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It’s time to gather ‘round the CAMPfire and feel warmed by Springfield talent as cold and COVID keep us home.  Tune in to www.facebook.com/creatorsartmusicpoetry at 6:00 P.M. (CST) on January 9, 2021, for six live-recorded acts that are not just blowing smoke.

From Jamie Merideth, one of the program organizers:  “We’re very pleased with the positive response from the first show and glad to continue this showcase of amazing local talent!”

Yes, it’s show two from Creators of Art, Music and Poetry (C.A.M.P.), the new local arts promoter that is happy to deliver to you, free of charge, homegrown words and music brimming with thought and beauty.

“Jamie Meridith and I, as the guys who hoped something like this might work, are thrilled at how well the first show went and are looking forward to many more,” commented C.A.M.P. co-founder Tom Irwin, Illinois Times music columnist and veteran performer.  “We’d like to send out big thanks to Brian and the crew at Crowdson Creative and to Sheila Walk, Executive Director of the Springfield Area Arts Council, for helping to make this dream become reality.”

January’s show theme is indie.  Local poets Liz Huck and Vertrell Yates will read original works.  Jessica Knight from the band Looming offers her full and polished sound as a solo performer.  Musical duo Idle Oath is on the program with Ren Nickerson and Mark Beanblossom playing handmade music shaped by life in Central Illinois.  This show’s other solo musical artist is the inviting voice and strong guitar of Kate Laine.  Crossing over from music to talk about his visual works is Jeff Williams.  He became known as part of the band NIL8 and now puts his creativity on canvas.

It is rare to hear painters or sculptors discuss their work.  C.A.M.P.’s first show featured Bill Crook, a leading and long-time local artist talking about what catches his eye and how he captures scenes with pen and brush.

Pandemic times call for extra layers of labor to bring performing arts to the public.  “It was an honor to be asked to contribute to the inaugural C.A.M.P. show,” said singer-songwriter Amy Benton of her performance on show number one, citing hurdles for creating entertainment without an audience.  “I felt a sense of accomplishment being able to put my hands to work with fellow residents in the city where I live.”

C.A.M.P.’s shows remain available at their Facebook page. To learn more, you also may use www.instagram.com/creatorsartmusicpoetry or  www.twitter.com/creatorshows.

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