Concerts & Events
With Patrick Cummings opening the show at 8pm
Billy on solo headlining at 9:30pm
“I played this legendary venue over a decade ago with Jonathan Brooke as a right-handed Billy. To be playing again for the first time as a left-handed Billy is beyond my wildest dreams! Hope to re-connect with all my long-time fans in the area who have been waiting for my return to the Towne Crier!”
Two guitar virtuosos in a single evening! Four-time Grammy nominee Stanley Jordan and Emmy winner Billy McLaughlin.
Two guitar virtuosos in a single evening! Four-time Grammy nominee Stanley Jordan and Emmy winner Billy McLaughlin perform groundbreaking music.
Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility and maverick daring. Jordan can always be counted on to take listeners on breathless journeys to the unexpected, whether through bold reinventions of classical masterpieces; soulful explorations of pop-rock hits; blazing, straight-ahead jazz forays; or ultramodern improvisational works – solo or with a group. He came to prominence with the release of his 1985 album Magic Touch, which established him as among the most distinctive and refreshing new voices of the electric guitar.
Guitarist Billy McLaughlin is an Emmy Award-winning composer and inspirational keynote speaker who has appeared on Billboard’s Top 10 chart. He is credited with 14 CD releases, three National Campus Entertainer of the Year Awards and five Minnesota Music Awards. In 1999, his career crumbled due to focal dystonia, a neuro-muscular disorder. After suffering several years without a cure or diagnosis, this right-handed guitarist embarked on an unlikely attempt to regain his career by relearning his instrument, left-handed. His remarkable comeback is captured in the documentary film Changing Keys and a concert film, Coming Back Alive.
This annual festival has been instrumental in bringing guitar education to the White Lake Area. It is designed to be an approachable event that is fun and community oriented featuring workshops, guest speakers and performers.
The 2017 White Lake Guitar Festival aims to encourage music education to people of all ages and abilities in an encouraging environment. The weekend concludes with a concert featuring Billy McLaughlin. Billy shares a story of perseverance with his musical talent and also serves as an instructor for the event.
Registration begins at 9:00am
Workshops begin at 10:00am.
All workshops will be held at ACWL-Nuveen Center located at 106 E. Colby Rd. Whitehall, MI.
This concert at the historic Howmet Playhouse follows a day of Guitar Workshops for all people of all ages and abilities in an encouraging environment.