Clay on Main will host five evenings of live music this spring in their cozy and down-to-earth venue, the Half Moon Café. These Friday night performances kick off at 7:15 with opening acts; the main stage music starts at 8. The first show will be on March 22 with singer/songwriter Russ Rentler, recently retired from his medical practice and fully focused on his folk, Celtic and blues-inspired tunes, interspersed with off-beat humor and wry observations about life. Rentler follows opening act Eighteen Strings, a bluegrass trio made up of Larry Swanson, Jim Mathis and Eric Simms.
The next Half Moon, on April 5, boasts two main stage acts as well as opening singer and guitarist Dave Miller. Aaron Nathans and Michael G. Ronstadt are a dynamic cello-guitar duo who push boundaries of folk music with a creative, adventurous, approach. The second act is Wordplay, a husband/wife duo who interpret classics and perform Charley’s original songs. Wordplay will be joined by their friend Michael G. Ronstadt on cello.
May brings two Half Moon concerts; on May 3, long-time favorite Rhythm Road will take the main stage. JoAnn & Ernie Morrell, Mike Fleming, Henry Patterson and Don Consul combine their talents in rich, intimate performances of their eclectic blend of folk, jazz, pop and originals. Visitors can enjoy Gene Cullison’s singing and guitar in the lead-up to Rhythm Road. On May 17, Dave Kline will take the stage, preceded by Keith Brintzenhoff. Kline, known by many as East Side Dave, fronts the Mountain Folk Band, and will sing and play guitar and banjo in a mix of folk, celtic, and bluegrass styles. Brintzenhoff will bring PA culture, as well as a few jokes, to his folk music in the opening act.
The final Half Moon of the spring series will be on June 7; Three Tall Guys will perform. This up-and-coming trio is made up of Gale Horst, Mike Noble, and Steven Simpson, and listeners can look forward to two guitars, an upright bass, and tight 3-part harmonies as they interpret a variety of much-loved classic rock and country songs. Hannah Violet, a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, will open for Three Tall Guys.
Clay on Main is a non-profit artists’ cooperative, located at 313 Main St in the historic village of Oley. The Half Moon Café is Clay on Main’s live music venue, produced in partnership with Meadowood Music. Opening acts perform in the Dining Room, and are compensated with proceeds from a tip jar; the main stage performers receive half of the $10 suggested donation. Clay on Main also offers art instruction and gallery space for local artists. Clay on Main is open to the public on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10-2, Wednesdays from 10-5, and Sundays from 1-4, in addition to scheduled Friday evening Half Moon concerts and a monthly Open Mic and Uke Jam. The Open Mics take place on first Monday of each month from 7-9pm, and the Uke Jams are on the last Sunday of the month from 3:30 to 5:30pm; suggested donation of $5 for both.