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ACCC’s Careme’s Café Series Opens Spring Lineup Feb. 16; Celebrates 10th Anniversary

February 2, 2006

MAYS LANDING--The Careme's Café Series at Atlantic Cape Community College will mark 10 years of pairing fine food and fine music when it kicks off the Spring 2006 line-up with the performer who started it all in 1996, Joseph Parsons.

A singer-songwriter with a deep, powerful voice who has been compared to Michael Stipe of REM, Parsons will return to the Café on Thursday, February 16. The evening begins with a four-course gourmet dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the show at 8:15 p.m.

Since his debut with the Café Series in April 1996, Parsons has performed in cafes and concert venues, and sometimes on the street, in Germany, France, Russia, and across America, eventually prompting "Performing Songwriter" to observe that his "lyrics aim straight for the heart and the mind but his music hits you somewhere around the hips." "Rolling Stone" was led to wonder at the "fragile soul trips" on which his songs embark. He has released nine albums, including his latest, The Vagabond Tales.

Parsons is a Philadelphia-area favorite, who also performs as a member of the power-group 4 Way Street that includes artists Jim Boggia, Scott Bricklin and Ben Arnold Café alum). At ACCC, he'll be joined by touring partner Tom Gillam.

On Thursday, April 6, Kerri Powers, an alternative country songwriter from Massachusetts, will take the stage. Her latest album is You, Me, and A Redhead, a meld of Americana, blues, heartland rock, and soul.
The spring series will conclude on May 1 with local favorite, Patti Blee.

As always, the chefs and students of the Academy of Culinary Arts will prepare and serve a delicious four-course dinner consisting of soup, salad, a fish, meat or vegetarian entrée, and dessert. Tickets for the Careme’s Café Series are $30 and can be ordered by calling (609) 343-4907 or e-mailing Anna Simmons at Reservations are required. For information visit ACCC’s Web page at