UI Alumna Brings Great Festival To Electric
By Tim Barnes | News-Gazette, The (Champaign-Urbana, IL)
| September 15, 2009
The Ellnora Guitar Festival wrapped up on Saturday at the
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, with another hectic
schedule of guitaristic bliss. As with the Thursday and
Friday lineups,, I was once again struck by themany great
performances offered free of charge on Saturday, which added
to the overall "community festival" vibe of the
event. In fact, it is tempting to say that these free acts
again eclipsed the evening's headliners.
After the hypnotic grooves of The National, it was refreshing
to hit the lobby for the final afterglow performance of
the festival and hear some good, old-fashioned, Texas-style
blue-rock guitar-slinging from the Laurie Morvan Band. Morvan
has all the soulfulness of Bonnie Raitt and the swaggering,
muscular guitar tone of Stevie Ray Vaughn.
In a response to Winona Judd's "Girls with Guitars,"
Morvan asked, and answered, her own question "Where
Are All the Girls with Guitars?" Look no further. She
provided a blistering, high-energy ending to another great
guitar festival at Krannert.
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