Acclaimed Country Singer Kathy Mattea Returns to Lively Arts Series

by Lauren Somers

Kathy Mattea, photo by David McClister

Kathy Mattea, photo by David McClister

As part of Montgomery County Community College’s 2014-15 Lively Arts season, Grammy Award-winning singer Kathy Mattea will perform songs from her eclectic catalog of well-known country pop hits and newer Appalachian music on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Tickets cost $38. Visit mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518 for more information and tickets.

An American country music performer who has incorporated many styles into her songs, Mattea has recorded 18 albums featuring numerous chart-topping singles, including the #1 hits “Goin’ Gone,” “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Come From the Heart” and Burnin’ Old Memories.” The West Virginia native’s current tour comes on the heels of two recordings, “Coal” and “Calling Me Home,” that have brought her back to her Appalachian roots.

“As I get older and as the culture changes, I realize how special this music is,” she says. “Appalachian music encompasses more than just bluegrass; there are a lot of Celtic, blues and old-time influences. This music got brought over and isolated in the mountains and developed its own flavor. It’s a very rich tapestry.”

Other performers in this year’s Lively Arts season include American jazz/pop singer, pianist and two-time Grammy Award winner Diane “Deedles” Schurr on Nov.15; Afro-Caribbean jazz trombonist Papo Vázquez on Nov. 22; master guitarist Lionel Loueke on Jan. 24; Grammy-winning jazz-soul fusion artist Gregory Porter on Feb. 8; Thelonious Monk Competition winner Cécile McLorin Salvant on Feb. 21; Latin American folkloric and jazz musician Miguel Zenón on March 21; and legendary harmonica player Grégoire Maret on April 18.

The College’s Lively Arts programs have connected the community for more than a quarter century. In addition to performances from internationally acclaimed artists, each season features a Young Arts Explorers series; student choral, jazz ensemble, guitar, dance and theater performances; the Presidential Symposium and Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship for Peace and Social Justice; and the Betzwood Film Festival. Most Lively Arts events are held at the College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell, with selected events held offsite or at the College’s West Campus in Pottstown. Tickets can be purchased individually or as part of a season subscription. Season subscription benefits include premium guaranteed seating and savings on regular ticket prices.

For more information, visit mc3.edu/livelyarts, email livelyarts@mc3.edu or call the Box Office at 215-641-6518, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Follow the College’s “Destination Arts” page on Facebook at facebook.com/DestinationArts.

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