Peppino D'Agostino, Adam Rafferty in rare double bill at The Palms on Thursday, August 22

Peppino D’Agostino will be at The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, August 22 at 8 p.m.
Fingerstyle guitar masters Peppino D’Agostino and Adam Rafferty will join forces for a night of fingerstyle guitar wizardry at The Palms in Winters on Thursday, August 22. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $22 ($12 students). Courtesy photos

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Peppino D’Agostino is known for innovative melodic and percussive approaches to steel-string guitar. Adam Rafferty combines jazz, blues and much more into a funky fingerstyle guitar playing all his own. These two masterful performers are joining forces for one show, to be held at The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, August 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 ($12 with student ID). When D’Agostino emerged on the musical scene in the late 1980s, he helped redefine the boundaries of the acoustic guitar. His virtuosic technique, penchant for open tunings and percussive effects inform his unique compositional style, and have inspired musicians and audiences alike for years.  Add to that his natural warmth, playfulness and broad musical tastes for what the Italian-born, American-based musician calls “minestrone music.”  D’Agostino continues to evolve and grow in ways that would have been hard to predict when he was first showcasing his melodic yet emotionally intense style on his early recordings. He incorporates influences from the more than 30 countries in which he has performed and the numerous musicians with whom he has collaborated into the symphonic sound he draws from his steel-string guitar.     Hailed as “a giant of the acoustic guitar” by the San Diego Reader, D’Agostino was voted Best Acoustic Guitarist by Guitar Player magazine readers. His “Every Step of the Way” was named one of the top three acoustic guitar albums of all time by Acoustic Guitar magazine readers in 2008. D’Agostino’s most recent album, his 16th, is this summer’s “For the Beauty of this Wicked World” with Corrahis Rustici. His most recent solo release is “Penumbra” (2014).  Although he’s made a name for himself as a solo performer, collaborations have been key to D’Agostino’s career. In 2010, he co-founded the eclectic six-member Pacific Guitar Ensemble with David Tanenbaum, chair of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Guitar Department. Other notable collaborators include Leo Kottke, Tommy Emmanuel, Martin Taylor, Paraguayan harpist and violinist Carlos Reyes and keyboardist Frank Martin (Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen).  The show with Rafferty, leading up to a weekend guitar workshop, is D’Agostino’s latest collaboration. Rafferty was born and raised just south of Harlem, started performing fingerstyle blues guitar at age 6, played in a hard rock band at 12, was ripped off by a club owner on his first gig at 15, studied classical guitar at 16, and was a rapper on a gold record overseas by 18. Then, in 2006, his musical life changed when he fell in love again with solo fingerstyle acoustic guitar.  In just a few years’ time, he became a YouTube guitar sensation, racking up over 15 million views and over 50,000 subscribers to his channel. The finesse with which he fuses acoustic fingerstyle with jazz and funk make him stand out from many of the standard fingerstyle guitar pickers. Rafferty has released nine albums and five instructional DVDs, and hosts the “Fingerstyle Guitar Hangout” podcast. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and through Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out.  For more information, visit, and]]>

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