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Folk Singer/Songwriter Martin Sexton Appears at Holland Center's 1200 CLUB Feb. 16

Omaha Performing Arts presents folk singer/songwriter Martin Sexton in the 1200 CLUB at the Holland Performing Arts Center’s Scott Recital Hall on February 16th at 7:30 p.m.



Tickets to Sexton’s show are $30. Tickets to all performances in the 1200 Club are on sale now and may be purchased through Ticket Omaha by phone at 402.345.0606, online at TicketOmaha.com or at the Ticket Omaha Box Office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center at 13th and Douglas streets. Ticket prices include admission to the 1200 Club and the performance. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

A native of Syracuse, NY, Sexton received his first guitar at age 14 and was highly influenced by the rock music of the late 1970s. After high school, Sexton migrated to Boston in 1988 where he began to build his following singing on the streets of Harvard Square. His 1992 collection of self-produced demo recordings, In The Journey, was recorded on an old 8-track in a friend’s attic.

He managed to sell 20,000 copies out of his guitar case on the streets of Boston, which eventually led to weekly gigs in coffeehouses and clubs. Sexton was picked up by Atlantic Records in 1998, releasing two albums through the label. By 2002 he launched his own label, Kitchen Table Records (KTR), and has released five albums since then. Sexton has recently toured with the Dave Matthews Band, building a large following of his own as a result of that exposure.

Trying to categorize Sexton’s sound into one genre of music is difficult: his songs are intricate and spirited, inspired by the American musical landscape of soul, gospel, R&B, country and blues. Regardless of the category, Sexton’s music tells his life stories and experiences. “What I’m singing about is very personal to me. I think people identify with that. I’m not afraid to sing about very personal issues,” Sexton says. Sexton’s show is unlike most concert experiences. His performances are dynamic and bursting with depth earning him a devoted following among fans, peers and critics alike.

Opening for Sexton at the 1200 CLUB is newcomer Joanna Mosca, who emerged onto the country, pop and adult contemporary scene with her debut album in December 2009. After careers in nursing and hospital administration and a master’s degree from Yale, Mosca left it all behind to pursue her dream to be a singer. Mosca has made a name for herself with her country/pop sound, working in Nashville with songwriters who have written for artists such as Martina McBride and Rascall Flatts. Mosca is currently on a sixteen-city tour with Sexton.

Now in its fourth season, the 1200 CLUB transforms the Holland Performing Arts Center’s most intimate venue, the Suzanne and Walter Scott Recital Hall, into a relaxed lounge where patrons can experience performances by nationally and internationally known artists in folk, jazz, blues, world music and comedy. While enjoying the evening’s entertainment, audience members may order hors d’oeuvres and cocktails served right to their table.

The balance of this season’s First National Bank 1200 CLUB at the Holland Performing Arts Center includes three more artists in February. All upcoming featured artists are listed below:

  • Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 Julian Lage Group (Jazz)
  • Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole (Creole)
  • Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 Karrin Allyson with UNO Jazz Band (Jazz)
  • Friday, April 8, 2011 The Waybacks (Bluegrass)
  • Friday, May 20, 2011 Vienna Teng and Alex Wong (Folk/Pop/Classical)
  • Saturday, May 21, 2011 Miguel Zenon (Jazz)

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