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Greg Koch

Greg Koch

Friday, August 15, 2014 7:30 PM

Bringing together world-class chops and a humorous ability to articulate sounds and techniques, Milwaukee guitarist Greg Koch has established himself within six-string circles as a masterful technician, accomplished Fender clinician and guitar virtuoso. Declared “fiendishly talented” by Guitar Player magazine, Koch was awarded first prize in the 1989 Bluesbreaker Guitar Showdown judged by legendary bluesman Buddy Guy.


Jesse Cook

Jesse Cook

Saturday, August 16, 2014 7:30 PM

Canadian rumba flamenco artist Jesse Cook blends the exotic Spanish music form with elements of new age, jazz, and easy listening. Spending the summer of 2011 cottage hopping with his family, Jesse Cook set about writing new material for The Blue Guitar Sessions, his eighth studio album released in September 2011. For the Toronto resident, this record is much different from the rumba flamenco for which he is best known. He has been a leading proponent of the genre since bursting onto the world music scene with 1995’s Tempest. Among his many accolades, in 2008, he won the silver medal in Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s prestigious Players’ Choice Awards behind the legendary Paco De Lucia.