LEWISTON – Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson, whose songs have been heard on the TV series “Dawson’s Creek” and “Smallville,” will perform at Bates College in a concert at 8 p.m. tonight in Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St.

Charlotte Martin, a songwriter named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” will open for Nathanson. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Self-described as acerbic and irreverent, Nathanson combines humor, wide-open catharsis and melodic beauty in his music.

The Massachusetts-born, San Francisco-based musician has self-released five albums. His sixth, “Beneath These Fireworks” was released last year on a major label.

Nathanson has built a following of people who drive countless miles to see him play and tape his live shows, according to the concert organizers. His Web site logs more than a million hits a month.

He has shared stages with John Mayer, Train, Howie Day, OAR, Guster and Five for Fighting.

Often likened to Fiona Apple and Kate Bush, Martin is a singer-songwriter-pianist who got her start singing opera while attending Eastern Illinois University in the late ’90s. Praised for the “full-throttle intensity of her rich vocals and the deep personal confessions” in her songs by Rob Patterson, “On the Scene,” BMI.com, Martin’s latest album is this year’s “On Your Shore.”

Tickets for the concert, which is sponsored by the student-run Chase Hall Committee, are $10.

They may be purchased at the door the evening of the concert. For more information, people may call the Student Activities Office at 786-6305.

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