On August 25, Expresso Yourself Coffeehouse will be featuring recording artist, songwriter, and performing musician Steve Rapson. The evening's theme will be “I Can’t Be Serious.”
Steve Rapson’s debut CD, “Christmas Guitar,” is sold around the world. He has followed up with six more CDs: “Romantic Guitar,” “Half Irish Guitar,” “Patriotic Guitar,” “Original Guitar,” and “My Favorite Guitar Solos,” each with a companion book of transcriptions. Two CDs feature Steve's songwriting: “A Little Bit of Crow,” and “The Illustrated Man.” Steve is the author of “The Art of the Soloperfomer: A Field Guide to Stage & Podium.”
As a producer and performance coach, Steve works with songwriters, performers and public speakers of all kinds. His approach to stage work has helped further the careers of many new artists, including Kevin So, Mary Gauthier, and Mieka Pauley - all nationally-known artists. He has produced CDs for less well-known, but no less talented international artists, like British singer/songwriter Paul Chi and German composer/pianist Ivo Wiesner. Boston area songwriters produced by Steve include Terence Hegarty, John Gerard, Carolyn Waters, Ashley Jordan, Charlie Cover, and Chris Boehmer. Steve collaborates with poet Cheryl Perreault, improvising acoustic guitar to her spoken word pieces. Further information on Steve Rapson can be found at www.steverapson.com.
Poets, storytellers, musicians, and singer/songwriters get to participate in the open mic as well. "It's been great how more and more people are finding out about Expresso. Especially during the summer, it’s a really entertaining and relaxing evening," said Thea Iberall, host of Expresso. "Plus, we serve great refreshments.”
The Expresso Yourself Coffeehouse is held the last Saturday of every month at 7 p.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 26 North Street, Medfield. Open mic readers have six minutes to share. Original or non-original poetry, stories, performance art, music or songs are welcome. Sticking to the theme is encouraged. Teens and adults are welcome. Expresso is a safe space for all. Refreshments are served. Medfield TV films the event and posts it to YouTube. There is a $10 suggested donation, $5 for open mic participants, $3 for students. For more information, contact Thea Iberall at (562-243-0191).
Future performances at the Expresso are listed as follows:
September 29 - Helena Leet-Pelligini - storyteller
October 27 - Terry Kitchen - folksinger - Theme: "Heaven Here on Earth"
November 24 - Rick Drost - singer/songwriter - Theme: "Gratitude"
December 29 - The Larger Circle Band - international folk dancing, back by popular demand