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MKE Unplugged Presents: Mike Dowling & Eccentric Acoustic

October 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

MKE Unplugged Presents: Mike Dowling & Eccentric Acoustic
MKE Unplugged is a free music series featuring predominantly acoustic music performers from around the corner and around the world. All concerts take place in the Jan Serr Studio.

Join us in-person on October 7th for Mike Dowling with special guest opening act Eccentric Acoustic, or stream the show virtually at wmse.org.

Mike’s Bio:

When the late, great Vassar Clements heard Mike Dowling play guitar back in 1975 he did the sensible thing. He hired him. Mike was the guitarist in Vassar’s first touring band and can be heard on his Grammy-nominated “Nashville Jam”. Clements called him simply,One of the finest guitarists there is, anywhere.”Echoing that sentiment is an ever-growing chorus of music critics, guitar students, and acoustic music fans from throughout the world.

Mike digs deep into the musical bag of American roots guitar, favoring the melodic Piedmont style of acoustic blues masters like Mississippi John Hurt and slide great Tampa Red. But Mike can’t be pigeonholed as a blues player, or even as a fingerstylist. He’s far too versatile for that. From bottleneck blues to vintage jazz and much more in between, Mike’s musicality, depth, and mastery of the instrument translates fluently to flattop, archtop, and resonator guitars alike.

Mike grew up in central Wisconsin and early in his career in the midwest caught the ear of jazz violin great Joe Venuti and mandolinist Jethro Burns. In the 1970’s, in addition to touring with Clements, he worked and recorded with Burns and Venuti in Chicago and in between jobs took time off to move to California when he had the opportunity to study with the late, great George Barnes. Barnes had been “the” session guy for many years, recording with everyone from Big Bill Broonzy to Tony Bennett. “I was very fortunate to be able to spend some time with him”, Mike says. ” He was so tasteful, so rhythmic. He set the bar very high for me and he continues to be an inspiration.

Mike’s Website

Eccentric Acoustic Bio:

Ruth Williams, Sandy Stehling, and Scott Emmons play a wide variety of music.
American Folk, Country, Swing era Jazz, Blues. If we like it, we’ll play it!
Eccentric Acoustic Website

 

Dates/Time: 
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021
7:30 p.m. CT

Ticket Pricing – In Person:
General – Free
* Masks are required at all UWM events. If you have questions please consult UWM’s 10-12

Details

Date:
October 7
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Venue

Jan Serr Studio
Jan Serr Studio (Kenilworth Square East - 6th Floor) | 2155 N Prospect Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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