This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com
Delaware Division of the Arts

A few notes about our coffeehouses:


  • Coffeehouses are a non-alcohol, family oriented event
  • The event is a listening event, so please keep chatter to a minimum, and mute cell phones and other electronic devices. Don't we all prefer children who are well behaved & stay with their adult(s)?
  • Doors open at about 7:00 p.m., music starts around 7:30 p.m.
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and sweet treats are available for a reasonable rate
  • Fresh cookies are baked at the Coffeehouse with proceeds going to the Maurice Shockley Acoustic Stringed Instrument Scholarship Fund.
  • Many performers have CDs available for sale
  • Payment at the coffeehouse for admission, refreshments, and merchandise can be made via cash or check only - we do not accept credit cards.
  • Most shows do not require advanced payment, except for some "special events". Check our shopping page to see if we're accepting advanced reservations.
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Coming Up for 2018:
  • January 20, 2018 - Charlie Zahm, Steffi & Tim open
  • February 17, 2018 - Delaware Three Counties - New Castle's Butch Zito, Kent's Jim Rezac & Sussex's Kent Schoch
  • March 24, 2018 - Chapel Street Junction, opener Fried Okra
  • April 21, 2018 - Next Generation Showcase: Justin McNatt • Danny Beck • Sean Cheezum • Vincent Torres
  • May - no coffee house
  • June - no coffee house
  • July 21, 2018 - Delmarva Folk Hero Contest v 12.1
  • August 18, 2018 - Delmarva Folk Hero Contest v 12.2
  • September - no coffee house
  • October 20, 2018 - Joe Baione, opener TBA
  • November 17, 2018 - George & Ossi, opener TBA
  • December 8, 2018 - Holiday Open Mic
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On Saturday, April 21, Delaware Friends of Folk will present their monthly coffee house concert in the Bennett Chapel at Wesley College, corner of Division and N. Bradford Streets in Dover, beginning at 7:30 pm.  Admission is $5 for members of Delaware Friends of Folk, and $7 for non-members, while those 12 and under are admitted free.  Fresh-brewed coffee, baked cookies and other snacks will be available.
This event features four artists with early connections to Delaware Friends of Folk.  These singer-songwriters began hanging around Friends of Folk events when they were much younger.  They are now grown up, more or less, and in different stages of their life, but writing and performing is at least a part of those lives.  Danny Beck, Sean Cheezum, Justin McNatt, and Vincent Torres will perform separately and together at this special coffee house.
About 20 years ago, Danny Beck first started attending concerts and open mic nights at Delaware Friends of Folk.  Over the years, he has been in a number of bands playing many different genres of music.  He was half of the acoustic duo Dan and James that won the Delmarva Folk Hero contest in 2015.  He currently provides lead guitar and vocal for the band Hooverville.  Over the last 4 years, Hooverville has gained popularity playing classic rock favorites at venues all over Delaware and Maryland.
About 13 years ago, armed with a 6-string guitar and a head full of songs, Sean Cheezum struck out from his Trappe, MD home. Now his journey has finally brought him back home to his Eastern Shore roots.  Well known to the East Coast folk scene, Sean has rejuvenated his down-home acoustic playing with a new bluegrass flavor.  His upcoming 3rd EP weaves tales of his travels and homecomings, personal growth, and love of simple living.  “Less is more seems to be my songwriting approach lately. I’m focused on writing just plain good music rather than seeing how many notes I can cram into a measure. I have a more stable life now and my music is definitely reflecting that.”  Not a believer in genre limitations, he draws inspiration from the most unlikely places painting a picture with his music that is unique yet all so familiar.
Smyrna native Justin McNatt has been writing and performing his own music for over 20 years.  He started playing local open mics and coffee houses while still in high school.  His skillful covers of artists like Dave Matthews, Counting Crows, and others gained him a local following.  He started writing his own songs, inspired by favorite artists, everyday events, and the usual things that a 20 year old might focus on.  Maturity has mellowed him slightly, but he is still known for energetic guitar playing and emotional vocals.  Justin has recorded several full-length albums, toured up and down the East coast, spent time playing clubs and recording in New York City, and lately been fronting an original alt/rock band.
In an all but dying local music scene for rock and roll Vincent Torres tries to stand out amongst the crowd.  Music has played a significant role in the singer-songwriter’s life, and for the past seven years with his band Awake At Last, he’s been able to tour all over the country.  Over the past four years the rock quintet has seen every state except Hawaii and Alaska, and they’ve been featured at rock festivals such as the Vans Warped Tour.  It’s only recently that Vincent began to explore other avenues of his music, diverting from his usual storyteller approach to a more skin and bones style.  With a mixture of the blues, dark haunting melodies, and a dash of rock and roll the young musician hopes to produce multiple albums that showcase the music that constantly plays in his head.    
Delaware Friends of Folk coffee house concerts are supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.  The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.
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On Saturday, February 17, Delaware Friends of Folk will present their monthly coffee house concert in the Bennett Chapel at Wesley College, corner of Division and N. Bradford Streets in Dover, beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5 for members of Delaware Friends of Folk, $7 for non-members, and those 12 and under are admitted free. Fresh-brewed coffee, baked cookies and other snacks will be available.

