The Moorestown DeCafe Concert Series at Perkins Center for the Arts is celebrating its 25th season.

The Moorestown DeCafe is a warm coffeehouse environment where great folks gather to enjoy live folk music, jazz, the blues, or world music once per month. Performers range from nationally known singer-songwriters like Michael Smith, Debbie McClatchy, and Chris Smither to talented local musicians on the verge of breaking out.

Approximately 75 guests attend each performance, providing an intimate setting for audience and performers alike. In keeping with its coffeehouse inspiration, the cost of admission includes coffee, tea, and light fare.

The series continues from September to March.

Concert dates:

4th Friday, Sept 22nd – Mick Moloney with special guest Haley Richardson

3rd Friday, Oct 20th – Man About A Horse

3rd Friday, Nov 17th – Joe Crookston

3rd Friday, Jan 19th – The Lauren Shub Jazz Trio

4th Friday, Feb 23rd – Amy Vachal

3rd Friday, Mar 16th –Lili Añel

Doors open at 7:30pm and shows start at 8:15pm

2017-2018 Season Subscription


A season subscription to the Moorestown DeCafe Coffeehouse Concert Series provides you with one ticket to each of the 6 concerts in the 2017-2018 season. Season subscriptions are $100. Individual tickets are $20 each (admission includes light refreshments).

Please note that a season subscriptions and individual tickets will not be printed – your name will be on the list at the door on the day of each concert.


Meet The Artists

Mick Maloney

Mick Moloney’s knowledge of Irish, Irish American, and other genres of popular, roots-oriented, and historical music runs wide and deep.

Equally qualified as a musician and anthropologist, Mick Moloney brings the perfect balance of historical insight and musical relevance to his music and songs. Born in Ireland, Moloney came to America in 1973 and pursued a career that uniquely combines the roles of musician, folklorist, author, presenter, radio and television personality, and educator.

He holds a Ph.D. in folklore, and teaches at New York University in the Irish Studies program. Mick Moloney has been featured on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, in the Village Voice and in Irish Music Magazine. He is also the recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA, the highest honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States.

“No one has succeeded more in taking this once vital part of Irish American culture out of musty archives and moldering dissertations and placing it afresh on CD and concert stage than Mick Moloney.” – Earle Hitchner,The Irish Echo

more about Mick Maloney

Haley Richardson

Haley Richardson is a young traditional Irish fiddler making her mark in the Irish music world. Haley, with her highly ornamented Sligo style perfected under the tutelage of fiddler Brian Conway, is the 2015 Junior Fiddler of Dooney and in 2013 won All Ireland Championships in both fiddle and fiddle slow airs. In addition to multiple All Ireland medals, including medals in solo fiddle and fiddle slow airs in 2016, she is an 9X MidAtlantic Fleadh Champion, winning her first championship in the under twelve age category at only six years old.

more about Haley Richardson

Joe Crookston

Joe Crookston is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Joe’s performances are multi-media celebrations of art and possibility with looped fiddle, video, slide guitar and songs. He was named one of the Top 10 Artists of 2014 on the Folk DJ charts, along with Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, John McCutcheon, John Gorka and the Stray Birds, and was also named the 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence. That residency resulted in “The Letters of Florence Hemphill”, the story, from Florence’s perspective, of a Kansas nurse who was a courageous medical presence during World War I. His 2017 song “Brooklyn in July” is being made into a short film and the “Blue Tattoo” inspired a documentary film of Joe’s unique friendship with Holocaust survivor Dina Jacobson. And his artistic inspiration from Georgia O’Keefe influences not only his painting, but the beautifully crafted song “Georgia I’m Here”.

