Guitarist Jeff Bianchi will give a one-hour classical guitar concert in the sanctuary at Guyton Christian Church on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. to help raise assistance for The Fillin’ Station, Guyton’s Community Food Pantry. Audience members are asked to bring canned and dry goods to help stock the food pantry. Peanut butter and canned meats are especially helpful.
The date marks one of his final performances of the year, which has included engagements in Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, Ohio, Kentucky, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
As a native of Williamson, N.Y., Bianchi began performing at weddings and cafes while still in his teens. The uniqueness of the classical guitar coupled with his professionalism enabled him to stay working over the years.
As his skills grew, he gave full concerts throughout western New York. His hard work earned him performances at the Rantucci International Guitar Festival as well as the nationally-recognized Ithaca Guitar Festival. His concerts continued with his move to Atlanta in the summer of 2002.
From 2005-2007 Bianchi took a hiatus to tour nationally with country acts Young Guns out of Nashville, Tenn. and Chace Roberts from St. Paul, Minn. As an electric guitarist, Bianchi toured much of North America, playing clubs and dance halls with capacity crowds. It was an exciting time in his life and was quite the adventure.
On his return home, Bianchi resumed his solo performances. By 2009, he was touring throughout Georgia, playing in places such as Savannah, Tybee Island, Toccoa, Richmond, Duluth and Hartwell. Large, enthusiastic crowds were the norm at these events. These positive reactions together gave him a goal to take his music to a much wider audience.
In February 2010, Bianchi undertook his first cross-country solo tour. Making stops in Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, he gave concerts for audiences as large as 600 people. The success of this tour enabled him to expand his solo career to a national level. Bianchi continued his success in 2011 with performances in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida.
This year has been an important step in his career as he successfully ventured to the Western U.S. to concertize. His concerts took him as far away as Weiser, Idaho, where he performed in conjunction with the National Old Time Fiddlers’ Competition.
The concert will include music by Fernando Sor, Issac Albeniz and Jose Luis Merlin. CDs will be available after the performance for $10. Proceeds from the CDs will also go to assist the food pantry.
The church is located at 301 Pine St. in Guyton. Call 667-4947 for more information.