Guy Forsyth

Guy Forsyth will perform at the Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as part of a 12-month spotlight series on Texas musicians.

TEMPLE — Guy Forsyth has been a Texan for 25 years, and the Austin-based blues and rock musician has been a staple of the Central Texas music scene for nearly as long.

He will perform at the Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the CAC’s 12-month spotlight series on Texas musicians.

Tickets cost $22 in advance or $27 at the door, and can be purchased by calling 254-773-9926 or going to cacArts.com.

“Guy is a phenomenal musician and entertainer, last time I saw him he played ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ on a saw,” said Jane Boone, marketing director for the CAC.

“Every performance by Guy is quite entertaining, and you never know what musical surprises he’ll throw out. Whether you’ve seen him once or a thousand times, his shows are always very compelling. It will be another stellar performance here in Temple.”

Forsyth was born in Denver, and moved to Kansas City, Mo., but has become firmly entrenched as a Texas artist for more than 20 years. His musical tours have taken him and his band far and wide, including venues in Europe.

“Pick a weapon — harmonica, composer’s pen, saw, bandleader baton, voice, guitar — and Forsyth will display his formidable skills, particularly onstage, where the Austin showman shines,” wrote David Lynch, of the Austin Chronicle.

Forsyth has performed with music legends such as BB King, Ray Charles, the Neville Brothers and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Texas Music Magazine summed up Forsyth’s performance with this assessment: “The insanely talented multi-instrumentalist can put on one hell of a show, alternately dazzling and amusing audiences on a musical journey that ventures from ragtime jazz and Delta blues to socially conscious folk and rollicking modern rock.”

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