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Acoustic guitarist brings mystery guests with him

An innovative and versatile performer and composer, Billy McLaughlin returns to the stage with his acoustic guitar.

Along with surprise guests, McLaughlin will perform at Crossings at 8 p.m. Saturday July 26.

While studying guitar at the University of Southern California, McLaughlin developed his signature style – placing both hands on the fret board and wielding a series of “hammer-ons” and “pull-offs” to create a harp-like effect on the acoustic guitar.

He also embraces the advantages of acoustic guitar amplification and altered tunings.

His work has been on Billboard’s Top-Ten Chart – as “Fingerdance” peaked at No. 7.

He’s toured around the world delivering every performance played left-handed by a right-handed musician.

A decade ago, his career fell victim to a neurological disease called focal dystonia. It made the muscles of his hand involuntarily clench, and he became unable to play most of his repertoire.

McLaughlin, who played with a rock band in his teens, returned to the band to play less demanding music. But it wasn’t enough and he taught himself to play left-handed.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show. To reserve tickets, visit www.crossingsatcarnegie.com, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Avenue in Zumbrota.

If you go …

What: Acoustic musician Billy McLaughlin takes the stage in a performance accented with talented musical guests.

When: 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26

Where: Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota

Cost: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

More info: 507-732-7616 or www.crossingsatcarnegie.com

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