Who: Adrian Legg
When: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 8 pm
Where: The Sanctuary, the corner of 13th and J streets in Arcata
What: Amazing solo fingerstyle guitar
Adrian Legg is a guitar player who Wikipedia deems “impossible to categorize.” His music borrows from folk, jazz, country, classical, and more, playing hybrid guitars that are not quite electric or acoustic, but somehow both at the same time. In the ‘90s he toured with shredders Joe Satriani and Steve Vai as part of the G3 tour. Satriani, who called his Uncle Adrian, said of him, “He’s simply the best acoustic guitar player I’ve ever heard. I don’t know anyone else who can create such a cascade of beautiful notes… Adrian plays like he’s got hammers for fingers.”
He records occasionally, and the album titles tell some of the story: Technopicker, Guitars & Other Cathedrals, Guitar for Mortals, Fingers and Thumbs and Slow Guitar among them. His latest, The Dead Bankers, is as good as any excuse for another tour.
Tuesday night’s concert at the Sanctuary is produced by the folks at Arcata Playhouse. Legg was going to play at the Playhouse, but a shifting tour schedule left only tonight’s date, the same night as the Redwood Jazz Alliance’s Melissa Aldana concert. They decided to do both.
Those who are new to the venue will be pleasantly surprised – it’s an inviting space that started out as the Arcata’s Women’s Club, then became a church, and now it’s a cultural resource. The pews are comfy, the ambiance sublime. They usually have homemade beer, ginger brew and cookies, and they’re quite good. I’m sure Adrian will make himself right at home. You will too, if you want to hear some sublime guitar.
BTW, The Sanctuary has a brand new Facebook page. Check it out HERE!