The HARD LUCK CAFé Presents at the Cinema Arts Centre
Remember This Great Evening
Thursday, October 20, 2011

on the same program with



Why Karyn Oliver would want to leave a small town called Boring is subject to speculation, but Maryland's loss is the tri-state area folk scene's gain. Both a Kerrville New Folk Finalist and a Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist this year, as well as a 2010 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest winner, Karyn is part Joan Osborne, a touch of Janis Joplin and a bit of EmmyLou Harris – effortlessly oscillating from bluesy to country and back. Her musical inspiration comes primarily from the eclectic mix of music to which she was exposed while growing up in the musically diverse culture of Washington, D.C. The power of her passionate and soulful voice comes through in her recent songs that display a personal narrative of love, marriage, disappointment and rediscovering life.

KARYN OLIVER       Visit her website:

on the same program with



Rob Lytle's songwriting might be described as urbane and erudite. Like Karyn Oliver, with whom he's toured and swapped songs, Rob was selected as a Kerrville New Folk Finalist this year. He was also chosen to be an official showcase artist at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference. A staple of the Boston folk scene of the 1990's who has recently returned to the road, Rob delivers his well-crafted songs with an unaffected honesty. Some of his lyrics display a sardonic maturity, while others reveal a wonderful warmth and sense of hope.

  Visit his website:     ROB LYTLE

  Opening tonight were our featured open mike performers:

Our open mike tonight featured performances by:

  • Gary Schoenberger
  • Becca Hasselbrook
  • Richard Barnhart
  • Bill Buttner
  • Gary M.
  • Eli Maniscalco
  • James O'Malley
  • Deer Spirit
  • ...and Stuart Markus

  • If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...