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Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb with French Nights Opening
Central New York acoustic guitar standout Loren Barrigar and New Zealand star Mark Mazengarb were instantly aware of the musical magic that was created the first time they played guitar together. Loren and Mark first met in 2005 when they spent a few days working with the great Tommy Emmanuel at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp. Mark was a college kid, just completing his degree in classical guitar at the University of North Carolina; Loren was already a seasoned performer, but it was his first serious look at acoustic guitar. After the workshop, Mark visited Loren and they spent some time picking guitar - and picking each other's brains.
In 2008 they met again in Nashville at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) convention, an international gathering of hundreds of guitarists. That set the stage for the 2010 CAAS convention where they were on the schedule of performers. Though they were not originally listed to play on the big Saturday night finale, they were added to the show due to popular demand from those who heard them throughout the week. Barrigar and Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry seldom found among musicians. Their live performances feature not only their spectacular technical grasp of the guitar, but also their outstanding musicality and ability to be spontaneously creative.
The interaction between the two musicians is as much a feature of their shows as is the world-class guitar playing that they both display. It is difficult to classify the genre of music Barrigar and Mazengarb perform; they simply describe it as 'fingerstyle guitar'. Their varied repertoire consists of stunning guitar duets as well as songs (they both sing) which gives them a wide appeal. The music is influenced by Bluegrass, Jazz, and Country, and their style of guitar playing is largely built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed.
Barrigar and Mazengarb recorded their first album together this year in the summer of 2011, and were invited to perform as headline guests at the CAAS convention in July of 2011 in Nashville. The duo recently won a SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) Award at the Northeast Music Industry Convention in November 2011.
Ticket price:$20 (Stu/Sen $19, Mem $17 Child U12 $10)
More About Amazing Things Arts Center
Visiting the Amazing Things Arts Center Framingham residents can discover music, visual arts, theatre, children's programming and more. The Center has produced more than 1,000 events with more than 35,000 attendees since it opened in May 2005.
The Center has more than 500 members and almost 200 volunteers. Amazing Things hosts more than 300 events a year under the leadership of Director Michael Moran
Originally housed in a storefront in Saxonville, in May 2007 Framingham Town Hall Meeting voted to lease the historic downtown Hollis Street Firehouse to Amazing Things Arts Center for $1 a year for 50 years. Afterwards, the Amazing Things Board raised more than $250,000 in cash and resources donated to renovate the firehouse to its present condition.
Membership levels start at $35 for students and senior citizens. Family membership range from $60 to $1,000.
Other events here
- Choro das 3 Fri, May 31, 8:00 pm
- Jim's Big Ego Sat, Jun 1, 8:00 pm
- Mae Buckley's Live - Jazz Five Sun, Jun 2, 2:00 pm
- Paul Rishell and Annie Raines w/ Rich Brown opening Fri, Jun 7, 8:00 pm
- Paul Rishell & Annie Raines in Concert Fri, Jun 7, 8:00 pm
- Natraj featuring special guest Indian classical vocal maestro Madhuvanti Bhide Sat, Jun 8, 8:00 pm
- Frank Sugrue - CD Release "Edge" - Luke McNeil Opens Fri, Jun 14, 8:00 pm
- Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos Sat, Jun 15, 8:00 pm