Derek Dittmar with Jessica Rawls openingApr 26, 2016 | 0 comments
Raleigh native Derek Dittmar has been playing, writing, and recording music for over a decade. Currently a senior at Randolph-Macon College (with confirmed plans to attend Campbell Law in the fall), the persistent aspect of Dittmarís life has been his music. Fueled by a wide variety of influences, Dittmarís music sports components of rock, folk, Americana, and pop; his first record, 2013ís The Turn of Autumn, shuffles from Bob Dylan influenced openerìLover/Leaverî through the Ed Sheeran laced ìWhy I Singî to end on the introspective ìThe Last Time I see Her,î a powerful number which evokes Glen Hansard and tells the story of Dittmarís failing sight.
Legally blind since birth, Dittmer endeavors to present, through his songs and stories, the narrative of growing up with a disability. Joined by fellow students and musical powerhouses Brianna Girimont (Fiddle) and Sophie Schaaf (guitar, vocals), this show promises laughs, surprises, and a peek into Dittmarís world through his songs which are at times hopeful or crushing, but always present brutal honesty.
Jessica Rawls is a recent graduate from Randolph-Macon College with a major in Arts Management and minors in drama and women’s studies. Her love of performing started at a young age and she has fueled her passion through dancing, singing and acting. Jessica will be playing a mix of country, contemporary and original music tonight. Thanks for coming and enjoy the show!