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Laura Walsh

Maricopa's Laura Walsh will perform in concert at Central Arizona College on Thursday. She earned a spot in Hollywood Week on this season of "American Idol."

Local recording artist and “American Idol” hopeful Laura Walsh will headline a concert at Central Arizona College’s Maricopa campus this Thursday night.

Walsh has recently found success on FOX’s long running reality show “American Idol,” and she has been a consistent figure in Maricopa celebrations such as “Battle of the Burbs.” However, this will be her first time headlining an event.

“I’m really excited to be the headliner of this concert,” Walsh said. “It’s exciting to be a headliner for my hometown and county, and I’m excited to see who shows up and to see how it goes.”

Doors will open in the “A Building” on campus at 7 p.m. for the event, and the concert is expected to last until 8:30 p.m. The event will cost $7 for public admission but is free to CAC students who present a valid school ID card. Students hoping to go will need to reserve their tickets ahead of time.

“Nashville recording artist and singer-songwriter Laura Walsh has already commanded the attention of Nashville’s hottest country acts, TV and radio, national sports teams, not to mention winning over the crowd at Country Thunder, one of the nation’s biggest country music festivals,” CAC released in a statement. “Debuting her first fully produced album, ‘Take Your Time,’ Laura has showcased her original songs as an opener for big names but as a down-to-earth Arizona native, some of her favorite shows have been right in her neck of the woods. This event is free if you present your CAC ID card but you must reserve your free ticket and present it at the door.”

An opening act is expected to take the stage at 7 p.m., but no performer has been announced at this time.

Having aced her “American Idol” audition in Denver, Walsh will compete during “Hollywood Week,” Jan. 27-28.