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On Stage: Music offerings, domestic and international

Jul 6th, 2017

By Denny DyroffStaff Writer, The Times

David Cook

If you’re looking for some live music this weekend, you can go American or international.

On July 6, American Idol winner David Cook will play at the World Café Live while Tengger Cavalry, a metal band fronted by a Mongolian throat singer will headline a show at The Fire.

On July 7, internationally-acclaimed Irish songstress Sharon Shannon has a concert at the Sellersville Theater and Boogarins, a band of rockers from Brazil, will take the stage at Boot & Saddle.

Cook, who plays the intimate World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400,, is an American rocksinger-songwriter who rose to fame after winning the seventh season of American Idol in 2008.

Prior to Idol he released an independent album entitled “Analog Heart.” This was followed by his post-Idol major-label debut “David Cook,” which was released on November 18, 2008 and has since been certified platinum by the RIAA.

Cook broke several Billboard chart records when 14 of his songs debuted on the Hot Digital Songs chart and 11 of his songs debuted on the Hot 100.  Collectively David has sold over 5 million tracks worldwide including an album and 2 singles that have been certified Platinum.

“I grew up watching my dad play guitar

“This is my last day at home before I leave for the tour,” said Cook, during a phone interview Tuesday morning from his home in Nashville, Tennessee. “I’m packing and we have one more rehearsal before we leave.”

After moving to Nashville in 2012, Cook began writing for other artists while continuing with his solo career. His 2015 studio album, “Digital Vein,” debuted in the top 5 on the Billboard Pop Chart.

“I grew up watching my dad play guitar,” said Cook. “He played acoustic guitar. My mom was always in 70s/80s country and my dad loved classic rock.

“Baseball was my focus as a kid and music was always something I fell backwards into. I got busted when my mom heard me singing and put me into musicals at school.

“I started my first band when I was 13 but it was always just a hobby. I didn’t get serious about music until I went to college at the university of Central Missouri on a theater scholarship.

“I got into a band there and then later moved to Tulsa and put out a solo album. I never had any intention of trying out for American Idol.

“My younger brother Andrew wanted to audition for the show. He and my mother asked me to join them in Omaha for the audition. While there, one of the show’s producers asked me to audition.”

The rest is history.

“I sang Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On a Prayer” and it just snowballed. I kept waiting for the rug to get pulled out from under me but I kept getting passed on from audition to audition.

“It wasn’t until the Hollywood week that I realized what was going on and started focusing on it. It took me a couple weeks to get my footing.

“I realized that I wasn’t the best singer in the room but that I had good character to my voice. I leaned on my musicianship. I took songs that people knew and molded them into songs that fit me. I just tuned in.”

After he resumed his recording career, the tsunami of 14 singles charting at the same time took Cook by surprise.

“To the best of my knowledge, it happened fairly organically,” said Cook. “I don’t know what caused them to chart at the same time.

“I released the ‘Digital Vein’ album in 2015. I put out a new single ‘Gimme Heartbreak’ last Friday. I’ll have a new EP out in the fall and then follow later with an album. We’re getting there – slow and steady wins the race.”

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The show at the World Café Live, which has Kathryn Dean as the opener, will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $30.