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Acoustic guitarist brings mystery guests with him
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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.

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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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