Three music events at studio 116 this weekend

Published 7:24 pm Thursday, January 10, 2013

Studio 116 in downtown Brundidge will bring acclaimed classical guitarist Jeff Bianchi to the stage tonight and a group of budding young singers and musicians to the stage on Saturday night, along with an artist potluck.

Chris Rich, studio co-owner, said Bianchi is traveling through the region and studio 116 is lucky to have him.

“Jeff Bianchi is a dedicated musician who has been playing for audiences for 21 years,” Rich said. “Playing the classical guitar is an essential and natural part of his life.”

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Bianchi is a native of New York and began performing at weddings and cafes while still in his teens. As his skills grew, he gave full concerts throughout Western New York, including performances at the Rantucci International and Ithaca guitar festivals. His concerts continued with his move to Atlanta in 2002.

For a couple of years, 2005-2007, Bianchi toured nationally with country acts, Young Guns and Chace Roberts.

“As an electric guitarist, I toured much of North American and played to capacity crowds at clubs and dance halls,” he said. “That was an exciting time in my life. It was quite an adventure. When I returned home to Atlanta, I resumed my solo performances.” In February 2010, Bianchi undertook his first large-scale tour and made stops in Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. The success of those tours enabled him to expand his solo career to a national level.”

Bianchi’s concert season marked a milestone in his career. He gave concerts in Idaho, Colorado and Wyoming, Texas, Ohio and most of the Southeastern United States.

Studio 116 will welcome him tonight for a one-hour concert beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 or two for $15.

On Saturday night, the talented young guitar students of Lenny Trawick will present a recital beginning at 7 p.m.

Sara Dismukes, studio 116 co-owner, said one of the students, Kathleen Deal, performed at Open Mic at the studio and was amazing.

“She performed jazz pieces and some Dolly Parton and Amy Winehouse,” Dismukes said. “I’m not sure what she will do Saturday night but it will be good, as I’m sure all of Lenny’s students will be. Lenny will be performing with them.”

There is no admission charge for the recital. Everyone is encouraged to come support these young people and enjoy their music.

Prior to the recital, the studio will host an artist potluck at 5 p.m.

“We’re welcoming our visual artists for this community event and we invite all area visual artists to join us, for potluck,” Dismukes said.

Those who attend events at studio 116 are invited to bring a picnic or their favorite take-out and enjoy an indoor tailgate party or dine in at a local eatery before the show.