John Gorka in Seattle April 23
Added: Up and comer St. Louis-based singer/songwriter Lizzie Weber will open for John. Visit her website to find out more about her, including music videos: Lizzie Weber
Originally from New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start in the late 1970s at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania while in college. The folk-inspired acoustic music inspired him, and before long he was performing his own songs mostly as an opener for visiting acts. Soon he started traveling to New York City, a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like Texas Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads.
He released his first album in 1987, receiving popular and critical acclaim, followed quickly with five albums in seven years. His albums and his touring (over 150 nights a year at times) brought new accolades for his craft. His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany. He also started sharing tours with many notable friends Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter among them.
In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.
Many well-known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O'Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, eTown, and has appeared on CNN.
Hearing people shout out requests for songs he wrote years ago is something he enjoys, whether it happens in Fort Worth or the Netherlands. Gorka's most beloved songs are an enticing mixture guaranteed to make you laugh or cry. The former include I'm From New Jersey and People My Age. He also hears frequent requests for such poignant antiwar ballads as Let Them In and Temporary Road and for a longtime favorite, I Saw a Stranger With Your Hair, an expression of longing. -- Michael Granberry, Dallas News
John Gorka lives in Minnesota and when not on the road, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters and clubs all over North America and Europe.
See more videos of John at SFS. Go to the SFS Concerts Schedule,and scroll down to April 23. Also see more about John at his website: John Gorka
Day of show tickets at the door, if still available, will be $2 more (cash or check). Doors will open at 7 pm for a 7:30 start.
Phinney Neighborhood Center Concert Hall (Brick Building down the hill) (View)
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|