Once a month, The National Theatre at The Ritz hosts an eclectic selection of artists in an unplugged performance environment. The next installment of Friday Night Live is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday. The artists for January include Char Pope and Free Wild of Tiffin and Connor Rose of Bowling Green.
Local residents may have seen Pope playing piano or organ for a church service, wedding or community theater production. She learned piano from her mother, beginning at age 5. Practice came from playing duets with her dad, her brother and sister.
A few years ago, Pope recorded "Shades of Evening," a CD of original compositions. Next month, she is to release a second disc.
She also was a "Seneca Star Search" winner.
Free Wild includes Martin Koop and Steve Wilson playing old and new acoustic songs and originals of many styles, including light rock, jazzy pop, country, folk, adult contemporary, alternative and humor.
The duo occasionally becomes a trio with musicians such as Jamie Rogers, Lukas Frey, Brian Strong, John Whitlow and Mark Cavanaugh.
Connor Rose is a high school student from Bowling Green who has been performing country music for the past two years at fairs, festivals and private parties around northwest Ohio. He plays mandolin, harmonica, electric guitar and piano.
His dad, Don Rose, sometimes plays bass and adds vocal harmony. Recently, Connor released his first CD, "The End of Tonight."
Friday Night Live tickets are $10. Snacks, coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.