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John Gorka House Concert
Sat, August 19, 2017, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM MDT
“The leading singer/songwriter of the New Folk movement” – Rolling Stone
“Listening to John Gorka sing one can get goose bumps all over. There are many reasons: fresh lyrics, a stunning emotional baritone, and his twisted sense of humor.” – New York Times
“Gorka is widely heralded for the sophisticated intelligence and provocative originality of his songs.” – Boston Globe
“Wry, slice-of-life observations reminiscent of Lyle Lovett and John Prine.” — Associated Press
More Details -
• The ticket price is $35 per person, with all proceeds going to the artist. The extra fee is an Eventbrite charge.
• Music starts at 7:30 PM. With an intermission, the evening may go until 10 or 10:30 PM. It's hard to predict.
• Parking will be tight. Please park on Linden and pack cars into our driveway and on our lawn.
• We welcome you to refer friends to this web site. Purchasing tickets does not requre an invitation for this event, so anyone can buy a ticket from this web site.
• You won't get or need a ticket. We'll have the list of who has paid at the door where you'll check in.
Optional pot luck at 6:00 PM -
Bring a dish and come for dinner at 6:00. Everyone is welcome!
We could use some help with dishes & misc. after the pot luck, and possibly with setup. Please email if you're willing to help & get the first pick at seating.
Video Links to John's Videos -
A singer/songwriter famed for his rich, expressive baritone, New Jersey native John Gorka was one of the leading lights of the new folk movement. Gorka began his career while attending college in Pennsylvania in the early '80s, appearing at open-mike nights at a local coffeehouse before eventually forming his own group, the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band. Soon he hit the road, performing up and down the Eastern Seaboard before finally settling in Texas and winning the Kerrville Folk Festival's prestigious New Folk Award in 1984. In 1987, Gorka cut his debut album, I Know, for the Red House label, winning acclaim for his songs' subtle wit and acute character observations. After a move to Windham Hill, he issued 1990's Land of the Bottom Line, followed two years later by Jack's Crows. With 1993's Temporary Road, Gorka garnered significant airplay from country outlets with the single and video "When She Kisses Me," resulting in tours supporting Mary Chapin Carpenter and Nanci Griffith. For 1994's Out of the Valley, Gorka traveled to Nashville to team with producer John Jennings, who recruited guests including Carpenter, Kathy Mattea, guitarist Leo Kottke, and Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks; Between Five and Seven followed in 1996, and two years later he returned with After Yesterday. Company You Keep, which followed in early 2001, featured guest spots from Carpenter, Patty Larkin, and Lucy Kaplansky. 2003 saw the release of the typically introspective Old Futures Gone. It was followed in 2006 by Writing in the Margins. So Dark You See appeared in 2009, and Red Horse, a collaborative album with Eliza Gilkyson and Lucy Kaplansky, followed in 2010. Gorka didn't record again for a few years, though he did keep up a steady touring schedule. In March of 2014, he re-emerged with The Bright Side of Down.
I Know (Red House, 1987)
Land of the Bottom Line (Windham Hill/High Street, 1990)
Jack's Crows (Windham Hill/High Street, 1991)
Temporary Road (Windham Hill/High Street, 1992)
Out of the Valley (Windham Hill/High Street, 1994)
Between Five and Seven (Windham Hill/High Street, 1996)
After Yesterday (Red House, 1998)
The Company You Keep (Red House, 2001)
Old Futures Gone (Red House, 2003)
Writing in the Margins (Red House, 2006)
So Dark You See (Red House, 2009)
Bright Side of Down (Red House, 2014)
Before Beginning: The Unreleased I Know [Nashville, 1985] (Red House, 2016)
What can/can't I bring to the event?
You may bring beer and wine for the pot luck.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact Russ at email@example.com.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, just make sure the person you give your ticket knows the name of who originally purchased it when they arrive.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes, you should be able to return to your registration page to update it.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, we'll have a list of the names who purchased the tickets at the door. Just give us that name when you arrive.
What is the refund policy?
All sales are final.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes, just give us the name of who purchased your ticket.