Best known as sassy sister Erica Goldberg on ABC’s "1980-something" comedy "The Goldbergs," Hayley Orrantia will strike out on her own for a pop-up concert in none other than the hometown of the original Goldberg family.

A pop country singer/songwriter when she is not on the set of the TV show, Orrantia will be performing with a three-piece band July 12 at the White Horse Coffee & Creamery, 700 West Ave., Jenkintown. After a 6:30 p.m. show sold out, a second show was added at 8:30 p.m. Every ticket holder gets a meet-and-greet and a complimentary signed copy of her debut five-song EP "The Way Out." 

Tickets are being sold for $50 via a Ticketleap link at https://www.whitehorsecoffeecreamery.com/find-us.

Strolling through Old Town Alexandria, Va., Orrantia, a Texas native, said in a phone interview that coming to the town that her TV show has made famous is "kinda surreal" and would probably feel like "an out of body experience." She added that she'd like to return to the area with her "Goldbergs" cast members to meet the people that their characters are based on.

"I should probably wear an 'Erica dropout' shirt," she joked, making a reference to her character dropping out of college to start a music career.

Erica Goldberg sings in several episodes of "The Goldbergs," beginning with a performance of Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" at a school talent show. Although Orrantia first gained national exposure in 2011 on the first season of Simon Cowell’s "The X Factor" — auditioning initially as a solo artist, and eventually getting matched up with three other women to compete as the group Lakoda Rayne — "Goldbergs" creator Adam Goldberg was unaware of her musical talent until she mentioned it in a one-on-one meeting after she was cast. "My character wasn't originally a musician," she said. 

Goldberg isn't alone. One of the things Orrantia hears most frequently when meeting fans is: "I really didn't know you sang," even though she has opened for Brad Paisley and Colbie Caillat’s new band Gone West, and performed at the Country Music Association’s CMA Fest for the past three years.

"The Way Out"'s five songs, which are available on all streaming platforms, explore the stages of grief and chronicle the heartbreak and recovery she experienced from the result of the betrayal of her long-time boyfriend. "There are times when I feel like people are gonna have to be in the mindset. I've been a lover of emotional music that strikes a chord. I'm getting to tell my story in my own way, because on 'The Goldbergs' I'm telling someone else's story," she said. 

During her concert appearances, Orrantia encourages the audience to share their betrayal stories. "I've heard some really wild stories," she said, mentioning one that involved someone pretending to have stage 4 cancer just to get attention. 

Besides the songs on her EP, she also has released six singles, a few of which you can check out on the Hayley Orrantia YouTube channel.

The 25-year-old Orrantia first got serious about acting when she was 15. At that time, Disney Channel TV shows like "Hannah Montana" were the hot vehicles for young pop singers, and she was advised to focus on landing a TV show. "I hated acting classes. I learned to let go of the technique," she recalled. Before auditions were held for "The Goldbergs," Orrantia was on track to sing and star in a Nickelodeon show.

Expressing love for her full-time TV job since 2013, Orrantia said: "I can not not be on 'The Goldbergs'." When asked about what might happen in the next season, she said Erica will end up going back to school and attending the same school as her brother, Barry. "I'm not sure how much her music will be put on hold," she said.  

When asked what was the most Erica thing about her, Orrantia replied, "I'd like to think I'm not as rude, especially to my parents. My dad's rolling his eyes as I speak," she said. "At the end of the day, Erica has a big heart for the family." 

According to Orrantia, ABC's "Goldbergs" spin-off show, "Schooled," has also been renewed for another season. "I'm a '90s kid, so I get those references better than the '80s ones," she said.   

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