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Fanwood Cultural Arts Performance Series
Old Carriage House The Performance Series takes place at the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center also known as "The Old Carriage House". The Arts Center faces Watson Road; however, it is part of the Fanwood Borough Hall property and the actual address is 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023. Please go to our Directions page for in depth directions, maps and photos at: directions, and our Venue page to learn more about this beautiful historic building.

Mayor Colleen Mahr and The Fanwood Arts Council Present
Upcoming Shows

June 11, 2016 - Rebecca Pronsky Rebecca Pronsky
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September 10, 2016 - Claude Bourbon

October 8, 2016 - Brian Dunne
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November 12, 2016 - Rupert Wates

Rebecca Pronsky, June 11, 2016 at 7PM
with Shawna Caspi

Bryan Hansen Rebecca Pronsky is a born and raised Brooklynite whose music is “as urban as it is rural, not afraid to be sophisticated” (Maverick). Her songs are gritty and dark, layered and dreamy, bravely disobeying the usual conventions of the Americana genre. She has been described as an artist whose “voice conveys the wisdom of experience over a wash of noirishly twangy guitars” (NPR) and a “jazzy-folk female Chris Isaak” (Creative Loafing).

Rebecca has been singing since she was in elementary school and added songwriting to her repertoire around age 16 when she picked up the guitar for the first time. She went on to study Ethnomusicology and jazz at Brown University and came home to Brooklyn with a diploma and a demo CD. She soon met guitarist and composer Rich Bennett, who has been her musical partner and co-producer ever since. In 2015, Rebecca and Rich launched Acme Hall Studios, a recording studio and music education space in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where they both teach, record, and inspire musicians of all levels.

Rebecca has been featured on NPR’s Song of the Day, WFUV Sunday Breakfast, BBC Scotland, and BBC 6. She has twice been a regional finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong competition and her songs have appeared on television shows such as Breaking Amish, Usta Usta, and 90210. She recently appeared singing on an episode of NPR’s “This American Life.”

In a decade of touring, Rebecca has criss-crossed the US and Europe, appearing at clubs and festivals. She has shared the stage with Shawn Colvin, Loudon Wainwright III, Madeleine Peyroux, Peter Case, Josh Ritter, Freedy Johnston, Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric, Patty Larkin, and Steve Forbert.
“Rebecca Pronsky addresses the struggles of a generation attempting to get by. Over a propulsive beat and a wash of noirishly twangy guitars. Pronsky’s voice conveys the wisdom of experience without crossing the line into defeatist world-weariness.” ~ NPR, SONG OF THE DAY

Check out her web site at:

Shawna Caspi

Bryan Hansen Singer Songwriter Shawna Caspi sings of love, travel, home, and heart, distilling each experience into a series of vibrant snapshots, coloured with humour and grace and arranged with care and craft. Her latest release, Apartments for Lovers, is a solo guitar and voice album that showcases her rich voice and remarkable fingerstyle guitar technique.

Shawna Caspi made her Calgary debut at the Nickelodeon with a set that featured three big plusses: exceptional singing, outstanding fingerstyle guitar artistry, and stellar songwriting. Our audience loved it all. – Vic Bell, Calgary, AB, Artistic Director, Nickelodeon Music Club

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Intermission with South Martine Avenue Deli sandwiches and pizza

As usual we will be offering refreshments for sale, during the intermissions. We ussually make some home made cookies, have a variety of chips, and various other finger foods donated by our volunteers and regular attendees. (Please feel free to bring along something for our intermission food table!)

Ahhre Coffee Roastery Our newest sponsor is Ahrre's Coffee Roastery in Westfield and Summit! Ahrre's has graciously offered to donate both decaf and regular coffee, as well as train our vollunteers how to brew and dispense their carefully roasted coffee correctly! We will be brewing up Ahrre's delicious coffees and offering it to you in our brand new, commercial, insulated dispensers!

Snapple Snapple has generously donated beverages for our intermission. They have also donated a new tent to cover the food tables, and 2 great new coolers on wheels to keep the beverages that they are donating cold.

Nick's Pizza and Deli
Nicks Deli (formerly South Martine Avenue Deli) will be adding some of their favorite appetizers and pizza samples to our intermission food table. They are famous for thier New York Style large slices and delicious garlic knots....

Mara's Cafe
Mara's Cafe will be adding their excellent baked treats to our ussual home made cookies etc.... Mara's grinds their own coffee beans, offers authentic Italian Gelato, and a huge assortment of pastries, cookies, and delicious canolis. They will be featuring live music of thier own on Wednesday nights!

Experience great performances in a historic setting right in your own back yard! Suggested donation is $15, $10 for seniors and students.

This program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.