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Mike Truax is the featured performer at the Dec. 5 Gold Street Music Concert. "I look for emotion," Truax said of his songs. "The songs either make the audience laugh or make them cry."

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Story last updated at 12/2/2009 - 12:14 pm

Folk humor, piano jazz highlight Dec. 5 Gold Street Music concert

JUNEAU - Mike Truax's humor, Robert Cohen's piano jazz and Cheryl Cook and Kathy Hocker's folk harmonies are part of the next Gold Street Music concert.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, located at 10th Street and Glacier Avenue, about a block from the Federal Building. Admission is $5 at the door.

Truax, the featured performer, is a musical storyteller best known for his sense of humor. But he's never shy about addressing other feelings.

"I look for emotion. The songs either make the audience laugh or make them cry," he said. "I definitely look for humor. It's almost my trademark. But I also look at other end for emotion too."

Truax will sing all new songs, with no repeats from previous concerts. They include several from the album "One To The Heart, One To The Head," by Gretchen Peters and Tom Russell.

"The theme of the album is about cowboys and there's just some good emotion in it," he said. "It's been a very inspiring album."

Truax will be accompanied by several friends: Debbie Johnson, Steve Houlihan, and Cathy Hocker. His daughter Amy Truax will also perform her debut on stage with her dad.

Another performer, Robert Cohen, is a well-known local jazz pianist, music instructor and collector. In addition to his solo performances, he's backed up a variety of jazz, blues and rock acts at the Alaska Folk Festival.

Cheryl Cook and Kathy Hocker will perform folk duets, with vocals, mandolin and guitar.

"They do really nice harmonies. They both have exceptional voices," said concert organizer Terry Hoskinson.

Gold Street Music is a nonprofit group formed to put on the folk music concert series.

Hoskinson said the shows are informal and unamplified to feel like a living-room song swap.

Proceeds from admission cover expenses. Baked goods are sold during intermission to help cover costs.

For additional information, contact Frederic or Terry Hoskinson at 523-6999 or Elva Bontrager at 463-5413.


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