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July 26, 2018

Opening act by Jay Schumacher - 6:15 pm

Main act by Younce Guitar Duo - 7:00 pm

Take a musical journey with Younce Guitar Duo, a father and son instrumental collaboration, influenced by Latin, Jazz, Fusion, Flamenco and World Music. Touring together since 2009, Younce Guitar Duo has been entertaining audiences with their intricate guitar stylings, their exquisite original compositions and superb musicianship. 

Before joining forces in 2009, both Ryan and Jerry had been active in the Michigan music scene. Jerry was born in Detroit in 1960, and as a teenager had become an active player in Detroit’s burgeoning jazz scene. Enthralled with the music, he pursued Jazz Studies at Wayne State University, and guitar under the direction of jazz guitarist William Leavitt at the Berklee College of Music. Well versed in variety of musical genres, including, jazz, country, big band and rock, Jerry performed with dozens of Midwestern bands and singers. Ryan has an extensive performance background in World Music, Jazz, and early on with a popular indie rock band, Escanaba Firing Line, in 2002. When Ryan and Jerry formed the Younce Guitar Duo they discovered that their different musical backgrounds and approaches were uniquely complimentary.

The annual Free Concert in the Park will be held in the Walk of Art at Elk Rapids Day Park.  Bring picnics and chairs or blankets.  Arrive early or stay late to tour the sculpture installations and to see a spectacular sunset over Grand Traverse Bay.  In the event of rain, the concert will be held at Peterman Auditorium in Elk Rapids High School.

SPONSORED ANNUALLY BY ART RAPIDS WITH ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ELK RAPIDS ROTARY FUND.