Date:   10/16/2010

Catie Curtis & Terri Hendrix perform together at Thrasher

Two highly-regarded folk artists will be sharing the stage at the historic Thrasher Opera House on October 16 at 7:30 p.m.  for a very exciting double bill concert.  Catie Curtis and Terri Hendrix, both of whom have received numerous awards and acclaim, will bring their fresh folk sound along with an ample dose of energy to the stage for what is sure to be an incredible night of music and fun.

The vivid songwriting of Catie Curtis combines insightful lyrics with addictive melodies and energy. Catie's studio work, engaging live shows and impressive touring career in the US and Europe earn rave reviews and wide recognition. Her songs have been featured on Dawson's Creek, Felicity, Alias, Chicago Hope, and Grey's Anatomy, as well as in several independent films. In addition, Catie has toured with Dar Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and as part of Lilith Fair.  

In the fall of 2008, Curtis released the critically acclaimed Sweet Life (her ninth recording). Throughout the fall of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, Curtis toured Sweet Life, began a youth music endowment ("Aspire to Inspire") and gave away guitars to underprivileged youth. The Washington Post, The Advocate, TimeOut Chicago, and Curve Magazine all lined up to praise Sweet Life and Blurt went so far as to hail 2008 "The Year of Catie Curtis".

After a year of amazing, life-changing experiences, it's no wonder Curtis was itching to jump back into the studio to try something she'd never done before: make a string band album.  With Hello Stranger, named one of the top ten folk CDs of 2009 by the Boston Globe, Curtis achieves that career goal.  Passionate about teaching, she presents her workshop called Oopsy to Artsy at writing retreats and in schools across the US.

Terri Hendrix’s Cry Till You Laugh, released June 22, 2010, is proving to be one of the best-received albums of the award-winning Texas songwriter’s career. England’s Maverick calls it “a 100% Terri Hendrix tour de force.” The Dallas Morning News calls it “refreshingly eclectic,” and WXPN’s Gene Shay, founder of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, raves, “Cry Till You Laugh is wonderful, with some of the best songs I’ve heard in ages. One moment she’s bluesy, the next, refreshingly cool and pure. That takes oodles of talent and musical know how.”

A classically trained vocalist and deft multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin and — as her new album and performances of late make abundantly clear — harmonica), Hendrix is a firm believer in the theory that “life’s too short for one genre,” dodging musical pigeonholes by weaving folk, pop, country, blues and swinging jazz into an eclectic style all her own that plays like a lovingly compiled mix-CD. Add to that her charismatic stage presence and reputation for always delivering an energetic and spiritually uplifting live show and it’s no wonder why the Terri Hendrix “experience” has been embraced by three generations of loyal fans across the country and around the globe.

This project was supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.  Accommodations provided by the Heidel House Resort & Spa.

Tickets to see Catie and Terri are only $23 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick ‘n Save & Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling 920-294-4279. On-line ticket sales are also now available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com. 

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