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What to do in Oklahoma on March 30, 2014: Beppe Gambetta closes Winter Wind Concert season

by Brandy McDonnell Published: March 30, 2014

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NORMAN - From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music and the music of his native country, Beppe Gambetta has traveled the world to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. Gambetta will close the Winter Wind Concert Series at 7 tonight in the Norman Depot, 200 S Jones Ave. Tickets are $20.

Gambetta has been well-known in the global steel-string guitar scene for years and is widely recognized as the leading flatpick guitarist of Europe. Also a talented vocalist who sings in both English and Italian, Beppe’s is an inspired music that doesn’t rely solely on his high level of technical excellence, but also reveals the innermost feelings of a playful mind that is always exploring and innovating while staying firmly rooted in tradition.

Gambetta’s technique, which echoes both Doc Watson and the Moravian folk music he loves, is characterized by flashy licks, intricate cross-picking patterns, open tunings, and fluid slides up and down the neck of the guitar.

Known for his charm and engaging stage presence, Beppe has performed in prestigious U.S. festivals such as Walnut Valley, Merlefest, and Kerrville Folk Festival, and those in Winnipeg and Edmonton Canada. He’s appeared on radio shows “All Things Considered” and “E-Town” and has performed in prestigious rooms like the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He is currently touring to support his recently released CD, “The American Album,” his 12th.

Beppe has been called a “virtual United Nations of influences: Italian, Ukrainian, Appalachian, Sardinisn, Celtic”. With America in his heart and his roots in the sun of the Mediterranean sea, he bridges the shores of the two continents, spending half of each year on each, creating a musical fusion where country music and Ligurian tradition, emigration songs and folk ballads, not only coexist but interact, weaving a deep dialog unaware of any rigid classification.

Winter Wind Concerts are a program of the Performing Arts Studio and made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by sponsors Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion, and Nancy McClellan. Additional support comes from contributors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Hugh and Keri Young; Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; Mike Goodman & Karen Furman. Friends include Danna Primm; Marie Soliel; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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