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JOHN GORKA in concert
Unitarian Church - North
Mequon, WI
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From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Though small, Godfrey Daniels was and is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions and has long been a hangout for music lovers and aspiring musicians. In the late 1970s, John was was one of these aspiring musicians. Although his academic coursework at Moravian College lay in Philosophy and History, music began to offer paramount enticements. Soon he found himself living in the clubs basement and acting as resident MC and sound man, encountering legendary folk troubadours like Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt. Their brand of 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, where Jack Hardys legendary Fast Folk circle (a breeding ground for many a major singer-songwriter) became 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. Those who had at one time inspired him  Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey, Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin  had become his peers.

Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura OConnell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His new song Where No Monuments Stand is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).

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.
Friday May 04, 2018 7:30 PM - Friday May 04, 2018 10:15 PM | $10.00 - $20.00

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Location

Unitarian Church - North (View)
13800 N. Port Washington Rd.
Mequon, WI 53097
United States

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Music > Americana
Music > Funk
Music > Indie
Music > Singer/Songwriter
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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Owner: Wisconsin Singer/Songwriter Series
On BPT Since: Aug 30, 2013
 
Wisconsin Singer/Songwriter Series
262-457-4399
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Attendees

Steven O.
Madison, WI United States
Apr 26, 2018 8:27 PM
Steven O.
Madison, WI United States
Apr 26, 2018 8:27 PM
Amy G.
Menomonee Falls, WI United States
Apr 26, 2018 5:30 PM
Amy G.
Menomonee Falls, WI United States
Apr 26, 2018 5:30 PM
Timothy M.
lake bluff, IL United States
Apr 26, 2018 5:05 PM
Timothy M.
lake bluff, IL United States
Apr 26, 2018 5:05 PM

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