Charles Tate, 17, is a singer-songwriter and a senior at Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts. His musical influences range from Handel to Crash Kings to Black Dahlia, but his sound is solid acoustic with intricate melodies that weave around his mellow voice.
He will perform a set combining original songs and covers in the third edition of the On Stage at the Lee Burrows series at the Yuba-Sutter Regional Arts Council on Saturday.
At MCAA, Tate played the lead, Coalhouse Walker Jr., in MCAA’s production of “Ragtime” last spring. He has performed in many other MCAA productions as well, including “The Music Man” in 2010, where he portrayed Marcellus.
“The school allows me to get up and perform my stuff on Fridays in front of the entire school,” Tate said. The weekly gathering has become a tradition for students to get together and watch each other perform during their lunch period, Tate explained.
“This gives me a lot of feedback from people my age on what they think about my music,” he added.
Tate said he has always wanted to get into a band and tour the world while playing music. “That’s kind of what I want, but it’s a little hard to do,” he said.
Tate said his uncle has a recording studio where Tate has made some recordings, but he hasn’t compiled a CD yet. “After I make the recordings, I show them to friends. And I might do something with them at the show on Saturday, but I’m not sure,” he said.
Tate said he was approached by YSRAC’s board Treasurer Lily Noonan, who encouraged him to be part of the On Stage series. “She said she had seen me performing at school and she likes what I do. She said she’d like me to perform. I thought that was pretty awesome,” he said.
“The On Stage series was developed by the arts council to bring diverse live performances to the community for an affordable price; all tickets are always just $10,” Noonan said.
“The individual artists in the series have their performance fees paid for by arts council board members, and all proceeds from tickets go to support the programming of the arts council,” Noonan added.
The On Stage series, created by YSRAC Executive Director Kathleen Stewart in the fall of 2011, has already featured jazz musicians Tucki Bailey and Friends and an original rock opera, “Astronomy,” performed by Patrick and Tania Ransom.
Upcoming performances include cellist Rebekah Hood of the Veridian Symphony Orchestra and John Muir impersonator Don Baldwin.
“If you want to come hear some original music done by a local artist, come see my show,” Tate said.
Advance tickets for Tate’s performance are available in Marysville at the YSRAC, 624 E St., or at the D Street Gallery, 419 D St. Tickets are also available at the door.