Rhythms and beats of jazz will bounce off the walls at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center as the Steve Cunningham Trio performs Saturday night.
The 8 p.m. concert is part of the Arts Council’s “Evenings of Intimate Jazz” series. Tickets are $30 and available at www.theartscouncil.net.
A Rochester, N.Y., native, Steve Cunningham began playing guitar at age 14 with the influences of Led Zeppelin, Pat Metheny, Yes and the Brecker Brothers, as well as classical and bluegrass music. In 1995, he moved to Atlanta and began playing the lap steel, immersing himself in the styles of David Lindley, Tom Morrell and Sacred Steel player Aubrey Ghent.
One of the most in-demand guitarists on the Atlanta scene, Cunningham performs more than 200 dates a year. He has played with Grammy-nominated Susan Tedeschi, longtime members of the James Brown band and Grammy Award-winner William Bell. He also has opened for Jeff Beck, The Barenaked Ladies, Kool and the Gang, Dream Theatre, The Four Tops, Chuck Mangione, Eddie Money and Blondie. In addition, he has performed at the Southeast Emmy Awards, The World Series and headlined at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. He recently performed in the upcoming movie, “A Joyful Noise,” with Kirk Franklin.