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Local Singer continues ArtsLink Series

By Staff | Jul 29, 2021

Evan Cunningham to perform on the lawn of the Francis Creative Arts Center on Thursday, July 29 at 6:30pm.

The free show will begin at 6:30 pm on Thursday, July 29, on the new performance deck on the lawn of the Francis Creative Arts Center at the corner of Maple Avenue and Washington Street in New Martinsville. The Summer Coffeehouse series is sponsored by First Mutual Bank. Light refreshments will be served. ArtsLink president, Scarlet Hood, comments, “Rain or shine, bring a lawn chair and enjoy great entertainment!”

Evan Cunningham is an 18-year-old singer, songwriter, and performer from Newport, Ohio. Evan writes and performs mostly country music, but covers songs from other genres as well. He is a 2021 graduate of Frontier High School who will be studying music therapy and business as well as playing golf at Marietta College this fall. He has been performing solo since 2019.

Evan’s first release, Burnin’ Gas (June 2019), is available on CD as well as streaming services worldwide. Two of his original songs from this release have been played on Z106’s “Music of the Mid-Ohio Valley.” He has been featured in local media (The INNFormer, Marietta Times, Pleasants County Leader, and WTAP).

Evan’s musical journey started when he was in the second grade. His grandma bought a guitar at a yard sale, thinking it would be something all eight of her grandchildren could enjoy in her basement. Before long, Evan claimed it as his own. He took “informal lessons” from a family friend whenever they could get together, and watch YouTube videos of guitarists. The summer after sixth grade, he went to a guitar camp and discovered High Schools That Rock, a free music program directed by Mark Doebrich of Marietta. Though officially “graduated” from HSTR, he continues to be involved as a teacher and mentor for the next group of young musicians. In addition, he has participated in Song Colony workshops with other local singer/songwriters and collaborated with local artist Jake Binegar on several projects.

For a complete list of events as well as videos of past performances, please search Evan Cunningham Music on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. You may also go directly to: https://www.facebook.com/EvanJCunninghamMusic/

ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact Donna Earley at 304-455-2278 to request assistance. Financial support for ArtsLink activities is provided by The City of New Martinsville Parks & Recreation Commission, West Virginia Northern Community College, W E T Z/ W Y M J Radio, EQT Foundation, and Ohio Valley Online. For more information, call 304-455-2278.