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CARBONDALE — Whether it’s Mountain Fair indie rock in the summer or Oktoberfest polka in the fall, the music of Carbondale brings the town together.
A free show for the community at 8 p.m. today at PAC3 Carbondale, 520 S. Third St., continues that tradition for the holidays. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The show helps raise funds to help support the nonprofit efforts of PAC3, a nonprofit performing arts center.
“We really wanted to do more local music, we live in a super creative community with awesome artists, and wanted to showcase that,” said Alta Otto, PAC3’s marketing director.
In its second year, the Carbondale Showcase features Bobby Mason, a longtime valley musician who has played with such powerhouses as Kenny Loggins, Buddy Miles, John Oates and Bo Diddley.
“Bobby has had a long and distinguished rock career and is listed in the ‘Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame Anthology,’” Otto said. “You can expect to see lots of locals and celebrate the holiday season with friends and family, while dancing to these great artists.”
Also playing is the band formerly known as All the Pretty Horses — they will announce a new name with a CD release party for New Year’s Eve at Steve’s Guitars — and Carbondale’s Motown band The Starletts.
“The talent is really good. All of these bands and musicians are so well-respected,” Otto said.
“It’s hard to pick one thing I’m looking forward to. I love all the artists. But what I’m looking forward to most I think is seeing friends and family and meeting new people. What a great time of year to support our community and its talent.”
The Starletts, which began in the summer of 2012, bring their Motown, soul and rock with a hint of jam sound. The band started when Amy Kimberly, Carbondale Council on Arts Humanities executive director, commissioned Starletts co-founders Meagan Goodwin and Shanti Gruber to form an all-star female band for the July 4 celebration in Carbondale.
“We decided to keep playing,” Goodwin said. “A few members have changed since the start but right now we have Nikki Miller, Marilyn Lindquist, Shanti Gruber, Meagan Goodwin, Rob Miller, Billy Jensen and Miles Phillips.
Goodwin said the band has evolved since forming two summers ago, adding genres of music they might not have considered.
“We describe ourselves as Motown soul, and we are finally in a solid place as a band,” she said. “It’s been really fun to expand our sound within the parameters of soul music, bring in current tunes, reggae, even some ’80s pop. We love seeing the crowd respond to our music, no matter what age, and everyone loves Motown.”
The Starletts are happy to help PAC3.
“As far as the show we were asked to play the locals showcase to help raise money for the PAC3. We believe in helping the PAC because we want to see the place we live have a thriving music scene, and we know that’s what Josh [Behrman] is trying to do,” Goodwin said. “Not only do I love playing at PAC, but I love seeing great artists perform there.”
Goodwin said to expect a fun and festive show for a good cause, just in time for the holidays.
“We are very excited to play there again,” she said. “We have some new tunes to debut and of course everyone’s favorite hits.”
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