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‘O Berkley, Where Hart Thou’ Brings Western Style to Poway

The 23rd season of the Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation opens with a production re-making the music from the motion picture “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

The Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation kicks off the Fall 2012 Professional Performance Season in Old West style on Saturday with its production of “O Berkley, Where Hart Thou?”

The concert, developed by local acoustic duo Jeff Berkley and Calman Hart (better known as Berkley Hart), will bring together bluegrass, country, folk and rock musicians from San Diego to put a modern twist on music from the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” which won a Grammy award in 2002 for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album.

“September is the time when Poway celebrates her history with parades, the rodeo, street fairs and more,” POW! Foundation Executive Director Michael Rennie said. “We thought, what better way to join in the celebration of The City in the Country than with, ‘O Berkley, Where Hart Thou?’”

According to Rennie, the concert will feature new local talent alongside familiar performers:

  • Robin Adler
  • Cathryn Beeks and Matt Silva
  • Berkley Hart
  • Tom Brosseau and The Lovebirds
  • 7th Day Buskers featuring Shawn Rohlf
  • Dennis Caplinger
  • Robin Henkel
  • Jeffrey Joe Morin
  • Gregory Page
  • Steve Poltz
  • Lisa Sanders

Shawn Rohlf from the 7th Day Buskers said performing “O Berkley, Where Hart Thou” is always a memorable experience.

“‘O Berkley, Where Hart Thou?’ is like the Olympics of music performances for me,” Rohlf said. “It only happens every couple of years and is a gathering of the best musicians around.”

The line-up also includes award-winning actor John C. Reilly, who was nominated at the Golden Globes for his roles in the motion-picture musicals “Chicago” and “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.” The artists will revamp famous songs such as “I'll Fly Away” and “Man of Constant Sorrow.”

“This will be the perfect conclusion to the summer and a fitting tribute to our area’s Western heritage,” Rennie said.

“O Berkley, Where Hart Thou?” comes to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts stage on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets in the two orchestra sections are sold-out. Seats in the mezzanine are available through the POW! Foundation website or at the PCPA Ticket Office: (858) 748-0505.

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