Posted January 25, 2018
Stocker Arts Center at Lorain County Community College presents a feast of local artists for the Northeast Ohio music connoisseur through its Student Sessions series this spring. All of these shows will be held in the intimate Cirigliano Student Theatre:
• Rachel Brown & The Beatnik Playboys “Patsy Cline and Friends”
8 p.m. on Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24
Patsy Cline sings about love and heartache like nobody else and nobody sings “Patsy” like Rachel Brown. With increased fan requests, Brown dipped her painted toes into the sea of country legend Patsy Cline and created a fitting tribute to this icon. The regularly “sold-out” concerts treat the audience to her most beloved and memorable songs including “Leavin’ on Your Mind,” “Tennessee Waltz,’’ “I Fall to Pieces’’ and, of course, the Patsy song, “Crazy,’’ along with favorites from other artists of the era.
• An Intimate Evening with Royal Wood & Diana Chittester
8 p.m. on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10
Canadian “hit-maker” and iTunes “Songwriter of the Year” Royal Wood joins Cleveland-based “guitar acrobat” Diana Chittester for a night of great music. Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft – maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound. Blending the storytelling roots of folk music with the animation of rock, Chittester’s live performance is brought to life by her signature percussive, multi-part acoustic guitar playing.
• Anne E. DeChant
8 p.m. on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17
Anne E. DeChant is an award-winning Nashville recording artist originally from Cleveland, where she was a five-time Singer-Songwriter of the Year. She was the lead singer for the popular rock-Americana band, Odd Girl Out before she went solo. DeChant has shared the stage with performers such as Stevie Nicks, Norah Jones, Joan Armatrading, Travis Meadows, Sheryl Crow and the Indigo Girls, and has played venues ranging from the Clinton White House to Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Moonlight on the Mountain in Birmingham, the Evening Muse in Charlotte and Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland. DeChant’s Northeast Ohio roots run deep. She was born in Avon Lake, where her parents were high school sweethearts and prom king and queen and her great-grandma was one of the community’s first citizens.
• Austin Walkin’ Cane & Kristine Jackson “Blues from the Heart of the Rock & Roll City”
8 p.m. on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19
Back by popular demand, join Austin Walkin’ Cane and Kristine Jackson for a night of great blues to close out our Studio Sessions series for this season. Outstanding guitar, slide guitar and Dobro skills with powerhouse vocals and a lot of hootin’ and hollerin’, have made Walkin’ Cane one of “Cleveland’s favorite frontman.” His placement during the 2009 International Blues Festival in Memphis has landed him invitations to perform at the Blues on Broadband Festival in the Gold Coast and the Himalayan Blues Festival in Nepal. Her early career was as a trumpet player backing up vocalists around the world. Since then Kristine Jackson has made a name for herself not only a guitar player, but as a studio musician and songwriter as well. She has opened for B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, and more.
Tickets for Studio Sessions shows are $20 each or $10 for LCCC students with a valid ID, children 18 and under and active duty military with a valid ID. Subscriptions are also available for this series. To learn more or order tickets, visit http://www.stockerartscenter.com or call (440) 366-4040.