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Willy Porter Returns to UW-Eau Claire
For April 23 Performance with Guests

 MAILED:  April 6, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Guitarist, singer and songwriter Willy Porter will return to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire concert stage Friday, April 23. Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Angie Aparo and the Jim Pullman Band of Eau Claire will appear as special guests at the show. Doors will open at 8 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

The Washington Times recently described Porter as “a musician who immediately brings his audience to ease as he gently and effusively entertains... The solo performer offers a masterful blend of superior six- and 12-string acoustic musicianship paired with a quick sense of humor and songwriting evocative of what’s in his heart.”

From his earliest performing experiences, the UW-Eau Claire graduate forged a connection to his fans that would continue to reverberate even when he has opened shows for Tori Amos, Paul Simon, Sting, Jethro Tull, Rickie Lee Jones, Jeff Beck and The Cranberries.

Porter has long been known for his innovative and expressive guitar playing, which the Boston Globe has compared to that of Leo Kottke. But it is his songwriting — equal parts muscle and intimacy — that has gathered more attention recently.

In September Porter released his fifth CD, his long-awaited first live album, “High Wire Live.” Recorded in Birmingham, England, as well as New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Portland, Ore., it is a document of Porter’s last year-and-a-half on the road. Featuring the signature songs of his career, the songs most requested by his fans, the CD touches the heart of Porter’s songwriting and presents the fleet-fingered guitar playing that has placed him in the vanguard of the new acoustic frontier.

Tickets are $9 ($7 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID card) at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and will be sold at the door.

Patrons may also charge tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The show is open to all ages; proof of age is required in the bar area. The concert is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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Updated: April 6, 2004