Singer/songwriter Carlos Angeles Olmeda returns to the Medallion

Carlos Angeles Olmeda is a singer songwriter whose work is influenced by a variety of cultures. He will be at the Medallion Opera House March 23. (COURTESY PHOTO)

GORHAM — The Medallion Opera House will present a performance by Carlos Angeles Olmeda on Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m., at the Gorham Town Hall, 20 Park St.

Olmeda hails proudly from the acoustic singer/songwriter school of performance. The big difference between his songwriting and performance styles and that of so many others is that Olmeda's music transports listeners to a wide spectrum of emotional and cultural destinations. He's quick to point out that tri-cultural pop is all about changing gears and realigning perspectives.

He says: "My mother was always putting on this old, scratchy LP called 'Music From Around The Globe,' and I would sit mesmerized at how beautifully diverse each song sounded. I believe that being born in Puerto Rico in 1960 spared me from the dreary fate of becoming a genre purist. It all boils down to one thing: Will the song I'm playing for you at this very moment in time, move you?"

On any given night, fans can hear at least four different songwriting styles in at least two languages performed with heartfelt passion as well as sense of humor. Carlos has the innate ability to make each fan feel as if the song was written for and sung directly to them. After the first two or three songs, you begin to feel as though Carlos is in your living room.

"My job, and I love my job, is to entertain you," he says. "My dream, and I live my dream, is to jump start your imagination."

Olmeda proved this to be true when he opened for the Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio at the Medallion last August.

Tickets are $12/adult and $8/student (18 & under) and will be available in advance at the Gorham Town Hall, White Mountain Cafe & Bookstore and at medallionoperahouse.org. The Medallion Opera House five-punch card can be used for admittance to this event.

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