Fingerstyle guitarist Chris Proctor will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Back Room of the Barton County Arts Center.
Seats are $10 and walk-ins are welcome until the limited seating is filled. Reservations to guarantee seating may be made at the Arts Center, located at Forest and Main in Great Bend, which is open weekday afternoons. For more information call 620-792-4221 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proctor, who is in Kansas to perform at Salina’s Smoky Hill River Festival as well as at The Back Room, will be featured on Radio Kansas (90.9 FM for Great Bend and Hays) at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday. The listener-supported radio station will broadcast a performance of selections from his latest CD, "Ladybug Stomp," in front of a live studio audience.
"All my years of exploration of instrumental guitar and Americana have led me to this new CD, my first recording of new original compositions in nine years," says Proctor.
An internationally recognized 6- and 12-string guitarist, composer, recording artist, performer and clinician for Taylor Guitars, Proctor is the winner of the U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. He has produced several books and videos that teach his techniques and compositions for solo guitar, and writes extensively for the guitar press.
He is touring to promote "Ladybug Stomp," his new release and ninth solo recording, on Sugarhouse Records, and his new concert/interview DVD for Stefan Grossman’s Vestapol Video Guitar Artistry series, Morning Thunder.
Proctor’s music is rooted in classic Americana-spiced with folk, Celtic, jazz, pop and classical flavors. His recordings are bestsellers among acoustic guitar enthusiasts. He has appeared on two popular Windham Hill Guitar Samplers and was senior clinician for Taylor Guitars for more than 20 years. To honor him Taylor recently manufactured 100 "Chris Proctor Signature Model" guitars to his unique design specifications.
Sponsors said his warm stage presence and sense of humor, his 12-string and slide work, his adventurous 6-string techniques and tunings, his stunning original guitar pieces and arrangements, and his pioneering use of the electronic bow have all made him a favorite with guitar fans everywhere.
This program is presented in part by a grant from the Kansas Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the City of Great Bend and CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, also of Great Bend.