The Old Firehouse in Edom Kicks Off 11th Season of Music

John Batdorf, who will be playing October 19

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The Old Firehouse acoustic listening room in Edom kicks off its 11th season on Saturday, October 19 with an acoustic concert by John Batdorf. Batdorf is one-half of Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' folk-rock duo, “Batdorf and Rodney.” John was the pair's primary songwriter and singer and his music fit right in alongside the 1970's Laurel Canyon scene with artists like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Jackson Brown; the Eagles; and Joni Mitchel.

The Old Firehouse in Edom is the only “listening room” in the area where audiences can enjoy a “coffee house” atmosphere of the '70s, with national and international singer/songwriters performing their own music up close and personal. In fact, over the past ten years, listeners have anxiously looked forward to the new seasons of music because there is never a bad show. Even if an unfamiliar musician appears, the owner and founder, Jeff Gottesman's, selections of artists are appreciated and enjoyed.

Since 2009, musicians and audiences alike have been flocking to this little gem, and Gottesman hopes that the secret of this wonderful experience will get out even further and the 70 seats will be filled even more often than they have in the past.

The season will consist of nine acoustic concerts between October and April with folk genres typically described as Americana, Orchestral Folk, Traditional and Mountain. Every performance consists of strictly original songs that are both composed and performed by the musician who has created them. Note-for-note performances matching the artists' recordings should not be expected, but heartfelt introductions, personal stories, and back-and-forth communications between the audience and performers should be expected. Future performers this season are Neal Katz, Time Chauvin, Bill Nash, Pierce Pettis, American Dreamer, The Rough & Tumble, Rupert Wates, Jeff Black, Friction Farm, and Adler & Hearne.

Between now and October 19, season tickets can be purchased which include a few extra perks like free coffee and reserved seating. Admission prices for concerts are usually $12 in advance and $15 and the door, and events are on Saturday evenings unless otherwise noted, beginning at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 so the audience can enjoy coffee and desserts that are always available during the “schmooze hour.”

For more information, including the full season's schedule along with samples of music and advance ticket options, visit or call (903) 852-ART1.

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