Folk Concerts at St. Cecilia Music Center

Acoustic Cafe Folk Series


SCMC is delighted to partner for the third season in a row with the internationally syndicated radio show, The Acoustic Café to bring nationally touring folk artists to Grand Rapids.


Los Lonely Boys

7:30pm, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Tickets $35 and $40 (including fees)

The Los Lonely Boys made their debut in 2003 with an album recorded at Willie Nelson’s studio, featuring Nelson himself. And there was nowhere else to go but up from there. The album’s single “Heaven” became a Top 20 pop hit, reached the #1 spot on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, and eventually won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. In 2005 the band, comprised of brothers, earned two Grammy Nominations for their prominent guest appearance on Santana’s album “All That I Am.” Their current album, “Revelation” is a landmark release for the siblings. Full of the infectiously melodic mix of bluesy rock ’n’ roll and rootsy brown-eyed soul that’s long endeared Los Lonely Boys to its fan base, the album adds an expansive range of new sonic elements, like touches of reggae grooves, rustic acoustic textures and baroque pop. The Los Lonely Boys will perform a unique acoustic set in Royce Auditorium.

7:30pm, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Tickets $35 and $40 (including fees)

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Margo Price

7:30pm, Thursday, April 6, 2017 Tickets $20 and $25 (including fees)

It only takes Margo Price about twenty-eight seconds to convince you that you’re hearing the arrival of a singular new talent. “Hands of Time,” the opener on her debut album “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.” The album, recorded at the legendary Sun Studios, is an invitation, a mission statement and a starkly poetic summary of the 32-year old singer’s life. Easing in over a groove of bass and atmospheric guitar, Price sings, “When I rolled out of town on the unpaved road, I was fifty-seven dollars from bein’ broke…” It has the feel of the first line of a great novel or opening scene in a classic film. Price’s music recalls hardships and heartaches — the loss of her family’s farm, the death of her child, problems with men and the bottle. Her voice , an alluring mix of vulnerability and resilience that calls to the likes of Loretta and Dolly. The album is a tour-de-force performance that is vivid, deeply moving and all true. As Price looks ahead promoting ‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter,’ she reflects on her hopes for what listeners might get from these songs. “I hope that the record helps people get through hard times or depression. That’s ultimately what music did for me in my childhood, and especially in my early adult years. It’s about being able to connect personally with a song, and hopefully, it makes you feel not so lonely.”

7:30pm, Thursday, April 6, 2017 Tickets $20 and $25 (including fees)

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Marc Cohn

7:30pm, Thursday, April 13, 2017 Tickets $35 and $40 (including fees)

Best known for his Grammy Award winning soulful ballad, “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn has solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters. Combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man, Cohn is a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales. Cohn followed up his Grammy winning and platinum-selling debut album with two more releases in the 1990s, at which point “TIME” magazine called him “one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade.” In 2007 he released “Join the Parade,” Inspired by the horrific events following Hurricane Katrina and his own near fatal shooting just weeks before, Parade is his most moving and critically acclaimed record to date, leading “Rolling Stone” to hail, “Cohn has one of rock’s most soulful croons –a rich immediately recognizable tenor that makes these songs his own.” In 2016, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his platinum-selling debut album, Marc proudly released “Careful What you Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities,” and the bonus album, “Evolution of a Record,” featuring never-before-heard songs and demos dating back to years before his debut album and the Grammy Award that followed.

7:30pm, Thursday, April 13, 2017 Tickets $35 and $40 (including fees)

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St. Cecilia Music Center Box Office Information

  • Purchase concert tickets online here or call 616-459-2224.
  • Our concerts take place in the intimate and historic Royce Auditorium, which seats 650.
  • Student tickets, when available, are $12 the day of the event at the door.
  • Purchase concert tickets here by using the links above, or call our Box Office, 616-459-2224
  • To keep ticket prices low we ask the patron to cover the service fee for the usage of the ticketing system regardless of how or where the ticket is purchased.
  • There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets.
  • For special needs seating, please contact our Box Office at 616-459-2224 ext. 201.
  • All concerts take place in the Royce Auditorium, 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504
  • Parking can be found on the street and in nearby lots.

Concert Day Box Office Hours

9am – 4pm and 6pm – 8pm at the door

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