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Friday, February 28: Guitar Hero

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What does a guitar sound like when it doesn’t sound like a guitar? Fred Frith will show you at the Transformer Station tonight. Frith brings his avant-garde, effects-laden electric guitar rig to Cleveland as part of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s City Stages Concert Series. The guitarist was a member of the influential experimental chamber-rock group Henry Cow in the late 1960s. As eclectic as this band’s sound was, he only moved further out of the box as his career progressed. The seminal 1974 album Guitar Solos is a haunting exercise in transforming and diversifying the sounds emanating from his guitar. Frith uses many effects pedals achieve the diverse array of sounds you hear on tracks like “Out Of Their Heads (On Locoweed)” which opens with gently plunking notes that transition to sickening howls. More recently, with his group Cosa Brava, he plays a mish-mash of folk, Celtic, prog-rock chamber music. This is sure to be a one-of-a-kind concert, as this master improviser draws influence from the room and audience at the performance. Tickets are $20, and the show starts at 7:30. (Gonzalez)

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