SEASIDE - Northwest Performing Arts Inc. will present Seaside Guitarfest 2012 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. The festival will showcase many styles of guitar music, from ancient to modern jazz.
10 a.m. - Dan Golden, world music
11 a.m. - Dave Drury, flamenco and classical
Noon - Open Mike
1 p.m. - Portland Guitar Duo
2 p.m. - Brownsmead Flats, folk
3 p.m. - Salty Dogs, classic rock and blues
4 p.m. - Lonnie Mardis and Scott Cossu, jazz
Admission is $20 per family or individual for the entire day, or $5 per family or individual for each single performance. Tickets will be available at the door. Our Saviour's Lutheran Church is located at 320 First Ave., across from the Seaside Convention Center.
The event is sponsored by Northwest Performing Arts Inc., a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to enriching the community through performances and performing arts education. Adults are encouraged to come and bring the kids. New members of all ages and interests are always welcome. For more information, or a membership application, call Kathy Gordon at (503) 286-9854.
Dan Golden (dangoldenguitarist.com) studied music at the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, music theory with John Elliot and guitar with Michael Anthony. He was a contract bass player in Kansas City through the 1970s, playing in studios, clubs, pit orchestras and on the road. From 1982 until 2010 Golden played guitar in Albuquerque, primarily with the Brazilian groups Sylvia Lazo, Toda Bossa and Saudade. He divides his time between Seaside and Portland.
David Drury began playing professionally in the early 1960s. Upon graduation from Phoenix College he attended Arizona State University as a music major. He has performed in much of the U.S., and recorded with a number of bands and artists in Phoenix, Tucson, Los Angeles and Portland. He moved to Astoria in 1983 and spends his time performing, writing and recording music. He has been an instructor at Clatsop Community College for two decades, teaching guitar and bass guitar and performing.
The Portland Guitar Duo (dpxguitarduo.com) formed in 1999. Guitarists James Manuele and Foti Lycouridis share a mutual enthusiasm for the medium and have performed in numerous venues throughout the United States as a duo team, as soloists with chamber ensembles and in appearances on radio and television. Their repertoire covers the Renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic and 20th-century periods, with a selection of pieces ranging from classic guitar duet favorites to some unique literature for lute and guitar. The duo performs classical and romantic literature on authentically restored original guitars from the 1800s. They bring new music for two guitars to the stage with their own transcriptions and with commissions of new works.
The Brownsmead Flats have been performing throughout the Northwest for more than 20 years. They are well known for playing original and traditional songs that explore the historic, political and humorous sides of life and appeal to all ages. The Brownsmead Flats play acoustic music that they describe as "crabgrass." This folk/bluegrass style has a strong emphasis on vocal harmonies accompanied by a variety of acoustic instruments including hammered dulcimer, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar and harmonica. They come from Brownsmead, aka the Center of the Universe.
Salty Dogs features a melodic balance of traditional, folk, classic rock 'n' roll and blues of the '50s, '60s and '70s. Playing all of the classic songs that everyone loves to sing along to, Salty Dogs specialize in fun music and performance flexibility. Jim Dwyer shines on vocals, world drums, percussion, guitar and harmonica, and Lorell Koskela Stoneman performs on piano, keyboard, flute, auto harp, guitar and vocals.
Lonnie Mardis lives in the Seattle area. He is popular throughout the Northwest as a touring musician and has been a staple in the Seattle music scene for many years. Mardis received his Master's Degree in Music Performance from the New England Conservatory and has played in festivals, clubs and concert halls across the country. He has led many ensembles and bands with a variety of styles including jazz, swing, rock, blues and classical. He is currently the music director for the Seattle Central Jazz Orchestra and the Federal Way Symphony Swing Band.
Scott Cossu - musician, composer and recording artist - has a background in jazz and rhythm and blues, combined with years of classical training and study of ethnic music from Sudan, Thailand, China, Romania and Ecuador, resulting in a unique world fusion music. He has produced scores for the acclaimed PBS series "Nova," nature videos and film documentaries and has worked with award-winning photographer Art Wolfe and environmental artist Christo.