Local musician will open Backstage Pass Series at Clemens Fine Arts Center

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Local musician Daniel Neihoff opens this year's Backstage Pass Series at West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Clemens Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Local singer, songwriter and musician Daniel Neihoff is just beginning his career, yet he is also a seasoned and well-crafted artist. His musical talent is sure to captivate the audience as he opens this year's Backstage Pass Series at West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Clemens Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The youngest of six siblings, Daniel Neihoff wrote his first song at 8-years-old as he grew up in Paducah around family fit for country songs - the old kind about struggle and lonesomeness, mistakes among enduring love. The melodies and legends were all around him in his family, and it all seeped in, shaping his natural way of storytelling and his soulful sound that blends traditional country and pop.

Over the years, whether it was for paying gigs or for open mics at Paducah's bars, Neihoff turned heads with his smooth voice and powerful lyrics. His talent and craft did not go unnoticed. At 20, his first audition for a set at Nashville's iconic Bluebird Cafe was a success, leading him further in his career. He was recently a semi-finalist on Nashville Rising Song.

"One of the best things about being the director of the Clemens Fine Arts Center is meeting all of the talented artists that come through our venue," Todd Birdsong said. "I first met Daniel at a songwriting workshop a year ago and knew then after hearing just one song that I wanted him to perform for our Backstage Pass series."

To find out more about Daniel Neihoff and listen to some his music, visit danielneihoff.com

Coffee and desserts will be available throughout Neihoff's Backstage Pass concert. The series is supported by WKMS-FM in Murray, Paducah's Etcetera Coffeehouse and Munal's Donuts, also located in Paducah.

Season passes are available for the four Backstage Pass concerts. Adults passes are $25; student passes are $10. Advance single tickets are $8 ($10 at the door) and $5 for students. Tickets are available at artsinfocus.org or by calling Julie Moore at 270-534-3212.

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