6-String Summit

The 6 String Summit will be on the Effingham Performance Center stage Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. Six of the area’s top guitarists will perform.

The 6 String Summit returns to the Effingham Performance Center on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The event features six of the area’s best guitar players, backed by a stellar band and includes a number of special guests, including John Sawyer, Matt Poss, Kelsey Beard, Jon Fopay, Rex Pickens, Gratton Tolliver and Max Hutti.

Meet the guitarists:

This event was the brainchild of Marty Williamson, who will lead the band throughout the evening. Marty has been playing, studying and teaching guitar in the Effingham area for his entire adult life. He has toured and performed with many bands over the years, most notably with Matt Poss and the Wild Bunch and Hello Dave. More recently, he has been half of the regional duo Heather and Marty.

Larry Paul Passalacqua has been playing in bands since he was in high school, has been part of many local favorites, including Mustang Sally, The Acousticats, LP and the Honey Bee and has toured the country with AKA and The Fabulous Ginn Sisters.

Mike “Mac” McDevitt is known for his work in rock bands like Probably Bob and the Rhythm Pigs. For the last several years, he brought his blazing rock sound to the Matt Poss Band, during which time he toured the world, including a trip to Afghanistan where they performed for the troops.

Josh Morrison is an all-around stellar musician playing drums, banjo and anything else that one can make music on. But it is on the guitar that he really shines. He has played music with many bands, including the Jed Adam Band. His main gig these days is with Frisco Highline.

Jon Clarkson is a premier rock and metal guitarist who found his original inspiration in the music of Eddie Van Halen. His version of “Eruption” knocked it out of the park last year. Jon is excited to play again this year.

Bobby “Reverend Robert” Reynolds rounds out the group of six guitarists for the Summit. He is the front man in Super Bad, but has a separate solo career playing blues music on resonator and slide guitar.

The band for the evening will be the same as last year – Jeremy Adam on keys and backing vocals, Adam Burtch on bass and backing vocals and Kyle Heynen on drums.

Well it’s my band, so I may be biased, but they are all top flight players at their instruments and we are so glad to have them all coming back!” said Bill Poss, the event promoter.

Tickets for the show are $12 and can be purchased online at www.theepc.org or by phone at 217-540-2788. Tickets are available at the Effingham Performance Center box office. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; extended to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

For more information about the show, visit www.the-epc.org/localevents.