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Sept. 1: Acoustic Blues/Americana Guitarists Bob Bingham and Gordon Thorne

Performance will be in Halling Recital Hall.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 8-5-2016

MANKATO, Minn. – Acoustic Blues/Americana guitarists Bob Bingham and Gordon Thorne will perform Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

On stage, Bingham and Thorne seem as if they were destined to play together. And that may well be the case.

Though the two moved in distinctly different musical circles — Bingham helped form Minnesota’s legendary Lamont Cranston Band while Thorne played in a handful of Twin Cities bands before relocating to northern Minnesota 25 years ago — one bold move brought them together.

In 1996 Bingham and Thorne were hired individually as solo acts at a blues festival in Chisholm, Minn. After they had both performed individually, promoter Chris Mackie informed them that a band had canceled and he needed an act to replace them immediately. Bingham and Thorne proceeded to go backstage and draw up a song list, and within 15 minutes were out onstage playing for the first time as a fingerstyle duo.

The crowd responded enthusiastically, which inspired them to record their first album, “Out Of The Desert And Into The Blues,” in Phoenix shortly after that initial performance. The musical collaboration exists to this day.

The Star Tribune has called Bingham and Thorne, “one of the best ad hoc acoustic duos in the country — a double shot of fingerstyle blues at its finest.”

Bingham and Thorne characterize their music as digging around in the fertile ground of American traditional music, unearthing both the forgotten and the familiar. Upon discovering a tune, a clever phrase, or just a simple lick — they're on it, storing it away with all the other little nuggets they've dug up. Eventually these nuggets find their way to their fingers, instruments and voices — emerging in a new form.

Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to

For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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