Acoustic Concert Tours in Wylie, Texas

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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

Twenty-two years ago, Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso, the Chicago-area duo known as Small Potatoes, decided to hit the road. “In one year, we quit our jobs, bought a house, bought a car, and became full-time folk singers--not exactly the greatest combination, financially speaking, or what most people would call a sound business model. We didn’t throw darts at a map, but we might as well have.”

They might not have had the best plan, but what they did have were great songs and musicianship, and the ability to put on a show. After twenty-two years, a million and a half miles and 3500 shows (not to mention five Dodge Caravans...) they are listed as a “favorite act” by many coffeehouses, clubs and house concerts across the U.S. They're certainly on our list! They have made repeat appearances at major folk festivals, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Walnut Valley Festival, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

From the start, they’ve called themselves eclecto-maniacs and described their music as “Celtic to Cowboy”. They say it has taken them “years of careful indecision” to come up with a mix of music that ranges from country, blues, and swing to Irish, with songwriting that touches on all of those styles and more. Their four recordings, Alive!, Waltz of the Wallflowers, Time Flies and Raw demonstrate that “indecision” can be wonderfully entertaining. They both sing, they both play guitars and an array of other instruments. They even yodel.

 

Our Final Concert

This is it. After 24 years and almost 300 concerts, it's time for us to move on and pass the House Concert torch on to newer venues and other hosts. And to actually move, from Texas to Washington. We love our home here and our friends here and our concert series, and we will miss them all. We do plan to come back occasionally to see you all.

Rich and Jacquie have given some of our favorite concerts over the years, and we have formed a fast friendship with them. The calendars coincided, and we are so glad that they will be back from Ireland in time to be our last concert. Nothing like going out on a high!

So come out, enjoy some warm, meaningful, funny, heart-fillling, eclectic music, and help us say farewell to an era!

 

 

 

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.

Directions:

"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 22 March, 2016

by Linda M. Silas
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