Three of Michigan’s best solo guitarists together for one night!
Come out for a wide and diverse spectrum of instrumental guitar styles spanning many techniques and genres. Internationally acclaimed and award winning guitarists, all three players have decades of performing and teaching experience between them. Locals may know Nick Schillace as the owner of Orion Music Studio.
Nick Schillace began studying American vernacular guitar styles over 30 years ago on annual trips to the Augusta Heritage workshops in West Virginia, where his mentors included John Jackson, John Cephas, and Roy Book Binder. The exposure to the music of traditional folk and blues artists helped form a life long appreciation for these styles as well as an early technical foundation to play it. His interest in the history of this music later led him to research the effect it had on post war American identity. HIs 2002 graduate thesis, “John Fahey and American Primitivism: The Process of American Identity in the Twentieth Century,” is considered the first major academic work on the subject.
Schillace actively collaborates in traditional and modern acoustic groups and has released two albums of solo guitar and with several groups including Lac La Belle and Detroit Pleasure Society. He has toured both nationally and internationally.
An educator for 25 years, he teaches privately at his home in Detroit, via Skype, and at Orion Music Studio that he owns and manages in Lake Orion, MI.
Specializing in early folk, blues, and jazz styles, as well as original solo guitar compositions, Nick first and foremost considers himself an American Primitive guitarist and fingerpicker.
Jason Dennie has been making music in Michigan since landing here from Cincinnati in 2000. A 3 Time Cammy Award Winner for Best Folk/Bluegrass Instrumentailst and winner of the 2000 Gamble Rogers Fingerstyle Championship(St. Augustine FL), Jason has been seen and heard as a sideman with notable Michigan Artists such as Chris Buhalis, John Latini, Sam Corbin, Jill Jack, Billy Brandt, Annie and Rod Capps, STELLA, and more. As a solo artist, his show is a mixture of instrumental acoustic guitar music and original songs borrowing from favorite elements of traditional acoustic/roots music. Nominated 6 times for Detroit Music Awards, he’s seen most lately fronting the acoustic trio, Thunderwüde throughout MI and the region.
Award winning guitarist, composer and performer Rollie Tussing has performed in concert halls, major music festivals and sidewalks all over the United States and parts of Europe.
His raggedy brand of music is informed by the era of 78 rpm records, juke-joints, and street performers. He is an original composer and has a knack for re-working old obscure tunes, finding beauty in the forgotten scratches, pops and grooves of his esoteric and vast record collection.