PORT TOWNSEND – An evening of original songs is scheduled for Thursday as Seattle singer-songwriter Tom Melancon will appear at the upcoming Trinity United Methodist Church candlelight concert.
The hour-long ensemble of Melancon will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. with no admission fees, while donations are welcome. Candlelight concerts always benefit a local charity, and this week’s event will support the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul East Jefferson County (svdpejc.org). The organization’s mission is to meet the urgent needs of people in the community by offering financial assistance and referrals.
To access Thursday’s concert, go to trinityumcpt.org and find the link for Candlelight Concerts Online. The Melancon ensemble will also be broadcast simultaneously on KPTZ FM 91.9.
The artist, who sings, accompanies himself on guitar and plays harmonica, said he will offer a variety of songs written about recent experiences: staying isolated and then seeing people again, for example. These are stories set to music, these are shared experiences, and “I try to make the lyrics sound thought-provoking,” he said.
Before moving to the Pacific Northwest some 20 years ago, Melancon lived in northern Nevada, where he played bass with several local bands in Reno. Since moving to Seattle, he has focused more on songwriting and solo performance.
In 2019, Melancon began taking voice lessons with Alicia Dara and formed her current band, American Flats, an American and rock band with local musicians Scott Hutchins, Mark Wooten and Andy Spath. They are working on a recording project with Johnny Sangster from Crackle and Pop Studios.
As for solo concerts like Thursday’s, “the vibe is a somber voice with a hint of Nevada’s open spaces and the heartache of being alive in a complicated world,” organizers said in a statement. Press.