Saturday, May 19, 2012

Wings guitarist lands in Valparaiso

Two-time Grammy-Award winning guitar artist Laurence Juber will make an appearance in Valparaiso this weekend. Juber will play 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20, 2012, at Cornucopia Coffee Co., 210 E. Lincoln Way, Valparaiso. Tickets range from $20 to $25. Known 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. A world-class guitar virtuoso solo artist, composer and arranger, LJ fuses folk, jazz, and pop styles and creates a dynamic multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. Laurence has released 20 acclaimed solo albums since Wings folded, including two volumes on The Beatles and one on his former group with McCartney. His latest, Soul of Light, is a retrospective collection of original compositions that span over 30 years of creative work on solo guitar. All newly recorded, some of these tunes may be familiar from being heard on TV and radio, while others have been touchstones of the solo guitar. “I started out as a composer for solo guitar and I’ve written well over a hundred tunes. The compositions on Soul of Light reflect a particular mood – one of romance,” Juber says. “Not only pure love songs, but also in the sense of using imagination and narrative to expand and transcend the traditional solo guitar genre. It also serves as a complement to the blues/jazz direction that my current composing and arranging is taking me.” As a studio musician, he can be heard on recent albums from artists as diverse as Barry Manilow, Al Stewart and Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks. He is also featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows and movies including the Academy Award-winning Good Will Hunting and Dirty Dancing, the James Bond thriller The Spy Who Love Me and The Muppets Movie. For more information visit: What: Laurence Juber Where: Cornucopia Coffee Co., 210 E. Lincoln Way, Valparaiso When: 7 p.m. Friday, May 20 Cost: $20 to $25 Information: 219-405-1000 or

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