Unity Cafe to host music performance Thursday

Singer-songwriter from Colorado to kick off MOV series

Photo Provided David Starr will be performing in Parkersburg Thursday.

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Americana Music Series is providing its first show of 2018 on Thursday night featuring David Starr from Cedaredge, Colo., at the new Unity Cafe, 212 Seventh St. in downtown Parkersburg.

Starr has a multi-faceted relationship with the music industry. He is a singer/songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, show promoter and owns a music store.

Starr was born in Fayetteville, Ark., and started playing an array of typical gigs around the age of 14. Typical being high school and college gigs, clubs, weddings and other places a working musician plays to keep busy, according to a press release.

Starr has musical influences from folk rockers like Jackson Browne and the Eagles, blues from Eric Clapton and rock from Todd Rundgren. But local Arkansas area influences from the late Levon Helm (and The Band), The Cate Brothers and other southern artists are heard throughout his songwriting.

In 2001 he packed up and headed for Cedaredge, moving his career and his music store west. But he still maintains musical relationships in Arkansas and Nashville where he has recorded several albums.

He has shared the stage with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dan Fogelberg, Kenny Edwards, Survivor, Clint Black, Restless Heart, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Guess Who and many others. But his most unique claim to fame may be working with John Oates, the guitar playing half of pop icons.

Oates produced and arranged Starr’s last release, “The Head and Heart.” And Oates has even joined Starr as a guitarist for some shows in Colorado and Arkansas.

Starr mixes acoustic rhythms, adding just enough complexity, with his deep voice to resonate into toe tapping stories of a myriad of issues so common to the working musician.

The coffeehouse-style show will take place at the newly opened Unity Cafe at 212 Seventh St. The cafe has a full line of coffees and teas plus pastries and made to order crepes.

The show will feature two sets of music and starts at 6:30 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m. Thursday.

There will be a recommended donation of $10 for adults. A portion of the proceeds will help support the programs of the Parkersburg office of Children’s Home Society of W.Va. For more information visit movamts.wordpress.com. Or check out “Mid Ohio Valley Americana Series” on Facebook.