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Renowned Guitar Virtuoso Leo Kottke Returns to Malibu



Malibu, CA — January 29, 2024 — Prepare for a night of extraordinary musical prowess as Leo Kottke, the esteemed two-time GRAMMY-nominated American guitarist, takes center stage at Smothers Theatre on Pepperdine University’s Malibu Campus on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at 8 p.m. This not-to-be-missed performance, sponsored by the Flamminio family, promises an unforgettable evening of acoustic mastery and genre-defying brilliance.

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "an American legend in the guitar world," Leo Kottke has long been celebrated for setting the gold standard in acoustic finger-picked guitar. With a career spanning six decades, Kottke has woven a musical tapestry that seamlessly integrates blues, jazz, and folk influences, captivating audiences worldwide with his unparalleled talent.

Kottke's innovative playing style on both 6- and 12-string guitars has solidified his place among the most influential guitarists of our time. His distinctive approach and technical virtuosity shine through in every note, leaving an indelible mark on the music industry. The artist's repertoire includes original compositions like "June Bug," "Pamela Brown," "Julie's House," and "Jack Gets Up," showcasing his ability to reimagine classic genres with a unique and refreshing perspective.

Tickets, priced starting at $25 for the public and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling 310.506.4522 or online at arts.pepperdine.edu

About the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts

Delighting more than 50,000 patrons and participants annually with live performances, art exhibitions, and local outreach opportunities, the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts serves as a hub for the arts on Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus, uniquely linking professional guest artists with Pepperdine students as well as patrons from surrounding Southern California communities. Three performance spaces, including the 450-seat Smothers Theatre, the 124-seat Raitt Recital Hall, and the “black box” Lindhurst Theatre, host hundreds of performances, rehearsals, and master classes throughout the year. The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, a dynamic, two-story exhibition space, showcases a revolving selection of modern and contemporary art with a focus on art made in California.


WHAT: Leo Kottke
WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 8 p.m. 
WHERE: Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
TICKETS: 310.506.4522 or event page.
PRICES: $25–$55 for the public. $10 for Pepperdine students. 




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