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School’s Out-Elias and the Square Handlebars with The Future of Fingerstyle
May 27, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm$3 – $5
Bloomington, IN, May 20, 2017– This show could be called “School’s Out Special”. The opening act includes three students from Bloomington High School North who are all incredibly talented fingerstyle guitar players. They are George Morpurgo, Ben Noble-Kuchera, and Andre Ramos de Souza who call themselves The Future of Fingerstyle and indeed they are! The feature act is also BHSN or former BHSN students, Elias and the Square Handlebars features well-known guitarist (and member of the IU Soul Revue) Elias McDermott-Sipe. Elias is backed by Cole Swany, John Donlon, and Micheal Buck.
“I was honestly a bit shocked at the expertise of these young musicians the first time I heard them play. This show is not to be missed” – Steve Philbeck, Fast n Bulbous, WFHB Radio
George Morpurgo has been playing guitar for seven years, taught primarily by his father and uncle. He enjoys delving into any genre, and considers all music worthy of analyzation and performance. Among his inspirations are British guitarist Ben Howard, French guitarist Pierre Bensusan, his father Charles, and his uncle Richard, all of whom play fingerstyle.
Benjamin Noble-Kuchera has been playing classical guitar since age seven but since has branched out into many other areas of guitar. He hopes to go to the Jacobs School of Music for a performance degree.
Andre Ramos de Sousa was born in 1999 in the city of Blumenau in southern Brazil. He began playing guitar when he was five years old and picked up his father’s guitar with a fascination that has never left him. In 2014, he traveled to the USA andbought a fender acoustic guitar. In Bloomington as an exchange student, he learned of the Jacobs School of Music and found his way into the guitar academy.
Elias McDermott-Sipe is well known on the local music scene having played publicly here since the age of 12. Elias is well recognized from his many shows in town as well as his play in the IU Soul Revue for the past years. This show promises some surprises as Elias has been experimenting with some new sounds and styles recently.