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XPN Welcomes John Gorka to the Midtown Scholar

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XPN Welcomes John Gorka

September 25, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

gorka1HRNew Jersey native John Gorka first entered the folk music scene in the late 1970’s as an MC and sound man for a coffeehouse in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As his talent and acclaim grew, John found himself traveling to New York City to open for powerful voices and influences in the folk and country music worlds. From New York, John began touring folk festivals across the nation, continually winning awards and rising in popularity as he traveled. Now, almost four decades later, Gorka continues to captivate audiences around the globe with his calm yet emotionally poignant storytelling style of folk music. And, for just one evening, John Gorka will be returning to the state that started his career for an unforgettable night of live music and entertainment.

Unlike our regular Main Stage Concerts, the Midtown Scholar will be closed for business during this event, to provide you with an uninterrupted acoustic evening with John Gorka. Tickets are now on sale, and quantities are limited, so we hope you will reserve yours today.

If you are unfamiliar with Gorka’s work, you will find a video of John’s song “Blue Chalk” below that showcases not only his incredible musical talent, but also his approachably calm stage presence.

On the Main Stage: Ben Rabb

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Ben Rabb – 5/23 @ 7:30 pm

Ben RabbBen Rabb is a New York based singer/songwriter, whose soulful lyrics and authentic approach to performance make him a refreshing, unique standout in an industry where realism often takes a backseat to the bells and whistles of pop production. “Pulling from my midwest roots, travels and the place I now call home, New York City, my music is a combination of where I’m from, what I’m going through and the people I’m inspired by. I grew up listening to songwriters like James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Otis Redding, and felt the power of their music and words. They had a voice that inspired me to find my own truth, connect and share with people through music.”

Rabb quickly became a member of the NYC indie folk community. He hit the city’s concert circuit, too, playing regular gigs at venues like The Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall. When it came time to record “Until It’s Gone,” though, he headed north to Plaid Dog Recording in Boston, MA to work with producer Mike Davidson. There, Rabb recorded six songs about life and love, decorating the songs with piano, bass, acoustic guitar and brushed percussion.