Dorian Michael admits on his website that he was just 7 years old when he experienced his first renaissance with the sounds of acoustic music.
Several decades have passed since that youngster fell in love with earthy melodies. Since then, he's toyed with all sorts of music from blues and folk to jazz and rock 'n' roll.
You can sample the snazzy style of this renowned fingerstyle guitarist Nov. 1 when he performs for the Three Rivers Folklife Society concert. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at Community Unitarian Universalist Church, 2819 W. Sylvester St., Pasco.
Admission is $11 for adults and $9 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at Tri-City Bookworm stores or Octopus' Garden in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland. Tickets cost $1 more at the door.
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When it comes to music philosophy, Michael seems to have it down to a simple science all music lovers can understand.
"Some music makes you feel, some makes you think and some music is just for the fun of it," he said. "I try to get to all those places in the space of a performance."
It must be working because Michael's been making his living as a musician for 40 years and earned the reputation as one of the finest fingerstyle guitarists in the country.
He'll also conduct a fingerstyle guitar workshop during his Tri-City visit starting at 1 p.m. Nov. 1 at 1011 S. Dawes St. in Kennewick. Cost is $15. For reservations, call 783-9937.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org