Indy Acoustic Cafe Series

Welcome to our 19th Season!

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.


Nicholas Barron

Nicholas Barron - September 6, 2014

Nicholas Barron is a Blues and Folk musician and singer-songwriter based in Chicago, IL. He is known as a wonderful live musician and certainly a must see.

Throughout the last 26 years, Nicholas has mostly played as a Solo artist. He developed his incredibly fluid and unique style of mouth percussion, funky acoustic bass lines, and his one-man soul explosion style – Nicholas sounds like a whole band! This skill derived from trying to capture a crowd on the street to a room full of unsuspecting listeners. When he testifies on classic 1970's Soul tunes like Bill Wither’s “Use Me Up” or Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” with a deep constant bass line and mouth percussion, people are convinced he’s using background effects!!

Nicholas has recently opened for: Dave Mason, Shawn Colvin, Shemekia Copeland, and Buddy Guy, and over the last 25 years for: John Martyn, Al Green, BB King, Joan Armatrading, Johnny Cash, War, Average White Band, Michael Bolton, The Meters, Neville Brothers, Tuck and Patti, Charlie Hunter, Nelly Furtado, James Taylor, Eleni Mandel, Tommy Emmanuel, James Cotton, Doobie Brothers, Groove Collective, Liquid Soul, Karl Denson, Medeski Martin and Wood, The Subdudes, The Rebirth Brass Band, and more!

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Jeff Black

Jeff Black - September 6, 2014

Thirty years of celebrated live performances and songs covered by artists as diverse as Alison Krauss, Waylon Jennings, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, John Oates, Blackhawk and Dierks Bentley, Jeff Black is recognized as a pioneer in the modern music industry. Boston’s WUMB voted Jeff Black as one of the Top 100 most important Folk artists of the last 25 years. A master songwriter and performer in the tradition of the great storytellers, his passionate, soul driven live performances of songs from his vast catalog are not to be missed.

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Chris Trapper

Chris Trapper - September 6, 2014

A prolific songwriter, Chris can boast high profile film placements including, There’s Something About Mary, The Devil Wears Parada, Say It Isn’t So and television placements including All My Children Malcolm In The Middle and Women’s Murder Club. His music can best be described as lyrically driven roots-pop with a knack of telling everyday stories filled with extra ordinary characters.

The New York Times calls his work, “classic pop perfection”.

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Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett

Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett - October 25, 2014

Little Feat’s Guitarists

Paul Barrère plays guitar and slide guitar, and sings lead and background vocals for Little Feat. Paul Barrère joined Little Feat for the band's third album Dixie Chicken, and has been with the band since. During Little Feat's early 80's hiatus, Paul led the group Chicken Legs. Since Little Feat's return with "Let it Roll", Paul has stepped more into the spotlight. Paul's guitar, vocals, and songwriting are now an important part of the Little Feat sound.

In addition to his work with Little Feat, Paul Barrère has also recorded and performed with many other fine musicians including: Chicken Legs, the Blues Busters (featuring Catfish Hodge), Valerie Carter, Chico Hamilton, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Palmer, and Carly Simon.

Fred Tackett plays guitar, trumpet, and mandolin for Little Feat. Hailing from Arkansas, Fred Tackett worked as a side man on many Little Feat albums before becoming a full member of the band for Let It Roll. Along with his fine guitar work, Fred's mandolin and trumpet have become a featured part of the Little Feat sound. Robert Palmer writes about Fred Tackett's early years in Rock and Roll: An Unruly History.

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David Wilcox

David Wilcox - November 8, 2014

Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter', his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt 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.

Reflecting on well over 20 years of record-making and touring extensively around the US and world, Wilcox says, “Music still stretches out before me like the head-lights of a car into the night. It’s way beyond where I am, but it shows where I’m going. I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I’m grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me.” He’s touring in support of his new CD titled, “Blaze”.

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Radney Foster

Radney Foster - February 21, 2015

Throughout his 30 year career, Foster has continuously stretched the boundaries. “I strive to challenge myself as a writer, a musician and a singer everyday.” As his voice has deepened and grown richer, so, it seems, has his focus. These are the songs of a full-grown man, who long ago left fear by the side of the road.

Considered an elder statesman of Texas singer-songwriters, Foster has been a friend and mentor to many younger artists on the Texas scene. He’s written and produced songs for Randy Rogers, Jack Ingram, Kacey Musgraves, Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott, Pat Green, Cory Morrow and many others. His songs are regularly mined by superstar acts like Keith Urban (“Raining on Sunday,” “I’m In,”), Sara Evans (“Real Fine Place,” “Revival”) and the Dixie Chicks (“Godspeed”).

Radney is touring in support of his new CD titled, “Everything I Should Have Said”. It’s a really great one too.

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