Sunday, March 11, 2001 7pm
Inn on the Blues, York Beach ME
As of Weds 3/07/01 - the concert will go on as scheduled. Please be warned that due to the Blizzard of 2001 parking on Short Sands is extremely limited and the streets are very sloppy. Come on out for a good time and wonderful music, but don't wear your good shoes!
TICKETS & RESERVATIONS: Tickets on sale at www.seacoastguitar.org, mail (phone): 207-363-1886 (x3) and Feb 11 at Tweeter Etc (Newington), Earcraft Music (Dover), Acoustic Outfitters (Stratham), and Gravestone Artwear (York Village). The Seacoast Guitar Society is a new non-profit organization to benefit the guitar lovers of the area. Musicians, students and fans are encouraged to join and support our cause..
DETAILS: The Inn on the Blues is a blues club, restaurant and bar that seats about 100 people, and regularly features blues bands from around New England as well as some touring national artists. It is also an excellent room for acoustic concerts, located right in the heart of downtown York Beach at Short Sands (looking at the ocean!), and serves a full menu of blues food (a lot of barbeque!) and drinks. Smoking is permitted, and no one under 21 is allowed in without parent or guardian. There is not a bad seat in the house, and food is served all day, dinner til 9 then pub menu till 11pm. Call the Inn 207-351-3221 for dinner reservations. There is almost infinite parking across the street in the municipal lot. Travel time from Portsmouth NH is about 15 minutes.
Wheelchair access: Almost (3 steps)
Workshop/Master Class: Sorry.
About Stephen Bennett: One of the stellar American guitar pickers of today, Bennett is the only person to win both the national flatpicking and fingerpicking contests in their 30-year history, He has also gained notoriety for his amazing arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite for solo guitar. Bennett's guitar work ranges from original compositions of all sorts to Scott Joplin rags, Charlie Parker jazz, traditional fiddle tunes, 60's pop songs classical music,, and just about anything else that catches his fancy. As if the guitar is not enough of a challenge, he now devotes most of his energies to the 13-string harp guitar, helping to rescue the instrument from extinction. A centuries-old member of the guitar family, the harp guitar has a guitar neck, plus extra "harp" strings attached to a neck extension that allow a fuller sound, more bass, and more complex music. Stephen will also perform on the acoustic and slide guitars, and is known for his stage presence and sense of humor as much as his amazing guitar skills. He is from Virginia, and this will be his first area appearance ever. This promises to be an evening of truly amazing and wonderful guitar music.
ARTIST WEB SITE: www.harpguitar.com
DIRECTIONS: Heading North on I-95: After crossing into Maine, Exit #4 (right before Maine Turnpike Toll Gate), stay to the right off exit ramp onto extensions road that takes you to Rt. 1. Take right onto Route 1 South. At next set of lights, go left onto Rt. 1A North (after Mikes Mobil). Follow route 1A all the way through York Village, down Long Sands Beach, Past Nubble Lighthouse Road, stay left coming down the hill, and you will be on Short Sands Beach. Big Parking Lot, Play ground and the ocean on the right, just down the road a piece and on the left hand side is the Inn. Heading South on I-95: Go through York Toll Gate, and immediately take Exit #4 on the right. Bear Left onto Extension Road, that takes you to Rt. 1. Follow the directions above from there.
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