Imaginative and masterful acoustic guitar virtuoso
Thursday, Jan 9
NOTE: This show was moved from Yoshi's Oakland - contact the box office for questions 415-655-5600
Andy McKees acoustic guitar can approximate the polyrhythmic interplay of a percussion ensemble, the harmonic sweep of a string section, the dazzling runs of a bluegrass doghouse bass-and-banjo duo, and virtually anything else his pastoral compositions and tasteful covers require. In nine years and five records hes written an oeuvre that globally inspires and intrigues music fans. His robust 200 dates-a-year tour itineraryoften spanning domestic rural to the exotically remote, from Albuquerque to Jakarta to Zurich and everything in betweenand his fans-first commitment, make him a worldwide ambassador for a new era in acoustic virtuosity.
Andys imaginative and masterful approach to the instrument and his Guitar Masters tour franchisea tour package of edgy progressivesis helping to redefine our conception of acoustic guitar. Recently hes garnered plum exposure playing with Prince in sold-out arena shows in Australia as a featured soloist and special guest member of Princes extraordinary live band. He has toured two different continents with Dream Theater (where he played to 10,000 in Mexico City and to tens of thousands in South Korea, Thailand, China and Japan) and with one of his heros, Eric Johnson (who made a rare acoustic showing on the Guitar Masters Tour), where hes been able to share his unique artistry with a wide and diverse audience. Fans of sophisticated holiday music had the opportunity to hear Andy on Josh Grobans Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum Christmas album, Noël. In December 2008 Andy was awarded Acoustic Guitar Magazines esteemed worldwide silver medal award for his fingerstyle approach. But most fans first exposure to Andys guitartistry has been through his YouTube presence; the Topeka Kansas natives 150 million cumulative youtube views puts him in the top three most viewed subjects on the sites storied seven-year history. YouTube, and video culture in general, tends to have a shtick-based popularity where humorous and superficial images tend to attract the most attention. That a guy with just an acoustic guitar and no fancy camera work or special effects could resonate with that many people is inspiring in that it showed there is a powerful and widespread hunger for pure and progressive musicianship.
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