Upcoming Show: May 11, 2013
Feature Act:Willson & McKee
Touring together since 1990, Ken Willson & Kim McKee craft a freestanding hybrid of Celtic and contemporary acoustic adventure. Willson & McKee’s richly entwined harmony vocals ripple the emotions with traditional and original ballads, and an array of instruments, including dulcimer (2002 National Champion), harp, accordion, guitars, and bouzouki, guarantee a wild ride through traditional and original tunes sets. By mingling enthusiasm for the music of their ancestors with an airy approach to modern life, plus an intense desire to have fun, there is never a dull moment in their performances. Their seven recordings include prestigious awards such as the Milwaukee Irish Festival International Songwriting Competition, 1st AND 2nd place in 2003 and 2nd place 2005. Combining contemporary songwriting skills with traditional foundations, they transform the music into a refreshing journey… smiles and laughter required!
Opening Acts: :Adam Gardino & Rich Owen
Adam Gardino creates the epitome of emotion through his 6 string guitar. Growing up in the heart of Colorado Springs, CO gave Adam a diverse musical world of blues, country, bluegrass, rock, folk, and jazz to draw inspiration from. This comes out in his unique and outright incredible fingerstyle compositions and arrangements, which throughout his budding career has continued to dazzle audiences everywhere. He has been blessed to have shared the stage with some of the best musicians including Grammy winners Doug Smith, Pat Donohue and Al and Amy Petteway. From farmers markets to radio shows, house concerts to performing art centers, people agree these finger acrobatics are only the beginning.
On his 10th birthday, Adam received a guitar from his family and hit the ground running. By the age of 16, Adam had not only a developed a deep love for music, but also succeeded in his first year at the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, held at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS, by finishing in the Top Five. Taking that experience forward, he kept competing and continued on to receive 3rd place at the age of 21 and 1st place at the age of 23.
Adam is a graduate from the University of Colorado Denver magna cum laude with a B.S. in Music Performance. There, he was exposed to songwriting and he took to using his experiences to paint a tapestry of words that only added to his musical backdrop. In 2011 he released his first album “Lost Keys”, which showcases his incredible fingerpicking and witty songwriting. On the heart wrenching “Goodbye”, or the funny-bone tickling “Dentist Chair Blues”, tears are sure to come.
When not on the road or in his home studio teaching students, Adam spends most of his time with friends and family. He currently trains at his parent’s martial arts school as a 2nd Degree Black Belt, along with his girlfriend who is also a 2nd Degree Black Belt. Playing Batman and Call of Duty with his brother and cousin, he looks like just another young college grad. But put a guitar in his hands and he transforms into a fingerpickin’ machine.
Canon Rose Acoustic Society (CRAS) showcases professional and amateur talent on the 2nd Saturday of all months and the 4th Saturday of each month (except the months of May, November and December and dark the months of June, July and August)
Shows start at 7:00 PM. Admission $ 7
Members $5 Kids & Students FREE
You are invited to join CRAS. Family Membership $25 per year Individual Membership $ 15 per year
Donor Membership $ 50 per year
Patron Membership $ 100 per year
Doors open at 6:00 Show time is 7:00