Friday December 8th
Rast's, DeVitry's and Friends Christmas Jam
Friday January 12th
In 2010 Daryl and Frances began collaborating while in graduate school at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University. Daryl was exploring how to use his music to promote health, growth and new connections. Frances was working to root her music vocation in peacebuilding. Both view their music as more than entertainment. Sopa Sol draws on their experiences in other countries and cultures – including Kenya, Haiti and Brazil – to explore music that is transformative in individual lives, communities and the broader society.
Friday February 9th
A troubadour, a poet with a guitar, a stage banter-conversationalist - all are terms that describe Matt Wheeler's music & performance style well. Matt’s songwriting paints pictures with words, often drawing inspiration from classic works of literature or simply spinning new original stories in song. Lyrics & dynamics play a key role, as each song really means something, and each one is delivered with an honesty that is compelling.
When playing solo, Matt draws audiences in with engaging stories and interaction, while shining the spotlight on the lyrical strength of his songs. When joined by his band Vintage Heart, the poignant lyrics meet expressive strings and driving percussion to make orchestral folk songs that reward repeated listens. The result is a pleasing sound that recalls wordsmiths like Denison Witmer, Iron & Wine, and James Taylor.