Catch three of the nation's top acoustic guitarists in ONE show together! Pat Donohue, Tim Sparks, and Dean Magraw bring their unique style and mastery to this concert.
Pat is one of the most listened-to finger pickers in the world. As the guitarist for the “Guys All-Star Shoe Band” of Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, for twenty years, Pat got to show off his savvy licks and distinctive original songs to millions of listeners each week. Pat’s musical tastes are eclectic. Though he considers himself foremost a folk guitarist, Pat’s influences are rooted in bluesmen Blind Blake, Robert Johnson, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters and Miles Davis. He manages to blend jazz and blues with folk, and the mix is seamless. Over the years he has captivated audiences with his unique original compositions, dazzling instrumentals and humorous song parodies, including Sushi-Yucki and Would You Like to Play the Guitar?
Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Tim Sparks started picking out tunes by ear on an old Stella flat top during a bout of encephalitis that kept him out of school for a year. He taught himself to play the music he heard around him: traditional country blues and the gospel his grandmother played on piano in a small church in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
For Sparks it was a labor of love that earned him the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas in 1993.
"This is totally beautiful and inspiring music, warm and soulful, rich with melody, harmony and rhythm. Every guitarist on the planet has got to hear this. Tim Sparks is incredible, a complete original." —Bill Frisell
Composer, arranger, producer, guitarist Dean Magraw has fine-tuned his “Heavy Meadow” approach to music from years of performing and recording with some of the finest musicians in the United States, Europe, and Japan.
“Dean Magraw's guitar playing transcends, transports and lifts the soul to a higher level as he weaves, cajoles and entices every note from his instrument. The note, length of note, tone of note, the bending of the note; every colour of the note is explored and delivered with a master's care and love. Just as important are the silences with which he knits his music… these can only come with being at one with one's art. Dean Magraw is an incredible world class musician whose modesty only makes him more appreciated by the listener.” -Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Altan)
Red Wing’s “jewel-box”, the Sheldon, is a cornerstone community partner, a regional arts hub, and a national trailblazer in the rise of small-town performing arts centers. Located in the heart of one of the most beautifully distinctive downtowns in the Midwest, the 113 year old theatre is a truly unique gathering place where tens of thousands of people each year connect with themselves, with one another, and with the larger world. More at www.sheldontheatre.org.
443 West 3rd St
Red Wing, MN 55066
673 825th Street
Hager City, Wisconsin
After the show closes on Sunday, head across the Mississippi River to The Harbor Bar for a free concert by Annie Mack and her band. Annie Mack has built a reputation for writing meaningful and inspirational songs that she delivers with power, soul and conviction. A dynamic vocalist and charismatic performer, she takes the audience on a journey from velvet lined melodic depths to exciting, gritty, full bodied church hollers.
A regional powerhouse with national recognition, Annie has performed at many top festivals and venues, including The John Coltrane jazz Festival-High Point North Carolina, The Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival-Lancaster Pennsylvania, The Thunder-Bay Music Festival-Ontario Canada, and The Minnesota State Fair.
Great River Guitar Show - September 7 & 8, 2019 - Red Wing, Minnesota
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