On Saturday, Sept. 8, Oscar Lopez is playing the Rockwood Pavilion as a trio. What he's not telling us is who the other two are.
Here's what we know about Lopez - he's hot!
Born in Santiago, Chile, he said the Latin feel in his music is owed to his mother country. "She has made me who I am today," he said.
But Canada has been his home for more than three decades.
"When I came to Canada, I journeyed through many different styles of music and I believe this was an important process for me in my musical life. I blended all these elements and flavours and established my own signature," he said.
Indeed he has.
Lopez is a world-class guitarist with many awards naming him "instrumentalist of the year" and "hottest Latin guitarist." He's won Juno awards, performs to sold-out audiences across North America and mesmerizes music lovers worldwide with his passion for - and virtuosity with - the acoustic guitar.
Early albums, Armando's Fire, Heat and Seduction received critical acclaim, blazing to the Top 20 of Billboard's New Age music chart. Flashback, a collection of cuts from his many top-selling albums, displays the fiery intensity that is his signature. The sound and feel of his live performances is captured on My Destiny (Mi Destino).
"The music on this album illustrates the power of simplicity," he said. "Every song on this album represents the core of my heart, soul and spirit."
We'll find out who his new friends are next Saturday at the Rockwood in Sechelt.
Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $30, available at Gaia's Fair Trade Gifts in Lower Gibsons, MELOmania in Roberts Creek and Lucy's in Sechelt.
Don't forget to bring a sweater or a blanket, as the pavilion is open to the night air. But maybe the heat from the stage will be enough to keep us warm.
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