The Merryall Center of the Arts in New Milford is expanding its offerings this season.

In addition to the usual range of musical performances, it will introduce a coffeehouse series, featuring local performers in an intimate, informal cabaret setting.

Opening the series will be Don Lowe on Saturday at 8 p.m.

His brand of Americana music explores life with songs that are at turns witty, arcane, sad and, sometimes silly.

He has been featured in venues across the country and has opened for many national acts.

Since 2009, he has been the open mic host for the venerable Towne Crier Café in Beacon, N.Y., and hosts a radio show for Pawling Public Radio that features local independent musical artists.

His second CD, “Out Here,” was released in September 2013 and his first release, “Dogs, Clowns, and Belles” came out in 2010.

The series, organized by board member Rob Brereton, including open mic evenings, will be held Saturdays when no regular Merryall performances are scheduled.

“Our goal is to provide alternative musical options and to ensure that something is going on at Merryall just about every Saturday until September,” Brereton said.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door of the center on Chapel Hill Road.

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