Cliff Eberhardt was born to make music

Veteran singer/songwriter to kick off the 2013 Music Series tomorrow at Auburn's State Theater
By: Leah Rosasco, Auburn Journal Correspondent
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APPAC 2013 Music Series
Who: Singer songwriter Cliff Eberhardt
What: Live performance and songwriting workshop  
When: Saturday. Workshop 1-4p.m. Performance at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.                 
Where: The State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way               
Cost: $20 concert ticket, $50 songwriting workshop, $65 combined songwriting workshop/concert ticket.
Information:, 885-0156. To learn more about the Songwriting Workshop contact Kevin Odell at (916) 663-8012 or at

An East Coast acoustic guitar icon will share his songs and his songwriting skills at the State Theater this weekend.
Singer songwriter Cliff Eberhardt will kick off The Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center’s (APPAC) 2013 Music Series with a live performance at the State Theater.  Eberhardt, who was a key member of the singer/ songwriter scene in Greenwich Village in the ‘70s and ‘80s, said he is looking forward to connecting with the audience at the State Theater.
“I sing and I tell stories,” Eberhardt said. “I like to interact and connect with the audience.”
Originally from the East Coast, APPAC board member Kevin Odell said he has long been a fan of Eberhardt’s music and live shows.
“His music and personality are both part of his shows,” Odell said. “He sings and talks about topics of life we can all relate to and he does it with great humor.”
Odell said he has hosted numerous musicians at a series of concerts held at his Newcastle home over the past several years and few performances had the same impact as Eberhardt’s.
“He played a great show to a full house and people are still talking to me about that show today, and that was two years ago,” Odell said.
Eberhardt, who said he comes from a musical family, first picked up a guitar at the age of four and by the age of seven he knew he wanted to be a professional musician.
“It’s a calling, not a choice,” Eberhardt said of his music.
Over the past several decades Eberhardt has recorded numerous albums, including an acoustic album of The Doors’ songs entitled All Wood and Doors and multiple albums of his own original music. From April 2012 to June 2012 Eberhardt performed in and wrote the original score for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Theatre production of The Taming of the Shrew, in Washington, D.C.
“That was a lot of hard work,” Eberhardt said of his performance in The Taming of the Shrew. “I was writing and rewriting songs every day.”
While he is in Auburn, Eberhardt will share some of his songwriting expertise at a songwriting workshop to be held before his performance on Saturday. Although people are encouraged to bring a song they are working on, Odell, who is coordinating the workshop, said songwriters of all levels and anyone who is interested in learning more about writing songs is invited to attend.
“It’s just a great way for people to take advantage of a rare opportunity to get some quality time and feedback from a very well-respected songwriter,” Odell said.
APPAC Executive Director Janis Wikoff said she is looking forward to both the songwriting workshop and Eberhardt’s performance.
“Being able to offer the community the chance to see someone like Cliff perform live and get songwriting advice from him is really exciting for us,” Wikoff said. “It’s just the sort thing we want to do here.”
Over the past four years the theater has hosted numerous musicians and has earned a reputation as an ideal music venue.
“It’s a fantastic venue for music,” Wikoff said. “Because it is a relatively small theater it is a much more intimate setting that really allows for audience and artist interaction.”
Odell agrees and said he is looking forward to seeing Eberhardt perform live once again.
“Everyone who comes to the show will leave saying ‘that was fantastic’,” Odell said. “He’s just got an amazing energy.”