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SATURDAY SALON featuring HELEN AVAKIAN **FREE** show on the Main Street Stage

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SATURDAY SALON featuring HELEN AVAKIAN **FREE** show on the Main Street Stage
Saturday, October 14, 2017 6:00 PM
The Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon, NY
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Enjoy free live music and rotating art exhibits in a cozy setting!

“A charming and engaging real artist, Avakian makes some really meaty listening that is as far from disposable pop as you can get.” Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“Like Joni Mitchell, Helen Avakian can turn lyrics inside out... Avakian writes music that remains gentle on the ears while pulling aggressively on the heart ... Helen Avakian’s music touches a place within.” John Barry, Poughkeepsie Journal

Helen Avakian performs an exciting array of acoustic guitar music ranging from captivating original songs and instrumentals to arrangements of classics like George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Her stage presence is alternately enchanting and down to earth as she takes her listeners on a musical journey from the US to China, Brazil, Ireland and other parts of the world.

Helen is the 2014 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, and the first female to win this prestigious competition. In addition, Helen was voted Favorite Acoustic Act four times by Rhythm and News magazine and her songwriting awards include seven first prizes from the NewSongs Contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in Kansas.

Helen’s latest recording, “Notes from Helen,” recently made it to the finals of the international Just Plain Folks Awards for “Best Guitar Album” and has received this praise: “Notes from Helen” is an extraordinary CD, ranking with the very best fingerstyle - or any style - guitar albums.” Céline Keating, Minor 7th

Helen has received raves from reviewers who call her “a rising star” and a “guitar goddess.” Acoustic Guitar magazine describes her playing as “impressive … full of life and energy.” Helen had the great honor of having her guitar and vocals featured on track 1 of Pete Seeger’s Grammy-nominated final album of his life, “The Storm King.” On a more technical note, Helen is a proud 17-year participant in the artists’ endorsement program for Elixir guitar strings.

A longtime resident of the Hudson Valley, Helen moved to Madison, WI three years ago. She is delighted to return to the Towne Crier for this salon performance!

“Helen Avakian has what it takes to rise to the top of the hill. A gifted guitarist, composer and storyteller, she also has a pure clear voice with its own identity.” Kate Goldsmith, Taconic Weekend