December 3, 2013 | by Steve Charing
Goss to perform in holiday cabaret
Tom Goss, music, gay news, Washington Blade

Tom Goss (Photo by Michael Key; courtesy of Tom Goss Music)

Popular gay artist Tom Goss will appear at the Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., on Dec. 28 for what is being billed as “an intimate evening” with the singer/songwriter. The one-night only cabaret, which begins at 8 p.m., is a benefit for the Spotlighters. Tickets are $25.

Goss’ music is often compared to acoustic-pop peers such as Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, but his lyrics have propelled him to serious singer/songwriter status.

Goss is working on a new album, which he promises will be the best record he’s made.

“We’re in the early stages of making the record so all the songs have not been chosen yet,” Goss told the Blade. “That said, as songs get selected and worked out with my band I’m beginning to appreciate the maturity in this record — not only sonically, but lyrically as well.  There is a definite edge to some of these songs, an edge that comes with experience and commitment, not disillusionment.  I’m very excited for folks to hear what’s to come.”

Goss’ outspoken stance and his personal life (he married his husband Mike in 2010) have earned him a considerable following in the LGBT community, but his music appeals to anyone with a taste for power-pop and an appreciation for meaningful lyrics in the singer/songwriter tradition.

He also takes pride in giving back to the community. When he’s not touring the U.S., Goss is the development director for a small non-profit called Charlie’s Place, which  provides meals, nursing services and case management services (housing and job placement) for the homeless and poor in the neighborhoods of Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights in Washington, D.C. Of his involvement in this important cause, Goss explains, “It’s great to be able to stay grounded in social justice.”

Goss says he’s looking forward to his appearance at the Spotlighters and once again entertaining the Baltimore audience. “You can expect a night of storytelling and song,” he says of the cabaret, “with a lot of laughing, smiling and even sometimes crying.” For the crying part, he apologizes.

“My favorite part of performing is connecting with an audience,” he explains.  “I’m excited to be back up in Baltimore connecting with you all!”

For tickets, visit spotlighters.org.

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