The Prism Coffeehouse is seeking volunteers to help with their live acoustic music concert programming. As a fun & dedicated organization, the Prism can use help in all aspects of its organization, including staffing on the days of shows, sound production, fundraising, publicity, graphics, accommodations arrangement, volunteer coordination, & website management. Join the Prism in bringing excellent acoustic & folk music to Charlottesville and help us grow! Please contact Laura Seale at email@example.com or 434-974-7233
If you shop at Kroger and use a Kroger Plus Card, you can assign The Prism Coffeehouse as your designated non-profit to receive your Community Rewards! Just click here, and when prompted, type in either “90496” or “Prism Coffeehouse“. Once you have done that, the Prism will be automatically set up to receive a percentage of almost all your purchases (or your money spent anyway)! That will defray the costs of hotels for some of the artists we bring to town. As a non-profit organization, every dollar counts. Thank you!
The Prism Coffeehouse is delighted to present award winning songwriter and guitarist John Lilly and special guest Lorie Lichtenwalner on Sunday, April 26, for a 7 pm concert at C’Ville Coffee (1301 Harris St, Charlottesville, VA). Tickets are $11 in advance (names will be at door), and $13 at the door.
John Lilly is an internationally acclaimed acoustic artist from Charleston, West Virginia, known for his unique blend of original roots music, traditional folk, and classic country sounds. According to the Durham, North Carolina, Independent Weekly, “If Hank Williams had a sunny disposition, he’d be John Lilly.”
Lorie Lichtenwalner, of Staunton, Virginia, was a longtime member of the popular Virginia old-time band Troublesome Creek, with whom she played bass and sang for more than five years.
The pair met in the early 1980s and performed as a duo throughout central Virginia. They have recently reunited. Lilly and Lichtenwalner present country and folk music duets in the classic style of the Everly Brothers or Robin & Linda Williams. While they have a deep repertoire of vintage country music material, the duo concentrates on presenting original material from the pen of John Lilly, winner of numerous songwriting awards.
Lilly was the first-place winner in the 2010 Next Great Road Song competition, sponsored by Midas and Spin! placing first in the Acoustic category for his original song “Come and Go” and winning $5,000. In 2005, he was the grand champion of the international Ghost Writers in the Sky Songwriting Contest for songs in the style of Hank Williams, winning a customized guitar with his song “Blue Highway.”
His songs have been recorded by Bobby Helms, Wild Rose, Pam Gadd, Patty Mitchell, Luke Shamblin and others. He has performed on Public Radio International’s “Mountain Stage,” at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Ozark Folk Center, and the Thomas Fraser Memorial Festival in Shetland. He has toured Scotland three times, and in addition, was, for many years, a member of old-time fiddling icon Ralph Blizard’s New Southern Ramblers.
The Prism Coffeehouse is delighted to present Seth Swingle on Saturday, April 4, for a 7 pm concert at C’Ville Coffee (1301 Harris St, Charlottesville, VA) in celebration of his debut album, Solo 5- & -6 String Banjo. Tickets are $10 in advance (names will be at door), and $12 at the door.
Seth Swingle is an award-winning banjo and kora (21-string W. African harp) player from Greene county. A curious and dedicated practitioner of traditional music, he has studied Southern banjo styles with folklorist Mike Seeger, been a finalist in West Virginia’s Appalachian String Band Festival banjo competition, and is a 2-time Virginia State Banjo
Champion. He plays a variety of archaic regional banjo styles on several banjos in several tunings.
Seth has also studied the n’goni, an African banjo ancestor, with Malian griot Cheick
Hamala Diabaté, with whom he has performed at the Kennedy Center and at Merlefest. Most recently, he received a Fulbright Scholarship to study traditional Mandé music and has spent several years learning to play the kora in Mali.
The Prism Coffeehouse is delighted to welcome the incomparable Dry Branch Fire Squad back to Charlottesville on Friday, March 6, for a 7 pm concert at The Haven (112 Market St, Charlottesville). Tickets are $15 in advance (names will be at door), and $18 at the door.
The Prism Coffeehouse is delighted to welcome Adam Hurt & Beth Williams Hartness to Charlottesville on Sunday, February 22, for a 7 pm concert at C’Ville Coffee (1301 Harris St, Charlottesville, VA). Tickets are $12 in advance (names will be at door), and $14 at the door.
The Prism Coffeehouse is delighted to welcome old-time stringband group Old Buck to Charlottesville on Sunday, February 15, for a 7 pm concert at C’Ville Coffee (1301 Harris St, Charlottesville, VA). Tickets are $13 in advance (names will be at door), and $15 at the door.