Tickets: All Seats $20.00
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Erik Koskinen – Friday, July 3 – 7:30 p.m.
Musically sprouted from a blend of American folk, country, rock-n-roll, and blues, Erik Koskinen and his top-shelf band realize a sound that is distinctive and fresh while familiar and classic. Koskinen grew up in the Copper Country, where, well folks have always learned how to survive by working hard and with their hands. “I always want to write about real stuff, real emotions, and I think it comes from living in a place like Northern Michigan,” says Koskinen. “It’s situations like hard livin’, poverty and drinking. I just grew up around all that stuff. There were no fabricated lifestyles. And it wasn’t really always that happy. It’s not like it’s the greatest thing, but it’s completely real at the same time.”
When Koskinen’s parents got divorced, he moved to a little mill-and-factory town in New York. “My dad was staying in Michigan, and when we were leaving, he gave us his guitar. When I got to New York, I didn’t know anybody, had myself a guitar and started playing chords.” That was the humble beginnings of a musical career…one steeped in roots music, blue-collar sensibilities, and honest heart-felt storytelling…THAT is Erik Koskinen.