabama among others, played the storied New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival multiple times, and earned the respect and admiration of his peers and a slew of musical icons.

-- Opening will be special guest Katie Buxton

 

 

$15 Cover

Doors Open at 7:30pm

November 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Mouth of Babes

$15 Cover

An evening with Mouth of Babes.
To listen to samples, visit www.mouthsofbabesmusic.com

With more than a dozen albums and over a thousand shows between them, Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth of Mouths of Babes are no strangers to the contemporary folk music scene. For years, their respective bands Girlyman and Coyote Grace captivated thousands of loyal fans as they crisscrossed the country, rocked festival main stages, and toured with the likes of the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. Now, as Mouths of Babes, Ty and Ingrid have distilled the very best of the songwriting, musicianship, and humor of their previous groups into a new duo that brings more style and depth than ever before.

Onstage, Ty makes a quiet impression as a gifted lyricist, talented multiinstrumentalist, and magnetic presence. “The poignant honesty that Ty brings to [her] tunes gives them an emotional intensity that’s as bracing as it is moving,” says Relix Magazine. The Americana Gazette writes, “Ty’s practice of extending metaphors out toward a precipice keeps an unpredictable edge to her songs. Most writers would stop at the easy close. Ty jumps, leaving much to the imagination, to powerful effect.” Ingrid, a natural performer, easily commands audiences with her larger-than-life sassiness and professional dancer’s grace. "With a background in burlesque, sex-education, and good ol' American roots music," writes Kithfolk, "Ingrid Elizabeth brings a ton of charisma to her performances." Curve Magazine calls Ingrid “the fiery redheaded bassist...the unabashed, unapologetic woman who isn’t afraid to yell it all from the rooftops.”

 

 

$15 Cover

Doors Open at 7:30pm

November 18, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Idlewheel featuring
Craig Bickhardt and Jack Sundrud

$20 Adv / $25 At the Door

An evening with Idlewheel Acoustic featuring
Craig Bickhardt and Jack Sundrud (of Poco).

IDLEWHEEL is the brainchild of Poco bassist/vocalist Jack Sundrud & Nashville songwriting veteran / Burlap and Bean favorite, Craig Bickhardt. Together they create music equally informed by mainstream and alternative country, Triple A and Americana music. Their lyrics and harmonies are tempered with bluegrass, Country, folk and a dash of Southern California Country-Rock. Craig and Jack have written over 100 songs together including the Billboard #1 Hit, "It Must Be Love."

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. To listen to samples, visit www.craigbickhardt.com

Jack Sundrud is a respected Nashville songwriter and bassist/vocalist who recently marked over 29 years since he began touring and recording with venerable country rock band Poco. Sundrud moved to Nashville in 1981, where he quickly became bassist/vocalist for some of Music City's top touring acts: Vince Gill, Dickie Betts, Bobby Whitlock, Gail Davies, The O'Kanes, Nicolette Larson, Kathy Mattea, Poco and more. While touring with Michael Johnson's band, Jack's songs were brought to the attention of the Judd's producer, Brent Maher. This led to the formation of Great Plains (also featuring Russ Pahl, Denny Bixby and Michael Young) an edgy country-rock band fronted by Sundrud, who recorded for Columbia Records. The band's single release, “Faster Gun” became a top 25 radio hit in 1992. To listen to samples, visit www.jacksundrud.com

 

 

$20 Adv / $25 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

November 23, 2017

Burlap and Bean is Closed

CLOSED

Burlap and Bean is Closed for Thanksgiving.

 

 

*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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