New coffee house music series gives Ogden artists ‘bigger voice'

Thursday , March 31, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Standard-Examiner correspondent

OGDEN — Ogden’s local music scene has been blossoming the last few months with songwriter’s series and local musician Brooke Mackintosh has been on that scene. 

The Morgan singer/songwriter has been wanting to start her own series — one at an all-ages venue. Then one of the owners of Kaffe Mercantile in Ogden approached her about performing regularly at his café.

At that, Mackintosh jumped at the chance to pursue her idea. Kaffe Mercantile was happy to oblige and thus the Coffee House Concert Songwriter’s Series was born.

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The first show will be at 7 p.m. April 8 at the coffee shop, 1221 26th St. Mackintosh will perform with Elizabeth Hareza out of Park City. The two will perform, but it won’t be necessarily an “in-the-round” experience but separate concerts.

“It’s set up like a traditional house concert for music enthusiasts and an appreciative audience,” Mackintosh said. Tickets for the show are $5 in advance and $6 at the door and can be purchased at the coffee shop. 




• WHAT: Coffee House Concert Songwriter’s Series

• WHEN: 7 p.m. April 8

• WHERE: Kaffe Mercantile, 1221 26th St., Ogden

• ADMISSION: $5/adv., $6/door; purchase at shop. Admission includes coffee or tea and a cookie.

Kylee Hallows works at Kaffe Mercantile and has helped put the night together as well. She is in the process of opening a record shop in Ogden and loves the idea of giving local musicians a bigger voice in town.

“Music is a super important part of the community,” Hallows said. “We are a very community-based shop and having local performers come in makes sense for us,” she added.

Both Mackintosh and Hallows said there is already a great buzz about the coffee house series, which will take place every other week this spring.

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Mackintosh will perform at each concert series event and choose a special guest.

“When it comes right down to it, I choose songwriters I personally enjoy and admire,” she said. “I listen very intently to music, especially lyrics. When a songwriter plays from their heart, you feel it. So, I listen first for the soul and message of their songs and then I listen for a certain level of musicianship.”

Mackintosh has been singing and performing in one way or another for as long as she can remember. Her dad taught her a lot and she set out to make a way for herself in San Diego at the age of 25. There she found success and also had a son. She is now back in Utah and performs what she calls “modern vintage acoustic soul.”

For a while, Mackintosh worked in duets and with groups but is now working on her next solo project.

Hareza has had a vast working experience as well. She spent time in Australia and North Carolina but now calls Park City her home. After Sundance 2015 and the success she experienced there with the soft release of her “America/Soul” EP she began a whirlwind tour. She came home for Sundance 2016 and is currently working on her next project and writing music.

The second concert will be April 22; Mackintosh will perform with Scot Ferrin.

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