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Concerts grace Skanta stage for 26th season

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MORRIS: The Friends of the Frankfort Library welcome electric violinist Cathy Morris to the Elizabeth O’Rear Skanta Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19.
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NEWCOMER: Grammy-award-winning folk musician Carrie Newcomer will return to theFrankfort Community Public Library for the third time at 7:30 p.m. on March 9. Her last two shows in the Skanta Theatre were sold out.
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BALL: Matthew Ball, aka “The Boogie Woogie Kid,” will perform on the Skanta stage at 2:30 p.m. on May 4.

By Leeann Doerflein - news@ftimes.com

With the New Year, new music will grace the Skanta Theater for the 26th season of the Friends of Frankfort Community Public Library concert series.

Jaime Anderson, FCLP’s Hubbard Center for Lifelong Learning Coordinator, said this year’s concert roster features a few favorites and new performers who are like those audiences have enjoyed in the past. Bluegrass ensemble Cornfields and Crossroads kicked the season off to a solid start last November, and Anderson is expecting similar success for the three shows left this season.

Next up will be electric violinist Cathy Morris, who will appear at Skanta for the first time on at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 19. Anderson said Morris’s music should be a crowd-pleaser. The violinist has performed for dignitaries, nearby corporations and at jazz festivals in Indiana and throughout the country.

Morris describes her style of music as “all over the map.”

“I have been making a living playing all original music on the electric violin in the middle of Indiana with no vocals,” she said. “Maybe people would like to come and hear why.”

Grammy-award-winning folk musician Carrie Newcomer will return to the library for the third time at 7:30 p.m. on March 9. Concertgoers have raved about Newcomer’s performances in the past; in fact Anderson said Newcomer is so loved her two previous concerts at Skanta sold out.

Back by popular demand, swing pianist Boogie Woogie Kid will return to the library stage at 2:30 p.m. on May 4. Since many were unable to attend last year’s show due to a weather event, the Boogie Woogie Kid will return in a matinee show.

At only $13 per ticket, the shows are an affordable date night or family outing, Anderson said. Tickets can be purchased at the event or in advance, either by phone 765-654-8746 or in person at the Circulation Desk.

Each concert is funded through ticket sales, donations from sponsors and from Friends of FCPL.

To sample the music ahead of time, each performer’s music can be borrowed at the Circulation Desk.

And it’s not just concerts. Anderson said there are lots of events coming to Skanta in the coming months. For more information, watch the library’s social media and events calendar.

“This space and Red Barn are both great for the community,” Anderson said. “It is great to be able to have the space to provide so many different types of activities – music, theatre and speakers.”