Wyoming Creative Arts to host 8th songwriter event

Community Editor

The Wyoming Creative Arts Community will welcome three more singer-songwriters to the Hallberg Center for the Arts at 5521 East Viking Blvd. May 25 at 7 p.m. The Songwriters in the Round series introduces a wide variety of area songwriters to local music lovers in an attempt to promote the original music of Minnesota songwriters. During each event, a group of three take turns performing original songs and telling the stories behind them.

“Being a songwriter and an unknown, it is hard to get people to listen to you,” event organizer Andrew Spreck said. “We created this event to make the songwriters original material the star.”

The event has grown from a dozen audience members at the first show to between 50 and 60 at the most recent. Songwriters in the Round is currently held every other month.

“At every show, at least one songwriter will introduce themselves to me and show interest in performing at a future event,” Spreck said. “If I can get a nice list going of willing performers, then I will definitely consider increasing the frequency of the shows.”

Interested musicians can reach out to Spreck at [email protected] or visit wyomingcreativearts.org.

The May 25 show will feature Brian Peterson from Minneapolis, Karen Folman from St. Paul, and Brad Cattadoris from Brooklyn Park.

Brian Peterson is the self-described “minstrel for the new millennium” and has written over 100 songs and released six albums since 1991. He is known for blending virtuoso guitar playing and passionate vocals. His original songs give a perspective on love, relationships, and life in this modern world.

Karen Folman has written songs privately for 10 years and publicly for more than five. Karen’s music is described as honest, soulful, and relatable. Her style as a singer-songwriter varies but is along the lines of folk/rock/soul.

Brad Cattadoris was raised in the country-side near Utica, New York. He is a self-taught guitar player who drew inspiration as a teen from pop AM radio. After a long pause for family life, Brad started playing acoustic guitar and writing songs in 2007. This evolved into playing at coffee houses, cafés and farmer’s markets. Brad has written more than 60 songs and has one CD, “Someday When We Know,” which boasts 12 originals.