Gulf Coast artist brings music, humor to local stage to benefit area charities
Brent Burns (Courtesy photo / August 1, 2012)
Burns will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the Harbor Springs High School Performing Arts Center. His appearance is sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs Missions Team, and all proceeds will be dedicated to local charities, including the Community Free Clinic, Emmet County Outreach Program, Harbor Springs Food Pantry, Harbor Springs Friendship Center, Manna Project, North Country Kids, Women's Resource Center and the Y.M.C.A.
Burns performs a style of music known as "trop rock" which incorporates influences of rock 'n' roll, country and Caribbean themes with an island style that represents a laid back way of life. Burns's musical style has been compared to that of Jimmy Buffett; in fact, one of his original songs is titled "Livin' the Life Jimmy Buffett Only Wrote About."
Since 2008, Burns has won multiple awards from the Trop Rock Music Association including Entertainer of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and CD of the Year.
Burns burst onto the music scene nationally in 1979 with his Top 40 hit single "Cheaper Crude Or No More Food," a song Paul Harvey played three times on his nationally syndicated radio show. National issues continue to take center stage in Burns' songs, such as "Pain At the Pump," a response to $4 a gallon gas prices, and "Drill, Drill, Drill," a response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
His career has taken him to Italy, Australia, Mexico, the Czech Republic, coast to coast in the United States, and now, Northern Michigan. Tickets for his Aug. 17 concert in Harbor Springs are $25 and are available at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce and at the door. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church at (231) 526-7332.
For more information on the artist, go to www.brentburns.com.