Sara Beck in Concert with Mark Whitaker

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Sara Beck in Concert with Mark Whitaker

Sara Beck in Concert with Mark Whitaker

Nashville singer/songwriter returns to her roots here in Howard County

Due to a scheduling conflict, the afternoon Family Show has been cancelled.
Tickets are still available for the main event at 7:30pm.

The UUCC One World Coffeehouse is delighted to welcome back a hometown favorite: Sara Beck.

I guess we grew up together, we’re not kids anymore. We hitched our boats to each other, and steered clear of the shore. 
 – “Boats”

Sara Beck’s music has carried her far from her hometown of Ellicott City, Maryland – to arenas, theaters, and clubs all around the world. After 21 years of living, writing, playing, and singing in Nashville, Beck recently relocated to Virginia, where she is preparing to release her sixth project The Acrobat (2019). The six-song EP is a revelation in whisper and melody, Beck’s crystal-clear voice taking center stage, surrounded by rhythmic cello and lush harmonies. “I always wanted to be a singer as a kid,” she laughs. "When I moved to Nashville at seventeen, I was all about being a songwriter, and so maybe now I finally get to be both.”

As a songwriter, Beck draws from the roots-folk traditions of Emmylou Harris and Brandi Carlile, with a straightforward approach to storytelling that is long on melody and breath. The two covers on the album highlight her jazz and R&B influences. Her take on Sade’s “No Ordinary Love” evokes live Van Morrison circa Astral Weeks, while her minimalist cover of “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” lets the classic forties-era melody own the track. 

“I learned so much songwriting craft in Nashville, and I am so thankful for that…I feel like it gave me a toolkit, and now I get to build with a little less oversight, you know?” she muses, talking about “Everybody Falls,” a track that seems to hint at a perfectionist streak. 

You’re the princess, you’ve got the rock and roll, 
you’re the acrobat trying hard not to let go of the bar – 
you made it so far, but everybody falls… 

Balance is definitely a lyrical theme that cuts through the EP, and one that Beck admits is tricky in her own life.  During her lengthy stay in Nashville, Beck recorded five albums, wrote songs for major label artists, and toured throughout the US and Europe.  She recorded the theme song "I Know These Hills" for Kevin Costner's Emmy-winning television mini-series Hatfields and McCoys.  She struck up a friendship with music legend Stevie Wonder and performed as his special guest at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.  And she found time to make babies and pursue a PhD from Vanderbilt University in Psychology and Human Development, with research focused on how children's social behavior is shaped by making music together (learn more about Sara’s music for kids at

“At the end of the day, making music has to be enough, just for its own sake. It’s a privilege, for sure.  And it’s an incredible journey – I never would have predicted where it has taken me, and I wouldn't even try to guess what the next 20 years holds.”   

Wherever the journey ultimately leads, the rest of this year will find Beck touring in support of her new EP, pursuing her teaching and research, and continuing to strive for the breathtaking beauty and elusive balance known only to the truest of acrobats. 

Mark Whitaker opens for Sara. Mark Whitaker is a singer/songwriter based in Baltimore, MD. A recent transplant from the Boston area, Mark spent the past decade performing mainly as a banjo player in the New England area working with various bluegrass bands, folk artists, and progressive acoustic ensembles. In 2014, he released his debut album, “Nowhere to Land,” which features twelve original songs and showcases a range of musical influences, all delivered with the instrumentation and texture of bluegrass. More recently, Mark has traded the banjo in favor of guitar to support his vocal music, particularly when performing solo. A therapist by trade, Mark currently has a limited performance schedule but can still be found playing house shows and select concerts in the Mid-Atlantic region. He's bringing guitarist David Gallagher along for the ride.

The One World Coffeehouse

Bring your picnic basket, including adult beverages if you like. We will sell homebaked goods and other snacks and soft drinks. Coffee is always free! Come early to get a good seat. Doors open at 7:00pm. 

General Admission Tickets (fees not included): 
Adults: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
Youth (2-17): $10 in advance; $12 at the door
Under 2: FREE!

All profits benefit those in need through the charitable outreach of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia (UUCC). 

The One World Coffeehouse started in 1999 with the goal to build a sense of community by presenting an array of artistic and musical talent in a comfortable, family-friendly setting. Evening performances happen most 3rd Saturdays in a grand listening room with candle-lit tables. Please support the Coffeehouse and this good cause by spreading the word and attending!

For additional info:
contact: [email protected] or call 410-381-0097


Sara Beck in Concert with Mark Whitaker
Saturday, June 15, 2019
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Door Time: 7:00 PM
This event is 
Age Limit: 

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UUCC One World Coffeehouse  
7246 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045
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