Born out of the wonderfully peculiar Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Peter Stone has cultivated a unique blend of alternative and folk music. His intimate, autobiographical songwriting lends itself to a feeling of closeness, drawing in listeners to witness his distinct perspective. He has lived in apartments, vans, tents, hostels, from Boston to Oregon to Los Angeles, picking up a layer of road dust which coats his reflective, balanced take on the American songwriting tradition. The musical output of his band The Rare Occasions has generated over 1.5 million streams online, and he has been found sharing the stage with the likes of Guster, Dr. John, Dirty Heads, AJR, and Yoke Lore. He continues to craft emotive, thought provoking songs dealing with conflict, voyages, love, and loss. Now, he has returned to his native Pennsylvania and is preparing solo material for release.
The Line of Best Fit reviews The Rare Occasions
“[The] band have already made an impact with their distinctive, experimental garage rock”
Vanyaland reviews The Rare Occasions
“[The Rare Occasions] riffed and slashed their way into our hearts with a series of infectious singles and EPs”
Atwood Magazine reviews The Rare Occasions
“an emotionally heavy explosion of passion that captures life’s all-too familiar pressures”
Check out the Cornerstone music schedule for upcoming shows by Peter Stone.
Antonio Andrade is a passionate entertainer. Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and harmonica, he delivers an engaging brand of “rockin’ folk” and routinely captivates audiences with his spirited live performances.
One of our favorite regular musicians here at Cornerstone is Antonio Andrade, who has entertaining audiences in our coffeehouse for years. Today, we launch a new video feature called Live at Cornerstone with a video of the song “Fever” from Antonio’s show on Friday, September 9, 2016.
Andrade got started by singing Dylan songs at parties in high school and spent several years playing cover songs solo. Between 1992 and 2003 he played with Episode, a dance rock/cover band in the Allentown, PA area before returning to a solo career and the recording of original songs with the albums Straydog and What Do You Want From Me in the 2000s.
An album of cover song called See if You Recognize This One was released in 2010, which included a cover of the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place”, which was used as the title song for the 2011 major motion picture This Must Be The Place, starring Sean Penn and Frances McDormond. Antonio’s most recent CD, Life Shakes, was released in February 2014 and features a professional studio backing band.
Sharing his own thoughts on his music, Andrade stated;
The sensation of sharing energy with an audience arouses passion in me. Music has a presence and a life of its own. I am trying to share it, and I am attracted to the possibilities. I am trying to honor my passion”. “Singing and playing, presenting songs and connecting with an audience, is more fun than anything else that I can think of or imagine. It seems the audience always has fun, and I know that I do!”
Beyond scores of originals, here is a list of some of the cover songs Antonio regularly performs:
- “And She Was” – David Byrne
- “Carry Me” – David Crosby
- “Everybody’s Talkin'” – Fred Neil
- Fumblin’ with the Blues” – Tom Waits
- “Get Together” – Chet Powers
- “Hasten Down the Wind” – Warren Zevon
- “Lose Again” – Karla Bonoff
- “Makes Me Happy” – Stacey Earle
- “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” – Randy Newman
- “Take Me to the River” – Al Green
- “Tangled Up in Blue” – Bob Dylan
- “The Book I’m Not Reading” – Patty Larkin
- “Whipping Post” – Gregg Allman
Check out the Cornerstone music schedule for upcoming shows by Antonio Andrade.
Antonio Andrade online
Ric Albano is the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer of the rock group Sinclair Soul. The group has recorded and released three albums of original music with a brand new album, The Good Guys due to be released in December 2019. When Ric Albano began performing at Cornerstone in 2013, he was strictly a keyboardist. Over the years, he slowly incorporated acoustic guitar into his live act, gradually working his current live act which is mainly acoustic.
A typical show by Ric will be an entertaining mix of original songs along with covers of popular songs that span over five decades. Each and every show is unique in presentation and in the past Ric has put together special tribute shows, storyteller sessions and Holiday themed music at Cornerstone Coffeehouse.
Beyond scores of originals, here is a list of some of the cover songs Ric regularly performs:
- “Melissa” – Allman Brothers Band
- “Tangled Up in Blue” – Bob Dylan
- “I’ll Be Back” – The Beatles
- “Wild Horses” – Rolling Stones
- “Brilliant Disguise” – Bruce Springsteen
- “Wish You Were Here” – Pink Floyd
- “One Arm Steve” – Widespread Panic
- “Folsom Prison Blues” – Johnny Cash
- “Heart of Gold” – Neil Young
- “Promises” – Eric Clapton
- “Blue” – The Jayhawks
- “Handle w/ Care” – Traveling Wilburys
- “Runnin’ Down a Dream” – Tom Petty
Check out the Cornerstone music schedule for upcoming shows by Ric Albano of Sinclair Soul.
Sinclair Soul Facebook page
Sinclair Soul on Reverbnation
Buy Sinclair Soul music
A unique musician in the Cornerstone lineup, Shelba Purtle performs “hang music to soothe your soul”. An accomplished percussionist, Shelba first discovered a “hang” (pronounced hung) in 2008 and she was drawn to its soothing hypnotic sound which mixes melody and rhythm. Shelba has since composed and recorded two albums of original music.
Each of these handpan instruments are custom made by hand, giving each performer a distinct musical sound. Shelba’s first and second handpans were made in Switzerland, with later additional instruments built in Nevada and Brazil. The handpan looks like a small space ship. Microphones and amplifiers do not faithfully convey the resonance of its tone as the sound travels outward from the instrument. Playing a handpan is like a dance played with your fingers on tempered steel held together with a ribbon of brass. It is not the musical norm, but it is truly enticing!
Check out the Cornerstone music schedule for upcoming shows by Shelba Purtle.
Honest, sincere, and often humorous, Steven Gellman has been performing his slice-of-life lyrics to audiences across the United States since the mid 1990s. He has been described by Billboard magazine as “intensely sensitive and impressively intelligent” and Gellman’s songwriting currently spans eight independent album releases. Some of his most esteemed original compositions include “Autumn’s Love Song”, “Blue on Blue”, “A Little Bit Fine” and “Goodbye, New Orleans”. Steve has also established his own independent record label and publishing company called Hidden Poet.
On stage, Gellman combines friendly banter with a sonorous, tenor voice that critics have compared to the late John Denver. Gellman has performed at acclaimed venues such as the Birchmere and Club Passim and has opened for the likes of Al Stewart, Richie Havens, Dar Williams, Cheryl Wheeler and others.
Here is a list of some of the songs Steven regularly performs:
- “The Boxer” – Simon & Garfunkel
- “Go” – Indigo Girls
- “Take It with Me” – Tom Waits
- “Mary” – Patty Griffin
- “Oh My Sweet Carolina” – Ryan Adams
- “If I Go, I’m Going” – Gregory Alan Isakov
- “Gold Dust Woman” – Fleetwood Mac
- “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” – Death Cab for Cutie
- “The Waiting” – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
- “My Hometown” – Bruce Springsteen
- “I Will Always Love You” – Dolly Parton
- “I Still Miss Someone (Blue eyes)” – Johnny Cash
Check out the Cornerstone music schedule for upcoming shows by Steven Gellman.
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Fri, February 28th, 6:30pm
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Fri, March 6th, 6:30pm
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Thu, March 12th, 6:00pm
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Thu, March 26th, 6:00pm
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All Scheduled Classes
- Michele Lee Kozimor
- Colette Eckert
- Gail Coleman
- Cornerstone Artists
- Peter Stone
- Antonio Andrade
- Ric A
- Shelba Purtle
- Steven Gellman