This event features three Delaware-based singer songwriters, one from each of Delaware’s counties. Butch Zito will represent New Castle County. Butch’s musical trail started in Austin, Texas in the early 1980s when he formed Stackabones, a jam band who over the years have been featured at a number of Festivals, including The Delmarva Folk Festival. As a soloist, Butch has performed on the same bill as Townes Van Zandt, Nancy Griffith, Pete Seeger, Michelle Shocked, and David Bromberg. Butch was the recipient of a Delaware Division of the Arts Established Artist Award in 2014. He used the award to help construct a performance space on his New Castle County farm where he and his wife regularly present their “Farm Music Series”, host benefits for Pacem in Terris, and produce the “Xtianstock“ and “Chickenstock” festivals which help underprivileged students buy musical instruments.

From Kent County will be Jim Rezac. Jim has been playing in country, rock, and rockabilly band for over 30 years. A sideman for most of that time, Jim honed his skills playing guitar, cigar-box slide, and six-string banjo. Less than 10 years ago, he stepped out as a solo artist and that move has taken him to performances at the Avalon Theater, the Grand Opera House, and The Bitter End in NYC. Jim released his first solo CD in 2013 and is currently writing and recording a follow-up album. Jim plays a Baden acoustic guitar, but also “plugs in” with a Gretsch 6120W, a Telecaster, and a homemade “cigar-box” slide. He has a teaching and performance space in Wyoming where he offers lessons and hosts small concerts.

Kent Schoch is a singer songwriter from Lewes, Delaware. He grew up listening to Elvis Presley, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, while his mom was busy playing Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash in the next room. Kent has recorded 3 CDs of original music, though he did not write his first song until he was 38 years old. His music features catchy choruses and strong lyrics. Aside from his solo work, he currently plays with his band, Slinging Daisies, throughout Sussex County, with occasional forays into Kent County.

Delaware Friends of Folk coffee house concerts are supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

Links:
https://www.reverbnation.com/butchzito
https://www.facebook.com/jimrezacmusic/
https://www.facebook.com/kent.schoch
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December 13th Coffee House will be an OPEN MIC with Dan Beck as host!
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November 22, when the Delaware Friends of Folk Coffee House will host internationally renowned blues artist Guy Davis.
Guy Davis is a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer.  But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman.  Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs and stories. 
His wide range of influences include Blind Willie McTell, Skip James, Manse Lipscomb, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotton, and Buddy Guy, among others.  It was through Taj Mahal that he found his way to the old time blues.  
Along with recording and performing, Guy has also done residency programs for the Lincoln Center Institute, the Kennedy Center, and the State Theatre in New Jersey. He also works with “Young Audiences of NJ”, doing classroom workshops and assembly programs all across the country and in Canada for Elementary, High School, and College students.
Most recently Guy had the honor of appearing in the PBS special on Jazz and Blues artist, the late Howard Armstrong.  And he was an honored guest at the Kennedy Center Awards, in which his folks received their medals, alongside other recipients like Warren Beatty, Elton John and composer John Williams from the President of the United States.
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Delaware Friends of Folk are extremely proud to host this extraordinary artist. For fans of the blues, roots music, Americana, and for all those who just love good music, don’t miss this great event on the evening of Saturday November 22nd at the Wesley College Chapel, 2 North Bradford St., Dover DE. 

** U P D A T E ** Joey Fulkerson will be opening for Guy Davis at 7:30.  If you're new to the Dover or Delaware music scene, Joey has a reputation for his incendiary playing and wild showmanship.  Joey’s projects include lead guitarist and vocals for the four-piece blues phenomenon known as Nothin But Trouble, as well as a versatile trio, aptly named The Joey Fulkerson Trio.

For more information about the Guy Davis concert, call (302) 827-FOLK or visit http://delfolk.org/ (tickets are available online, seating is limited) or join our group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/delfolk/

You can visit Guy Davis’ website at http://guydavis.com/guydavis/mainfinal.htm
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ARCHIVES of our Coffee Houses only back to January 2011

- sorry we didn't do this before, because we've been doing Coffee Houses a long time! Our archivists are losing sleep over this, just so you know. We may yet guilt them into more listings.

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