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By Amy Beaumont

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The month of May finds Acoustic Fire Duo on the Live Music Scene - and what an amazing mix they bring. Norwood native Maria Breen, along with Leon Barzin of Westwood combine their voices and guitars to put out multiple genres and entertain crowds of all ages. The singer, songwriter, musician combo begins to describe Maria, but one can’t overlook her amazing range. She really does it all – and with such an all-encompassing circle of genres to perform, anyone who goes to listen will hear music they truly love. Along with Leon Barzin of Westwood (guitarist & vocalist), the duo performs regularly over at the Lafayette House in Foxboro on Friday nights. Bringing a slick acoustic and electric mix along with his own highly listenable vocals, Leon carves out his own unique style as well. Performing together for more than six years now, the two put out everything from the Beatles to Bonnie Raitt. Never a set list – but instead playing to the crowd, there truly is something for everyone. What makes the evening and locale unique is the interaction – patrons routinely make requests, which are quickly granted. Also refreshing is visiting musicians who stop in and step up for a song or two – one really never knows just who will show up. And while there’s always a song many folks know and love, keep your ears open for original songs by Maria – such as Baby Put Your Blue Shoes On. Always a favorite with the crowd is Stop Dragging my Heart Around, a beautifully performed duo that truly shows the chemistry between Maria and Leon. Music lovers can also expect songs like Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison, Blue Bayou by Linda Ronstadt or Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton. There are even some country songs in the mix for those looking to enjoy selections by artists like Brad Paisley. While the evening may begin with dinner and small talk among the patrons, tables are eventually cleared to make way for those wanting to get in a dance or two. It seems many folks have discovered a Friday night at the Lafayette House has it all – great food, a kicked-back atmosphere and fabulous live music. While Acoustic Fire Duo has been helping locals beat back the winter blues; the warm months will find the two moving their show outside. Against moonlit skies, delicate outdoor lighting and the always-comforting fire pit, The Lafayette House makes for an amazing Friday night hang for friends or even a hot little date spot.

LIVE MUSIC SCENE CALENDAR
The Mike Nolan Band
Extreme folk performance
Thursdays, starting at 9:00pm – The Shamrock Pub 175 Railroad Ave. Norwood

The Travelin’ Medicine Show Revival Band
Blues, Boogie Woogie & Gospel
Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00pm British Beer Company 85 Providence Highway, East Walpole

Acoustic Fire Duo
Classic & soft rock, Blues
Norwood vocalist/guitarist Maria Breen and Leon Barzin of Westwood
Friday, June 13, 7:30 – Lafayette House 109 Washington Street, Foxboro,
Friday, July 18, 7:30 – Lafayette House 109 Washington Street, Foxboro
Thursday, July 24, 7:00 – Medfield Outdoor Concert Series, Medfield Center

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