Effingham, Ill. – The 6 String Summit returns to the EPC on Saturday, Feb. 24th at 7:00 p.m.
The event features 6 of the area’s best guitar players backed by a stellar band and includes a number of special guests, including: John Sawyer, Matt Poss, Kelsey Beard, Jon Fopay, Rex Pickens, Gratton Tolliver and Max Hutti.
Meet the guitarists: This event was the brainchild of Marty Williamson, who will lead the band throughout the evening.
Marty has been playing, studying and teaching guitar in the Effingham area for his entire adult life.
He has toured and performed with many bands over the years, most notably with Matt Poss and the Wild Bunch and Hello Dave.
More recently, he has been half of the regional duo Heather and Marty.
“The chemistry between the musicians last year was amazing! With that experience under our belts, I knew if I brought back the same lineup the show would be even better this year.” Marty said.
Larry Paul Passalacqua has been playing in bands since he was in high school, has been part of many local favorites including Mustang Sally, The Acousticats, LP and the Honey Bee and has toured the country with AKA and The Fabulous Ginn Sisters.
Mike “Mac” McDevitt is known for his work in rock bands like Probably Bob and the Rhythm Pigs.
For the last several years, he brought his blazing rock sound to the Matt Poss Band, during which time he toured the world including a trip to Afghanistan where they performed for the troops.
Josh Morrison is an all-around stellar musician playing drums, banjo and anything else that one can make music on, but it is on the guitar that he really shines.
He has played music with many bands including the Jed Adam Band.
His main gig these days is with Frisco Highline.
“I am very much looking forward to playing with the band and the special guests who will be joining us.”
“I feel honored to have a time and a place to explore musical ideas with such gifted people.”
“I feel blessed to be able to experience that with people who are interested, and are attentive.”
Jon Clarkson is a premier rock and metal guitarist who found his original inspiration in the music of Eddie Van Halen.
His version of “Eruption” knocked it out of the park last year.
Jon is excited to play again this year “Last year was amazing; getting to play guitar music with a top notch backing band and excellent sound in an incredible room with an appreciative audience along
with other talented guitarists was incredible.”
“I’ve played thousands of shows, some tiny, some huge, and this one is one of my bucket list shows. I’m excited.”
Bobby “Reverend Robert” Reynolds rounds out the group of six guitarists for the Summit.
He is the front man in Super Bad but has a separate solo career playing blues music on resonator and slide guitar.
The band for the evening will be the same as last year: Jeremy Adam on keys and backing vocals, Adam Burtch on bass and backing vocals and Kyle Heynen on drums.
Event promoter Bill Poss has this to say about them: “Well it’s my band, so I may be biased, but they are all top flight players at their instruments and we are so glad to have them all coming back!”
Tickets for the show are $12 and can be purchased online at www.theepc.org or by phone at (217) 540-2788.
Tickets are available at the Effingham Performance Center box office (1325 Outer Belt West, Effingham, IL) during business hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., extended hours on Wednesdays until 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and can be purchased at the door.
For more information about the show visit www.the-epc.org/localevents.
This presentation is part of the Heartland Dental 2017-18 EPC season and will be presented in the Midland States Bank Auditorium.
Effingham Performance Center is operated by Arts Connection of Central Illinois, a not-for- profit organization, that has been established for the citizens of Effingham County and beyond to showcase arts and entertainment, to encourage interaction with and appreciation of live performance, to endorse the educational process and to enhance the quality of life and cultural
vitality of the region.
Conveniently located at the cross-section of Interstates 57 and 70, Exit 160, Effingham Performance Center presents events that appeal to all genres and generations.
More information about the Center and Arts Connection of Illinois may be found at www.theEPC.org or by phone at (217) 540-2788.
Press Release courtesy of Effingham Performance Center