Previous events


Slot on Open Mic America

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Pleased to be included in this California-based online show produced and hosted by Dave Williams. First Second and Third Sundays Selected songwriters sing ten minute sets, The hosts Dave and Daphna interview the songwriters. Last couple of shows have been fun watching for me. My slot will be late in the show. around 10.40 Eastern.

Youtube link for listers is on the homepage:

Performers: Mike Simpson - Saratoga, CA Ann Gray - Norfolk, VA Clancy - Vancouver, WA Steve Andersen - Alameda, CA Stacy Cake - Corvallis, OR Max, Berkeley - CA Ciarán Mac Gowan - San Francisco, CA Ben James - Santa Cruz, CA Robin Greene - Jacobs Eugene, OR Rick Drost - Cambridge, MA



Songwriter Showcase at Lilypad Inman

LilyPad Inman, 1353 cambridge st, Cambridge, MA

John O'Leary is producing another live songwriter showcase at the Lilypad. Vaxxed and Masked per city requirements. So far, performers are John O'Leary and Abigail Arndt Colin McGovern Rick Drost

Lily pad offers great sound system, light beverage service.


ITR set at Loretta's Last Call - By PB&Jay

Loretta's Last Call, 1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA

Pleaed to be able sing live with Jay Psaros and Friends at Loretta's

PB&J PRESENTS: Songwriters in the Round LIVE at Loretta's Last Call Featuring: Mike Cavanaugh Dann Russo Adam Davis Marcus Fakler Jay Psaros John Fiander Rick Drost Matt Frank Chris Dagnese Jared Torchetti Aksel Allouch Forest Romm


Dallas Songwriter Showcase slot (online) with "Get Off My Lawn!"

online, Dallas TX

Thanks to Harley Hewitt of DSA and Michael Roth of "Get Off My Lawn" a new group for mature songwriters,
There will be an online showcase with many of the GOML bunch -
all friends from FAR-West, FARM, and NERFA - We'll all do one song apiece; expect an interesting a varied show from great songwriters.

Here's the performer list
Brant Miller
Kerry Kean
Peter Lehndorff
Rick Drost
Kim Ware
Cheryl Cawood
Tina Ross
Kirby Heard
Michael & Nell

More details and Url as they Appear.. Certainly FB Live on


Songwriter Showcase (Live) at One Broadway

One Broadway Collaborative, 1 Broadway, Lawrence, MA

Please to be performing in Aaron Tornberg's new community oriented Music and Arts center in Lawrence. Linda Marks, Rick Drost, Zoe Levitt, and dean Stevens will do ~ 30 minute sets.

Vaccine and Masks required.


NERFA Virtual appearances

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NERFA (Northeast Regional Folk Alliance) is Online this year with a great run of events and performances. buy a ticket (20-40 dollars) at
My Guerilla Showcase Performances:

Thursday Nov 11 10 PM - Get Off My Lawn Showcase (my 15 min slot at 11:45)
Michael Roth has assembled friends from FAR-West and FARM and NERFA for a showcase with seasoned performers.

Here is Michael's description, and the cast and schedule: A Showcase for Late Bloomers at the 2021 NERFA Conference November 11, 2021 10:00 p.m. Eastern

Featuring: 10:00 Cheryl Cawood
10:15 Peter Lehndorff
10:30 Tina Ross
10:45 Michael and Nell
11:00 Kerry Kean
11:15 Amy Dixon-Kolar
11:30 Penelope Salinger
11:45 Rick Drost
12:00 Michael R.J. Roth
(All times Eastern Standard Time)

A rag-tag group of irregulars who got together at FARM to fight the establishment. Or at least sing to it.

Sat 1:00 AM Eastern Decent Exposure showcase - half hour in the Round with Tina Ross and Terra Spencer . Thanks to Sam Edelston, Mandolin King, for setting this up


FARM Virtual Appearances

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This is Folk Alliance Regional Midwest Conference; This year it's all virtual. Register at Presentations and workshops during the day, Music afternoon, evening and late. All times are Eastern.

Two appearances Wed Oct 27 Performance Lane 1 - 6:50-70 PM 10 minutes

Friday Oct 29 Petty Chavez Private showcase - 10:30 PM - 20 minutes

Online Loop at the Armory October Show

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Online at The Loop at the Armory FB page, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA

The October Loop Show is Online, and will feature Tina Ross Erin Ash Sullivan Eric Gulliksen (Snake) Rick Drost

This will be online at The Loop at the Armory FB page It will also be livestreamed at the loop at the armory Youtube Channel

We'll each do 30-35 min sets from our homes, no breaks, since it's online Tips appreciated.

