Legendary guitarist Leo Kottke returns to perform at St. Cecilia Music Center’s Acoustic Café Series on November 19, 2021


The St. Cecilia Music Center is delighted to once again welcome legendary and favorite Grand Rapids guitarist Leo Kottke November 19, 2021. Kottke, who was described by Rolling Stone magazine like “So Good He Didn’t Need a Band” will entertain West Michigan audiences with his incredible six- and twelve-string guitar genius. Kottke, who has over 42 years of touring under his belt, nearly 30 albums to his name and an astonishing choice of material, will entertain audiences with his instrumental genius and engaging sense of humor.

Tickets for Leo Kottke are $ 40- $ 45, available at www.scmc-online.org or by calling 616-459-2224.

St. Cecilia Music Center Executive and Artistic Director Cathy Holbrook said: “Leo Kottke has a large fan base in Western Michigan and it’s always a pleasure to bring him to the St. Cecilia Music Center. Leo not only plays with brilliant precision in the choice of guitar on his 6 and 12 string guitars, he is also a great storyteller recalling many humorous experiences. We can’t wait to greet him again on stage on Friday, November 19!

The 2021-22 St. Cecilia Music Center season features a lineup of world-class folk and jazz musicians, and celebrates the 10e anniversary of their partnership with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The new WinterFest Music Festival in February will also be a highlight of the new season. Throughout the season, the St. Cecilia Music Center will feature over 17 evenings of exceptional performances by world-renowned jazz, folk and chamber music artists in what is their 138th music season.

NOTE: The SCMC currently requires proof of fully vaccinated status, or a negative COVID test completed within 48 hours, to attend a concert at the SCMC site. Participants must bring photo ID and proof of vaccination, or negative test, on the night of a concert.

In high and high transmission areas, the The CDC recommends that everyone (including those fully vaccinated) wear a mask in indoor public places to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially the Delta variant, and to protect others. To this end, SCMC requires that all participants wear a mask in the building. We will continue to monitor the COVID environment and can change policies at any time if necessary.

If you have tickets for an upcoming show and are unwilling or unable to comply with this policy, please contact the SCMC box office for a refund at [email protected] at least 48 hours before the date of the concert.

Leo Kottke – Organic

Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, but left the city after a year and a half. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for guitar at age 11.

After adding a love for Mississippi country-blues John Hurt to the music of John Phillip Sousa and Preston Epps, Kottke joined the Minor Navy, to be underwater, and eventually lost his hearing from gunfire on light bulbs in the Atlantic while serving on the USS Halfbeak, a diesel submarine.

Kottke had previously entered college at the University of Missouri, dropping out after a year to hitchhike across the country to South Carolina, then New London and into the Navy, with his twelve strings. “The trip was not something that I enjoyed,” he said, “I was broke and met too many interesting people.”

Released in 1964, it settled in the Twin Cities area and became a staple of the Scholar Coffeehouse in Minneapolis, which had housed Bob Dylan and John Koerner. He released his first recording of 1968, the LP Twelve String Blues, recorded on a 1/4 inch Viking tape recorder, for the little Scholar label Oblivion. (The label released another LP by the Langston Hughes Memorial Eclectic Jazz Band.)

After sending cassettes to guitarist John Fahey, Kottke signed to Fahey’s Takoma label, releasing what became the Armadillo record. Fahey and his manager Denny Bruce quickly secured a production contract for Kottke with Capitol Records.

Kottke’s debut in 1971 on a major label, “Mudlark”, placed him somewhat uncomfortable in the singer / songwriter’s vein, despite his own desire to remain an instrumental performer. Yet despite arguments with label managers as well as Bruce, Kottke thrived during his tenure on Capitol, as records like “Greenhouse” from 1972 and the 1973 live “My Feet Are Smiling” and “Ice Water” “found him branching out with guest musicians and perfecting his guitar technique.

