From country to Motown, series will keep the fun in summer
Sharptop Arts Association is happy to announce a new musical series, with performers to include a wide-range of genres to keep those toes tapping all summer long.
Kicking of the Summer Sounds series is classical guitarist Jeff Bianchi, who is back by popular demand. Bianchi performed to a standing-room-only crowd at the Sharptop gallery last year and is thrilled to be back.
"I am really looking forward to coming back to the Sharptop Arts Center this year,” Bianchi said. “Last Summer's concert was a lot of fun. The audience was very welcoming and receptive to the classical guitar".
Bianchi’s performance will be on Thursday, June 19th at 7 p.m. and will last approximately one hour. The performance is one of many engagements during his 2014 concert season.
As a native of Williamson, New York, Bianchi began performing at weddings and cafes while still in his teens. The uniqueness of the classical guitar coupled with his professionalism enabled him to stay working over the years. As his skills grew, he gave full concerts throughout Western New York. His hard work earned him performances at the Rantucci International Guitar Festival as well as the nationally recognized Ithaca Guitar Festival. His concerts continued with his move to Atlanta in the summer of 2002.
From 2005-2007 Bianchi took a hiatus to tour nationally with Country acts Young Guns (Nashville, TN) and Chace Roberts (St. Paul, Minnesota). As an electric guitarist, Jeff toured much of North America; playing clubs and dance halls with capacity crowds. It was an exciting time in his life and was quite the adventure. On his return home, Bianchi resumed his solo performances. By 2009, he was touring throughout Georgia, playing in places such as Savannah, Tybee Island, Toccoa, Richmond, Duluth, and Hartwell. Large, enthusiastic crowds were the norm at these events. These positive reactions together gave him a goal to take his music to a much wider audience.
In February of 2010, Bianchi undertook his first cross-country solo tour. Making stops in Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, he gave concerts for audiences as large as 600 people. The overwhelming success of this tour enabled him to expand his solo career to a national level. Bianchi continued his success in 2011 with performances in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida. His success skyrocketed in 2012 and 2013 with successful concerts as far away as Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Wisconsin. Concerts were also give in Texas, Ohio and all of the South East.
His 2014 concert schedule will take him to Wyoming, Minnesota, South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama. Bianchi's current repertoire includes works by Ferdinand Ignace Hinterleithner, Leo Brower, Fernando Sor and William Lovelady.
Learn more about Bianchi at www.velvetguitar.com.
Tickets for the Jeff Bianchi performance are $10 and include one drink ticket.
All other performances in the Summer Sounds series are $5 (no drink included). Performances will be held at the Sharptop Arts Center at 68 D.B. Carroll Street in Jasper.
For more information or to purchase advance tickets contact the Sharptop Arts Center at 706-692-0101. You can also visit them online at www.sharptopartsassociation.org.