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Third time's a charm

–  Acoustic music series Rockwood(Stock) takes place Saturday, Jan. 18


For the third consecutive year, Park Place Coffee celebrates local acoustic music and the neighborhood in which it’s located with Rockwood(Stock).

The party kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, with an open mic, followed by performances from Tom Arnold, The Grodie Brothers, Avery Hill and Suzan Lundy.

Here’s a look at who’s playing the all-ages event:

Tom Arnold

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This balladeer employs country, pop, blues and rock and even raps when he’s up for it. A finalist in the 2006 Portland Songwriters Association’s “Top Ten Best Singer Songwriters,” Arnold placed second in the Artichoke Community Music’s 2007 Songwriting Contest.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Tom Arnold plays country, reggae, hip hop and Irish music.

Arnold’s songs include “She’s Got Coke in Her Pants,” a humorous Jimmy-Buffett-like take on a woman just out of rehab trying to return to the party scene with decidedly mixed results, as well as “Never Do More Than One Stupid Thing,” a waltzing country number that counsels folks to resist the urge to up the ante when engaging in irresponsible behavior, like arguing with a judge about your rights when you’re clearly in the wrong.

The Grodie Brothers

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This trio has been kicking around since the 1970s, and will play the songs of Jake Grodie (aka Rich “Waggs” Waggoner), and feature Clem Grodie (aka Doug “Spud” Henderson) along with Piers Munro.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The Grodie Brothers perform original and cover tunes. Waggoner mixes humor as well as social and political commentary with three-chord progressions and has released such self-produced CDs as “Open Mic” and “Family Tree.”

“Park Place Coffee is our home venue, and we always play our best shows there,” Clem adds.

Avery Hillby: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Avery Hill is working on her forthcoming record Family Album, and she will perform some songs from it Jan. 18.

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Gifted with a voice that sounds a bit like a cross between Lisa Loeb and Judy Collins, Hill says her love for music and singing began as a young child. She adds that she will sing songs off her 2012 EP “Fare Thee Well” as well as her forthcoming record “Family Album.”

“This current project features songs inspired by stories of my family’s history, some based on stories I lived, but mostly based on stories I grew up hearing about characters and events from before my time,” she says.

She adds that she will tour this year up and down the West Coast and in New England.

Suzan Lundyby: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Suzan Lundy is one of four acts performing at Park Place Coffees Rockwood(Stock) festival Jan. 18.

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The alto singer says she’s “a little country, a little bluesy but mostly folky.” Born and mostly raised in Memphis, Tenn., Lundy plays guitar, piano, mandolin and dulcimer.

“I have strong compassion for music that tells the story of the people,” she says. “Folk music relates the story best from my perspective.”

With an eye for detail, she adds that she wants to use “everyday language and simple melodies (in) songs that connect us to each other by sharing common experiences and perceptions.”



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