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Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts

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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:

25 August 2017 Barbara Nesbitt   (click for description)
23 or 24 September 2017 (TBD) Tom Prasada-Rao   (description soon)
21 October 2017 Bettman and Halpin   (description soon)
17 November 2017 Ben Balmer and Josh Flowers   (description soon)

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Barbara Nesbitt in Lafayette

Friday 25 August 2017 in Lafayette

San Diego Music Scene Cream of the Crop Winner
Rock Flash Magazine Acoustic Performer of the Year Winner
Austin Music Awards - top 10 female vocalists
Austin Music Awards - Whiskey Sisters, Best New Band Winner
Austin Music Awards - Whiskey Sisters, top 3 songwriters
Austin Music Awards - Whiskey Sisters, top 3 singers
Austin Music Awards - Whiskey Sisters, top 10 acoustic guitar

Barbara Nesbitt is a Stone Mountain, Georgia native who has found her home in music. Her life is reflected in the songs she writes, which are "about the ways, large and small, we abandon and seek that elusive safety of home."

Barbara is an award-winning singer-songwriter who has shared the stage with and opened for the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Keller Williams, Lisa Loeb, Nickel Creek, Jerry Garcia Band, Hootie and the Blowfish, Widespread Panic, Bob Weir, Robert Earl Keene, Meredith Brooks, and more. Her solo albums have received critical acclaim. Barbara is currently touring through the U.S. and Europe.

Click here to check out Barbara Nesbitt videos and confirm your seats for this show.

"Warm, evocative vocals" - George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune

"This is simply a girl with a tremendous, angelic voice singing wonderfully crafted songs" - Craig Yerkes, San Diego Troubadour

"Barbara's versatile, pure and powerful vocal prowess..knocks me out." - Simon Redley, Maverick

"With a voice that is clear as a mountain meadow and emotive as Patsy Cline, Barbara Nesbitt sings songs of life's journeys with fire grace and country soul" - Ray Benson, Asleep At The Wheel

"Her voice, while sweet and melodic, conveys a confidence and strength drawn from her life's experiences" - Thomas Lim, China Daily

Click these video links to sample Barbara's music:

Donations for concert seats from friends of the series are $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.

A little more about Barbara's story ~ At fifteen, Nesbitt left home, landing herself among a group of jam- and groove-oriented musicians in Virginia. She met Bernie Lee who put a guitar in her hand and encouraged her to step behind the microphone. Before long, they were playing gigs to large groups of people, and Nesbitt found a new home on stage. She thrived and started writing her own songs but made a great living doing cover gigs in a succession of bands including Rare Daze, Cradle, and The Perpetrators, a duo with Lee. Nesbitt was recognized with nominations for female songwriter of the year, and a win for acoustic performer of the year.

In late 2005, Nesbitt followed her heart to San Diego where, before long, she entered and won the San Diego Music Scene Cream of the Crop singer/songwriter competition and was nominated for best female singer for the inaugural H.A.T. Award. Inspired by her new surroundings and everything that came before, Nesbitt wrote the words and music for her debut album, "A Million Stories."

Backed up by stand-out players Marcia Claire on bass, Bill Coomes on drums and vocals and Mike Spurgat on guitar and vocals, Nesbitt also had San Diego legend Jeff Berkley on board to produce the album and to add vocals and guitar. With special guests including Dennis Caplinger, Freebo, Ben Moore and John McBride, there's no doubt that Nesbitt surrounds herself with the very best as she continues to mesmerize anyone within listening distance. Upon its release, A Million Stories, was nominated for a San Diego Music Award, and a San Diego HAT (Honoring Acoustic Talent) Award. She was also nominated for a San Diego Music Award in the Best Americana category in 2008.

In the last few years she has performed/recorded with Berkley Hart, Tim Flannery, Dennis Caplinger, Freebo, Marc Ford, Cathryn Beeks Ordeal, Doug Pettibone, Gregory Page and many more. She has shared the stage / opened for artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keene, Lisa Loeb, Hootie and The Blowfish, Meredith Brooks, Nickel Creek, Jerry Garcia Band, Keller Williams, Widespread Panic, Bob Weir, Willie Nelson and more.

Her second album, The Bees, was released in January, 2011. It was produced by Jeff Berkley, and features Mike Spurgat, Bill Coomes, Marcia Claire, Doug Pettibone, and Dennis Caplinger.

She relocated to Austin Texas in 2011 and has quickly become a fixture in the world renowned music scene there. She helped form the band, The Whiskey Sisters, who have recorded, toured internationally and seen much success, buzz and press and has placed in the Austin Music Awards in the top 10 acoustic guitar players, top 3 singers, and top 3 songwriters.

Her third solo album, Almost Home, was released in August 2013, and features such talents as, Jeff Berkley, Marcia Claire, Mike Spurgat, Bill Coomes, Bukka Allen, Dennis Caplinger, Kim DesChamps, and Kyle Clayton.

Currently, she is dividing her time between singing/touring with Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe and her "solo" project simply called Barbara Nesbitt. Her new album, Right As Rain, was released in January 2017, she placed in the top ten female vocalists in the 2017 Austin Music Awards and she will be touring the US and Europe throughout the year.

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A New Tradition:

The Carousel of Happiness: As part of our companion concerts in Nederland in 2016, a new Little Tree tradition emerged, and it was to ride the Carousel of Happiness together, audience and artists, before every Nederland sister 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.

It was a beautiful tradition, and if you find yourself up in Nederland, make sure to spend the dollar needed to ride the carousel. Scott Harrison made quite a tribute, and it's absolutely unique.

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)