Barbara Kessler with Paul Judge & Jim Wooster opening

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Friday, September 16, 2016, at 7:30 PM


Barbara Kessler feels most alive when she’s on stage performing in front of an audience. “Music has always been the single most powerful way for me to express myself,” she says. Her honest, engaging lyrics reflect the human condition, the universal experiences people share but have been socialized not to reveal. “I want my audience to feel like we’re having an intimate conversation in a living room,” she says. “An opportunity to connect in a seamless, heartfelt way.”

Yet it’s her demeanor on stage that really pulls people in – a combination of playful spontaneity and focused attention to the audience. “A gig for me is a night out for someone; they showed up for the music, and I need to show up for them.” Barbara owns the stage with a “dash of insecurity and a big glob of charisma” as someone recently put it.

Barbara entered the professional music scene several years after graduating from Cornell University, quickly moving from opening act to the main stage. Her debut CD Stranger To This Land won a Boston Music Award for best new folk/acoustic album. She has won awards from folk festivals including Kerrville, Telluride, and Rocky Mountain folks, has received national airplay as well as been featured on Sirius/XM and Mountain Stage, and her songs continue to be placed on TV shows like NCIS, JAG, Passions, One Life to Live, The Young and The Restless, All My Children, Ed, Felicity, and MTV. “Dreaming My Way Home,” the end credit theme song she co-wrote and produced for the SONY PlayStation game, Rogue Galaxy has introduced Barbara to an international audience of all ages.

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Barbara Kessler

Singer / Songwriter / Producer

Admission $12
Students & Seniors $8

Coffee & Refreshments available.


Paul Judge &
Jim Wooster

Paul and Jim are regular performers at the First Church in Belmont as members of Positive Energy, and the Blood Mountain Brothers and occasionally as a duet. They have an uplifting style that features great vocals and mellow guitar accompaniment.


This month’s featured charity

The Unitarian Transylvania Archives Project

An organization formed to protect and extend the knowledge of Unitarianism by organizing, preserving, and making accessible the extensive collection of historic materials that document the history of this faith.

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