By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Georgia-based singer/songwriter Nate Currin is scheduled to perform at the Venue of Merging Arts, aka VOMA, on May 5 with special guest Mike Miller.
The performance, which is part of the venue’s ongoing VOMA Folk Series, brings to town an accomplished musician who is touring throughout the nation this spring and summer in support of his new 12-track album, “The Madman and The Poet.”
“This was a nice confluence of events,” said event organizer and local musician Micah Mood. “Nate had asked his fans for suggestions of places to play on his upcoming tour, and a fan suggested VOMA. Nate reached out, and like I do for bands that I’m thinking of bringing in, I checked out some live videos and felt like I’d like to have him in for a show on the tour.
“The Folk Series has found a pretty happy space lately in terms of string bands and bluegrass, and this should be a nice changeup for the series. I’m looking forward to hearing Nate and his band, and seeing how they’re arranging his new and old material.”
Mood said he hopes that there will be a nice turnout that evening, and that Currin will be well-received by Johnstown audiences.
“Over the years, bands have really enjoyed playing VOMA,” Mood said. “We have good sound, friendly people, and the audiences are always attentive and appreciative. We’ve had some good Thursday evening shows in recent years, which is great. A lot of the time, a band on tour will try to find weekend shows in larger towns, but nights like Thursday are great opportunities for us to bring those bands in to VOMA.
“I think for our size, Johnstown has a great live music scene. It’s exciting to bring touring bands through town as part of that, to hear something brand new, and be a part of those bands’ lives for an evening.”
Currin is no stranger to life on the road; over the past 10 years, he has logged more than 400,000 miles in order to perform more than 600 shows. His tours have even taken him to 20 countries, and he has shared the stage with popular bands and artists such as Blues Traveler, Butch Walker, Jars of Clay and Neon Trees.
Currin’s musical accolades include both International and Independent Music Awards in recognition of his 2014 album, “You and I are Ghosts.” That album climbed the iTunes charts and even landed Currin an award for “Songwriter of the Year.” Recently, he was nominated for a Georgia Music Award for “Americana Artist of the Year.”
Opening the show is Mike Miller, perhaps best known locally as “Endless Mike,” the frontman of Johnstown’s popular band Endless Mike and the Beagle Club.
“I’m really glad to have Mike on this Folk Series show,” Mood said. “He’s an incisive, gifted songwriter, and I’m looking forward to his set, and hoping to hear some new songs.”
Miller will be performing a solo set.
“I hope audiences always appreciate the artists from the area that play on shows at VOMA, and the talented, inspired songwriters and performers that are part of our town,” Mood said of Miller. “I think it should be a great evening of music.”
Doors for the all-ages, BYOB (with ID) show open at 6:30 p.m. with the music scheduled to start a half hour later. Tickets are available in advance online at www.thevoma.com and can also be purchased at the door that evening.
VOMA is located at 305 Chestnut St. in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood. For more information, visit the venue’s aforementioned website or “Like” VOMA on Facebook.
Those who would like to get to know Currin and Miller a bit more can visit their websites at www.natecurrin.com and www.facebook.com/endlessmikeandthebeagleclub.