Singer/songwriter Laura Mann opened The Living Room at 35 East last year to offer a boutique listening room experience different from seeing live music in a bar/restaurant or a large theater.

The first show March 7, 2018 featured Wally Smith of the South Jersey band Smash Palace and Greg Davis of Beru Revue. This March singer/songwriter Jeffrey Gaines sold out two performances. 

In between, The Living Room has hosted local, regional and even nationally-touring performers like Freedy Johnston (Mann's next single is going to be a reworked version of Billy Idol's "Eyes Without a Face" featuring Johnston), Michael McDermott and Darden Smith.

"I can't believe it's been a year. I'm feeling great about it. It's a labor of love, really. (Many of the musical performers are) a lot of old friends I haven't seen in a long time," said Mann, a mainstay in the Philly music scene who has performed in Europe, appeared on "Star Search" and NPR's "Mountain Stage," and been featured at the Haverford Music Festival and in area venues like World Cafe Live. 

A converted nail salon located just down the street from the Ardmore Music Hall at 35 E. Lancaster Ave. in Ardmore, The Living Room at 35 East may be a small space — its seating capacity is just 40 people — but offers the charming coziness of a house concert, with comfy chairs and couches with pillows, and being up-close-and-personal with the performing artists.

"People free to ask (the performers) questions. In a venue like this, you get to hear stories you've never heard before. Steve Butler of Smash Palace, he has some great stories," Mann said.

Mann had performed at the former Tin Angel in Philadelphia, and sought to open a performance space that also had feeling of distraction-free intimacy between audience and performer like the Tin Angel had. "I felt like we needed a niche in the area," she said.

The Living Room is BYOB, providing wine glasses and opening bottles. Non-alcoholic beverages, including soft drinks and bottled water, are available for purchase, and there will soon be snack options. All food service sales are cash only.

The walls of The Living Room serve as art gallery space. Currently on view is photography by Alex Lowy featuring iconic performers such as Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Liza Minelli and Bruce Springsteen. 

Mentioning Suburban Square and Tired Hands Brewing Co., Mann said that Ardmore's "up and coming. It's such a walkable town, and the (SEPTA) train station is here."   

Coming up

Performances starts at 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 

March 29: Rupert Wates.

March 30: The Red Rose Combo.

April 4, 7:30 p.m.: "Songwriters Night" with Aaron Nathans, Avi Wisnia, Zoe Mulford and Carolann Solebello.

April 5: Mark Sweetman Quartet presents "Remembering John Coltrane."

April 6: Michelle Lordi Trio.

April 11: Paul Lewis.

April 12: The Promise is Hope, Sam Steffen.

April 13: Mark Alberici CD Release Party and Jessica Graae.

April 14: Dan Navarro.

April 16, 7:30 p.m.: David Newman with special guest Philippo Franchini. 

April 19: Ben Arnold.

April 20: Paul Nelson CD Release Party with Lisa Jeanette.

April 25: Matt Bednarsky.

April 27: Don McAvoy & the Great Whatever.

April 28: Julie Slick. 

May 3: The Lynnes.

The Living Room at 35 East also showcases eclectic films and poetry. Visit and @thelivingroomat35east on Facebook and Instagram. Because seating is limited, it's recommend you get tickets in advance through Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets sold at the door are cash-only. 

Mann, who over the years has shared the stage with artists such as Warren Zevon, Dave Mason, Steve Forbert, Bobby Caldwell and others, is planning a CD release party of her own for September at the Living Room. 

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