Former '60s pop guitarist to perform in Burbank, Finley

Jim Valley, a poet, song writer and educator, will perform a free community concert at 7 p.m. today in the Columbia High School auditorium, 787 Maple St., Burbank.

Valley, nicknamed "Harpo," was the lead guitarist for Paul Revere and the Raiders during the group's popularity in the mid-60s. The Gig Harbor performer has been working in schools since 1980.

Sunrise Rotary Club member Sandy Fritts helped to bring him to town after hearing him perform.

"I saw him at a community concert in Port Angeles," Fritts said. "I was just so impressed with the way he interacted with the kids in the crowd that I thought he just had to come here."

Fritts contacted Valley and worked with local schools to schedule the performances. Now, thanks to the sponsorship of the Sunrise Rotary Club, Valley is scheduled for three separate performances.

In addition to the community performance, he'll be at two school assemblies on Friday -- at 9:30 a.m. at Finley Elementary School and at 1 p.m. at Columbia Elementary School in Burbank.