Date:   6/12/2015

John Jorgenson Quintet Comes To Thrasher

 The John Jorgenson Quintet will be performing at the Thrasher Opera House on Friday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. "We're thrilled to have John retuning. He's one of the finest guitar players and performers ever to grace the stage of the historic Thrasher," says Roby Irvin, Executive Director.


Guitarists (and folks who read liner notes) will be well-acquainted with John Jorgenson as his career has already spanned more than three decades and diverse musical styles. First coming to national attention in the mid Ď80s as co-founder of successful country-rock act The Desert Rose Band, an eclectic array of artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seger and Barbara Streisand were drawn to add Jorgensonís artistry to their own recordings.


In the Ď90s The Hellecasters gave audiences a chance to experience Johnís fretboard fireworks in an unrestrained venue and the trioís three original albums remain favorites of guitarists everywhere. Having been a fan of the Desert Rose Band, Elton John invited Jorgenson to join his band in 1994 for an 18 month tour that stretched into a six-year stint of touring, recording and TV appearances with the British superstar, in addition to collaborations with other artists including Sting and Billy Joel.


Jorgenson continues to expand his versatile range of musical offerings, exploring new elements of bluegrass, world music, rock and classical music as he captivates and enlightens fellow musicians and listeners along the way. Maintaining a full schedule of tour dates across the U.S., Europe and in other parts of the world, Jorgenson played several international dates as a member of Elton Johnís band in 2013 and was also invited to play as a special guest guitarist on Peter Framptonís Guitar Circus tour. Whether playing with his Bluegrass Band, "Gypsy JazzĒ Quintet, Electric Band, or with others, each combination allows Jorgenson to make exceptional use of his mastery of many instruments; no matter which band he is playing with, his brilliant guitar and mandolin work leads the way with music that is a combination of groundbreaking playing full of soaring melodies and driving rhythms.


Preparing two albums and one live performance DVD for public release, Jorgenson is building momentum for multiple new releases. Legends like Elton John, Earl Scruggs and Duane Eddy along with fellow guitarists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Peter Frampton and Brad Paisley have sung Jorgensonís praises, and the best way to find out what they already know is to check out this artist who is leaving a lasting legacy in the art of guitar performance.


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsorship provided by the Bay View Motel.


Tickets for this concert are only $22 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick Ní Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.  Online tickets available at 



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