Middletown, NJ – The Middletown Arts Center presents the MAC Music Café | Outdoor Edition, an afternoon of live music performed by top-notch musicians, on Sunday, July 25th from 4-6 p.m. July singer-songwriters showcase features local talent Shotgun Bill Anania, Jim Crawford, Audra Mariel and Fire in the Garden. The concert will take place outdoors, on the MAC’s tented patio. Please check our website for weather-related changes. All safety guidelines will be followed. The event is free with a suggested donation of $5.
The Middletown Arts Center is located at 36 Church Street in Middletown, NJ (next to the Middletown train station). Free parking is available on site with additional free parking available in station metered lot weekday evenings after 6 p.m. and weekends. For more information, please visit middletownarts.org or call 732-706-4100.
Music Cafe Performers
SHOTGUN BILL ANANIA Shotgun Bill is…Bill Anania. I consider myself a late bloomer singer/songwriter. Playing and living in Monmouth County, NJ, you’ll find me performing at events and venues in this area. I worked with Frank Patrouch in “Frank and Bill” since 2012. We released three CD projects, Frank Patrouch “Whiskey and Revenge”, Frank & Bill “ One Good Line” and “Unplugged and Uncouth”. In 2016, I also released my first solo CD, “The B-Sides”, and in the summer of 2017, I released my second solo project, “Train Cars, Prison Bars…and a White Guitar”. Working with my friend Scott “Tango Kid” Yetka, my next album, “Shotgun Bill with the Tango Kid – Lonesome Cowboys”, was released in April 2019. During the pandemic, we released the “Quarantined” EP. The summer of 2021 will see the release of our fifth project, “Shotgun Bill with the Tango Kid- Lack of Luxury”. Also, you can hear all my tunes on Spotify, Itunes, Amazon, Band Camp and CD Baby! From time to time I venture out “hawking” my music…and making a good try at it. So keep your eye open for my show postings and new releases.
JIM CRAWFORD Jim Crawford was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and at the age of seven emigrated to Canada and five years later to Kearny, NJ, where he finished school before joining the US Army in 1964. Jim started playing for friends in an Irish Bar in Kearny called The Tyrone House which led to gigs in other local pubs in Northern NJ and had a good following for several years before he settled into work and his marriage. After retiring as a union electrician, Jim got back into his music and started writing songs that were based on his life experiences. This resulted in two CDs, “Team of my Father” and “Yelling At Me”, that were well received by the local music community. Jim has performed solo and with groups in Albert Music Hall in Waretown, BOTMA in Little Silver, The Cafe Improv in Princeton, The Cafe Artiste in Neptune and numerous coffee houses in the Monmouth area.
AUDRA MARIEL Martin Howth is the solo looping project of jazz vocalist Audra Mariel. The music has been described as ethereal, even meditative, but also features catchy hooks and thoughtful lyrics. All loops are generated live, without the use of tracks nor additional digital effects (other than the looping effect itself). Martin Howth’s debut album, “The Wayward Warbler”, was released in December 2018, and she is currently recording her next full-length album to be released at the end of summer, 2021.
FIRE IN THE GARDEN Alissa Pecora, Frank Patrouch, Al Milewski and Bill Anania, each came from their own musical and songwriting histories to form fast friendships…after repeatedly bumping into each other at the same restaurants in Keyport where they live. Alissa’s poetry has enchanted listeners for some years before turning that and her sultry voice, toward writing songs with her husband, Frank. Frank, already with his own, long history of songwriting and guitar virtuosity, has performed from England to New York, from Nashville to New Orleans. Al has added his violin, guitar and vocals to bands playing folk/blues, Brazilian and gypsy swing. These three started to perform together about a year ago and have proudly contributed their skills to Musicians on a Mission. Their repertoire is broad, ranging from worldly-wise folk and rock to seductive blues to tranquil jazz.
ABOUT THE MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER The Middletown Arts Center (MAC) is an award-winning, state-of-the-art facility in Middletown, New Jersey that offers performances, exhibits, classes, demonstrations and camps centering on the arts. Its convenient location across from the Middletown train station on Church Street enables easy access and its expanded MAC Annex is minutes away at the Middletown Reformed Church’s Education Building. The MAC is operated by a non-profit 501c3, the Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council which is dedicated to bringing quality arts programming and events to Middletown and surrounding communities. Visit middletownarts.org for more information and to join our mailing list for updates on classes, camps and activities at the Middletown Arts Center.