8 musicians, 1 stage

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Common Chord Songwriter Showcase featuring regional artists performing their original music will take place at Looking Glass Artists Center, 405 N. Lee St., at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The emphasis is on original acoustic, Americana and folk/rock music.
The showcase is an extension of Common Chord Concerts, a house concert network of music-lovers in the Charlotte area who present music from both local and nationally touring musicians in individuals’ homes.
The event will give attendees the opportunity to hear samplings of eight different acts which hearers might want to consider booking for shows in their own homes.
Each of the eight artists will perform three songs.
There will be varied music and instrumentation, with some solo performers and some full bands.
Performers will also have the opportunity to sell their music merchandise and meet and talk with audience members before and after the show and during intermission.
Scheduled to perform are:

The Cameron Floyd Band, an acoustic five-piece band based out of Charlotte, made up of friends Cameron Floyd, Thomas Green, Juan Fuentes, Alex Moss and Tim Newell.
The love these gentleman have for what they do comes through in their music and makes it a joy to listen to.
Jeremy Vess, who lives in Salisbury, writes and records while walking the line between the genres of folk and rock with songs that carry a deep message and heavy convictions.
His strong melodies are often supported by the haunting harmonies of his wife, Jessica, who will be performing with him on April 13.
Allijah Motika from Asheville, presently a junior at Catawba College where he is majoring in music business.
He describes his writing style as “emotional and lyric driven songs that focus on a song’s story rather than just a catchy guitar hook.”
Allijah blends acoustic singer/songwriter stylings with a hip-hop flow to create a genre all his own.
Willow Catherine, a 19-year-old up-and-coming singer/songwriter originally from Brunswick, Ga., who now lives and works in Salisbury.
Her obsession with classic rock music began early, with Elvis Presley sparking her initial interest in her music career. Willow names other classic rock influences as Blue Oyster Cult and Tom Petty, along with modern artists such as Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey.
Mike Strauss, a prominent character in the Charlotte music scene for more than eight years.
Mike has put together an impressive catalog of rural rock featuring songs described as warm, lyrical and gritty.
Appearing in different incarnations, the Mike Strauss band consists of a core trio along with 4 other members that assemble the “big band.”
Sue McHugh, a Salisbury singer, songwriter, musician, and artist.
Starting her singing and guitar-strumming career at age 15, Sue often sang the coffee house scene in the 60’s with her father accompanying her.
After a long break from the scene, Sue now delivers the smooth coffeehouse folk-rock of many American artists but adds an original edge.
Her smooth, melodic, and often dusky vocals create smoky blues numbers, acoustic ballads and some rocking foot-stomping originals.
Sue is also known to Salisburians as the founder of Chickweed, a music festival supporting the Family Crisis Council.
Olivia Albertson, a singer/songwriter from Thomasville.
Her music styles range from country, to folk, to country-rock.
She has been writing music ever since she strummed her first guitar at age 13, and hasn’t stopped playing since.
Gigi Dover, a singer/songwriter/visual artist and native of Charlotte.
Saturday will serve as a preview, since Gigi will return to Looking Glass with her band, The Big Love,” just one week later, April 19, for a full concert and gallery art show, including her series “4OWLS.”
Her original artwork will already be gracing the walls in time for the Common Chord event.
Common Chord is being assisted in presentation of this program by students from the Popular Music program at Catawba College.
Representatives from Catawba’s music department will be on hand to answer questions about their offerings.
Concessions will also be on sale during the show.
Concert tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.
Tickets are available at Tastebuds Coffee & Tea, 106 N Main St.; Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St. and The Last Word, 230 E W. T. Harris Blvd in Charlotte.
For more information, contact commonchordconcerts@gmail.com.