Clara Berry, an up-and-coming Maine songstress, and Amanda Gervasi of Gypsy Tailwind will perform Thursday, July 8 at Roots & Tendrils, 2 Cross St. The music will begin at 7 p.m.

Emerging singer/songwriter Berry is bringing a youthful perspective to the New England songwriter scene. She began with the craft at age 13, developing a mature, melancholy and evocative sound. At 15, she began hauling her keyboard around to the local open mics and since has been playing at a number of venues, opening for acts such as Pierce Pettis and Cheryl Wheeler  In 2008, Berry was named one of the 10 Maine Bands to Watch by the Portland Press Herald. She also released her first album, “Wave,” that year.

Maine-grown artist Gervasi’s insightful lyrics and intensity onstage bring an audience to close attention while encouraging a look into themselves. A folk-rock, roots and blues junkie, she offers songs that reveal a comfortable blend of her influences and originality. In addition to her solo project, Gervasi is the lead singer of Gypsy Tailwind, a soulful Americana group from Portland that has opened for Ray Lamontagne, Rusted Root, Guster and, most recently, was invited to be a part of the inaugural Nateva Festival lineup. On July 24, the long-anticipated release of Gervasi’s debut album “Merry the Ghost” will take place.

Cost is $5. Roots & Tendrils is an arts venue on the downtown corner of Cross and Main streets. In addition to showcasing works by up-and-coming artists, Roots & Tendrils also features a variety of modern handmade items from Maine crafters and designers, as well as a year-round calendar of live music events. For more information, call 338-5225 or visit rootsandtendrils.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.