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Born in France, raised in Switzerland, now touring the U.S., Claude Bourbon brings his stylish guitar to the Moon Stage in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden on Wednesday, Oct. 12, the last of the 2016 Americana concert series.

Born in France, raised in Switzerland, now touring the U.S., Claude Bourbon brings his stylish guitar to the Moon Stage in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden on Wednesday, Oct. 12, the last of the 2016 Americana concert series.

This just in: Because of the rainy weather (for which we are thankful), tonight’s concert featuring Claude Bourbon has moved indoors at the Botanical Center.

You might want to bring along a seat belt with your lawn chair for the last American & Roots Concert Series when Claude Bourbon takes the Moon Stage from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.

“Do not miss him,” advises Ric Mayer, organizer of the series. “He is the best at what he does.”

Admission is by donation (at least $10 is suggested) to benefit the Kickapoo Edge Prairie. Donations go toward construction of a wheel chair and stroller friendly paved trail through the native prairie garden.

Born in France, raised in Switzerland, now living in England, Bourbon has become a world-renowned guitarist, highly acclaimed for his finger-picking style – he plucks, picks and strums – at such speeds that his fingers seem to blur as he explores without the limitations of written music. Often, he adds vocals in a slightly gruff, world-weary voice of a traveling man.

Bourbon utilizes strains of folk, western, jazz and blues through such melodic delights as traditional English Dance, hypnotic Rodrigo and his gorgeous version of the Rolling Stones’ “Angie.”

He describes his music as “Spanish and medieval blues,” but you can expect an evening of adroit, surprising cross-cultural guitar music.

“In the first 10 minutes alone, flamenco, gypsy-jazz and Indian influences were evident, as was good old Southern blues and Americana,” writes Ken Smith of the Chico News & Review.

“His sound instantly creates ambiance – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz…,” added the BBC. You can learn more at www.claudebourbon.org. In case of rain, the concert will be inside the Botanical Center. For more information, call the Botanical Center at 417-891-1515.

The next event in the stroll garden will be “Romance in the Garden on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15. Details are in a separate posting and in the Friends of the Garden newsletter included in every Ozarks Living Magazine, or at FriendsoftheGarden.org. Details on the first musical event on stage at the Peace Through People Pavilion at 4 p.m. on Oct. 15 are also in the newsletter.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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