Acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist Rocky Votolato is gracing Western with his musical mastery Saturday, February 4. Votolato comes to campus via the Associated Students Productions Pop Music office, which is hosting the show.

“It’s going to be one of the best shows we do all year,” said David Westbrook, ASP Pop Music Coordinator. “Rocky Votolato is one of the best musicians in the area.”

Votolato, Texas-born but Pacific Northwest-raised, just released his new album, “Makers,” on Barsuk Records. Barsuk, said Westbrook, is the “former home of Death Cab For Cutie, and the current home of Rilo Kiley, the Long Winters, They Might Be Giants...”

Votolato, according to the Barsuk Records Web site,, “writes songs that seem to have been scratched into a boxcar wall by a worn-out and lonesome ghost.” Besides this, says Westbrook, “he’s an insanely nice guy, and he has the coolest tattoo I’ve ever seen. I talked to him about it one time. It is pulled off of some 14th century German book, I think.”

And Votolato isn’t the only performer for the February 4 show. Gabe Archer of the Pale Pacific, a local favorite, will be playing. “He’s doing a rare solo show, which you won’t want to miss,” Westbrook said.

The show kicks off at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for general admittance. For more information on the show, visit the ASP Pop Music Web site,