The Shops at Springton Pointe
204 South Newtown Street Rd
Newtown Square, PA 19073
• 484-427-4547usamap



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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Thursday @ 7:00 pm

Open Mic Night

free event

Join us Thursday evening from 7:00 - 10:00

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

Please review the house rules and features here.




September 1, 2014

Burlap and Bean is Closed


Burlap and Bean is Closed for Labor Day.


September 3, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Johnny Boy Whaler Hootenanny

free event

2nd Annual Johnny Boy Whaler Hootenanny! Benefiting Musicopiagiving instruments and lessons to children.

Join us for a night that promises self-expression ~people breaking through whatever stops them from being free to do what they love. Musicopia is the beneficiary of all proceeds, an organization that trains young people in the joy of making music by giving them instruments and lessons. There will be singing, guitars, basses, violins, drums, poetry, Shakespeare, rapping, and a raffle of great prizes. A fun night for all.

The Johnny Boy Whaler Hootenanny came about because I had just taken up the guitar and found that performing in public was such a thrill that I wanted to provide the opportunity for others. Then I thought why not benefit a charity and I discovered Musicopia, a non-profit, that provides musical instruments and lessons for under-privileged children. A perfect match for my event. What I want to accomplish is a great night of entertainment and raffle prizes that raise money for Musicopia.



Donations Accepted

Doors Open at 6:30pm

September 4, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Liz Longley

$17 Adv / $20 At the Door

An evening with Liz Longley.
To listen to samples, visit

In the short time since her graduation from Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, singer-songwriter Liz Longley has assembled an impressive resume. While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music.

In the past two years, Liz has taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition. New England named her the 2011 Female Performer of the Year, the Washington Post declared that Liz is “destined for a larger audience” and Dig Boston called her “a rising acoustic sensation." Even John Mayer is a fan, calling her music “gorgeous, simply gorgeous.”

A Philadelphia native, Liz recently made the move to Nashville, Tennessee where she has quickly made her presence known throughout Music City. In addition to writing more than forty songs with some of the best songwriters in the business, Liz has also managed to keep up her seemingly never-ending touring schedule, playing over one hundred shows in the last year – all without the help of a record label or booking agent.



$17 Adv / $20 At the Door

Doors Open at 6:30pm

September 5, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Charlie Phillips with Sylvia Coopersmith

Free Event

 First Friday hosted by Charlie.
Sober Night  - - - - - No BYOB

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

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.

Songs from Charlie’s CDs “All Roads Lead To Home” and “JustLove!” have received airplay on WXPN 88.5 in Philadelphia and other stations across the country and internationally, and his song “Tears For Joy” has climbed to No. 12 on the November 2012 IndieWorld Country Music chart. His third CD, “What It Is” was released in January 2012 and rose to No. 23 on the RootsMusic Chart in November 2012.

-- Opening will be special guest Sylvia Coopersmith



Free Event

Doors Open at 7:30pm

September 6, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Sean Hoots and Ross Bellenoit

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

An evening with Sean Hoots and Ross Bellenoit.
A special double feature.

Sean Hoots is a maker of music from the land of West Philadelphia where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their animals, Penelope and Behemoth. Perhaps best known for his work with the group Hoots & Hellmouth, Hoots has been writing, recording and performing for over two decades in a myriad of styles, from rock to roots to electronic to just plain weird. His return to Burlap & Bean in September will mark the second time he's performed at the venue and should not be missed by anyone, alive or dead (all ghosts half-off ticket price!). To listen to samples, visit

After moving here in 2003 to acquire a degree in Jazz Guitar at University of the Arts (where he know teaches as part-time faculty), Bellenoit became an extremely active guitarist-for-hire, willing to play with anyone at a moment's notice. He has shared stages with many local acts including Cowmuddy, Chris Kasper, Hezekiah Jones, Denison Witmer, George Stanford, Gillian Grassie, John Mallinen, and countless others. He spent 5 years touring nationally with retro honky-tonk band The Sweetback Sisters, opened for Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello on tour with Amos Lee, and continues to trek across Europe with Philly ex-pat Joseph Parsons. Bellenoit's own music is a unique blend of songwriting, equal parts Richard Thompson and Elvis Costello, with the tragically lyrical poetics of Joe Henry and Leonard Cohen. When performing with a full band, you can expect big soundscapes with frenetic guitar work. When performing solo (or duo with the enchanting Sonja Sofya), you can expect heartbreaking songs sung with passion and the most humorous traces of hope. To listen to samples, visit



$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

September 10, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Up The Chain and Vilebred
with City Walls Autumn Falls

$10 Cover$10 Cover

An evening with Up The Chain and Vilebred.
A special double feature.

