Sunday, March 25, 2007

Teen finalists for the James Burton Guitar Showdown in video auditions at Tipitina's Music Office Co-op site

The James Burton Guitar Fest is back for its second year and there's a clear emphasis on the development of young talent.

The James Burton Guitar Showdown, co-sponsored by Tipitina's Music Office Co-op, will bring young players to the stage for solo workouts on Sat, Mar 31, at Festival Plaza. Tip's chef Dan Garner has a series of audition videos of teen and sub-teen guitarists who've made the finals in the Showdown. Their picking is entertaining and inspiring.

Check out these young performers at the Tipitina's site (hyperlink above): Jake Schiele, Brandon Hadrick, Forest Whitehead, Jessica Munn, Jerry Lee, Corey Bissell, Christopher Chase Enara, Keagon Seamon, Mitchell Friday, Bobby Johnson, and Matthew Davidson, who is age 9.

Jerry Lee and Jessica Munn were my favorites. But I enjoyed all the performances. There was much to praise in each of the players.

Their Festival Plaza appearance is set for 11 am on Sat, March 31. See fest details at

Dan Garner, Tipitina's Music Office Co-Op/Shreveport @ (318) 934-0000 or

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