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Welcome to Rock House Center for the Arts. We are both a visual and preforming arts school, gallery and music venue. Besides hosting Americana and Roots music concerts at our home, The Rock House 41 High Street, we also accommodate three art studios, classroom space and sales gallery at 22171 Main Street, Reeds Spring MO 65737. We are a 501(c)(3) under Folk Alliance International.
 

Mission Statement
The mission of the Rock House Center for the Arts is to enrich and educate the community through the presentation and support of live music and the visual arts. 

Vision
Present the finest in visual and performance art and maintain a comfortable, attractive and well-equipped gathering place for audiences and performers to enjoy during events at the Rock House.

Broaden the base of support by sponsoring events such as music festivals and art shows meant to draw out, and sustain a diverse and vibrant community that celebrates the arts.

Maintain a workshop and gallery that attracts accomplished, relevant and professional artisans who can: provide unique educational opportunities that spark the imagination, oversee the entirety of the creative process, and cultivate the artistic skills of young people, adults and senior citizens of the community.

Build a legacy that: remains culturally relevant, strengthens community partnerships, and sponsors educational and performance opportunities that ensure the financial sustainability of the Rock House Center for the Arts for years to come.

 

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Rock House Concert featuring Melissa Carper & Rebecca Patek

The Rock House, 41 High Street, Reeds Spring

The Buffalo Gals are an old-school country and folk duo consisting of Melissa Carper (guitar, banjo, and bass) and Rebecca Patek (fiddle and guitar) formed in Austin, TX. The pair moved to Eureka Springs, AR where they wrote and recorded their debut Album Brand New Old-Time Songs inspired by the music and nature of the Ozark Mountains. Their album reached Number 2 on the Folk Album charts for the Roots Music Report in July 2018 and reached Number 3 on the European Americana charts in August of 2018. Carper is a two-time veteran on Garrison's Prairie Home Companion and Patek a three- time winner of the Wisconsin State Fiddle Championship. Their beautiful harmonies and simple, pure approach to the classics, along with their original well-crafted songs are what makes them special. Join us for an intimate night of music. Doors open at 6:30 for a potluck dinner, b.y.o.b. social time.

Music begins at 8:00 for the listening room concert. First come, first serve on seating. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at https://rockhousecenterforthearts.org/calendar-tickets or at the door.

Please park across the street in the parking lot or anywhere downtown. Our backyard parking is reserved for the band and handicap parking.

Call (417)272-8386 for more info.

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Rock House Concert featuring Michael Bewer

The Rock House, 41 High Street, Reeds Spring

MICHAEL BREWER was born on April 14th, 1944 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The oldest of four children, he performed on the radio at age four. He was a singing drummer in a rock and roll band in high school, along with fellow band mate and guitarist Jesse Ed Davis. In 1960 he sold his drums and bought his first guitar ( A Martin D-18. The same guitar heard on six "Brewer & Shipley" albums). After graduating high school in 1962, he traveled the folk circuit performing in coffee houses from coast to coast, and began writing songs. He met Tom Shipley in 1964 at The Blind Owl coffee house in Kent, Ohio, but they wouldn't become a team for a few more years.

Tom Mastin, Billy Mundi, Michael, & Jim Fielder

He teamed with first partner Tom Mastin in 1965, and settled in San Francisco, then Los Angeles. His first recording contract was with Columbia Records as Mastin and Brewer. They formed a band with drummer Billy Mundi (later a member of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention), and bassist Jim Fielder (later an original member of Blood, Sweat & Tears). Mastin & Brewer toured southern California opening for The Byrds ("Eight Miles High" was their current hit), along with another newly formed band Buffalo Springfield. Buffalo Springfield got together in a house next door to Michael, once owned by Lenny Bruce, and they got their name from a road work vehicle that was parked in front of Michael's house. Mastin & Brewer began headlining clubs in L.A., and began recording, but Mastin decided he couldn't take the pressure, and they separated. Sadly, years later Tom Mastin committed suicide.

Mastin & Brewer's man at Columbia Records was leaving to help create a new record company being formed by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss called A&M Records. He took Michael with him, and Michael became a staff song writer for A&M's publishing company Good Sam Music.

Tom Shipley moved into a house around the corner from Michael and they began writing songs together. Soon, Tom was a staff writer for A&M, as well. Their demos for the publishing company exhibited a sound and style of their own, and A&M suggested they record their songs themselves. Their first album Brewer & Shipley/Down In L.A. was released in 1968. Unhappy with life on the coast, Michael and Tom moved back to the heartland, doing what they'd done before.....performing their songs for those who'd care to listen. They made Kansas City, Missouri their home,

and with friends, formed a company named Good Karma Productions. "Brewer & Shipley" acquired a new recording contract with Buddha/Kama Sutra Records in New York City. They recorded four albums for that label Weeds, Tarkio (containing the now classic rock anthem "One Toke Over The Line"), Shake Off The Demon, and Rural Space. Eventually, they moved to Capitol Records and recorded two albums ST-11261 and Welcome To Riddle Bridge.

In 1980 Michael and Tom amicably went their separate ways. Michael met Dan Fogelberg in a bar in the Rocky mountains, and Dan invited him to sing on a song on his latest album. The album was The Innocent Age and the song was "The Reach". Dan produced Michael's first solo LP entitled Beauty Lies, on Full Moon/Warner Bros. Records, and it was released in 1983.

In 1987 "Brewer & Shipley" regrouped for a special concert in Kansas City. They did a few more reunion shows, but writing new songs is what got them back together. While on tour in Alaska, they decided to form their own company "One Toke Productions". They have written songs for and recorded two CD's for that company, Shanghai and Heartland, and after forty plus years together "Brewer & Shipley" are still performing.

Michael released his second solo effort, entitled Michael Brewer/ Retro Man in 2004, and in the last few years he has been more prolific than ever writing songs. In 2010 he released his third solo album entitled It Is What It Is. In 2012 he followed up with Dancing With My Shadow.

To purchase Michael's CDs or Brewer & Shipley CDs click on the Store link on pages in this site.

Michael has written songs that have been recorded by Stephen Stills, The Byrds, Jonathon Edwards, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Dillards, Seldom Scene, Rice, Rice, Hillman & Pederson to name a few.

Today Michael resides in the Ozark mountains in southern Missouri.

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15th Annual Rock House Music Festival

Flavie Field, 22601 Main St, Reeds Spring, MO 65737

Welcome to our 15th Annual Rock House Music Festival. Our festival is located at Flavie Lear Field in downtown Reeds Spring. This location is near the historical Work Project Administration, (WPA) old High school building, now housing City Hall. This unique space will provide plenty of grassy area for our festival and plenty of parking space as well. There will be several wonderful food vendors, Arts and Craft vendors, Beer vendors and a variety of drinks (alcohol and non-alcohol) for purchase on site.

No smoking, no glass will be permitted on the festival grounds. No alcohol can be brought onto the festival grounds. Free for kids 12 years old and younger with a paid adult admission.

Bring your own lawn chairs and spend the day with us. Gates open at 1:30 pm. Ticket price will be $30 the day of the festival at the gate so get your advanced tickets on our website now for $25. https://rockhousecenterforthearts.org/calendar-tickets This is a rain or shine event. No refunds.

Line-up:

First up will be last year's singer/songwriter winner, Andy Haut followed by: National Park Radio (Duo) Signal Ridge The Creek Rocks (Full band) Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin Chariots Violet and The Undercurrents and the one and only, Randall Shreve and the DeVilles!!!

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