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May 8, 2014

Unplugged x 28

UPPER JAY — The Recovery Lounge will host 28 Guitars, an extraordinary unplugged happening, in Upper Jay on Saturday.

The event features 28 local musicians with acoustic offerings.

It was something that was spinning in Byron Renderer’s head a couple of years. 

“We decided it was a good time to finally do it,” said his brother and drummer Scott Renderer of the Recovery Lounge.

“We knew there were a lot of acoustic guitar players in the community that would probably participate. They have signed up to sing a song and everyone will sing a group song at the end.”

The musicians are a surprise except for Byron. What the musicians will play, including the finale, is a surprise.

“They are all from the area,” Scott said. “There are young people, beginners and some really great professionals. It will be a nice mix of songs and talent.”

Each musician will be assigned a number but they will not necessarily play in that order.

“I will put all the numbers in a hat and keep it moving by selecting a number out of the hat or have someone else select a number,” Scott said. “The guitar players will not know when they will play.”

Byron’s 28 was inspired by the poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats and his work “A Vision.”

Published in 1921, the book contained Yeats’ system of human incarnations (archetypes) based on the 28 phases of the moon.

“That resonated with him (Byron),” Scott said. “Most importantly the thing that stood out for me, it’s a symbol of wholeness. That one reason why we’re having a circular stage and bringing all these people together.”

The Recovery Lounge is a great acoustic venue.

“Quite often we have amplified music here and we wanted to have a show where there are not a lot of microphones, electric guitars and synthesizers,” Scott said.

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