Legendary Grammy-nominated acoustic guitar virtuoso, Leo Kottke will perform his signature jazz-blues-folk fingerpicking acoustic show at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, September 20, at 8 p.m. Kottke’s 30-year stellar career includes collaborations with Phish bassist Mike Gordon on "Clone". Kottke has developed a cult following of fellow guitarists and fans and his collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon on "Clone" in 2002 was a pivotal moment in Kottke’s career. Kottke and Gordon followed up with "Sixty Six Steps" produced by Leo's old friend and Prince producer David Z. This event is underwritten by Acousticmusic.org and is partially underwritten by Nature’s Temptations and is part of the Doyle Coffin Architecture Singer/Songwriter Series. To start the evening off right, Piccolo's Pizza & Jazzeria (Prospect St., Ridgefield) is offering a free glass of wine with dinner the night of the show when tickets are presented. Media sponsor is WFUV 90.7fm.
A consummate musician, Leo learned to play trombone and violin at an early age then gave those up and developed his fingerpicking guitar style. He received an honorary Doctorate in Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008. In concert, Kottke intersperses humorous monologues with vocal and instrumental selections that typify his illustrious career, played solo on his signature 6- and 12-string guitars.
For tickets ($45), call or visit the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse, (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT; ridgefieldplayhouse.org.