This Thursday, a unique opportunity exists in Van Wert. The Niswonger Performing Arts Center hosts a taping of the PBS series, Songs at the Center, on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and you can be part of the live audience.

The series, which has been seen on more than 385 stations and is hosted by songwriter Eric Gnezda, will feature fellow songwriters Ohio native Tim Easton, Becky Buller, an American Bluegrass Music Association “Songwriter of the Year” nominee, who made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry the first weekend of September, and three-time Grammy winner, Bill Miller.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center joins other Ohio concert halls in the series, whose purpose is to showcase the best songwriters in America in Ohio’s finest venues.

“Van Wert Live at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center is honored to be a featured venue on Songs at the Center,” said Tafi Stober, Executive Director of Van Wert Live Venues. “This opportunity to be a backdrop for the story behind the song has a deep purpose as it highlights the entertainment industry from a different perspective, the artist’s heart.”

Songs at the Center airs on PBS stations, WGBU, Bowling Green, late night on Fridays and Sundays, and WFWA, Fort Wayne, at 11:30 p.m. Saturdays.

“We’re pleased to be working with the top-notch crew at The Niswonger,” said Executive Producer Jack FitzGerald. “Our show highlights the songwriter and their stories. We’re pleased to bring the show to Northwest Ohio, where we welcome an enthusiastic audience.”

Songs at the Center is taping its eighth season, and has welcomed John Oates, Rodney Crowell, Janis Ian, Jim Brickman, and Delbert McClinton, among others.

Contact the Van Wert Live Box Office for free tickets and the opportunity to be part of the session taping (419-238-6722 or boxoffice@npacvw.org). The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 State Route 118, Van Wert, OH, 45891.

Songs at the Center celebrates The Song. The Songwriter. And Their Stories. Join us as we play host to this PBS Special and unique opportunity right here in Van Wert.