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By Patrice Shields

Three of music’s most well-tuned and road worthy musicians Alan James, Graham Gillot and Ray Nesbit take you on an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ look at life on tour with legends including Roy Orbison, Rodriguez, Goo Goo Dolls, Traveling Wilburys, Moody Blues and others. Enjoy music and stories from the road with “Acoustic Storytellers” Thursday, December 3, 8:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs’ Hinman Auditorium. Enjoy the humor, hear the tragedies, and share the triumphs and stories behind the songs. Share a glimpse of the personal lives on the road and the concert performances.

Performers include Alan James, who many may know from his group Powerhouse, a band considered one of a premier corporate act playing for Donald Trump, President Bush twice, multiple celebrity weddings, three Super Bowls and high profile celebrity fundraisers. James hails from London England and has an extensive career in the music business. As a young musician in London he became one of the most in demand rock guitar players on the club circuit and was recognized in circles with such notables as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Peter Frampton. His first single on Columbia Records was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and had a chart success amongst some of the all-time classic rock hits of that era. As a young guitarist Alan spent several years traveling and entertaining U.S. forces around the world living in Greece, Turkey, Germany, France and Italy.

Alan was hired to be the lead guitarist and vocalist for International singing star Roy Orbison and went on to become Roy’s musical director and personal manager for twelve years and has performed at all the major venues around the globe.

Joining James for this performance is guitarist Ray Nesbit, who has traveled around the US working with members of ACDC, Goo Goo Dolls, Moody Blues, Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, and many more. A highlight of his career was performing a fundraising show with AC/DC. “Yeah, I got to be Malcolm Young for one night,” he remembers.

Virtuoso guitarist, singer and composer Graham Gillot rounds off the performance with his showmanship and musical range on the guitar. Gillot played lead guitar for Rodriguez, star of the 2012 Oscar winning film “Searching for Sugarmann” and was featured on NBC’s #1 show of the summer “America’s Got Talent.”

Gillot has performed in shows, festivals, theatres, concerts and stadiums internationally around the world including the US, UK, Dubai, Turkey, Spain and South Africa. After accomplishing a study record by obtaining Grade 8 Classical Guitar in just two years of study through Trinity College London, he is considered to be a new century guitar maestro.

Guests of “Acoustic Storytellers” will take away their own stories to share after this unique musical event.

Tickets for “Acoustic Storytellers,” are $40 for Premium Seats, $35 Center Seats and $30 Side Seats. Tickets may be purchased on-line at, by calling 239-495-8989 and at the door 30 minutes before the performance.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances including “Acoustic Storytellers.”

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance and film series including “Improv Tonight,” December 5, 8:00pm, “Meet the Composers Classical Music Series-Brahms & Clara a Love Story,” December 6, 3:00pm, “Naples Klezmer Band,” December 12, 8:00pm, “Flamenco Puro,” December 17, 8:00pm and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.


WHO:     The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT:   Acoustic Storytellers-Music and Stories from the Road
WHEN:   Thursday, December 3, 2015; 8:00pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL
PRICE: Tickets: $40 Premium Seats, $35 Center Seats, $30 Side Seats



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