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Grand Reopening of The Half Moon Cafe!


Date posted 10/1/22

The Autumn 2022 season will open on October 14 with the band AKA. The band’s four current members have played music together since the he 1980s: Mike Petrauskas, Allan Landis, Cindy Roos, and Dominique Tomme. Together, they wed wonderful vocal harmonies and instrumentation in a variety of music styles including traditional folk, country standards, alternative country, as well as songs from new singer-songwriters. Low keyed and relaxed, AKA’s sound is timeless Americana. AKA as the is perfect first act of the reopened venue because band member Mike Petruaskus is the person who first envisioned making a musical performing venue within Clay on Main.  

  • As in years past, doors will open at 7:30 and the concert will begin at 8:00 pm. There will be a brief intermission around 9:00 pm after which the concert will continue until 10:00 pm. During intermission you can enjoy complimentary refreshments while browsing the art gallery in Clay on Main and the newly reopened gift shop featuring local artists. 

  • Please park in the lot for Frieden’s United Church of Christ at 337 Main Street to save street parking for Clay on Main’s residential neighbors. Clay on Main requests a $15.00 per person donation to compensate the musicians and cover operating expenses for the facility.

The second concert of the season will be by Maggie Spike on October 28. Husband and wife, Maggie & Eric Gernerd began playing music together decades ago when they met at university. After graduation, they went separate ways, but soon reconnected, married, and became collaborative singer/songwriters who perform original vocal & guitar music that draws from a wide array of musical styles. Maggie and Eric’s son, Graham, will open the evening’s performance.

The third and final concert of the season will be by Mike, Paula & Friends on November 11. Husband and wife, Mike Andrews and Paula Taylor have been playing music together since they met at a jam session in Baltimore. The duo performs traditional and contemporary folk and Celtic music. Once again, their friend Rich Dodson will join them in a blending of vocal harmonies and instrumental accompaniment on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and bass. In this concert, their friend Jeff Noecker will join them on fiddle for two tunes in the first set.

Sound Men and Emcees - Vinny Rose and Barron Batchelder
Vinny Rose and Barron Batchelder will continue as an audio technicians and emcees for the Half Moon Cafe. They will set up and run the PA system, announce upcoming Clay on Main Events, and introduce Half Moon Concert performers. When you see Vinny and Barron, please thank them for all they do!

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