Enjoy Live Music at Our House Concert Series

The Mission Inn is proud to present Music at The Mission, an intimate house concert series. We look forward to bringing you a memorable concert experience with talented and passionate musicians in an unique setting, our beautiful living room.

We are proud to present our 2019-2020 schedule. Our house concerts run October through April and are open to the public. If you want to be notified as we add more shows, just send us an email at info@missioninn.net and we will keep you posted. 

October 26, 2019: Regina Sayles (SOLD OUT!)

November 23, 2019: Mercy Creek (SOLD OUT!)

January 25, 2020: Goodnight Moonshine (SOLD OUT! Email info@missioninn.net to get on the waiting list)

February 22, 2020: Gregg Carpenter & Lara DeCosta (SOLD OUT! Email info@missioninn.net to get on the waiting list)

March 14, 2020: Karl Werne - POSTPONED

April 4, 2020: M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio (Click here to RSVP)

May 3, 2020: Jaqua Pearce, featuring Regina Sayles (Click here to RSVP)

Unless otherwise noted, all concerts start at 7 pm and are open to the public with a $15 suggested donation - all of which goes directly to the artists. Plus, guests staying at the Inn the night of a performance will also get to meet and mingle with the artists over breakfast the next day.

To learn about each artist on the schedule, see more details below.

Season 3: Upcoming Performances

Regina Sayles - Saturday, October 26, 2019

Back by popular demand! Regina Sayles returns to Cape May this fall to kick off the third season of Music at The Mission on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Regina combines her powerful vocals and soulful guitar playing to create a unique singer-songwriter sound that blends pop, jazz, soul, and country. 

To learn more about Regina Sayles:

This show is sold out! Email info@missioninn.net to be added to the wait list. 

Mercy Creek - Saturday, November 23, 2019

Mercy Creek brings their unique brand of "aggressive folk rock" to Cape May for the first time on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Comprised of singer/guitarist Cheryl Nystrom Ball and songwriting partner/drummer Jim Ball, this talented duo blends elements of modern folk, world beat, and rock with hints of blues and bluegrass to create a fresh, earthy, and edgy sound. 

To learn more about Mercy Creek:
Website and Music Samples: http://www.mercycreek.com/

Click here to RSVP for the Mercy Creek house concert. Seats are limited!

Goodnight Moonshine - Saturday, January 25, 2020

Goodnight Moonshine returns to Cape May for a show that pairs the intimacy and immediacy of the 90's with the sonic explosion of the 60's. Molly Venter, also the lead singer for Americana group Red Molly, is a viscerally potent singer, à la Fiona Apple and Tracy Chapman, whose songwriting is redemptive and playful. Consummate musician and producer Eben Pariser, is a devotee of Ray Charles, Wes Montgomery, The Beatles and The Band; as well as a powerful singer-songwriter in his own right. Courageous unveiling and depth of experience make the collaboration between married couple Molly Venter and Eben Pariser addictively captivating. Their music encourages listeners to embrace opposing desires, to challenge as well as support each other through inspiration and dissolution, and hopefully to share this journey with their larger communities.

To learn more about Goodnight Moonshine:

This show is sold out! Please send an email to info@missioninn.net to be added to the wait list. 

Gregg Carpenter & Lara DeCosta - Saturday, February 22, 2020

This popular Cape May acoustic duo of Gregg Carpenter and Lara DeCosta blends their powerful vocals to deliver renditions of classic favorites from singer-songwriters such as The Beatles, Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones, Cat Stevens, and James Taylor. 

To learn more about Gregg Carpenter:

This show is sold out! Please send an email to info@missioninn.net to be added to the wait list. 

Karl Werne - Saturday, March 14, 2019 (Postponed)

POSTPONED - Stay tuned for a new date later this spring.

Musician Karl Werne brings his singer-songwriter talents back to Cape May as part of the Music at The Mission series. Join us for an amazing evening of music and stories by this seasoned performer who is known for creating new works out of songs that you know and love. 

To learn more about Karl Werne:
Website and music samples: http://karlwerne.com/

M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio - Saturday, April 4, 2020

M.S.G. performs traditional Piedmont blues, raising the roof with their old-fashioned house party tunes, making you laugh with their witty originals, and making you weep with their blues ballads. This trio of Jackie Merrit, Miles Spicer, and Resa Gibbs, combines strong vocals with their songwriting skills to deliver a unique musical experience. 

