Everyone is invited to enjoy a free concert by Acoustic Eidolon on Friday, Sept. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in the jury assembly room of the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse at 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The duo includes Joe Scott playing a unique double-neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello. The classically trained couple will perform original compositions that blend a variety of influences, including Celtic, folk, Latin, rock and more.

These acoustic artists from Boulder, Colo., have performed in renowned venues across the world and have recorded seven CDs and one DVD. Lifetime musicians, they each began studying as young children and became masters of their craft as both performing and studio musicians. Scott attended the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, Calif., before touring with the New Christy Minstrels and later founding and touring with the Wind Machine band. Alkire studied with Gabriel Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet. She played regularly with several orchestras, quartets and other music groups in Illinois, where she grew up, and continued to do the same after moving to Colorado. Performing together since February 1998, they have overcome focal dystonia (Scott) and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (Alkire) to continue their pursuit of creating beautiful music together. They have been featured on nationally syndicated radio programs “WoodSong’s Old-time Radio Hour,” “Echoes” and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”

Scott’s instrument is of his own design, crafted for him by Oregon luthier Denny Stevens to create a unique sound. Guitar-like, it has a total of 14 strings and is designed so Scott can play both necks simultaneously. One neck is strung with high-pitched, treble strings to create a sound much like a harp or hammer dulcimer. The second neck is strung like a traditional six-string guitar, but with an additional bass string.

This Downtown Cultural Series performance is sponsored by the city of Las Vegas. Future free performances at the courthouse will include the Nekochan String Quartet on Oct. 16 and David Fenimore portraying Woody Guthrie on Nov. 20. The public also is invited to enjoy a free outdoor performance of folk music by Wilson & McKee on Oct. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Centennial Plaza at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. Call 229-3515 or visit www.artslasvegas.org for more information on cultural performances. For more information on Acoustic Eidolon, go online to www.acousticeidolon.com.

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