Back at it with the winter Lamplighter Series, done in the half round with three to four musicians, one of them usually being Peter Mulvey, rotating songs & stories and musicianifying and magicianifying together. Peter Mulvey explains it thus:

“People, this is the heart of what I do.  I love to get musicians together and to play music in its raw, conversational form.  To listen, to jump in without knowing exactly what comes next, to be surprised and enlivened. This is the holy grail for me: to play music as though it’s happening offstage, for pure joy and discovery and communication between friends and strangers. And over the past decade or so, first in the winter at my hometown Cafe Carpe, and then over the past three years at my home-away-from-hometown ClubPassim, I’ve found a way to tease this kind of offstage music into an onstage situation: The Lamplighter Sessions.  It changes every year, butthen, don’t we all?  Trust me, you should get to one of these shows if you can.  Lightning will strike.”

These  shows have become quite popular, and attract people from all over the globe (Alaska, England, and Australia so far). It behooves you to make your reservations early, and pay promptly to keep those reservations, or it may boohoo you. In past years, the REDBIRD shows have sold out, often early, so time is of the essence.  (All REDBIRD 2013 shows are now sold out as of December 4th.)

If a show you were thinking of has sold out, dare yourself to experience some new performers. There are some talented new faces in the crowd this year, and they deserve your attention.

Whenever anything is popular, the darn smooth-runnin’ police enact
RULES regarding ticket purchases.

WISDOM It’s wise to sign up on the Carpe website for our newsletter, or Like us (even if you don’t) on Facebook so that you can be reached with any updates due to weather or other vicissitudes.

Please call 920-563-9391 to reserve seats, ideally during hours when we are not open- before 11 am and between 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm during the week, before 4:30 pm on Saturday, and all day Sunday and Monday. Give your first and last name.

You are not guaranteed your reserved seat unless you pay in advance. Payment by check (preferred) or credit card is fine, but there will be a $2.00 per transaction handling fee on the latter. Be sure to write on the check the date of the show. There are no actual tickets- we write PAID next to your name in our reservation book once payment is received, and assign seats under that name. If you want confirmation that your money has been received, include your e-mail address. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

REDBIRD MONEY BY DECEMBER 8th You will lose reserved seats for the Redbird shows if money has not been received before December 8th- we will assume you don’t want the seats.

OTHER RESERVATION NOTES As a courtesy, please always contact us if you have reserved seats and can’t use them. If payment has not been received in advance, we will not feel obligated to hold your seats, especially if there is another bird with money in the hand. If you wish to rid yourself of seats, or seek them once we have sold out, you can post your desire on the Cafe Carpe Facebook page and look for the exchanges.:)

THE NIGHTS OF THE SHOWS- When to arrive, etc.
Please come at least 15 minutes early to increase the likelihood that the shows will start on time. Eating here helps keep us in business, but we urge you to come early to do so. Our space is small, our kitchen is small, and our brains are small, which means there may be a bit of pleasant waiting and delightful chaos.

On the busiest nights the menu will be limited to specials and a reduced menu of sandwiches to facilitate feeding more people in a shorter period of time. Apologies in advance if your favorite item is not offered. There is usually no shortage of dessert offerings…

Did I mention it’ll be fun?