Local rocker returning to CVU for benefit show (4/23/09)

April 23, 2009

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

Nationally known rock band The Urgency, which includes a recent Champlain Valley Union High School graduate, will perform a benefit concert at the school on Friday, May 1. Money raised at the show will go toward the high school’s auditorium renovation project, which is slated to begin sometime this summer.


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Champlain Valley Union High grad Tyler Gurwicz (center) and his band mates in The Urgency, pictured above, will play a concert at CVU on May 1.

The ticket prices for the show had not been announced by press deadline. On Wednesday, organizers were still trying to determine where at CVU the concert would be held.

The Urgency, which features 2005 CVU graduate Tyler Gurwicz as lead singer, is an up-and-coming hard rock band that started in Vermont and New York City. The band released its self-titled debut CD Tuesday. A few of the album’s songs are available for listening on The Urgency’s Web site, www.myspace.com/theurgency.

Williston resident and CVU auditorium committee member Elizabeth Skarie said Gurwicz’s success has been exciting to follow.

“He really was a major star in the plays and in the musicals,” Skarie said.

St. George resident and CVU auditorium committee member Sarah Tischler announced the show in an e-mail Sunday. Tischler said it’s been difficult organizing the show on such short notice in the middle of the school’s April break.

Tischler said anyone interested in attending The Urgency’s concert should check the CVU Web site, www.cvuhs.org, for updates. There is also an event page set up on the social networking Web site Facebook. Tischler said updates and information would also be posted there.

The Facebook site lists the concert start time at 8 p.m. on May 1, although Tischler said that has not been confirmed just yet.