Milwaukee, WI – Chicago’s Mark Dvorak, songstress Julie Thompson and guitarist and singer Craig Siemsen will lead the Fourth Annual Community Sing at the Coffee House, 631 N. 19th Street, Milwaukee on Saturday, February 22. The concert begins at 8:00 pm.
“Our new chair, Mary Gaar, is delighted to bring the community sing back to The Coffee House’s winter schedule,” said event director Siemsen. “It’s been a highlight for us, and over the years our audience has grown in numbers and enthusiasm. This year’s concert will be really special.”
The Milwaukee Community Sing was introduced in 2011 and based upon Lansing Michigan’s Mid-Winter Singing Festival, now in its 11th year. The songs are chosen beforehand and lyrics are projected on a screen for the audience to see.
“The experience can be transforming,” said Siemsen. “We try to choose familiar songs that the audience may already know, but we also like to challenge them with other types of songs that may be unfamiliar.”
Dvorak is a national touring artist who has sixteen albums to his credit. He was part of the founding cast of The Mid-Winter Singing Festival, and leads the Thursday Folk Jam at the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Folk Club @The Grafton sessions in Chicago.
Thompson is a versatile vocalist and recording artist who sings jazz, blues, folk and show tunes. She performs regularly with several ensembles in the Milwaukee area, and also works with children.
Siemsen is one of the pillar’s of Milwaukee’s acoustic scene. He has performed throughout the Midwest with his wife, Patti Stevenson, and are regular performers at The Coffee House. Siemsen is an acclaimed songwriter, a powerful interpreter and a skilled instrumentalist.
General admission to the Fourth Milwaukee Community Sing is $10 suggested donation. For more information on the event and the guest song leaders, phone 414-491-3980 or visit The Coffee House.