For singer-songwriter Megan Slankard, one of the joys of performing in an intimate setting is being able to take in the looks on the audience faces as they listen to her music.
“I like playing that sort of show because you actually get a chance to present your music to an audience that is definitely listening, and they have the chance to decide whether they like it or not,” she said.
It’s exactly the style venue Slankard will be performing in Friday during an acoustic set at The Center of Harmony on Mercer Street in Harmony.
Although Slankard is based in San Francisco, where she was born and raised, she currently is touring the east coast. This year alone she has opened for the Grammy Award-winning band Train and sang the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants baseball game.
Slankard said her good friend, Allie Koch, who moved to Evans City in April, convinced her play a concert at The Center of Harmony. The two met when Koch came to when of Slankard’s house shows. Koch, her husband (and their four dogs) also have hosted house shows for Slankard.
“She’s a very, very enthusiastic supporter of music,” Slankard said. “That kind of enthusiasm is amazing for musicians.”
Friday’s show at The Center of Harmony will be Slankard’s premier concert in the Pittsburgh area.
Slankard, 29, said she’s looking forward to performing at the historic center, which once was an opera house. Audiences should expect an interactive show featuring upbeat, fun acoustic music, Slankard said. There also will be lots of story telling.
“It’s very honest,” she said of her music. “I like to tell very honest stories, whether they are about me or other people. It’s think it’s important.”
If you’re going:
Megan Slankard will perform at the Center of Harmony at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. The cost is $10 per ticket online (by clicking here) and $15 at the door. There is no cost for children younger than 16.
To learn more about Slankard, visit http://www.meganslankard.com. To listen to her sing "Bright Ideas," click on the video at the top of this article.