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Kraig Kenning

  • Black Forest Community Center 12530 Black Forest Road Colorado Springs, CO, 80908 United States (map)

NEW: Join us 5-6:30 p.m. for a pre-show bluegrass jam led by Robert Hovermale outdoors in the pavilion! Bring your acoustic instrument and join in, or just listen. Come hungry -- the Black Forest Chew Chew food truck will be parked onsite with dinner eats for purchase.

Singer/songwriter and national slide guitar champion Kraig Kenning merges contemporary folk, acoustic blues, roots rock, and American fingerstyle while maintaining a close and personal connection with his audience. 

Kenning has shaped himself into one of the most capable performers on the planet. "There is an exchange at a spiritual level in a great performance. My goal is to journey with all my listeners to this magical place," he says. Kenning has inspired comparisons with Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Bob Dylan, and Jackson Browne, to name a few.

Chicago Tribune reviewer Dan Kening (no relation) notes "Kenning's deft finger picking and slide work on acoustic and steel resonator guitar is truly impressive, but so is his air for crafting intelligent, heartfelt lyrics and memorable melodies. Call his style laid-back music played with a burning passion."

At National Guitar's 1st Annual Slide Competition, Kraig took first-place honors as Best Unsigned Artist. He has opened for Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones, and slide guitar master Sonny Landreth; and he has shared lineups with club and folk series favorites such as John Gorka and Patti Larkin.

Doors open 6:15 p.m. $10 general, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for ages 12 and younger.

Opening acts are Denver singer-songwriter Brianna Straut and Boulder singer-songwriter Dave Tamkin.

Baked goods, coffee, tea, and water available for purchase in the Community Center.

Earlier Event: June 22
Dakota Blonde
Later Event: July 27
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