We're big fans of guitar music, so we're excited about this Fall and winter months when our friends at the Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha Public Library, and Kenosha Symphony Orchestra provide plenty for guitar aficionados.
Center Stage: A Century of Guitars
Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Avenue
August 20, 2016 – February 26, 2017
Explore the evolution and artistry of the guitar in America through the 20th Century and its impact on popular music and culture. View rare, vintage, and unique guitars, many never shown before. Featuring a premiere collection courtesy of Music Center, Kenosha. During this exhibit, make sure to see paintings by Wisconsin artist Tom Noll, including a portrait of Bonnie Raitt, created just for this event, and learn about Wisconsin inventor and recording legend, Les Paul, and his iconic Gibson guitar, courtesy of the Waukesha County Museum.
Friday, September 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm
WGN Radio Legends Steve King and Johnnie Putnam share stories about their relationship with guitar legend Les Paul, a regular guest on their top-rated show. Paul would often call in to the show after his Monday night performances at the famed Iridium Jazz Club in Manhattan. These and other stories are documented in Steve and Johnnie’s book, A Little More Les, which they will sign following the presentation. They will also have their autographed Les Paul guitar on display.
Second Saturdays, September through February, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
As a part of Second Saturday activities in Kenosha's downtown area, Kenosha Public Museum hosts an open-mic for guitarists. Grab your guitar and take your turn on stage, or sit back and enjoy the performances. All skill levels welcome.
Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
Rock out to the sounds of the popular, family-friendly, Milwaukee-area band, Trolley. Learn more HERE.
Guitars in Concert
Kenosha Public Library, Southwest Branch, 7979 38th Avenue
Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Featured Performer: Lil Rev. Features old time country, bluegrass, pre-war blues and swing guitar music that'll have your toes a-tappin'. www.lilrev.com
Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Featured Performer: Kraig Kenning. Spend an evening listening to some phenomenal finger picking, fabulous slide guitar playing, and lyrics full of heart. Mr. Kenning is a talented performer you won't soon forget. www.kraigkenning.com
Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Featured Performer: Jack Grassel. Jack Grassel's music will demonstrate how new electronic looping technology makes it possible to do live in front of an audience what Les Paul did in 1948 with recording engineers and tape recorders hidden behind a curtain. Mr. Grassel, of Jack and Jill Jazz, has been chosen by the readers of Guitar One magazine as "...one of the 10 Best Guitarists in the U.S." and received seven WAMI awards as jazz artist or guitarist of the year. www.jackgrasseljilljensen.com
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Featured Performer: Jamey Buencamino. Enjoy the rich, fragrant music of classical guitar.
Kenosha Symphony Orchestra
Reuther Auditorium, 58th Street and Sheridan Road
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Kenosha Symphony Orchestra welcomes Flamenco composer and guitar maestro to the Reuther Auditorium stage for the evening program, Noche de Pasión - 100 Years of Spanish Guitar.
David Maldonado is one of the only living Flamenco composers left worldwide. Raised in a family where playing music was as natural as breathing, his early influences encompassed a broad range of classical music. By the age of eight, Maldonado was already an accomplished violinist, immersed in the world of Bach, Vivaldi, and Mozart. By the age of fourteen, David was performing classical guitar concerts in the Southwest United States. It was during his teenage years that he discovered Flamenco.
Maldonado's music reflects the beauty and structure inherent in traditional composition, at the same time bringing forth the passion, upbeat rhythms and fascinating gypsy scales redolent of Flamenco. The combination of these, along with David's incredible stage energy and motivational storytelling, invokes a passionate response from audiences of all ages.
An artist reception will precede the event, and will occur in partnership with the Kenosha Public Museum.
www.kenoshasymphony.org and www.davidmaldonado.com
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