Northern Colorado will be graced with the presence and performance of a music legend on November 18 and 19 when recording artist Leo Kottke plays the Rialto Theater, closing out his 2016 national tour. Kottke, born in Athens, GA, was raised in 12 different states, but was heavily influenced by folk and delta blues music while living in Muskogee, OK. The music of Mississippi John Hurt made a major impact on him and he learned to play trombone and violin before picking up the guitar and eventually developing his own unconventional picking style. After ditching college before graduation in Minnesota, Kottke hitchhiked and busked around until finally landing in the Twin Cities and becoming a regular performer at the Scholar Coffeehouse in the mid-1960’s. Kottke’s discography to date includes 40+ albums, both solo and collaboratively with an impressive array of notable artists worldwide, and he continues to tour nationally. From Kottke’s first major album, Meadowlark, in 1971 to his 2016 national tour, Kottke continues to hold his own as a revered, respected, and driving force in the music world, with artists around the globe studying his unique style of playing and performing. November 18 and 19, Rialto Theater, 7:30 pm each night. $25-36. Tickets: rialtotheatercenter.org

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