John Gorka will play The Outpost in the Burbs on Friday, Dec. 1. COURTESY THE OUTPOST IN THE BURBS

Outpost in the Burbs presents “An Evening with John Gorka” on Friday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Ave. Outpost volunteers will be collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys for  the Toys for Tots program at this show.

The Outpost writes in a release, “For over two decades, John Gorka’s keen ear has picked up the stories along his path, folding them into poetry and song. His keen perceptiveness inspires people from all over the world to share their stories. By involving those tales in his music, he escapes the trap of introspection that hobbles less gifted singer-songwriters.” For information, visit, or call 973-744-6560.