Vance Gilbert

Vance Gilbert Returns to IWU's Blue Moon Coffeehouse

April 13, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Vance Gilbert will perform at Illinois Wesleyan University's Blue Moon Coffeehouse on April 23 at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Center's Main Lounge (104 University St., Bloomington). The concert is free and open to the public with doors opening at 7:30 p.m.

Described by the Fort Worth Star Telegram as having “the voice of an angel, the wit of the devil, and the guitar of a god,” Gilbert, a Philadelphia native, is a legend at IWU's Blue Moon Coffeehouse. As a black singer-songwriter in a notably white genre, critics claim Gilbert is a daring new tenor voice in contemporary acoustic music. “His smooth, full-bodied voice and heartfelt lyrics wring out emotion from despair to euphoria, sliding from one extreme to the next.”

Gilbert began his career in Boston, singing at local open mikes, until word of his entrancing voice hit New York City. His intense performances continue to garner rave reviews, as does his latest release, Unfamiliar Moon.

For additional information, contact the Blue Moon Coffeehouse information line at (309) 556-3815, or visit

Contact: Meg Dubuque (309) 556-3181