Date and Time
Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at 8:00pm
Mr. Sommer travels solo on this show and brings 7-9 guitars onstage along with a collection of small, beat-up amps held together with clothes pins, duct tape and zip ties. The stage is usually topped off with a collection of vintage Lava Lamps, acquired, as Eric Sommer explains it, "...through raucous negotiations in pawnshops, thrift stores and flea markets."
With open tunings, slide guitar, lap-slap tone guitar and a remarkably aggressive fingering style approach, watching Eric Sommer will make you jump out of your seat and holler for joy. And the songs, the words and the lyrical quality belie a deeply sensitive approach to documenting cast-aside events and recording the human experience - honestly or otherwise.
These songs are visual fabric to the American narrative of freedom and creative expression, making message and content work effortlessly with technical skill and musical inventiveness. It's a remarkable combination.
There are very few players who have maintained this authentic American style of guitar and Eric Sommer is one of the very best.