After a two-month summer break, the Andover Community Coffeehouse will return on Friday, September 20, featuring a performance by the fiddle and cello duo Oliver the Crow, as well as up to a dozen area “open-mic” performers.
Music by the featured performers begins at 7:00 PM in the Highland Lake Grange Hall at the intersection of Chase Hill Road and Route 11 in East Andover. Doors to the Grange Hall open at 6 PM. for simple supper food and beverage purchases, and for open mic sign-ups on a first-come, first-served basis.
Admission is free, although the hat will be passed and donations — which are shared with the featured performers — are gratefully accepted. The sponsor for September’s concert is Ragged Mountain Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, based in Andover.
Cellist Kaitlyn Raitz and fiddler Ben Plotnick will lead off with a half-hour set and come back around 9 PM to close out the evening. In between, open-mic performers from the area will perform two songs each.
Nashville-based Oliver the Crow has been called “inspired” by NPR with a chameleon-like ability to skip between music genres, from their roots as classically-trained performers to their love of bluegrass, gypsy jazz, everything from Hank Williams to Prince. “They are virtuosos on their instruments with backgrounds ranging from classical training to old-time and bluegrass fiddle competitions… an inspired collaboration.”
For more information on Oliver the Crow as well as the Coffeehouse, go to www.AndoverCoffeehouse.org. The Coffeehouse operates under the umbrella of the Andover Community Hub, located at 157 Main Street in Andover.