Fall 2010 Courtyard Music Series

Sharaya Jenn Mundia Jimi Cravity
Trey Griffin Sam Thacker Big Boi
Juan Alonzo Brooke Alford


A perfect match with her tender disposition, her lyrics are refreshingly sweet. The epitome of vulnerability, she speaks frankly to the complexities of relationships that no twenty-something,or anyone else for that matter, can escape. This artist is practical, accessible, but also delightfully fresh. As gentle as Carly Simon and bold as Aimee Mann, Sharaya has been compared by her fans to the contemporary artists Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles. This fair comparison speaks perhaps most vividly to the warmth of her melodies and to her rolling, sweeping musical stride. Sharaya’s latest single, “Far Field,” calls listeners both musically and lyrically to the roller-coaster of the lovesick memory’s involuntary ride.

Folk/Indie
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


North Carolina based singer/songwriter Jenn Mundia has always been a rolling stone. Jenn has spent many years collecting inspiration from living and performing down south as well as the streets of Boston and New York. Her Kenyan background influences her raw and beautiful tone that tells a story all on its own. A powerhouse voice and boisterous personality to match will have you entertained throughout the show. A graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Jenn didn’t actually study performance. She spent her years there learning the art of audio engineering, only performing in her free time. Shortly after graduating, Jenn discovered her niche back on the stage where she now strives to reinvent the acoustic performance.

Acoustic Guitar
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
6-7 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


Jimi Cravity has always been enthralled with music. The musician, singer and songwriter from Atlanta has a passion and dreams of becoming a classic “rock n roll” legend. With songs like “Charlie” and “Dawning,” he embodies what alternative music is all about. His energetic stage performance takes you on a thrilling ride of highs and lows. Cravity is also the founder of his own music company, Popular Muse Academy. He is building a following, having performed at notable events including “Unplugged In The Park,” hosted by 99X, Hard Rock Cafe’s “March On Stage,” “500 Songs For Kids” at Smith’s Olde Bar, Centennial Park and the High Museum of Art. Cravity is currently working on his first album, “Maverick,” which will be released in 2010. With timeless songs and endless inspiration, he is destined to be a popular muse for years to come.

Alternative Rock
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
7-8 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


Trey Griffin is a junior at Georgia State and has been playing piano since elementary school. He is currently working with a number of different bands in the Atlanta area, and enjoys playing classical and jazz music. Although he is currently involved with music, after graduation he plans to focus his attention on screenwriting and short film production.

Classical Piano
Thursday, October 14, 2010
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


After diving headfirst into the music scene with his 2005 debut album, “Above the Underneath,” Sam Thacker wasted no time getting down to business. Over the next four years he would collaborate with Grammy-nominated artists, spend time in various recording studios in Atlanta, and tour tirelessly across the country picking up avid fans along the way. In 2009 Thacker released his highly-anticipated sophomore effort, “Lines.” Now, at just 27 years old, Thacker continues to draw attention with his magnetic personality, gripping lyrics and dynamic stage presence.

Acoustic Guitar
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


Tickets:
$15 Georgia State students
$25 General admission
$35 Day of show
For more information, call 404-413-1610

Big Boi
Thursday, September 30, 2010
8 p.m.
The Tabernacle
152 Luckie Street
Atlanta, GA 30303


A native to Miami Beach, Juan Alonzo moved at a young age to Maracaibo, Venezuela. Juan began studying the classical guitar as a young child at the Clavier Music Academy. By the age of 16, he received contemporary music education at Berklee College of Music. After high school, Juan was awarded a music scholarship from Middle Tennessee State University, where he has completed his first year as an undergraduate majoring in Classical Guitar.

Being bilingual, Juan writes songs in both languages, English and Spanish. The music he plays varies between rock, ballads, funk, jazz, and classical guitar. His repertoire covers material from composers like Tarrega, Dyens, Brouwer, Piazzolla and especially Antonio Lauro, who is his favorite composer from Venezuela.

Acoustic Guitar
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


A native of Pinehurst, NC and currently residing in Atlanta, GA, Brooke is known as The “Viosocalist,” who is a violin player who soulfully sings through the violin. Her debut album, “Expressions,” allows her listeners to experience the violin itself, a Western European Classical instrument, in a new light and a non-traditional way. Brooke received her Bachelor of Music degree cum laude in Violin Performance under the prestigious Florida State University School of Music. Brooke has been featured on BRAVO TV’s reality series “Housewives of Atlanta” as well as on Clark Atlanta’s 91.9FM “Jazz and Jeans” music series. Brooke’s ultimate goal and mission is to touch the hearts of music lovers everywhere and inspire the upcoming generations through various styles of violin playing.

Artist of the Violin
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
12:30-1:15 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court

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