When Laurence Juber pulls out his signature Martin guitar and plays The Beatles, audiences, well, tend to go a little nuts.
It could be the fact that Juber has played with three of the four Beatles and was the former lead guitarist for Wings; or it could be that the two-time Grammy artist’s melding of styles and multifaceted performances belie the use of only acoustic guitar.
He is bringing his talent and virtuosity to the Valley for two showcase appearances. Juber will perform a solo concert at the Musical Instrument Museum’s Music Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix. Tickets range from $23.50 to $33.50 and can be purchased by calling 480.478.6000, visiting online at theMIM.org or visiting the MIM ticket office.
Earlier in the day at 1 p.m., the MIM and C.F. Martin & Co. will present “Guitarmania to Beatlemania: The Evolution of the Guitar,” featuring Juber and Dick Boak, Martin’s museum director and archivist, during a presentation that traces the development of America’s favorite instrument.
The 1 p.m. event is included with paid museum admission or admission to the “Dragons and Vine” exhibit.
Acoustic guitar aficionados are in for a rare treat during an evening that will showcase one of America’s favorite instruments and feature a concert performance by a true virtuoso.
“The Beatles inspired me play guitar,” Juber said. “Martin built the guitar that I am inspired to play, and it’s an honor that this historic company make my signature instrument.”
Juber embarked on a career as a solo artist, composer, and arranger after years spent playing lead guitar with Paul McCartney and Wings. His 2002 release “LJ Plays the Beatles,” is one of Acoustic Guitar magazine’s all-time top recordings. Boak, author of “Martin Guitar Masterpieces and Martin Guitars: A History,” is also a musician, woodworker, draftsman, guitar designer and builder. He is responsible for some of the most unique collaborations with top celebrity guitarists to design and build the finest instruments made at C. F. Martin & Co.
Recently, Juber released “Holidays & Hollynights” (HoLoGram Recordings), a jazz/blues-tinged trio take on Christmas and holiday standards and features Dominec Genova on bass and Michael Jochum on drums.
Laurence Juber, MIM Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, 480.478.6000, themim.org, 7 p.m. Saturday, November 5, $23.50-$33.50.