The online ticket office closes at 4 PM, but please join us at the show. Due to the weather the concert tonight will be small and intimate. It will certainly be memorable! See you there!
The Coffee With Conscience Concert Series
Tom Prasada-Rao & Cary Cooper
formerly known as the Dreamsicles
Proceeds from this show will benefit
Check out a video clip of Tom & Cary at CWC in 2007 HERE
Check out a beautiful song written by Cary for the Holidays. It is more a song of hope than anything else.
Please click HERE and enjoy it.
About Tom & Cary.....
These two are the grooviest duo since Batman and Robin, Sonny and Cher, Bonnie and Clyde, pumpkin and pie! Take one part Cary Cooper and one part Tom Prasada-Rao, mix together, shake but don't stir, and the sum of the parts becomes a magical concoction where songs about ice cream become songs about love, where whimsical, playful notions, become powerful provocative songs, unafraid to be vulnerable, unafraid to be straightforward - to say what they mean, and to mean what they say.
Tom Prasada-Rao is a musician's musician - an unassuming presence on the folk scene since the early nineties. His voice belies his musicianship and his extraordinary songs. From Rishi’s Garden with it’s homage to Ravi Shankar to the groove of Sleeping Beauty , Tom’s music is melodic, ambitious, and reverent. He's starting to tour again and is currently featured on the nationally syndicated TV show Troubadour Texas.
In the fall of 2007 Tom quit the road to produce records, raise two stepdaughters, and walk a rather large Golden Doodle named Thurman twice a day. In addition to producing, he took a job teaching music at White Rock Montessori in Dallas - TPR was formerly the songwriting teacher at The University of Virginia’s Young Writer’s Workshops - where he created the songwriting curriculum and taught for eight years.
From headlining major festivals 15 years ago, to the relative obscurity of his recording studio - Tom has continued to mature as an artist. That work has blossomed into an impressive resume of producing credits as well as cuts (his songs covered by other artists). This year (2012) will mark Tom’s first solo release in 10 years - featuring bass guitar legend Chuck Rainey, and piano virtuoso Julie Bonk who was Norah Jones teacher - all masterfully produced by Jagoda.
Cary Cooper is a whimsical writer and a magical performer, drawing you in with stories and sincerity. She will make you laugh hysterically, wax nostalgic and cry tears of joy all in the course of one song.
Cary is a past winner of the KerrvilleFolk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition as well as finishing 2nd and 3rd at the 2012 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival andTelluride Bluegrass Festival competitions, respectively.
GUITARS IN THE CLASSROOM calls Cary “the Anne LaMott of songwriting…except she can get to the heart of things in 3 minutes instead of 200 pages.”
Cary Cooper is a breath of fresh air in the usually stodgy folk music world, and has people standing on their heads at every turn she makes.
"With two voices, a guitar, and an occasional drum loop, this husband and wife team transport you to a place where your body moves, where you tap your feet, where you smile, and where you immediately sing along with songs from deep in the heart of love, where laughing is as precious as air and water." ~ Ahrre Maros
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Coffee With Conscience Concert Series
Ahrre Maros is the owner of Ahrre's Coffee Roastery in Westfield & the Fair Trade Coffee Company on line. He has been presenting live musical events since 1992, when he first opened the Common Ground Cafe in Summit. The Cafe is gone now, but Ahrre continues bringing Professional Touring Musical Artists to the area for the benefit of the local community and several local Charities.
The Coffee With Conscience Concert Series in Westfield (currently on Hiatus) is unique in that it acts as a fund-raiser—raising much needed funds for worthy causes—while providing the participants with the opportunity to serve the larger community, providing artists with a venue to display their talents, providing an audience with a cultural experience and generally strengthening the local community by bringing a group of people together for an evening of music in a comfortable setting.