Brooks Robertson & John Standefer

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Brooks Robertson & John Standefer
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West Coast Fingerstyle Guitar Duo make their Cleveland debut at Nighttown!

With Special Guest opening act Dan Bankhurst.

Brooks Robertson

The protege of Buster B. Jones, Brooks Robertson wowed guitar fans even as a child. At age 14 he appeared on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion", where he won first place in a talent competition for 12-20 year olds. In 2010 he won 1st place in the country category and 2nd place overall in the "Yamaha Six String Theory Guitar Competition" in Los Angeles (judged by Steve Lukather and Lee Ritenour, among others).

In 2012 Brooks received the Horizon Award for young, up and coming guitarists by The National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame, and was recently voted Portland, Oregon's "Best Emerging Artist" by Deli Magazine. Still in his early 20s, Brooks continues perfecting his craft learning new tunes, styles and techniques, as well as composing his own groovy and soulful original music.

John Standefer

Winner of the 2002 National Fingerstyle Guitar Contest and open division winner of the 2004 International Home of the Legends Competition, veteran guitarist John Standefer is a true master of fingerstyle guitar.

John has traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad performing concerts, teaching master classes, and performing and recording with an impressive list of other artists. He is a very versatile musician and has produced many CDs, books and DVDs over the years.

Dan Bankhurst

Dan Bankhurst 's earliest influences were mostly rooted in blues, so he initially set out as an electric guitarist playing in the styles of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, and Jimi Hendrix. As a teenager Dan began to branch out into jazz, and acknowledge George Benson, Joe Pass, and Django Reinhardt as major influences to this day.

It was about two years ago that Dan heard Chet Atkins play for the first time and he was immediately hooked! Dan immersed himself in learning as much as he possibly could about Chet’s amazing technique, phrasing, and beautiful arrangements, which then led him to discover the great Tommy Emmanuel. One of the highlights of Dan's career has been playing with Tommy, and he's also had the pleasure of sitting in with renowned jazz guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinnie Raniolo.

Dan has also gone back to study some of the original masters of the style such as the incomparable Merle Travis and Jerry Reed.

Dan Bankhurst just won the International Home of the Legends Contest last year.
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