Acoustic Brew returns with its spring lineup

LEMONT – It’s that time again – Acoustic Brew is back.

What’s Acoustic Brew? Glad you asked.

The Acoustic Brew is a non-profit, volunteer-run concert series that was established in 1992. It’s a listening place committed to providing reasonably priced, quality folk and acoustic music in an intimate, smoke- and alcohol-free environment.

The Acoustic Brew was the idea of John Walls, who moved to central Pennsylvania from New England and who had been involved with the Nameless Coffeehouse in Cambridge, Mass.

The Acoustic Brew has developed a strong reputation, both among folk performers and in the local community.  Despite its small size, ABC has attracted quite a number of regional and national folk artists.

Most performances take place at the Center for Well Being, a yoga and massage facility that the Brew rents for its concerts and that seats about 110. The Center is located on Mount Nittany Road in Lemont, about three miles from Penn State’s main campus.  It’s about 90 minutes from Harrisburg; three hours from Pittsburgh; and four hours from New York City, Ithaca, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.

Larger performances are held at the WPSU Studios at Penn State’s Innovation Park. In the past, shows have been held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the State College Area High School and the Mount Nittany Middle School.

It all kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Center for Well Being. The first act to perform this year will be Sam Gleeves and Tyler Hughes. Tickets are $18.

Show No. 2 takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, when Michael Jerling takes the Acoustic Brew stage. Tickets are $18.

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, Ellis is the performer. Tickets for her show are $16.

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, the Ken and Brad Kolodner Trio take the stage. Tickets for that show are $18.

The Acoustic Brew series wraps up at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 when Victoria Fox performs. Tickets for the final show of the year are $16.

For more information about the Acoustic Brew series, visit




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