California Guitar Trio comes to Memorial Hall April 17

Ready for some California dreamin’? Come to Memorial Hall at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 17, and hear the California Guitar Trio, presented by Charlotte’s Web.

Paul Richards of Utah, Bert Lams of Brussels, Belgium, and Hidyeo Meriya of Tokyo first met in England at one of Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft courses in 1987. After completing several of these intensive courses, the three toured worldwide with Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists. After the League ran its course, the group convened in Los Angeles and founded The California Guitar Trio in 1991, honing their intricate original compositions, surf covers and classical re-workings.

The California Guitar Trio is featured on Tony Levin’s new CD Pieces of the Sun. The opening track, “Apollo,” was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards in the “Best Rock Instrumental Performance” category. Their music has been used as a backdrop in the 1998 Winter Olympics and the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

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