LINCOLN CITY – Those who enjoy great guitar riffs and wry humor are invited to the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Friday, Oct. 4. The occasion? The encore performance of guitar great Jamie Stillway, with a solo concert in the LCCC Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 pm, with the music to start at 7 pm.
While she’s in Lincoln City, Jamie Stillway will also give a guitar workshop, for players of all levels. It will begin at 11 am on Saturday, Oct. 5, in the lower level classroom at the cultural center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. The price is $35. For details, call the center at 541-994-9994.
MORE ABOUT JAMIE
After a brief stint in Denver as a rhythm guitarist in a gypsy jazz group, Stillway relocated to Portland, Oregon. In 2002, she formed an acoustic guitar duo with resonator slide man, Ben Bonham, and the duo snared serious accolades from all corners. As music critic Don Campbell of the Oregonian aptly reported, “Jamie Stillway not only comps big, fat, swinging and expensive jazz chords but picks with a ferocity that would make Django proud. If she’s not grinning ear to ear during her solos, she should be. Her technique is commanding and artful, and she possesses a gypsy soul that would be at home in 1930s Paris, or busking on the streets of Dallas”.
In 2005, Stillway released her debut solo CD, “Mell of a Hess,” which featured many guest musicians from the Portland area, and was picked up for national distribution by Burnside Distribution. Jazz Times magazine noted: “Mixing up genres without pretension, the nimble Stillway moves freely and with wit and creative restlessness, between the worlds of, say, Leo Kottke and Django Reinhardt.”
The online guitar magazine Minor7th.com stated, “she continues to deliver an eclectic mix of sounds with an ensemble of fine supporting players. This is music with attitude always, muscle when it needs it, spunk, and a healthy sense of humor.” In addition to her performing, Stillway has spent many years honing her skills as a guitar instructor, and is currently teaching at the Northwest Academy, as well as private lessons. She last played in Lincoln City in March 2013.
Tickets for the Oct. 4 show are $12 in advance and $14 at the door, on sale now at the LCCC box office, 541-994-9994 (Visa/MC accepted). The Lincoln City Cultural Center is located inside the historic Delake School building at 540 NE Hwy. 101. For details, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or call 541-994-9994.