Gary Lucas

Gary Lucas

“One of the best and most original guitarists in America”—Rolling Stone

Cure the Winter doldrums with guitarist extraordinaire Gary Lucas at Colony Woodstock – Feb. 22

Gary Lucas, while still in college, collaborated with Leonard Bernstein and then spent five years playing guitar with Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band. Gary has played and collaborated with Jeff Buckley (co-writer of “Grace” and “Mojo Pin”), Lou Reed, John Cale, Nick Cave, David Johansen, jazz greats Steve Swallow, Roswell Rudd, Joe Lovano, and Dave Liebman, Patti Smith, Peter Stampfel, Joan Osborne (co-writer of the GRAMMY nominated “Spider Web”), Matthew Sweet, Iggy Pop, Van Dyke Parks, Bryan Ferry, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Bobby Neuwirth, John Sebastian, Allen Ginsburg, Dr. John, Graham Parker, Bob Weir, Warren Haynes, Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), and many more.

Recently named one of Downbeat Magazine’s “Hot 66 6-Stringers”, Gary’s band, Gods and Monsters, was called “a 21 st century Cream” by Rolling Stone and after hearing his music, Esquire wrote, “Gary Lucas has apparently grown extra fingers”.

Mr. Lucas will be presenting his highly acclaimed solo acoustic performance at Colony Woodstock on February 22, 2019. Don’t miss this rare intimate appearance by one of the truly great guitarists alive today (“Lucas is a modern guitar miracle”—Rolling Stone).

His fingerpicking is legendary (“Awesome fingerpicking skills”—The Japan Times) and he is a virtual one-man band. In his hands, an acoustic guitar becomes a small orchestra. He recently galvanized the UN by performing his solo acoustic arrangement of Leos Janacek’s “On An Overgrown Path”. Allegro before the General Assembly on International Holocaust Remembrance Day Jan. 27th 2017.

His solo acoustic concerts are a tour de force, spanning the length and breadth of Gary’s Grammy-nominated songwriting with his original songs, his signature songs co-written with Jeff Buckley (“Grace” and “Mojo Pin”), the music Gary performed with Captain Beefheart, his arrangements of classical music by Dvorak, Wagner and Janacek, jazz compositions by Duke Ellington and Albert Ayler, country blues by Skip James and Robert Johnson, 1930’s Chinese pop, Rolling Stones hits, film themes from Jacques Tati and Bela Tarr films, standards by George Gershwin and Cole Porter, Jewish children’s music, and much much more.

For more information about Gary Lucas, including complete bio, discography, and live video clips, visit

Purple k'niF

Purple k’niF play Maximum Surf and Hard Twang instrumentals! Imagine The Ventures with Keith Moon on drums. With an extensive repertoire of original tunes and vintage obscurities, Purple k’niF eschew the standards and ride the wild outside edge of instrumental Surf music.

Formed in 1991 in New York City, all the members are originally from Ohio, and the band takes its name from a catch phrase used by the late, great Ghoulardi (Ernie Anderson) - host of Cleveland’s Fright Night/Creature Feature TV show in the 1960s - “Turn blue you purple k’nif!” (The “K” is hard and k’niF is Fink spelled backwards). After a 12 year hiatus, Purple k’niF reformed in 2006 and have been performing from the New Jersey shore to the beaches of Lake Erie, live radio shows on WFMU-FM and touring with Los Straitjackets.

Tunes by Purple k’niF, plus The Atlantics, The Bel-Airs, The Champs, Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, The Raybeats, The Shadows, The Ventures, Link Wray and more! No CD’s, no web site, no MySpace, no records, no merchandise, no vocals! Just a night of hard-driving instrumental guitar rock: “The most fun you can have with your clothes on!”

Purple k’niF is:

Chris Butler, drums. As guitarist and songwriter, Chris was in Tin Huey in the ‘70s, leader of The Waitresses (he wrote their hits “I Know What Boys Like” and “Christmas Wrapping”) in the ‘80s, and plays with Half Cleveland today.

Ted Lawrence, guitar. Ted writes much of Purple k’niF’s original material and also played guitar in The Supertones and The Human Tornados in NYC. He remains widely unknown everywhere to this very day.

Baker Rorick, bass. Formerly in Cool It Reba, The Baxters, Life In A Blender, and a dozen other NY bands, Baker is also a steel-string journalist who writes for guitar magazines.

John Teagle, guitar. Johnny was in The Walking Clampetts, Lucky Tigers, and The Vice Royals. A vintage amplifier and guitar authority, he’s the author of “100 Years of Washburn Guitars” and co-author of “Fender Amps: The First Fifty Years.”

$15.00 - $20.00


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