Date:   2/9/2008

Willy Porter returns to Thrasher Opera House

The phenomenal guitarist and passionate songwriter, Willy Porter, backed by his band of equally talented musicians, makes a much-anticipated return visit to Thrasher Opera House on Saturday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Porter, a talented singer, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a folk musician at heart.  All of his songs begin with a stripped-down, folk-based arrangement, but he absorbs as many influences as he can and eases them into his various performances.

Always creating his own musical rules, Porter is most noted for his on-stage improvisation. "I would show up for the gig and if I didn't have a new tune, I'd have to make one up because I was embarrassed going week in and week out without a new songÖ so I would do this improv thing where I would write a song with the audience," said Porter.

That special repertoire Porter has with his audience is what inspired the album High Wire Live. The album is composed of all live songs he has performed around the globe. "When you walk out in front of people by yourself with your instrument, youíre walking on a wire. Every mistake you make is out there; itís fantastic," said Porter.

Available Light (2006), Willy Porter's sixth album, finds the guitarist, singer and songwriter at home in his own musical world.  Equal parts muscle, intimacy and atmosphere, the CD is Porter's most fully realized offering to date, and his first on his own label, Weasel Records. www.willyporter.com

Porterís performance is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Thrasher Construction, LLC and Pinnacle Plumbing, LLC provide additional sponsorship along with special accommodations and hospitality being generously provided by the Heidel House and Two Chez. Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake); Pick Ní Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279. Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.

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