Playing up a storm: Tony Furtado
If you want to see some dazzling fingerpicking on guitar and banjo, check out Tony Furtado. He plays Gig Performance Space (1808 Second St., www.gigsantafe.com) at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14. Furtado surprised himself by winning the Grand National Banjo Championship in Kansas in 1987. Five years later, he released his debut album, Swamped. His newest CD is due out this year. Furtado also has written instruction manuals for banjo and guitar. The engaging musician, appearing with his band, plays in the realms of Americana and indie rock, with a little jazz and Celtic folk thrown in. This concert is presented by Southwest Roots Music. Tickets are $25 in advance from www.brownpapertickets.com and $28 at the door. — P. W.