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April 23, 2013 : AUDIO: Wagner Theatre Perfect Venue for Songwriter like Joe Pug
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager

Lancaster – The people of Lancaster have the opportunity to see Singer/Songwriter Joe Pug before he hits it big.


"Joe is an amazing singer/songwriter," said Lancaster Festival Director Lou Ross. "People who are reviewing him liken him to Bob Dylan. His writing is so creative and it crosses over a number of genres."


Pug is playing at Ohio University Lancaster's Wagner Theatre May 4 as part of a partnership between the Lancaster Campus and the Lancaster Festival. Up-and-coming artists will be brought in to play on the theatre stage each fall and spring. The 500-seat theatre is an intimate setting and works well for songwriters like Pug.


"Songwriters have that ability to reach out to you. You can listen to them and you can talk to them and they can talk to you.Joe has the ability to talk to the audience," said Ross. "Songwriters for the most part are baring their soul to you.Songwriters, in a more intimate setting like Wagner, can share that with you. A rock band plays at you, where a singer/songwriter sings to you."


Joe PugPug is a folk/rock artist.He was born in Maryland and did most of his early work in Chicago.Now Pug lives in Austin, Texas. He quit his job as a carpenter to focus on his music career.Pug attracted the attention of the music scene by giving fans free copies of his songs to share with friends.He would ship copies of his music all over the world for free so that his music could be heard.Pug still makes his music available for free on his website,


But, Pug isn't the only act that will be playing that night. Joshua P. James will open for Pug. James is a skilled songwriter.  Most often performing with his band, the Paper Planes, Joshua will be doing a solo show in Lancaster with his impeccable lyrics, haunting vocals and energizing guitar skills. 


"Joshua is an amazing song writer.He's getting well known already for his lyrics and his performance style.He is very high energy," said Ross."He's a good guitar player.I think it's going to be a lot of fun having him open for Joe Pug. He's really excited about it."


Local favorite Dying Breed will also play during a pre-show event in the Lancaster Campus parking lot. A hospitality tent will be open from 6 to 8 p.m.


"The Pizza Cottage food truck will be here," said Ross. "I think it's well worth the money for you to come out and discover an act you may not have heard of."


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