By: STEPHANIE DARIA
There’s something about walking into the local coffee shop and hearing the guitar strums of a young musician protege. Strumming away on a guitar singing their blues on a Saturday night in a cosy cafe while the aroma of espresso, latte’s and artistic aspirations fill the room. It’s just more intimate than a big box venue sold out by a big name artist.
Musical preference aside, Richmond gives a sense of appreciation for a wide range of musical talent. Artists and bands like The Westbrook Trio, Parker Hastings, and Sydney Cubit, can be found in local coffee shops, restaurants, or The Richmond Area Arts Center.
Parker Hastings, 14, and Sydney Cubit, 15, are two singer songwriters that have made an appearance at local coffee shop Purdy’s for its Thursday night live entertainment. The coffee shop hosts performances from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday’s for a night of musical entertainment from local artists. Which also includes a 15 percent discount off a purchase.
Kristin Purdy, co-owner of Purdy’s Coffee Co., explains the music featured on Thursday nights appeals to multiple demographics.
“The music is laid-back and gives a sense of a home away from home,” Purdy said.
Musicians like Liza Disavino, and A.J. Bodnar, will be featured in the upcoming months by the Richmond Area Arts Council. On October 15, Liza Disavino and A.J. Bodnar will be playing for free at the RAAC at 6 p.m. and again on November 6 at 7:30 p.m. The Westbrook Trio’s CD release party will be held at the Richmond Area Arts Center at 5 p.m. on Dec. 1, featuring Eastern’s music appreciation professor, Randy Westbrook.
The Richmond Area Arts Council also hosts events featuring Madison Strings, Madison Singers, and army rock band, Fallout. For more information on upcoming events, students and staff can go to the website artsinrichmond.org.