Photo |  Ryan Taylor | Billy McLaughlin

Band: An Intimate Evening with Billy McLaughlin
Date: Friday, Aug. 24, 8 p.m.
Venue: The Listening Room of Mobile, 78 St. Francis St.,
Tickets: $30 artist donation (Call 251-367-4599 for reservations.)

On the eve of the Dauphin Street Beer Festival, The Listening Room of Mobile is hosting the enigmatic guitar talents of local favorite Billy McLaughlin.

This performance will be a chance to experience not only McLaughlin’s unorthodox guitar style in an intimate setting, but also his inspirational story.

McLaughlin specializes in an acoustic guitar technique that concentrates both hands on the fretboard. He has become a master of a percussive finger-style that creates a unique harmonic tone. While one hand taps the strings, his other hand runs freely across the frets. McLaughlin takes this sound into new dimensions with an eclectic variety of tunings.

McLaughlin’s passion for the guitar is seen not only in his performances but also in his life. Just as his career was building momentum, a neuromuscular condition called Focal Dystonia threatened to end his career. However, this condition only kindled his musical desires further.

McLaughlin adapted by teaching himself to play his trademark style as a left-handed guitarist. Since then, he has become one of the world’s premier guitarists and continues to relentlessly tour and record.