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North Central's The Union marks fifth anniversary with concerts, seminar

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Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307,

April 27, 2010—North Central College’s The Union will celebrate its fifth anniversary with performances and a daylong seminar for aspiring songwriters and recording artists, featuring insiders from the Nashville music scene.

Over the past five years, The Union has become a gathering place in downtown Naperville by hosting spiritually and socially significant expressions of music, film and art. Locally and nationally known musicians, filmmakers and artists visit The Union at 129 W. Benton Ave. on Friday nights throughout the fall, winter and spring. Visit for details.

"We started with the simple idea that great art can inspire great change,” says Jeremy Gudauskas, North Central’s director of ministry and service. “Five years and hundreds of events later we're thrilled with what The Union has become to so many people. We can't wait to mark our anniversary with a stacked lineup of very talented songwriters and musicians, featuring old friends and talented newcomers.”

The Union’s fifth-anniversary celebration includes two shows on Friday, May 7. The early show at 7 p.m. features The Wayside with Andy Osenga; the late show at 9:30 p.m. features Joe Pug with Kevin Prchal. Combined tickets are $18/advance, $22/door for both shows, or single tickets are $12/advance, $15/door for each show; call the College's Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

The anniversary celebration continues with the daylong seminar “Working the Dream” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 8. The seminar is presented in partnership with Backthird Audio, an Aurora recording studio with a vision for empowering local artists. Presenters include artists John J. Thompson and Andrew Osenga.

Sessions will include “Career Models for Artists,” an overview of the music business today that looks at traditional record deals and independent approaches; “Tales from the Trenches,” a question-and-answer session where participants can ask Thompson and Osenga about their career experiences; “The Artist's Life,” in which Osenga will discuss life as a recording artist and songwriter; “Songwriting for Success,” featuring Thompson’s tips about what makes a great song; and “Publisher's Pitch Session,” in which participants may bring recorded demos and printed lyrics of songs and panelists will provide feedback.

Thompson founded True Tunes Etc. in 1989 and has more than 20 years experience working in the music industry as a record store owner, venue manager, magazine editor, music critic, freelance writer, book author, record producer, ad seller and festival marketer, among other job titles. He currently serves in Nashville as director of creative and copyright development at EMI CMG Publishing, where he oversees everything from film and television pitching and A&R to physical and digital print music production. Visit to learn more.

Osenga makes his living as an independent artist and songwriter. The former lead singer of The Normals, Osenga also is a member of Caedman's Call and has released four solo albums. He's co-founder of the Square Peg Alliance, a group of 12 independent Nashville artists. He writes, co-writes, produces, podcasts, blogs, among other activities. Visit to learn more.

Registration for “Working the Dream” is $35/person for the full conference, or $10 for North Central College students and artists who have performed at The Union. Cost includes lunch. To register call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

This event is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call 630-637-SHOW (7469).