Richie Havens / John Gorka
Show DescriptionRichie Havens is gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music. His fiery, poignant, always soulful, singing style has remained unique and ageless since he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960’s. It’s a voice that has inspired and electrified audiences from the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in 1969, to the Clinton Presidential Inauguration in 1993-coming full circle with the 30th Woodstock Anniversary celebration, "A Day In The Garden", in 1999. With over twenty albums released and a touring schedule that would kill many a younger man, he continues to view his calling as a high one. As he told The Denver Post, "I really sing songs that move me. I’m not in show business, I’m in the communications business. That’s what it’s about for me."
“The preeminent male singer/songwriter of the new folk movement."
New Folk hero when he first broke through in the late 1980s, John Gorka's solid reputation rests on the great warmth of his mellow baritone and live performances. There's an attractive intimacy not only in the small moments of which he sings, but also in the sincere way in which he presents them. His music is hummable acoustic pop, but his favorite themes are familiar to any placard-waving folkie: freedom, faith, the environment and social justice. Gorka has been recognized for not only his clever wordplay but also his superb songwriting and evocative melodies. Tonight he celebrates the release of his first record in three years, Writing in the Margins, an uptempo collection of folk, country and pop tunes that explore love, war and hope for the future.