Twin Cities Guitar Observatory: a nexus for the guitar-centric universe in St.Paul & Minneapolis


Welcome to a website and social media effort whose intention is to connect the guitar community in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area. You can expect to find here a number of items that may interest anyone who loves all kinds of guitar-centric information and events.

Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque; Saturday, February 23, 2019 7:30 pm; Sundin Music Hall

Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque Guitar Duo

Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque Guitar Duo

Presented by Minnesota Guitar Society

Saturday, February 23, 2019

7:30 pm

Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University

1531 Hewitt Avenue

St Paul, MN 55104

General Admission $25

Members/Seniors $20

Students $10


Inspired by the rhythms and melodies of flamenco, jazz, classical, rock and the Balkan region, this performance will feature the unrivaled guitar artistry of two of the finest players of their respective generations.

Aaron Cohen for Downbeat Magazine:

“Ivanovic and Haque sound like committed internationalists. Their disc’s liner notes emphasize the duo’s mixed background — Ivanovic has Balkan parents and he studied classical music in Salzburg; Haque is part Pakistani, part Chilean, and is as much of an eclectic as his musical partner. While their compositions draw from Macedonian folk songs and pay homage to Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, it’s the pair’s intricate harmonies that make Seven Boats an impressive recording. Both of these guitarists have impeccable technique, yet they are astute in choosing to go the route of minimalism and evocative uses of space. Ivanovic’s title track is a great example of how to move dynamics with the right amount of subtlety.”

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SOLD OUT: WALTER TROUT and ERIC GALES Thursday, January 31, 2019 Cedar Cultural Center

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Cedar Cultural Center

416 Cedar Ave S

Minneapolis, MN, 55454

Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM

$30 Advance / $35 Day of Show

Walter Trout is the beating heart of the modern blues rock scene, respected by the old guard, revered by the young guns, and adored by the fans who shake his hand after the show each night. After five decades in the game, Trout is a talismanic figure and part of the glue that bonds the blues community together, at a time when the wider world has never been so divided.

It’s well documented that Eric Gales was a child prodigy and heralded as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix when he released his debut album The Eric Gales Band in 1991 as a 16 year old on Elektra Records. It was the first of 10 albums on a major label through a blistering career. He has released 14 studio albums in total ahead of Middle of the Road and a host of other collaborations.

Laurence Juber & Martin Taylor; Dakota Jazz Club; January 31, 2019; 7PM

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Laurence Juber & Martin Taylor

Peerless British Guitar Masters

Thursday, January 31, 2019


Dakota Jazz Club

1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Cost $40/35/30


Phone: (612) 332-1010

Best parking- Target Ramp, Lasalle & 10th

Laurence Juber got an extraordinary break when Paul McCartney chose him to become Wings’ lead guitarist. He has released 14 critically acclaimed solo albums, and Juber creates a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one acoustic guitar.

Martin Taylor – who was described by Pat Metheny as “one of the most awesome solo-guitar players in the history of the instrument” – is a multi-award winning guitarist and Acoustic Guitar magazine calls him “The acoustic guitarist of his generation”. He is recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo fingerstyle guitar playing.

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