American Fingerstyle Guitar Night

National recording artists to play at Tip the Scales event

  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019 1:16pm
  • Arts
Tracy Moore (Courtesy Photo).

Tracy Moore (Courtesy Photo).

Kat Eggleston and Tip the Scales will host American Fingerstyle Guitar Night at the Havurat, 15401 Westside Hwy SW, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16.

American Fingerstyle Guitar Night is a national touring group featuring multiple guitarists’ interpretations of this iconic genre of guitar music, which combines multiple musical influences. The genre draws on blues and jazz, as well as classical, folk and Celtic traditions.

The tour hosted by Tip the Scales features acclaimed instrumentalists from all over the country, and the concert promises to explore every corner of this style, which has been popularized by artists, including Mississippi John Hurt, John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, Ralph Towner, Andy McKee and others.

The May 16 concert features EWM Records artist Peter Janson (from Cape Cod, Massachusetts), Finger Food Productions artist Steve Davison (from Little Rock, Arkansas) and Solid Air Records artist Tracy Moore (from Camano Island, Washington). Janson is an award-winning contemporary nylon-string guitarist who’ll perform his trademark fusion of jazz, classical and world-folk styles. Davison is a two-time finalist and winner of the solo guitar competition at the Arkansas Acoustic Music Festival and a finalist in the Merle Travis Fingerstyle Competition. A master 12-string player, Moore has lifted the 12-string guitar above its former role as an accompaniment or power guitar instrument to what he calls “Melodic 12-String Guitar.” All three artists have performed throughout North America.

Tip the Scales is a nonprofit, organized about a year ago on Vashon, that puts a twist on the house concert tradition, house concerts being small acoustic performances in intimate settings. The twist is that musicians performing with Tip the Scales receive a guaranteed payment for their work.

Admission to the May 16 concert is $20 at the door, and those who wish to attend must RSVP to due to space limitations. Email

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