Fiddler’s Dream Performance Schedule

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Thursday nights are Open Stage Night from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  $5 admission. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Order of play determined by order of arrival.  One song per rotation. 

Many wonderful musicians have shared their music on the Fiddler's Dream stage over the years. Our open stage began over twenty-two years ago! Our Open Mic Night is an Open Stage Night, as we are completely acoustic, so there aren't any mics...just a whole lot of good music, and an appreciative audience!

We’ve made a few changes in the New Year, hoping to improve the experience for our performers and our audience! Doors open at 6:00 pm, and we start playing at 6:30 pm. If you arrive by 6:30 pm, you will be in the first rotation. If you arrive after 6:30 pm, you will be added to the list under the red line, and play in the second round / rotation. We do a one-song rotation and a time limit of no more than 4 minutes per turn. Stick around, everybody plays! 

Play your turn - there are no substitutions or giving your turn to another performer. Give the performer their turn: unless you are invited to play with the performer, please don’t play-along with your instrument. Join the audience and listen! And please don’t play music outside, except to tune your instrument or quietly warm up a bit. Since we are all acoustic, sound does carry inside! 

Admission is $5. Thank you for having fun with us!


Friday April 20  ~ Jack Williams Concert Evening ~

8:00 pm,  The music of Jack Williams, rooted in his native South Carolina, was shaped by a 59-year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and the popular music of the 30s, 40s and 50s. He is counted among the most dynamic performers on today's "folk" circuit - " of the most enlightened and entertaining performers I've ever encountered", said Dave Humphreys of Two-Way Street Coffeehouse in Downer's Grove, IL. Jack is considered a "musician's musician", an uncommonly unique guitarist, a writer of vivid songs with a strong sense of place, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition who further illustrates each tale with his guitar. Rich Warren of WFMT Chicago's The Midnight Special said, "His artistry is nothing short of amazing". Vic Heyman, in SING OUT!, wrote, “He is one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk.”

Avoiding the compromises of the commercial music industry, Jack prefers touring under the radar, playing concerts, large and small, week in and week out, from the sheer love of music and performing. Playing for more than 50 house concerts each year, Jack enjoys the intimacy of that venue most of all, with a more personal connection to his listeners. Jack is a sought-after artist on all contemporary acoustic music stages, from coffeehouses and festivals to music halls and city arts stages. From acclaimed appearances at the Newport, Boston, Philadelphia, Kerrville, New Bedford SummerFest Folk Festivals, his musicianship, songs, stories and commanding presence have established him as an uncommonly inspiring and influential performer.

Jack frequently shares his musical knowledge with others. In addition to leading numerous workshops as he tours the country, he has been on the staff of The Swannanoa Gathering in NC, Lamb's Songwriter Retreat in MI, The Folk Project in NJ, WUMB's Summer Acoustic Music Week in NH, and co-hosts a semi-annual Music Workshop Weekend near his home in the Ozarks.

Jack has eleven CDs of original music on the Wind River (Folk Era) label, the newest being “Far Away, Long Ago”, plus his DVD “High Cotton”, a video collection of on-stage performances. The CD, “Don’t Let Go”, is a collection of cover songs reflecting major influences on his musical development. Jack has produced all of his own recordings plus CDs by Mickey Newbury, Ronny Cox, Eric Schwartz, and others.

His songs have been recorded by artists ranging from Tom Jones and David Clayton-Thomas to Chuck Pyle, Cindy Mangsen, Ronny Cox and Lowen & Navarro. In addition to his solo career, as a guitarist he has accompanied such luminaries as Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary), Mickey Newbury and Harry Nilsson.

Kevin Oliver of NO DEPRESSION magazine described Jack’s music as “…a musical style that’s equal parts folk storytelling and Tin Pan Alley songcraft, delivered with the impassioned soul of an old blues singer.”

Friendships with two great singers had an enormous impact on Jack's career and on the development of his own singing voice. In 1973, his relationship with the late Harry Nilsson resulted in an album effort at RCA during an ill-fated period of music industry turmoil. Until 2002, he sometimes toured as sole accompanist to his friend, the late Mickey Newbury, with whom he co-wrote, co-produced, and recorded a live album and video, Nights When I Am Sane (reissued as Winter Winds). Mickey Newbury said, "Jack and his music are an American treasure".

From 1958 through 1988, along with playing jazz (trumpet) and classical guitar, Jack was best known as an electric guitarist in a series of original rock bands and smaller acoustic ensembles. In the late 60's, he gave in to his troubadour nature and began performing solo - singing and playing a gut-string guitar and touring from coast to coast.

Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) called Jack
"…the best guitar player I've ever heard…"

As a hired-gun guitarist in the Deep South of the Civil Rights-Easy Rider 60's, Jack’s bands accompanied the likes of John Lee Hooker, Big Joe Turner, Jerry Butler, Hank Ballard, the Shirelles, and the Del-Vikings.

