New JP concert series opens with guitar virtuoso

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Vicki Genfan will perform at the Loring-Greenough House Feb. 23..

JP Unplugged is a new acoustic music concert series that will be presenting its first concert on Fri., Feb. 23, at the historic Loring-Greenough House at 12 South St. Appearing will be New York’s guitar virtuoso Vicki Genfan, and opening the show will be singer-songwriters Patti DeRosa and Denise Barbarita. The concert will begin at 8 p.m., and admission is $10. For tickets or more information call the Loring-Greenough House at 524-3158 or visit

Hailing from New Jersey, Genfan is simply one of the most exciting guitarists around. Featured on Vanguard Records’ recent “La Guitara CD” (a collection of virtuoso female guitarists), Genfan’s dynamic style borrows as much from Michael Hedges and Pat Metheny as it does from James Taylor and Earth, Wind & Fire. Playing both original instrumentals and vocal-based material, Genfan uses two-handed tapping, harmonic slaps and alternate tunings in a style that is uniquely her own.

“Vicki… has brewed her own style out of wiping chords, airy tapping techniques and a precise melody play that has no name… and creates a new kind of singer-songwriter culture,” wrote the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Genfan’s newest collection, “Up Close & Personal,” is a double CD that stands to be her best work yet as it brings out the beauty and vibrance of her stunning guitar work as well as capturing some of her most evocative vocal performances to date.

In the past year, Genfan has shared the stage with Tommy Emmanuel, Laurence Juber, Steve White, Pete Huttlinger, Patty Larkin, Mimi Fox, Kaki King and Jennifer Batten, among others. Genfan will continue touring and teaching in the US and Europe in support of the new release as well as of her first two solo CDs, “Outside the Box” (2000) and “Vicki Genfan—Live” (Acoustic Music Records, 2003).

“Whether Genfan is edging into rock or swirling into folk and jazz, this is fiery, living music,” said

Boston’s Patti DeRosa is a powerful presence who is fun, funky and sizzling. Motif Magazine called her “a must-see artist with a unique talent.” Madalyn Sklar of said she is “a gem that stands out in the vast sea of singer/songwriters.”

New York City’s Denise Barbarita has been described by Heather Corchoran of Coffeehouse Tour as “a combination of pop-angst, rock and folk” and “a lit match that’s taking the Indie music industry at full storm”.

“Listening to Denise Barbarita makes me shiver inside… one heck of a performer,” said Pennsylvania performer and festival coordinator Dave Blackledge.

JP Unplugged is a concert series dedicated to presenting quality live acoustic music in an intimate listening environment in Jamaica Plain. It is organized by Boston-based singer/songwriters and acoustic music supporters who believe that both the community and its artists benefit when the music is the focus. JP Unplugged is dedicated to presenting both nationally known and local artists to the Jamaica Plain community.

The Loring-Greenough House, built in 1760, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been a historic house museum since 1926. Its beautiful period decor and intimate size make it an ideal setting for acoustic music.

Submitted by JP Unplugged.

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