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Hot guitarist comes to Vashon to support Rotary’s Guatemalan project

Trace Bundy has been called the “Acoustic Ninja” because of the physical way he works his guitar. - Courtesy photo
Trace Bundy has been called the “Acoustic Ninja” because of the physical way he works his guitar.
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Trace Bundy, an up-and-coming guitarist who has won over audiences with his complex finger-style playing and sweet renditions of well-known songs, will take to the stage for a one-night benefit concert to support the Vashon Island Rotary Club.

Bundy, who was named the “most promising new talent” of 2008 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, regularly sells out shows, according to Sam Collins, the president of Vashon’s Rotary Club and the organizer of the concert. Collins heard him play at the Triple Door in Seattle recently — a sold-out show that Collins said was fantastic.

“He’s a phenomenal guitarist,” Collins said.

The all-ages show will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi. Tickets are $25.

The concert benefits the Rotary’s efforts to support high school youth — helping to fund both scholarships for graduating Vashon seniors and to send three to five high school students to Guatemala this summer where the Rotary is working with 13 villages in and around Santiago Atitlan, Vashon’s sister city.

Vashon’s club — along with two others — has been raising funds and sending delegations to the mountainous Central American region for several years, where Rotarians and other volunteers are working to provide clean drinking water, improve maternal health, offer up micro-lending, improve nutrition and undertake other efforts to support these small indigenous communities, Collins said.

The Vashon club has held benefit concerts annually over the last few years as part of its ambitious fundraising efforts. Collins said the club hopes to raise $1,500 from the Bundy show. All told, the club is working to raise $5,500 this year — enough to provide $3,000 in scholarships via the Vashon Community Scholarship Fund and send up to five teens to Guatemala.

Previously, the Rotary clubs on Vashon and in Sarasota, Fla., and Menlo Park, Calif., raised enough funds to secure matching grants from the Rotary’s international organization — garnering, all told, $330,000 to undertake community development efforts in Santiago Atitlan.

Collins said it’s been particularly gratifying to send youth to Guatemala to help in the effort. Last year, the club sent three teens.

“The teenage youth brought a whole different perspective,” he said.

The concert, Collins added, will likely appeal to a wide range of Islanders. Bundy has wowed audiences with the way he works his guitar — sometime playing it like a percussion instrument, other times with lightning-fast picking.

“He works the whole guitar in a very unique way,” Collins said.

Trace Bundy will play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Red Bicycle. Tickets for the all-ages show are $25. The Bike will offer a limited menu and sushi bar. Listen to Bundy’s music at

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