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Leo Kottkej

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Leo Kottke is a guitar virtuoso. With over 40 recordings and hundreds of stage performances under his belt, he's had plenty of time to practice. But it's not practice that makes him such a fine guitarist (although that sure can't hurt). Kottke has a gift. Some other-worldly gift that allows him to make one guitar sound like three, to write songs sometimes sans lyrics that really let the listener feel he or she shares a special secret with Kottke, and to keep audiences rapt not only with his skill on the git-fiddle but with his charm and humor as a storyteller. Spending an evening with Kottke is like, well, spending an evening with Kottke. At his shows, it feels like he invited a few hundred of his closest friends over for a visit. And, there's a real sense of camaraderie that grows among the show-goers. By the end of the night, you'll find yourself smiling and laughing with the people around you. You never know ... you may not be invited to Kottke's house for dinner, but the couple that sat next to you during the show just might ask you over.

7:30 p.m., The Egyptian Theater, $30.50 at the door.

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