Two Way Street Coffee House in Downers Grove welcomes Chicago singer-songwriter Amy Dixon-Kolar for a special CD release concert at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17.
"Dancing Through the Storm" is Dixon-Kolar’s newest solo project. Produced by her and John Abbey of Kingsize Sound Lab, the CD features some of the best musicians in Chicago, including Mark Dvorak, Don Stiernberg, Sue Demel, Deb Lader, Bill Brickey, Steve Dawson and many more. Several of the musicians who accompanied Dixon-Kolar on the new release will join her for the special CD release concert.
“The theme of this album is how we choose to face the challenges of life," she said. "We can let them drag us down, or we can stay ever hopeful and continue to dance through the storms.”
Celtic, traditional, blues and folk influences are incorporated into her contemporary acoustic style. Her experiences as a sign language interpreter, teacher, political activist and mother have enabled her to observe life from diverse perspectives. Concert organizers said they imbue her lyrics and performance with honesty and wisdom.
Dixon-Kolar's first CD, "Now It's Time," was released in 2008, and is a celebration of finding one's voice, of coming back to what gives the soul joy and purpose. It has received national and international airplay.
"Rosa Sat," her award-winning single, was honored as first runner-up in Paul Stookey’s Music2Life competition in 2010. The song has received close to 300,000 views on YouTube and is being sung by professional choruses, schoolchildren and political activists around the world.
Admission to the concert costs $7. Two Way Street Coffee House is at 1047 Curtiss Ave. For more information, contact www.twowaystreet.org or 630-969-9720.
For more information on the artist and the new CD, whose official release date is Jan. 14, visit www.amydixonkolar.com.