Acoustic Concert Tours in Wylie, Texas

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Peter Mayer

Sunday, February 14, 4 PM

"Peter delivers contemporary folk music in it's highest form: Intelligent without being bombastic--empathetic, always fresh and with wit and fantastic melodies. And his guitar playing is top tier." 

--Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse, Dallas, TX 

"His guitar work is breath-taking, his lyrics mind-spinning, his singing soul-soothing and his feet-on-the-ground optimism nothing short of healing." 

--Marilyn Rea-Beyer, music director, WUMB Radio, Boston 

Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of "folk", and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself. 

Peter began playing the guitar and writing songs when he was in high school. He studied Theology and music in college, and then spent two years in seminary.

After deciding that the priesthood wasn't for him, he took a part-time job as a church music director for 8 years, while performing at clubs and colleges, and writing and recording his music. In 1995, he quit his job and started touring full-time.

Since then, Peter has gradually gained a dedicated, word-of-mouth following, playing shows from Minnesota to Texas, New England to California. He has nine CDs to his credit, and has sold over 70 thousand of them independently.

We have known and enjoyed and learned and sung Peter's songs for many years now. He is one of our favorite writers and we are thrilled to be able to present him and his beautiful work in this special Valentines day concert for our final season. We know that Peter will make it a romantic and funny and heart-warming evening.

Ronny Cox

with Karen Mal and Will Taylor

Sunday, March 6, 4PM

Special donation request $20

Ronny Cox is a superbly talented singer-songwriter, musician and actor who has been consistently active in the music world and Hollywood for over 40 years. He was the third of five children, born in Cloudcroft, New Mexico in 1938, and grew up in Portales, New Mexico. Ronny met his wife, Mary, when in high school, and they married in 1960. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1963 with a double major in Theater and Speech Correction. Mary passed away in 2006, 50 years to the day of their first date. Ronny often talks about her during his music performances. A father to two sons of his own, he brings his extraordinary view of life into a magnetic, likable, onstage persona.

Ronny’s music is eclectic, a woven tapestry of songs and stories with an over-all arc that eventually comes together and tells something about “the human condition”. Scores of fans and promoters will attest that attending one of his performances is one of the greatest evenings to experience. With the gift of a consummate storyteller, he shares funny, sad and tender moments. His loyal band of listeners are blessed, if only for a while, to spend time with a truly remarkable man. Enhancing these great stories is the music provided by Ronny and his band of world-class, virtuoso musicians.

Ronny was a wish-list performer for us, and we're very happy we were able to get him in. We know you'll love him too.


Small Potatoes

Saturday, April 2, 8PM

“Take a bunch of styles of acoustic, folk, western, blues and swing, add very hot guitar work, and vocals so tight you need WD-40 to get them apart, and you have what Rich and Jacquie dazzle audiences with.  They perform wonderful covers, and award winning originals (98 Kerrville Songwriting winners), and are wonderful people to boot! ”

- Tom Otte, Fondy Acoustic Music Alliance, Fond du Lac, WI






Concert Info

Acoustic Concert Tours is the Dallas area's premier house concert series. Concerts are brought to you by Paul Porter, Tom Noe, and Linda Silas. Since 1992 Tom and Linda have hosted over 250 concerts in the living room of their home outside Wylie, Texas. Directions are below, or you can go see a map.

Concerts are scheduled about once each month, with some breaks in the summer. Most are on Saturday evening at 8pm and a few are on Sunday afternoon at 4pm. We ask each person attending to make a donation of $15, which all goes to the performer. Drinks and snacks are available and there's a donation kitty. You can also bring whatever you like for yourself or to share. Reservations are normally not required but we suggest you arrive about 10-20 minutes before show time for a good seat.

We feature some of acoustic music's greatest singer-songwriters, from all over the US and beyond, in a serious listening room. We often call this "Hard Listening" music, because the lyrics have something to say and are sure to make you think. You will rarely hear it on the radio - it's just too good.


"The Arms of Eden" located at 4030 N. Hwy 78, Wylie, Texas 75098.

That's about 4 miles east of where 544 crosses 78 and about 1.5 miles west of where 205 ends at 78. The driveway turns north off Hwy 78 between Platinum Storage and RD384, which is the road to Lake Lavon. Signs near the driveway on both sides of 78 say "Lavon Lake Dam Headquarters."  Numbers say "4030" on the post by the driveway, and when there's a show happening we put out a sign that says "House Concert."

Construction Note:

The new lane recently poured to widen Hwy 78 includes a nice new entrance for our driveway at 4030. Here’s how you find it from either direction.

Coming east from Wylie, go about 4 miles from where 544 intersects 78, including 1.5 miles after you pass the Wal-Mart. Pass the new Advantage Storage Warehouse on the left and at the end of its wall, before the road that turns left toward the dam, turn left into our driveway.

Coming west on 78 from Hwy 205, go about 1.5 miles through the river bottom. Pass the first road where you could turn, but don’t. Just a few feet farther, before the wall for Advantage Storage Warehouse, turn right up our driveway.

Either way, look on our gatepost for “4030” and the “House Concert” sign.


updated 31 January, 2016

by Linda M. Silas
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