A Eureka High School graduate is returning to the area July 8 to perform at the Pacific Opera House.
The concert was originally scheduled for May 13, but was canceled due damage sustained to the Opera House in the flood.
The concert is in support of the Pacific River Walk Trail, and all the proceeds will be used to purchase land and easements and for expenses of building and promoting the trail.
“We (the PRWT committee members) are always looking for ways to fund the River Walk Trail project, and thought about holding a concert,” said Steve Myers, vice president of the Magi Foundation, which took on the Pacific River Walk Trail project. “I started looking online in the St. Louis Metro section and came across Erin Bode’s name, music samples and references. It took me only listening to a few songs to realize just how truly talented she is.”
Myers brought up Bode’s name at the next PRWT meeting and asked if anyone knew of her. He was pleasantly surprised to learn how many did.
“I’ve been listening to Erin for years, as I enjoy jazz,” said committee member Lisa Trolio. “I’ve also seen her in concert around five times now and know she puts on a great show.”
During her performance, Bode plans to sing a number of pop, folk and jazz songs, as well as some original tunes. Bode has written several songs, including some in Italian. Bode studied the language in school and toured in in Italy for several years.
Bode graduated EHS in 1995 and attended college at the University of Minnesota before transferring to Webster University in Webster Groves. During that time, she performed with the St. Louis Symphony in the chorus for three seasons.
While at Webster, Bode was introduced to jazz by one of her teachers. This led her to sing at different venues in the area such as the Missouri Athletic Club, Brandt’s and Jazz at the Bistro.
Bode graduated college with a degree in both music and foreign language (French and Italian). Bode stayed in the area and produced her first studio album, “Requests,” in 2001.
According to Billboard.com, the CD included a popular version of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” which helped her career take off. In 2004, after signing with Maxjazz Label, she updated “Time After Time” to a version that was inspired by the late singer Eva Cassidy. The revamp gave her much greater national exposure.
To date, the singer/songwriter has made seven albums to include her latest, “Here and Now.” Bode and her band, The Erin Bode Group, have traveled all around the world performing concerts.
“It is going to be a tremendous night,” said Myers. “I, for one, can’t wait to hear this tremendously talented young lady sing her songs. She is a Christian woman – well rooted in her faith and I know she is going to put on a wonderful show.”
To purchase tickets, call 314-607-2267 or visit http://pacificmusicfestival.org. Cost is $50 per person and a cash bar is on site. About 40 tickets remain available to purchase.
The Opera House of Pacific is on the third floor of the McHugh & Dailey Mercantile Building at 220 S. First Street. To find out more, follow Bode on Facebook or visit www.erinbode.com.