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Richard Gilewitz Acoustic Adventures
August 18 • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm• Free
Richard Gilewitz, six and twelve-string fingerstyle guitar wizard and raconteur, creates lively instrumental excursions colored with sparkles of mood mastery from his diverse selections and thought-provoking tales. This veteran performer constantly mesmerizes the audience’s eyes and ears with originals and covers laced with Americana, folk and blues, Spanish and European classical, and somewhere in between.
Audiences who discover Gilewitz’s instrumentals to be soothing for troubled souls also find his musings tickling their funny bones and giving reason to ponder his stories long after the curtain has lowered. After cutting his chops at coffee houses in college, Gilewitz paused to work as a computer scientist for several years in fields of flight simulation and software design for NASA. But the magnet of a career musician and educator pulled Gilewitz into an arena filled with opportunities to travel and share his music and tales while playing solo or with others.
Fellow musicians relate to the struggles of international touring as Gilewitz turns his misfortunes into inspirational and humorous tales He has endured three wheelchair tours in four countries nursing a ruptured disc, performed with a broken thumb (from his dog who stuck out her paw to trip him), post-neck and spinal surgeries (a result of an auto accident), insomnia (from missing his guitar that flew alone from Hobart to Darwin instead of Dallas), a broken toe (amp vs open door on van) and a tibia stress fracture while continuing to overcome his obsessive fear of Australian spiders. Although the probability of the worst issue of performing as a fingerstyle player (no picks; just fingers) is always the unexpected misfortune of a chipped and uneven nail, Gilewitz still believes that none of the pain and challenges he has experienced remotely competes with the suffering recipients of his jokes and lack of timing during the front end of his career.
This concert is sponsored by Uptown Music. Canned goods for the food pantry drive are always appreciated for admission.