A benefit concert for Kid Pan Alley, Monday, May 4th • 7pm

Join us for our Kid Pan Alley virtual fundraising festival to kick-off Give Local Piedmont on Monday, May 4th from 7-9 pm. Featuring some of the world-renowned artists we’ve worked with over the years including Tom Paxton, Kathy Mattea, Ysaye M. Barnwell, Jon Vezner, Steve Poltz, John McCutcheon, Darrell Scott and more to be announced. They’ll be joined by some of our KPA songwriting staff including Lea Morris, Donald Sosin, Sahffi Lynne, along with hosts Paul Reisler and Cheryl Toth.

RSVP Facebook Live It will feel like an intimate house concert, without the germs, thanks to a small audience virtual audience in our zoom room. And everyone can watch it live on Facebook. 

DonateAnd if you can’t make it, please consider donating to Kid Pan Alley so we can continue to provide free songwriting workshops and concerts for children who are stuck at home during this challenging time.

Tom Paxton is a legend in the songwriting world. He has been an integral part of the songwriting and folk music community since the early 60’s and continues to be a primary influence on today’s “New Folk” generation. Tom has received 5 Grammy nominations as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Recording Academy, ASCAP and the BBC. www.TomPaxton.com

Kathy Mattea is one of the most respected female country stars of her era, a commercially successful hitmaker who was able to bring elements of folk, bluegrass, gospel, and singer/songwriter intimacy to her music. She has charted more than 30 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including four that reached No. 1.  She is also a two-time Grammy Award winner. www.Mattea.com

Darrell Scott is a singer, songwriter, session musician and a four time Grammy nominated artist. He’s a multi-instrumentalist and he has toured as part of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy. He’s won Album of the Year and Song of the Year awards from the Americana Music Association and the Independent Music Association. www.DarrellScott.com

Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell toured with the internationally acclaimed singing group Sweet Honey in the Rock for more than 30 years, appearing on more than 30 recordings.  She has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to concert halls in Africa, Europe and New Guinea. She is a vocalist with a range of over three octaves.  

Grammy award-winning songwriter, Nashville based, Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalogue of recorded songs, topped by the poignant “Where’ve You Been,” reflects his straight-to-the heart sensibility and emotional awareness. He’s had songs recorded by Martina McBride, Janis Ian, John Mellencamp, Nancy Griffith, Faith Hill, Clay Walker, and Diamond Rio among others. www.JonVezner.com

John McCutcheon a folk music singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has produced 40 albums since the 1970s. He is regarded as a master of the hammered dulcimer, and is also proficient on many other instruments including guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, and Jew’s harp. He has received six Grammy Award nominations. www.folkmusic.com

Robbie Schaefer is a musician, songwriter, and playwright devoted to service through the arts. He is the guitarist and songwriter for the indie folk band Eddie From Ohio and has released several solo albums, including his most recent, 2017′s Sounds Like Home: Songs From the Musical, Light Years.  In 2018, Robbie made his theatrical stage debut in Signature Theatre’s LIGHT YEARS, a musical for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics. www.RobbieSchaefer.com

Your host Paul Reisler has been writing songs, performing, composing, recording, and teaching songwriting for over 45 years as the leader of Trapezoid, the founder of Kid Pan Alley, Music Director for Ki Theatre, and the leader of his current group: Three Good Reasons. He’s recorded dozens of albums, written thousands of songs, co-wrote Aesop’s Fables for Orchestra and Narrator, as well as 2 musicals—Bouncin’ and The Talented Clementine. He’ll be joined by Cheryl Toth, a former music teacher and elementary school Principal who has been working with Kid Pan Alley for the last 6 years. www.paulreisler.com

Donald Sosin is one of the foremost silent film composers in the world, with 48 years of performing at major film festivals and archives, from MoMA, Lincoln Center, BAM, Telluride, San Francisco and Seattle to Pordenone, Bologna, Berlin, Vienna, Ljubljana, Rijeka, Moscow, Odessa, Bangkok, and Shanghai. He’s worked with Kid Pan Alley writing songs with the children for silent film festivals around the country.  

LEA is a singer and songwriter whose “soul-folk” blends gospel, jazz, country and R&B with authentic, thought provoking song craft.  BShe recently won the Grand Prize in the prestigious Bernard Ebb songwriting contest. She is currently working on her 9th full-length album and when she is not doing her own music she works with Kid Pan Alley. www.thisIsLea.com

Sahffi Lynne is an international singer/songwriter and vocal coach whose mission is to offer her music as medicine to open and connect hearts throughout the world. Her spirit-inspired performances and channeled original songs have taken her music around the world.    www.Sahffi.com