Goldberg benefit is payback for arts patron

October 01, 1998|By J.D. Considine | J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC

Like a lot of entrepreneurs, Karen Goldberg - a singer/songwriter and record company owner - likes the idea of using the Internet to broaden her business' reach. But she has to admit she was a little nervous once she found herself on a plane to Australia after having booked a three-week tour Down Under via the Net.

"A 19-hour plane ride, based on e-mail?" she says, and laughs. "You better believe it was nerve-wracking!"

Although the Baltimore-based performer had toured Europe a few times, she had no real contacts in Australia. But she responded to an item she saw online, contacted a concert promoter in Australia and ended up with three weeks' worth of bookings.

"I went there with contracts and everything, but you see such weird stuff about people on the Internet being deceitful," she says. "In the back of my mind as I'm flying over there, I'm thinking, 'Well, maybe I'll just get an opportunity to see Sydney . . .'"

She laughs and says: "But it was great. It worked out just fine. So it gave me confidence in my fellow man."

Maybe that's why Goldberg has decided to do something for her fellow man. To celebrate the release of her sixth album, "Treading Water," Goldberg is giving a concert at the Towson University Center for the Arts on Saturday, to benefit the Charles A. Buerger Foundation. Buerger, who was the publisher of the Jewish Times, had a strong philanthropic interest in the local arts scene, and the foundation was established to continue that work in his memory.

"I just wanted to do something that would be able to pay them back in some way," says Goldberg, who adds that the paper has long been a supporter of her work.

But Goldberg also wanted to do something special, so she'll be augmenting her regular trio with three of the city's most notable talents: jazz guitarist Carl Filipiak, new age keyboardist Jeff Order and singer Jane Brody.

"They're just all friends of mine, and I asked them if they'd like to be on the show," say Goldberg. "It's a show of about 16 selections. Carl's playing on about five of them, Jeff's playing on about three of them, Jane is singing on about five, and then everybody's joining us at the end for our finale."

Karen Golberg and friends

What: Benefit for the Charles A. Buerger Foundation

When: Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

Where: Towson University Center for the Arts

Tickets: $18, $36 for reserved seats (includes reception)

Call: 410-830-2787

Sundial: To hear excerpts from Karen Goldberg's new release, "Treading Water," call Sundial at 410-783-1800 and enter the code 6116. For other local Sundial numbers, see the directory on Page 2B.

Pub Date: 10/01/98

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