XPN Welcomes John Gorka
September 25, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
New 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.
Emily Grove – Friday 5/22 @ 7:30 p.m.
Former Berklee College of Music student Emily Grove sings dark and powerful songs with an unforgettable voice. As a solo act from the New Jersey shore, she’s won the Asbury Park Music Awards for “Best Female Acoustic Act” four years in a row, and has won three Jersey Acoustic Music Awards (best female singer[2011 and 2012]/female songwriter ). She has toured the UK, US, and Canada, opening up for and performing with David Ford. She also recently sang backup for David Gray on the Today Show.
Bold Forbes – Friday 5/15 @ 7:30 p.m.
Formed in the Fall of 2012 in New York City, Bold Forbes blends the stories and poetry of the folk-singer tradition with experimental arrangements for the guitar, string bass, and violin that weave between bluegrass, jazz, and classical music. Lyricist and lead singer Nick Bloom, native of Carlisle, PA, writes songs that both yearn for adventure and long for home; that explore the passions of private love and the shouts of public outrage; and that above all urge the listener to feel life deeply. Bassist David Halpern and violinist Reid Jenkins give life and shape to these songs with wildly innovative arrangements for the strings and voice that haunt, soar, surprise, and inspire, creating a sound both challenging to genre and eminently listenable. Bold Forbes has toured the New York City folk music circuit extensively, playing at venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Postcrypt Coffeehouse, and Sidewalk Cafe, and will be playing at a Northeastern city near you in the summer of 2015. They released their first EP, “Hooves to Say,” in 2012, and just released their first live album, “Live at Rockwood Music Hall,” in April of 2015. Their first full-length studio album is due out in the early summer of 2015. You can find all of their music and tour dates at boldforbes.bandcamp.com.