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Singer-Songwriter Chris Pureka To Give Free Shows at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: April 21, 2005

Chris PurekaEAU CLAIRE — Chris Pureka will present two free concerts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire May 5 and 6. Her shows will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday in The Cabin of Davies Center.

Whether with a band or solo, this singer-songwriter is able to keep an audience engrossed and eager to cheer with her edgy but refined guitar, her lyrical honesty and her uniquely haunting voice. She started writing songs at the age of 16 and began cultivating her fan base at open mics and coffeehouses. As a young artist she opened for folk favorites including Erin McKeown, Tami Hart and Pamela Means.

After a national tour in 2001, Pureka started to generate much wider attention and earned airplay for her self-titled release on indie radio from Oregon to Illinois to Massachusetts, where she currently resides.

Whether in the studio or on the stage, Pureka's control over her guitar and the complicated and percussive riffs she writes strike critics and peers immediately.

Pureka's main influences include Ryan Adams, Peter Mulvey, Gillian Welch and Pamela Means. A singer-songwriter best known for her slick guitar work, Means has said, "Chris is an excellent guitar player… She digs in like a true natural. The feel, the tone, the chords, the vibe, everything. I could listen to her all day."

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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