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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, BUC is closed indefinitely - and so MAMA’s Coffeehouse is on hiatus. We are very disappointed to have to cut our season short. The three remaining concerts in our 2019/20 season have been canceled. We have shows scheduled beginning in September 2020, but it remains unclear how soon we will be able to host large gatherings. Some say it might be 2021 before our concert series can resume.
Sooner or later, we plan to be back. If we're lucky, this fall will see performances by Diamonds In The Rust, Tennessee native Mean Mary, Great Lakes maritime performer Lee Murdock and beloved Irish family band Finvarra's Wren. Come 2021, we'll try to reschedule the acts we had to cancel.
We thank all of you who have supported MAMA’s Coffeehouse over the years (decades!) Visit this site and our Facebook page; as soon as we know when we’ll be returning, we’ll be letting everyone know!
Now in its 27th season, MAMA's Coffeehouse continues its tradition of presenting concerts of fine acoustic music, featuring regional and nationally touring performers. MAMA's is a nonprofit organization, a production of Michigan Acoustic Musicians Alliance (MAMA) and Birmingham Unitarian Church.
MAMA's Coffeehouse presented its first show in May, 1993. The name MAMA's is an acronym for Michigan Acoustic Musicians' Alliance, which was the brainchild of David Walker, who was a local singer-songwriter and a member of Birmingham Unitarian Church. Along with a small group of volunteers, he established a monthly concert series presenting nine shows annually, September through May.
Since 2001, musician and songwriter Jim Bizer has been guiding the series (helped immensely by a devoted group of volunteers.) Over these twenty-some years, attendance has grown significantly and performers from all across the country have graced the MAMA's stage. The local community of folk/acoustic music fans have made MAMA's Coffeehouse a thriving social gathering as well as a haven for practitioners of folk and related musical styles.
In addition to supporting acoustic music and acoustic musicians, MAMA's is also proud of its charitable efforts. Along with donations to many organizations, MAMA's has also produced several special-occasion concerts to benefit worthy, often local, charities since 2003.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering at a show. Volunteers receive free admission!
MAMA's Coffeehouse provides an open mic session before every show, beginning at 7:30. Two 15 minute slots are available by advance reservation - email Jim Bizer email@example.com to request a slot. Walk-ins can sometimes be accommodated.