The Dakota's unofficial '60s/'70s nostalgia series continues with this somewhat surprising resurfacing of folkie singer-songwriter and Woodstock nation survivor Melanie Safka. Some have called her the quintessential hippie chick, an image projected by her long, straight hair and the cosmic innocence of her vocal delivery and general aura, plus her heartfelt embrace of the era's peace, love, and understanding vibe in her outlook and lyrics. She had a certain charm as a naïf, but was also armed with a relatively strong and sophisticated voice lurking behind her childlike phrasing. Her biggest hits in the vicinity of 1970 were "Brand New Key," "What Have They Done to My Song, Ma," "Peace Will Come (According to Plan)," and "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)." The last was inspired by her Woodstock experience; the candles that flickered in the crowd during her set have been cited as the inspiration for subsequent generations of rock fans igniting flames during concerts. Melanie has never really gone away, although the ebbs and flows of her career have been seriously under the radar. Her voice has deepened somewhat, but is still instantly recognizable. The songs on her recent album, Ever Since You Never Heard of Me, suggest she remains loyal to her utopian ideals. She'll perform with her son, Beau-Jarred Schekeryk, a talented, flamenco-influenced guitarist.
Mondays, Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: March 18. Continues through March 19, 2012