Peppino D’Agostino and Stef Burns at Jammin’ Java

Thursday November 17 $15 advance / $18 doors guitarists

Italian born D’Agostino was first drawn to the guitar after watching his cousin perform during church services in his hometown of Torino; the self-taught musician began picking out tunes by ear, and inspired by legends like Paco de Lucia, Leo Kottke and Carlos Santana, was composing and recording solo throughout Italy by the age of 18. Immigrating to San Francisco in 1984 to pursue his dream as a composer and performer, he paid his dues as a street musician before developing into a world renowned recording artist and performer critics have long hailed as “a poetÔø?ƒ?among the best talents around” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “one of the most capable composers among fingerstyle guitarists” (Acoustic Guitar magazine).

In addition to regularly performing concerts throughout North and South America, Canada and Europe, D’Agostino has released ten critically acclaimed albums and a DVD worldwide. He has been featured on numerous guitar samplers alongside greats like Pat Metheny, Mike Stern and John Scofield; written numerous guitar instructional books and videos; and in 1997 wrote, composed and produced a soundtrack for the feature length Italian movie Ardena, directed by Luca Barbareschi. D’Agostino is currently a featured guitarist in the World Guitar Ensemble, an ensemble composed of seven of the world’s top classical guitarists and D’Agostino on steel string. His most recent solo recording is 2002’s Every Step of the Way on Favored Nations Acoustic.

When Stef Burns gets a chance to perform live with his own Stef Burns Group, the crowds still go wild for the dynamic music from his lone independent release Swamp Tea. Finding time to record his own material has always been a challenge for Stef, who launched his sideman career in 1982 with Jesse Colin Young and has jumped from one superstar album and tour to the next ever since. From Young’s band, the versatile guitarist moved on to Pablo Cruise (1983); Sheila E. (at the height of the Prince/Purple Rain phenomenon, 1984-85); Berlin (1986-87); Michael Bolton (1988); Y&T (four albums) and Alice Cooper (1991-95), including an appearance in “Wayne’s World”.

Burns has also worked on albums, TV and radio commercials, film scores and live shows with Narada Michael Walden (who appeared as a drummer on Swamp Tea), Quincy Jones, former Yellowjackets saxophonist Marc Russo, and others. He participated in VH-1 Honors, performing with Stevie Wonder, Steve Winwood, James Taylor and Sheryl Crow.

In addition to his 100 dates a year with Huey Lewis, Burns has toured on and off with Italian superstar Vasco Rossi since 1996. After Favored Nations founder Steve Vai had shown initial interest in the Bayshore Road project, he was completely sold when he experienced the overwhelming audience response to Burns’s guest appearance at the G3 date in Rome, where he sat in with Vai, Joe Satriani and Robert Fripp.