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Mikko and Friends to give free concert September 6

Contributed Mikko Cowdery (pictured) and Friends will provide a free concert of "cheery songs from days gone by" at the Evansville Art Center on Friday, September 6 at 7 p.m.

There will be a free concert of old favorite pop, folk and country songs at the Evansville Art Center (EAC) Friday, September 6 at 7 p.m., according to EAC president Karen Howell.

This show will feature Mikko Cowdery and some of his musical friends doing "cheery songs of days gone by." Cowdery said these are tunes everyone remembers from a half-century ago, that people still love to sing along with.

The purpose of the free concert, Cowdery said, is to help EAC celebrate five successful years of concerts and Third Thursday open mic nights.

"We've watched EAC nurture budding talent over the years and provide a loving environment for musicians to develop their craft, while at the same time giving five years of memorable entertainment to the community," Cowdery said.

The Third Thursdays were the brainchild of Mark Weise, who has organized them and facilitated them at EAC for the past five years, according to Howell.

Cowdery is well-known for his solo ballad shows around the region and as a singer for the Skilly and Duff Irish Band, 2009 winners of the Celtic music competition at the Irish Fair of Minnesota.

The September 6 show will include a variety of old favorites from Tennessee Ernie's Sixteen Tons to Hank Williams' Hey, Good Lookin' and Jambalaya, plus old pop standards like Fly Me to the Moon, Volare, Slow Boat to China, Have I Told You Lately, Mairzy Doats and Goodnight Irene.

"The Mikko and Friends shows always turn out to be a surprise because we never know exactly who's going to show up," Cowdery said. "But we do know the ones who show up will bring their own special magic to add to the show."

Admission is free but donations will be accepted to support the ongoing costs of keeping the EAC operating.