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CAMP lighting a performing arts fire

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The CAMPfire is being lighted tonight with an online performance by members of the Creators of Art, Music and Poetry — or CAMP — group.

Six recorded-live acts featuring Springfield talent will perform starting at 6 p.m. on the creatorsartmusicpoetry Facebook page.

“Jamie Merideth and I, as the guys who hoped something like this might work, are thrilled at how well the first show went and are looking forward to many more,” said CAMP co-founder Tom Irwin, a veteran performer in his own right.

CAMP is a local arts promoter that delivers free “homegrown words and music brimming with thought and beauty, according to the group’s mission statement.

The theme for tonight’s show is indie, with poets Liz Huck and Vertrell Yates reading original works. Jessica Knight of the band Looming will perform solo. Musical duo Idle Oath will perform “handmade music shaped by life in central Illinois.” Guitarist-vocalist Kate Laine also will perform, and musician Jeff Williams will discuss his crossover into visual art.

“It was an honor to be asked to contribute to the inaugural CAMP show,” singer-songwriter Amy Benton said of her performance on the initial concert, citing hurdles for creating entertainment without an audience. “I felt a sense of accomplishment being able to put my hands to work with fellow residents in the city where I live.”

CAMP’s shows remain available on its Facebook page after the initial performance for later viewing.

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