Friday, August 7, 2009

Weekend activities

It should be a good night for a visit to the Claremont Village. It's the first Friday event, meaning plenty of music and free entrance to all Claremont museums. Be sure to stop by the Claremont Museum of Art for an up close look at the student art graffiti exhibition beginning at 5 p.m.

Tomorrow, there will be a concert at the Folk Music Center featuring Tom Doughty and Ernest Troost. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $10.

Tom Doughty plays a unique style of acoustic lap guitar. He discovered how to return to music after a traffic accident in 1974 left him disabled. Tom has developed an absolutely new and unique technique for playing slide guitar with a sensitive touch full of feeling. His music is admired by many people including slide guitarists, Bob Brozman, Debashish Bhattachyra, and Kevin Brown.

Ernest Troost is an Emmy-winning and multi-Emmy-nominated composer for more than one hundred scores for films and television. In his latest album, All the Boats Are Gonna Rise, he returned to his musical roots by mixing the traditional country blues and ragtime influences of Blind Blake, Tampa Red and Mississippi Fred McDowell with the literate lyrics of contemporary songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, and John Hiatt.

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