Acoustic Guitarists Shaun Hopper & Joe Smothers Set to Dazzle Triad Music Lovers in an Unforgettable Musical Experience
Acoustic Guitarists Shaun Hopper & Joe Smothers will play the High Point Theatre Friday, March 23
Shaun Hopper can literally pluck out a symphony with just one guitar and his two hands. Folksy at times, frenetic at others, with influences that range from classical to Celtic, country to pop, jazz to soul, a live show by this “acoustic finger-style guitar wizard” is chocked full of surprises.
Joe Smothers possesses a voice strong and pure, his guitar playing is solid and his mastery in song writing keeps an audience’s attention from beginning to end. Thanks to a gracious sponsorship by Gateway Financial Advisors, Triad music lovers are sure to be dazzled by the two guitar virtuosos when they take the High Point Theatre stage for a single live performance on Friday evening, March 23, at 8 PM.
Unparalleled master of the fret-board coming to High Point Theatre, Friday, March 23
A native of Adel, Georgia, Hopper began playing guitar and bass at the age of 12. He is, at first glance, an unassuming presence, humbled by, and appreciative of, the opportunity to share his craft. Weaving in humorous tales from his small-town Georgia roots and sharing an occasional glimpse into his “backwoods” childhood, his stagecraft is equally impressive as he engagingly stirs his audience with both laughter and introspection. While he flawlessly fingers the guitar strings and produces amazing percussive elements by tapping on various parts of the guitar body, he is also a master at producing very beautiful harmonics and bell-like tones going up and down the guitar fretboard. It is as if there were two performers on stage – a guitarist and a percussionist.
Piedmont native Joe Smothers got his first guitar from a local pawn shop at age 13, and was heavily influenced by a blind guitarist he saw perform on the local Raleigh station, the legendary Doc Watson. Little did either one of them know that years down the road Joe would have the honor of becoming a member of Doc and Merle Watson’s band Frosty Morn. Years of touring and more than a dozen albums with Doc, forged a relationship of deep respect. Joe has performed at every Merle Fest (26) and was asked to be a performer at Doc’s funeral.
“The Triad will have the rare privilege of seeing not just one, but two electrifying master guitarists and highly accomplished performers live,” says David Briggs, theatre director, “And, the experience is sure to leave us all totally breathless.” Tickets are $25, on sale now through www.highpointtheatre.com or by calling the Theatre Box Office at 336-887-3001.
About High Point Theatre – Owned and operated by the City of High Point, the High Point Theatre is conveniently located within the International Home Furnishings Center at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Street in High Point. The Theatre features an elegant 930-seat auditorium with continental style seating, three exhibition galleries for meetings, displays, and receptions, and free parking.