PRINCETON — Fans of singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler, who will appear at the Princeton Coffeehouse on Saturday April 22, say that nothing — even her own albums or the praise heaped on her by fellow musicians — can prepare you for the joy of hearing her perform in person.
“I’ve seen Cheryl live twice and this will be an incredible live show,” said Bill Beneke, who books the Princeton Coffeehouse performers. “She’s got a great voice, is hilarious, and has tremendous material.” She tours widely. The evening after Wheeler appears in Princeton she will be performing at the famed Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.
Wheeler’s first public performance was at a Hootenanny type show when she was 12. She started writing songs when she was 17. A native of Maryland, she performed at venues around Baltimore and Washington, D.C., before moving to New England in 1976, where she now lives.
Wheeler’s songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Peter, Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Garth Brooks and Holly Near. She has recorded 13 solo albums and been featured on scores of other tribute and festival albums.
“She will tell a story that has you rolling in the aisles, and then sing a song that leaves you wiping tears from your eyes,” according to Bill Pringle, who has maintained a website about Wheeler for years (http://cherylwheeler.com/.)
“She will talk about some serious current event, and then sing a song that will have you howling with laughter. Her entire concert is an emotional roller coaster.”
The Princeton Coffeehouse is located at Open Prairie United Church of Christ, 25 E. Marion St. in Princeton. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. For this show only, admission is $20.
Tickets are available at the door, but concertgoers who wish to reserve seats may do so by prepayment. For information, contact Bill Beneke by calling 815-878-4805 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fair trade coffee, tea and homemade desserts are available for purchase at the coffeehouse.
Hornbaker Gardens is the sponsor of the Cheryl Wheeler show.
The Princeton Coffeehouse offers traditional and modern folk, blues and bluegrass music, monthly August through May.
For the coffeehouse schedule, visit www.theprincetoncoffeehouse.com.