Gary GoldsmithGary Goldsmith

Roasted Granola logoSee Fretbox Solo with Gary Goldsmith of Arlington at the Roasted Granola Café, 1346 Mass. Ave., Arlington Heights, on Friday, Nov. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The performance helps support FoodLink. Donations at the door (the performer encourages $10, but more or less is fine) will go to the Arlington-based food-rescue nonprofit .

“I think I could have been a good pianist, if only I had practiced. But I didn’t. And I wasn’t," Goldsmith said in his news release. 

“However, I started playing guitar at 15, when folk and rock were young, and I’ve been playing, writing and performing ever since.  I grew up listening to jazz, show tunes and, since my mother was a symphony violinist, lots of classical music. I think that all these influences shaped the direction and diversity of my music. 

“I had the good fortune during my college years to hear many of the prominent blues musicians of the day and took lessons for a while from Rev. Gary Davis and Brownie McGhee. I was part of various bands of high musical quality, but little fame. I attended Woodstock and remember some of it.

“Lots of my musical time in the last few years has been with Fretbox Trio, along with two excellent musicians half my age. This has introduced me to music and styles that otherwise would have been unfamiliar. In aggregate, we’ve got 90 years of musical experience under our belts.  

“We write, sing and play original tunes, which we describe as vocal-centric, blues-inflected pop rock. Three albums with 29 songs are available through and on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, YouTube and other purveyors of fine music.  Give us a listen.

“All the while, I’ve been working on my solo music. In 2018 I did a cross-country music tour.  Live venues have been severely limited during the pandemic, but more recently I’ve been playing original material again at open mics in the area, most recently at Passim.  

“This event is a birthday present to myself since I’m turning 80 in January. It’s also an opportunity to give back to Arlington and help FoodLink, an awesome local nonprofit that rescues and distributes surplus fresh food to organizations serving people in need.

“I’m really looking forward to doing a solo gig.”

Doors open at 6 for those who want to carry over takeout from Prep Neighborhood Kitchen, across the street.

Roasted Granola offers coffee, espresso, savory bites and sweet treats.

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This news announcement was published Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, based on information from Gary Goldsmith.