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.
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. Visit their website for more information: http://sopasol.com/
Rast's, DeVitry's and Friends Christmas Jam
Chelsea Berry is a powerhouse vocalist and performer based out of New England. Dubbed “the Pink of folk music” by acclaimed singer songwriter Susan Werner, Chelsea’s shows are driven by her dynamic stage presence, heartfelt lyrics and stories, and masterful writing. She has released 10 original albums over her 25 year career and has collaborated on projects with dozens of other writers and performers. Her music is played regularly on Sirius XM’s The Loft and has been featured on local radio and TV stations from Modesto to Manhattan.