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Fly Amero, Jon Butcher in acoustic show Saturday

September 26, 2013

YellowBrix

Sept. 26--Fly Amero and Jon Butcher will perform in concert "Together Live" at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. Both Amero and Butcher will be introducing new material from upcoming solo CDs.

The two guitarists became fast friends as a natural chemistry developed between the Grammy-nominated Butcher and Cape Ann's Amero.

They will be joined on stage for the evening of acoustic music by Fabio Pirozzolo, from Terracina, Italy, who started his career as a folk percussionist. A summa cum laude Berklee College of Music graduate, he performs in all genres of music from jazz to rock.

Butcher, who has a busy recording and touring career, enjoys all music Americana, including blues, jazz, Dixieland, folk, swing, Cajun, and more. Amero, a certified gold recording artist and journeyman, tours as a member of the classic American pop group Orleans. He draws from a lifetime of rootsy Americana, folk, blues and jazz influences.

Both Amero and Butcher, lifelong musicians and songwriters, continuously work on new music.

"This concert is all acoustic because of the venue," said Butcher. "It's the perfect place to stage a show where, instead of electric guitar, you have an opportunity to story-tell and give a shape and substance to the songs."

He said the biggest challenge for the pair was how to pare down several decades of songwriting into a single evening of music.

"This has been a pleasant challenge," Butcher said. "And to work with such a gifted singer-songwriter is particularly sweet for me and a wonderful opportunity to engage with one of the most fantastic musicians I have had the pleasure to know."

Amero described the program as diverse.

"My material isn't even similar to itself. For example, I have some ragtime blues and some that are soul songs. I'm going from Leon Redbone to Wilson Pickett," he said. "Jon does a lot of different songs, including wonderful Americana with some songs even about American history."

In addition to his work with Orleans, Amero has a long history of entertaining audiences and making music. A left-handed player, Amero learned to play on a borrowed guitar built for a "righty" so he learned to play left-handed with the guitar upside down, which he does so today.

Butcher -- of Jon Butcher Axis -- now lives on Cape Ann after working two decades in California. His company Electric Factory Music provides film score, soundtrack and music licensing services for television, film companies and video games. The Electric Factory has provided music for all the major network and television carriers, ranging from "Ugly Betty" on ABC to "Six Feet Under" on HBO.

"But I love Gloucester, my new home," he said. "I have never in my life met such inviting and warm people as I have here on the North Shore."

After attending journalism school at Grahm Journalism College in Boston, Butcher became one of the handful of recording artists who comprised the legendary Boston music scene. His career also includes MTV videos and hit songs "Life Takes A Life," "Wishes" and "Holy War."

For tickets, call the Shalin Liu box office at 978-546-7391, or visit rockportmusic.org.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.

If you go Who and what: Fly Amero and Jon Butcher in an acoustic concert. When: Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. Where: Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Gloucester. How much: $19 to $34, through the Shalin Liu box office, 35 Main St. in Rockport, or rockportmusic.org.

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