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John Gorka to open Princeton Coffeehouse season

Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 12:21 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 12:30 p.m. CST
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John Gorka

PRINCETON — Singer-songwriter John Gorka, famed for his albums and his live performances, will appear at the Princeton Coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. The Coffeehouse is located at Open Prairie, United Church of Christ, 25 East Marion, Princeton. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Originally from New Jersey, Gorka got his start at a coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. In 1987, Red House Records released his first album, “I Know,” which put him on the musical map. He signed with Windham Hill/High Street Records in 1989 and recorded five albums with them over the next seven years.

In 1998, Gorka decided to return to his musical roots at Red House Records. The choice was driven, in part, by the artistic integrity he believes the label represents in an industry where the business of music too often takes precedence.

Having released 11 critically acclaimed albums, Gorka also embraces the experience of performing in small clubs, theatres and coffeehouses. “I’ve discovered some great places where people really listen to the music,” Gorka said in an interview with the Huffington Post. “Most of the places aren’t large or fancy ... they are smaller places where amazing things happen with the basic, primal sound of one’s voice, the rhythm of the lyrics, basic lighting and an audience.”

Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. In 2010, Gorka released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. It landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.

John Gorka lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children. He continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters and clubs all over North America and Europe.

The John Gorka concert at the Coffeehouse is sponsored by the law firm of Russell, English, Scoma and Beneke.

The Princeton Coffeehouse offers traditional and modern folk, blues and bluegrass music on a monthly basis from August through May, with the exception of December. This season, general admission to a Coffeehouse concert is $15. Season tickets, $120 for nine shows, may also be purchased at the first show. Fair trade coffee, tea and homemade desserts are available at every performance.

Open Prairie, the performance venue for the Coffeehouse, is completely accessible and there is ample free parking nearby. For more information, visit www.theprincetoncoffeehouse.com or call 815-872-6501.

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