Charles Guy and Michael Whipple

Guitarist Charles Guy divines inspiration for his nuevo flamenco style of music by spending time on beaches and hilltops in Mexico. Guy and flute player Michael Whipple will team up to perform Latin and jazz from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at South Stage Cellars, 125 S. Third St., Jacksonville.

Guy's album, "Sakes Alive," is a collection of nine of his south-of-the-border tunes. About half of them contain lyrics; the other half are instrumentals.

There's "Tango Luz de la Luna," about dancing to a Cuban salsa band on a moonlit beach, and "Local Brew," about strange beverages (and women) in foreign lands, to name a couple of the tunes.

Guy grew up in Shelby, N.C., where he learned to play bluegrass, soul and a regional genre called Carolina beach music. Guy did some stints touring and playing in Los Angeles before moving to Southern Oregon. In Ashland in the early '80s, he founded In Flight, a contemporary pop band that packed clubs around town.

Moving from electric guitar to acoustic, he later recorded his A Thousand Suns project called "Spark of Light" with flutist Debra Harris. He also founded the local dance band Heart and Soul.

There is no cover for the show at South Stage Cellars. Call 541-899-9120 or see

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