To learn more about M.S.G.:

Click here to RSVP for the M.S.G. house concert. Seats are limited!

Jaqua Pearce, featuring Regina Sayles - Sunday, May 3, 2020

Jaqua Pearce is a talented violinist from Florida making her Cape May debut at The Mission Inn. She brings her unique violin sound to music ranging from classical, to modern, to film score pieces, and even Motown. Jaqua has performed various ensembles and has been a part of groups that opened for the Orlando Ballet, Josh Groban, and Joan Jett. 

This spring she is teaming up with Mission Inn favorite Regina Sayles who will be sitting in and singing with Jaqua at this intimate house concert. 

Click here to RSVP for the Jaqua Pearce house concert. Seats are limited!

Please note that this concert is on SUNDAY (not Saturday)!

Season 2: Past Performances

Phil Goldenberg - Saturday, May 11, 2019

Phil Goldenberg is a classical guitarist based in Brooklyn, NY. An award-winning musician, Phil is known for the sense of drama and dynamic technical range that he brings to his music. 

This house concert is a collaboration with the the Friends of the Cape May Music Festival and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts. 

To learn more about Phil Goldenberg:

This concert is sold out - please contact info@missioninn.net to be added to the wait list.

Julie Clark - Saturday, April 20, 2019

Julie Clark is an award-winning folk-pop artist from Virginia whose lyrics are honest and insightful, and whose voice is full of passion and sincerity. Her original songs focus on the human experiences that we all share and her acoustic delivery will fill the room with emotion. 

To learn more about Julie Clark:

This concert is sold out - please contact info@missioninn.net to be added to the wait list.

The Chivalrous Crickets - Saturday, March 23, 2019

The Chivalrous Crickets is a group based in New York City and rooted in "folk baroque", which explores the crossover between English, Celtic, and American folk music. This performance will feature a unique concert experience based around the history and legends of Robin Hood.

To learn more about the Chivalrous Crickets:
Website and Music Samples: http://www.chivalrouscrickets.com/

The Honeyhawks - Saturday, February 16, 2019

Local Cape May favorites, the Honeyhawks are a husband-wife acoustic duo made up of Jay and Lelah Eppenbach. They play an eclectic range of romantic and vintage folk and pop songs, putting their own harmonic spin on a diverse assortment of covers and orginal tunes.

To learn more about the Honeyhawks:
Website: https://www.facebook.com/jayandlelah/
Music VIdeo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQqH29lmFQI

Abbie Gardner - Saturday, January 19, 2019

Abbie Gardner is part of the well-known Americana group Red Molly. With her trademark Dobro slide guitar and melodic melodies, Abby is an award-winning songwriter. With songs that tell tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet her recently released album, Wishes on a Neon Sign, showcases her singer-songwriter roots. 

To learn more about Abbie Gardner:
Website: https://www.abbiegardner.com
Music samples: https://www.abbiegardner.com/listen/
Music Video: https://youtu.be/uszmIvtvIxk

Porter & Sayles - Sunday, December 9, 2018

Porter & Sayles returns to perform a holiday show this year! Singer/songwriters Christian Porter and Regina Sayles bring their Country Folk-Rock back to The Mission Inn for what promises to be an early Christmas present for everyone who gets to see them up close and personal in this intimate setting. 

To learn more about Porter & Sayles:

Website: www.porterandsayles.com

New Music: https://soundcloud.com/porterandsayles/buckled-up-in-drive

Karl Werne - Saturday, November 3, 2018

With musical roots in acoustic, improv and freestyle guitar, Karl has performed all over the country. Over the year's he's opened for opened for Bruce Hornsby, Keb' Mo', Leon Russell, Livingston Taylor, David Bromberg and Richie Havens. His unique style creates new works of art out of songs that you know and love. 

To learn more about Karl Werne:
Website and music samples: http://karlwerne.com/
Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8OtkRsWeW0

Christine Havrilla - Saturday, October 13, 2018

We invited Christine Havrilla to return to kick things off for our second season - and she said yes! After bringing down the house at our final concert last spring, we thought she was the perfect person to start this new season. She will bring her unique "Neofunkadelicfolkpoptwangrock" style back to The Mission Inn for another high-energy and highly entertaining show. 