There’s a healthy dichotomy at work on Seeds and Thorns, the engaging new album by Philly folk artist UP THE CHAIN. “The words and images of ‘seeds’ and ‘thorns’ are used throughout the album in different contexts,” explains Reed Kendall, UP THE CHAIN’s frontman/creator. “It’s about potential and struggle.” With the album finished, UP THE CHAIN returns to the road, bringing a show that’s decidedly energetic and upbeat. “If there’s anything that stands out about what I do,” says Kendall, “I hope it’s the sincerity of the live performance.” Touring in nearly every setup from a duo to a five-piece, Kendall has made waves both in his hometown (including a recent, well-regarded show at the historic Philly Folk Fest) and up and down both coasts. To listen to samples, visit

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) and Skeleton Melodies (LP, November 2013) To listen to samples, visit

-- Opening will be special guest City Walls Autumn Falls



$10 Cover

Doors Open at 7:30pm

September 12, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

James Maddock with Cariad Harmon

$20 Cover

An evening with James Maddock.
To listen to samples, visit

James Maddock affirms his status as a fixture in downtown Manhattan’s folk and Americana scene with ‘Another Life,’ his new album out July 23rd on Jullian Records. As NPR says of the British transplant, “his timeless songwriting style, which seems to draw from great songwriters of every era, conveys quiet confidence and lovely intimacy.”

Nodding to ‘70s rock with shimmering acoustic guitars, an understated rhythm section and flourishes of fiddle, mandolin, piano and dobro, ‘Another Life’ bridges the mainstream appeal of songwriters like Jesse Harris and Norah Jones and the quirkier sensibility of Loudon Wainwright. With funding entirely from fan contributions through PledgeMusic, Maddock worked with producer Matt Pierson, multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell (who’s played with Bob Dylan and Levon Helm) and bassist Tony Scherr (who plays with Norah Jones).

The 13 songs on 'Another Life' paint a portrait of a man reaching the midpoint of his life, a natural progression from themes in Maddock's earlier releases. He’s looking back on roads not taken, and isn’t always sure he chose the right one. On the title track, Maddock wants an extra 50 years to try “acting, white-water rafting,” “some illegal substances,” even having a kid or three. “I’ve Been There Too,” built around an indelible guitar riff, shows Maddock’s knack for instrumental hooks as well as lyrical ones. “Don’t Go Lonely,” in a well-timed moment of levity, hints at reggae with dub bass, bubbling organ and the chorus’s entreaty to “go get high, go get found, go crazy on this town / don’t go lonely.”

After fronting the Columbia Records band Wood, whose debut ‘Songs From Stamford Hill’ was featured prominently on TV shows such as “Dawson’s Creek,” Maddock moved from England to New York City in 2003. His 2009 album ‘Sunrise On Avenue C’ won a New York Music Award for Best Americana Album, while follow-up 'Wake Up And Dream' ranked among the top albums of 2011 in WFUV's (NYC) Listener Poll. He's performed with Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile, Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) and David Immergluck (Counting Crows), sang on an album with Susan McKeown, and is a resident artist at Rockwood Music Hall. According to radio legend Vin Scelsa, Maddock's "heartbreakingly beautiful and exquisitely crafted" music "touches the soul." A seasoned live performer, Maddock will play songs from 'Another Life' at shows in New York City and across the U.S. this summer and fall.

-- Opening will be special guest Cariad Harmon



$20 Cover

Doors Open at 7:30pm

September 13, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Michael Braunfeld with John Francis

$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

An evening with Michael Braunfeld.
To listen to samples, visit

Michael Braunfeld picked up his first electric guitar at the age of 13 and quickly became proficient in rock n’ roll and blues played through overdriven amplifiers. Growing up around the Philadelphia Folksong Society and Philadelphia Folk Festival, he was exposed to musicians of all kinds with one thing in common … acoustic instruments. “There’s just something so pure about an acoustic guitar,” Michael says. “No matter what, I always find myself going back to it, even for the heavier stuff.

An amp, even one turned up to 11, just isn’t as powerful as an acoustic guitar being beaten to death. I’ve heard it described as ‘reckless’ and I totally agree with that. The dynamics - just taking the steel strings and wood to the edge.” Whether addressing topical issues or sharing personal stories that often leave his audiences feeling that he has somehow, in some way, invaded their privacy, Michael’s performances combine a powerful guitar style with a seemingly endless supply of urgency. And he has a pretty sneaky sense of humor too.

