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Folk, rock and blues concert at Island Theatre

Apr 15, 2016

Singer-songwriter and recording artist Toney Rocks

The Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO) presents an evening of Americana with performances by Toney Rocks, Melissa Alesi and Rich Johnson. The concert takes place at the Island Theatre on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.ciarts.org or in person (cash or check only) at Sundial Books and H&H Pharmacy in Chincoteague.

Singer-songwriter and recording artist, Toney Rocks, is currently touring in support of his new album release, No Road Too Long. Toney Rocks straddles blues and rock with songwriting that identifies with everyday struggles & triumphs. A respected songwriter, composer, and superb musician, he is known for his infectious stage presence and engaging songwriting that has driven audiences to tears. His latest album, No Road Too Long, delivers the same promise with songs such as "One More Time" written for one of his sons. This has been a crowd favorite as well as "Don't Look Back" and the title song, "No Road Too Long", a story of a romantic love that conquers any distance.

Rich Johnson is a long time singer songwriter, currently working out of Maryland's Eastern Shore. After spending many years as a lead guitarist/singer in rock and blues bands, both in New York City and San Francisco, he has recently returned to his first love of acoustic music. Influenced by such artists as John Prine, Tom Rush and Van Morrison, his easy going style and unique voice, make his personal interpretations of these artist's material, as well as his insightful and moving original material, a distinctive act to experience.

Melissa Alesi is a contemporary singer-songwriter from Delaware with a unique sound that fuses folk, alternative, and a bit of country, ornamented with eclectic elements of world music. Melissa began singing at age 12 when she auditioned for the Delaware All-State Choir. She began studying classical voice when she fell in love with performing. At a young age, Alesi was influenced by artists such as Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac and Neil Young. From soft crooning to powerful rock, she keeps the audience on their toes with her versatile vocal ability. Her third studio album, Lie Again, was released in 2015 and she is currently promoting the album and touring the east coast.

The Island Theatre is located at 4074 Main St., in historic downtown Chincoteague. For additional information, please visit our website at www.ciarts.org