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The Cabin to present singer-songwriter Derek James

RELEASED: Feb. 21, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — Singer-songwriter Derek James, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., will play three free concerts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Feb. 24-25. His shows in The Cabin of Davies Center will begin Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.

There are few places James hasn't been. Performing live for the very first time in Australia, James soon found himself making his way through the streets and clubs of Southern France with a band of French musicians in tow, playing the catchy original compositions that were constantly bouncing around in his head. His music encompasses his experiences, and his experiences have been anything but ordinary. He won recognition in 2005 as a finalist in the Williamsburg Singer/Songwriter Competition. The talents of Godfrey Diamond (Aerosmith, Lou Reed) and drummer Nir Z (John Mayer, Genesis) also saw James' ability and passion and lent their skills on "Stray" (2005), James' debut album.

James now makes his local rounds at New York City venues such as Pianos, Arlene's Grocery and The Knitting Factory. His song "Smoky Light," an upbeat ragtime toe-tapper, was featured on the Travel Channel, and his songs have also been featured on MTV, Lifetime and A&E. He has performed with Blues Traveler, Eric Hutchinson, Ben Kweller, Sugar Ray, OK Go and Gin Blossoms.

Cabin performances are free and open to all ages. Soft drinks, domestic and imported beer, specialty coffee drinks and tea are sold at all Friday and Saturday programs. Proof of age is required for alcohol purchases. For a complete schedule, visit the Activities and Programs office (715-836-4833) or The Cabin website.

The shows are sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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JS/DW

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