Jack Williams’ music, enriched from these varied influences, is a truly an All-American Southern music.

Advance tickets are available on Brown Paper Tickets! $15 advance and $20 at door the day of the show.

Doors open at 7:20 pm.

Saturday April 21  ~ The Songwriter's Guitar - A Workshop with Jack Williams ~

9:00 am - 12:01 pm, "The Songwriter"s Guitar" Workshop . For reservations and info, call (623) 640-6895 or email

About the workshop:
A songwriting workshop, but with an emphasis on how the guitar (or other instrument) plays a vital role in making the music whole, rather than being merely a "chord-vehicle" or something to hide behind when performing a song.

Topics to be covered:
*Considering every aspect of the guitar in the songwriting process, from initial ideas to finished performance
*Special emphasis on the "Guitar As Greek Chorus": as accompanist, inspiration, commentator, colorist, comforter, crutch, and as equal partner in songwriting
*Discussing how and when the guitar can hinder the songwriting process, as well as how it can add melody, counter-melody, and the "glue" to vocal melody, which can sustain and propel a song
*Gentle discussion and critique of songs written (or in progress) by the student.

Link to advance purchase your worksop reservation is posted below, on sale now via Brown Paper Tickets! $30 advance, $40 at door the morning of the workshop.

Doors open at 8:30 am.

Saturday April 21  ~ Derral Gleason Duo - Evelyn Roper ~

8:00 pm, Derral Gleason is an American musician and singer / songwriter. Gleason’s music is a mix of high-energy from-the-gut "melody with muscle" rock ’n’ roll, and soul-kissed Texas rhythm and blues. His songs are often stories; sometimes they have a moral, and sometimes they don't! There may be one or two that are amoral… A native Texan, Derral Gleason has been an electric performer in successive musical incarnations: Derral's diversity is illustrated by a musical history which has seen his bands touring nationally and internationally with the Police, INXS, Iggy Pop, and the Divinyls... to solo-acoustic openings with Jerry Jeff Walker, Reverend Horton Heat and Paul Kelly. Beginning his career with the exciting new wave band, Billy Clone and the Same in Phoenix, AZ, Derral went on to lead the edgy Blitz Girls in Boulder, Colorado, touring the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. Derral then founded the Illustrious Illustrated Men, also out of Colorado, before moving back to Austin, Texas, where his music has found its most recent and long-standing incarnation as the DG3 (Derral Gleason Trio). Performing solo acoustic, or acoustic duo with Jason (Ely) Nunnenkamp, Derral brings a personal, riveting performance to smaller, more intimate venues.

9:15 pm, Evelyn Roper is a blend of Americana, visiting from Colorado! Her songwriting reflects that, with an emphasis on story songs, although they may be backed with a genre not limited to Western or Country, while Swing, Surf, and Rockabilly, feed her driving beats. Live shows may include all roots genres if her audience demands one or another. Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris are artists some compare her to, but her voice is her own! 20 years of solid experience as a solo artist, duo, and frontman of her own band Opal Moon, a member of Johnny Kongo All Stars (Rockabilly) duo with Zona Wood as Original Recipe in Arizona, give credence to what she produces. Singing with 13 years with a Western Show Band (Waunita Hot Springs )and 9 years as a weekly solo performer in summers at another Guest Ranch showcases her commitment to professionalism and variety. Chris Coady and Will Dudley, accomplished singer/songwriters have hired Evelyn as a backup singer on their produced CDs. She also has recorded her own material. Evelyn has opened for Ian Tyson, Dave Stamey, Don Edwards, Michael Martin Murphey, Pam Tillis, Dean Dillon and Pure Prairie League. 

Admission tonight is $8. Doors open at 7:20 pm.

Mark you calendar for these upcoming special events.   Check our Facebook page for details.

Saturday April 28  ~ Banjo Workshop - Alternate Tunings & How To Use Them ~

Friday May 4  ~ Fidd's Fundraiser Night featuring Castletown and More! ~

Saturday May 5  ~ Fiddle Workshop with Katie Jane LubiensFiddle  ~

Saturday May 5  ~ Slide Guitar Workshop with Robert Richter ~

Saturday June 2  ~ Different Sons of Different Mothers (Robby and Eric) ~

Saturday July 7  ~ Mahadev Ok in Arizona ~

Fiddler's Dream is located one block north of Glendale Avenue on 17th Street, on the Southeast corner of 17th Street and Cactus Wren. Use the newly opened Sprouts grocery at 16th Street and Glendale as a landmark - we are one block further East on Glendale, and when you reach 17th Street turn North and go one block to Cactus Wren.  1702 East Glendale, Phoenix, AZ, 85020 is the street address to plug into your map app.