posted September 26, 2001

Erik Muiderman Concert Oct. 2

Fresh off a West Coast tour, folk/rock recording artist Erik Muiderman returns to Holland for an environmentally friendly concert on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 10 p.m. at Hope College's Knickerbocker Theatre.

The Holland native is part of Hope College's 21st Critical Issues Symposium, titled "Earth Matters: Daily Decisions, Environmental Echoes." Muiderman's concert will follow the event's opening keynote address at 7 p.m., and roundtable discussions at 8:30 p.m.

The concert is free. The public is invited.

The "CD Baby" website calls Muiderman's debut release, "Dunegrass," "a stunning debut."

"He captures the sensibilities of classic acoustic artists (such as Bruce Cockburn, Van Morrison, Nick Drake, Michael Hedges, Neil Young, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan etc.), while presenting fresh, original songwriting with an accomplished, mature guitar style."

As a solo artist, Muiderman combines elements of folk, rock, blues, bluegrass and jazz into a seamless blend that is uniquely his own. He is equally at home with finger style or flatpicking; acoustic or electric guitars.

He will be joined at the concert by his early collaborators, Charlie Hoats and Bernie Jellema, with other guests possible.

Muiderman began performing professionally at age 17 and in 1989 co-founded the Folk Lizards with friend and bassist Hoats. The acoustic duo soon became one of the most in-demand bands around West Michigan, playing 250-plus nights a year, and eventually expanded into an electrified quintet with drums, keyboards and saxophone. In 1993 the Folk Lizards opened for The Band at the State Theater in Kalamazoo.

A veteran of the stage, Erik has done more than 2,000 shows, including solo gigs and dates with Erik & Charlie; The Folk Lizards; The Stogies; and The Erik, Bernie and Charlie Show.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. 8th St. in downtown Holland.