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Singer-Songwriter Sam Shaber
To Present Free Concerts at UW-Eau Claire

 MAILED:  Sept. 30, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Singer-songwriter Sam Shaber will present three free concerts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Oct. 14-16. Her shows will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in The Cabin, Davies Center.

Philadelphia radio station WXPN described the urban-fueled performer as simply "stark raving great!" Folkweb.com calls Shaber "a riveting performer," and Femmusic.com voted her Top Female Performer.

Touring from her native New York City to Seattle and back again and again, Shaber has four critically acclaimed self-released albums to her credit. She has opened shows for Richie Havens, Shawn Mullins, Patty Larkin and others and has won awards in the John Lennon, Billboard, and USA Songwriting Competitions for her driving melodies, smart lyrics and soaring voice. She also won the ear of Columbia recording artist/producer Shawn Mullins ("Lullabye"), and the two set about making her latest album, "Eighty Numbered Streets," released in 2003.

Daughter of late screenwriter David Shaber ("Warriors," "Nighthawks") and artist Alice Shaber, Sam Shaber uses her observer's eye in songs like "Bare," about the crowded nature of being on the road; "Simon Says," about the importance of personal responsibility in the wake of September 11; and "Rain and Sunshine," about the loss of a close friend in a car accident on her first tour. Her sharp wit also resonates in songs such as "When the Roses Run Dry" ("A cynic's love song," Shaber explains on stage), "Tempting," about an apparently fabulous one-night stand, and the album's leading track, "Eldorado," a song about family and appreciating what you have.

Shaber sings in "a voice that can snap easily from a hoarse wail to a skyscraping falsetto," wrote Acoustic Guitar magazine. "With their smatterings of funky bass lines and novel vocal nuances, Shaber's tunes are unfussy and embraceable."

The show is open to all ages. Soda, domestic and imported beer and popcorn will be sold; proof of age is required for alcohol purchases.

The Cabin program is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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Updated: September 30, 2004