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The MusicNow Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the support of live music to engage, enrich, and educate youth through musical workshops, programs, lessons, mentorships and performance opportunities making music accessible to all.

About: About Us


Nightingales Acoustic Café, a charming acoustic music café, is home to the MusicNow Foundation, Inc., located on Lyme Street in Old Lyme, CT. 

Serving up the best in live, local and homegrown talent, a simple grab-n-go or stay menu, the best in melodic coffee brews, harmonic teas, cocoas and seasonal sweet and savory smoothies. 

Nightingales has been attributed to many performance “firsts” of young teens building confidence, talent, and opportunities serving as a springboard to future artistic development though our diverse programs.

About: Who We Are

MusicNow Foundation Staff

Nightingale's is a collaboration of husband and wife team Dan and Gail Stevens. Together, the pair bring a passion for music, atmosphere and community that will warm your heart and feed your soul as you enjoy a treat in the quaint, historic village of Old Lyme, Connecticut.

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Dan Stevens

Founder, MusicNow Foundation, Inc.

Full time blues musician "Ramblin" Dan Stevens  has entertained audiences  throughout the US, Germany, UK, Canada and Virgin Islands.  His unique style includes use of a homemade, three stringed "Cigar Box Guitar" and one stringed "Diddly Bow", both primitive blues instruments. Both are for sale at Nightingale's.  A finalist in the International Blues Challenge on Beale St. in Memphis TN and protégé of the legendary Dave Van Ronk.

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Gail K. Stevens

Director, MusicNow Foundation, Inc.

Gail has a diverse background in the non-profit sector, tourism and events planning including a stint working for American Airlines and also for the NFL in New York planning events for the Super Bowl.  Her visual sense is impeccable as you will see when you visit Nightingale's.

About: Meet the Team

Founding Members

Dr. Fred Carlin


Nittany Eye Associates
State College, PA
Often mistaken for  J.T.

Dan Stevens, Founder

MusicNow Foundation, Inc.

25 Years Acoustic Blues Artist

Guitar Aficionado

Gail K. Stevens, Director

MusicNow Foundation, Inc.

20 Years Marketing and Non-Profit Development Professional
Piano Hopeful!

Robin Stevens

Director, Student Relations

Penn State University
State College, PA
Guitar & Majorette

Mike Stevens

President, PGA

Champions Tour
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Drummer Extraordinaire

Susan Knapp

Chief Financial Officer

Amazon, Blue Origin, Inc.
Seattle, WA
Shower Singer Virtuoso

Judith Beisler


Mystic, CT
Queen of the High Country Harmony

Steven J. Knapp

CEO & President

Renewable Energy Products, Inc.
Westport, CT
Jazz Enthusiast!

Mike Knapp


Metavinci Web Design Architects
Indie Rock Lover

About: List

Supporting Members

Blunt White

Vice President

Banker by Day
Blues Harp Player by Night

Steve Jungkeit, PhD

Senior Minister

First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Music Passionata!

The Late Milton Allen

Retired Executive

Passionate about Piano & Music

Craig & Cathy Bishop


Guitar Lover & Otherwise known as 12th Fret

Dorothy Ames

Gramma's Attic

Music is in her soul!

Kip Sturgeon

Postman, U.S. Postal Service

MusicNow Foundation Mentor, Instructor & Teacher
Multi-Talented Banjo, Guitar, Ukulele, Harp Artist
MusicNow Foundation Staff

Angel Santos Burres

General Manager

Café Person
Hospitality Committee
Annual Appeal Committee
Event Committee
Programming Committee

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