Blue Moon Coffeehouse’s 16th Season to Begin
August 31, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s Blue Moon Coffeehouse will kick
off its sixteenth season with a rare Friday night show to be held at 8 p.m. on Sept.
21 in the Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 Park St., Bloomington). The show
will feature singer-songwriter Susan Werner, who returns for her twelfth performance
at the Blue Moon. Three additional shows have been scheduled for the fall semester,
with more to be announced in the spring. These shows will return to the traditional
venue, the Main Lounge of Memorial Center (104 University St., Bloomington).
Tickets for Blue Moon Coffeehouse are $10 for students and the general public, and
can be reserved and purchased through the Blue Moon Hotline at (309) 556-3815, through
e-mail at email@example.com, or in person at The Garlic Press (106 North St., Normal) or at the venue beginning
at 6 p.m. the night of the performance.
Recognized as one of the defining artists of today’s folk music genre, Werner is currently
on tour promoting her sixth album The Gospel Truth. A collection of original songs she describes as “hymns for the spiritually ambivalent,”
the album incorporates styles ranging from traditional bluegrass gospel to her own
unique medley of folk, jazz and pop.
Raised in rural Iowa, Werner studied classical voice at Temple University in Philadelphia
before performing at coffeehouses around the northeast. In 1992, she released her
debut album, titled Midwestern Friday Night. Her breakout album, Last of the Good Straight Girls, came in 1995. A decade later, Werner had an instant hit on satellite radio with
“My Strange Nation,” a battle hymn-style “alternative national anthem” that encompasses
both poetry and hypocrisy. Known for her literacy and wit, the Midwestern-born songstress
has earned a reputation for her cabaret-style live performances. As Chicago Tribune wrote, “[Werner] is a triply blessed artist who sings adroitly, plays the piano smartly,
and, best of all, writes songs of genuine distinction and high class.”
The second Blue Moon performance of the season is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27,
with a performance by another returning Blue Moon favorite, Peter Mulvey. Often compared
to artists such as Tom Waits and Randy Newman, Mulvey’s high-energy style, bass-prominent
guitar playing, dense lyrics and urban rhythms have made him one of the most innovative
artists on the folk scene. A prolific singer-songwriter, Mulvey has released nine
solo albums. His latest is titled Knuckleball Suite.
Jess Klein, an artist who was nominated for the 1998 Boston Music Award, Best New
Contemporary Folk Act even prior to the release of her debut album, will perform at
the Blue Moon on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Boston Globe has called Klein “a soulful dynamo,” and The Boston Phoenix says, “If you haven’t seen Klein play, you’re doing yourself a disservice.” Recently,
she has performed at recent musical festivals including SXSW, Newport Folk Festival
and the Sundance Film Festival.
The final performance of the fall semester will be on Saturday, Dec. 8, and will mark
artist Carrie Newcomer’s annual return to the Blue Moon. Newcomer has been with the
Blue Moon since its inaugural concert, and her vivid storytelling and humor and dynamic
performances have made her a popular favorite among IWU students. Her songs, which
have been called strong, poetic and haunting, continue to win over new audiences nationwide.
The Blue Moon Coffeehouse is named after the second full moon occurring in a month,
a rare and unusual phenomenon fraught with excitement and possibility. The Blue Moon
brings to the Illinois Wesleyan community entertainment presented in a coffeehouse
setting. As a concert venue, the Blue Moon has been recognized by the Pantagraph’s Spring 2003 and Fall 2004 reader’s choice survey as one of “The Best of the Best
in Central Illinois.” Over the years, the Blue Moon has showcased some of the premier
talents in contemporary acoustic music, including artists Vance Gilbert, Patty Larkin,
Greg Brown and Ani DiFranco.
For additional information about the Blue Moon, ticket sales or scheduled performers,
visit the Blue Moon Web site at http://sun.iwu.edu/~bluemoon/ or contact Darcy Greder, associate dean of student affairs and co-curricular planning,
at (309) 556-3541.
Contact: Teresa A. Sherman, (309) 556-3181