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A tribute for the late Baltimore-born guitarist Robbie Basho has been scheduled for August 23rd at Johnny Brenda’s, presented by Alabaster Museum and featuring a preview of a new documentary about the musician. Basho was part of the so-called Takoma School in the 60s with John Fahey, Max Ochs and others, bringing more recognition to finger-style and steel-string acoustic guitar playing.  Basho, though, was also known for his unmistakable singing – similar to Roy Orbison but even more striking, rich with vibrato and carrying over an impressive range.

With performances by Basho-influenced musicians Daniel Bachman, Ryley Walker, Glenn Jones, and Arborea, the evening will act as a fundraiser for Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho, the first-ever documentary about Basho’s life.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Listen to “Blue Crystal Fire” by Basho below, followed by songs from each of the performers.