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Monday, May 10, 2010

Words and Music: Don't Miss This Saturday, May 15th. For Connie Walle and John Batdorf

This coming Saturday, May 15th. will be the third in the Watermark Writer's "Words & Music" series at Jerry and Pamela Libstaff's home on Case Inlet. For less travel-time, less traffic, and less money you can enjoy some incredible folk artists and poets in the intimate setting of a House Concert. For a donation of $15, this upcoming show promises to be one of the best...and there are still a few seats left!

Starting the evening will be Tacoma's own "poetry diva" Connie Walle, founder and president of the Puget Sound Poetry Connection. As Jerry says, "She is one of the guiding forces in the literary world of Western Washington. [She] has introduced, supported and guided poets for 20 years. For two decades, Walle has worked to bring together people of all ages and ethnicity to experience, celebrate and share their love of the literary in Tacoma. She has received the Faith Beamer Cooke Award from the Washington Poet's Society, for service to the poetry community in the State of Washington, as well as the Margaret K. Williams Award from the Pierce County Art Commission."

"Connie also host the "Distinguished Writer Series and Open Mic" each month, featuring poets from around the world and offering an opportunity for new and seasoned poets alike to share their work. She is currently working on a series of arresting poems about her neighbor who escaped the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia."

Jerry goes on to talk about John Batdorf:

"John Batdorf is an icon. His writing and singing career began as a member of Batdorf and Rodney. With three nationally successful albums, they toured with groups like America, Jackson Browne, Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, The Youngbloods, Hall and Oats, and Dave Mason to name a few."

"When Batdorf and Rodney split, John continued as a staff writer for major groups, singer of title song sor several movies and TV shoes and background singer for Rod Stewart, Motley Crue, Dave Mason, Eric Anderson, the Jefferson Starship, Berlin, Donna Summer, Dwight Yoakum and David Lee Roth, among others."

"During the '90's he produced records, wrote songs and recorded 4 CD's. In 1996 Batdorf scored the music for the CBS show, "The Promised Land" then went on to compose music for "Touched By An Angel." He followed that by composing the score for the TV movie, "Book of Days," and the play, "The Best Two Years" in 2004."

"His newest CD, "Old Man Dreamin'," the third in recent years, is receiving airplay on top radio stations across the country and throughout Europe. When you hear his voice, you'll remember and feel the excitement that has surrounded him since the beginning."

"Old Man Dreamin'," is now #1 on the Internet Weekly chart on Roots Music for Top! Well, let's take it to the yooztoobie...

I'm excited enough that I intend to drive straight from a gig of my own to Jerry and Pamela's house for this. As I said before there's a few seats make a reservation for a good show, good nibbles, beautiful setting overlooking Case Inlet and the Olympic Mountains, call (253)778-6559. I'll see you there!

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