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The soothing sounds of classical guitar filled the air on Sunday July 29th as world renowned guitarist John Jorgenson brought his quintet to the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA. This intimate venue was the perfect setting. With it’s beautiful architectural details, situated right on the ocean affording a magnificent views, it was an afternoon to fill the senses.
The musical style of the John Jorgenson Quintet is what is known as Gypsy Jazz. The main styles of music within gypsy jazz is jazz, The Musette style waltz and elements of swing. Gypsy jazz is said to have been started in the 1930’s by Django Reinhardt. Jorgenson and his quintet would have made Reinhardt proud. Playing in perfect rhythm together on such songs such as “Red on Red”, “Mediterranean Blues” and “Kentucky Kastrinos” the band never missed a beat.
The audience received a real treat during the encore. For their last song, Jorgenson and his band had all microphones and amplifiers turned off so that they could showcase the amazing acoustics of the venue. It was a truly stunning performance. Once the show concluded, Jorgenson and his violin player, Jason Anick took time to sign autographs and talk with the audience. If you have not yet seen The John Jorgenson Quintet, do yourself a favor and attend a show. You will not be let down. John Jorgenson and his quintet, a class act!
Compared to Bob Dylan, New Hampshire’s own singer/songwriter Tristan Omand lit up the stage with his carefully crafted songs Friday night June 15th. Omand was the opening act for famed singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, New Hampshire. The young Omand conversed with the crowd in the best way that he knows, through his music. With only a guitar in hand, Omand took command of the stage from the first strum of his guitar under a lone white light. At the young age of 25, Omand has the intensity of a performer of a quarter century. His provoking lyrics and melodic guitar playing make Omand the perfect package on the stage.
The main act, Livingston Taylor conversed with the crowd in the very same way the Omand did, with just his guitar and a little piano. As Taylor performed is soulful and witty songs, you could get a sense of the resemblance between both of the performers music. Taylor performed his songs such as “Never Lose Hope”, “Carolina Day” and “Best of Friends” for the crowd of young and old. Tristan Omand and Livingston Taylor combined for the perfect mix of a great night of truthful, down to earth music. The Tupelo Music Hall hit a home run when putting this show together.