Indy Acoustic Cafe Series

Welcome to our 21st Season!

Thanks to your support we have lasted over 20 years. The Indy Acoustic Cafe Series began in 1996 with the purpose of bringing the best nationally and internationally known singer songwriters specializing in Folk, Americana and Blues in an acoustically perfect environment, a true listening room. This is the very first music series of it’s kind in Indianapolis giving musicians of the highest caliber the opportunity to play in Indianapolis while passing through the Midwest. I hope you’re able to check out the series and discover new and talented musicians from across the country.


Beth Nielsen Chapman

Beth Nielsen Chapman - October 22, 2016

From writing hits for other artists to recording her own, twice Grammy nominated Beth Nielsen Chapman has truly embraced musical diversity. She has penned numerous hits and written songs for many top artists including Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Keb Mo', Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings, Faith Hill and many more. Her music has been heard on "ER", "Dawson’s Creek", "Providence", "Felicity" and in movie soundtracks "The Prince of Egypt", "Message in a Bottle", "The Rookie" and "Where the Heart Is". Mega hit, "This Kiss" sung by Faith Hill was ASCAP's 1999 Song of the Year.

Learn more about Beth at her web site

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David Wilcox

David Wilcox - October 22, 2016

David was first inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell. Wilcox is now 18 records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.

Considered a "songwriter’s songwriter", his songs have been covered by many artists. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.

Learn more about David at his web site

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Lavin and White

Christine Lavin with Don White, November 4, 2016

Christine Lavin performs concerts all over the US, Canada, Australia, Germany and all points in between. She is co-founder of The Four Bitchin Babes as well as a songwriters retreat on Martha's Vineyard and On a Winters (and Summer's Nights) Tours. She has produced ten CD compilations plus she is also a freelance writer for Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Performing Songwriter and St. Petersburg Times.

Christine has received many awards including a 2012 NYC Nightlife Award given annually to the best concert and cabaret performer. This should tell you something about her performances. She is one of the most respected songwriters that emerged from the NYC scene that produced John Gorka, Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega .

Learn more about Christine at her web site

Don White is a product of the rich Boston Arts Scene of the 90's. He developed his chops in the same Club Passim/Olde Vienna Kaffehaus scene that produced Dar Williams, Martin Sexton, Lori McKenna and many others. He was also a regular comedian at the legendary Catch a Rising Star. These experiences along with his immersion in the Boston spoken word scene combined to make him one of the few performers who bring a comic wit and a poet's heart to his songs and stories.

Learn more about Don at his website

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Darden Smith

Darden Smith - November 19, 2016

Darden Smith has long transcended traditional singer-songwriter boundaries, and his varied, fascinating musical legacy continues to evolve.

Musically, Smith weaves together folk and Americana influences with rock, pop, and the musical roots of his home state of Texas, to create a sound that is uniquely his own. He has recorded fourteen critically acclaimed albums in locations ranging from Austin, New York, and Nashville to London and Los Angeles. All Music Guide has praised Smith as "a singer-songwriter blessed with an uncommon degree of intelligence, depth, and compassion". Likened to songwriters such as Nick Drake, John Hiatt, Leonard Cohen and Elvis Costello, Smith is one of contemporary music's most winning and gifted artistic treasures whose consistent creative excellence keeps blossoming.

Darden Smith continues to redefine what it means to be a musician.

Learn more about Darden at his web site

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