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Topic: Edgar Cruz

NMF4: Edgar Cruz

Spanish acoustic guitar virtuoso goes classic rock on yr ears

The problem with Thursday festivals is that, sometimes, you have to go to work on Friday. It’s 3 p.m., and I’m just starting to recover from the revelry that was the first night of NMF4 (Health shakes! Upbeat music! Motivational thoughts!). And if the next two nights live up to the first one, I may have to skip work Monday and just sleep.

I started my fest at Brewhouse Stage, taking in the sweet sounds of Edgar Cruz. The Spanish guitar virtuoso wowed the crowd not only with classic finger-picked Spanish guitar tunes, but transcriptions of classic rock songs. If you’re skeptical, join the 13 million YouTube viewers who dropped their jaws during his complex yet faithful rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He played it during his set, and it was wildly impressive. “Paint it Black,” “Wipeout,” and the Moody Blues also made appearances in his guitar work.

Just for kicks, Cruz busted out what he called a “harp guitar”: an acoustic guitar with a bass guitar sticking out of the top of it. Just looking at it was entertaining, but the low notes that augmented his already intricate finger-style work made the performances a thing to remember. With his personable stage presence and confident skill, his set was an excellent kick-off to my festival.

by Stephen Carradini 04.29.2011 3 years ago
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Bite size

Rhythm and barbecue

Bite Size

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Sing this

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Gazette staff
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District fine

The historic Paseo Arts District stages its Memorial Day weekend tradition with — what else? — an arts festival.

Visual Arts

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10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday
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3022 Paseo
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Brunch bunch

Round out your weekend with food, music and a little bit of art.

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