||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Willy Porter to Perform|
April 23 at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: April 6, 1999|
Willy Porter will appear in concert Friday, April 23, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His show will begin at 8 p.m. in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center.
From worldwide tours opening for Tori Amos to last summer's national tour with Vonda Shepard, Porter also has played American concert stages as a headliner in his own right. A Milwaukee native and UW-Eau Claire graduate, he released an independent recording, "The Trees Have Soul," in 1991 but it was the 1994 release of his second indie album, "Dog Eared Dream," that brought Porter into the national spotlight. The album won Top Ten airplay at Triple A and non-commercial stations well into 1995, when it was remixed and reissued by Private Music, the label of Leo Kottke and other luminaries.
"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."
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. 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.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 7, 1999