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Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts

... so the good spreads out where no telling it will go.
Little Tree Acoustic is a private house concert series in Lafayette, CO dedicated to creating an intimate listening space for professional singer-songwriter performers. If you want to experience music the way it should be experienced, join our friends-of-the-series email list so you can learn about and be invited to upcoming shows.

Little Tree has enjoyed a phenomenal lineup of shows that have included inspiring songwriting, animated story telling, expert musicianship, and moving poetry. Click on the images below for a sample of past performances.

Upcoming Shows:

4 Nov 2016 (5 Nov in Nederland) - BiG WiDE GRiN  (click for description)
2 Dec 2016 (3 Dec in Nederland) - Mitch Barrett  (description soon)

Remote Sister Shows:

This year Little Tree is partnering with several venues to offer companion shows that are easier for some audience members to get to than my Lafayette backyard. The intent is to provide touring musicians another opportunity to put money in their pockets while they are in Colorado.

Our primary partner in this effort is the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center up in Nederland, which is a lovely little mountain town steeped in rich musical history. In particular Caribou Ranch was an important Nederland recording studio in the 70's and 80's, and it's history is worth a read.

So, if you live up in Nederland or Denver or some other place where a sister show is happening, or you have friends who do, you no longer need to drive an hour to/from Lafayette to catch a Little Tree show. Just see the companion show near you during the same tour!

Or, if you are like me, and you can't get enough of a good thing, go to both shows!

As you know, at Little Tree we love our traditions, so please rest assured, regardless where you see a show, you can always count on rum cake meeting you there!

In addition, for all Nederland Wild Bear Concerts, we have a new tradition: we will all go ride the Carousel of Happiness together before the music starts.

You can read about the meaning of this tradition for our Nederland shows and see the carousel in action by clicking here.

Check out for details and to purchase seats for the Nederland shows. And make sure you get your seats early for those. They are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show!


Friday 4 November 2016 in Lafayette

Little Tree is grinning from roots to leaf tips at the happy thought of BiG WiDE GRiN's return to our living-room stage. Brother Karl Werne and sister Elaine Dempsey form a powerful duo of heartfelt and insightful songwriting, sweet vocal harmonies, and excellent guitar playing.

Click here to pay for your seats for this show.

"BiG WiDE GRiN ... Good singing. Great songs and the hardest working band in folk music." -Keb' Mo'

"The genuineness of the love they give to the audience and each other is captured on their new wonderful CD. I'm proud to be represented on the CD with a song, which they do so well, I'd rather hear them do it than sing it myself." -Harriet Schock, platinum songwriter/recording artist/author

"Take supremely talented performers, throw in a generous portion of intelligent and heartfelt songwriting, add a dash of wit and charm, then sit yourself down to a spellbinding evening of top-notch entertainment with BiG WiDE GRiN ... guaranteed to put one on every face." -BJ Leiderman, theme composer, National Public Radio

Want to sample BiG WiDE GRiN's music? Click on these video links:

About the artist ~ BiG WiDE GRiN spreads clean across the U.S., with Elaine Dempsey (Mill Valley, CA) joining Karl Werne (Virginia Beach, VA) to bring diverse backgrounds of experience and music together to form a rich soulful blend of character and deep harmony. Constantly on the move, from festivals, concert series, shows and select house concerts, they have shared the stage with Keb' Mo', Bruce Hornsby, Tim Reynolds, Janis Ian, Harriet Schock, Lowen & Navarro, Richie Havens, and more.

Their most recent seasonal CD, "Holiday" features a wide variety of wold-class musicians from both coasts, including John Toomey (Jazz Professor, ODU), Dana Silvercloud (Kool and the Gang), Dan Martier (Tim Reynolds Trio), and others.

BiG WiDE GRiN's CD "Live" is a collection of original and cover material that have become trademark touring favorites, including covers of Steve Earle, Tracy Chapman, and Sly & The Family Stone.

