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Matt Beilis, an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter from New York City, will be the next featured performer for the University of Findlay’s Music Bach’s Concert Series.
He performs Friday, April 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union’s atrium. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Columbia University graduate traded in a lucrative finance career for a gig in a piano store, setting up a YouTube page for covering his favorite songs — just him and a piano, quickly finding an audience of fans and famous folks who loved his take on Top 40 hits.
This landed him a booking agent and well-paid tours at colleges across the country, giving him an opportunity to craft original songs that combine his piano chops and vocal skills with electronic beats and soaring pop hooks.
The lyric video for Matt’s first single, “Dial-Tone,” caught the attention of Ryan Seacrest and his team, who decided to premiere the song exclusively on his website. Beilis’ next music video, “Perfect For Me,” was an emotional piano ballad featured by PeopleMagazine.com, where it was named one of “the most important things on the internet” and has since racked up well over 1 million spins on Spotify.
Through original content and covers of popular songs, Beilis has earned over 35,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel with more than 7 million video views.
He has licensed music to several household names for national advertising campaigns, including Mastercard, Jeep, Honda, Taco Bell, GoPro, Skype, and Victoria’s Secret. His music has also been featured on MTV, VH1, and E! television networks.
His production and co-writing credits include songs with multiplatinum artist Daddy Yankee, Inspectah Deck of Wu-Tang Clan, and Kinetics & One Love (writers of “Airplanes” by B.o.B).
For more information on Beilis, visit www.mattbeilis.com.
Focus on Friends now offers a SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) group led by a trained facilitator.
The group meets at 3 p.m. each Friday at 509 W. Trenton Ave., and no registration is needed.
SMART Recovery is a nonprofit international organization that provides science-based, self-empowering support groups for abstaining from addiction. The program uses techniques drawn primarily from cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing.
The SMART Recovery program is under continuous revision, and changes as scientific knowledge about addiction treatment and recovery evolves. It is reviewed by both practicing addiction treatment professionals, who volunteer as advisers to the organization, and the International Advisory Council, which includes many of the world’s leading addiction scientists.
Call Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071 for more details.
A program about the American woodcock, hosted by the Hancock Park District, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, and at the same time April 20 or 27 at Shelter 6 in Riverbend Recreation Area.
There will be root beer floats for participants.
The program is recommended for children at least 8 years old. Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
The program is free, but registration is required by 4 p.m. today, online at www.HancockParks.com under the “Programs & Activities” tab, or by calling the park district office, 419-425-7275.
The program will be held with a minimum of four and a maximum of 20 participants.
Blues musician, actor, author and teacher Guy Davis will bring the music to Findlay at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, as part of the Live@Armes series at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ Roy and Marcia Armes Hall.
Tickets are $25 for the main floor and $35 for bistro-style table seating and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org.
The son of entertainers and civil rights activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Davis has carried the message of the blues around the world for more than 20 years, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle.
Known for his deft acoustic guitar and harmonica skills, Davis cut several albums for the Red House label and for his own label, Smokeydoke Records, and was nominated for nearly a dozen Blues Awards.
His storytelling influences include Blind Willie McTell, Big Bill Broonzy and Pete Seeger with musical inspiration from Lightnin’ Hopkins and Babatunde Olatunji along with Sonny Terry, the single biggest influence on Davis’ harmonica playing.
He also works as an author, music teacher and a film, television and Broadway actor. His one-man play, “The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed With the Blues,” premiered off-Broadway in the 1990s and has since been released as a double CD. He went on to star off-Broadway as the legendary Robert Johnson in “Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil,” winning the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award, as well as joining the Broadway production of “Finian’s Rainbow,” playing the part originally done in 1947 by Sonny Terry.
The Live@Armes Series, presented by Blanchard Valley Health System, provides attendees with an up close and personal experience with the artists, complete with banter and laughs, to create a memorable live music experience.
Christian Clearing House will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the DOCK behind St. Marks United Methodist Church, 800 S. Main St.
The menu includes pancakes, sausage link, coffee and juice. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 and younger. Tickets are available by calling the CCH office at 419-422-2222 or at the door.
All proceeds will benefit the ministries of Christian Clearing House, a nonprofit agency that helps Hancock County residents with emergency needs such as food vouchers, rent payments to prevent eviction, utility payments to prevent shutoff, prescription medications and other emergency needs.
Upper Room Church of God, 520 W. Bigelow Ave., will host a spring craft show from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The event will feature over 25 vendors, along with concessions, baked goods and raffle baskets. Lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The City of Findlay Recreation Department will host a free Scotts Major League Baseball pitch, hit and run competition for area youth from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at The Marathon Diamonds, 3430 N. Main St.
Boys and girls will be divided into four age divisions: 7 and 8; 9 and 10; 11 and 12; and 13 and 14. Athletes can choose to compete in either baseball or softball divisions. All participants should bring a copy of their birth certificate and have a parent/guardian fill out a registration and waiver prior to participating.
For more information, visit www.pitchhitrun.com or call 419-424-7176.
The Jones Mansion will have an afternoon tea commemorating the 1912 maiden voyage of the Titanic, featuring trivia, history, and a re-creation of the tea menu that was served on board the ship. Guests are encouraged to dress in period attire, and they will receive the name of a passenger who was aboard the Titanic and find out whether or not their passenger survived the crossing.