The Galva Arts Council will host Daniel Watkins Saturday, April 14, for the final Galva Arts Council Coffeehouse of the 2017-18 season.

The Galva Arts Council will host Daniel Watkins Saturday, April 14, for the final Galva Arts Council Coffeehouse of the 2017-18 season.

Watkins — a talented bluegrass and acoustic musician — will perform at 7 p.m. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the night concludes with an open mic at 8:30 p.m. with all area musicians, storytellers and other artists invited to participate.

A dessert and snack bar with coffee will also be included.

Admission and refreshments are free of charge, but donations are suggested and appreciated.

Growing up next to the Illinois River, Watkins has always found inspiration in the river valley area. Influenced by John Harford, Norman Blake and Jerry Garcia, Watkins was just a teenager when he began sneaking into bars to play in various string bands. 

Since then he has shared the stage with the likes of Chicago Farmer and Henhouse Prowlers. Combining his flat picking and songwriting, Watkins weaves tales of life in the Illinois River  Valley.

The Arts Council also will be taking some time to thank the volunteers that dedicate so much of their time, energy and money to make the GAC so successful.