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AJC Open Mike

Benefit Night for Ecclesia Ministries and San Francisco Night Ministry
featuring Ellen Schmidt

With

Jackie Damsky, Seth Connelly, Hatrack Gallagher, and Jake Kensinger

Monday April 7th 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Feature at 8 p.m.

Ellen is a singer/songwriter and member of “Two for the Show” with Jake Kensinger. "Penning simple, elegant songs of family and the experience of growing throughout the history of a life, Schmidt exudes a warm and gentle spirit." Club Passim Seth Connelly, Jackie Damsky ,Hatrack Gallagher and Jake Kensinger will join Ellen in her performance!

Ecclesia Ministries: In the summer of 1994, the Rev. Deborah W. Little began meeting with homeless people on the streets of Boston, offering sandwiches, friendship, and referrals. From that simple beginning, Ecclesia Ministries www.ecclesiaministries.org has evolved into an ecumenical church community that engages homeless and privileged people, service providers, clergy, seminarians, artists, and professionals of all kinds in activities that work to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of homeless people in Boston. Donations to Ecclesia Ministries are tax deductible and help to pay for eyeglasses, emergency housing assistance, emergency clothing, food for our worship, locker space for belongings, prescription medication for those who have no insurance, use of a laundromat, dry socks, the sandwiches carried daily in backpacks to hand out to folks who are hungry, staff salaries, and our office rent.

San Francisco Night Ministry: A compassionate, non-judgmental, ministry of presence in the middle of the night, both on the streets and on the phone...http://www.sfnightministry.org For nearly four decades, a group of San Francisco Bay Area congregations, denominational bodies and concerned individuals have attempted to meet the human and spiritual needs of the city through informal, on-street encounters, supplemented by the telephone counseling of trained, committed lay volunteers. Every night of the year, ordained members of the clergy walk the downtown streets from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., bringing a measure of compassion and understanding to this diverse group through counseling and referral. Taking a lead from Jesus Christ, who was often found among the "wrong" kind of people, the Night Minister and Assistant Night Ministers meet people wherever they are: in the bars, hotels, all-night coffee shops, homes, or simply on the street. And since human suffering knows no "office hours," a minister is available wherever there is a need at night when help is hard to find. For San Francisco, this is a ministry as urgently needed as it is challenging.

Through Jake’s friendship with Rev Diana Wheeler, who is part of the San Francisco Night Ministry, we learned of her work and also about the local organization Ecclesia Ministries, where she has a connection.

Thanks to Gwenn Vivian and Josely Noguiera for welcoming our open mike!

Acton Jazz Café is located at 5 Nagog Mall, Acton MA, 978-263-6161, www.actonjazzcafe.com, The open mike will run every Monday starting at 6:30. The café’s tasty cuisine and beverages are well worth the trip! Admission is $5 at the door.

Advance sign-up up to 3 weeks 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.

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Visit the Acton Jazz Café page on Facebook and also Ellen Schmidt’s Open Mike at the Acton Jazz Café group on Facebook!

Check out our CD's at our gigs, at selected stores, and on our web site at our CD's and Sound Clips links.

Check our open mike site for the latest information on our open mike: http://www.ellenschmidt.com/openmike.html

We continue to be involved in more community service projects including Project Bread's Walk for Hunger, the Boston Natural Areas Network's anniversary celebration and summer programs, Rosie's Place and the Gulf 2 Fund, as well as musical productions to benefit Huntington's Disease patient care and Breast Cancer research.


All of Ellen's songs from her four albums are available on www.cdfreedom.com, as CDs and also as MP3s.

This is a song of mine in celebration of Father's Day. It was written for one of our sons!
The Father In The Boy

We look forward to seeing you at some of our upcoming shows.

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Upcoming dates for Two for the Show and for Ellen.

March 2014
Monday March 24 6:30 p.m. to 10 - 10:30 p.m. Ellen Schmidt's Acton Jazz Café Open Mike. Featuring tonight are Folkapotamus/September Babies. Deborah Galiga will perform a mini—set. Acton Jazz Café 5 Nagog Park Mall, Acton, MA 978-263-6161, www.actonjazzcafe.com Admission is $5. sign-up by 6:15 or email by noon to eschmidt01742@gmail.com or call 978-369-8090 for information.
Monday March 31 6:30 p.m. to 10 - 10:30 p.m. Ellen Schmidt's Acton Jazz Café Open Mike. Featuring tonight are Charlie Koch & Brad Meyer will feature.. Cosy Sheridan will perform a mini—set. Acton Jazz Café 5 Nagog Park Mall, Acton, MA 978-263-6161, www.actonjazzcafe.com Admission is $5. sign-up by 6:15 or email by noon to eschmidt01742@gmail.com or call 978-369-8090 for information.
April 2014
Sunday April 6 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Emerson Umbrella Open Mike, 40 Stow St., Concord., Carla Schwartz and Cooper and Kenneally will feature. Amy Spillert will perform the mini-set. Admission $5, free refreshments, sign-up by 6:45 or email by noon to eschmidt01742@gmail.com or call 978-369-8090 for information! The open mike is held in the Musketaquid Room on the first floor in the front of the building.
Monday April 7 6:30 p.m. to 10 - 10:30 p.m. Ellen Schmidt's Acton Jazz Café Open Mike. Ellen Schmidt with Seth Connelly, Jackie Damsky, Hatrack Gallagher. and Jake Kensinger. The is a BENEFIT NIGHT FOR ECCLESIA MINISTRIES AND SAN FRANCISCO NIGHT MINISTRY. Acton Jazz Café 5 Nagog Park Mall, Acton, MA 978-263-6161, www.actonjazzcafe.com Admission is $5. sign-up by 6:15 or email by noon to eschmidt01742@gmail.com or call 978-369-8090 for information.
Monday April 14 6:30 p.m. to 10 - 10:30 p.m. Ellen Schmidt's Acton Jazz Café Open Mike. Featuring tonight are Dan Hart and JB Sweeney with Jackie Damsky & Oen Kennedy. Harriet Hart will perform a mini-set. Acton Jazz Café 5 Nagog Park Mall, Acton, MA 978-263-6161, www.actonjazzcafe.com Admission is $5. sign-up by 6:15 or email by noon to eschmidt01742@gmail.com or call 978-369-8090 for information.
Monday April 21 6:30 p.m. to 10 - 10:30 p.m. Ellen Schmidt's Acton Jazz Café Open Mike.. Featuring tonight are Barry Spiro with Mike Delaney, and Patrick Jones. Mike Delaney will perform a mini-set. Acton Jazz Café 5 Nagog Park Mall, Acton, MA 978-263-6161, www.actonjazzcafe.com Admission is $5. sign-up by 6:15 or email by noon to eschmidt01742@gmail.com or call 978-369-8090 for information.
Thursday April 24th 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Two for the Show, Howie Rashba, and Hatrack Gallagher will perform at Main Streets Market and Café, 42 Main St. Concord, 978-369-9948, www.mainstreetsmarketandcafe.com, great atmosphere, tasty food and beverages!
Monday April 28th 6:30 p.m. to 10 - 10:30 p.m. Ellen Schmidt's Acton Jazz Café Open Mike. mike. Featuring tonight are Jon Swenson and John Schindler. Deborah Galiga will perform a mini—set. Acton Jazz Café 5 Nagog Park Mall, Acton, MA 978-263-6161, www.actonjazzcafe.com Admission is $5. sign-up by 6:15 or email by noon to eschmidt01742@gmail.com or call 978-369-8090 for information.