Write a song and sing it! — State Theatre in Auburn presents Cliff Eberhardt’s Songwriting Workshop and concert | TheUnion.com

Write a song and sing it! — State Theatre in Auburn presents Cliff Eberhardt’s Songwriting Workshop and concert

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On Stage at the State Theatre in Auburn presents Cliff Eberhardt's Songwriting Workshop at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, with a concert to follow at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17.

Eberhardt knew by age 7 that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. Living near one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast, he cut his teeth experiencing artists such as James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Bonnie Raitt. At 15 he began touring, playing the Eastern club circuit before progressing to iconic New York clubs: The Bitter End, the Speakeasy and Folk City.

Eberhardt's first album, 1990s "The Long Road," was released to outstanding critical response. He recorded five more albums before his critically acclaimed "The High Above and the Down Below" was named the #5 album of 2007 by USA Today.

In recent years, Eberhardt was hired by the Folger Theatre in Washington DC to write original songs for the Shakespeare classic "The Taming of the Shrew," set in the old West — Deadwood style.

Eberhardt was cast as the saloon singer, bookending scenes with his poignant songs and guitar phrases. The play was a huge success and won much critical acclaim and seven weeks of sold-out shows.

Eberhardt's peers often mine his catalog for themselves. Performers who have recorded his songs include Richie Havens, Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky. A collection of his songs has been published in The Cliff Eberhardt Songbook.

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The workshop focuses on editing and improving your song to make it more powerful to your listening audience. It's gentle and fun.

You must be able to play a musical instrument that you bring with you.

Source: Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center

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WHAT: Songwriting Workshop & Concert

WHEN: Workshop at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, and the concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17

WHERE: State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn

COST: Concert $24; Songwriting Workshop $44, limited to 15 participants

INFO: Visit http://www.livefromauburn.com or call 530-885-0156 for more information