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Mikael Pederson prepares to rock Lincoln City

Published on August 11, 2015 3:31PM

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Singer-songwriter Mikael Pederson will be telling his story when he steps on stage at the Lincoln City Cultural Center this Saturday, Aug. 15, and encouraging others to follow their own dreams — wherever they may lead.

Born and raised in Oregon, Pederson began his career at a young age, singing and playing weekly with his band at local coffee houses in downtown Salem.

His music has drawn comparisons to John Mayer, Ryan Adams and Matt Nathanson, combining blues-driven guitar riffs and hints of soul with vivid storytelling for a compelling performance.

He seeks to inspire and encourage others through his songs, which have taken him to places such as the Clackamas County Fair, the Alhambra Theatre and the House of Blues in LA.

No song better encapsulates Pederson’s path as a musician than “What Have I Got to Show for It.” Beneath the song’s rollicking rhythm and folk influences lies the turning point at which he decided to devote himself full time to music.

Pederson spent years juggling two worlds: the so-called “real world,” with a college degree, a stable job in sales and happy hour on Fridays; and the music world, with various bands, playing gigs in Los Angeles and touring internationally. But a year ago, he seized the opportunity to return to Portland and dedicate himself to his passion. The payoff on this investment has been the chance to share his happiness — and what it took to get there — with others through his songs.

Pederson’s EP, “Turn This Around,” captures his heartfelt approach to everyday life, and seeks to inspire not only from personal experience but also the greater issues facing the world.

Saturday’s concert will begin at 7 pm in the auditorium of the cultural center at 540 NE Hwy. 101, with doors opening at 6:30 pm.

Tickets, $13 in advance or $15 at the door, are available at lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, by calling 541-994-9994 or dropping by the box office.

Northwest beer and wines, soft drinks, My Petite Sweet cookies and Mountain Man snacks are sold before the show and during intermission.

To hear Pederson’s music, go to www.mikaelpederson.com.

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