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Friday, April 21, 2017

FREE Matinee/TV Taping with Bob Thompson, Jess Baldwin & more Sat 3pm Peoples Bank Theatre

Hi Friends. I have a lot of new shows popping up on the calendar, so check them out here www.toddburge.com

This weekend, I'm playing a matinee at the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta Ohio with some amazing songwriters including Bob Thompson, Jess Baldwin and more. It is a TV taping and I'd love to see you there. Oh, it is free! More below from Songs at the Center. Thanks! TB


Join us at our Next Live Taping!
We're shooting a live matinee of Songs at the Center, Sat., April 22, 3-5 p.m., at the historic Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta, Ohio. It's FREE!

The show features two rounds of songwriters, consisting of five promising students we discovered at our workshops, and four professional songwriters, Todd Burge,  Bob Thompson, Jessica Baldwin, and Eric Gnezda.

The student performers are Sadie JohnsonGrace Matombe, of Marietta College, and high school students Sienna StockyOlivia Martinez, and Hunter Rich.

The event is a Songs at the Center collaboration with Peoples Bank TheatreBeck Center for the ArtsThe Song ColonyBrick Street Arts Bash, and Ohio Arts Council.
Jessica Baldwin appeared on NPR’s Mountain Stage in 2013 with The Fields of Gettysburg, was a quarterfinalist in the 2015 and 2017 American Traditions Competition, and won Best Cover Song in the 2015 and 2017 Ohio Music Awards, respectively. Her voice leans toward soulful styles with southern roots.
Bob Thompson was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in Oct., 2015. Bob makes his home in Charleston, WV, and has enjoyed a long and active career as a performer, composer, arranger, and educator.
Todd Burge has emerged as one of West Virginia’s most prolific singer/songwriters. Todd is a regular guest on NPR’s Mountain Stage and has been called “West Virginia’s premier songwriter” by its host, Larry Groce.
Eric Gnezda is the creator and host of the American Public Television series, Songs at the Center. An award-winning songwriter and Emmy-nominated television journalist, Eric is a regular performer at Nashville's iconic songwriting venue, The Bluebird Cafe. In addition to hosting, Eric will perform a song from his catalog, which ranges from inspiring to humorous.
Sadie Johnson, a student at Marietta College, first picked up the guitar at the age of six and has since developed into an inspiring blues guitarist, composer and performer. Recently opening for Delbert McClinton, she has numerous individual and ensemble jazz fest awards. Sadie is also a compassionate leader with a heart for children and music therapy, serving as a representative for Blue Star Connection, an organization that provides instruments to children with cancer and other illnesses.

Olivia Martinez, 16, is a sophomore at Saint Joseph Academy in Cleveland. She has been writing songs for two years and enjoys performing at local venues. When Olivia is not playing her guitar, she can usually be found ballet dancing at Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood. This summer she will be attending Interlochen Center for the Arts on a partial scholarship.

Grace Matombe, from the Congo, is a student at Marietta College. Her passion is Gospel music, of which she says, “If music heals the soul, Gospel music heals the spirit, the heart, the thoughts, and the soul.” She plays and writes on the keyboard.

Hunter Rich, 18, cut his songwriting teeth in his native Columbus, Ohio, and will be attending American University in the fall. He plans to travel the world raising awareness of various humanitarian issues prevalent in today's society, and harnessing music as a universal language to promote peace, prosperity, and well-being for all cultures.

Sienna Stocky, 18, writes and performs songs with hints of Celtic influences while sporting a youthful American edge. She first sang on stage at a music festival in the hills of southeast Ohio when she was just four years old. Ever since, she has made a deliberate effort not to emulate other artists and has developed a sound and style which is compelling, recognizable, and all her own.

The Brick Street Arts Bash, an all-day event in downtown Marietta, is sponsored by The Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music at Marietta College.

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