Singer, Songwriter Mick Byrd to Perform

Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and relax to the tunes of Americana singer and songwriter Mick Byrd when he performs an outdoor concert alongside William Woods University’s Junior Lake at 7 p.m. Sept. 17.

Backed by various combinations of keyboard, base, fiddle, banjo and/or harmonica, Byrd kicks off another season of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series. The events in the series are free and open to the public.

Originally the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist in the rock group Jade, Byrd has expanded his musical repertoire into a surprising, eclectic mix of rock, folk, blues and country, with even a hint of classical/jazz influence.

Byrd is well-known as a powerful, innovative songwriter with his “Afternoon at the Wall” winning a national songwriting award from Billboard Magazine. According to reviews, his moving and original lyrics combine with unique vocals and extraordinary guitar work to create a profound and enriching performance.

WDVX in Clinton, Tenn., described Byrd as “a storyteller in the truest sense.” KUMR Radio said, “His songs are always honest, sometimes funny and most often very moving and intimate” and Rural Missouri Magazine wrote, “A sense of warmth, happiness and truth evolves in the lyrics which depict a common bond between people.”

Mick Byrd and Bonus Track is the first of four programs in the President’s Concert and Lecture Series. Also scheduled are:

· “Movies and Mental Illness” with Danny Wedding, Fulbright Senior Scholar, professor and author, at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. Through the use of popular films and film characters, he will examine the fascinating world of psychopathology.

· “Red, Hot. . .& Blue,” a nostalgic musical journey through the decades at 7 p.m. March 10 in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. From ragtime to jazz, big band to disco and rock, the musical tour features award-winning costumes, quick-moving choreography and precise live vocal harmonies.

· “Animal Communication” with full-time professional animal communicator Linda Thomas at 7 p.m. April 27 in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. Thomas uses the nonverbal language of the senses and emotions to communicate with animals.