I just landed a last minute gig. This Friday the 27th I’ll be playing solo at The River’s Edge Café in Aurora (http://theriversedgecafe.com/) . It’s located at 18 W. Downer Place, Aurora IL 60506. I play a set 7:30 pm and singer Harry Brown will do a set following mine. It’s late notice, but if you can make it, great!

Also on the horizon: the Pong Unit will be making an appearance at the Uptown Poetry Slam at the Green Mill (http://www.greenmilljazz.com) on Sunday, April 5th at 7:00 pm. with Carter Luke on piano, Steve Hashimoto on bass, Heath Chappell on drums and me on guitar. It’s always a good time and the band is really getting to sound good!

I’m leaving this weekend for Mexico to pick up a new custom classical guitar built for me by Salvador Castillo. He is one of the excellent young guitar builders in the town of Paracho where I visited last year. I have played his guitars and liked them all very much. Over two thirds of the town’s population earn they livelihood from the guitar building trade and over the last two decades a tradition of building very fine professional instruments has been developing. I have seen photos of the new guitar but I can’t wait to get my fingers on it!

After Paracho I will be heading to Guanajuato to record with Armando López Valdivia. Armando has a collection of over 200 instruments. Most of them are replicas of instruments from the Middle Ages and Renaissance but several are from Africa and Asia as well. The outcome of the sessions may make for a CD or it may just be a tool for getting concerts but either way I’m sure it will be great fun to play and record.

On the Mexico trip I’ll also be visiting my friends in Mexico City and doing some recording for a project of percussionist Eduardo Garavito as well as possibly doing some recording with drummer Javier Sosa as well.

After I return I will post some audio, photos and hopefully video of the new guitar and the recording sessions. I am selling a 1973 Fender Stratocaster with natural finish, ash body and maple fretboard. I’m asking $2200 for it. If you’re interested, contact me and I can send photos and give you more information on it.

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