-- Opening will be special guest John Francis



$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Delco Story Slam

$8 Adv / $10 At the Door

An evening with Delco Story Slam.

The Delco Story Slam is a new monthly storytelling event brought to you by the same folks who created the popular West Chester Story Slam.

Anyone can hop on stage and tell a five-minute "true as you remember it" story based on the theme of the night - Good Intentions! No notes, no props, and no music are allowed - just the storyteller and a mic!

Each month's winner is granted a slot in November's Grand Slam which determines the "Best Storyteller in Delco!" Whether you tell a story or just listen to the brave souls who do, come celebrate local storytelling and find out why Main Line Today named West Chester Story Slam "Best Entertaining Night Out."

Click here to learn more, including the rules, advice on telling your own story, and the themes for our 2014 season.



$8 Adv / $10 At the Door

Doors Open at 6:30pm

September 19, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Brother Sun with Nathan Bell

$22 Adv / $25 At the Door

An evening with Brother Sun.
To listen to samples, visit

National Touring Artists Joe Jencks, Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter's round.

The trio's harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms.

Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.

-- Opening will be special guest Nathan Bell



$22 Adv / $25 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

September 20, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

JK Rockets

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

An evening with JK Rockets.
To listen to samples, visit

Johnny is still rockin’ with the new JK Rocketsband & has just released his fourth album of original songs called, "Just Playin...The Blues" in the great style of ORIGINAL rock.

An anthology of Johnny Kay's work as a Comet called "Tale of a Comet", on Hydra Records (Germany) has broken the top 20 chart as reported by Now Dig This magazine in England. After this anthology of John’s work was released in Europe 3 years ago John has produced 4 original albums.

He is back writing, recording and producing music that reflects the original sounds of Rock 'n' Roll and currently working on his 5th album of original country songs.



$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

September 26, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Sarah Blacker, Peter Linwood & Jason McGovern

$10 Cover$10 Cover$10 Cover

An evening with Sarah Blacker, Peter Linwood and Jason McGovern. A special triple feature.

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

Peter Linwood is a Vermont-based singer-songwriter, born and raised in Philadelphia, and steeped in American acoustic folk traditions. While his songs and stories are intensely personal, they aim at something common to all of us. To listen to samples, visit

Jason McGovern is a Philly suburb based singer/songwriter who along with writing and singing his own stories also enjoys adapting and retelling the stories of poets and hymn writers long since gone. Whether alone or with his band, The Describers, Jason can quickly take his songs from something quiet and folky into something a little more rock-n-roll. To listen to samples, visit



$10 Cover

Doors Open at 7:30pm

September 27, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Lucy Kaplansky with Buffalo Stack

$22 Adv / $25 At the Door

An evening with Lucy Kaplansky
To listen to samples, visit

Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, “a truly gifted performer...full of enchanting songs” (New York Times). Blending country, folk and pop styles, she has the unique ability to make every song sound fresh, whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons or singing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe. Lucy’s iconic voice has has been featured in film and on television, including commercials like Chevrolet’s iconic “Heartbeat of America” jingle. A Billboard-charting singer and one of the top-selling artists on Red House Records, she has topped the folk and Americana radio charts and has been featured on shows throughout the world from NPR’s Weekend and Morning Editions to BBC Radio to CBS Sunday Morning. One of the most in-demand harmony singers, Lucy has sung on countless records, performing with Suzanne Vega, Bryan Ferry, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin.

Raised by a piano-playing mathematician and a homemaker in Chicago, Lucy began singing in bars when she was still a teenager, even traveling to Norway to perform as a country singer. When she was just out of high school, she took off for New York City, where she became part of the renaissance of the Greenwich Village folk scene centered around Folk City and the Fast Folk recordings. Her compatriots included Suzanne Vega, The Roches, Steve Forbert and John Gorka as well as her frequent duo partner Shawn Colvin. The New York Times said it was “easy to predict stardom for her,” but instead, Lucy got a doctorate in psychology and started a private practice.

Eventually Shawn Colvin lured Lucy back to music, producing her debut album The Tide (1994). Red House founder Bob Feldman was blown away by the release and signed her right away. Since then, she has released six solo albums with Red House and released radio-charting albums with the folk supergroups Red Horse (with Eliza Gilkyson and John Gorka) and Cry Cry Cry (with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell).

-- Opening will be special guest Buffalo Stack Trio



$22 Adv / $25 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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