Saturday Evening Concert

The Evening Concert will start with the announcement of the winners of the Competition! The top 3 players will be awarded their prizes and perform a few songs in celebration of their win.

The concert starts at 7:30PM, Saturday July 29th, at the Brown County Playhouse.

Michael KelseyMichael Kelsey – Michael is a rhythmic, inspired guitarist and performance artist who blends many musical genres with fervor and grace. When he hits the stage to perform, he plays every inch of his guitar pulling out every part of it or anything else an arm’s length or foot kick away.  A finalist in Guitar Player Magazine’s national competition and winner of Guitar Center’s “Guitarmageddon,” chosen as best unsigned guitarist out of over 3000 entrants nationwide says it all. This allowed him to be apart of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads 2004 performance where he shared the stage with many of the guitar legends such as Santana, Steve Vai, Eric Clapton. He has toured nationally with Blind Melon and Dishwalla and has opened shows for many artist of many styles including The Doobie Brothers, 38 Special, Rodrigo and Gabriella and the California Guitar Trio.

Brian Henke is a world-renowned hard guitarist. He composes and performs his music like a painter putting images on canvas, drawing his inspiration from the world around him. An avid hiker, he often brings his guitar along to create a spontaneous response to his outdoor settings. Mother Earth (Terra) as artist has given an immense living gallery from the humbling spectacle of her natural wonders to the simple, beauty of a treetop against a blue sky. Her majestic legacy and the magical feeling of awe and peace inspire the compositions of this award winning virtuosic fingerstyle guitarist.

His unique guitar style has been called everything from Folk to New Age to Neo-Classical to Pastoral or as Brian likes to call it “a big stewpot of everything, stirred up, simmered and served to taste.” His music appeals to anyone who like their music lyrical, thought provoking and performed with virtuosity. Through it all is an undercurrent of spirituality and mysticism that Brian says is very much apart of the creative process. Because of this he has received radio air play on shows as varied as WKSU’s “Folk Alley” and John Dilberto’s “Echoes”. He has also shared the bill on the concert stage with acts as diverse as Yes, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Morse, Yngvie Malmsteen, Robin and Linda Williams, Richie Havens, Christine Lavin, TheKingston Trio, Glen Yarborough, Alison Brown, Adrian Belew, Spiro Gyra and many of the best acoustic guitarists in the world including Pete Huttlinger, Alex DeGrassi, Stephen Bennett, John Doan, Beppe Gambetta, Dan Crary, Laurence Juber and many, many others.

Jack Wilson is an accomplished guitarist from the Chicagoland area. He is the 1st place winner of the 2016 International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition held at the Walnut Valley festival in Winfield, Kansas. (He placed 2nd in 2015.) This contest is considered, by many, the Olympics of fingerpicking. In addition, he has won seven other guitar contests as well as a bass contest. He currently freelances as a guitarist and bassist in bands, performs as a solo fingerstyle guitarist, teaches guitar and bass lessons, and on occasion, produces and engineers recording projects for other artists.

Whether performing with a group or solo, he is a chameleon of a player, being able to shift comfortably from acoustic to electric, pick or fingerstyle in a wide range of styles. He developed this versatility from an upbringing of listening to his mother’s R&B 45’s, playing hard rock and heavy metal with his friends, learning bluegrass and country standards from his guitar playing grandfather, and as a jazz and classical guitar major in college. This exposure has not only been invaluable as a performer, but also as a composer and instructor.
He has released one cd appropriately titled “Fidgety Digits” that demonstrates his fingerstyle arranging and writing abilities. He immediately gets your attention on the opening track by producing a cowbell sound from the guitar from his version of “Low Rider” by the band War. He is currently working on some of his original material, as well as another fingerstyle cd to be released in the near future.

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