HINESBURG The Good Times Caf_erves up a unique musical experience nearly every Wednesday alongside its regular selection of pizza, other fare and drinks. Located along route 116 in Hinesburg, the space holds a mere 30 people, but this small size offers the audience a chance to get up close and personal with the performers. Its a great way to experience music, right up in the musicians lap, said Chris Appelin, co-owner and founder of the Good Times. Seeing a guy like Pat Donahue, whose got serious dexterity in his fretwork, while youre practically sitting onstage with him, you dont have to be a guitarist to get that. When they began hosting concerts in 1996, after opening in 1995, the Caf_osted mostly local musicians. In the last five years, however, Appelin has begun to recruit nationally touring singer/songwriters that can fill the room for 3, even 4, shows. Still, as Appelin sets dates for the big acts, he leaves a few Wednesday night spots open for local acts looking for a venue. When Appelin began pondering the concept of recruiting more well-known musicians to play at the caf_he wondered if they would even be interested in playing in such as small space, he said. The musicians think its very unique to play in a space like this, to play in peoples laps, because its so personal. But, I think thats why a lot of these big names are interested in playing here, said Appelin. The big names coming soon to the Good Times Caf_re Harvey Reid on March 5, Tim Grimm on April 2, Eric Taylor on April 15-17, and Jason Wilber, John Prines lead guitar player, on April 29-30. Of these acts, most of whom have performed previously at the Caf_Appelin said that Eric Taylor has been his favorite. He remembered one moment when Taylor, who had sold out 3 consecutive nights, brought a local Bristol harmonica player onstage to fill in on a bluesy number, and the two connected instantly. Upcoming local acts include the Will Patton Trio on March 12 and a double bill of John Holland plus Brennan Mangan and Adam Beamer on March 19. The most recent act to play at Good Times was Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats, a swing trio from Calais and Morrisville. The intimate atmosphere at the Good Times is a key reason that they enjoy playing at the Caf_ We can either play in bars and nightclubs where people dont really listen, or do a little marketing and promotion and play in a smaller, more attentive place like this, said Lewis Franco. The Missing Cat style blended well with the family atmosphere of the Good Times Caf_ I usually write songs about family life, and swing and early jazz seemed to me the right way to sing about that kind of stuff, said Franco.