Loop shows restarted in September 2021, are on third Thursdays. Thanks John Mark for founding this, and Linda Marks an the other volunteers, and the Armory for keeping this series going. FB group for Loop at the Armory is Thanks Dan Senie for all the tech support setting up the live streaming.


Folk Alliance West - Online Conference

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Had a great time here in 2019. Hoping to hear old friends and new friends. You must register for the conference for access. Guerrilla showcases TBD


Feature at Music for Humanity Benefit Concert

Noble Roasters, 3020 Rte 27, Campbell Hall, NY

Every third Saturday Barry Adelman of Music for Humanity assembles a few songwriters for a benefit concert for Music for Humanity- Concert is often in this coffeehouse in the Catskills to sing half hour sets. Honored to be invited back in 2021. Other singers TBD.

Pleased to be returning to the Hudson Valley area. Show at 7.30. Barry advises "come early, doors at 7, to get a good seat"

Proceeds benefit Music for Humanity, which has raised over 100,000 over the last ten years for Music Scholarships

Check out music for humanity, dedicated to helping people share music.


(Virtual) Appearance on Arielle Silver's "Tomes and Tunes" podcast

Arielle Silver's Facebook Page or YouTube Page

Every week Thursday afternoon my FAR-West friend Arielle Silver hosts a book discussion and song show. I'm honored to be her guest for this session. We'lll talk about literature we've been reading, and share some songs.

I've been listening to several of these sessions and love discovering new (or forgotten) books to read, and hearing the songs.

The show is 2PM Pacific time; 5PM Eastern It will come up Live on Arielle Silver's Facebook page at the appointed time. It will also appear at the time on which gets you over to Arielle's Youtube page.

More details as they become available. I'm looking forward to the interview and sharing songs.

Past shows are archived on Always interesting discussions and great songs


Songwriters in the Round

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Union Brewhouse - Weymouth, 350 Washington St, Weymouth, MA

Jay Psaros (PB & Jay Records) presents a weekly showcase at Union Brewhouse.
Always good music, great food here (try the Onion Rings)

This night he's Featuring:
Catherine King
Crit Harmon
Rick Drost
Hosted by Mike Nolan

Set at Hancock Depot 20th Anniversary

Hancock Depot Cabaret, Depot Rd, Hancock, NH

Hancock Depot Cabaret is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a special Saturday Night show. Happy to be be doing a 20 minute set among the many great New England songwriters I've seen there. David Young, Susan Lang, and volunteers have assembled a stunning venue at the Depot, along a historic railroad line. Sets by: Blame it on Sally
Decatur Creek
Sugarbush Road
Rick Drost

Honored to be in this company, and to be singing live again!


Afternoon sets at Bell St Gallery, - cancelled

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Bell St Gallery , 807 Bell St, La Pointe, WI

Sorry, we all thought better to cancel this trip given the rising spread of Delta Variant I'll be returning Madeline Island, WI the first week in August. Friends have arranged to have me sing in the Bell St. Gallery - features art, a cafe, and music. 1-4 PM Friday Aug 6.


PBJ Songwriters night

Union Brewhouse - Weymouth, 550 Washington St, Weymouth, MA

Carlin Tripp collects 6-8 songwriters to play short sets. I've alweays enjoyed hearing the songwriters at these events. Restarted recently, friends have reported fun nights at this Union Brewhouse location. Thanks, Jay Psaros. I'm happy to be finally poking my nose out live. Good food, good company.


Attending Dar Williams Songwriting Retreat

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Stony Point Center, 17 Crickettown Rd, Stony Point NY

Dar Williams' annual songwriting retreat is at the Stony Point Center this year. Looking forward to seeing some old friends, and meeting a lot of new people. Hoping to take a deep breath in this lovely environment and get a jumpstart on some new songs.


Private Party, Rocky Neck

Rocky Neck, Gloucester, MA

Hope to catch up with Rocky Neck folks out here; Going to view fireworks; I'll get to sing a little I'm told.

Outdoors at the Armory: Linda Marks, Mark Bishop Evans, Craig Sonnenfeld, Rick Drost

Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA

Join singer-songwriters Linda Marks, Mark Bishop Evans, Craig Sonnenfeld and Rick Drost in the round Outside At The Armory. Poet Beatriz Alba opens. Free Admission. Tickets required for COVID protocols. Here's the link: