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An Evening of Americana with Pete Mancini, Cassandra House, and Christine Sweeney
June 23 @ 7:30 pm
Preservation New Jersey welcomes Pete Mancini back to the 1867 Sanctuary with Cassandra House and Christine Sweeney for a special evening of Americana music “in the round.”
Diversion Records Recording Artist Pete Mancini (www.petemancini.com) got his start as the frontman and primary songwriter of Butchers Blind, a critically acclaimed rock band from NYC. His debut solo album Foothill Freeway explored the Americana influences that were a hallmark of his work with his former band. In 2018, he released a live EP, Alive in Patchogue. Since signing with Diversion Records, Mancini has released three singles, Pine Box Derby, DUI Blues, and My Hometown. His second full length album Flying First Class was released in 2019. Mancini’s songs have received glowing reviews and radio airplay around the world, and they continue to win over hearts and minds wherever they are heard.
Over the years, Mancini has opened for acts such as Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms, Pure Prairie League, Robbie Fulks, James Maddock, Marah, Steve Forbert, Larry Campbell & Theresa Williams, Kevin Gordon, and Iain Matthews.
Cassandra House (www.cassandrahouse.net) is a Indie-Folk singer & songwriter hailing from Long Island, NY. Her passionate instrumentation and introspective lyrics have been a crowd favorite for fans of original music on the island & across the U.S. Cassandra’s music has been described as comparable to the likes of Patty Griffin, Brandi Carlile & Kathleen Edwards.
Cassandra has been seen on stage with the likes of Amy Helm, Todd Schaeffer (of Railroad Earth), G.Love, Jen Chapin, Shannon McNally, Lucy Kaplansky, Andy Falco (of the Infamous Stringdusters) and Papadosio. Cassandra has played The Great South Bay Music Festival for 6 years (where she has shared a stage in the past with Railroad Earth, Coling Hay, Graham Nash, and Rusted Root), Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Resonance Music Festival, Bradstock, The American Music Festival, and Brooklyn Bowl to rave reviews. Her newest album, The Roam is available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, CD Baby & on her website.
With a voice as powerful as it is sultry and sweet, singer/songwriter Christine Sweeney (www.christinesweeney.com) deftly handles poppy and playful without sacrificing genuine emotion to create her version of indie blues pop. Her sometimes gritty, sometimes sugary vocals soar over a rhythmic guitar to build songs that are heavily focused on the feel of the lyrics, but also illustrate that she’s no stranger to complexities in harmony.
After graduating from SUNY New Paltz, Christine has built a reputation as a veteran performer throughout her native Long Island. She has performed at Live in the Lobby in Patchogue and at The Folk Music Society of Huntington’s Hard Luck Cafe as well as opened for national acts like China Crisis and Nine Days. Christine has also been featured on WUSB 90.1FM Stony Brook, WCWP 88.1 LIU Post Radio, WMSC 90.3 Montclair, and http://www.radionowhere903.com. Folk DJ Joltin Joe Pszonek (of Radio Nowhere) described her as a singer/songwriter who “will seduce you with her voice and then belt you with the blues. Her intelligent songwriting skills reveal a strong understanding of life and love. Streetwise with a tender heart, Christine is on my list of up and coming talents!”
Her recordings include”Live at the Bitter End” recorded with bandmate Dave Ferro and Lune et Lumière featuring her full band, Christine Sweeney and the Dirty Stayouts.
Christine was an honorable mention as a performer at the Grassy Hill Emerging Artists Stage at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2017. Semi-Formal and Folk DJ artist performer at NERFA in 2017.
The 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.
To Purchase Tickets
- $20 for General Admission
- $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
- $5 for School and College students with ID
- $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**
Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing email@example.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed from PayPal if purchased online.)
**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.
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