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Looking Ahead: Steve Forbert and Open Mic This Week!

September 9, 2013

Blumenthal Performing Arts Open Mic

This Friday is a big night for Blumenthal patrons, whether they’re attending the free Open Mic event in McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square at 7:30 p.m. or seeing Steve Forbert play Stage Door Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m.

Open Mic is a bimonthly event featuring local performers. The acts range from singers and dancers to comedians and magicians. Come support Charlotte’s talented entertainers as they shine on our professional stage. The best part? It’s FREE! It’s a night to just sit back, relax and enjoy. Audience seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Blumenthal’s Open Mic shows are part of a new initiative called Whirl. Whirl events are designed to give local artists a chance to showcase their talents on Blumenthal’s stages and allow audiences to sample the great talent this city has to offer. Whirl events are free and open to the public. National Dance Day is also sponsored by Blumenthal as part of the Whirl initiative. More Whirl events will be added throughout the year.

Maybe you’re a fan of singer-songwriter Steve Forbert. It’s not too late to get your tickets, but there are only a few days left! General admission is $22. CLICK HERE to purchase now.


Steve Forbert

Forbert had his first major hit in 1979 when he was only 25 years old, shortly after moving to New York City from his hometown of Meridian, Miss. Steve moved there to focus on his music and found that his artful mixture of introspective pop, rock, folk, country and soul could not be ignored by the music industry.

In 1978, just months after arriving in the big city, Forbert signed his first record deal with CBS Records. His debut album, Alive On Arrival, showcased his distinctive musicality and became one of the year’s most acclaimed albums.

After being compared to folk-based stars like Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, Forbert still managed to forge his own, more modern path with his hit sophomore record “Jackrabbit Slim.” The highlight of the album was the No. 11 Billboard hit “Romeo’s Tune,” an upbeat song with timeless lyrics sweetened by a poetic sensibility, which has since become Forbert’s signature style. His brash-yet-sensitive take on songwriting and his unaffected delivery propelled the album up the charts, leading to sold-out shows and a feature in Rolling Stone magazine.

Thirty-plus years later, he’s still writing acclaimed songs and has released 14 studio albums, including a Grammy-nominated tribute to another Mississippi legend, Jimmie Rodgers.

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