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John Gorkawith Amilia K Spicer
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Jo Ann Davidson Theatre at the Riffe Center
77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
$28 advance | $31 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Provocative and original folk powerhouse
From New Jersey, John Gorka has been touring extensively for at least twenty-five years in the U.S. and Europe - sometimes playing 150 gigs a year. He won the prestigious Kerrville (Texas) New Folk Contest, has appeared on CNN, and toured with Mary Chapin Carpenter. His fourteenth CD, "True in Time," was released in 2018, to critical and popular success. To quote Folk Alley, "John Gorka is a towering figure in folk music thanks to his longevity, powerful baritone, collaborative spirit, and remarkable songwriting." This year, Gorka will headline for SSC, conduct a songwriters workshop and also complete a taping of Songs At the Center during his whirlwind Columbus weekend. Details to follow.

"Gorka is widely heralded for the sophisticated intelligence and provocative originality of his songs." - Boston Globe

"the leading singer/songwriter of the New Folk movement" - Rolling Stone

Official Website: johngorka.com
Song Samples: Let Them In, I Saw a Stranger, I'm From New Jersey,
Americana with a sense of place
With a sound that has traversed dynamic folk-pop, earthy rock, and atmospheric Americana, Amilia K Spicer's music evokes both a spirit of travel and a sense of place. A native of Pennsylvania, Spicer began playing piano at a young age, though it was a career as a film director that initially drew her west to California. Spicer brings a haunting, husky voice and describes her American and folk style as "red-dirt" noir. After landing a rare main-stage debut at the Kerrville folk festival, Spicer made music her main priority, releasing three albums since. American Songwriter called her most recent release "Wow & Flutter" (2017) a "timeless brand-new Americana classic."

"A timeless brand-new Americana classic" - American Songwriter Magazine

"The Like an Engine CD is a masterpiece. The songs convey a sense of musical grandeur honed to perfection with a razor-sharp edginess... One can easily imagine viewing the tales of these tunes through a film director's editing machine." - Jim Guyette WRUW-FM/91.1, Cleveland

"Seamless, like Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge over Troubled Water, sucks you in and doesn't let go until the last note." - Flint Journal

Official Website: www.amiliakspicer.com
Song Samples: This Town, Train Wreck, Branching out and Gypsy Life (with John Gorka)
We're proud to provide this special bonus with our partners, Songs at the Center!

With a purchase of tickets to the John Gorka show we invite you to attend a Songs at the Center taping prior to the concert with John, Amilia K. Spicer and Rev. Robert Jones. Taping runs from 3-5 pm at the Riffe Center. An artist reception follows at 5 pm.

Your Six String Concert ticket to the John Gorka/Amilia K. Spicer concert gets you into the taping. And, who knows, you might end up in the onstage audience... to be broadcast on PBS stations from coast to coast!

Songs at the Center, now taping Season Seven, is created and hosted by Columbus' own Eric Gnezda, an award-winning songwriter and Emmy-nominated broadcast journalist. Locally, it airs on WOSU-TV Saturday nights at 11. http://songsatthecenter.tv
John Gorka Songwriting Workshop
Sunday, February 23, 2020
McConnell Arts Center
777 Evening Street, Worthington, OH 43085
$25 advance and door
Join John Gorka for two hours of songwriting inspiration. John will do a 30-minute presentation on songwriting, followed by time for Q & A and time for song critique. John will get through as many songs as possible before the workshop ends, with critiques selected randomly.

Through a partnership with Songs at the Center TV, workshop participants can also attend a live, invitation-only taping of this nationally syndicated TV show and and an artist reception with Gorka on Saturday, February 22nd starting at 3pm in the Jo Ann Davidson Theatre of the Riffe Center at no extra cost!