04/21, Sun 7:30 ~ MIKE COMPTON; with special guest Eastbound Freight ~ $20 +$2 processing
Towne Crier Cafe
Pawling, NY
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Sunday Apr 21, 2013 7:30 PM - Sunday Apr 21, 2013 10:00 PM | $22.00


04/21, Sun 7:30 ~ MIKE COMPTON; with special guest Eastbound Freight ~ $20 +$2 processing

Preservationist, performer, modern-day musical pioneer, composer, "musician's musician" and educator, Mike Compton, has rightly earned a reputation as one of the best and most inuential mandolin players in acoustic music today. Mike has "taken a passel of influences -- including old-time ddle tunes, rock salt & nails bluegrass and the aching allure of the true Delta blues -- to create one of the most recognizable and respected mandolin voices anywhere." (David McCarty, Mandolin Magazine) Grammy award winner, nominated IBMA Mandolin Player Of The Year, and musical US ambassador throughout the world, Mike has entertained at Carnegie Hall, the White House and has been formally honored by the Mississippi State Senate with State Resolution Number 45, a special honor commending his musical accomplishments.

Over a span of 35 years, Compton has made a career playing on recordings of others, adding his signature sound. Mike has made music with such diverse notables as the iconic mountain music man Ralph Stanley, British rock legend Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes, guitar virtuoso David Grier, and producer T-Bone Burnett (O Brother, Where Art Thou and Down From The Mountain tours). When the Nashville Bluegrass Band was being put together, Mike was their rst choice on mandolin, creating a "band like a marriage made in heaven." In 1994, Mike became a sideman for John Hartford, whom he performed with until Hartford's death. To date, Mike has performed on over 100 CDs in a variety of genres, with some of the most beloved artists of our day.

These days, Mike is taking his craftsmanship, dexterity, mandolin mastery and musicality, and letting us see something that we've only glimpsed in the past: Compton playing by himself, unaccompanied and undirected. Always searching for ways to deepen his artistry, Mike continues writing, performing, and delving deeper into ways to communicate musically to his listeners, and in Mike's own words: "...our function is not merely to entertain but to communicate to one another...if you hear something that stirs your memories...or causes you to reect on the day, I am satised I have done my job well."

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Eastbound Freight:

Eastbound Freight has been performing throughout Long Island and the New York Metropolitan area for over 20 years. The band members share a life-long connection to the music and a love for the big bluegrass sound of the genre's pioneers. Come join John Brisotti, Dave Thompson, Bruce Barry and Bill DeTurk in praise of bluegrass!

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* We do not reserve specific tables except for TCC members, when possible (see membership benefits).
* Tables closest to the stage are held for dinner guests.
* The earlier you arrive, the greater the selection. The Towne Crier Cafe is an intimate room, and there are no bad seats.
* "Show Only" tables are assigned after those reserved for "Dinner & Show" parties.
* Recommended time for an enjoyable, relaxed dining experience:
  Party of 2: One hour before show time
  Party of 3 or 4: Two hours before show time
  Party of 5 or more: At least two and one half hours before show time.
* $2 handling & processing charge per ticket.
* All sales are final. No refunds. No exchanges.

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If you have any special needs (wheelchair accessibility) or requests (sit w/Smith party), please contact us using the field below.



Towne Crier Cafe (View)
130 Route 22
Pawling, NY 12564
United States

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Music > Bluegrass

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!