Alpena Community Concert Association will present its final concert of the 2012-13 season on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpena High School Auditorium. The featured performance will be the return engagement of Jason Floyd Coleman, grandson of the legendary keyboardist and composer Floyd Cramer.
Having hosted Coleman in a 2010 holiday concert, Community Concert Association President David Usher remembers the overwhelming reaction of the audience on that evening.
"I cannot count the number of attendees who kept telling us 'it was the hit concert of the season' and 'we must bring Jason back, whenever possible.' Within minutes, he had the entire audience in the palm of his hand," Usher said. " ACCA is thrilled to have the opportunity to host this amazingly talented, young performer, once again."
Coleman's current tour is entitled "The Legacy Continues." He will again feature the works of his famous grandfather as well as many of his own compositions and arrangements. He tells his followers that, "For those of you who have already attended one of my concerts, I'm including new songs and sharing new stories and memories, so it will be a fresh, but familiar experience."
Coleman is 27 years old and was born and raised in Nashville, Tenn. Blessed with talent, inherited from his maternal grandfather, he has played piano since he was barely able to reach the keys. Beginning at age 5, he took piano lessons for eight years.
During his early school years, he was always involved in church musicals and school choruses. Realizing his desire to pursue music as a career, Coleman attended Belmont University in Nashville, as a business major and graduated magna cum laude at the age of 21.
He has been a performer for as long as he can remember, singing when he was only two years old on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, at one of his grandad's live concerts. He was thrilled to make his own Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 17. The highlight of his burgeoning musical career occurred in 2004, when he was given the honor of playing for the Country Music Hall of Fame - Medallion Ceremony, recognizing Floyd Cramer's induction into the Hall of Fame.
He has been busy recording his own music, as well as that of his grandfather. Coleman has recently released his seventh album, entitled "On the Road Again." It's a collaborative effort with guitarist Richard Kiser and Country Music Hall of Famer, Charlie McCoy, on harmonica.
While audiences love hearing Coleman perform the music of Floyd Cramer, they also enjoy discovering his own stylings as well. His concerts are both exciting and nostalgic experiences and they always leave the crowds wanting more.
Although admission to the Community Concert Association series is traditionally by membership only, there are always single tickets available, at the door on the evening of the performance for $20 each. All students are admitted free of charge.
For more information about the program or season memberships, visit the association's new website at www.alpenacommunityconcerts.com or call Nancy Hammond at 356-8749 or David Usher at 471-9182.