WMU News

Allison Downey sings favorites at Kraftbrau

Nov. 24, 2004

KALAMAZOO--With a little help from her friends, singer-songwriter and Western Michigan University faculty member Allison Downey performs her favorite songs written by other artists and her latest and favorite originals at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Kraftbrau in downtown Kalamazoo.

Although Downey has appeared at Kraftbrau with other acts several times in recent years, this is the first time she will have the Kraftbrau stage to herself since her "Wind at Your Back" CD-release party two years ago. Downey says she'll be performing some material at the Dec. 2 show that she's never had time to share before with Kalamazoo audiences.

At Kraftbrau, Downey will perform the first set solo, with voice and acoustic guitar, and will be joined for much of the second set by friends and fellow musicians John Austin, Jim Carr and Mike Curtis of the jazz fusion band, JamLab. Austin and Carr also are WMU faculty members.

Admission to "Allison Downey and Friends" at Kraftbrau is $6 and $3 for students.

Earlier this year, Downey was a finalist in the singer-songwriter competitions at both the Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival in Maryland and the South Florida Folk Festival.

More information is available through Downey's Web site, <www.allisondowney.com>.

Downey joined the WMU faculty in 2001 and is an assistant professor of teaching, learning and leadership. Austin and Carr are both associate professors of psychology at the university.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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