To learn more about Christine Havrilla:
Website: www.christinehavrilla.com
Music: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/christinehavrillagypsyfu6

Season 1: Past Performances

Christine Havrilla - Saturday, April 14, 2018

Christine Havrilla is known for bringing her “well-built, catchy, smart tunes” (Upstage Magazine) to audiences everywhere, touring nationally as a solo act as well as with Gypsy Fuzz. Christine utilizes the soft gritty texture of her vocals to express warmth and honesty that listeners quickly embrace as well as her aggressive, raw, trash-style guitar playing. She is currently releasing a series of "Live Sessions" into 2017 which will include long-time fan favorites as well as new songs with her current band, Gypsy Fuzz. Havrilla, who has seven studio albums, five EPs, 4 live albums, and over 18 years of touring under her belt, continues to venture out under “Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz” as well as a solo artist, showcasing all of her music with new twists.

“This ambitious Philly native manifests her talent in certain ways that allows her to create eclectic music which will grab your heart and leave a lasting memory. Her Roots/Folk/Americana background coupled with that unique individuality that she possesses allows her to be a presence that steps into many genres and gives her the tools to crossover to different music formats." - Steel Notes Magazine

To learn more about Christine Havrilla:

Check out her website: www.christinehavrilla.com
Music samples: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/christinehavrillagypsyfu6

Goodnight Moonshine - Saturday, March 10, 2018

Goodnight Moonshine is a collaboration of songwriters Molly Venter of the chart-topping Americana group Red Molly, and Eben Pariser of the explosive Brooklyn quintet Roosevelt Dime. Co-writing often, Eben and Molly explore what it means to be in a healthy authentic relationship; both wholesome and irreverent, they sing of joy and grief in equal measure. Molly's voice bends from a sweet moan to a gritty shout and back into a playful run in the space of a few bars and "it all goes down like silk," writes American Songwriter Magazine; "few singers turn first time listeners into eternal fanatics as effortlessly as Molly Venter." The emotional potency of her voice is surrounded and supported by a lush landscape of harmonies and minimalist orchestrations conceived by Eben on vocals and electric guitar.

Molly’s voice has caught the ear of industry giants, and been prominently featured on FOX television, Apple Computers and in Warner Brothers films. Molly and Eben’s Co-write "Willow Tree" was a #1 hit on the folk charts in 2014 and was featured in USA Today. Consummate performers, Molly and Eben have also appeared nationally and internationally, 100+ shows a year, with their respective bands Red Molly and Roosevelt Dime.

To learn more about Goodnight Moonshine:

Check out their website: www.goodnightmoonshine.com
Listen to their music: www.goodnightmoonshine.com/music

Porter & Sayles - Saturday, February 24, 2018

Porter & Sayles, the collaboration of singer/songwriters Christian Porter and Regina Sayles, allure their audience with a crossover between Country, Folk-Rock and a side of southern crooning. Porter blends the raw folk tones of Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers, the pop styling of Jason Mraz and the soulful, warmth of Phillip Phillips. Sayles has a strong, lovely voice that at once calls to mind freejazz Joni Mitchell as well as smooth and smoky Karen Carpenter and rocking Sheryl Crow.

Prior to Porter & Sayles, Christian and Regina were established solo artists but after accompanying one another on respective solo shows, the musical chemistry between them was clear. Between eclectic instrumentation and lyrical collaboration, the duo creates a sonic fusion of pop, folk, rock and country.

Their first full studio album, released in July 2016, is filled with substance, style and a spirit that captures their songwriting prowess. Since the release of their debut album, Christian and Regina have opened for The Steve Miller Band, Frankie Ballard and performed their original work all over the US, including Asbury Park, NJ, New York City, Nashville and most recently in Austin during the iconic SXSW Conference and Festival.

To learn more about Porter & Sayles:

Check out their website: www.porterandsayles.com
Watch a live performance on YouTube: https://youtu.be/xvLemhxx-ns

The Squares - Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Squares are a musical trio comprised of Debra Suplee Donahue, M.Q. Murphy, and J.M. Kearns. Their sophisticated, tuneful repertoire includes cover tunes from Patsy Cline to the Beatles and beyond, anything from jazz to folk to pop to blues to “unplugged” rock. They also do many original songs written by Kearns or Murphy. The Squares’ music reflects the real-life joys and travails of the human heart, with empathy and humor. 

