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Performance: Banjo Picker Tony Furtado

If you have family or friends in town and want to get out for some weekend fun after a quiet Thanksgiving, you may want to check out Tony Furtado at Mississippi Studios on Friday, November 25. He’ll be performing for a live DVD recording, scheduled for release in early 2012.

If you haven’t seen him live, Tony Furtado is an experienced showman. He’s been playing the banjo and slide guitar since he was a young man, and has spent the past two decades touring as a professional musician. His love of the banjo started when he was assigned to create a musical instrument in elementary school. He built a small banjo from household items, and soon after got a real one and learned how to play. At the same time, he started working with clay in a ceramics class.

These days, Furtado is an internationally known banjo and slide guitar performer. He’s landed in Portland after decades of touring constantly, and has reconnected with his love of ceramics. He splits his days between writing and recording music, and creating new pieces in his ceramics studio. He says he’s found a pretty perfect balance to his life.

Here’s footage from a concert Tony Furtado gave at the OPB studio in May 2011. And don’t miss the Oregon Art Beat story about Furtado early next year!

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