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Pure Guitar by the Sea
Featuring Matt Thomas, National Fingerstyle/Thumbpicking Champion

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Pure Guitar by the Sea,
Featuring Matt Thomas, National Fingerstyle/Thumbpicking Champion

Enjoy some great acoustic guitar music featuring the unique stylings of champion guitar player Matt Thomas. Matt just complete a tour with the legendary Tommy Emmanuel.

Fun & relaxing space at the oceanfront with comfortable couch seating, views of the ocean, and much more. Doors open at 6:30, concert begins at 7pm.

Free family-friendly event. Concessions available. Drink Specials. Free Parking.

More about Matt Thomas:
A master of the acoustic guitar, Matt Thomas brings technical wizardry as well as a vibrant and poetic music-making experience. This has made him one of the most distinctive fingerstyle guitarists performing in the acoustic guitar arena today. He takes his audience on a vivid scientific-themed journey throughout his shows, peppered with exciting stories and odd findings that inspire his music. A true character of all sorts! 

An acoustic guitarist whose astounding strength, ability, control, and sensitivity are almost as striking as his technical expertise. Intricate fingerstyle technique, with an uncanny gift for melodic invention, Matt Thomas delivers a flawless performance every time.   

At the age of 33, Matt Thomas has gained some large credit in the world of fingerstyle guitar. In 2019, he won 1st place at the International Fingerstyle Collective Competition! In 2017, he won 3rd place at the Walnut Valley International Fingerstyle Competition in Winfield Kansas. He won 1st place in both contemporary thumbpicking and open style at the Home of the Legends International Thumbpicking Competition. The following year, he returned to be inducted into the Thumbpickers Hall-of-Fame and was asked to compete again which resulted in another 1st place win in contemporary fingerstyle, and 2nd in traditional thumbpicking. Along with being a decorated fingerstylist, Thomas is very well known for his Harp Guitar compositions and being a long-time member/performer of the Harp Guitar Gathering. 

Some influences are Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed, Buster B. Jones, Stephen Bennett, Petteri Sariola, Alexandr Misko, Pat Kirtley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Django Reinhardt, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Andy Mckee, Adam Rafferty, and Tommy Emmanuel.  

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