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Singer, songwriter on the rise

The Ripton Community Coffee House, a nonprofit community concert series, will showcase rising singer-songwriter Chuck E. Costa, Saturday, Jan. 3.

Costa is a modern day troubadour who has been touring the country consistently for several years cutting his teeth as a performer and songwriter. With his dulcet voice and emotive lyrics Chuck has grown into a singer-songwriter with a unique and honest voice. His songwriting has brought much critical acclaim.

Costa has been a winner or finalist at the 2008 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, 2007 Kerrville Newfolk Contest, 2007 Telluride Troubadour Competition, 2007 Solarfest Songwriting Competition, 2007 Wildflower Festival, and 2005 Great Waters Festival Songwriting Competition.

Costa's songwriting was called "...sensitive, introspective...inspired" by the New York Times. His songs explore subtle yet significant themes with the tacit goal of challenging his audiences to think (or rethink) about what is often taken for granted and his honest enthusiasm continually permeates audiences at each live performance. His powerful and sincere vocals-comparisons range from Jonathan Edwards to Michael Stipe-and acoustic guitar delivery seamlessly complement the lyrical content of the songs.

Last year, Costa released his third independent release "Where the Songs Come From."

Costa teamed up with Mark Thayer of Signature Sounds to create an album of rich arrangements that stay true to the heart of each of Costa's candid and visceral songs. The opening track was selected to be featured on a compilation released by Hear Music in every Starbucks in North America. The album appeared on the Billboard charts in its first week of release.

The Ripton concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with a one-hour open mike set, followed by the featured performers. Open mike performers are encouraged to call in advance and reserve one of the five open-mike slots. The coffeehouse will be held at its winter location at the Ripton Elementary School on the Lincoln-Ripton Road.

For more information, contact Richard Ruane or Andrea Chesman at 388-9782.

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