Half Moon Cafe

Reminiscent of a 60’s style coffee house, the venue is a community endeavor to create a local music scene for the enjoyment of both musicians and those who like music.

  • Show times are from 8 to 10 PM $10 donation Coffee, tea, and light refreshments available.  Dining room entertainers pre-show: 7:15- 7:45pm.
  • Please park in the church parking lot. **

Spring 2019 Half Moon and Dining Room:



March 22nd- Russ Rentler 

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Russ has been playing music since he got his first ukulele in 5th grade with S+H Green stamps. He played music through grade school, high school, and college. On his first night at Moravian College, he met John Gorka at an open mic, and soon formed a band that played for the four years they were in school. Russ continued to perform when he went to medical school, and even when he became a physician. He contributed to Gorka’s CD, Gypsy Life, and recorded six of his own — the last two achieved top airplay on folk radio DJ lists, and NPR’s CarTalk aired his song “New Car Smell.”In 2016, Russ retired from medical practice and began to more frequently perform his mix of folk, Celtic and blues-inspired tunes, interspersed with off-beat humor and wry observations about life. https://www.russrentler.com

This concert will be a delight!

  • Dining Room (Pre-show):  Eighteen Strings – a newly minted Bluegrass trio made up of Larry Swanson on guitar, Jim Mathis on mandolin, and Eric Simms on bass. Join them as they give their debut performance.



April 5th- TWO Acts!

  •  Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt

  • Wordplay joined by Michael G. Ronstadt

Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt – a dynamic cello-guitar duo who push boundaries of folk music with a creative, adventurous, wildly enjoyable approach. These two artists challenge themselves with complex orchestral arrangements, and venture into lyrical corners other songwriters wouldn’t dare — climate change rendered as a hallucinogenic carousel ride. Michael hails from the famous musical family, is a member of the Ronstadt Brothers (formerly Ronstadt Generations) and Serenity Fisher & The Cardboard Hearts. He works with Craig Bickhardt and David Trotta. Aaron oft performs solo and, along with Avi Wisnia, founded and leads the Philly Songwriters Circle. He’s been a Kerrville New Folk finalist. Among many other accolades, Nathans & Ronstadt were named Best of Philly Folk Fest by Philly CityPaper. http://nathansandronstadt.com

Wordplay joined by Michael G. Ronstadt – Charley Farrell and Amy Forsyth are Wordplay – a husband/wife duo that performs some covers and many of Charley’s original songs with Charley on guitar, vocals, and harmonica and Amy on hardanger fiddle, and vocals. Their freind MIchael G.Ronstadt oft joins them on cello – he joined them when they recorded their CD Odd Bedfellows. The second half of this evening will continue the wonderful musical journey that the first half begins. http://www.amyforsyth.com/cd-and-lyrics.html

You owe it to yourself to attend this concert.

  • Dining Room (Pre-show):  Dave Miller – talented and accomplished guitarist and singer who toured with Hank Williams Jr. will grace Clay on Main’s Dining Room this evening. Come enjoy his lovely, laid back musical offerings.

 



May 3rd- Rhythm Road

Rhythm Road is a long-time favorite at the Half Moon Cafe. JoAnn & Ernie Morrell, Mike Fleming, Henry Patterson & Don Consul combine their talents in rich, rewarding, intimate performances of an eclectic blend of folk, jazz, pop and originals. With JoAnn’s vocals, bass, and guitar, Ernie’s keys and vocals, Don’s vocals, guitar, and bass, Mike’s sax, and Henry s percussion, Rhythm Road wraps its audiences in a cocoon of great music and wonderful vibe. https://www.facebook.com/rhythmroad/ or http://www.rhythmroad.net
Do yourself a favor, and come out for this evening.

  • Dining Room (Pre-show): Gene Cullison – guitarist and singer who’s performed virtually every style of music a person can play on guitar, now the lead guitarist for the TimeWhy?s, will treat the Dining Room to his solo material. Come try the tasty stuff he brings. https://timewhys.net



May 17th- Dave Kline 

Dave Kline – known by many as East Side Dave, fronts the Mountain Folk Band. He also performs solo concerts in many different musical styles and is an award- winning songwriter. Dave has performed throughout the USA and Europe. On this evening, Dave promises to sing and play guitar and banjo in a mix of Folk, Celtic, Bluegrass, and maybe a few other styles of music. http://www.mountainfolk.com/band.asp

This night will be a lot of fun!

  • Dining Room (Pre-show): Keith Brintzenhoff – longtime folk musician, multi- instrumentalist, and singer – Keith will bring PA German culture, a little history, and a little humor to Clay on Main’s Dining Room. Come join the fun. http://www.toadcreekmusic.com



June 7th – Three Tall Guys

Three Tall Guys – a relatively new trio that is earning a nice reputation. Self- described as, “the perfect band for the Half Moon,” it may well be just that! Samples of their music (available on their website) gives us an advance taste of what Gale Horst, Mike Noble, and Steven Simpson can do with two guitars, an upright bass, and tight three-part vocal harmonies. They play a potpourri of Country, Rock, Creedence, Beatles, jazz, 60s Folk… John Hartford, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Autumn Leaves and Summertime… http://www.3tallguys.com

Come hear a fresh new sound.

  • Dining Room (Pre-show): Hannah Violet – the front musician of the Hannah Violet Trio, is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter who will play a solo act in Clay on Main’s Dining Room. Come for the wonderful music and rapport. http://www.hannahviolet.com



**Please be considerate of Clay on Main’s residential neighbors (who park in front of their homes on Main Street) — park in the parking lot for Friedens UCC at 337 Main Street, a few doors from Clay on Main. Enter Clay on Main through the front door into what used to be the living room of the building – now an art gallery. Turn left into what used to be the dining room of the home to enjoy the Dining Room act. Head to the back of the building through the kitchen (still a kitchen), and pick up snacks — chips, dip, pastries, cheese, fruit, coffee, tea, and ice water are provided (BYOB). Continue to the back of the building to the “Half Moon Cafe” for the final concert of the night.

Please bring a few dollars to put in the tip jar for the Dining Room Act and $10 as a donation for the Half Moon Cafe concert. Please bring friends and family. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

All Half Moon Concerts – Vinny Rose – Emcee and Sound Technician

Vinny introduces Half Moon Concert performers, sets up and runs the PA system, and announces upcoming Clay on Main events. When you visit the Half Moon, please take time to thank Vinny for everything he does.


Don’t forget to check out our Open Mic and Ukulele Jams too!

For more info on these dates and more, click HERE.