March 28th, Acoustic Circus Wraps Up at City Winery Nashville

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The evening of Saturday, March 28th at 10pm the soulful roots sounds of songwriter Brad Cole are set to be on display at the City Winery Lounge in Nashville, TN. This performance will mark the conclusion of Brad’s three-month residency at City Winery Nashville

Brad Cole’s Acoustic Circus is an acoustic-based showcase featuring unique takes from Brad’s acclaimed songbook, new material, as well as performances and collaboration from an array of notable guest artists. While Cole has invited some of his favorite Nashville musicians to join him throughout his residency, such as Will Kimbrough, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, Robbie Hecht and Caroline Spence, the March 28th show will serve as a sneak peak at Brad’s current Nashville recording project. "I have had a great time sharing the stage with some of my friends, but this last show will focus primarily on selections from my new record, which I am working on with producer Joe McMahan (Kevin Gordon, Patrick Sweany, Luella & The Sun). We have created somewhat of a retro landscape with a lot of space and I am loving it.” states Brad. “City Winery will be an ideal environment to debut these songs.” In addition to Brad Cole’s performance, surprise guests are set for the evening.

Tickets $5


Valentine's Day Acoustic Circus At City Winery Nashville

Acoustic Circus returns to City Winery Nashville for a very special Valentine's Day installment. The night will feature acoustic duets from an amazing lineup that includes myself and the lovely Erin Sax, a pair of stellar Nashville songwriting duo in Robby Hecht & Caroline Spence and The Devious Angels, as well as the soulful sounds of Kristian Dambrino with Barry Bays.

We will take the stage at the upstairs lounge, after a set by the legendary Sam Bush! Please come on out, share in the music, share in the love - definitely share in the wine. City Winery Nashville, February 14th, 10 PM $3. Tickets 

January Acoustic Circus - The Magic Nashville Night That Was

So what happened at City Winery Nashville was an absolute riot.  My thanks to City Winery for letting me do my residency with them and my thanks to some of my favorite players for coming to join me on stage. But most of all, thanks to all of the fans who came and helped to sell out the City Winery Lounge!  

 A run down of the magic of the evening:

Will Kimbrough joined me on stage and then followed up with an inspired acoustic solo set.  We were in the green room before the set and I say to Will "I saw you play Goodnight Moon at The Rutledge two or three years ago and its one of my favorites", he says, "Cool, I'll play it".  That's what kind of guys he is.  He and I had a chance to run Dan Connolly's "Carmen" before we played it in my set, but then he decided to stay up and accompany me on "Bring The Rain" and "I Got A Job At The Church".  That's what kind of player he is.  

Peter Cooper, Eric Brace and Thomm Jutz are nothing less than a latter day CSN - so literate, so funny and so soulful.  They melted Kim Richey's ‘Angel’s Share’ (co-written with Thomm) and then invited me up for their smoldering cover of Herb Pedersen/Chris Hillman's 70's gem ‘Wait A Minute’.  Some how we found three part harmonies and I believe we nailed it. I think there will be a video floating around of this, so you be the judge.  

The only bummer of the night was that Angel Snow called me the morning of to say she had "that thing goin around" and could not make the show. Fortunately she sent us an amazing singer/songwriter Shannon Labrie, who delivered her smokin' hot Fiona Apple meets Joni in Nashville croon. Big shoes to fill and we loved it.  Thank you Shannon for stepping in.  

We all had fun and like I always do with Acoustic Circus, I tried to push the artists out of their comfort zone and try some different things.  We each took a verse on Van Morrison's "Days Like This" and took an impromptu shot at The Bee Gees '’To Love Somebody’’ (with Will on slide! Incredible.) I was also asked more than once about the mystery woman with the Lauren Bacall voice and the Katharine Hepburn hair singing harmonies.  That was our Mississippi transplant, singer/songwriter Kristian Dambrino.  Kristian was an absolute doll to work with and you will see her back before my residency winds up.

So ends round one of my residency at City Winery Nashville and I am thrilled. We have some audio and video so keep an ear and eye open for postings. The next installment is February 14th at City Winery, 10pm-Midnight, right after Sam Bush. Tickets available now! We are going for duet night and I’ll announce my guests in a few days so stay tuned!  Thanks again.

Acoustic Circus is back!!


Hi Everyone, This months Acoustic Circus is all about Patty Griffin.  Patty is a personal favorite of mine and for those of us who toil as singer songwriters, I know I am not alone.  Not since Bob Dylan's arrival on the folk scene in the early 60s has a singer songwriter left such a huge impact on fans and possibly more so on her fellow singer songwriters.

I have been wanting to do this tribute for years and now I believe the stars have lined up.  First of all, It's Patty's 50th b-day.  Secondly, we have an amazing line up that has put together phenomenal, heartfelt interpretations of Patty songs.  Each artist on the bill is an amazing singer songwriter in their own right and have blown me away with their performances.  Now they have agreed to get together to collaborate on this Patty Griffin tribute show and I could not be more excited".  The show is almost sold out so If you are interested, please reserve tickets now.

Tickets Here

See you soon,


Get Tickets Here! Sloan WainwrightHonor FinneganCarolann SolebelloJerimiah BirnbaumElaine Romanelli& Brad Cole

Acoustic Circus NYC Debut at Rockwood Music Hall

Acclaimed singer songwriter Brad Cole brings his Acoustic Circus to Rockwood Music Hall NYC. Cole, a Chicago native developed Acoustic Circus as a singer songwriter variety show where Cole and other artists showcase, collaborate, jam, and take some risks. The result is a face paced, primarily acoustic variety show that’s a little bit dirty, a little bit funny and a whole lotta entertaining.

I host the evening and try do deliver a unique experience for listeners and a fun environment for the artists”, says Cole. “As a performer, I spend so much time on the road, I see over 200 shows a year and am exposed to a lot of amazing, somewhat under the radar performers. This is an opportunity for Acoustic Circus performers to showcase at a great venue and also do something unique with other performers.

Acoustic Circus began in Chicago in 2008 as a residency for Cole’s own music. Each show he would invite other road warriors passing through town to share the stage. Recent guests have included the award winning Shovels and Rope, Doug & Telisha Williams and Dolly Varden, to name a few. “I realized these shows were selling out not so much because of the names on the marquis, but because of the discovery process for music fans in search of something new and unique. It’s really a one of a kind show for fan and performer alike.”

Cole will host the first installment of Acoustic Circus East featuring Hands Off My Sisters’ Erin Sax (, Brad Cole (, East Nashvillian Sam Lewis ( Jeremiah Birnbaum ( and Bethel Steele (

WHERE: Rockwood Music Hall

WHEN: Sunday Nov. 3, 6:00pm-8:00pm




Acoustic Circus Presents: Van Morrison Tribute

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Acoustic Circus Presents:

Van Morrison Tribute

Featuring Brad Cole, Steve Dawson, Dan Connolly, John Michaels, Mike Maimone, Matt Campbell, & Michele McGuire

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ Uncommon Ground on Clark

$25 | Doors open at 7:30 | net proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s Association

Dinner Reservations in the Music Room Guarantee Seating for Performances | Phone 773-929-3680