In 2014, when the world-renowned singer-songwriter/folk music icon John Gorka offered to play in Redding, Oaksong Music Society Artistic Director Pete Angwin jumped at the chance. Having seen Gorka at concerts and festivals all around the country, Pete marveled at his good fortune and knew that northstate concert goers were in for a special treat. In the end, everyone had such a good time at that concert that Gorka agreed to return as soon as possible. As a result, on Friday April 2, John Gorka is coming back to the Pilgrim Church for an encore performance.
Known for his rich, expressive baritone voice, few contemporary songwriters coax language as deftly as Gorka. By picking up the stories of those along his path and folding them into poetry and song, Gorka escapes the trap of introspection that hobbles many other less gifted singer-songwriters. His shy, almost self-effacing stage presence focuses attention on the songs, while his versatility on guitar and piano keeps his sets musically interesting. And he’s never short of the sly comment or clever joke that invariably ignites his audience.
Tickets are $25 and $10 for students 18 years of age or younger with a valid student ID. Tickets are available at The Music Connection of Redding (530-223-2040). Additional information is at www.oaksongs.org.