Kaki King performs Friday in Grass Valley
WHO: The Center for the Arts presents
WHAT: Kaki King
with Jerome Halloway opening
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6
WHERE: The Center for the Arts
314 W Main Street, Grass Valley
TICKETS: $18 member, $20 non-member $10 student
The Center Box Office - 530-274-8384 ext 14
Brooklyn-based guitarist and composer Kaki King, known for her “true genius” live shows, will perform in Grass Valley Friday during a concert presented by the Center for the Arts.
King is known for her percussive and jazz-tinged melodies, energetic live shows, use of multiple tunings on acoustic and lap steel guitar and her diverse range in different genres. Her performance technique is a hybrid of taps, slaps, strums, finger work and whatever else she has up her sleeve.
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” King has recorded five diverse albums with icons such as Foo Fighters, Timbaland and The Mountain Goats over a decade-long career. Besides appealing to audiences around the globe, King has contributed to many film and TV soundtracks, including Sean Penn’s “Into The Wild,” and appeared as a guitar-playing hand double on the acclaimed 2007 drama “August Rush.”
She first learned the guitar at age 4. In 2002, King released her first recording, an acoustic album, “Everybody Loves You.” Since then, she has expanded and reconceived the role of the solo instrumental artist.
Her newest release, “Glow,” showcases King’s songwriting and fret board skills. Produced, recorded and mixed by D. James Goodwin at his home studio in Woodstock, N.Y.
“Glow” features the talents of the acclaimed New York-based string quartet, ETHEL. On the album, King expresses her renewed love of the guitar.
“That’s where I’ve always been able to shine, for myself, without any doubts … For a long time, I wondered, ‘How am I going to have a normal life? How am I going to be an adult and still write good music?’ The answer came from not worrying about it. I’m just not going to argue with the muse anymore.”
Jerome Holloway, who will open for King, got his start in music playing drums as a child. He didn’t pick up a guitar for the first time until his mid-20s when he became obsessed with records by the likes of Damien Rice and D’Angelo.
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