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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Billy McLaughlin to Perform
June 21 at UW-Eau Claire
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MAILED: June 10, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — Virtuoso guitarist Billy McLaughlin will present a free outdoor concert June 21 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The Summer Session Programs show will begin at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall (rain: Schofield Auditorium). Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating.
"The way he plays, you may swear Billy McLaughlin is two of the greatest acoustic guitarists you've ever heard," wrote the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
On the just-released "Out of Hand" (Narada Records), McLaughlin continues to extend the voice of his acoustic guitar.
"When people compare acoustic to electric, they think of acoustic as the more intimate, the more subtle, and perhaps less powerful of the two," McLaughlin said. "But I'm bringing acoustic guitar into new context and saying that this sound, this instrument, belongs and can flourish in the same environment as any electric guitar. It's a new deal. Amplification, altered tunings — this is what acoustic guitar will sound like in the next millennium."
McLaughlin was named 1996 National Association of Campus Activities Jazz Guitarist of the year, and has been nominated 15 times for a variety of other prestigious NACA awards. The 1996 Minnesota Music Awards voted him Best Acoustic Guitar Player. A true road warrior, McLaughlin has logged more than half a million miles on the road during the last eight years, playing more than 200 dates a year.
Also on campus during the week of June 21 are these free Summer Session Programs:
  • Continuing a decade-by-decade survey of classic films, "Top Hat" (1935) will screen Tuesday and Thursday at noon and 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre. Fred Astaire stars as an American entertainer who falls in love with a blonde beauty (Ginger Rogers), and has to chase her across Europe before he can convince her she's mistaken him for someone else. This knockout musical, featuring songs by Irving Berlin ("Cheek to Cheek," "Isn't This a Lovely Day"), is universally considered the best movie the team made. The 99-minute film features a top cast of supporting players that includes Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore, Helen Broderick and Lucille Ball.
  • Wednesday at noon, a Jazz at Noon concert will be presented on the Central Campus Mall (rain: The Cabin, Davies Center). Refreshments will be sold.
Continuing through Aug. 5, UW-Eau Claire Summer Session Programs are sponsored, in part, by Central Radio Group (WAXX-FM, WAYY-AM, WIAL-FM, WECL-FM, and WEAQ-AM). A complete schedule is available from the Activities and Programs Office, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833.
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UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741
newsbur@uwec.edu

Updated: June 10, 1999