Songwriter Luke Sadecky will perform from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, to launch an acoustic music series at the McIntosh House on Henrietta Street.
A contemplative singer-songwriter from Ravenswood, Sadecky will perform original songs inspired by nature and solitude, as well as the movement of time and location.
Sadecky was first inspired to write music while living in Missouri.
"Most of the songs created this past year were written in Missouri, where I lived on a 4,000-plus acre conservation area, most of the time spent alone," he said. "It really gave me the opportunity to listen to my thoughts and to pay attention to what I was actually feeling."
Sadecky later returned to West Virginia and now lives in Huntington, where he works full-time. However, he spends a lot of his free time performing at area venues.
Ravenswood parks and recreation superintendent Katrena Ramsey said the Board of Parks and Recreation has allotted funds for the monthly acoustic music series.
"We are trying new things at the community building to provide entertainment and cultural experiences for our residents," she said.
Later events will be accompanied by art shows by local artists, she said.
"We're thinking we could potentially have more than one artist. Our vision also is to include some art exhibits in one or more of the rooms the same evenings as the music events," Ramsey said.
The McIntosh House, which also is known as the Ravenswood Community Building, is a great venue for intimate acoustic sets. It has multiple rooms and the NYA Hall is right next door if more space is needed.
"The house has numerous rooms, some large, some small. Depending on the artist, we'll choose which room suits their music style the best," Ramsey said. "In case it would grow into something and require more space, we have the NYA hall as well."
Ramsey said the event will provide a listening-room experience for music.
"We want to provide a more intimate experience for musicians and their audience instead of the traditional bar setting. This will welcome residents of all ages," she said.
Tea and light refreshments will be available, and residents can bring their own beverages, including alcoholic drinks.
Future artists will include Joel Ramsey, New Jasper Station, Brady Young, and the River Rats.