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Julia Nunes plays Auburn, NY and the Finger Lakes

Julia Nunes plays Auburn, NY and the Finger LakesMay 16th 2009  JULIA NUNES at 7:30pm

She’s a YouTube phenomenon. She’s a ukulele-wielding smartass and an incredible talent. She’s Julia Nunes – and she just woke up. Fairport native Nunes has been working her 19-year-old butt off lately. She just got back from a handful of dates opening for piano popster Ben Folds, she’s in the middle of recording her second album, getting flooded with fan mail, dealing with more than 1 million YouTube hits, and being hounded for autographs. Actress Molly Ringwald just sang her praises in a morning-show interview earlier this week.
Nunes is a serious musician with bright blue eyes, bright blonde hair, and a perpetual smirk. She has a knack for turning a phrase into something much more than your standard girl-with-a-guitar lament. Plus she’s got a big, beautiful voice – and a little ukulele. Nunes first made the scene four years ago in the informal singer-songwriter collective that came to be known as Chicks With Picks; five young women who rose above the coffeehouse caterwaul cliché to offer some refreshing, lyrically insightful, and compelling music.
Nunes’ migration to the ukulele separated her from the pack even more. Nunes was already creating a buzz with YouTube videos of her own songs played on guitar, complete with harmonies and clever, though perhaps a little rudimentary, video editing. Once the ukulele entered the equation, people really started to take notice – including the folks at Bushman, a company that manufactures ukuleles in Nashville, Indiana. The Bushman bigwigs urged Nunes to enter the company’s World Ukulele Video Contest. The prize: a new Bushman ukulele. After Nunes’ win in December 2007 the buzz went from bumblebee to chainsaw. Ben Folds was one of those people watching. The college-friendly alt-pop star dug her cover of his tune “Gone,” and offered her the opening slot on some of his tour dates this past spring. At present, Nunes has more than 27,000 subscribers to her YouTube account, which currently hosts 43 videos. Her most recent video, “Balloons,” received more than 600,000 hits in the first four days it was posted.

CHECK HER OUT AT: http://www.junumusic.com  www.myspace.com/jaaaaaaa   http://www.youtube.com/user/jaaaaaaa

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Posted: Saturday, April 18th, 2009 @ 9:52 am by Curt
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johannes_lindtead_cnyJohannes Lindstead Guitarist of Year Plays Central New York

From being named Guitarist of the Year in the 2007 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, to winning three best album awards, to four top-ten charting albums, to top-ten radio airplay, Johannes Linstead has become recognized internationally as one of best selling guitarist/composers in the Instrumental and World Music genres. Johannes let?s loose a fiesta of Spanish guitar magic!

Johannes’ live performances are nothing short of phenomenal. Bursting with tropical sounds, audiences are moved to dance and clap along to his music. In concert, as on his recordings, Johannes strives to create a festive mood, leaving plenty of room for lightning fast guitar improvisations and spicy percussion solos, which include bongos, congas, timbale and doumbek. Lively Latin and Mediterranean rhythms combined with Johannes’ technical virtuosity leave audiences breathless.

6/6/09 8pm

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72 S. Main Street
Homer, NY 13077-0191.
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LOCAL: (607) 749-4900
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Posted: Monday, December 22nd, 2008 @ 4:17 pm by Curt
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Frank Vignola is considered by many to be among the top ranked guitarists on the music scene today. An extremely versatile jazz guitarist, Frank Vignola has demonstrated that he is capable of playing everything from fusion and commercial pop-jazz to hard bop, post-bop, and swing. Frank performs and/or records with such varied artists as Chet Atkins, Madonna, Jon Faddis, Woody Allen, Ringo Starr, Manhattan Transfer, Frank Wess, Elvin Jones, Lionel Hampton and countless legends from the golden age of jazz; he is currently the guitarist with the David Grisman Quintet.

For more than half a century, John “Bucky” Pizzarelli has been a part of the fraternity of musicians who have kept mainstream and traditional jazz alive. For many years, at NBC, he played in the Doc Severinson Band on the Tonight Show. One of the era’s most solid rhythm players, Pizzarelli is in high demand to provide propulsion and background for other musicians. He played and toured with Benny Goodman, forming a close association with him that lasted until Goodman’s death; he also led his own trio and recorded duos with Zoot Sims (1976), Bud Freeman (1975), and Stephane Grappelli (1979).

4/18/09 8pm

Center for Arts of Homer, Inc.
72 S. Main Street
Homer, NY 13077-0191.
PHONE & FAX:
LOCAL: (607) 749-4900
TOLL FREE: (877) 749-ARTS
FAX: (607) 749-4910
http://www.center4art.org

Posted: Monday, December 22nd, 2008 @ 4:04 pm by Curt
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