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THE LAST OF THE COFFEEHOUSES

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They say time flies when you’re having fun and few have provided Brooklyn with as much rollicking talent as the Good Coffeehouse concert series in Park Slope, now celebrating three decades of bringing bluegrass, old-time, acoustic blues, world and folk music to the borough.

According to co-curator Tina Aridas, this series, at 53 Prospect Park West at Second Street, is one of the few true coffeehouses left in New York, because over time the greats, like Gerdies Folk City and the Bottom Line, have closed.

The 30th anniversary season kicks off on Friday, Sept. 17, with the Park Slope Old-Time & Bluegrass Jamboree, a two-day event that features a concert by Reams and his band The Barnstormers (pictured), workshops and jamming. Reams’ group was nominated last year by the International Bluegrass Music Association as Emerging Artist of the Year.

Aridas and fellow curator James Reams have made this season extra special by augmenting their usual schedule of local talent with a "Traveling Troubadour Series," which features many nationally known musicians, including country blues master Paul Geremia on Oct. 1.

"This is a very special year for us," said Aridas, listing more scheduled troubadours: blues performers Corey Harris and Ernie Hawkins and old-time band, The Crooked Jades.

Admission is $10-$15, $6 for children. Call (718) 768-2972.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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