POCATELLO – Idaho State University will host a free concert featuring Belinda Bowler at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center’s Jensen Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to perform at the Grand Concert Hall at ISU,” Bowler said. “I have heard amazing things about the quality of sound and the beauty of the Hall and look forward to singing some songs in this state of the art venue.”
This concert will showcase the concert hall’s new sound system.
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A Boise native, Bowler has been singing as long as she can remember. Her father was a professional singer and from an early age she learned the value of a good story told in song. He bought her first guitar in a thrift store and with it she began the musical journey of her life. In her 20s and 30s she played clubs and concerts around the Pacific Northwest and has performed a couple of tours abroad, writing her own songs as well as interpreting the songs of others.
“Even before I learned my first three chords on the guitar, I have been fascinated with the power of the story that can be told in song. Early influences were Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary and Judy Collins,” Bowler said. “Over the years I have returned to these roots but my well of material has grown to include more contemporary artists, both well-known and obscure.”
In 2000 she traded in life on the road to study education and became a grade school teacher. Music was a daily part of her classroom, using song to teach curriculum and explore the power of language. Now, she is back with a new CD called “Trumpet Vine,” a collection of songs that speak of love, loss and healing.
“I will be singing some songs from my new CD, Trumpet Vine as well as some old favorites. There will probably be a sing along or two as you can take the teacher out of the classroom but you can’t … well, you know the rest,” Bowler said.
For more information, contact the Stephen’s Performing Arts Center at (208)-282-3595.