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Vance Gilbert

"Among the quintessential music poets."

-Dirty Linen

Monday, February 26, 2018 at 7 p.m. 

On the Porch @SledersTavern  

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door

Outlets: Sleder's Tavern, Oryana Food Coop and Brilliant Books

For tickets/more info call: 947-9213


Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90's when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking 'em dead at open mics.  Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music.  Once word got out about Gilbert's stage-owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her Fat City Tour. 

Not only a consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 12 albums, including 4 for Philo/Rounder Records and a duo album with friend Ellis Paul.  Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, and Anita Baker, in 2006 and 2007, Gilbert opened 140+ shows for comedian George Carlin.  Most recently he’s the opener of choice for Paul Reiser and The Subdudes.

Considered by many to be an integral part of the national folk scene, Gilbert's approach to the acoustic singer-songwriter idiom is significant.  Gilbert's compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller's craft.  He even has a tune on a Grammy Nominated children’s album.  How rounded is that?  Sleder's is delighted to be hosting this performance by Vance Gilbert.  His music and wit are the perfect tonic for a cold winter's night. 


Coming to Sleder's in March 

Kennedy's Kitchen Poster

Kennedy's Kitchen in Concert

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 4 p.m. On the Porch  

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door

Outlets: Sleder's Tavern, Oryana Food Coop and Brilliant Books

About the Band

Kennedy's Kitchen has been making Irish music together since 1998, averaging about 80 shows per year playing everything from backyard parties and weddings to pubs, concert halls, and national festivals.  From their home in South Bend, Indiana, they have traveled as far as New York and Naples, Florida, recording five CDs along the way (they are working on their sixth).

They are family and friends, gathering every Thursday evening for dinner, laughter, and music rooted in traditional Irish Music, jigs, reels, hornpipes, aires, recitations, stories, and songs, adding their own compositions along the way.  It's a mix of all things Irish from traditional to pub songs, from toe-tapping to deeply moving, and it's always fun.

The band is led by joHn Kennedy, award winning singer and guitar player.  It's Kitchen Music from the home, the hearth, and the heart.  Joining in is joHn's nephew Liam Ladewski, then Theresa Kubiak, Chris O'Brien, Rob Weber, and Jacob Turner.  Liam, Theresa, and Jacob are award winners themselves having competed in the All-Ireland Fleadh on their respective instruments.  They play fiddle, flutes, whistles, mandolin, bouzouki, guitar, tenor banjo, harmonica, bodhran, and bass.  They love to sing.

Over the years, They have performed at numerous festivals and music halls.  Among them have been the Michigan Irish  Music Festival, Great American Irish Festival,  LaCrosse Irish Festival, Chicago's Irish American Heritage Center Irish Fest, Milwaukee Irish Fest,The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks Michigan.The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center - University of Notre Dame,Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield, Iowa, The Schauer Arts and Activities Center in Hartford, Wisconsin, The Riveria Theater in Three Rivers, Michigan,Muskifest in Bethlehem, PA, Norris Community Center in Naples, Florida, The Majestic Theater in Gettysburgh, PA, and the Kranert Center for the Arts at The University of Illinois.

Sleder's is delighted to be bringing this bit of Celtic magic to the Porch.  It will be a great way to kick off St. Paddy's Day week.  Why even the leprechauns will be dancing! 

For tickets/more info call Sleder's Family Tavern: 947-9213



Bill Staines

Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 4 p.m. On the Porch  

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door

Outlets: Sleder's Tavern, Oryana Food Coop and Brilliant Books

For tickets/more info call: 947-9213


Coming to Sleder's in April

Adair Correll

Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 4 p.m. On the Porch  

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door

Outlets: Sleder's Tavern, Oryana Food Coop and Brilliant Books

For tickets/more info call: 947-9213

See a preview of Adair Correll on YouTube here.

Sleder's "On The Porch" Winter Music 2018

Robin Lee Berry & These Good Souls 

Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 4 p.m. On the Porch  

"What a stunning concert . . . !  Thanks for the opportunity . . . Robin and her Soul fellas were pure magic!!" (Review by Elizabeth Sexton Rivers)

On the Porch Music @ Sleder's with Robin Berry and These Good Souls


Legal and Copyright Notice for Musicians

On the Porch Concert Series is a monthly showcase featuring performers singing their original work in a concert in a club atmosphere.  It is a commitment to allow artists to perform their music in a concert setting, and the series focuses on performers who write/sing/perform their own material.  In keeping with that focus, all performers need to be aware that:

"Sleder's Family does not purchase music licensing from BMI/ASCAP//SESAC. Musicians can only play their own music (YOU wrote it, and YOU control the copyright) or their own renditions (YOU arranged it, and YOU control the copyright) of public domain material.  Make sure all musicians playing with you know this."



Over 20 Years of Music on the Porch!

Sleder's Tavern takes great pride in our "On The Porch" Concert Series. 

*See below or click here for some of the great musicians that have played at the tavern.

Many, many thanks to CONNEMARA CONCERTS for bringing the music to us... and to our patrons!

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