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ELLNORA Guitar Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Three-day festival to feature performances by guitarists Julian Lage, Rez Abbasi and many more

ELLNORA, a guitar festival taking place at Krannert Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, announced its 2017 schedule of performances and events during Sept. 14-16, 2017.  The three-day event showcases guitarists from all over the world in a variety of genres, including jazz, folk, blues, rock and world music. Among the 14 ticketed events are performances by Julian Lage & Chris Etheridge and the Rez Abbasi Quartet.  Abbasi will reprise a performance originally commissioned by the NY Guitar Festival to write and perform a score live to the 1929 silent Indian film A Throw of Dice. “It’s an hour and 14 minutes of breathtaking cinematography, brilliant acting, historic content and now a modern hybrid score of jazz, classical and Indian music,” Abbasi told JT in an email.

Kevin Breit, known for his work with Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones and other artists, is the festival’s Ambassador Artist and will perform in a special event called Spontaneous Combustion on the festival’s opening night and will also play with the Upper York Mandolin Quartet on Saturday evening, as well as help close the festival in its Last Call! concert.

The festival was named for its founder Ellnora Krannert, in place of its earlier name, the Wall to Wall Guitar Festival.  In keeping with that old title, the festival’s Guitar Galley will include more than 80 guitar-shaped art pieces for an installation in the lobby.

Here is the complete performance schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 14

6pm Opening Night Party
6:30pm James Jones Trio
7:30pm Samantha Fish
8:45pm Soulive
10:15pm Spontaneous Combustion with Kevin Breit and Special Guests

Friday, Sept. 15

12pm Germán López
5pm Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
5:45pm Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge
7pm Lulo Reinhardt and Daniel Stelter
7:15pm Sierra Hull
8:15pm Jontavious Willis/Ruthie Foster
9:30pm Lulo Reinhardt and Daniel Stelter
9:45pm Shovels & Rope
11pm The Bringing It All Back Home Project: Classic Bob Dylan featuring Jack Brighton and Friends

Saturday, Sept. 16

10am Recess Monkey
11am Rez Abbasi Quartet Cine-Concert: A Throw of Dice
12:30pm Alberta Khoury/Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
1:15pm Ryley Walker
2:15pm Makana
3pm Vicente Amigo
4:45pm Janis Ian
6pm Kevin Breit and the Upper York Mandolin Quartet
6:15pm Alberta Khoury
7:30pm Jeff Tweedy
9pm Ryley Walker
9:15pm Ronnie Baker Brooks Band
10:45pm ELLNORA Last Call! featuring Andy Baylor and the 217 All-Stars

For more information about the festival, visit its website

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