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Hometown girl returns to Connellsville to perform concert

| Thursday, June 13, 2013, 6:23 p.m.
Cait Cuneo will perform in concert at the Porter Theater in the Connellsville Community Center on June 29. She is looking forward to a big night in front of the hometown crowd, the show is for all ages. Tickets can be purchased at Atkins Music Center and  ArtWorks  in Connellsville, $15 adults, $10 students.
Cait Cuneo will perform in concert at the Porter Theater in the Connellsville Community Center on June 29. She is looking forward to a big night in front of the hometown crowd, the show is for all ages. Tickets can be purchased at Atkins Music Center and ArtWorks in Connellsville, $15 adults, $10 students.

It has been one year since singer and recording artist Cait Cuneo started her career as a solo act. This journey, which started in Connellsville, included recording her first album, touring through several major cities and performing a sold-out CD release concert in Pittsburgh.

She returns home to celebrate with her band on June 29 at the Edwin S. Porter Theater, located in the Connellsville Community Center. This show will be held to benefit the Connellsville Recreation Board.

“This concert has been one year in the making. We are fortunate to have this beautiful venue in Connellsville,” Cait Cuneo said. She has been asked many times when she would be performing in her hometown. Even after her extensive traveling, she still repeats the motto, “Never forget where you are from.” After thorough planning with the Connellsville Recreation Board, the local community will have the rare opportunity to see the singer and her eight-person band with whom she is sharing her excitement for the concert.

Cuneo released her CD “Violet” in December of last year and has been receiving great feedback from critics, listeners and fans all over the map. Her manager, guitarist and brother Vince said, “We didn't sell a million copies, but when I mailed a copy of ‘Violet' to Brazil, I saw the bigger picture. Cait's goal is to spread her music and positive message to listeners worldwide.”

“It has been rewarding to see her grow as an artist in such short time. This isn't an easy thing,” said their mother, Gayle Cuneo, who has been at every one of her daughter's performances.

“I hope that the whole town comes out to listen and enjoy,” she added. During her time off the road, Cuneo has made a point to spread her message beyond music venues. She has been traveling to local schools to speak to students about following their dreams, working hard and staying positive. Most recently, she spoke and sang to a young women's support group. In her speech, she spoke about overcoming hardships and her personal journey as a female in the professional world. After singing her theme, “Working Hard,” she said, “I wrote this song when I was 15 years old, but the message still holds true to this day.”

Whether singing to five or 500 people, Cuneo takes every performance very seriously.

She and her band have been gearing up for the concert at the Porter Theater and plan to bring a performance the audience won't soon forget. “An attendee at a recent performance told me that Cait's music is for all listeners. I expect to see people of all ages at the show,” Vince Cuneo said.

There is limited seating for this one-time event, so it is recommended to buy tickets before the day of the show. Cuneo will be doing a meet-and-greet session after the show, where you can purchase her CD and T-shirts.

Tickets can be purchased now at Atkins Music Center and Artworks Connellsville. General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the show starts promptly at 8 p.m.

“The rec board is so grateful that Cait has found the time on her busy schedule to do a hometown show at our beautiful Porter Theater. She will be such an inspiration to our kids in the community, too. It will show them that if you work hard, your dreams can come true,” said Greg Lincoln, recreational board member.

“After some great shows, including NYC and Philly, I am returning home to Connellsville to do a benefit performance at the newly restored Porter Theater. I am excited to finally share what I have been working so hard on with friends and family. This 800-person theater is the perfect venue for this benefit show for the Connellsville Recreation Board. The hometown support has made this project a reality, and I want to give back all the love you've shown me. I cannot wait to see you, Connellsville,” Cait Cuneo said.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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