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Guitarist lays out acoustic rhapsodies

January 08, 2006|By KRISTIN WILSON

kristinw@herald-mail.com

More than anything, acoustic guitarist Edgar Cruz wants audiences to enjoy his music.

With that goal in mind he's developed a niche - taking music that people like and finding a way to play it on the guitar.

His quest to entertain audiences with his one-man acoustic guitar show has led him to transpose hundreds of popular songs not typically heard on a lone guitar. Perhaps his most noteworthy feat is performing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" on his six guitar strings.

Cruz, an Oklahoma-based musician, will be bringing his skills and his show to Waynesboro, Pa., on Thursday, Jan. 12, in a concert at Waynesboro Area High School. The Waynesboro Community Concert Association is putting on the concert.

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Cruz traces his musical roots to his father, who was a mariachi guitarist. Cruz grew up playing the Mexican bass, backing up his father as he played to customers in Mexican restaurants.

"He was an entertainer," Cruz says of his father. "I learned a lot from him as far as pleasing all ages and all genres. I'm always researching what songs are most requested."

After studying classical guitar in college, Cruz developed a style that has no genre constraints.

The concert Thursday will include standards and classical, Latin, inspirational, jazz, rock 'n' roll, Western and country styles of music.

"I want to be the opposite of that serious black-tie" classical concert, Cruz says. He enjoys interacting with the audience throughout his show, he says. When he plays "In the Mood," he asks people to get up and dance. "It adds to the show every time you can get the audience involved."

Audiences can expect to hear "Classical Gas," "Malaguena," "Hotel California," "La Bamba," and "Pink Panther."

Cruz has performed at the Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville, Tenn., and performs at many Oklahoma festivals.

He's been named best local performer in Oklahoma City by the Oklahoma Gazette for at least four years.




If you go ...



WHAT:

Acoustic guitarist Edgar Cruz in concert

WHEN:

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12

WHERE:

Waynesboro Area High School Auditorium, 550 E. 2nd St., Waynesboro

COST:

Tickets are available as a season pass to the Waynesboro Community Concert Association. The subscription costs $35, adults, and $10, students, and includes admission to an additional concert on April 28.

DIRECTIONS:

Take Md. 60 north toward Pennsylvania. Md. 60 becomes Pa. 316. Turn right onto West 2nd Street.

MORE:

Tickets are available at the door. Call 1-717-762-2359 for more information.
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