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Since the beginning of June we have been running weekly open mikes at the Colonial Inn in Concord. This is an interim arrangement until the Acton Jazz Café opens ACT III at their new location in Littleton (2.5 miles from their prior location.)

ACT III's Gwenn Vivian is keeping everyone posted by email and on Facebook. Their planned opening date is Saturday Sept 6th and our first open mike there is currently scheduled on Tuesdays, since they will be closed on Mondays. Our first open mike will be on Tuesday Sept. 9th.

Here are a couple of recent postings from Gwenn. These will give you more information.

The first is a thank you, following last week's successful blues night benefit.

Thanks so much to the band, the volunteers from The West Acton Baptist Church, the staff of the former Acton Jazz Cafe, the jammers, and all the good friends who came out last Saturday to make our first summer fundraiser such a success!

We raised over $3000, which allowed us to meet our first goal. We are now ready and able to start moving in and renovating our new space. We'll be working at building our beautiful new venue all summer.

We are planning two more concert / jam / fundraisers this summer; one jazz-based, and another folk-based. We will also be launching an online campaign in the next week.

Please keep us in your hearts, and stay tuned! We can't do this without you. This is the spirit of community, at work and at play. Full speed ahead!

Yours, as ever,
Gwenn, Josely, and the gang at ACT III

The second gives information about the new venue.

Dear friends,
Our new location is scheduled to open in the early fall.

It will be a collaboration of local artists and artisans, under the name Gallery 529, and musicians and fine dining/ drinking under the name ACT III. We will be all together under one roof at this lovely historic farmhouse on Rte. 110, just off exit 31 on 495.

It's located at 529 King Street in Littleton. We are in the process of updating our website, our mailing software, and our facebook page. Please stay tuned for a longer and more detailed announcement coming soon!

In the meantime the Colonial Inn is a wonderful option and we are glad that they could accommodate us.

We will have open mikes at the Colonial Inn through Labor Day.

Here are the currently scheduled performers at the Inn:

July 7 Bridge and Davies / Deborah & Giovani Rocha (Gail Finnie) (John MacLean guest host)
July 14 Fran La Malva / Wayne Martin (Driftwood Creek)
July 21 Sandy Haddon & Kathryn Kaufman / Peter Neuendorffer (Dell Smart) (John MacLean guest host)
July 28 Two Cat Folk with Special Guests Daisy Flowerchild and the Leftovers (Alex Solomonov)
Aug 4 Lloyd Thayer / Carolyn Waters (tba)John MacLean guest host)
Aug 11 Jake Kensinger and Friends (John MacLean guest host)
Aug 18 Gail Finnie / Driftwood Creek (Kent Nierendorf)
Aug 25 Lauren Weintraub / Chris and John Boehmer
Sept 1 Eric Gulliksen and Jon Swenson (Judith Christianson Band)

Colonial Inn, 40 Monument Square. Concord, The open mike will run every Monday. at 6:30pm. Tasty food and beverages well worth the trip! Suggested donation $5 may be put in the tip jar. Advance sign-up prior to noon of the day of the open mike at eschmidt01742@gmail.com or 978-369-8090. You may also show up before 6:15 at the door and be placed in the lottery drawing for performance order.

Most of the ACT III features and mini-set performers have already been scheduled for Mondays, but will be rescheduled for the next day in each case, since those open mikes will be on Tuesdays starting June 9th. The previously scheduled ACT III features from September 9th through December will be posted soon after confirming some of the dates with the performers.

I appreciate your patience at this time of transition. Feel free to be in touch with me if you have any questions.