California Guitar Trio to perform at Veterans Memorial Hall March 30

The California Guitar Trio (pictured from left: Hideyo Moriya, Paul Richards and Bert Lams) will perform at Rockford’s Veterans Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 30. (Photo by Joe Del Tufo)

Staff Report

The last Friday in March brings the return of the incredible guitar fusion trio of Paul Richards, Bert Lams and Hideyo Moriya, a.k.a. The California Guitar Trio. They will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 30, at Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford.

California Guitar Trio (CGT) has been touring in support of a new album, Masterworks. This “all-classical” album contains several brand-new arrangements as well as some previously unreleased versions of CGT classics.

Since CGT shows regularly sell out, Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts has gone to a larger venue, but the Web recommends getting tickets early and arriving early.

Kryptonite Bar will provide a cash bar at the show.

While growing up in Utah, Richards was greatly influenced by the musical interests of his older brothers. His early interest in rock and blues quickly broadened to include jazz, classical, progressive, acoustic, world music and more. At age 21, he traveled to England to attend the extended Robert Fripp Guitar Craft courses, where he soon met Lams and Moriya. After living several years in England, Los Angeles and Argentina, he now resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Born and raised near Brussels, Belgium, Lams is a graduate of the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels. Originally a rock guitarist, he has extensively studied and taught classical guitar — and has a particular affinity for J.S. Bach and music influenced by the American Old West. Over the past 16 years, he has resided mainly in Los Angeles, and also spent several years in Wiltshire, England, and Santa Fe, N.M., and recently relocated to Pennsylvania.

A native of Tokyo, Japan, Moriya began playing guitar at age 12 by emulating the Ventures’ 1960s-vintage surf guitar style, and his favorite English rock bands. He came to America in 1982 to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and by the mid-1980s had enlisted in Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft courses. When not touring the world with the CGT, he resides in Tokyo.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at: Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both Postal Shoppe locations: Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940; and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903; Nikki’s Café, 604 Pleasant St., Beloit, Wis., (608) 207-3101; or by mail: send a check and SASE to P.O. Box 765, Rockford, IL 61105-0765. Indicate artist or performance date on check. Credit card payment accepted only at via PayPal. A $1 ticket processing fee is included. Print your receipt. Info: Call (815) 964-2238 or visit

From the March 21-27, 2012, issue

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