Their debut CD "Live Simple, Breathe Deep" (released under their previous group name "E.L.K.") features Mark Andes (Spirit, Canned Heat), Rob Hooper (Jimmie Dale Gilmore), Cha Cha Friedken (Keb' Mo' band), Eddie Williams, and was produced by Clayton Gibb (Keb' Mo' band).

Look for a new release from BWG this year.

To get a feel for the vibe of the evening you are in for, sit with these lyrics from "How Much Love". We've all been there. Love is as much about receiving as it is giving. How much love can your heart take? ...

The walls you've built demand a certain level of respect
But they are stifling the very thing that you are trying to protect

How much love can one heart take?
Let's find it out. Let's find it out
How much love can one heart make?
Let's find it out. Let's find it out

There's a new vibration, and it's spreading through the land
You know the answer is connection, so just take me by the hand

How much love can one heart take?
Let's find it out. Let's find it out

- words and music by Karl Werne

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A New Tradition:

The Carousel of Happiness: As part of our companion concerts in Nederland, a new Little Tree tradition will be to ride the Carousel of Happiness together, audience and artists, before every Nederland show.

The Carousel is a living testament to the power of music to help us maintain balance in the face of life's challenges, even extreme ones. It is the creation of a Vietnam wartime marine, Scott Harrison, who clung to a tiny music box to keep his wits about him during the insanity of war. When playing his music box he said he momentarily escaped the horrors of war by imagining the peaceful image of a carousel in a mountain meadow. Working through the aftermath of the impact the war had on him, Harrison found an abandoned carousel, brought it to Nederland, and then spent the next 26 years hand carving wooden animals to bring it back to life. The result is a beautiful testament to the power of music to carry us through our struggles in life.

Come join us.

Be one of the lucky people who can say, "I was there when they rode the carousel together for the very first time."

Get seats for the upcoming Nederland show for Kevin So June 11 at
($20 in advance, $25 the day of the show, this saturday)

Bring something for the potluck dinner that starts at 6:30pm.

Then ride the carousel with us as a group before the music starts at 7:30pm

For those coming from Boulder, a group of us will meet at the Boulder Public Library at the mouth of the canyon before carpooling up together as a group. Comment on this thread to participate in the carpool.

The Nederland concerts are hosted in partnership between Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts and the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center

About the concerts ~ If you've not been to a show like this before, you may be asking, "What the heck is a house concert?" It's pretty simple. We book a performer, clear out the living room furniture (in the winter - the shows are outside in the summer), set up a stage area/sound system and chairs, and invite an audience for an evening of live music. Very similar to a coffee house setting, only in the intimate environment of someone's actual home. I first learned about house concerts back in 2009 when I hosted a Kentucky friend, Mitch Barrett, who toured through Colorado after winning the 2009 Telluride Troubadour songwriting competition. One show and I was hooked, and I've been hosting phenomenal artists in my home for over seven years now! It is a truly wonderful way to experience excellent artists and their music. I'm very excited to bring this type of experience and these musicians to our little part of Colorado.

Donations ~ All donations go to the artists. We suggest $20 and up, on a sliding scale, meaning you are welcome to pay more if you value and can afford a little more to support live music. In a rough patch and can't afford $20 right now? That's OK. Pay what you can. Times are good for you, and you can afford to donate a little more? Please do what you can to keep live music alive and thriving.

When ~ Doors open at 7:30pm. Music starts at 8:00pm.

Format ~ There are typically two sets of music, with beverages and homemade desserts shared at intermission. You are welcome and encouraged to bring something to share. There is time before and after the show and during the break to meet the artists and purchase CDs, books, or whatever else they have for you.

Rumcake ~ We always have it. It's a tradition, even though we are not exactly sure why. Most of the time that's just how traditions are.

Reservations ~ Advanced reservations are required. Email or call 303-620-6634.

(click an image for a sample of past performances)