Thursday, June 23, 2011

music and good food at the black-eyed susan

            Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Café, 22 W. Main Street., Angelica, welcomes back Tim Berardi and Damian De Marco -- The Bard Brothers --  for an evening of progressive folk, acoustic rock, and alternative pop music on Friday, July 1st.    Chris Swanson performs Saturday, July 2nd. Chris is well-known in the area for his evocative songwriting and accomplished guitar work. These two-hour shows begin at 7:30 p.m.  There is no cover charge, but guests are expected to contribute to the musician’s tip jar.  Reservations for dinner are suggested.

      Damian De Marco of Andover and Tim Berardi of Hornell have been performing together for a number of years as The Bard Brothers at such Hornell-area venues as The Italian Villa, Club 57, and Day by Day Café. They’ve also played at Starry Nites Cafe in Rochester; Snug Harbor and Maloney's Pub in Hammondsport; and Chapters Cafe in Bath. 
            Musically, The Bard Brothers have been influenced by a diverse set of bands, from Steely Dan to Elvis Costello to the Beatles to Radiohead to CCR to Spoon, and beyond. Their own style might be described as progressive folk or acoustic rock or even alternative pop.  They’ve recently finished their fourth self-produced CD of original material (“Quarto”). 
            Don Ash of Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Café comments, “I’m pleased that The Bard Brothers don’t sound like anyone else. Like all musicians, their sound is influenced by the other artists they appreciate. I guess their innovation comes from adding their talents and insights to this mix. A friend cautioned me when I said some of their songs are a little dark. That’s not a bad thing. I think their unique flavor makes them a local treasure.”  Learn more about their music at

            On Saturday, July 2nd Black-Eyed Susan presents Chris Swanson of Mt. Morris, NY.   Chris has been performing on guitar for more than 35 years. His songwriting and playing have been influenced by the music of James Taylor, Neil Young, Norah Jones and Bob Dylan. That’s the type of music he writes and performs.  Hearing him live is something quite memorable, and you fully appreciate what he delivers. He is the kind of player who compels you to listen to every note and every word. He has inspired other musicians with his competence, confidence and humility. Listen to Chris perform live and you will be affected; you will be moved.

            Chris has played at such venues as the North Shore Grille on Conesus Lake, the Big Tree Inn and The Statesman in Geneseo.  Don’t  miss his show as Black-Eyed Susan.