2016–2017 Community Concert Series (formerly the Local Artists Series)


Community Concerts - local musicians offering great music, free to the public

We are delighted to partner with Hosmer Library in Minneapolis to offer four community concerts this year. These concerts feature just a few of the many excellent guitarists we enjoy in the Twin Cities, and represent the musical diversity that we love about the guitar. Tune in to KFAI radio the Sunday morning before each concert for an interview and on air performance with the artists.

Concerts are on Saturdays at 2 p.m., are free and open to the public. Hosmer Library is located at 347 E. 36th St., Minneapolis, 55408.

Mark Hoornbeek

Saturday, October 8, 2 p.m.
(On KFAI radio October 2)

Mark Hoornbeek is an eclectic acoustic guitarist who plays folk, blues, bluegrass, country, and jazz. He is a seasoned performer and formerlead guitarist of the Jerry Rau Band. Mark is an award winning flatpicking guitarist having placed in the top five of local guitarists in the annual flatpicking contest held by MBOTMA (Minnesota bluegrass and old time music association). He has studied locally with Dean Magraw and Phil Heywood. He also studied music at Macalester college. He has appeared on MPR radio, performed on the Fitzgerald stage, traveled and performed extensively with folksinger, Jerry Rau - appearing everywhere from Dubuque, Iowa to Los Angeles, California. He has shared the stage with folk music legends such as Loudon Wainwright III, Pat Donahue, Bill Staines, Greg Brown, Larry Penn, and Joel Rafael. His tender, expressive guitar playing will warm your spirit.

Christopher Becknell

Saturday, February 4, 2 p.m.

Christopher Becknell is a Minneapolis based performer who is no stranger to the localmusic scene. He can be found performing guitar concerts for the MN Guitar Society as well as fiddling with bands such as The Blood Washed Band, Murzik, Duo Arco and a variety of local orchestras. He is not only a performer, however—in addition to serving on the music faculty at MCTC and North Central University, Becknell maintains a large private studio in Minneapolis where he teaches guitar to children and their parents using the Suzuki Method. Over the years Becknell has earned a loyal fan base through these projects, which has led to his first release for House of Mercy Recordings—Just Beyond the River: Songs of Shelter & Mercy for Solo Guitar.