Robbie Basho Documentary Fundraiser Planned

Posted on July 10, 2014 | by Jason Walsh

Think of it as: a bash for Basho. At least that’s one way to describe the planned fundraising concert being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, next month to raise money for the completion of a documentary on the life of the late acoustic-guitar innovator Robbie Basho.

The August 23 concert, taking place at Johnny Brenda’s and co-hosted by the Alabaster Museum, will feature performances by guitarist Daniel Bachman, folk duo Arborea, and singer-songwriter Ryley Walker—all musicians whose work has been inspired by the pioneering Berkeley, California-based guitarist.

Proceeds from the event will go toward completion of a documentary titled Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho, currently in the works by British filmmaker Liam Barker.

A steel-string virtuoso, Basho was part of a 1960s and ‘70s Berkeley scene that featured such guitarists as John Fahey and Leo Kottke. Basho’s technique of combining American folk and blues with European classical and eastern musical influences paved the way for what became known as the “American raga” style. Basho died at the age of 45, from an unexpected stroke in 1986, before his influence on the acoustic-guitar world was wholly recognized.   

For more on Basho and the fundraising concert, click here.

And check out the above the trailer for Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho.

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