An Evening with Leo Kottke

Western Reserve Folk Arts Association welcomes

An Evening with Leo Kottke

Wed, May 23, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$30.00 - $45.00

Leo Kottke
Leo Kottke
Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, but left town after a year and a half. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11. Throughout his career, Kottke’s fingerpicking style demonstrated his love of the country blues of Mississippi John Hurt, while drawing on jazz, folk and other styles.

Kottke's 1971 major-label debut, Mudlark, positioned him somewhat uneasily in the singer-songwriter vein, despite his own wishes to remain an instrumental performer. Kottke flourished throughout the decades, with acclaimed recordings and international tours. His collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, Clone, caught audiences' attention in 2002. Kottke and Gordon followed with Sixty Six Steps, recorded in the Bahamas and produced by Kottke's old friend and Prince producer David Z.

Kottke has received two Grammy nominations; a Doctorate in Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the University of Texas at Brownsville.
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240