Fall 2012 Courtyard Music Series

Jacob Reynolds Matthew Santos Shane Henry
Timbre Preston Leatherman Steve Means
Maggie Mclure 88 Keys Noah Hoehn
Fall2012_GarethRogers Jake Ousley Karaoke Night


In 2010, Jacob Reynolds set out to put together a band of the best musicians he could find. He reached right into the heart of Nashville, Music City USA, and pulled out four of the city’s best musicians to join him in ‘The Jacob Reynolds Band.’ Currently, the band has one goal: making meaningful, lasting, top-shelf, killer rock music. The JRB still calls Nashville home, but they reach out and grab Every crowd by the hair and pull them in for a long goodnight kiss. McCoy Gibbs (drums) and Jason Navo (bass) push the train down the track. Nick Goodale (guitar), Josh Robinson (keys), and The Jacob Reynolds (vocals) weave in and out of each others’ melodic emissions. Go ahead. Try it. Check out “Lipstick Stain” and then tell someone you don’t like it. It’s OK. They won’t believe you because they’ve already heard it. They’re already on board and waiting for you to jump on. The Jacob Reynolds Band isn’t slowing down. You’ve got to catch up.

Supported by Student Activity Fees.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
12-1 p.m.
Student Center next to Food Court

Free Event! No Ticket Required. Open to all students, faculty, staff and the public.


Matthew Santos has established himself as one of the most exceptional talents to emerge from the Chicago music scene in decades. With a voice consistently compared to the late Jeff Buckley and likened to a male version of Adele, he has been the subject of praise from such artists as Eddie Vedder, Kanye West, John Legend, and Rihanna. His highly acclaimed collaborations with Lupe Fiasco, including the single “Superstar” for which he received a Grammy nomination, have served to broaden awareness of Santos whose own style is a unique homegrown hybrid touching on alternative/indie-rock/ soul and folk genres. The Chicago Sun-Times recognized Santos as an artist who is “organic and soulful and moody, full of interesting musical ideas and dripping with serious vocal talent.”

Supported by Student Activity Fees.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
12-1 p.m.
Student Center next to Food Court

Free Event! No Ticket Required. Open to all students, faculty, staff and the public.


Shane Henry, singer/songwriter/guitarist originally from Oklahoma City and now living in Los Angeles, began his musical journey at 19 when he played 30 national dates on the B.B. King Festival Tour opening for B.B. himself. Following the tour, Shane signed with Shanachie Records, and with the help of fellow musicians Double Trouble, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and producer Kevin Bowe, Shane’s album, Deliverance, was created and immediately distributed in stores nationwide.

Shane’s musical style has evolved over the years from a heavy blues-influenced style to what is now an eclectic blend of rock, soul, blues, and pop. Listeners compare his sound to legends like Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, and Eric Clapton and newer artists such as James Morrison, Ray Lamontagne, and John Mayer. Shane has opened for and/or toured with Etta James, the Neville Brothers, Jonny Lang, Johnny Winter, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Susan Tedeschi, George Thorogood, Hanson, Edwin McCain, and Buddy Guy.

Shane is currently playing shows across the country, from national festivals to popular venues and colleges. Most recently he has recorded and released The Love EP(2007) and Beauty In The Struggle (2010). Many TV networks are presently using Shane’s songs on their shows.

Supported by Student Activity Fees.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
12-1 p.m.
Student Center next to Food Court

Free Event! No Ticket Required. Open to all students, faculty, staff and the public.


Most widely known as the harpist collaborator with mewithoutYou and Anathallo, Timbre’s solo project is a unique musical experience. She combines the sounds of the harp with a gentle soprano voice, often joined by her band on piano, cello, vibraphones, drums, and even a choir to create a moving and ethereal sounds. Her live performances are always met with an awed hush, whether it be in front of thousands of people at a a festival, or in an intimate music venue, and is most often described as breathtaking and enchanting. With an impressive history on her instrument, Timbre proves that a classical education can bring a truly unique and cultured sound to modern music. She has won competitions on the harp throughout her career, including a Curb Sponsored Concerto Competition for the Nashville Symphony, and performed at Carnegie in April of 2010.

Supported by Student Activity Fees.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
12-1 p.m.
Student Center next to Food Court

Free Event! No Ticket Required. Open to all students, faculty, staff and the public.


Preston Leatherman is a Houston native and singer/songwriter with a unique sense of humor and stage presence. He is most notably known for his “Dancing With an iPod in Public” series on YouTube which has grossed over 2 million views. This allowed Preston to be featured on Good Morning America, Inside Edition, UK Daily Mail, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, along with countless interviews across the country both on TV and Radio. Borrowing old-school Motown flavor along with jazz stylings, Leatherman has created a unique sound of soulful music that takes the idea of a singer/songwriter to a new level.

