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
March 31, 2017 - Frances Luke Accord, with Jason Spiewak
April 14, 2018
May 12, 2018
June 9, 2018
March 31, 2018 - Frances Luke Accord
"Frances Luke Accord are the definition of lean-in music." - Joni Deutsch, NPR's Mountain Stage
“Frances Luke Accord are some of our very favorite musicians, songwriters, and people. We couldn’t recommend their debut LP, FLUKE, highly enough.” - Darlingside
Frances Luke Accord are an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and
meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles.
Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sip copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock.
Since forming during their senior year at the University of Notre Dame, Frances Luke Accord's approach to music has marked a boundless evolution.
In December of 2012 the duo released their first record, Kandote, a not-for-profit, intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children’s
Choir of Kkindu, Uganda — an endeavor that continues to support the primary education and musical aspirations of the choir. Bringing their world/folk
sound to Chicago in the summer of 2013, the duo quickly garnered local and regional attention for their captivating live performances and stunning
self-produced releases, including the Queen for Me EP (April 2014), Live @ Strobe (April 2015), and, most notably, their debut full-length album,
Fluke (May 2016).
Fluke, FLA's pseudo-self-titled introduction to a national audience, is a self-produced vocal tour-de-force that leaps quickly and definitively into
the canopy of contemporary art. It is dreamlike and philosophical, haunting and whimsical. Its melodies evoke a noir film, a Spanish folktale, an
enigmatic egoeye. However you pin it, something in the music is turning heads. Whether evidenced by their invitation to perform on NPR's Mountain
Stage Radio Show with Larry Groce, tours with Darlingside and Anaïs Mitchell, official showcase at Folk Alliance International's 2017 Conference,
or the $16K Kickstarter that funded Fluke, Frances Luke Accord's compositions take the listener by the ear, pull the rug from beneath her feet,
and leave her deliciously airborne. Listen.
Jason Spiewak is a singer-songwriter whose tunes have been compared favorably to other piano rock performers of the modern era.
Topically, Spiewak tackles themes surrounding relatable experiences in life, love, and loss with a sharp tongue and an eye toward social
unrest and boozy personal upheaval. His writing is generally pop-sensible, and Spiewak does experiment with elements of the blues and
rock as well as Americana.
Jason Spiewak is the President and Founder of JLS Artist Management and Noble Steed Music, whose current clients include Constantine
Maroulis, Hey Monea, Paul Pfau, Brian Dunne, and Elvio Fernandes of Daughtry fame. Spiewak, a NARAS (Grammy) voting member since 2003,
is an accomplished producer (Benjy Davis Project, Chris Volz, Ernie Halter) studio musician (“Perfect Stranger” movie soundtrack), and
songwriter with 20 years of experience in the music business.
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!)
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 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.
Nicks Deli and Pizza 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....
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.