Wind Machine, a popular Colorado new acoustic band, will be featured in a special holiday concert tonight at Utah State University. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall of the Chase Fine Arts Center.
Wind Machine and its five musicians headlined last summer's Summerfest Art Faire in downtown Logan. The band is also returning for its second holiday appearance at USU in as many years.Tickets for the concert are available at all ArtTix locations and at the USU Ticket Office (797-0305). Adult admission is $8.50, students $6.50.
According to concert organizer Jim Wellings, the Kent stage will be transformed for the concert. Snow, fog and holiday trappings will be used in the performance, which will feature traditional and original seasonal music, along with music from Wind Machine's original repertoire, Wellings said.
Wind Machine was formed in 1985 by guitarists Steve Mesple and Joe Scott. What began as an acoustic guitar-oriented duo has blossomed into a group of five innovative and expressive musicians. The group is known nationally for its intricate and melodic recordings (nine to date), and is also known by fans for entertaining and versatile live performances.
Described by the Denver Post as a "tour de force of flying fretwork," Wind Machine was also picked as one of 1991's best by Jazziz magazine.
A major part of the group's sound and success is an unusual instrument - the "guitjo." Invented by Scott, the guitjo is described as a seven-string guitar with the bass strings re-strung with treble strings. The higher-pitched strings and alternative tuning give the instrument a harplike quality.
Band members are guitarists Scott and Mesple, Taylor Mesple (keyboard/vocalist/wind synthesizer/saxophone), Michael Olson (fretless and fretted basses) and Larry Thompson (percussion).
Included in the group's successful recordings is the recent release "A Show of Hands." The group also tours and is known internationally. Wind Machine has shared the stage with such musical talents as Ray Charles, the Rippingtons, Michael Hedges, Shawn Colvin and the Nylons.
The Wind Machine concert is produced by Voyager Productions, which provides the sound, lighting, holiday stage setting and special effects. The event is sponsored in part by KVNU-KVFM radio and the Utah State University guitar program.
For more information call Voyager at 753-7412.