6-7 PM Cassius Stein began playing classical guitar at age 16 after hearing the recordings of Christopher Parkening. As of December, Cassius completed a Doctor of Music (D.M.) degree from Indiana University, studying with Ernesto Bitetti. He now lives in Ham Lake where he teaches, records, and composes music.
7-9 PM Grammy-winning Mike Dowling digs deep into the musical bag of American roots guitar, favoring the melodic Piedmont style of acoustic blues masters like Mississippi John Hurt and slide great Tampa Red. From bottleneck blues to vintage jazz and much more in between, Mike’s musicality, depth, and mastery of the instrument translates fluently to flattop, archtop, and resonator guitars alike.