Leo Kottke with special guest Dave King
- Doors: 7:00 pm
- Audience: All Ages
- Seating: Reserved Seats
Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, but left town after a year and a half. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11.
After adding a love for the country-blues of Mississippi John Hurt to the music of John Phillip Sousa and Preston Epps, Kottke joined the Navy underage, to be underwater, and eventually lost some hearing shooting at lightbulbs in the Atlantic while serving on the USS Halfbeak, a diesel submarine.
Kottke had previously entered college at the U of Missouri, dropping out after a year to hitchhike across the country to South Carolina, then to New London and into the Navy, with his twelve string. “The trip was not something I enjoyed,” he has said, “I was broke and met too many interesting people.”
Discharged in 1964, he settled in the Twin Cities area and became a fixture at Minneapolis’ Scholar Coffeehouse, which had been home to Bob Dylan and John Koerner. He issued his 1968 recording debut LP Twelve String Blues, recorded on a Viking quarter-inch tape recorder, for the Scholar’s tiny Oblivion label. (The label released one other LP by The Langston Hughes Memorial Eclectic Jazz Band.)
After sending tapes to guitarist John Fahey, Kottke was signed to Fahey’s Takoma label, releasing what has come to be called the Armadillo record. Fahey and his manager Denny Bruce soon secured a production deal for Kottke with Capitol Records.
Kottke’s 1971 major-label debut, “Mudlark,” positioned him somewhat uneasily in the singer/songwriter vein, despite his own wishes to remain an instrumental performer. Still, despite arguments with label heads as well as with Bruce, Kottke flourished during his tenure on Capitol, as records like 1972’s “Greenhouse” and 1973’s live “My Feet Are Smiling” and “Ice Water” found him branching out with guest musicians and honing his guitar technique.
With 1975’s Chewing Pine, Kottke reached the U.S. Top 30 for the second time; he also gained an international following thanks to his continuing tours in Europe and Australia.
His collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, “Clone,” caught audiences’ attention in 2002. Kottke and Gordon followed with a recording in the Bahamas called “Sixty Six Steps,” produced by Leo’s old friend and Prince producer David Z.
Kottke has been awarded two Grammy nominations; a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the U of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College.
COVID-19 REQUIREMENT DETAILS
At the tour’s request, to enter the establishment, you are required to provide proof you are fully vaccinated*, OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered by or under the supervision of a healthcare provider within 72 hours of the date on which you are attending either show. Proof of vaccination and test results must bear a name that matches the government-issued identification for the patron that is seeking entry.
Proof of Vaccination
- The tour will accept a picture or scan on your cell phone, photocopy, or original document of your CDC-issued vaccination card.
- If you need a replacement vaccine card, you can contact your vaccine provider or local health department.
*To be fully vaccinated, you must be:
- 14 days after your second shot of either Moderna or Pfizer
- 14 days after your first shot of Johnson & Johnson
Negative COVID-19 Test
- The tour will accept a printed, or digital copy of a negative COVID-19 test result administered by or under the supervision of a healthcare professional within 72 hours of the date of the show you are attending.
- At-home tests will not be accepted under any circumstance.
The CDC recommends that masks be worn in public indoor spaces in areas with high transmission rates regardless of vaccination status. The CDC also recommends that unvaccinated people wear masks at all times. We highly encourage mask-wearing for all patrons and will have free masks available at points of entry.