David Stoddard and Beth Wood, two accomplished singer/songwriters, will perform at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Friday, March 8 at 7:30 pm. Stoddard is known to many is the area, as he hails from Fergus Falls and has appeared at the cultural center several times for the Longest Night Music Festival. He returns this Friday with Beth Wood, his Oregon-based friend and musician. He and Beth are accomplished musical artists, writing songs, playing multiple instruments, and singing their songs with power and musicality. Stoddard plays mostly house concerts and concert venues, and also spends time promoting the work of independent singers and songwriters through his radio program, Northern Roots Radio. He’s shared the stage with people like Juice Newton, Leon Russell, Rik Emmett, Lou and Peter Berryman, Michael Smith, and Pat Donohue. He has won the Kerrville New Folk award, as well as songwriting awards at the South Florida Folk Festival, the Minnesota Folk Festival, and others. With grandiose dreams of becoming a musician, a baker, or a cowgirl, Wood left west Texas to study voice and piano at Brevard College in North Carolina. A detour from her classical studies led her to Austin, where she picked up a degree in literature – and a guitar. Wood began writing her own songs and quickly discovered a feeling of musical freedom that she has been hooked on ever since. Fifteen years, thousands of shows, nine albums and numerous awards later, she has never looked back. Wood’s exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and engaging, energetic stage presence have been winning over audiences from coast to coast. Call 385-3339 for discounted advance tickets, or buy them for full price at the door. Those who bring a donation for the Mills Food Shelf get $1 off admission.