18 Songs Tour with Mike Powell, Chris Merkley, & Charlie Orlando

Auburn Public Theater Presents:

18 Songs Tour with Mike Powell, Chris Merkley, & Charlie Orlando

Chris Merkley, Charley Orlando

Sun · September 16, 2018

7:00 pm

$13.50 - $15.00

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18 Songs Tour with Mike Powell, Chris Merkley, & Charlie Orlando
18 Songs Tour with Mike Powell, Chris Merkley, & Charlie Orlando
Sorytellers are the heart and soul of songwriting. The combination of the written word and an acoustic guitar that has been at the core of folk music for decades – Mike Powell follows in that tradition. A songwriting veteran with over two hundred songs in his catalog, Powell’s selected several dozen of those songs for the four albums that have been released since 2010. Many more of the songs have found their way into the live experience as a solo act or with the five-member band that he fronts, Mike Powell & The Black River.

The stage is where Powell thrives. He’s completed two nationwide tours and generally plays upwards of 150 shows a year where he not only delivers stories in song but also engages the audience with the narrative behind the writing of some of the music. His songs are relatable and connect with the audience whether it’s in an intimate listening room, over craft beer in a brewery tap room or speaking to larger audiences on a festival stage. Shows are less about Powell playing to an audience and feel more like he is playing with them.

Mike Powell is currently writing for his fifth solo release while playing a summer full of northeast tour dates. The latest single, Twenty One Rounds, is a story of a fallen Navy sailor and was conceived when Powell was selected to participate in the Acoustic Guitar Project in 2016. The studio version was released via Powell’s social media channels on Memorial Day 2018. It was delivered to streaming services for a wider release two weeks later. A solo EP is expected late summer 2018 and another record from Mike Powell & The Black River is slated for early 2019. Powell will return to the road in 2019 bringing the new music to venues nationally.

Outside of music, Powell owns and maintains Rising Feather, an art studio specializing in woodworking and other artisanal crafts.
Chris Merkley
Chris Merkley
Chris Merkley has performed over a thousand shows from the streets of Paris to venues through out Europe and across the United States. He has released nine albums with a variety of groups which include song writing duo Merkley & Morgan, acoustic American roots rock band The Crooners, and the swampy blues rock trio of Digger Jones.

In addition to an extensive career of recording and touring, Merkley has composed and produced an extensive catalog of original music for TV and has songs featured in several independent films. In 2008, he created a number of original compositions for HBO’s critically acclaimed series, ‘Generation Kill’ and has since collaborated with Free Man Music and fellow Old Boy artists to compose custom original music for Cinemax, HBO Latino, and Max Latino.

Merkley is currently performing solo, as well as with Merkley & Morgan, The Crooners, and Digger Jones in the New York area. He is also in the process of converting a school bus into an eco-minded tour bus for touring and recording…visit the bus page or connect on Twitter to follow the progress.
Charley Orlando
Charley Orlando
After 17 albums, and over 3,000 shows in North America, 200 plus original songs, 28 GRAMMY Ballot Nominations and over 30 years in the music industry, Charley Orlando has settled into a multi faceted music career. Mainly playing solo shows that display his veteran songwriting style and unique rhythmic approach to the guitar while pushing himself to create on all levels. Currently Charley has 3 projects in rotation and all so very different. His solo career, RUHA which is an all original duo that mixes acoustic instrumentation and electronica using Albeton Live as a platform and Pearly Baker’s Best which is an Authentic Grateful Dead Tribute band.
Venue Information:
Auburn Public Theater - Stage Right
8 Exchange St
Auburn, NY, 13021