West Side Folk: Willy Porter
- Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Unity Church of Lawrence, 9th and Madeline
- Cost: $20
- Age limit: All ages
Amazing guitarist and passionate songwriter Willy Porter makes his West Side Folk debut. “An acoustic picker with the Olympian speed of Leo Kottke bolstered by rootsy vocals and twisting, offbeat lyrics that evoked John Hiatt.” (Boston Globe). “With his exquisite, tranquil guitar work, Willy Porter could easily astonish an audience without singing one note. His ability to engage the audience with his personality and intellect raises Porter from the level of guitar wonk into the realm of masterful performer.” (Earvolution). The Washington Post calls him “dazzling” and the Washington Times said he “can captivate an audience as completely as can an entire rock band.” Frets magazine calls Porter, who has toured with such diverse artists as Jeff Beck and Tori Amos, a “genre-defying maverick” and Tori Amos says “Willy plays rhythms that make me want to crawl inside his guitar and sleep there forever.” As Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull said, “Thank goodness he doesn't play the flute.”