John Gorka to perform in Nisswa September 20th - photo submitted
John Gorka first of five artists to perform in 2013 Grassroots Concert series
Web posted September 10, 2013
Five Friday night concerts are scheduled for the Fall 2013 Grassroots Concerts season, which is the 25th year for the all volunteer acoustic series.
The first concert of the silver anniversary season is at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20 at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa, featuring an artist who is well-known to folk music fans -- John Gorka.
Playing the series’ 277th concert, Gorka will make his seventh appearance in the venue where he debuted in 1989. Back when concerts were held in the Brainerd Odd Fellows Hall, he shared the stage with Garnet Rogers, the second performer of the 2013 fall season.
Gorka’s rich baritone voice, introspective songwriting, and dry wit are trademarks always in play when he takes the stage. He recently has toured with fellow Red House Records artists Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson as the trio Red Horse.
Humility is also a Gorka trait. “I love playing music and am grateful that I’ve been able to do this for a living for so many years,” he said.
He said he has been working on new songs, recording, and retrieving older songs as well as exploring the electric guitar world.
Gorka’s career started in a neighborhood coffeehouse in Pennsylvania, where the aspiring musician shared his artistry with fellow troubadours and appreciative listeners of acoustic poetry. His inspirations include Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton, and Claudia Schmidt.
After winning the 1984 New Folk Award at the Kerrville Festival, Gorka drew critical acclaim as greater numbers of fans not only obtained their own copies of his first album, “I Know,” but also filled concert halls from Italy to Scotland yo see him live. He has shared the stage with friends such as Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, and Suzanne Vega.
When not on the road, Gorka enjoys time with his family in Minnesota. He has played festivals, theaters, and clubs across North America and Europe. His fondest moments are derived from the comfortable confines of living-room environment such as that provided at Grassroots Concerts.
The rest of the 2013 fall season: Friday, Oct. 4 – Garnet Rogers, Canadian folk artist known for powerful songwriting and remarkable musicianship. He can tell a great story in song and between them. Rogers will make his sixth Grassroots appearance, having last performed in Nisswa in 2008.
Friday, Oct. 25 – Dakota Dave Hull, whose guitar style spans a wide musical geography to create a blend of jazz, ragtime, folk, blues, Western swing, and vintage pop. He is considered by many to be one of the best guitarists in the world. This will be his first solo appearance. He has performed three concerts in duos.
Friday, Nov. 8 – Chastity Brown, whose roots are planted in gospel and soul, country and blues, makes her series debut. Raised in Tennessee, Brown calls her music “Americana soul.” The Billings (Montana) Gazette: “She is a banjo-playing soul singer, harmonia-blowing gospel belter, a piano-pounding blues woman.”
Friday, Nov. 22 – Mary Bue, a Duluth-based musician who has been a piano player since fourth grade, when her mother bribed her with $75 per year to practice. Since 17, Bue has been writing songs and taking them on the road to 38 states and counting. She possesses a sweet voice and an affecting personality. This will be her concert series debut.
Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. At all shows, seating is first-come, first-served. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30), and you are encouraged to come early to claim your choice of seats.
The Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar, 5459 CR 18, is located in the Journey Church across from the A & W Restaurant and next to the school in Nisswa. Grassroots Concerts are made possible in part by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council through the Minnesota State Legislature. The series is a 501c(3) non-profit under the Internal Revenue Code.? The concert series encourages donations of non-perishable items from those attending. Volunteers will deliver them to the food shelf.
For information go to www.grassrootsconcerts.org, call (218) 839-4092, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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