2016 – 2017 Coffeehouses

Note: This is a previous season concert. The current season is 2018-2019.
Michael Glass and Kevin Blatnik
January 27, 2017
Michael Glass and Kevin Blatnik

 

Time & Place
Friday, January 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
2510 N. Armistead Ave.
Hampton, VA 23666
Admission
General Donation

Michael Glass and Kevin Blatnik bring a lot to the table. From the flat picking style of bluegrass to fiddle tunes and Gypsy jazz, this duo will cover it all.

Michael has always enjoyed Bluegrass and the Flat Picking style of guitar and immersed himself in that style in his 40s and continues to investigate and learn fiddle tunes and Gypsy Jazz techniques. These styles and techniques, as well as Americana and Jazzy tunes, continue to sustain him musically to this day.

The bluegrass aspect largely influenced Kevin Blatnik’s style; although he would also tell you that he doesn’t consider himself a “Bluegrass” style guitarist. Other influences were Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Page. The Led Zeppelin song's Over the Hills and Far Away inspired an unusual hammer on and pull style that now permeates Kevin’s style.

Michael Glass

Michael Glass

Michael Glass

Mike Glass started playing guitar as youngster learning folk songs and blues tunes from his big brother Steve. He played in bands with friends as a teenager attending Menchville High School in Newport News, Va. The bands America, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, and the Eagles were big influences on him. He attended VCU after High School to continue his musical studies and received a degree in Music Education and started teaching music at Dutrow Elementary School in 1984. Throughout his musical upbringing Mike always enjoyed Bluegrass and the Flat Picking style of guitar and immersed himself in that style in his 40s and continues to investigate and learn fiddle tunes and Gypsy Jazz techniques. These styles and techniques, as well as Americana and Jazzy tunes, continue to sustain him musically to this day.

Kevin Blatnik

Kevin Blatnik

Kevin Blatnik

Kevin Blatnik started playing guitar at eight years old, learning his first chords from his father and an old sheet of paper that showed the correct finger positions; though he would tell you that he’s never really felt bound by the letter of the law and has adapted his own style that many find awkward. Kevin started playing guitar in church with his father at nine years old; a practice that he kept for many years. One of his biggest early influences was a good high school friend Gary who played country and bluegrass. The bluegrass aspect largely influenced Kevin’s style; although he would also tell you that he doesn’t consider himself a “Bluegrass” style guitarist. Other influences were Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Page. The Led Zeppelin song “Over the Hills and Far Away” inspired an unusual hammer on and pull style that now permeates Kevin’s style. The last thing that Kevin would tell you is that his love of music and the emotional release and creative energy he experiences with playing guitar was one of the foundations for surviving the tragedy of youth; and now with his progressive chronological accumulation, sustains the very youth that he previously struggled to escape!