With a career that has spanned more than 50 years, Jimmy Webb has achieved worldwide acclaim for his masterful songwriting.
Perhaps best known for the songs that catapulted Glen Campbell into stardom like “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston,” Webb has also written many other iconic songs such as “McArthur Park,” “All I Know” and the 5th Dimension hit “Up, Up and Away.”
Webb was the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. His songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Nina Simone, Isaac Hayes, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Tony Bennett, Michael Feinstein, Michael Ball and Josh Groban. A consummate entertainer, Webb has 10 solo albums to his credit and performs an average of 50 shows a year.
One such performance will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Best Western Premier, The Central Hotel & Conference Center located at 800 East Park Drive in Harrisburg. Tickets for the concert are $35.
The concert will be part of the Artisan Guitar Show, which is a two-day event held April 13 and April 14 featuring performances, master classes and guitar builders displaying their instruments. A separate ticket is needed to attend other Artisan Guitar Show events.
The Artisan Guitar Show returns to Harrisburg for the third year in a row for a full weekend of activities that pay homage to the guitar. A highlight of the conference will be an exhibit hall where some of the finest guitar builders in the world will have the chance to showcase their handcrafted flat top, archtop and electric guitars. Also exhibiting will be suppliers of items for the guitar, including humidity-controlled guitar habitats, amplifiers and handcrafted guitar stands.
Aside from the main concert on Saturday evening, the Artisan Guitar Show will feature 12 concerts that will be held during the day on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s concerts are Hiroya Tsukamoto at 11 a.m., Mark Lemaire at noon, Robin Bullock at 1 p.m., Tim Farrell at 2 p.m., Adam Miller & Holly Clayton at 3 p.m., Richie Hart and David Gilmore at 4 p.m., and Courtney Hartman at 5 p.m. Sunday’s concert are Alex Anderson at 10:30 a.m., Kinloch Nelson at 11:30 a.m., Lyle Brewer at 12:30 p.m., Joe Mass at 1:30 p.m., and Luke Brindley 2:30 p.m.
The event will also feature educational workshops on diverse topics presented by masters in the field. Saturday’s workshops include those on acoustic guitar music, variables of tone, the line between country and jazz and a songwriting clinic by Webb at 2 p.m. Sunday’s workshops include working with hand tools, voicing demonstration and a jazz master class.
For information on the Jimmy Webb concert and additional Artisan Guitar Show events, visit www.artisanguitarshow.com.