Michael Johnathon to headline Aud benefit

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Playwright, folksinger and host of the award winning WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Michael Johnathon, will headline a fundraiser for The Auditorium in Eureka Springs, Thursday, March 29. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the performance begins at 7:30.

Opening acts include Michael Cockram, Zach Simpson & Dardnell Evans, and Brick Fields, the award winners at the 2011 Original Ozark Folk Festival's Singer-Songwriter Contest.

Johnathon, a folksinger and self-proclaimed tree-hugger, has performed around the world tirelessly promoting and preserving folk music.

His radio show, WoodSongs, has more than 1.3 million listeners every week, is broadcast in more than 173 countries, and is carried by more than 550 radio stations, plus other broadcasting outlets. His shows celebrate all types of folk music, from artists like Judy Collins to The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Johnathon grew up in upstate New York and moved to Texas to work as a late night DJ, a job that quickly inspired him to pursue a career as a folksinger. With guitar and banjo in hand, he settled into the isolated mountain hamlet of Mousie, Ky., travelling the hollers of the Appalachian Mountains learning the music of the mountain people.

Subsequently, he performed concerts at hundreds of colleges, schools and fairs.

A play he authored, "Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau," has been performed for Earth Day at thousands of venues in nine countries since 2007. The play, set during the final two days Thoreau spent at his Walden Pond cabin, explores the roles we play in the protection of the earth. Johnathon likes to challenge audiences to live more simply, preserving the natural environment.

Tickets are $12.50, including a $2.50 processing fee. For tickets and more information, visit www.TheAud.org, or call (479) 253-7333. For more information about Johnathon and WoodSongs, visit www.WoodSongs.com.

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