The Mercyhurst North East Cultural Series opens Oct. 18 with a performance by Gem City Revival titled “Old Songs with New Soul, New Songs with Old Soul” at 7 p.m. in the Alex Theatre. Tight vocal harmonies and rollicking folk instrumentation have made Gem City Revival one of the hottest acoustic acts in the region. Featuring Abby Badach Doyle on fiddle and vocals, Pat Doyle on guitar and vocals, and Ang Phillips on guitar and vocals, this trio is dedicated to keeping honest, rootsy, Americana music alive in Erie. Join them for an evening of old and new songs from Gem City Revival, as well as a discussion of the influence of traditional folk music, the emerging genre “Americana” and the evolution of Nashville roots music. The program is free and open to the public and no reservations are required. Contact Patti Sullivan at 725-6277 with any questions.