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Indie-Pop Singer-Songwriter Jeremy Messersmith
to Perform Free Concerts at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Sept. 15, 2009

Jeremy Messersmith
Jeremy Messersmith

EAU CLAIRE — Indie-pop singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith will present three free concerts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Sept. 25-26. His shows will begin at 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday in The Cabin of Davies Center.

A native of Washington state, Messersmith moved to Minneapolis, Minn., for college, where he majored in music. He began writing songs and testing them out at the Acadia Cafe and other Twin Cities coffeehouses. His first full-length CD, "The Alcatraz Kid" (2006), was marked by a wide-eyed clarity and sweet, straightforward musicianship that brought him critical acclaim and a growing live following.

"Messersmith's playfully arranged, retro-styled folk-pop fits in somewhere between Sufjan and Cat Stevens," wrote the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which put his debut album on its Twin Cities Critics Tally. City Pages' "Best of the Twin Cities" called him "the premier under-30 singer-songwriter in the Twin Cities."

Messersmith's sophomore release, "The Silver City" (2008), pays homage to the twinkling pop vistas of The Beach Boys and offers an incisive take on the hopes that get us through the everyday commute. The celebratory track "Light Rail" was quickly in demand on Twin Cities radio. City Pages described the album as "a charming love letter to Minneapolis that never got mushy or contrived ... The melodies are simple without ever being cheesy or too precious for their own good. In short, it's intelligent music that can be enjoyed without a dictionary close at hand."

In March Messersmith made his first appearance at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. "Messersmith's keen ear for a hook suggests a very substantial national audience could be in his future," wrote the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Cabin performances are free and open to all ages. Soft drinks, domestic and imported beer, specialty coffee drinks and tea are sold at all evening programs. Proof of age is required for alcohol purchases.

All performances are produced and managed by student members of The Cabin committee of the Student Senate's University Activities Commission. For a complete schedule, contact the Activities and Programs office, 715-836-4833, or visit The Cabin's Web site.

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JS/DW

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