Courtesy Peninsula Arts Center
LONG BEACH, Wash. — The Peninsula Arts Center is starting a monthly concert series with local musicians, and the first — 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 — features Kirk Anthony Hurd.
Most days, Hurd can be found manning the brew deck at North Jetty Brewing where he is the lead brewer, but he spent many years behind a guitar and microphone.
Hurd’s original dream was to be an actor. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and toured as a professional for several years, after which he found himself working for a church in Southern California. Eventually that program ended, and years later Hurd sold his guitar and packed away the microphone.
Later, his wife bought him a new guitar for his birthday and requested that he start playing again.
“It was humbling that my playing and voice were important to her,” he remembered. “It was also refreshing to me because music, from that point on, was mine. It wasn’t tied to a church or a job. It was simply an expression.”
Hurd’s musical influences range from Eddie Vedder to Loggins and Messina.
“Music for me has to tell some kind of story; it has to resonate on a deeper level,” he said. “I’m all for snapping my fingers and dancing along, but as a singer I need a story to tell, so most of the songs I do come from that place — the story.”
The Peninsula Arts Center (peninsulaartscenter.org) is located at 504 Pacific Ave. N., Long Beach, Washington.
There is a $5 minimum cover for admission. Reservations are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Bill Svendsen at 360-901-0962.