MARQUETTE – Patty Larkin, a nationally acclaimed singer and songwriter, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Kaufman Auditorium. The event is part of the 2004-05 Northern Michigan University Performing Arts Series. Born in Iowa, Larkin grew up in Milwaukee, Wis., in a family where music played an important role. Both of Larkin’s grandmothers played the piano, and at family gatherings everyone would sing. This influenced her to get into music herself during her teens; first playing the piano, then the guitar. After receiving a degree in English literature from the University of Oregon, Larkin went back to school at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Larkin released her first album, “Step Into the Light,” in 1987, and has since released nine more. This concert is part of a tour for her “RED=LUCK” album, which was released in 2003. She has made appearances on the “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Showbiz Today,” “American Music Shop” and other television shows. In 2002, Larkin received an honorary doctorate of music degree from Berklee College of Music, an achievement she shares with Duke Ellington, Sting, Natalie Cole and other artists. Her other awards include 11 Boston Music Awards and “Patty Larkin Appreciation Day;” a proclamation by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Tickets are available at all EZ Ticket outlets as well as online at www.nmu.edu/tickets. Tickets purchased in advance are $6 for students with ID, $14 for NMU faculty/staff and $15 for the general public. At the door, all tickets are $2 more. For more information, contact the ticket office at 227-1032.