Press Release
Posted August 30, 2018

Tickets for Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Arts Center’s 2018-2019 Studio Sessions series are on sale now. All shows will be held in the intimate Cirigliano Studio Theatre:

The season’s performances include:

Lee Murdock – “Great Lakes Ghosts”
Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Lee Murdock returns to the Studio Sessions Series with a special holiday program just in time for Halloween with songs and supernatural legends and spooky tales of ghost ships, haunted lighthouses, and other “unexplained” and “eerie” but “true” tales from Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes. Murdock is well known for plumbing the depths of the Great Lakes for work songs and historic ballads. He has released 21 albums, the first three on vinyl and the rest on CDs. It is a little known fact that Lee’s love for a good ghost story was first awakened around the campfire, as he grew up in Boy Scouts, rising to the rank of Eagle Scout, and the spirit has never left him.

Jeff Varga Double CD Release Concert
Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Join the singer, songwriter and performer with special musical guests for an evening of original material from Jeff’s two new releases, “One More Hour” and “Leftovers From Tomorrow.” Varga started making music as an all-American, Beatle’s-loving 16-year-old, too young to play Cleveland clubs without a chaperone. After high school, he moved to New York City to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts as an actor and started playing open mics and coffee houses in the East Village. After many adventures, Jeff returned home and currently performs on Cleveland-area stages and also does multi-state tours. He scored and performed the theme song for the award winning short film out of Los Angeles, “Burnt.”

A Christmas Cabaret
The Musical Theater Project
Friday, December 14, 2018 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2 p.m.

The show isn’t complete until everyone joins in on “White Christmas” – but that’s just one of several dozen songs that appeal to every generation. Host Bill Rudman will be joined by Bridie Carrol, Nancy Maier and Joe Monaghan. The hits range from “Winter Wonderland,” “Let It Snow” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, to Irving Berlin’s 102-year old salute to Santa Claus and tributes to Rudolph, Frosty and that mean one, Mr. Grinch.

Alex Bevan
“Lake Erie Legacy”: Friday, March 1, 2019 at 8 p.m.
“Retro Boy Returns-The Great Ohio Slide Continues”: Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Bevan previously wrote and performed “Skinny Little Boy,” “Grand River Lullaby” and “Have Another Laugh on Cleveland Blues.” Friday night’s show, “Lake Erie Legacy,” is Bevan’s homage to the lake and the islands. Beginning in 1991 with his critically acclaimed disk “Watersongs,” again with “South Shore Serenade,” then finally with “Sweetwater Pete,” Bevan explores the stories, melodies and mythic personas that populate Lake Erie’s historical (and fictional) treasure trove of tales. Saturday’s show, “Retro Boy Returns – The Great Ohio Slide Continues” features his freewheeling romp through the past with a wink to the present. It combines all the old favorites from his performances on the college circuit as well as the WMMS days along with assorted tall tales from “the day.”

Helen Welch-“Songwriters Hall of Fame”
Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Welch shines the spotlight on the accomplishments of songwriters who have provided us with the words and music that form the soundtrack of our lives including such luminaries as Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Carole King, Bill Withers, Jimmy Webb, Paul Simon and many more. Internationally acclaimed vocalist, entertainer and producer Helen Welch brings her incredible team of musicians to Stocker Arts Center to honor those songwriters whose work represents a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the worlds’ popular music songbook. With their own unique style of pop, blues and jazz this much loved quartet will celebrate the legacy and work of some of the great songwriters who made their mark in the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

Anne E. DeChant Trio
Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30, 2019 at 8 p.m.

DeChant is an award-winning Nashville recording artist originally from Cleveland, where she was a five-time Singer-Songwriter of the Year. She has shared the stage with performers such as Stevie Nicks, Norah Jones, Joan Armatrading, Sheryl Crow and the Indigo Girls, and has played venues ranging from the Clinton White House to such storied listening rooms as Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, the Evening Muse in Charlotte, Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, Kimbro’s in Franklin, Tennessee, and Frog Pond in Silver Hill, Alabama. Before beginning her solo career, DeChant was the lead singer for the popular rock/Americana band Odd Girl Out, based in Cleveland.

Sisters in Song-Becky Boyd, Rachel Brown, Kristine Jackson and Emma Shook
Friday, May 17, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Sisters In Song began in the spring of 2015. Elyria native and award-winning musical performer, Jackson, was hosting a concert fundraiser to assist the Leukemia Lymphoma Society at the historic G.A.R. Hall in Peninsula, Ohio. She decided to invite three of her favorite female Cleveland artists to join her to present something special and different to the local scene: Becky Boyd, Rachel Brown and Emma Shook. Each one of these ladies is a powerhouse artist that can host a class-act show on their own, but they combine their artistic sensibilities and deliver a one of kind show when they perform as Sisters In Song. Boyd has been on the scene for 40 plus years, won numerous awards for her vocal skills and usually has the audience in stitches with her stage banter and antics. Brown is Cleveland’s piano boogie queen as she complements her unique vocals with a twist of Dolly, Patsy and Linda Ronstadt. Shook is the fourth sister when her schedule allows, she keeps a busy calendar as she performs full-time with the Cleveland Orchestra. The vibe of this show is just good ol’ fun.

Austin Walkin’ Cane and Kristine Jackson-“Blues from the Heart of the Rock & Roll City”
Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 8 p.m.

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 has led to invitations to perform at the Blues on Broadband Festival in the Gold Coast and the Himalayan Blues Festival in Nepal. Jackson’s early career was as a trumpet player backing up vocalists. Since then she has made a name not only as a guitar player, but also as a studio musician and songwriter. She has opened for B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples and more. The two have been friends for years and join together to share their friendship through a combination of creativity, genuine felt blues, songwriting and a good ol’ time.

Tickets for Studio Session events are $20 each or $10 for LCCC students with a valid ID, youth 18 and under, and active duty military with valid ID. Subscriptions are also available for this series. All tickets for the Stocker Arts Center’s 2018-2019 performances are on sale now, including the Performing Artists Series, Studio Sessions, Random Acts, Student Matinees and the Fall Film Series. To learn more about the season, visit

To purchase tickets for any of the shows or to request a season calendar, call the box office at (440) 366-4040. Hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. The box office is also open 90 minutes before ticketed events (60 minutes before Student Matinees). Guests may also purchase tickets online at