Michael Fracasso says his musical style is hard to pin down.

Michael Fracasso says his musical style is hard to pin down.

The singer-songwriter says he draws from a wide range of influences, including Stephen Foster, Woody Guthrie and Tom Petty.

"I kind of embody that whole Americana movement," he said. "That would be me because I kind of include everything in what I do."

The musician, who is based in Austin, Texas, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Columbus Maennerchor, 996 S. High St. He will be joined by John Fullbright on piano. Tickets are $20 at the door or are available by calling (614) 565-6130.

The Fracasso performance, presented by Zeppelin Productions, will be the final live show at the Maennerchor, which will close at the end of August. Columbus City Schools intends to expand nearby Stewart Alternative Elementary School, a plan that would require the razing of the Maennerchor property.

Fracasso, 58, said the folk movement of the 1960s inspired him to pick up the guitar. A native of Mingo Junction, then a major steel-mill town near Steubenville, Fracasso moved to Columbus to attend Ohio State University, from which he graduated with a degree in environmental science. After a couple of years in the environmental field, he decided on a new career path and moved from the state of Washington to New York City.

"I realized all I really wanted to do was play music," he said.

Then, in 1990, he moved to Austin, a city with an emerging, vibrant music scene.

"It has definitely taken off there," he said. "It is not like it used to be. The competition for places to play in town has definitely gotten very tough, but it's still an embracing city. The people love music in Texas. They do a lot to support the musicians there."

The competition makes him work harder, he said. There also is a strong camaraderie among musicians.

"It really works to your advantage because there are a lot of great musicians to work with," he said.