“Joe Crookston is decidedly one of today’s standout troubadours.”
Roots Music Examiner

“With all the performers out there, an artist has to go beyond good… and Joe does”.
Sing Out Magazine

“This is not reviewers hype…this guy is flat out good.”
Rodger Nichols of The Dallas Oregon Chronicle

More About Joe Crookston


Man About A Horse

Man About A Horse is a young bluegrass band (or maybe one could describe as New-grass/Americana) from Philadelphia! While less than four years old, this band has blossomed into one of the area’s most exciting bands on the American roots scene. This quintet is known for its vocal harmonies (and all five members contribute), its uptempo, high-energy sets, and its authentic songwriting. They reinterpret modern music into an acoustic string-band quintet, as well as perform progressive originals and bluegrass standards.
The band has been touring throughout the Northeast. They just played the Philadelphia Folk Festival to an appreciative audience. Their recently released album in the Spring was number 11 on the Billboard Music Chart for bluegrass albums!

Matt Thomas (bass)
Matt “Roy” Royles (guitar)
Dan Whitener (banjo)
Elizabeth Carlson (fiddle & violin)
Nate Lanzino (mandolin)

“Their high energy and harmony is sure to make you want to dance!”
– Sierra Hull, Rounder Records recording artist

“Breathing new life into a classic art form.”
– Greg Jones, Ear to the Ground

More About Man About A Horse 


The Lauren Shub Jazz Trio

The Lauren Shub Jazz Trio is comprised of expert musicians who elevate the music of the classic American Songbook with masterful interpretations.  Their bios are below. Click on Lauren’s website to see and hear more.

Lauren Shub is a professional actor and singer, having graduated form NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  She has appeared on Broadway and in regional theatre, including Princeton’s McCarter Theatre . She is currently a member of the Stratford-upon-Duncan Shakespeare Companie. Lauren has appeared with jazz musicians in the tri-state area for many years, including with legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli at Shanghai Jazz and in a private event with Jerry Vivino of the Conan O’Brien Band. In recent years, Lauren has appeared over a dozen times with the Ilya Maslov ensemble in the Westfield Jazz Festival as well as in Jersey City’s Summerfest on the Hudson. Among the many venues include two past appearances here at Perkins Art Center in the DeCafe.  Her well received CD, Dream Dancing is available on ITunes, Amazon, Spotify and other outlets.

Ilya Maslov was born in Riga, Latvia, The Latvia  State Conservatory accepted him at age 6 to begin his training. His family moved to Moscow to further his training at the Moscow College of Music.  Since emigrating in the late 1970’s, Ilya has performed with a variety of renowned musicians, including Gloria Gaynor and Lenny Walsh. Aside from music he has composed for television, Ilya created the arrangements and conducted the band on Lauren’s CD, Dream Dancing.

Lew Leabman is well known as an accomplished studio and performance drummer in Philadelphia and New York. His busy schedule includes club band dates, big bands, Dixieland, rock and funk bands.

Amy Vachal

Amy Vachal is a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter and touring musician. After her appearance on NBC’s The Voice Season 9, where she was mentored by both Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine, she has toured over 40 cities and 18 countries showcasing her original songs and sharing the stage with standout performers such as Joe Purdy, Jamie Lawson, and M. Ward. Her debut album Strawberry Moon was released 1/31/2018 and debuted at #2 on the iTunes singer/songwriting charts.


Lili Añel

Philadelphia resident and singer/songwriter Lili Añel is making her third appearance at DeCafe, this time with backup keyboard, bass and percussion! It will be a treat to have her return as we continue our “greatest hits” theme.

Lili’s latest recording, Another Place, Another Time, was released to excellent reviews and regular rotation on WRTI 90.1 FM (on Hot II Countdown for 14 weeks, two weeks at #1) and was #36 on WRTI’s Jazz 100 Countdown for 2017.

Lili “…sings with soul and vulnerability while also playing a richly textured guitar…all of the tunes are intimate and vulnerable, with her vocal flexibility bringing you into her biographical lyrics…she wears her heart on her sleeve, bringing you into the deep recesses of her soul. Not easy in this day of feelings with no emotions.” – Jazz Weekly

“…a truly distinctive voice – husky and expressive as Nina Simone, lilting and pliant as Phoebe Snow…” – ICON Magazine

More About Lili Añel