Saturday, October 15, 2011
Coffee Talk with Laurence Juber
Two-time Grammy-Award winning guitar artist Laurence Juber will make a rare and intimate appearance this weekend at the Cave Creek Coffee Company, 6033 E. Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek, Arizona. The show starts 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Often considered most famous for playing lead guitar in Wings from 1978 to 1981, Juber, known as ‘LJ’, has since had a distinguished career as a solo finger-style guitarist.
LJ graciously granted me an interview to promote his upcoming Cave Creek appearance. As always, the virtuoso was in rare form.
Q: You’ve been on a mini-tour of our lovely state. What do you think of Arizona?
LJ: I enjoy Arizona, especially the northern portion. Last year I played in Flagstaff and right now I’m headed to Cottonwood. I like the audiences here, too, because they are not only enthusiastic but actually show up. That’s always a good thing!
Q: In between shows, you also do guitar workshops. What are those like?
LJ: They’re definitely more on the technical end of the spectrum of what I do. It’s usually a group lesson between eight and 20 people, showing them tips, tricks and ways to improve their playing. I also explain my process for arranging and playing the solo acoustic guitar, how to get sound, resonance and character from the instrument. I pass on my knowledge and experience on how to create a solid musical experience.
Q: It’s been a while since you’ve played at the Cave Creek Coffee Co.? How do you like the venue?
LJ: I remember it being a really cool place. When I first played there, it was a smallish coffee house and I played indoors. The last time I played they had moved the stage to the outside and there was a much bigger crowd. It’s a great vibe being outdoors and in the desert. It’s a great evening.
Q: At your concerts, you play all styles of music, including a nice sampling of the Beatles. Why are their songs so magical?
LJ: (laughs) Every time I hear a Beatles record I gain a new appreciation. Above and beyond the analytical part of it and creating the arrangements, when I start deconstructing Beatles songs, I find unexpected things. I can never listen to a Beatles record twice and hear exactly the same thing. There’s always something that I’ve missed, or a new discovery where you say, “Wow, what was that little guitar lick?” Or the way in which the backing vocals come in…there’s always something new to discover in their work.
Q: Did you hear that Cave Creek is hosting a running of the bulls hours before your gig?
LJ: I heard about it…No bull at my show.
For more information, call the Cave Creek Coffee Company at 480-488-0603 or visit www.cavecreekcoffee.com/
What: Laurence Juber
Where: Cave Creek Coffee Company, 6033 E. Cave Creek Road
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15
Cost: $20 advance; $23 at the door
Information: 480-488-0633 or www.cavecreekcoffee.com