||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Willy Porter to Perform
at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Jan. 16, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE -- Willy Porter will appear in concert on Friday, Feb. 6, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His show will begin at 8 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.
Accompanying Porter, who plays six-string and 12-string acoustic and electric guitars, will be six-string fretless bassist Steve Kleiber.
A Milwaukee native and UW-Eau Claire graduate, Porter was named Songwriter of the Year and Folk Artist of the Year by Campus Activities Today magazine. His 1994 independent release "Dog Eared Dream" was remixed and reissued in 1995 by Private Music, the label of Leo Kottke and other luminaries. The reissue coincided with Porter's opening slot on the national tour of The Cranberries and Toad The Wet Sprocket. The recording was the only independent release to crack the top 20 at Triple A (album adult alternative) formatted radio stations.
"Themes of true kindness, hard-won reconciliation and spiritual striving run strong," wrote Acoustic Guitar magazine. "These are the sort of songs that seem so necessary now: positive without being blithe, grateful without being softheaded ... His vocals are crisp and unaffected, and his guitar sound is as rich and ringing as that of the folk icons he admires."
After Porter opened an April 1996 show for Tori Amos, The Washington Post wrote that "he quickly won over the crowd with some dazzling acoustic guitar work and a wit nearly as quick. Indeed, the combination was so impressive that Porter sometimes suggested a cross between Michael Hedges and Loudon Wainwright III."
Tickets are $7 ($5 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID card) at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and will be sold at the door. The concert is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Jan. 27, 1998