The Middletown Arts Center presents the MAC Music Café Showcase, an evening of live music performed by top-notch musicians in the intimate setting of its gallery. Held on the fourth Friday of each month, March’s showcase will be held Friday, March 22nd from 7-9 p.m. and features singer-songwriters Eric Sommer and Jim Crawford.
Suggested donation $5. Coffee and desserts for sale.
The award-winning Arts Center’s beautiful, spacious gallery is open free of charge to residents, school and community groups and visitors from across the region. The Middletown Arts Center is located at 36 Church Street in Middletown, NJ (next to the Middletown train station). Free parking is available on site with additional free parking available in station metered lot weekday evenings after 6 p.m. and weekends. For more information, please call 732-706-4100.
Eric Sommer is a singer, writer and guitar player with a style that's a cross between Billie Joe Shaver, Taj Mahal, Willie Porter and Steve Howe, delivered like a velvet hammer – Crown Royal poured over #2 sandpaper. Eric designs a unique set-up that generally includes four to five guitars, three to four small amps and a stompbox. It is guitar, slide and open tuning and then wrapped around songs for people who care about things that matter: insane ex-girlfriends, wrinkled shirts, failed love, broken hearts, bad coffee, flat tires, gas station hot dogs, dumb pets... and checkout lines. Not to be missed.
Eric recently won First Place at The Piedmont Guitar Challenge held in Greensboro, NC as well as at the IBC in Memphis last month. His latest record "Brooklyn Bolero" is sitting around #3 on the Roots Americana Charts. Visit www.EricSommer.com to learn more on Eric.
Jim Crawford was born in Glasgow, Scotland. At the age of seven, he emigrated to Canada and then five years later to Kearny, NJ, where he finished school before joining the U.S. Army in 1964.
Jim started playing for friends in an Irish Bar in Kearny called The Tyrone House which led to gigs in other local pubs in Northern New Jersey. He had a good following for several years before he settled into work and his marriage.
After retiring as a union electrician, Jim returned to his music and began writing songs that were based on his life experiences. This resulted in two CDs titled Team of my Father and Yelling At Me that were well received by the local music community. Jim has performed solo and with groups at Albert Music Hall in Waretown, BOTMA in Little Silver, The Cafe Improv in Princeton, The Cafe Artiste in Neptune and numerous coffee houses in the Monmouth area.
About the Middletown Arts Center
The Middletown Arts Center (MAC) is an award winning, state-of-the-art facility run by the nonprofit Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council which is dedicated to bringing quality arts programming and events to Middletown and surrounding communities. The MAC offers enrichment programs and entertainment for all ages and abilities. Visit www.middletownarts.org for more information and to join our mailing list for updates on exhibition opportunities, classes, workshops and events at the Middletown Arts Center.
Suggested donation $5
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