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“World Music Unplugged” at Shelter Theater

By Derek Burrows

On March 28 at 7:30pm, three local musicians will present the latest in the “Gimme Shelter” concert series devoted to developing San Miguel’s thriving acoustic music scene. “World Music Unplugged” will be held at the Shelter Theater featuring world/acoustic folk musicians Peter Ross, Derek Burrows and Federico Azuz Ramírez. This concert promises to be just as fulfilling to audiences as earlier concerts in the series have been. The Gimme Shelter series, aimed at bringing more focus to acoustic oriented music, has become a crowd favorite for local music lovers. The following Gimme Shelter concert will feature local greats Tom Driscoll, Wendy Sievert and Wade Ashley on April 18 with “Americana Unplugged.”

“Gimme Shelter”
Thu, Mar 28, 7:30pm
Shelter Theater VG4
Vicente Guerrero 4
120 pesos

“The beauty of these concerts is that audiences have been able to discover some of our finest hidden talent living here in San Miguel. The combination of our intimate theater, the passion the musicians bring to their performances and the enthusiastic audience response has been very satisfying for everyone involved,” said John Wharton, proprietor of the Shelter Theater.

All three “world music” musicians bring a distinctive style of music to their diverse but unique instruments.

Peter Ross, who performed to a sold-out audience at the Casita Linda 2012 Music Fest, is an accomplished shakuhachi flute performer, teacher, and recording artist. Peter has taught and performed in Hawaii, California, Minneapolis, Seattle, Costa Rica, and Mexico. He brings his unique, innovative style to the shakuhachi, playing with great feeling and creativity. Ross has recorded soundtracks for both film and television, and has produced five CDs of his music.

Derek Burrows, born in the Bahamas,is a master storyteller and a modern troubadour.  Burrows was invited to the first National Book Festival sponsored by the White House and First Lady Laura Bush. As a storyteller, he specializes in Afro-Caribbean and African Diaspora tales, among other styles and traditions, including his own compositions; he has been “telling” for over two decades. Burrows studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. As a musician, he has performed for over 30 years with “Voice of the Turtle.” Burrows sings, plays classical and flamenco guitar, medieval bagpipes, flutes, and many other instruments.

Federico Azuz Ramírez, born in Mexico City, is an exceptional guitarist. He brings to his music influences from Africa and Latin America using his instrument, the guitar, with a haunting percussion. Azuz has been a part of many different projects from Mexican music from the states of Veracruz, known as Son Jarocho, and central Mexico, Cuban Son, Brazilian Samba, Choro, Baiao and Bossa Nova, American Jazz, Manouche and Klezmer music. As a singer and guitarist Azuz brings to the music scene an amazing breadth of sounds and colors.

The eclectic combination being featured in this concert by these multi-talented musicians promises to be an evening of music not to be missed. Tickets are 120 pesos and are available at La Bibloteca. Tickets are also available by calling the Shelter Theater and reserving tickets at 154-7524. If the previous concerts’ popularity is any indication, demand for tickets will be high, so get your tickets early.


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