Thursday March 28, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- On Friday, April 5, nationally-acclaimed Washington, D.C., musician Tom Goss will perform at the Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery, 139 Main St., at 8 p.m., following a VIP reception at the Backside Café at 6 p.m. Green Mountain Crossroads, a local LGBTQ community organization, is sponsoring the concert, as well as the April art exhibit in the Hooker-Dunham Gallery by New Hampshire artist Robert Diercks.

Goss is a unique voice among gay singer-songwriters -- a former Catholic seminarian turned guitar-toting troubadour whose heartfelt lyrics, hooky melodies and quirky charm have earned him a dedicated national following.

Tickets to the concert are $10 and can be reserved through Green Mountain Crossroads. An advance reception to meet and talk with Goss will be held at the Backside Café. Tickets to the reception are $20, which includes admission to the concert. Reservations can be made for both events at greenmountaincrossroads@gmail.com or 802-275-2372. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Goss’ music stands at the forefront of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality and arts. His newest music video, "Make Believe," created a splash -- generating more than 70,000 views in its first week -- even garnering the attention of the Huffington Post for its innovate use of human time lapse and animation.

Goss has performed in 40 states and more than 100 cities.


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Instantly accessible, his music has been featured on ABC, HBO and in several independent movies.

Goss is a two-time finalist for the Mid-Atlantic Song Competition, was named 2011 and 2012’s best musician by The Washington Blade, won the 2009 Pride In The Arts award for Favorite Male Musician, and his 2009 album "Back To Love," was voted best album of the year by independent New York City radio station Radio Crystal Blue. "Back to Love" received national play on more than 250 radio stations.

Along with his inventive video hit "Make Believe," Goss’ other videos have tackled "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" and marriage equality, and have been featured in The Advocate, on Out.com, MTV’s LOGO, Towleroad and After Elton.com.

In addition to his music career, Goss helps run Charlie’s Place, a non-denominational, anti-hunger, homeless ministry of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Charlie’s Place strives to empower individuals and encourage community, health and interdependence among men and women who are homeless.

For more information on Goss, visit www.tomgossmusic.net.

Green Mountain Crossroads hosts Goss as part of its mission to help bring interesting and stimulating LGBTQ entertainment to the area. This local nonprofit launched this January and has two more performances planned, including musician Bethel Steele on April 14 and performer Peterson Toscano on June 14.

GMC also assists with a monthly gay men’s social in partnership with Tri-State Gay Men, a monthly Trans & Queer Potluck, and is preparing to host a monthly women’s social as well. More information can be found at www.greenmountaincrossroads.org.