Local talent gets a chance to shine at cafe

June 17, 1992|By Cindy Parr | Cindy Parr,Contributing Writer

WESTMINSTER -- This Sunday evening, the Westminster Inn and Fly by Night Promotions will be serving up a tasty musical menu featuring local talent performing their original works.

About a dozen area musicians will share rhythm and blues, country, rock and folk music as a part of "Songwriters In Concert," from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Courtyard Cafe at the Westminster Inn.

"Songwriters in Concert" is the fourth in a series of performances highlighting the talents of not only local artists but also artists from surrounding Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery counties, as well as from Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Robert Klages, who owns Fly by Night Promotions, a Westminster talent agency, said, "We started our songwriters' showcase this past March on the third Sunday of each month at the Westminster Inn. The showcases are an opportunity for area songwriters to perform original compositions that would otherwise not be heard."

Richard Taylor, of "Richard Taylor and the Ravers," will be the featured performer for Sunday evening's performance.

The Eldersburg resident is a rhythm and blues artist whose latest album release, "Beyond Vanity," has received rave reviews.

"Richard will be joined by 10 other local songwriters who will perform original compositions in a three-song rotation," Klages said. "Typically, the songwriter who is the featured guest is asked to perform an entire set in the middle of the rotation."

Westminster resident Roger Himler, an entertainer in the folk tradition, will not only perform but also be host for the event.

Other locals scheduled to perform include John Kraus of Westminster, Bob Evans of Hampstead, Lisa Lopatta of Sykesville and Sandy Leishear of Westminster.

With Sunday being Father's Day, it is appropriate that Roy and Sam Hood, a Westminster father-son act, will perform three original bluegrass songs following Taylor's performance.

The Hoods, who moved to Carroll from Alabama two years ago, enjoy sharing their talents.

Roy Hood, who is 42, said, "It's fun playing with Sam [his 14-year-old son]. He has been hearing this style of music before he was even born. He watches me do a guitar lick, and he can turn around and do it better on the first try. He is just natural."

While the evening of music will begin at 6 p.m., doors will open at 4 p.m.

Anyone under 21 planning to attend must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets for the concert are $4 and will be sold at the door. Coupons for $1 off the ticket price can be found at Locust Book Store, Stu's Music, New Song Guitar Store and Coffey Music.

Information: 876-6315

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