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Leo Kottke returns to Vashon for a special show

Grammy-nominated acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke will play a rare island show at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Vashon Theatre. His last show at the theater, which took place 10 years ago, was a sold-out success.

Kottke was raised in 12 different states and absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11. His 1971 major-label debut, “Mudlark,” positioned him in the singer/songwriter vein, despite his own wishes to remain an instrumental performer. Kottke flourished during his tenure on Capitol, with records like “Greenhouse” in 1972 and “My Feet Are Smiling,” in 1973.  With 1975’s “Chewing Pine,” Kottke reached the U.S. Top 30 for the second time; he also gained an international following thanks to his continuing tours in Europe and Australia. His collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, “Clone,” caught audiences’ attention in 2002. Kottke and Gordon followed with a recording in the Bahamas called “Sixty Six Steps,” produced by Leo’s old friend and Prince producer David Z.

Tickets to his show, $35 and $45, are on sale at

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