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April 18, 2014

The 'Cirque du Soleil on acoustic guitar'

Michael Kelsey performs Saturday at Rhum Academy of Music

Anything can happen at a Michael Kelsey show.

He might play music from some random object he spies in the room. He may ask for audience participation.

“You never know what to expect,” said Gary Rhum, who owns Rhum Academy of Music.

Only one thing is for sure. He’ll play the guitar. And he’ll play it really well. Rhum said he’s acclaimed as one of the finest guitar players around.

Kelsey was a finalist in Guitar Player Magazine's national competition and winner of Guitar Center’s "Guitarmageddon," chosen as best unsigned guitarist out of over 3,000 entrants nationwide.

“He puts on one of the most incredible shows you’ll see in your entire life,” Rhum said. “He’s a musical genius.”

Kelsey, a Lafayette native, will showcase his skills at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rhum Academy of Music. Tickets are just $10 at the door.

Rhum said there are still some left, but they’re going fast. Many people buying tickets have been to his show before and know just how unique it is.

It’s been described as “Cirque du Soliel on acoustic guitar.”

According to his website, when Kelsey hits the stage to perform, he plays every inch of his guitar, pulling out every part of it or anything else an arm's length or foot kick away.

Rhum said the musician can make music with anything.

Throughout a performance, Kelsey may make use of technology, his improvisational skills, objects in the room and audience interaction to make music for all of the senses.

"There is a five piece band in my head,” Kelsey says on his site. “They all have different tastes in music and they are all trying to escape at the same time through my hands, feet and mouth. I hang onto an acoustic guitar and see what happens.”

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