Tommy Emmanuel | Memorial Auditorium | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

Clubs & Concerts

Tommy Emmanuel

When: Sat., Feb. 25, 8 p.m. 2012

If you were to unpack the approximately three zillion notes Australian acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel has crammed into four decades of interpretations of songs ranging from blues standards to antediluvian pop melodies, the emotional content would essentially reduce to this motto: "I am such a badass guitar player." Indeed, listening to the man sometimes described as the world's greatest acoustic guitar player is a little bit like reading the worst book ever written in the world's best handwriting—a stylistic marvel, to be sure, but mostly empty inside. Thinks to the flexibility and intimacy of their setup, solo guitarists like John Fahey, Loren Connors or, hell, even Neil Young have often been able to share a whole story or feeling with only strings and fingers. But Emmanuel's ostentatious playing makes for a stage with lights and props, but no tale to tell. —Grayson Currin

Price: $30.50-$36

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