With Chewing Pine in 1975, Kottke reached the US Top 30 for the second time; he also gained an international following through his continuous tours in Europe and Australia.

His collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, “Clone”, gained public attention in 2002. Kottke and Gordon followed with a Bahamian recording titled “Sixty Six Steps,” produced by Leo’s old friend and producer. by Prince David Z.

Kottke received two Grammy nominations; a doctorate in musical performance from the Peck School of Music at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a certificate of significant achievement in not playing trombone from the University of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College.

St. Cecilia Music Center tickets for the 2021/2022 season


Single tickets ** for concerts in the WinterFest, Chamber, Jazz and Folk series can be purchased by phone at 616-459-2224 or online at www.scmc-online.org. If SCMC can offer CD signing receptions after the concert, all ticket holders may be able to meet some of the artists and get signed CDs of their releases.. More information will be announced closer to the start of the season on whether the COVID restrictions will allow the SCMC to host receptions.

Single tickets Folk Series – Upcoming concerts

Rodney Crowell

Friday, November 12, 2021

A section $ 60

Section B $ 50

Leo Kottke

Friday, November 19, 2021

A section $ 45

Section B $ 40

Milk Carton Kids

Thursday 2 December 2021

A $ 50 section

Section B $ 40

Watkins Family Time

Thursday, December 16, 2021

A section $ 55

Section B $ 45

May Erlewine

Thursday, February 17, 2022

A section $ 35

Section B $ 20

VIP ticket 100 $

Shawn colvin

Thursday, May 12, 2022

A section $ 45

Section B $ 40

VIP tax $ 125

Judy Collins

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

A section 65 $

Section B $ 55

SCMC WinterFest Jazz Festival Single tickets

Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer

Thursday, February 24, 2022

A section $ 55

Section B $ 50

Christian McBride Trio & Cyrille Aimée

Friday 25 February 2022

A section $ 45

Section B $ 40

Christian McBride & Inside Straight

Saturday February 26, 2022

A section $ 45

Section B $ 40

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Single Tickets

Prague to Vienna

Thursday, November 18, 2021

A section $ 45

Section B $ 40

Romantic perspectives

Thursday, January 27, 2022

A section $ 45

Section B $ 40

The jazz effect

Thursday March 31, 2022

A section $ 45

Section B $ 40

Jazz Series Single Tickets

Jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman

Thursday, January 20, 2022

A section $ 55

Section B $ 45

Dee Dee Bridgewater and Bill Charlap

Thursday March 10, 2022

A section $ 55

Section B $ 50

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra

Thursday April 14, 2022

A $ 50 section

Section B $ 45


Season pass tickets to the SCMC WinterFest 2022 Jazz Festival, Jazz Spectacular Series and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Concert Series are now available online at www.scmc-online.org or by calling 616-459-2224.

* Subscribers to the SCMC WinterFest, Spectacular Jazz Series, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series, and the Jazz & Chamber (Jazz and Chamber) combo subscription receive many benefits, including a 15-20% reduction on the price of tickets the concert. ** Ticket prices: there is a charge of $ 7 on each subscription ticket. Single tickets have a charge of $ 3.00 per ticket. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

Chamber Music Society Series

3 concerts subscription

15% reduction on single ticket prices

Membership: $ 114

Plus: Add one or ALL of the three WinterFest concerts to your membership and receive 15% off the single ticket price on festival tickets.

Spectacular jazz series

3 concerts subscription

15% reduction on single ticket prices

Membership: $ 137

Plus: Add one or ALL of the three WinterFest concerts to your membership and receive 15% off the single ticket price on festival tickets.

Room + Jazz subscription package

20% reduction on single ticket prices

Combination series of 6 concerts

Membership: $ 236

Plus: Add one or ALL of the three WinterFest concerts to your membership and receive 15% off the single ticket price on festival tickets.

SCMC WinterFest subscription package

3 concerts subscription

15% reduction on single ticket prices

Subscription: $ 123

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