OU grad joins Emerging Artists

via Matt Moore

After ending Winter Quarter of last year, the Emerging Artist Series is back and getting settled in its new home, the Bobcat Student Lounge.

The Campus Involvement Center’s Emerging Artist Series began in the fall of 2011 and continued through the end of Winter Quarter, providing students with a free opportunity to hear local, regional and national artists perform every week at Front Room.

The series resumed last Thursday with a performance by Elemental Groove Theory.

Although school has only been in session for a week and a half, the first show went really well, said Hannah Croft, the campus event planner for the Campus Involvement Center.

“There have been some hurdles to get over to get promotion out, and not many students know about the lounge yet,” she said. “But the lounge is a great venue for the series because there is a stage and open area for people.”

Continuing the series this week is Matt Moore, a 2011 finance and marketing graduate from Ohio University and the sustainable agriculture assistant coordinator for Rural Action.

Moore said he grew up in a musical household and a church full of music, but he was into heavier music such as metal and punk in his teen years.

“In Athens, I stepped away from metal music, and I decided that I wanted to make my own music,” he said. “I wanted to write a story, just me and my guitar.”

Moore played his first show at Donkey Coffee and Espresso and continues to perform his music at the “feel-good” venue.

A highlight to Moore’s musical endeavors was a performance at the 2011 Nelsonville Music Festival.

“I got thrown in the lineup later on in the organizing of the event, and I got an early time before noon,” he said. “I thought there might be just family there, but people packed it full, and I was incredibly surprised.”

Moore said he takes inspiration from musicians who experiment with their music such as Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine and Athens’ own Kelly Latimore.

“I’m inspired by the way they don’t do things normally,” he said. “It’s not what music ‘should be’ in our culture, and that’s cool.”


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