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David Berchtold to play Sept 12th and 13th at Downtown Downers Grove Fine Arts Fair
“Acoustic Blues, Folk, Roots, Rags, Rock, and Originals. Performed by a 30 year veteran of the Piedmont Blues finger picking style.”
When done well, finger-picking a guitar looks so easy anybody could do it. But the task of convincing several digits to make music while moving simultaneously in different, yet coordinated directions, when it appears effortless, takes a good deal of concentration and practice. Finger picking wizard David Berchtold, an acoustic guitarist for more than 45 years, makes the process seem like spreading butter on hot bread as he picks the six-string with melody and rhythm while singing.
Blessed with more than an hour’s worth of original songs, the Illinois native also chimes in with tunes from the cream of the fingerpicking crowd, including Chet Atkins, Doc Watson, Rev. Gary Davis, Leo Kottke, John Fahey and others. He’s made four visits to the Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp, founded and run by another of the greats, Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane / Hot Tuna), performing at the student concerts and once playing along with Jorma. Expect a range of rock and folk standards including music from The Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, John Prine, Doobie Brothers, Bob Dylan, JJ Cale, Grateful Dead and others to pop into the varied song list of this talented performer.
Find out for yourself on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 12th and 13th, at Downtown Downers Grove Fine Arts Fair at (insert address)
$5.00 door charge ( or No Cover!)
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