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.

Jerry Kosak & Pat Donohue; Saturday, October 12, 2019; Oak Center General Store, Lake City, MN; 8pm


Jerry Kosak & Pat Donohue

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Oak Center General Store, Lake City, MN



Oak Center General Store

67011 Hwy 63

Lake City, MN 55041

(507) 753-2080


$15 advance, $18 at the door,



Jerry Kosak was selected as a 2019 recipient of a MN State Arts Board Grant and is presenting a guitar double-header with Prairie Home alumni Pat Donohue at a number of perfect listening venues around the state.

Grammy award-winning finger-picker Pat Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard, as he echoes the tones of Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Merle Travis or Muddy Waters. Chet Atkins called Pat one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world today; Leo Kottke called his playing “haunting.”


The guitar music of Jerry Kosak has incorporated the structure and complexity of classical, the soul and passion of the blues, the happiness and drive of Americana, and the groove and swing of R&B and jazz. His music has been described as a fusion of rhythmic drumming, grooving bass lines, and thoughtfully disjointed melodies, producing “a great reflection of many different styles” according to Kevin Barnes of KBEM Jazz 88.


Steve Hackett; Monday, October 7, 2019; Pantages Theatre; 8pm

Steve Hackett

An Evening with Steve Hackett

Genesis Revisited Plus Spectral Mornings

Monday, October 7, 2019

Pantages Theatre


$39.50 $59.50 $79.50


The Pantages Theatre

710 Hennepin Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55402

(612) 339-7007





Steve Hackett is an immensely talented and innovative rock musician. He was lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic line up with Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford. With Steve’s extraordinary versatility in both his electric guitar playing and his composing, he involves influences from many genres, including Jazz, World Music and Blues. He is equally adept in his classical albums that include renditions of pieces by composers from Bach to Satie, his own acoustic guitar compositions, and ambitious guitar/ orchestra albums such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic.

With Genesis, Steve’s guitar playing produced some of the most memorable moments, from the sensitivity of his acoustic sound on Horizons and Blood on the Rooftops the dramatic rock guitar solos of Firth of Fifth and Fountain of Salamis. As he embarked on his solo career, he developed his exceptional range. His solo career also saw the Steve Hackett and Steve Howe super group GTR.
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Christopher Becknell; Sunday October 6, 2019; Centennial United Methodist-St. Anthony Park; 1pm; FREE!

Christopher Becknell

Sunday October 6, 2019

Centennial United Methodist Church

St. Anthony Park Campus




Centennial United Methodist Church

St. Anthony Park Campus

2200 Hillside Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55108

(651) 633-7644





Christopher Becknell is a Minneapolis based fingerstyle and classical guitarist. 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. His first release for House of Mercy Recordings is titled Just Beyond the River: Songs of Shelter & Mercy for Solo Guitar.
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