Spring 2011 Courtyard Music Series

Montana Skies Trey Griffin Jared Mahone
Scratch Track Liza Day Preston Pugmire
Nick Motil Jessie Payo Chinua Hawk


Jonathan and Jennifer met while studying music at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Recognizing a kindred spirit in each others’ devotion to thier music, the desire to share music together was ignited immediately. The two assumed they would be performing classical recitals and great works for the cello and guitar, then, in one trip to the library to select music, their whole world of classical intentions came crashing down. They discovered that music written for cello and guitar was as rare as the combination itself — no great classical works existed. What resulted from this new musical freedom of expression between the two was the formation of “Montana Skies,” and a unique style of music that would garner instant recognition and praise. Jonathan explains, “the fact that ‘ready made’ repertoire is not available for our combination of instruments is really what pushes us to be more creative with our music. We love composing and arranging, and appreciate the opportunity to present old favorites, along with newer music, to our audiences.”

Supported by Student Activity Fees.
Tuesday, April 19
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court

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


Trey Griffin is a junior at Georgia State and has been playing the 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.

Supported by Student Activity Fees.
Piano
March 24 and April 7
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court

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


What?! A white guy from Ohio singing soul music and beatboxing to cheering crowds night after night? It seems hard to believe, but that is exactly what Jared Mahone consistently makes audiences do – believe. His authenticity comes through loud and clear, and by that first chorus you will find yourself grooving along to Jared’s decidedly soulful acoustic funk. Jared approached his 2010 release, The Mixtape Project, in a unique way. Instead of choosing his favorite 10 songs and releasing a traditional album, he decided to write one new song every week and release them for fans digitally. “I thought, instead of me deciding what album I wanted people to hear, what if I just released a bunch of material and let people decide which songs were their favorite,” Jared says. The best part is that the subscribers are the ones who are helping to shape the album as it happens.

March 17, 2011
6:30-8:30 p.m.


Start with beat-boxing, add an acoustic guitar, and then add a saxophone. Scratch Track is a living example of diversity and has been enjoyed by thousands of people all over the world. Scratch Track cannot be put in a box, but if they were, Acoustic/Alternative/Motown/Hip Hop would be the best way to describe them. After touring colleges and clubs, state side, and overseas, for seven years, this act has proven they have what it takes to be a career artist. Scratch Track’s live show is energetic and passionate.

They have opened for such diverse acts as OAR, The Roots, Zack Brown Band, Jars of Clay and the list goes on. Consistently touring 7-10 months out of the year proves that they are still at the top of their game.

March 17, 2011
6:30-8:30 p.m.


Born Lindsey Czechowicz, her stage name ‘Liza Day’ is one half affectionate nickname and one half borrowed from social justice crusader Dorothy Day. Her music reflects this marriage of half diary-page-reflection and half public service announcement, with sounds appropriated from, well, wherever. From Appalachian folk she borrows rustic textures and deadpan storytelling. From the margins of pop she takes a disregard for tired conventions. From classic rock she borrows a dash of grit and recklessness. From old soul and gospel she borrows the secrets of voicing urgent conviction with the most human of all instruments. It’s all there, it isn’t particularly tidy, and ultimately it’s nobody’s but her own.

March 8, 2011
12:30-1:30 p.m


Beats, guitars, bass, vocals. How can all these sounds be generated by just one guy? For the last four years, Preston Pugmire has been entertaining audiences all over the U.S. with his looping performance. Electronic floor pedals allow Preston to record anything he plays live, and then layer multiple sounds on top of it, creating an entire song from scratch. He does this right in front of the crowd while keeping them completely engaged and involved.

Preston has won several musical contests and garnered a lot of support. Much of his success is a result of his clean, high energy act, ability to connect with an audience, and how easy it is to work with him on a personal level. With recognizable covers and instantly lovable original songs, Preston’s show is amazing and captivating whether you’ve seen him one time or ten. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

February 15, 2011
12:30-1:30 p.m


The acoustic singer/songwriter was having a blast during a two year residency at Jimmy Buffett’s restaurant on the Strip in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas, performing tons of his original material amidst the covers during his three hour sets, five nights a week on the outdoor patio. Then he became a true road warrior, logging thousands of miles (and upwards of 150 annual gigs) these past two years as he became the country’s highest booked act on the college circuit.

The multi-talented performer has a lot to build on with a huge fan base back in his native Ohio and every state from the Northern Plains (Iowa, Minnesota, Dakotas) to New England. Since hitting this circuit, Motil has also been a sensation at radio; “One of These Days” and “Perfectly Connected” from his 2005 full length disc “One Of These Days” were picked up by over 110 college and indie stations. “Try Harder,” a key song from “Everything’s Alright,” was outselling “One Of These Days” (his previous bestselling track) on iTunes by only its third week of release.

February 3, 2011
12:30-1:30 p.m.


Known for her brilliant vocal ability and poetic songwriting savvy, she can write and wail everything from Top-40 Pop to gritty rock and roll. Jessie has opened for The Black Eyed Peas, Jason Mraz, Lauryn Hill, Lupe Fiasco, Etta James, and Boyz II Men, and her music has appeared on MTV’s hit series “The Hills,” “The City,” “My Super Sweet Sixteen,” ABC’s “Make it or Break it,” FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” CBS’s “Criminal Minds,” E!’s “The Daily Ten,” and Disney Channel’s “Halloween Town High.” Jessie also received a Gold Record for her performance on Disney’s “Jump In” soundtrack.
Most recently, Jessie wrote and performed as the lead singer of the pop-duo JUPITER RISING, where she toured across the country headlining clubs and other renowned venues. Their hit song “Electropop” received over one million plays on MySpace and has been heard on radio stations around the world.

January 27, 2011
12:30-1:30 p.m.


Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur — just some of the words that can be used to describe Chinua Hawk. Although born and raised in New Jersey and now residing in Atlanta, Chinua considers himself a “citizen of the world.”

Chinua has released three independent CDs and is currently working on his fourth. His work has been heard on television shows such as CBS’ “Joan of Arcadia,” and movies such as “First Sunday.” He has also written songs with Wyclef Jean and performed backing vocals on his CD “The Preachers Son,” and worked in the studio with producer/rapper Kanye West on rapper Talib Kweli’s song “Just To Get By,” which appeared in Dave Chapelles movie “Block Party.”
Soulful R&B Musician

January 18, 2011
12:30-1:30 p.m.

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