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Soulful Divas: Shirleta Settles and Laura Baron

Thank you to Shirleta and Laura for closing out our 2014-2015 season. And thank you to all our supporters for making Carroll Cafe a success for yet another year. Come back in October for more great music!

June 12, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.

Reservations are highly recommended, as many shows sell out.

Shirleta Settles has the innate ability to connect with and include her audiences of all ages, whether through singing, storytelling, drama, spoken word, staff development, or on recordings.  Her 15-year experience as a bandleader and lead vocalist for a 10-piece variety band, Marquise, has honed her ability to share her talent in a variety of venues and genres—R&B, jazz, blues, pop, and gospel. Joining Shirleta will be Skip Fennel on piano and Wes “Sugar” Biles on bass.

Shirleta has traveled nationally and internationally, sharing her gift of music and storytelling at festivals, schools, and political arenas as well as in private engagements. She has been featured on FOX 5 News as an outstanding vocalist/entertainer.

“Shirleta is a dynamic performer, who knows what it means to entertain an audience!” —Esther Williams – Co-founder and manager of the Washington Jazz Arts Institute

Laura Baron is known for her passionate delivery, her beautifully crafted songs, and her expressive, sultry jazz and blues vocals. She fills a venue with the emotion of her lyrics and the beauty of her voice. Joining Laura will be Dave Ylvisaker on piano and  Pat Quinn on bass.

Laura has received over 20 awards from the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, including 3 GOLD awards, for Peace Someday , Kindness Don’t Rest Easy, and Winter Don’t Own Me.

She is the recipient of three 2014 Wammie Awards: Contemporary Folk Vocalist and Recording & Song of the Year. Laura was a 2014 Finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest for A Little Note, a song about a woman who breaks away from an abusive relationship. All she leaves is “a little note” telling him goodbye.

“…low key jazz-tinted musings…brisk and engaging.”
—Mike Joyce, Washington Post

Kim and Reggie Harris with Ken Whiteley

Thank you, Kim and Reggie Harris and Ken Whitely, for another great show

October 17, 2014 (The Third Friday) • 7:30 p.m.

photo: RL Geyer

Consummate musicians and storytellers, Kim and Reggie Harris
combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a solid background
in classical, rock, jazz and pop music. Creative curiosity, years
of road and stage experience and interactions with performers
such as Pete Seeger, Ysaye Barnwell, Jay Leno, Tom Paxton,
Bernice Johnson Reagon, Harry Belafonte and others, has led
them to produce music that entertains and inspires.

“Kim and Reggie inspire a sense of joy and exhilaration that lifts the soul… makes you want to sing and celebrate your neighbor!! Music that makes you come alive!” —Philadelphia Daily News

Ken Whiteley, Art of Light Studio 07 clrKen Whiteley is one of Canada’s most respected “roots” musicians.  A prolific songwriter, a gifted and versatile
instrumentalist and a powerful singer, Whiteley’s music
communicates themes of freedom, love, spiritual aspiration
and social comment. His performances are presented with
particapatory humor, grace and energy.

“A Canadian Pete Seeger with a voice like Tony Bennett
cranked to 11.” —Peterborough Examiner

Thank you for your support of Carroll Café.

P.S. Look at our Upcoming page for information on the rest of the season.

Jesse Palidofsky: Dancing Toward the Light

jesseWe opened our 2014-2015 season on Friday, September 12, with Jesse Palidofsky: Dancing Toward the Light.

Dancing Toward the Light was produced for Azalea City Recordings azalea city recordings logo


by Ken Whiteley, who was nominated for producer of the year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for his work on this CD.

Jesse's new CD, Dancing Toward the LightAt this SOLD OUT CD Release Concert and Celebration, Jesse was joined on stage with stellar musicians Ken Whiteley, Seth Kibel, Andrea Hoag, Carey Creed, Scott Giambusso, and more.

Congratulations, Jesse!

Thank you for your support of Carroll Cafe.

PS. Look at our Upcoming page for information on the next season.