Eclectic Guitarist David Lindley Performs Two Solo Concerts in Courtenay and Victoria

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 2017 October 27

Renowned guitarist and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley returns to Vancouver Island in March 2018 for two solo performances, the first in Courtenay on March 23 (a presentation of Vancouver Island MusicFest), and the second in Victoria on March 24, presented by innermusica.

David Lindley is a “musician’s musician”, known as much by the sounds he created on other artists’ records as he is for his own recordings. His first band, Kaleidoscope, released four records before 1970 and is regarded by many as the first world-music rock group, opening for Cream on their final US tour in 1968. Soon after, he became a highly-sought session musician, appearing on dozens of recordings by Linda Ronstadt, Maria Muldaur, Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, Joe Walsh, John Prine, and Bob Dylan, amongst many others. He was a regular collaborator and touring band member with Rod Stewart, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Warren Zevon, Jackson Browne and Ry Cooder, resulting in a number of studio and live albums punctuated by Lindley’s easily recognizable tone, sometimes subtle and refined, sometimes searing hot and spine-tingling.

In addition to his work for others, David formed and led El Rayo-X through ten years of touring through the 1980’s, prior to embarking on several duo-projects with a diverse collection of musicians, notably Henry Kaiser, Hani Naser, and Wally Ingram.

At these concerts, David Lindley will perform as a soloist, incorporating sounds and influences from six continents and his own California roots, fine-tuned over 50 years of record-making and touring.

Concert dates and ticketing information:

Date: Friday, 2018 March 23 at 8pm, doors 7:30 (presented by Vancouver Island MusicFest)
Venue: Courtenay BC – Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Avenue
Tickets: General Admission, $40 plus service charges
VIMF Box Office, 250-871-8463, https://musicfest.tickit.ca/events/3642-david-lindley

Date: Saturday, 2018 March 24 at 8pm, doors 7:30
Venue: Victoria Conference Centre Theatre, 720 Douglas Street
Tickets: All seats reserved, $39/$49 plus box office service charges
Brown Paper Tickets, https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3173521

Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word “eclectic.” Lindley, well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, has long championed the concept of world music. The David Lindley electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an incredible array of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki. The eye-poppingly clad “Mr. Dave’s” uncanny vocal mimicry and demented sense of humor make his onstage banter a highlight of the show.

Image courtesy of Dan Ward Photography

Legendary Guitarist Leo Kottke Returns for 4 West Coast Performances

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 2017 October 27

Amongst a phalanx of steel-string acoustic guitar masters, Leo Kottke stands alone as a virtuoso whose combination of innovation, precision, sensitivity, timing, and dexterity remain unmatched over a career spanning five decades, 30-plus records, and thousands of solo concerts worldwide.

Although his recordings have gained consistent critical acclaim, he is best known for his scintillating live performances, each markedly different in form and content from the next.

These four concerts are a superb opportunity for local acoustic guitar enthusiasts to hear an unparalleled musical innovator and craftsman ply his trade in small, intimate settings on a rare visit to Canada.

Concert dates and ticketing information:

Date: Tuesday, 2018 March 20 at 8pm, doors 7:30
Venue: Saltspring Island BC – ArtSpring Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Tickets: General Admission, $40 advance, $45 door, plus box office service charges
ArtSpring Box Office, 250-537-2102, https://tickets.artspring.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent3207.html

Date: Thursday, 2018 March 22 at 8pm, doors 7:30 (co-presented by Vancouver Island MusicFest)
Venue: Courtenay BC – Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Avenue
Tickets: General Admission, $40 plus service charges
VIMF Box Office, 250-871-8463, https://musicfest.tickit.ca/events/3641-leo-kottke

Date:  Friday, 2018 March 23 at 8pm, doors 7:30
Venue: Victoria Conference Centre Theatre, 720 Douglas Street
Tickets: All seats reserved, $39/$49 plus box office service charges
Brown Paper Tickets, https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3172985

Date:  Sunday, 2018 March 25 at 8pm, doors 7:30
Venue: Vancouver Granville Island Stage
Tickets: All seats reserved, $39/$49 plus box office service charges
VancouverTix,604-629-8849, https://www.vancouvertix.com/buy-tickets/leo-kottke

When Taylor Guitars crafted its Leo Kottke signature model, they described its namesake as follows:

“More than any other artist, Leo Kottke has defined the role of the contemporary acoustic guitarist as self-styled virtuoso, amassing a worldwide following in the process.  The self-taught guitarist first surfaced with his legendary 1969 recording, “Six and Twelve-String Guitar”. Since then he has blazed a singular stylistic path that continues to diverge from mainstream guitar music. Classical precision, pop attractiveness, jazz fluency, 20th-century harmony, bluesy fundamentalism, rubbery, syncopated rhythms, and lyrics that feature quasi-literary characterizations all vie for supremacy in his music and challenge preconceived notions of how acoustic guitar music should sound. In addition to his masterful musicianship, Kottke is beloved for a droll perspective on life that puts a tilt on his material and keeps concert audiences highly amused.”  – Taylor Guitars

“His fingers unleash a flurry of notes that evoke a quirky world of wonder: part bluegrass breakdown, part folk ballad, part Delta blues, part nursery rhyme. All this and surreally funny rambling monologues, too.”  – Baltimore City Paper

He has the kind of impeccable ability to play different lines simultaneously that almost requires a split brain. The man’s right hand should be preserved for science.  – Salon.com

“My music is maybe hard to categorize,” Kottke says. “It doesn’t fit conveniently into the bins at record stores. That works for me, though… I don’t rise and fall with trends. Most listeners seem to have room for this stuff. It’s been great that way.”