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Tony Furtado to bring his folk/rock to Livermore today

Amador grad performing in benefit for Rotary Music Scholarship Fund

Pleasanton native Tony Furtado will bring his gregarious interpretation of Americana and indie folk/rock to the stage at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore today in a benefit for the Livermore Rotary Music Scholarship Fund.

Furtado, who does a unique presentation of traditional music in a pop format, took up the banjo at age 12; at 19, he won the first of his two Grand National Banjo Championships. In the late '90s, after adding slide guitar to his arsenal, Furtado fronted his own band and has toured heavily throughout the United States ever since.

Also performing in the Tony Furtado Trio at the fundraiser will be Luke Price, two-time Grand National Fiddle Champion, and upright bassist Sam Howard.

Furtado has recorded six albums, with the likes of Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Mike Marshall and Kelly Joe Phelps. He said his inspiration has been musicians such as Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Taj Mahal.

Opening for the performance will be Livermore's own rock sensation, Showroom Cadillac. Doors will open at 6 p.m. July 30, with music starting at 7 p.m., and there will be a silent auction, with donations from local merchants. Refreshments, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Tickets for the Tony Furtado Livermore Rotary Music Scholarship Concert are $20. Proceeds will go directly into a fund that provides financial assistance to qualified and disadvantaged music students. Grants are based on an evaluation of grant applications and range from $200 to $1,000.

Banjo bash

What: Tony Furtado Trio

When: Saturday, July 30. Doors open at 6 p.m., music begins at 7 p.m.

Where: Bothwell Arts Center, Eighth and H streets, Livermore

Benefits: Livermore Rotary Club Music Scholarship Fund

Tickets: $20; purchase at www.livermoreperformingarts.org, or at the door.

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