Comedic musician featured during Coffee House open mic

Boston-based comedic singer/songwriter Howie Newman will be the featured performer at the Living Room Coffee House to be held April 19, at the Mason Congregational Church.

Newman combines music, comedy and audience participation. His songs, which are suitable for all ages, embrace quirky topics like smart phones, middle-aged dating, the weather, interstellar garbage collection and baseball.

Newman will be playing songs from his recently released live CD, “You Shoulda Been There.” The album includes “My Baby Can’t Parallel Park,” which has been aired several times on NPR’s Car Talk.

A former sportswriter for the Boston Globe, Lowell Sun and several other newspapers, he’ll also perform a tune or two from his latest baseball album, “Baseball’s Greatest Hits, Volume 2.” Newman will be playing a few serious songs as well.

His songs have been heard on several radio stations, the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento show, National Public Radio, The Midnight Special, and other stations across the country.

An open mic beginning at 7:30 p.m. will precede Newman’s feature set, which runs from 8:30-9:10 p.m.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Performers (music, poetry, spoken word) are encouraged to sign up for one of the 15-minute slots. Sign-up is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

A $5 donation is suggested, with all proceeds donated to the St. Vincent De Paul food pantry.

The Living Room Coffee House will be held on the third Saturdays of the month. A PA system with four microphones is available as well as an upright piano named Rose.

For more information, visit or call 801-7430.

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