Supported by Student Activity Fees.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
12-1 p.m.
Student Center next to Food Court

Free Event! No Ticket Required. Open to all students, faculty, staff and the public.


Steve Means combines smooth grooves with powerful lyrics and infectious hooks. The 23 year old singer/songwriter’s soulful brew of pop music has earned him a rapidly growing national fan base. Means is the definition of a self-sustaining artist having racked up over a million plays on his MySpace page and getting songs featured on MTV’s “The Hills,” “The Real World” and “Newport Harbor,” all while averaging 100+ college shows a year. His funk-infused acousitc sound has drawn comparisons to everyone from Stevie Wonder and Marc Broussard to John Mayer. Being a triple threat songwriter, musician, and performer, Steve Means has hooks that satisfy even the most discriminating listeners.

Supported by Student Activity Fees.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
12-1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court

Free Event! No Ticket Required. Open to all students, faculty, staff and the public.


Maggie McClure is a singer, songwriter and pianist. Her sincere presentation of original songs coupled with her creative interpretations of select cover songs gives audiences of all ages an enjoyable and unique live performance. McCLure’s latest project, ‘Good Morning & Good Night’ (produced by Stephen Gause), was released as she also launched her college tour opening for Sara Bareilles. Prior to the new project, McClure released a self-titled album, which was produced by Will Hunt. Shortly after the album’s release, the Japanese label, ‘Spinning’, took interest and distributed it nationwide. Fans relate McClure’s sound to artists like Norah Jones, Michelle Branch and Colbie Caillat. Her songs are currently being played on MTV’s “The Hills” and “The City” as well as “The Young and the Restless” on CBS.

Supported by Student Activity Fees.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
12-1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court

Free Event! No Ticket Required. Open to all students, faculty, staff and the public.


When you put two pianos, two exuberant performers and a thousand songs together, you’ve got an 88 Keys and the Truth concert. Andrew Varner and Matty Monk are the performing madmen who make this all possible. These engaging, interactive, funny multi-instrumentalists pull out all the stops to keep the crowd laughing and dancing. You name it, they play it, or sit back and enjoy the great original music.

Supported by Student Activity Fees
Pop/Funk
Thursday, September 27, 2012
12-1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court

Free Event! No Ticket Required. Open to all students, faculty, staff and the public.


Noah Hoehn is a fierce performer. His impassioned marimba pop performances and sincere dedication to his craft gained him national acclaim as a three-time winner of the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians. Hoehn’s energetic and distinctive playing has been heard in concert halls, festivals and on national radio programs. Now it is his solo show that is truly unequaled.
His singular vision to unite the sounds of new blues and marimba pop is accomplished with an incomparable live looping system. Saucy harmonica and cool marimba are looped and layered upon a foundation of acoustic grooves, freeing him to sing and play at the same time. Because he programs the MIDI sequences for his looper, fusing technology with his songs, he is called “a modern day musical scientist.”

Supported by Student Activity Fees.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
12-1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court

Free Event! No Ticket Required. Open to all students, faculty, staff and the public.


A Georgia State University student, Gareth Davis Rogers is a pop musician who writes songs about life as a college student. Playing without a band, he utilizes a rhythmic and intricate style of guitar playing to compensate for performing solo. His songs are often humorous and sarcastic while being generally upbeat.

Supported by Student Activity Fees.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
12-1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court

Free Event! No Ticket Required. Open to all students, faculty, staff and the public.


Jake Ousley is a singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee, and if you don’t love him already, you will undoubtedly fall head over heels once you hear him perform.

After spending countless hours with other independent artists, such as Dave Barnes, Matt Wertz and Andy Davis, Ousley decided he would try his own hand at artistry. His voice and his writing will draw you in, but it’s his live show that will bring you back time and time again.

Ousley’s songs pull at you like the feeling you get when you get home from being gone too long or when you have a good night with great friends. That kind of sentiment in his songwriting is what got him here. Ousley is just a regular guy with some twang and a twinkle in his eye that will give you the feeling that you’ve known him all your life.

Supported by Student Activity Fees.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
12-1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court

Free Event! No Ticket Required. Open to all students, faculty, staff and the public.


Come sing your heart out to your favorite karaoke tunes or show support for the talented GSU student body as they express their passion for singing. Krispy Kreme doughnuts and coffee will be served.

Supported by Student Activity Fees.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
5:30-9 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court

Free Event! No Ticket Required. Open to all students, faculty, staff and the public.

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