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote that “there are no second acts in American lives,” but these three late-blooming baby boomers ignored him and exploded into musical life at a local open mic in 2011. Soon they were playing every week, and quite liking it. Maybe they were over fifty, but they had a rookie sparkle in their eyes and they had young voices, because live performing came late to their lives. Their debut CD is out, and not surprisingly, it’s called Second Act.

“A sound built around strong harmonies and equally-strong lyrics in their original songs... They do things the way they were meant to be done, using their voices to convey the songs and the stories within, along the lines of groups such as The Weavers and Peter, Paul, and Mary, and have a classic blues, country, and folk sound.” - The Nashville Blues Society

To learn more about The Squares:

Check out their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SquaresCapeMay/
Listen to their debut album on CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thesquares3

C. Lynne Smith - Saturday, November 25, 2017

If Patsy Cline, Melissa Etheridge and Janis Joplin had a child C. Lynne would be it. Her dynamic, soulful vocals combined with intricate guitar picking perfectly compliment her thoughtful lyrics. Her musical style ranges from traditional country with a modern feel to folk rock and beyond. Her inspiration for creating music comes from a life well lived. From highs to lows, C. Lynne will drag you through the dirt, help you stand then show you the beauty being alive.

A prolific songwriter and multi-instrumentalist C. Lynne has yet to be cornered into a single genre. Her music comes from life and it doesn't all sound like a country song. She writes songs of love, heartache, anger, peace, war within and without, awareness of humanity and our planet and everything in between.

“The masterful combination of lyrics, music, and vocals make this a must have in anyone's collection. In the first three songs (Real, Where Are You Now, and When) I could feel her pain while getting goose bumps from the excellent writing and moving music. The last two songs (One More Heartache and Time Won't Wait) are toe tapping, knee slapping and a whole lot of fun. Definitely an Artist to be watched!”

To learn more about C. Lynne Smith:

Check out her website: www.clynnesmith.com
Watch a live performance on YouTube

Kelly & Ellis - Saturday, October 28, 2017

Kelly&Ellis is an award-winning acoustic duo from Nashville. Leslie Ellis performed lead roles on Broadway including Grizabella in “CATS” and won a Grammy® with Celine Dion for “My Heart Will Go On”. Casey Kelly began his career in the legendary “Greek Fountains” of Baton Rouge opening for major artists at arenas and stadiums. He then began writing hits at 1650 Broadway and the Brill Building, working among the likes of Carole King. He nearly joined Three Dog Night, toured with Tom Rushand The Beach Boys, and wrote #1 hits “Anyone Who Isn’t Me Tonight”, “Somewhere Down the Line”, “Only Game in Town” (recorded by America/produced by George Martin”) “The Cowboy Rides Away” – a signature hit for George Strait – among many others, and scored a brace of Grammy® nominations.

“They’re fun, beautiful, heartbreaking and so much more wrapped up into a collision of genres (classic rock, Celtic, New Orleans R&B, contemporary pop, Broadway) from their careers. The Long Road to You [and their live show] is about their journey to find each other, to find their place; for the listeners, we finally found them.”- Brenda Hillegas, Emore Magazine

“Kelly&Ellis are one of those rare and wonderful unions in life, and what that does for their music and the listener is palpably wondrous. You’ll hear and feel it for yourself when you indulge in this milestone CD, aptly titled The Long Road to You. This collection of songs is truly wonderful, beautifully sequenced and charmingly eclectic. There’s a real purity about it. No big production. Just great performances, superb musicianship and terrific tunes. It’s honest, fun and personal; the kind of thing that makes you feel that they’re right there in the room with you. I wish they were.” - Scotty Brink, Former Program Manager, WRKO Radio, Boston, MA

“The Long Road to You wraps Kelly&Ellis’ journey - a tuneful autobiography, a slice of music history and a vision of their future - in lush, guitar-rich arrangements. We’re lucky to go along for the ride.” - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

To learn more about Kelly&Ellis:

Check out their website: www.kellyandellis.com/bio
Watch a live performance on YouTube